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Nintendo Details North American 3DS Virtual Console Releases for the Remainder of 2012

by J.P. Corbran - October 4, 2012, 12:41 pm PDT
Total comments: 17

There will be at least six Virtual Console games in the next three months.

Mario Golf, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Wario Land II, and more are coming the 3DS Virtual Console in North America before the end of 2012.

Check below for a full list of release dates for each game.

  • October 11 - Mario Golf (Game Boy Color, originally released in 1999, VC version out in Japan)
  • October 25 - Castlevania: The Adventure (Game Boy, originally released in 1989, VC version out in Europe and Japan)
  • November 8 - Ninja Gaiden (NES, originally released in 1989, VC version out in Japan)
  • November 22 - Zelda II The Adventure of Link (NES, originally released in 1988, Ambassador game, VC version out in Japan and Europe)
  • December 20 - Wario Land II (Game Boy Color, originally released in 1999, VC version out in Japan and Europe)
  • December 27 - Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Famicom Disk System, originally released in 1986, VC version out in Japan)

Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS Heats up for the Holidays

More Original Games, Classic Games, and Recent Nintendo 3DS Hits Will Be Available Digitally in 2012

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo 3DS owners are getting an amazing lineup of downloadable games for the holidays and beyond. Original games, classic games and demos will all be making an appearance in the Nintendo eShop. Fans also will soon find downloadable versions of select Nintendo 3DS hits that have already launched as packaged goods.

Nintendo 3DS owners will see a sequel to fan-favorite Pushmo, classics like Ninja Gaiden and Castlevania: The Adventure, plus a series of three original games developed by LEVEL-5 and several well-known Japanese collaborators.

“The Nintendo eShop demonstrates Nintendo’s commitment to providing consumers with unique digital content through a combination of creativity and convenience,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The variety and quality of games coming this year is unmatched, from new entries in established franchises to original properties.”

The following content is scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop in 2012:

ORIGINAL GAMES

  • NightSky launches Oct. 25. NightSky is an action-puzzle game that offers an ambient game-play experience with cerebral challenges that fill uniquely designed, picturesque worlds. Each of these worlds is broken into different areas in which the player must maneuver a sphere by using realistic physics to advance.
  • Crashmo launches Nov. 22. Players can embrace the laws of gravity and challenge themselves with a whole new kind of action-puzzle play in this exciting sequel to the critically acclaimed Pushmo. New gravity mechanics and gadgets like floating blocks, doors and move switches await, testing players’ skills as they push, pull and slide each puzzle’s colorful blocks in order to climb to the top. Just be careful where those blocks are moved—unsupported blocks will come crashing down. Crashmo contains lots of puzzles to test your brains, and enhanced puzzle-creation and -sharing features mean that even when all the puzzles are cleared, the fun never has to stop.
  • Fluidity: Spin Cycle arrives on Dec. 27, letting players tilt, turn and even rotate their Nintendo 3DS system 360 degrees to maneuver a puddle of water named Eddy through a maze-like, magical world. Change from liquid to a block of ice or a steam cloud to solve fun, gravity-defying puzzles and defeat Goop monsters. Fluidity: Spin Cycle features a new storybook setting to explore that spans the ages, from a lost world full of dinosaurs to the modern world and beyond.
  • Three original games from LEVEL-5 and several well-known Japanese collaborators will launch in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS before this holiday season. The first of these games, SUDA 51’s LIBERATION MAIDEN, is set 100 years in the future, when the president of Japan boards her Liberator, Kamui, and fights to free her country one region at a time. AERO PORTER by Yoot Saito and Yasumi Matsuno’s CRIMSON SHROUD are also slated for release by the end of the year.
  • Get ready to unleash pedestrian-tossing pandemonium with Grace and Savannah in Tokyo Crash Mobs, a fast-paced action-puzzle game coming to the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS in early 2013. Players will need lightning-fast reflexes and an eye for strategy to survive the three chaotic weeks that lie ahead for our heroines, as they take on anyone and anything that gets in their way.

RECENT NINTENDO 3DS HITS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

  • Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D and Mario Kart 7 will become available for purchase from the Nintendo eShop on Oct. 18 at a price of $39.99 each. Additional Nintendo 3DS software currently only available at retail stores will become available in the Nintendo eShop in the future.

VIRTUAL CONSOLE

  • Mario Golf (launches Oct. 11)
  • Castlevania: The Adventure (launches Oct. 25)
  • Ninja Gaiden (launches Nov. 8)
  • Zelda II – The Adventure of Link (launches Nov. 22)
  • Wario Land II (launches Dec. 20)
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (launches Dec. 27)

GAME DEMOS

  • Two demo versions of Style Savvy: Trendsetters will be available for download from the Nintendo eShop. The first demo is available today and lets players participate in a fashion contest, create an outfit based on the contest theme, style their model’s hair and makeup and send her down the runway. The second demo will be available on Nov. 1, and lets players style their clothes and makeup, and then connect to the Internet via Nintendo Network to visit the online Fashion Plaza where they can check out ensembles that actual Style Savvy: Trendsetters players have created. Any items purchased using in-game currency in this demo version can be transferred to the full game. Style Savvy: Trendsetters will launch in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Oct. 22.
  • Additional game demos coming soon include:
    • Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! from D3Publisher
    • Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion from Disney Interactive
    • LEGO The Lord of the Rings from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park from Activision
    • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed from SEGA

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds. For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.com.

