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Metroid Prime Trilogy comes to the Wii U in this week’s eShop update

The FPS adventures of Samus Aran come to the Wii U in the latest Wii title to get a digital port.

Basically all the games in the trilogy of Metroid Prime titles are worth your time. Developed by Retro Studios, the games mash up Metroid with first-person shooter/puzzler gameplay and are highlights of the Metroid franchise. So if you missed them, or have long ago lost (or traded in) your disc-based copies, this is a very tempting deal. And it is a deal too, because much like with last week’s Punch-Out!!, Metroid Prime Trilogy is one $9.99 USD as a special introductory price. Normally it won’t cost you too much more either, at $19.99 USD.

Also pretty exciting this week, and over son the 3DS, is the playable demo for Codename: S.T.E.A.M., the turn-based strategy title from Intelligent Systems that’s been making some waves. The game has been turning heads with it’s unique gameplay, and also it’s setting and theme. Quite frankly, you just don’t see a lot of steampunk-infused games that feature a team of operatives serving under Abe Lincoln. Yes, that Abe Lincoln.

And if those two don’t float your boat, there are a whole mess of smaller releases hitting this week as well, including a few sales that you might want to take advantage of, especially if you’re a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Here’s the flu listing of what’s new:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Metroid Prime: Trilogy – Suit up! Your mission awaits! In this compilation that bundles three landmark Metroid Prime games (Metroid PrimeMetroid Prime 2: EchoesMetroid Prime 3: Corruption), play as bounty hunter Samus Aran and experience the danger and intense action of facing adventure alone. Purchase and download Metroid Prime: Trilogy for 50 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 5.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. – Demo Version – Download the free Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. demo and try the exciting new turn-based action strategy game before it launches on March 13. Developed by Intelligent Systems, the company behind the critically acclaimed Fire Emblem series, the Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. game lets you command a strike team of unexpected heroes – assembled by Abraham Lincoln himself!
    • Gunman Clive 2 – In this stylish sequel, travel around the world as Gunman Clive and fight samurai, dinosaurs and giant robots. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Shadow of the Ninja – In AD 2029, Emperor Garuda rules with a cruel iron fist. Two fearless ninjas head out into the night to put an end to his evil reign. In this NES classic, play solo or with a friend as you run, jump and slash through 16 stages of hostile enemy territory. Shadow of the Ninja is now available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
  • New Animal Crossing: New Leaf Items
    • Between Feb. 1 and Nov. 7, every two weeks Nintendo will release a new item that has only been available in the Japanese version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. To get them, visit your nearest Nintendo Zone!

Nintendo eShop Sales:

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Mario’s Mighty Mustache
    • Luigi’s Mighty Mustache

Also new this week:

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.

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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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