Virtual Console Titles Highlight This Week’s Nintendo Download

    January 23, 2014
    Zach Walton
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Nintendo recently admitted that the Wii U was in trouble. Since then, multiple writers have come out of the digital woodwork giving their own take on what Nintendo can do to save the console. One of the most parroted suggestions is that Nintendo get serious about the virtual console and release more than just one game a week on the platform. While it’s a great idea, this week’s Nintendo Download shows it’s not happening anytime soon.

In this week’s Nintendo Download, there’s only a pair of Virtual Console titles to be had. On the Wii U, players can experience the notoriously difficult NES classic Mighty Bomb Jack. In the game, players have to traverse through 16 levels of action and puzzle-solving. Here’s a short preview of the gameplay:

On the 3DS, players can look forward to classic NES shmup Life Force. The title featured co-op and gameplay that switched between vertical and horizontal-scrolling environments. Here’s some gameplay:

If you’re more into the fitness side of video games, Nintendo notes that this is the final week of its Wii Fit U Free trial offer. You can download Wii Fit U from the eShop and try it out for free for a month. If you pair it with a Fit Meter accessory during that time, the full game unlocks and you get to keep it forever.

As for sales, the excellent Shin Megami Tensei IV will be $29.99 from January 27 to February 3. Action game Fractured Soul will also be on sale for $5.99 until February 6.

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  • Kaihaku

    My brothers and I really enjoyed Life Force back in the day so nostalgia factor nets the eShop a sale this time. But, really, I wish that Nintendo would stop holding back and start releasing games with broader appeal on the Virtual Console. I’d love to see Secret of Mana.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      Unfortunately, Secret of Mana's release on the virtual console is entirely up to Square Enix. It was released on the original virtual console, but the additional Wii U features, such as off-TV play, have made virtual consoles as rare as they were on the original Wii. I think all of us are waiting for a Netflix option where we get access to their entire back catalog for a monthly/annual fee, but I don't know if that will ever happen.