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EarthBound | Nintendo Download

Earthbound is on the Wii U Virtual Console for $9.99. This Nintendo Download article is over. If you’ve never played this game, buy it! If you have played this game, buy it anyway. If you’re one of those gamers who grew up in the NES/SNES era and never bought this game because it doesn’t haev teh Marioz, buy it now before I track you down and break your shins! Why are you still reading this article!? Just buy it, already!! GO! GOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGOGO!!!!

…okay, fine! I’ll get on with the other games available this week. The 3DS got a few new additions to the eShop as well, including Attack of the Friday Giant Monsters ($7.99), the last of the Guild02 games. In addition, a demo for Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves is available for those who are still on the fence about whether you should get the game or not (you should). The 3DS also got Shantae for its Virtual Console for $4.99, which is another game that was highly anticipated by many. It’s unfortunate that it was released on the same day as the most requested SNES game of all time, causing it to be a bit overshadowed. But hey, it’s still a great game that’s worth a download, so go do that if you have money leftover from Earthbound.



July 18, 2013

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Virtual Console™ on Wii U™
EarthBound – The beloved Super NES™ role-playing game is now available on the Virtual Console service for the Wii U console. The Earth faces imminent destruction by the evil Giygas, and can only be saved by a courageous boy named Ness and his three brave friends. Battle hundreds of off-the-wall monsters, roaming dinosaurs and alien enemies, meet a giant cast of memorable characters and journey to exotic locations like Saturn Valley, Dusty Dunes Desert and Deep Darkness.

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
The Smurfs2 – One of the summer’s top animated films is now a fun video game. The evil wizard Gargamel has kidnapped Smurfette and taken her to Paris. It’s up to Papa Smurf and friends to save the day and bring Smurfette home safe. The Smurfs 2 will be available on July 23.

Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS™
Shantae – When the nefarious pirate Risky Boots catches wind of the treasure that was recently unearthed in the village of Scuttle, she launches an attack. To get Scuttle out of trouble, it’s up to the genie Shantae to save the day using her dancing and hair-whipping abilities. Learn Dance Magic to get new attacks, and battle your way through multiple unique locations in this classic 2D side-scrolling platformer, originally released for Game Boy™ Color.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
THE “DENPA” MEN 2: Beyond the Waves – Demo Version – The demo version of THE “DENPA” MEN 2 Beyond the Waves is now available. Find and catch the Denpa Men to form a party, and take them on an exciting adventure to save the hero’s family. Many wonders and strong enemies await you on your journey.

Nintendo eShop Sale
Puddle – Dive into Puddle, a game unlike any other. Players guide a puddle of fluid by tilting the environment to the left or right using the Wii U GamePad controller. Play carefully while taking friction, gravity and temperature into account in a range of beautiful environments. Download the game in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U at a discounted price of $4.49 until 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 1.

Also new this week:
Robot Rescue 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Undead Bowling – Full Game & Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on
Nintendo 3DS)

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About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.