Wii U Virtual Console
After years of doubt and Smash Bros.-related teases, EarthBound is finally being re-released in North America. The beloved Super Nintendo RPG carries a slightly higher price tag than the usual $8 that SNES titles carry, but fortunately, it is a charming, fun experience that is something you should likely check out whether it’s your first time through or your 18th. Experience Ness’ adventure through a modern world as he fights cults, aliens, and more, journeying from his home town of Onett to the Saturn Valley and beyond.
3DS Virtual Console
EarthBound isn’t the only well-regarded game finally coming to Virtual Console. WayForward’s first Shantae, a rare 2002 Game Boy Color release that came out a year after the GBA launched, is coming to the 3DS VC today. Explorative platforming is on display as you control the dancing genie-girl Shantae through a variety of environments on the hunt for the lady-pirate Risky Boots. Check out Shantae’s debut adventure before she hits the 3DS eShop in a Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, and if you like what you see, you can still snag Shante: Risky’s Revenge on DSiWare.
Purchase Shin Megami Tensei IV and Fire Emblem Awakening and then register them on Club Nintendo to be able to get a $30 eShop credit starting July 16, which is when Shin Megami Tensei IV comes out. The offer is available until August 31, so if you buy both games, be sure to register them before that day.
Save $3.50 on the liquid-based puzzler Puddle from now until August 1 at 9am PT, as the game is now only $4.49. Puddle puts you in control of a variety of different liquids each with their own consistency and mechanics. Play using one of a variety of control schemes that use buttons or motion controls, and even play it just using the GamePad.
3DS Original Digital Games
Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale (3DS Original Game)
Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale is the final Guild02 game and comes from the creator of the My Summer Vacation series, which has never made it to North America before. Everything is normal for main character Sohta, a young boy who is the son of a dry cleaner shop owner. He interacts with residents in a quiet town, and interacts with other people throughout episodic adventures in a normal fashion. At least, until monsters show up every Friday. It’s a weird fusion of childhood innocence and giant monsters, making it sort of like Super 8 but set in Tokyo.
Undead Bowling ($6.99)
Ever wanted to play bowl with zombies as the pins? On the off chance you did, Undead Bowling should satisfy that urge. It’s got different types of bowling balls, including the Mince Grinder that tears through everything on the lane. If you’re on the zombie-covered fence about this, you can check out the demo available on the eShop.
Robot Rescue 3D ($2.99)
The decent DSiWare series makes the leap to 3DS with Robot Rescue 3D, a puzzler reminiscent of the Minis action in the Mario vs. DK games. In this Teyon-developed affair, you have to lead robots around electrical circuits and other obstacles through more than 120 puzzles. The trick is that you have to control multiple robots and all of their movements are tied together.
Wii U Retail Games
Developed by WayForward and based off of the forthcoming movie, The Smurfs 2 is a multiplayer platformer in a similar vein as New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The plot involves everyone’s favorite evil wizard Gargamel creating new villainous creatures called the Naughties and then kidnapping Smurfette. Travel from the Enchanted Forest all the way to Paris as Papa Smurf and the gang to save Smurfette and stop Gargamel’s evil machinations.