Published on December 27th, 2012 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor

Quick, to the eShop! Bundles Shock Super Mario Bros. and Hit a Mega Spin Cycle

The Holiday Season still lingers with the aftertaste of empty wallets and eating in excess. But, rejoice! There is one shop that still wants to deliver some deals for your newly unraveled Nintendo product(s).

If you were lucky enough to get a Nintendo Wii U for your celebratory event, hopefully the gift-giver was kind enough to crack that sucker open and update it for you. This was one thing Nintendo was kind enough to disclose via Facebook status. This update takes approximately one hour to complete, depending on your connection speed, and does provide users with the most current system software.

The new update for the console also introduces Nintendo TVii. This space-age endeavor allows you to do more than simply watch television shows. The GamePad screen delivers various options, episode/movie information and features to supplement your programming. These features are of course based on your zip code and cable service provider. One feature that was previously shown offers a chat experience to your current program.

While the Nintendo Wii did house a fine selection of games, its online Shop Channel however, suffered from a clunky design and lack of easy accessibility. Now, the eShop is designed with easy navigation and truly is a shopper’s friend.

A few games will tote newly discounted prices and are available to download for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The games are digital only titles and can be downloaded for under $10 for a limited time.

Here are the games that you can grab for a discounted price:

Chasing Aurora
Price: $7.49. Offer is valid from 9 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday December 20, through 9 a.m. Pacific time on January 3rd.

Little Inferno
Price: $9.99.Offer is valid from 9 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday December 20, through 9 a.m. Pacific time on January 4th.


Trine 2: Director’s Cut
Price: $15.99. Offer is valid from 9 a.m. Pacific time on December 20, through 9 a.m. Pacific time on January 7.

Now on to the rest of the games!


Release Date: Dec 27, 2012
No. of Players:1 player
Genre: Action/Platformer

It’s always interesting to see which classic games make their way on to newer consoles. For example, Super Mario Bros. 2, which originally released in Japan due to its “tough” level layout, was included in the Super Mario All-Stars collection years later. Now, the game makes its way to the Nintendo 3DS under New Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels, bringing with it those same platforming challenges and nervous qualms to players. The game features familiar Mario platforming and such things as poisonous mushrooms to throw a wrench in your gears.

It is a great choice for Nintendo 3DS owners, bringing Mario back to his roots and providing a great challenge for aspiring level conquerors.
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Release Date: Dec 27, 2012
No. of Players:1 player
Genre: Action/Platformer

Out pops another classic. The game that started it all is back on a Nintendo console. Jump in and defeat Dr. Wily as he brings on the battle with six of his henchmen. Gather your skills and patience in this challenging platformer.

The Mega Man series recently celebrated its 25 year mark with a crossover title Street Fighter X Mega Man on PC as a free download. Make sure to check out the free download and enjoy more retro on your Wii U with the original.

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Release Date: Dec 27, 2012
No. of Players:1 player
Genre: Adventure/Puzzler/Physics Based
Price: $10.99

The follow up title to the Wii Virtual Console release brings the game to a handheld nearest you. Fluidity: Spin Cycle turns your Nintendo 3DS into a rotating puzzlin’ platform.

The game is centered around the use of elements and its physics as the core mechanic. Players must traverse each level solving puzzles as they take different forms, as do you. There are even enemies to battle. The rotation of the console to solve each puzzle brings yet another challenge to the table.

Of course, with the game being played with a rotating screen, there isn’t any support for the use of the 3D screen.
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Release Date: Dec 27, 2012
No. of Players: 2 players simultaneous
Genre: Action, Multiplayer, Top down Shooter
Publisher: D4 Enterprise
Price: 900 Wii Points

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Wii stayin’ alive with Shock Troopers 2nd Squad. The top down shooter brings players back to the arcade days, reviving what most expected when they dropped tons of quarters on a NeoGeo machine. This time around the 2D side-scroller comes to the Nintendo Wii via Virtual Console.

Shoot’em up, defeat the evil terrorist organization known as DIO and save the world. Sounds simple, right? If you have ever experienced the wrath of titles like that of Metal Slug, expect the same kind of action in Shock Troopers 2nd Squad. Your skills will be put to the test as you wade through bullets and enemies.
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The new Nintendo Video segment this week is “A Jam-Packed Year-in-Review!” You can take a guess as to what it entails.

Other honorable mentions include Johnny Impossible (eShop) and Mahjong 3D-Warriors of the Emperor (eShop). New for the Nintendo DSi are Goooooal America (eShop/DSiWare) and Wizard defenders (eShop/DSiWare).

Quick, to the eShop! is your one stop shop for the weekly rundown of Nintendo downloadable titles.

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I am Greg, aka LaWiiG. Thanks for coming to take a look around! Retro is the way to go! Do yourself a favor and show love by playing retro games.

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