I don“t often mention the odd disparity between the Virtual Console services in Europe and North America. But I“ve been very vocal about how I feel about this on Twitter, particularly when it comes to games I really want, like Golden Sun: The Lost Age. For those who aren“t in the know, Europe“s had the game on Wii U since November 13th of last year (not to mention, they have almost ten Wii retail games available digitally on Wii U to North America“s...four).
Not sure what the reasoning behind all of it is, but...this week“s Nintendo Download offers Golden Sun: The Lost Age on the Wii U Virtual Console! I“m a happy guy. In addition to that game, the GBA classic ONIMUSHA TACTICS is available. Apparently the month of August will offer â€œhardcore gamesâ€ on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America. Could we eventually see the digital release of Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii, like Europe got this week?
Even though the Virtual Console is my personal highlight this week, Nintendo had a lot more to talk about in the Press Release. They highlighted the huge Splatoon update that went live yesterday, as well as the Smash Bros. update that brought Tournament Mode, additional Mii Fighter Costumes, and two new stages. PokÃ©mon Rumble World also gets an Update Bonus that gives you access to a new area and items. Also: enter the password 48213190 after installing the latest update to receive 100 free PokéDiamonds! Nice.
This week“s big retail release on Nintendo 3DS is Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight. Outside of that, there“s just some sales to highlight: Citizens of Earth is only $4.99 (that“s over 50% off) from August 10th ”til August 17th. Stealth Inc 2 is only $7.49 for pretty much the entire month of August. Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is $14.99 until August 10th. And...Shin Megami Tensei IV will be permanently reduced to $19.99 beginning August 10th. Last but not least, this week“s themes pay homage to Aeternoblade and Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition.
Plenty of sales and new content for hardcore gamers has arrived, and apparently will arrive, during the month of August. Be sure to check out the eShop for even more information!
Will you be getting Golden Sun: The Lost Age and ONIMUSHA TACTICS this week? Are you looking forward to seeing more â€œhardcore gamesâ€ on the Wii U Virtual Console? Be sure to let us know!