Aug 15th, 2013


Another Thursday means we have another batch of games to look out for in the coming days. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist will be available next Tuesday, August 20th, so for those of you excited for that release, you’ll be stealthing around snapping necks soon.

Both Runner 2 and Trine 2 are on sale this week, with a Good Friends Character Pack DLC available for Runner 2. Runner 2 is available for $11.25 until August 29th, with Trine 2 being available for $7.99 until September 5th.

Wii U Virtual Console:

Galaga – $4.99

3DS Virtual Console:

Donkey Kong – $4.99

Nintendo 3DS eShop:

10-in-1 Arcade Collection – $2.99
Barbie Groom & Glam Pups – $29.99
Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D – $4.99
My Western Horse 3D – $29.99

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  • Agent721

    Galaga…now that game brings back memories, played it in the arcades all the time. Is the NES version any good?

    • Connor Devlin

      Yeah, it’s pretty much the same.

      • Agent721

        Thanks… I’m picking it up then!

  • RoboticLink

    Awesome!!! I’m getting Donkey Kong!! Who else is?

    • Zombie Boy

      Already got it on Wii U (I was waiting for it and then it released at 30p, so I got it straight away)!

  • Moving Pixels Enthusiast

    One day the Wii U will have more than one release on the eshop a week. I can’t for developers to see this systems true potential.

    • Graeme Lynch

      What are Nintendo waiting for? I wish they would do something similar to the ambassador program for the 3DS for early WiiU adopters. I’m still feeling cheated. But hopeful.

      • Testing game discounts for people who purchase virtual console games in a series was nice. I hope to see that continue.

        • Arthur Jarret

          I hope they’ll expand it for wii u download titles (i.e. wiiware u), too.

          Ducktales and mighty switch force would make a nice bundle.

          Thanks for the article, by the way!

          A shame it’s missing EU info, which is the most important region in the world… mainly due to the Netherlands being so awesome it redeems the rest of the member countries, but still – useful and informative!

      • Nintyfan

        The only reason the Ambassador happened was because Nintendo dropped the price too soon for 3DS. I don’t see it happening soon unless they do a huge price cut for Wii U like they did for 3DS. They aren’t going to simply give us free games because of a game drought.

        • Graeme Lynch

          Well many retailers in the UK (where I live) have cut the cost of the WiiU. It isn’t so much of a shortage of games that grates me rather the fact that the majority of the launch games didn’t release for months after or in some cases not at all (Scrriblenauts which hasn’t released in EU at all). For me I appreciated what Nintendo did for the 3DS as it let me know it mattered to the company. I feel very much left out in the cold with the WiiU with little to no reassurance that I made the right decision on purchasing the WiiU when or did or at all.

        • dad da

          nintendo shouldnt have to cut their price for nothing sony and microsoft wont cut their price for like two years so why should nintendo

      • Elem187

        I don’t know, I’m still pretty content with Pikmin 3…. I got platinum in most of the mission mode. Would like some more maps soon.

        • Graeme Lynch

          Fair enough but I never liked Pikmin if I’m honest. Perhaps I am just a little too bitter with Nintendo for what I feel the ridiculous launch was after so much was promised. Here’s to the future and hopefully some pretty spectacular creativity with fresh games.

          • Mykdee

            did you try Pikmin 3? just curious

          • Graeme Lynch

            No I have not played Pikmin 3, assuming that it is more of the same of Pikmin 1 & 2, which I didn’t enjoy.

    • Arthur Jarret

      europe had two releases this week – because, like – we matter.

  • Rugmouse

    Great deal on Trine 2 for anyone who hasn’t given that puzzle platformer a shot. Regular price is $19.99!

  • Mitchell

    Galaga, so many good memories of those days and nights playing.

  • Luigi!

    Galaga?!?! What the hell?!?! May be a classic, but that’s all we get?!?! This virtual console has been a joke since day 1.

    • Zombie Boy

      It’s had some good games, but Galaga??? One Virtual Console game all week, a NES game at that, and it’s not even one of the good ones!

      Very disappointed in this.

      • Agent721

        I guess it can’t be Earthbound every week…but yeah, where are the N64 games, for example??