Talkback

Mario Golf is fantastic news. The rest? Also cool.

But oh man, Mario Golf!

broodwarsOctober 04, 2012

Wario Land II will probably much do it for me.  I don't have any interest in playing NES releases on the Go, especially when I already own many of their Wii VC counterparts.

I am extremely excited for Mario Golf, both because I really want to play it and because it means we're that much closer to Mario Tennis, which is one of my favorite games ever. Wario Land II is also exciting, even though it's kind of ridiculous that it's not coming until December since it's already out everywhere else. I'm also one of those crazy bastards who really enjoys Lost Levels, so I'll probably grab that too.

ClexYoshiOctober 04, 2012

... Eeeeeeew, Castlevania the Adventure. X____X

Jolly good show for the rest of them, even Super Mario Bros. 2 because it'll be an official release of that game that people can beat thanks to Save State!

noname2200October 04, 2012

Bad news: this probably means there'll only be six VC releases for the rest of the year.

Good news: all six titles interest me.

We'll call it a draw!

ShayminOctober 04, 2012

Quote from: ClexYoshi

Jolly good show for the rest of them, even Zelda 2 because it'll be an official release of that game that people can beat thanks to Save State!

Fixed.

And although I appreciate some of this, they've got a really blatant case of false advertising to address... where's my Kirby's Dream Land 2, NOA?

Retro DeckadesOctober 04, 2012

Quote from: ClexYoshi

... Eeeeeeew, Castlevania the Adventure. X____X

Yeah, I haven't heard good things about this Castlevania game. However, having recently played through Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge on the Game Boy, I can say that that game is excellent!

Quote from: Shaymin

And although I appreciate some of this, they've got a really blatant case of false advertising to address... where's my Kirby's Dream Land 2, NOA?

Why Shaymin, it's in your copy of Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition of course!

ShayminOctober 04, 2012

You mean the collection that says "Kirby's Dream Land 2 is available on 3DS Virtual Console" in the little book? Yeah, I own that one. However, I'd like the opportunity to play it in a portable form on a handheld made in this decade.

RazorkidOctober 05, 2012

Ninja Gaiden will finally be beaten by me.

bhurakOctober 05, 2012

Not really excited about buying Ninja Gaiden again (have it on Wii) but save state is a strong attraction.  It's probably the game I most love that I have never beaten.


It think I would buy a lot more VC if it was unified across Nintendo systems.

LittleIrvesOctober 05, 2012

Just found a copy of the GBA Mario Golf: Advance Tour and have chipping away (no pun) at it....  really fun game. But I'd love to have it on the system all the time, play a few holes here or there. So Mario Golf could be my first downloaded GBC game.  @NWR_Insanolord, why is Tennis so much better than Golf? Just a personal preference or something else?

spitmanOctober 05, 2012

I'd pretty much skip all of these because I have the old cartridges but that save state feature they have been giving the virtual console games is nice!  it's the only reason I repurchase them.

Quote from: LittleIrves

Just found a copy of the GBA Mario Golf: Advance Tour and have chipping away (no pun) at it....  really fun game. But I'd love to have it on the system all the time, play a few holes here or there. So Mario Golf could be my first downloaded GBC game.  @NWR_Insanolord, why is Tennis so much better than Golf? Just a personal preference or something else?

I never actually played the GBC Mario Golf, but I was a huge fan of the GBA one, which was actually number one on my list for our top 10 GBA games feature. I just like the tennis gameplay better, and that's the one I have the nostalgia for.

paleselanOctober 06, 2012

Probably just Wario II for me, I already own the others in one format or another

Mop it upOctober 06, 2012

Do you think they will have the transfer content "unlocked" in Mario Golf? Or perhaps they'll have a way to let you communicate with Mario Golf on the Wii VC? Or am I just wasting my time even asking this?

ShayminOctober 06, 2012

The last one. Definitely the last one.

(Is it bad that I had to look up if Mario Golf on the N64 was even *on* Wii VC?)

Pixelated PixiesOctober 06, 2012

I really dislike the fact that NES games take up a spot which could be filled with a Gameboy, Gameboy Colour or 3DS Ware release. Nintendo have made it pretty clear that they're going to continue their policy of releasing 2 or 3 games a week, so the fact that NES games are considered to be in the same bracket as handheld virtual console games really sucks (especially for people like me who already own these games on Wii). These NES games were drip fed to us on Wii, to have to wade through them a second time is kind of demoralising.

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