This week in the Nintendo Download, something pretty great has arrived: the 2004 classic Metroid: Zero Mission, originally released for the Game Boy Advance. A remake of the 1986 original that launched the Metroid series, it’s considered a classic and a favorite among fans, and now those who haven’t played it can discover why. There are those who grouse about GBA games not appearing in the 3DS eShop, but in this case, you really want to experience this game on a large screen.
There is a new visitor in Animal Crossing: Happy Home designer: a gorilla named Louie. Help him decorate his interior this week and win some exclusive items. Nintendo has also announced a “Winter Warm-Up Sale” that marks 30% off select games in the eShop starting today.
For the full details, see Nintendo’s press release below.
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Metroid: Zero Mission – Space bounty hunter Samus Aran is sent on a lone mission to infiltrate the fortified planet of Zebes. In this Game Boy Advance classic, traverse through the mazelike base of operations for the Space Pirates, gaining access to powerful upgrades and items for your weapons and suit. Locate Mother Brain, and put a stop to the replication of Metroids!
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails – Create your own world and drive your custom-built train right through it in the Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails game, released exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS system. The game’s innovative design includes a creative virtual sandbox, strategic missions and city simulation, all of which are perfect for train lovers and gamers alike with a dose of Lionel fun that is guaranteed to be off the tracks. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
Nintendo eShop sales:
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
- Winter Warm-Up Sale! – Warm up your new year with three weeks of savings in the Nintendo eShop! You’ll get up to 30 percent off select games in a new genre each week, including action, platforming and adventure. Don’t miss out – check back each week to see what’s on sale. This week’s deals start Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. and end Jan. 21 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 25.
- Kung Fu Rabbit (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Puddle and more games from Neko Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 28.
- Spot the Differences: Party! (Wii U), Talking Phrasebook – 7 Languages (Nintendo 3DS) and more from Sanuk Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 21.
- Nintendo eShop on Wii U
- Family Tennis SP is 25 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $3.74) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 4.
- Cubemen 2 is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 28.
- Knytt Underground is 30 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $9.09) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 21.
- Kung Fu FIGHT! is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 18.
- Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
- Toys vs Monsters, Fantasy Pirates and more from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 11.
- Code of Princess and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 25.
- You have a new client waiting! Louie is looking for a home designer to help decorate his place. In the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, you can fulfill Louie’s request and receive new and unique items for your catalog. This gorilla, who is a fan of the Mushroom Kingdom, is available for a limited time via the SpotPass feature, so check the in-game Nintendo 3DS system on the second floor of Nook’s Homes to meet him and take him on as a client.
Also new this week:
- Near Earth Objects (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Space Hulk (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- The Perplexing Orb (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Wicked Monsters BLAST! HD+ (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
- Slice It! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
- The Keep – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
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 games weekly to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console.
The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in the Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in either Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account.
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.
Remember that Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS 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/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.The thread view count is