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Metroid II Hitting North American eShop Thursday

by Neal Ronaghan - November 22, 2011, 7:35 am PST
Total comments: 6 Source: (Press Release)

Also, Pushmo set for December, and Sakura Samurai is coming in January.

Metroid II: Return of Samus is coming to 3DS Virtual Console on Thursday, and two new original eShop titles are on the way soon, according to a Nintendo press release.

We already reported on Metroid II's European release, which was also confirmed via press release this morning. Metroid II originally came out in North America almost exactly 20 years ago.

Pushmo, known in Japan as Hiku Osu, is coming out in December. It's a 3D block-pushing puzzle game from Intelligent Systems. It came out in Japan in early October and you can check out some impressions of the game here.

Lastly, Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword was confirmed for a North American release. This samurai combat game came out in Japan last week under the name Hirari Sakura Zamurai. You can read first impressions of the game from our team in Japan here.

Nintendo Adds Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword to an Impressive Downloadable Lineup

A new game is headed to the Nintendo 3DS™ system, and it won’t be available in stores. Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword™ lets players travel to ancient Japan and guide a young warrior as he battles waves of enemy soldiers to save a princess. He must identify the enemy’s attack move, dodge it by a hair and counter-attack with his own mystical Sakura Sword to win the battle. The game launches in January.

Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword is just one of many high-quality, Nintendo-published downloadable games that can be found in theNintendo eShop.

On Nov. 24, Nintendo will release the original 2D version of Metroid™ II: Return of Samus™. This Game Boy™ classic has intergalactic bounty hunter Samus™ Aran battling Space Pirates as she seeks to destroy Metroids on SR388. The game lays the foundation for the smash hit Super Metroid™.

In December, Pushmo lets players try to push, pull and climb their way to the top to solve more than 200 3D puzzles. Play as Mallo, the hero of the game, who is small in size but has a big heart and big muscles to match. Players will use him to move the giant blocks that make up the Pushmo puzzles. Solving the puzzles will free the kids who were accidently trapped inside them. There is also a Pushmopuzzle creator so players can make their own puzzles and share them with their friends.

Players who can’t wait to get their hands on these games can check out some other downloadable games that are available right now in the Nintendo eShop, such as Freakyforms™: Your Creations, Alive! The game lets players create all kinds of wild creatures and bring them to life. No drawing skills are needed, so players of all ages can give it a try. Then they can customize the color and the look, and add eyes and a mouth before the creature comes to life and explores its world.

Also currently available is 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure™. The classic Kirby™ game has been re-mastered in 3D. Players explore the world of Dream Land and help Kirby cross land, sea and sky in his quest to restore the Star Rod.

For more information about Nintendo eShop, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/downloads.


RasNovember 22, 2011

Cool.  I want Pushmo.  They should have called it Puzzle Bobble in the US. 

TJ SpykeNovember 22, 2011

Quote from: Ras

Cool.  I want Pushmo.  They should have called it Puzzle Bobble in the US. 

Considering Square Enix owns that name (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puzzle_Bobble), that wouldn't be possible.

RasNovember 22, 2011

Just a joke on the idea that Puzzle Bobble is a much better name than Bust a Move, and that it's not even unrelatable to a Western audience.

AVNovember 22, 2011


On Nov. 24, Nintendo will release the original 2D version of Metroid™ II: Return of Samus™. 

What else would they release a NEW 3D version?  :cool;

TrueNerdNovember 23, 2011

Metroid II is the Metroid I've spent the least amount of time with. All I recall is that sweet song in the first section. Totes gonna download it.

UltimatePartyBearNovember 23, 2011

That sweet song is the only one in the game until the credits roll, unfortunately.  Most of the music is ambient sound effects.  It's fitting, but a bit of a let down if you base your expectations on that one piece.

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