        • Zombie Boy

          I’d be happy with Super Mario Bros (1 or 3), maybe another RPG, such as one of the Breath Of Fire games, or games from the Sega consoles (Sonic The Hedgehog, maybe?)… Hell, anything that would keep me interested for more than 10 minutes, really!

          I can understand releasing one game a week (the difficulties of having to transfer the title to Wii U, making it compatible for the second screen, etc.), but at least make it one that would hold our interest!

          • Moving Pixels Enthusiast

            They keep on adding obscure and unpopular NES games to the VC. They need to focus on bringing over games like Mario Bros. 1&3, all the Zeldas, and some Sonic. Instead they choose Galaga…..

          • Gary Wintle

            Sonic is coming soon, probably a few weeks.

        • Rugmouse

          It’s quite troubling to say the least. I’ve been working through it in
          my head and the only plausible explanation I can come up with is
          difficulty with transferring such titles while allowing for off-screen
          functionality. I can see this added feature complicating things when moving games to the Wii U eShop, but frankly, Nintendo really does need to step it up here.

          • Elem187

            Off tv play is a breeze.. I’m an amatuer programmer and can do it. its as simple as mirror the tv output to that of the gamepad.
            its literally that simple. The Wii U hardware/software drivers handle everything else.

    • Brandon Betlej

      They think we dont need new games since we have ya know.. megaman x and 2 super mario games. Lol so yea virtual console is a joke.

      • Luigi!

        Those are like half of the good games they have released, sadly haha. I can’t believe how bad it is. I am happy about the Mega Man games though, because I never got to play them when I was a kid, and always wanted to. So I got 1-4. Haven’t gotten Mega Man X yet, but will. And yes, the VC is a joke. A bad joke at that haha

    • Guest

      Then sell your wii u and go back to playing sony..It sounds like wii u is not for you…Just saying

      • Zombie Boy

        That’s quite a close-minded statement in response to someone saying that they just want their money’s worth! We’re supporting Nintendo just as much as you are. You can’t hate on someone and immediately label them a Sony fan just because their opinion doesn’t match your own.

        For the most part I have no problem with the Wii U, but you can not deny that the Virtual Console releases are slow in coming and some of the titles are quite obscure.

        We bought Nintendo systems because we like Nintendo. Now we just want them to do their part too.

        • Nintendo4life

          If you would look i now own ever game they have release and there are plenty of games now and heck im getting the ps4 myself but right be greatfull we are getting anything

          • Zombie Boy

            Be grateful we are getting anything? When you spend £400 on a new console, you should be able to expect games! Yes, when something new comes out and it catches my interest, I buy it. And yes, more games are coming. But one obscure Virtual Console title a week, especially while we’re still in this games drought, is not justifiable. Sorry, but that’s my opinion, seemingly the opinion of many other Wii U owners, and I can only assume that you’re getting a PS4 so that you can play more games as well. Personally I’m sticking with the Wii U and not buying another console because I still have faith in Nintendo, but I hope to see an improvement soon.

          • Nintendo4life

            Oh i have faith in nintendo and will use it as my main console but does not hurt to get it for games not on wii u..All this console war stuff are for kiddies it’s the norm now to have more than one console..I even have the ouya

      • thedeciderU

        i like playing nintendo and sony, and there are some xbox titles i like, and play. you make anyone on this site that likes nintendo look like a douche. thanks.

        • Nintendo4life

          Your welcome

          • thedeciderU

            hahaha well played…

          • Nintendo4life

            I know right but heck i really do hope for some more games soon

          • thedeciderU

            true. the fall is looking much better than anything we’ve seen this past year.

          • Nintendo4life

            Yes with zelda and mario 3d world and even sonic looking good

          • thedeciderU

            lots of people bitched, but i can’t wait for mario 3d world. sonic looks promising too, and i might have to pick up ww hd. very cool art style.

      • Luigi!

