Nintendo got an early start on downloadable games this week with its free release of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition yesterday. But despite that grand motion, the company isn’t quite ready to rest yet.
Today’s releases are headlined by the Nintendo eShop of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for the Game Boy Virtual Console. In addition to providing greatly improved graphics and a world map to freely explore (allowing you to take on worlds in any order you choose, Mega Man-style), Super Mario Land 2 also marks the debut of Mario’s greedy doppleganger and rival, Wario, who has since gone on to achieve his own notoriety in the world of gaming.
If you’ve never played Super Mario Land 2, then know that you’ve never played a Mario game like this. Developed by a different team from the Nintendo Entertainment System Mario developers, 6 Golden Coins features a lot of new and fresh ideas, the likes of which we haven’t seen since.
Other releases this week include the puzzle/strategy game escapeVektor: Chapter 1 for WiiWare, in which you must help Vektor escape the clutches of the CPU in a vaguely Tron-ish setting. DSiWare gets its own brand of puzzle/strategy in Crystal Caverns of Amon-Ra, which seems to combine the color-matching puzzle pieces of games such as Dr. Mario with a bit of almost Space Invaders-styled shooting.
Or, if something a little sportier on the go is more your speed, Bugs’N’Balls is also available on DSiWare (and the Nintendo eShop, of course). Here, you take control of Bug as he plays the eponymous game, trying to score points by throwing balls from his side of the field into his goal at the other end, all while trying to avoid those same balls thrown by the opposition.
In addition to all of this, a new Blue Man Group video, “Sports,” will be available at 3pm today. Nintendo is also promising new trailers for Super Mario 3D Land, Kid Icarus: Uprising, Mario Kart 7, Luigi’s Mansion 2, Animal Crossing, Paper Mario and Mario Tennis will soon be available.
For more details and links to the games’ respective pages, check out the press release below.
NINTENDO DOWNLOAD HIGHLIGHTS NEW DIGITAL CONTENT FOR NINTENDO SYSTEMS – SEPT. 29, 2011
Sept. 29, 2011
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop and Nintendo DSiWare™
The Legend of Zelda™: Four Swords Anniversary Edition – Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ owners can download this multiplayer anniversary edition free of charge for a limited time. (For Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DSi)
Super Mario Land™ 2: 6 Golden Coins™ – In his greatest Game Boy™ adventure, Mario™ faces off against his evil rival Wario™, who has captured Mario Land and turned it into his private playground.Help Mario search new worlds for the six golden coins that unlock the gate to Mario’s castle. (For Nintendo 3DS)
escapeVektor™: Chapter 1 – Vektor has been locked inside your Central Processing Unit. He is not sure how he got there or how long he has been there. Work with Vektor to help him escape the evil clutches of the CPU. (For Wii™)
Nintendo has some exciting games coming to the Nintendo 3DS system in the coming months. To whet your appetite, we’ll soon be adding downloadable 3D trailers for Super Mario™ 3D Land, Kid Icarus™: Uprising, Mario Kart™ 7, Luigi’s Mansion™ 2, Animal Crossing™, Paper Mario™ and Mario Tennis™ to the Nintendo. (For Nintendo 3DS)
Also new this week:
• Crystal Caverns of Amon-Ra (Nintendo eShop / Nintendo DSiWare)
• Bugs ‘N’ Balls (Nintendo eShop / Nintendo DSiWare)
• Blue Man Group Sports (Nintendo Video™) (available today at 3 p.m. Pacific time)
To view this week’s Nintendo Download in its full graphical version, please visit:http://www.news2know.net/nintendo/downloadSt98PwT3q.php
In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS™ system, to the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and to the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Thursdays.
The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service and features games, applications and videos in both 2D and 3D. Users can add money to their virtual wallets using a credit card or by purchasing a Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card.
The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points™, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Wii Points Card™ and Nintendo DSi Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.
Remember that Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii, http://www.nintendo.com/3ds or http://www.nintendo.com/ds/systems/dsi.