January 14, 2016 – Warm up with this week's Nintendo Download! Metroid: Zero Mission hits the Wii U Virtual Console today, and a lot of other games are on sale this week. Check out all of this week's updates today at noon eastern on your favorite digital storefront.
Nintendo of America said:
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Virtual Console on Wii U
Metroid: Zero Mission – Space bounty hunter Samus Aran is sent on a lone mission to infiltrate the fortified planet of Zebes. In this Game Boy Advance classic, traverse through the mazelike base of operations for the Space Pirates, gaining access to powerful upgrades and items for your weapons and suit. Locate Mother Brain, and put a stop to the replication of Metroids!
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails – Create your own world and drive your custom-built train right through it in the Lionel City Builder 3D: Rise of the Rails game, released exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS system. The game’s innovative design includes a creative virtual sandbox, strategic missions and city simulation, all of which are perfect for train lovers and gamers alike with a dose of Lionel fun that is guaranteed to be off the tracks.
Nintendo eShop sales:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Winter Warm-Up Sale! – Warm up your new year with three weeks of savings in the Nintendo eShop! You’ll get up to 30 percent off select games in a new genre each week, including action, platforming and adventure. Don’t miss out – check back each week to see what’s on sale. This week’s deals start Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. and end Jan. 21 at 8:59 a.m. PT.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 25.
Kung Fu Rabbit (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Puddle and more games from Neko Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 28.
Spot the Differences: Party! (Wii U), Talking Phrasebook – 7 Languages (Nintendo 3DS) and more from Sanuk Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 21.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Family Tennis SP is 25 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $3.74) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 4.
Cubemen 2 is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 28.
Knytt Underground is 30 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $9.09) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 21.
Kung Fu FIGHT! is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 18.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Toys vs Monsters, Fantasy Pirates and more from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 11.
Code of Princess and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 25.
You have a new client waiting! Louie is looking for a home designer to help decorate his place. In the Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer game, you can fulfill Louie’s request and receive new and unique items for your catalog. This gorilla, who is a fan of the Mushroom Kingdom, is available for a limited time via the SpotPass feature, so check the in-game Nintendo 3DS system on the second floor of Nook’s Homes to meet him and take him on as a client.
Also new this week:
Near Earth Objects (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Space Hulk (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
The Perplexing Orb (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Wicked Monsters BLAST! HD+ (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
Slice It! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
The Keep – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Zero Mission is something I absolutely without question need in my life. Long time coming.
I've tried to play Metroid before, and could never get much further than like 2 hours in. And yes, it was the maziness that turned me off. I never played it as a kid when we were first playing the NES. I played it a bit later in the mid 90's, when I bought it used from some game store, but just popped it in to try it a few times. When it released on VC I got it both times but could only bring myself to play so much. I feel guilt for never finishing Metroid. I'd like to do it one day.
So anyway, I have never played Zero Mission, not even for a second!! Handhelds obviously were never my thing so I never really paid attention to Zero Mission. It was only later that I even learned it was a remake of Metroid. Ever since then I thought I needed it. This was long ago.
That day is finally here. FUCK YES!
I remember seeing screens long ago of Zero Mission coupled with the knowledge of it being a Metroid remake and I was all over it. I remember the screens being very beautiful. GBA might not have had an amazing sound chip but it did have some very nice 2D.
ps. I had a similar history with Metroid Fusion, but I righted my wrong and picked that up when it released on Wii U VC and really enjoyed it. I haven't finished it yet but I've definitely put a lot of time into it and I think it's a great game. It's surprisingly long! I mean, I have many hours in it and thought I was near the end but I think I actually have a good chunk left to play. My only real issue with it is the music, which I fear won't fare much better in Zero Mission. Fingers crossed.
Actually, I think maybe I got a little stuck in Fusion. That may be the reason I put it down for a little bit.
I still have my GBA cartridge for Metroid Zero Mission so I'll stick with that, but it's a good choice for anyone who doesn't have it. It's more than just a fresh coat of paint, the world was also redesigned a bit to make it seem more natural and flow better, and some sections are completely different. It also has some new features that make it easier to control Samus and thusly more fun to play. Even if you don't like the original game, so much is new and different that there's a good chance you'll still like it.
I think it also includes the original NES version, which I guess makes it easier to compare what's changed, or is a nice bonus if you don't have it in some other form.
@Shadowlink Yeah it's a short game. I just wish the hard mode was enabled from the beginning. Fusion was short but it was pretty tough at times. With enough Metroid under your belt, this game is a cake walk.
@Shadowlink Well I definitely won't know what I'm doing. I'm going in as fresh as can be! My playtime will probably be longer than your average playthrough. I take my time playing games, soaking things in.
Very hyped for this. Though it's not actually the original game, it'll be awesome to play the first Metroid game in some fashion.