DLC Digest: Earthbound and Shantae help Nintendo dominate downloads

Date Posted Author
21st July 2013 Matt Bailey

If you head to the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace or even Steam, there's a lack of new titles right now. At least, anything worth your attention. Nintendo, on the other hand, have had a busy week on the Wii U and 3DS eShops.

First up is the long awaited arrival of Earthbound on the Wii U Virtual Console. Through the lifespan of the Wii, many were asking for this cult RPG to make an appearance on that machine's Virtual Console. Never released in Europe in its original incarnation on the SNES, many have been hoping to finally play the game which takes more traditional Japanese RPG mechanics and put them in a modern context. Or at least a modern context when the game came out in 1995. Apparently licensing issues prevented the game from appearing before, but earlier this year Nintendo confirmed it was on the way to their new console. And in a surprise during the mini-Nintendo Direct video on Wednesday, it was announced that Earthbound would be released this week. So, it's now on the eShop for £6.99.

On the 3DS' Virtual Console, another eagerly awaited title has arrived. It might not have the following or attention of Earthbound, but Shantae is a Game Boy Color action-platformer from WayForward, a company which has been behind quite a few great DSiWare, 3DS eShop and Wii U eShop games of late, including Mighty Switch Force. Shantae is £4.49, while its sequel is on DSiWare if you're interested.

Also on the 3DS eShop is Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale from Professor Layton creators Level-5. The new adventure game looks lovely and as ever with Level-5 games it is probably heavily story-driven. It's £7.19, but sadly there's no demo right now. There is now one, however, for The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves, which is probably good considering that's a bit of an odd (but great) game.

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