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Bionic Commando storms the Nintendo Download

There’s a Bionic Commando in this week’s Nintendo Download, but it’s not the one you’re thinking of.

Well, unless you have a more in-depth and niche knowledge of the ‘series’ that is. Bionic Commando: Elite Forces joins the Virtual Console lineup on the 3DS this week from the GameBoy Color, which saw release back in 1999. Unlike the first title on the NES, this version stars a team of Commandos, all of whom are out on a mission to rescue Commander Joe from the evil forces of the Albatross Project. And no, it’s not you, those are some of the most ridiculous names in any game ever.

Other than Commander Joe and crew, there’s also Pokemon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire in the Virtual Console, this time on the Wii U, and there are some solid sales as well- including one on Shovel Knight, which is 33% off the usual price till the 8th of this month.

Here’s your full rundown:

  • Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
    • Bionic Commando: Elite Forces – You are the perfect combination of man and machine – a Bionic Commando equipped with a Bionic Claw that will be extremely handy when infiltrating the danger zone. Blast through enemy lines as you grapple, swing and scale more than 20 levels of forests, deserts, mountains and futuristic cities. You are the last hope in saving your homeland from utter destruction. Suit up, soldier!
  • Virtual Console on Wii U


  • Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire – Much more than a regular pinball game, Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire combines fast flipper action with a unique way to catch your favorite Pokémon. Control the flippers to shoot the Poké Ball at targets on one of two PlayFields. Play on either the Ruby or Sapphire Field to rack up as many points as possible. The game lets players catch more than 200 Pokémon and features characters from the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire games.
  • Nintendo eShop Must-Haves
    • Start the new year off right in the Nintendo eShop, which features must-have classic and current games. Check the Nintendo eShop each week in January (from Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. PT until Jan. 29 at 8:59 a.m. PT) for Nintendo eShop Must-Haves – they’re the perfect way to build a collection of great games that you can enjoy for years to come.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Shovel Knight on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS is 33 percent off until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 8.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Unepic is 30 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $6.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT onJan. 29.
  • Nintendo eShop Nintendo 3DS

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 games weekly to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii Shop Channel for the Wii console.

The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in the Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in either Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account.

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.

Remember that Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS 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 http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu orhttp://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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