I hate to say it, but Nintendo of America has dropped the ball a bit on the Nintendo Download this week.
Not that it’s a bad one; no, indeed, it is quite to the contrary. However, the simple fact is that Nintendo not only did not manage to assemble a press release for this week’s releases (which, as recurring readers know, comes in quite handy here), but they even managed to leave a game out of the online update they post for everyone on their regular website.
I imagine those who are concerned about the company’s handling of online content are not thrilled by this, but we’ll see if anything comes of it. For now, here is what you will find this week.
First and foremost is the addition of Netflix, which is a free download, but still requires a membership fee. I would almost expect Canada to be excluded from this for some reason, but I see nothing to indicate anything of the sort. Lacking a Netflix membership myself (get that full run of Power Rangers up here, then we’ll talk), I have no idea if there are any problems in running it from Canada.
DSiWare/eShop has several new titles today, including Extreme Hangman 2 (what could they have possibly left out from Extreme Hangman? And what makes it “extreme,” anyway?), AfterZoom, which turns the cameras of the Nintendo DSi or Nintendo 3DS into a “virtual microscope,” Puzzle Fever, and Just SING! 80s Collection.
On WiiWare, the sole new release is 3D Pixel Racing, which combines 3D graphics and gameplay with a pixelated, 8-bit-inspired aesthetic. If you are familiar with 3D Dot Game Heroes for the PlayStation 3, then you have a rough idea of what the visuals are like. Then you take that, and apply it to racing.
And last, but not least, we come to the Virtual Console. On the Nintendo 3DS, there’s Baseball… but wait! Unlike Tennis, it’s not alone!
Fans of Mr. Game & Watch from the Super Smash Bros. series will be thrilled to see the first installment of Game & Watch Gallery, a series of Game Boy titles which not only collect a number of the classic LCD games together under one title, but also provide updated versions featuring Mario and his friends (and foes). Unfortunately, much like Donkey Kong, this Super Game Boy-compatible title lacks the features utilized by the peripheral.
And, as noted above, even the Super NES Virtual Console on the Wii has received an update, one which not even the website acknowledges, leaving one to wonder just how low a priority this service is for Nintendo of America.
That game would be Super E.D.F.: Earth Defense Force, which is a horizontal shooter from Jaleco, and has no relation to the other recently-released Earth Defense Force games. And, like most other 16-bit games, it will run you 800 Wii Points to purchase.