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Metroid Prime Hunters Hits Wii U Virtual Console

_gameplay_01Meanwhile, the New 3DS gets Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble as its latest SNES Virtual Console edition.

Nintendo continues its slow and steady expansion of its consoles’ Virtual Console libraries with this week’s Nintendo Download. The Wii U sees another addition to its DS lineup in Metroid Prime Hunters, the multi-player focused Metroid game (back when such an idea didn’t yet earn the ire of franchise fans) featuring several bounty hunters and a plethora of maps and modes.  The game was one of the best shooters on the expired platform, though it’ll be interesting to see how its controls carry over to the much larger bottom screen on the Wii U.

The 3DS welcomes another Donkey Kong Country game, making it the premiere platform for the series (missing only Tropical Freeze). 

The Wii U sees newcomer Kick & Fennick too, Jaywalkers’ platformer adventure about a boy and his floating robot fennec fox creature.  The game looks to be a step above the week’s other new releases: SSSnakes, B3 Game Expo for Bees, and 153 Hand Video Poker.

From Nintendo:

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

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Kick & FennickKick & Fennick is an action-filled adventure about Kick, a young boy battling to help his robot companion, Fennick. Join them as they blast, bounce and bound their way through 45 challenging levels. Adding a unique twist to the gameplay, Kick’s gun not only blasts baddies, but its recoil can also be used to launch the lad through various areas of each level! Puzzles, platforms and power-ups await in Kick & Fennick. Click here to view the trailer
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Metroid Prime Hunters – A ferocious race, now extinct, has left behind relics of its once-powerful warrior culture. Now six fierce bounty hunters from across the galaxy will challenge Samus in a race to claim these relics in hopes of harnessing their power for themselves.
  • Virtual Console on New Nintendo 3DS
    • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie’s Double Trouble – In the third game in the Super NES Donkey Kong Country trilogy, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have gone missing! Play as Dixie Kong or Kiddy Kong and take advantage of each of their unique abilities as they throw each other into action in more than 40 levels.

Nintendo eShop sales:

New DLC:

  • Fire Emblem Fates – New DLC Maps : V: Endless Dawn – Led by Shigure, the party storms the enemy. Part 5 of Heirs of Fate for the Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest games is now available for $1.99.
  • Fire Emblem Fates – Map Pack 2 DLC – Across dimensions, other versions of the Hoshidan and Nohrian children are under attack. Born and raised in the Deeprealms, these fledgling warriors must now rise up to save themselves and their parents as they unravel the mystery of their adversaries. In this six-map series, units leveled up in the main game cannot lend support. Devise a strategy using a fresh team and reap the rewards, but only if all of your units survive. You can receive all six maps as they are released by purchasing Map Pack 2 for only $7.99.
Also new this week:B3 Game Expo for Bees
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 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.

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 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 or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Michael

Brutal Gamer's Nintendo Editor began his gaming life a little late- at five years old. But he's made up for it in the two decades since, gaming and writing about gaming with the same passion, fervor, and unrelenting love as his five-year old self.

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