        You’re an idiot. Just saying. Accepting crap and praising it is why we get shit on. I’ve been playing Nintendo since the 80’s. I believe I’ve earned the right to complain when I feel they are not living up to their potential. People like you just accept anything, even if it’s crap, and act like Nintendo is perfect. Nintendo, although the only system I buy from these days, is definitely NOT PERFECT. So grow up and allow people to express their opinions without being so narrow minded.

    • Jack5221

      Reading some of the comments below, Im seeing some anger towards Wii U only getting 1 game on the eShop while 3DS gets 5. Well lets see here… Donkey Kong from the 3DS VC, already have that on Wii U for 0.30$. (limited time) Barbie Groom & Glam Pups and My Western Horse 3D… Unless you’re a 9 year little girl don’t complain about not getting these on Wii U, plus they are both 30$ each which is very expensive in my opinion. 10 – in – 1 Arcade games Collection looks fun, HOWEVER, none of the games on it are classic arcade games, they’re all just remakes of classics. And then there is Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D, which is really just Call of Duty for the 3DS. So… Why is everyone complaining when there are only 2 games worth getting from the 3DS eShop this week? Plus, Galaga is a lot of fun! Don’t hate on it 🙂

      • Luigi!

        I didn’t say anything about the 3DS. I don’t have one, and don’t care about its Virtual Console. I care about the Wii U Virtual Console. If other people are bringing the 3DS up, that’s their business, but I haven’t mentioned it.

    • Nintendo4life

      Let me ask you Did you get ducktales or the new cloudberry kingdom or even pikmin 3 there are alot of new games to chose from or go find some games that first came out you don’t have like darksiders2 it’s a rpg and it rocks

      • Luigi!

        I had Darksiders 2, and loved it. Beat it twice and got every item. That was last year. I got Pikmin 3, and beat it in two days. Ducktales, I don’t want. I played that when I was a kid, but not something I cared about. Cloudberry Kingdom is not Virtual Console. My complaint was towards the Virtual Console, not the Eshop in general, or the actual Wii U games in retail. I know the Wii U is about to get several games over the next few months. I’m not worried about that at the moment. I simply stated that the Virtual Console releases have been either lackluster, or any good games come in a quick bunch and then back to the lame games. No N64 or Game Cube games, not a single Zelda title. Just a bunch of NES garbage with a few sprinkles of great games here and there, and I have almost all the few great ones.

        • Nintendo4life

          To a point i can agree but if they would give us a zelda game or two or gamecube games or even N64

  • Connor Devlin

    Why Galaga??? I mean, it’s a classic, but at least they could release something else!

  • Jake

    You know what know what they should release 4 virtual console, GameCube games.

    • Selena Gomez

      First of all, N64 Virtual Console games should come, before NGC games come out…

      • MujuraNoKamen

        Why not both? 🙂

        • Selena Gomez

          Because they started with NES VC, then SNES, and now there should be N64 titles first 😀

          • MujuraNoKamen

            That makes sense 🙂 but I would not complain at either coming first/the same time.

    • YoG99

      Super Mario Kart (SNES). I’m waiting this to give a break to my SNES !

    • Mykdee

      i agree, but i’m worried how much they’ll cost. Not that it would deter me from buying them i’m sure, unless i can buy a physical copy for cheaper.

      • ItzameyaToad

        I see them pricing them relitivley cheap like $19.99-29.99, which for most who no longer own a Gamecube or never did wouldn’t be a steep price to replay those games again or for the first time.

        I saw an article a long time ago cant remember where, and it talked about how Nintendo will probably consider Gamecube on Eshop once a large majority of NES and SNES titles are re-released. Don’t quote me on this tho.

    • Arthur Jarret

      I have every game that was ever exclusive for gamecube (even the timed exclusives like killer 7, resident evil 4 and viewtiful joe) – and more, so I’m not that interested in VC. I’ll stick to the valuable, collectible originals for nintendo platforms

      Well, outside more obscure platforms like turbografx… I hope they’ll add cd32x, saturn and dreamcast titles – as well as make a deal to bring classics from the jaguar and Amiga commodore cd32 to the VC catalog. Maybe even some CDi titles? (Hotel mario, Space ace, Dragon’s lair).

      The only thing I’m interested in for gamecube is Baten Kaitos Origins, which never had a PAL release.

