Yoshi's New Island Headlines This Week's Nintendo Download

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For the past month, the Nintendo Download has been pretty barren. Even major releases would be accompanied by maybe one or two more games. That finally changes this week with the the release of a major 3DS title alongside numerous eShop titles.

Nintendo announced that Yoshi's New Island will be hitting the Nintendo eShop at midnight on March 14. The latest game in the Yoshi's Island franchise was overseen by the creator of the original SNES game. It should be a familiar experience for fans of the original, but it also has some new features in the form of giant eggs and new transformations.

If you prefer traditional Mario games to Yoshi, you'll be right at home as Nintendo will be releasing Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels on the Wii U virtual console. The title was originally released as Super Mario Bros. 2 over in Japan, but was deemed too difficult for American audiences at the time of its release. It was later released on the Super Mario All-Stars compilation for SNES as The Lost Levels. This is the original NES version of the game so it doesn't feature the updated sprites of the SNES release.

As for 3DS virtual console releases, classic Namco shmup Galaga is finally available. The NES port is a near perfect recreation of the arcade classic. Instead of firing mindlessly killing everything on screen, Galaga challenges players with patterns that require timed presses of the fire button to clear every screen.

Here are the other games hitting the Nintendo eShop this week:

  • Madagascar 3 & The Croods Prehistoric Party Combo Pack (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Bubble Pop World (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Cube Tactics (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Lola’s ABC Party (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Image via Nintendo/YouTube

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