The Nintendo Download – 7/11/13 – Retro-riffic Edition

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This week’s Nintendo Download kicks off with a bit of Virtual Console fanfare for both the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U. On the Nintendo 3DS, we have one of my all-time favorites (hence two pictures), Super Mario Bros. 2 from the NES library, yours for $4.99.

Though not quite as good as the ultimate form the game would take in Super Mario Advance, Super Mario Bros. 2 still stands out as a very unique entry among all the others, something which is a little more welcome these days. And though you’ll have the opportunity to not only play as your choice of Mario, Luigi, Toad, and the Princess, but unite them all as a team in December’s Super Mario 3D World, the “Plucking Power” gameplay of this title still remains unique while giving you an opportunity to become a little more acquainted with each character’s style.

I don’t frequently rush to buy a game I already have on another system, but Super Mario Bros. 2 is certainly an exception to that particular rule.

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Over on the Wii U’s Virtual Console are Donkey Kong and Metroid, $4.99 each, or $1 if you already own the Wii Virtual Console versions and have moved them to your Wii U. If only the Nintendo 3DS had such a discount for games you already own on other platforms…

I generally don’t like to actively recommend against games unless there is something seriously wrong, but Donkey Kong is one such case in my eyes. Simply put, this is the NES version of the game, which is missing one of the levels, to say nothing of some of the animations and things the arcade version had. And when you consider the game had only four levels to begin with (they repeat on a loop with increasing difficulty), that’s a pretty big deal!

Nintendo has made an improved version of the NES game which includes the fourth level and some added animations, so why they’re still trying to foist this one off on us for $4.99, I don’t know. The improved version isn’t arcade-perfect, but it’s still a lot closer than this.

Metroid, on the other hand, I wholeheartedly recommend. This goes double for those who love other games in the series, but were turned off by the original’s difficulty, as this one has the benefit of save states to help you through. I wouldn’t even normally advocate that, but one of my beefs with replaying the game is that when you would die or enter a password, you’d only begin with a sliver of health and have to spend a while grind your way back to full health before really starting to play.

But with the save states, you can at least save sparingly in such a way that you can begin an area after dying with more health than if you were to continue or use a password. As a result, playing the game becomes less of a chore.

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Moving into the present day of gaming, we have Shin Megami Tensei IV for $49.99 on the Nintendo 3DS, which will be available on July 16th. Purchase it at retail or in the Nintendo eShop along with Fire Emblem Awakening (previous purchases count) to receive a $30 Nintendo eShop credit.

In this game, the secret order of Samurai who protect the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado from a growing army of invading demons must leave their homeland and venture into Tokyo, where several other factions with their own designs on how the world should end up will make themselves known.

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What do you get when you cross Star Wars with pinball? Star Wars Pinball, of course! Why, what were you thinking of?

$9.99 gets you the latest from Zen Studios, allowing up to four players to compete on a pinball table in a galaxy far, far away. Three interesting choices of tables await as you take on Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett, and The Clone Wars. There are various multiplayer modes, worldwide tournaments, and the promise of more tables to come. Who’s ready for a Gungans vs. Ewoks table? Anyone?

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Available in the Wii U eShop on July 16th for $39.95 is Turbo: Super Stunt Squad, an action-adventure-racing game based on the upcoming DreamWorks film Turbo. The inclusion of power-ups, multiple playable characters, customizable characters, and shortcuts lead me to think this might not be far from the Mario Kart style of game.

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And for $29.95, you can get it on the Nintendo 3DS, too.

That’s everything for this week! For more information, screens, and video for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.

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