By Josh Speer / February 23rd, 2017
Well, we have another short but sweet Nintendo Download this week. I guess I got spoiled by all the interesting new content and sales last time. Still, there are some cool things to cover this week, so let’s see what the Big N has in store for us.
You all know the Harvest Moon formula by now. Plant things, maintain and harvest your crops, take care of your livestock and find the time to marry one lucky lady. Nothing too exciting for me, but it is still a pretty popular genre. If you missed your chance to try out Harvest Moon 64, then you can now purchase it for your Wii U Virtual Console. Luckily, there are some much more exciting sales happening this week.
One of my favorite all time Kickstarter backed games is on sale, the majestic Shovel Knight! This sale is for those who didn’t play the game already and want to catch up before Specter of Torment releases later this year (and be sure to check in for our review of it). Specifically, this sale will let you get the Wii U or 3DS version at a nice discount of 33% off. If you prefer to battle in the courtroom, however, then you’ll be happy to hear that the Ace Attorney series of games is up to 60% off until March 1st. Quite a deal for those who don’t object…
More surprisingly, there are actually 3 games newly released for the eShop that actually look pretty compelling. Granted, most of these aren’t exclusives, but new games are always appreciated, especially at the end of a system’s lifespan. First up is a sequel to the first “chase em up” ever released.
Yes, Go! Go! Kokopolo 3D is hitting the 3DS. I actually played the first one when it released, and though I enjoyed the graphical style and premise, found it hard to get into. That said, it is a Nintendo exclusive, and features multiple characters to play as, boss fights and tons of levels, so it might be worth a look.
Next up is something we almost never get on Nintendo consoles – a new shump! Ghost Blade HD is both inspired by and a tribute to the shmup classics of the 90s, and features 2 player mayhem and rollicking adventure. If it plays half as nicely as it looks, it should be a must buy for any shmup fan looking for a good time.
Lastly, there is a new Metroidvania game available for the Wii U. forma.8 is a fascinating looking game where you control a small exploration probe. Though I’m not a huge fan of a Metroidvania letting you float around, the visual style of the game is cool and it has some atmospheric tunes. I know I’ll personally be picking this up, just to satisfy my curiosity and craving for more Metroidvania games. Here’s hoping forma.8 is worth the price of admission!
All told, not a bad week! Maybe not as exciting as the last one, but still decent for fans of the Nintendo Download. Drop in next time as oprainfall unveils the latest and greatest deals from Nintendo. And make sure to tune in to our review coverage of the first batch of Switch games!
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