The Nintendo Download – 1/7/2016

Zap! Zap! Zap!

“Happy New Year!” says Nintendo. “Have some Zapper light gun games on your Wii U Virtual Console!”

To which I respond, “Yes,” “please,” “thank you,” and “where’s Gumshoe?” Because I’m apparently a jerk like that.

But in fairness, I never asked for The Adventures of Bayou Billy. No one did.


Hogan’s Alley for Wii U – Three modes await you and your Wii Remote-turned-Zapper: Game A has you spot the perp out of a three-person lineup and shoot them before they can shoot you, while Game B takes you through an on-rails tour of the titular Alley setup to do the same. In either case, don’t shoot the bystanders! Game C changes things up with a series of ledges; can you keep the tin can aloft by shooting it so that it lands where you’ll get the most points?

The Adventures of Bayou Billy for Wii U – I don’t expect Konami to release much these days, and of their entire catalog, I cannot say I was ever expecting this one to emerge. This Bayou Blowout has Billy out to rescue Annabelle Lane from the sinister Godfather Gordon in a mix of brawling, driving, and shooting stages — quite a mix back in the late 80’s. What’s more, those with a Wii Remote will have an advantage that the Zapper-challenged did not back then, since the controller now doubles as the light gun — and not in the “move the cursor with the Dpad” way!


Wild Gunman for Wii U – “Hello, McFly!”

A little late for this one to come out, at least as far as Back to the Future celebrations go, but if you’ve ever wanted to test your mettle in the same game Marty demonstrates for a very young Frodo Baggins in Part II‘s Cafe 80’s of 2015, now’s your chance!


Avoider for Wii U – Using the Wii U GamePad, your goal is to navigate through the galaxy without being hit. That’s it! Do well and sing of your exploits from the top of the Miiverse.


Bigley’s Revenge for Wii U – As Jim Sterling might say, “is this memes?” Because this looks like memes. Click the link, and you’ll find that yes, this is very memes.


Discovery for Wii U – Okay, guys: we have Minecraft for real now! Yes, the actual Minecraft!

Though to be fair, this looks like it offers some things unique from Mojang’s monster hit. Slanted surfaces, for one.


SDK Spriter – Demo Version for Wii U – Create your own pixel art, or “sprites,” and use them in a standard game engine included in the kit here. Try this free demo for yourself to learn more.


Tabletop Gallery for Wii U – So there’s this game, and it’s comprised of other games, but I can’t show you any of these other games, because the publisher only released screens of the individual title screens, which you can see above in the title screen for the whole collection. From Nintendo’s website:

POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE combines the single-player experience of Solitaire with the hand building mechanic of Poker. SHUT THE BOX tests your skills at eliminating the tiles on the game board to ‘shut the box’. TOSS N GO pits you up against the computer or a second player to see who can be the first one to bank 100 or more points.


My Pets for Nintendo 3DS – Looks sort of like nintendogs + cats, but a lot more limited with only four breeds of each. Still, they seem to have more equal time here, so that’s something. 16 mini-games await, and you can bring your pets to life with the magic of Augmented Reality technology.

Also, as you can see, you can dress your cat up in ways you’d never do and they’d never tolerate in real life. That’s a big thumbs-up right there.


Ocean Runner for Nintendo 3DS – An “underwater runner,” your goal is to help Gilbert gather all the pearls he can — including the biggest one in the ocean — and deliver it to his beloved Pearlina, as she apparently has some sort of fixation on the things.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS

This week’s new theme is Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX “Paper Craft”.

Nintendo eShop Sales (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • GravBlocks+ is more than 70 percent off (reduced from $3.49 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 21.
    • Rock Zombie, Unepic and more from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 4.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 14.
    • Glory of Generals The Pacific is more than 40 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 28.
    • Quell Memento is 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 28.

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

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at)



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David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you're interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at)