Nintendo Download 8/23/2012

Hello?  Is there anybody in there?  Nintendo may have gone comfortably numb judging from this week’s digital releases.  After a month of two eShop Virtual Console games a week, plus other great games and sales, they’ve fallen back into their old habit of giving us barely anything to buy and no discounts.  Here’s hoping this is a quality over quantity situation, because the quantity sure isn’t there.

First up we have VectorRacing for the 3DS eShop.  Seems like a bit of F-Zero racing with old-school vector-line graphics.  Looks like it could be decent fun with online racing, plus it reminds me of the Star Wars arcade game from the 80s.

Next is METAL SLUG X for the Wii Virtual Console.  Originally appearing on the Neo Geo, this game is Metal Slug 2, but improved with new weapons, enemies, and difficulty settings.  The description on Nintendo’s own page for the game says it offers a “solidly enjoyable game-play experience,” so if that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.

Finally, we have Abyss for DSiWare.  This game has you controlling a giant eye with three legs/tenticles/breadsticks as it searches the unfathomable depths of the ocean looking for precious energy stones.  It doesn’t look or sound terribly exciting, but for only $1.99, you could take a flyer on it without having your wallet curse your family’s name.

So what say you dear reader, anything for you this week?  Check the press release below for more info, or click here for the picture-graph version.

Press Release


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

Nintendo eShop
VectorRacing – Enjoy a new, high-speed racing game that recalls the video games of yore. Use one of six different machines to race across 12 courses — some easy, some insane — in four different modes. (For Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo 3DS XL)

Virtual Console
METAL SLUG X – This game is based on Metal Slug 2, but adds the new “Iron Lizard” and “Drop Shot” weapons. It also adds many new enemies and allows players to adjust the game’s difficulty level by changing the position of bosses and other things. (For Wii)

Also new this week:
Abyss (Nintendo DSiWare)

To view this week’s Nintendo Download in its full graphical version, please visit:

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS™/Nintendo 3DS XL system, to the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and to the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Thursdays.

The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service and features games, applications and videos in both 2D and 3D. Users can add money to their virtual wallets using a credit card or by purchasing a Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card.

The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points™, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Wii Points Card™ and Nintendo DSi Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

Remember that Wii, Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit, or



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