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  • Brandon Betlej

    3ds gets 5 games and wii u gets 1 virtual console game? Fuck off Nintendo

  • felony211662

    Galaga was a game I remember constantly renting well after week when I was 5. Now all I want to play is chronicles of mystara but that’s probably gonna just fade off into nothing for Wii u

  • JBeauregard

    So jealous of the 3DS and its content lately! May have to buy one!

  • Zuxs13

    Looking forward to Splinter Cell,
    back to old school stealth moves.

    • You should probably read the article.

      • Zuxs13

        i updated my comment lol.,

  • Jack5221

    Galaga is a lot of fun! Don’t hate on it 🙂

  • Ernie Sanguyo

    yeah they should release vc gamecube games or atleast N64

  • LopsidedPasta

    When no new titles are being released, Nintendo should be SURE to give us old titles on the VC

  • thedeciderU


  • Nintendofreak

    neck snapping oh yeah

  • audi lover

    Uk got pokemon rumble and duck tailes and no vc release

  • Mochlum

    I wish Nintendo would just start doing AT LEAST more SNES games, if they’re not gonna do 64, GBA, or GCN games anytime soon. We already have a lot of NES games on 3DS VC, and since they have the restore points and ability to play off-TV, I don’t care about getting them on Wii U. Just add some SNES hits like Super Mario Kart, Link to the Past, DKC Trilogy, Yoshi’s Island, Starfox, etc.

  • Ducked

    Barbie Groom & Glam pups! OH….MY….GOD!

  • A SNES Day Off

    Another week, and another VC opportunity lost. The Wii U is approaching nine months old and there are so many classic titles not on it that the mind boggles.

    SMB – 1, SMB – Lost Levels, SMB – 3, Kung Fu, The Legend of Zelda, Micro Machines, Shadowgate, Track & Field, Sonic [series], DK Country [series], Super Mario Kart, Wario Woods, SM64, Paper Mario, Wave Race…

    … and those are just off the top of my head. Need I continue? Sort it out Nintendo.

  • Mykdee

    i see a lot of complaining about poor VC content, and i agree i would love to see more content and probably different content too. However i would really rather Nintendo put all of their resources into WiiU titles right now. And once consoles are selling with a good selection of games, focus on VC. Because i’m pretty sure VC is not selling many consoles.

  • Arthur Jarret

    Wow… the US got the short end of the stick. Meanwhile, in Europe we were able to enjoy the following releases today:

    Wii U download software
    Pokémon Rumble U
    DuckTales: Remastered

    Virtual Console (Wii)

    Nintendo 3DS download software
    Jewel Quest 4 Heritage
    Bike Rider DX
    Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D
    Sudoku by Nikoli

    Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS)
    Summer Carnival ’92 RECCA
    Star Soldier

    Nintendo 3DS-demo’s
    Etrian Odyssey™IV: Legends of the Titan

    Extra content Nintendo 3DS
    Fire Emblem: Awakening

    Downloadbare versions of retail software
    Secret Mysteries in Amsterdam (Nintendo 3DS)
    Barbie Dogshow Puppy’s (Nintendo 3DS)

    Nintendo DSiWare
    Rhythm Core Alpha 2™

    Trine 2: Director’s Cut (Wii U)
    New Super Mario Bros. 2:level packs (Nintendo 3DS)
    Groove Heaven (Nintendo 3DS)

  • the1andonlyIKY

    You kniw what random game i wanna see redone and released? Hydro thunder. I used to have a blast on my friends n64 when we played that. Imagine what they could do with it nowadays? Graphics improvements. They could always add more tracks as dlc.

    • Pikachief

      They redid it for xbox 360. I’m not sure if they can port that version to Wiiware or not, but that would be cool.

  • Castamere

    Way to exclude Ducktales: Remastered.

  • Andrew W Garttmeyer

    Taking forever to get lots of good games on this damn VC…

  • Aleks

    Seriously? Well, there goes another week Nintendo doesn’t want my money. Heres an idea- SNES Mario Kart ONLINE! C’mon Nintendo! Are you allergic to money these days?