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Japan eShop Round-Up (06/22/2011)

by Danny Bivens - June 22, 2011, 4:22 pm PDT
Total comments: 9

The eShop gets two new Virtual Console games and more video content in Japan.

It has been a busy week for Nintendo in Japan. Not only have they launched their exclusive 3D video content application on the Nintendo 3DS, they have also updated the shop with two Virtual Console titles as well as videos for upcoming 3DS and Wii titles. Here's what Japanese gamers got this week:  

Virtual Console   

Double Dragon – 400 yen
Game Boy Gallery (Game and Watch Gallery in the US and Europe) – 400 yen   

Video Content  

Nintendo started the week by launching the Itsu no Ma ni Terebi (SpotPass TV) this past Tuesday. The application for the service takes a little bit of time to download, as do the the episodes initially, however, this really showcases what SpotPass on the 3DS can do. For example, when I came home from work today and picked up my 3DS (which had been sitting in my apartment all day with Wi-Fi access), I noticed the notification on the Itsu no Ma ni Terebi application and immediately went in to see what the new episodes were.  

The episodes themselves typically run about two minutes and thirty seconds long, with a thirty second commercial nestled somewhere in the video. Everything is completely in 3D, even the commercials. The 3D effect works pretty well in most of the content as well. For example, in today's episode showcasing various works at the Hakone Open Air Museum, there was a focus on sculptures. The camera angles coupled with the 3D worked perfectly to immerse you into the experience and make it seem that you are right there at the museum.  

This week, a few new streaming 3D and 2D videos were added as well. The upcoming 3DS title from Bandai-Namco, Tales of the Abyss had three new streaming trailers, one of which is in 3D. A new four-minute 2D streaming Star Fox 64 3D trailer also arrived showing the different control methods and other various aspects of the game. Last, but not least, gearing up for the upcoming release of Wii Rimokon Plus Variety Pack (Wii Play: Motion), Nintendo released two new 2D trailers of the upcoming title which is set to release in Japan on July 7.  

Software Impressions  

As of right now, I have not purchased any of the Virtual Console games this week mainly due to the abundance of videos available on the eShop. Nintendo is constantly updating the content and helping to deliver new and unique content to 3DS owners every week. When it's all said and done, the video content probably won't blow you away, but it is interesting and great to see Nintendo giving this unique content to gamers for free. 

Talkback

Retro DeckadesJune 23, 2011

I love the first Game & Watch for the Game Boy. Further iterations may have expanded the number of games, but I just always found the first entry in the series to be the most enjoyable.

I hope we get something different in the U.S. this week.

I want at least two of the three best Japan-exclusives at this point, Kirby's Dreamland, Mega Man, and Game & Watch Gallery, and throw in any of the minor exclusives as well (preferably Qix).

None of those are appealing to me (heard Mega Man sucks hard), but it'll take me a while to finish Link's Awakening and Donkey Kong.

TalesOfFanJames Dawson, AlumnusJune 23, 2011

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

None of those are appealing to me (heard Mega Man sucks hard), but it'll take me a while to finish Link's Awakening and Donkey Kong.

I have the Megaman cart, it is really hard. Much harder than any of the others I have played.

Yeah, I heard it was crazy hard, but not that it sucks. The save state feature would make the game playable.

KITT 10KJune 23, 2011

The save feature is definitely cool. I was a little unsure of it at first, but after trying it I do like it. I would also love to see more console variety, like games from the Super Nintendo system, (and I know the 3DS DOES have the power for those games). One game I'd love to see re-released, (although I'm not sure if there'd be a licensing issue), is "The Death and Return of Superman". That was a cool game, (I have it on my cell phone but the touch controls suck on it). That's just an example of the many games I'd love to see made available once again.

KITT 10KJune 23, 2011

(When I said "touch controls" that was meant to say "touch screen controls".)

Mop it upJune 23, 2011

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

Yeah, I heard it was crazy hard, but not that it sucks. The save state feature would make the game playable.

It's harder than the NES games but for the wrong reasons. The main difficulty comes from the reduced jump height, though enemies weren't tweaked to compensate. Expect many of the bosses to be like Air Man in Mega Man 2, in the sense that it takes pixel-perfect precision and a little luck to beat them without taking damage. Also remember that it was released around the time of Mega Man 3, so it borrows a lot of the design conventions from 1 and 2 like the moving blocks and respawning enemies, and has their more slippery physics.

Quote from: OneTwenty

I love the first Game & Watch for the Game Boy. Further iterations may have expanded the number of games, but I just always found the first entry in the series to be the most enjoyable.

Fire and Oil Panic are my two favourite Game and Watch games, so the original is still my favourite as well.

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