On January 24, 2013, Nintendo is giving us several new titles on Wii U and 3DS. The Virtual Console experience arrived on Wii U yesterday, with Balloon Fight available as part of the Famicom 30th Anniversary Celebration for just $0.30! This limited-time deal will change each month leading up to July. SEGA/Double Fine's The Cave is also available, as well as a retail game. On the 3DS side, one retail title, one eShop title, a Virtual Console title, and a demo are all coming at noon ET. Be sure to check everything that's part of this week's Nintendo Download out!
Wii U eShop Retail Titles
Funky Barn - 505 Games
The Cave - SEGA, $14.99
Balloon Fight (NES) - Nintendo, $0.30 (through February 20)
Yeah, a $0.30 game each month leading up to July, which is the Famicom's 30th anniversary. After the 30 days is up, the game increases to its regular price (depending on the system, either $4.99 or $7.99), so you might as well jump on it now!
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars is on the eShop now, and is priced at $29.99 - just in case anyone wanted to know.
10.00 more than I was hoping, but great game is great. I may splurge. Nothing wrong with having multiple great titles of the same genre on tap. For that matter, I have Unchained Blades and will more than likely Day 1 an Etrian Odyssey 4 download.
I'm not getting Balloon Fight, and I don't have it on the 3DS (I'm not an ambassador). If I saw it sitting on my home screen, honestly, I'd just play Balloon Trip Breeze instead. I don't feel the same about F-Zero, though; I think I'm likely to get that next month.
I think I'll probably get The Cave, too, despite the middling reviews.
Also worth noting on the Wii U eShop: the entire Nintendo Direct is viewable (for people like me that didn't see it yesterday) and new DLC is available for Just Dance 4. Runner 2 also has a game page now.
Balloon Fight is fun as usual. I have always thought of it as "the poor man's Joust," but it controls better than Joust. The game looks pretty blurry on the Gamepad, but it looks nice and crisp on my TV. Not bad for thirty cents!
Just played through the demo...the voice is a nice touch. I aced 1-Back and 2-Back, then got 50% on 3-Back. I think if I audibly repeated the numbers to myself, I could pull it off, but it moves quick. That demo sold me on the game.
You know, I didn't mind so much for Trine 2 (maybe because the controls were wonky regardless) but I kind of don't like the digital pad on the GamePad. It's so... big and bulky, seems less precise. It is kind of making me reconsider my desire to play VC games on the GamePad.