Hold on to your butts, this one's a doozy.
Have I told you before about how crazy that days lineup of downloads before, pretending I was buried beneath a pile of digital games? Well, turns out I'm a liar, because today is genuinely the craziest day I've ever had the pleasure to write up. But it's not like we're inundated with lots of garbage, nearly every one of today's games is super great! Hopefully next week is just one bunk release, I really need to catch my breath.
Wii U eShop Sales
Wii U eShop Retail Releases
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Available May 21)
Resident Evil Revelations (Available May 21)
Wii U Virtual Console
By the looks of it, Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts can drive a man to drink. Just watching videos has forced my hand to inch towards the bottle. Luckily for me, restore points should keep me fairly sober. For those able to abstain from the finer features of the Wii U Virtual Console, Sir Arthur's third adventure will be just as brutal as you remember. Guide our brave knight through a harrowing adventure, full of frights and fears. While you may look regal with all that fancy armour, just one hit knocks you down to your skivvies. Confront the evil Sardius not once, but twice if you wish to see the true ending!
With potions, rocket ships, and turnips, Super Mario Bros. 2 remains quite the oddity among its brethren. Another member of the "Damn, that's a weird sequel" club, SMB2 stands proudly beside the likes of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Take your pick from Princess Toadstool, Mario, Luigi, and Toad, and head out on an adventure to stop the vile deeds of Wart (who is not a member of the Battletoads, by the way). While we may never explore the lands of Subcon again, it's always nice to play this franchise oddity.
3DS eShop Games
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of The Starship Damrey Enterprise. Its a few hours long mission: to explore strange ship interiors, to seek out that ghostly lady with the large sun hat, to boldly go down that freaky hallway and figure out just what the hell is going on. The first of Level-5's Guild02 releases, The Starship Damrey is an adventure title we know little of, a fact that the creators relish. What lies aboard the Damrey? Only one way to find out.
An interesting take on the Real Time Strategy genre, Swords & Soldiers 3D originally appeared on the WiiWare service in 2009. In it, players build and supply an army along a 2D plane, gathering resources and fighting off an army invading from the opposite side of the map. Choose from the Aztecs, Imperial Chinese, and the Vikings, and seek out the power of the gods. You can read our review of the Wii version here.
Bowling Bonanza 3D may just be the alternative to actually bowling you've been looking for. First off, you no longer need to concern yourself over contracting farmer's foot from the rental shoes. Secondly, since it's just you and your 3DS, the thumping bass of awful music during Rock 'n Bowl cannot affect your performance. So come on and experience ten pin bowling the way it was meant to be played.
The toy industry is a cruel one. It assigns genders to products, and creates stereotypes of what a boy should enjoy, and what a girl should enjoy. I say screw that noise, if Olivia wants to play with Iron Man figures, that's awesome. If a boy wants to play dress up, here's your chance. Create tons of outfits for your model, and obtain even more by catching bubbles as they fly out of the magic washing machine.
3DS Virtual Console
I've heard of sibling rivalry, but I think Proto Man takes the cake. Not content with being the Luigi to Mega Man's Mario, Proto Man kidnaps his dad (Dr. Light), and sics yet another eight robot masters on his little brother. What a loser. What's new in the blue bombers fifth adventure? A bird named Beat and a bigger mega buster!
What's that, you're not crying are you? Yeah, your grandpa died and appeared before you with a task. This isn't time to mourn, it's time to corn! That's farmer talk for crop growing, and you better get used to that lingo, boy. You're a farmer now, so tend to them crops, raise that cattle, and always leave the door open behind you.
One thing Katy Perry forgot to mention in her smash hit "California Gurls" was the state's love for croquet, dodgeball, lawndarts, Rollerblades, shuffleboard arcade, and target football. California Super Sports aims to make amends with its polygonal representations of these activities, which you can tackle with up to three computer controlled adversaries.
Wii Virtual Console
Boasting 32 playable characters, King of Fighters 99 is like a punch to the butt, which is to say it's making quite the impact. Fond of the three player teams from previous iterations? Too bad! It's four now, and that fourth character is known as a striker, and can assist you in battle! King of Fighters wasn't afraid of the Y2K bug, and neither should you, pick up KoF '99 today!