US Nintendo Downloads: The Donkey Kong Country Series Arrives On Virtual Console

I know you’ve been waiting for them so I’m pleased to say that the Donkey Kong Country games are heading to North America today on the Wii U Virtual Console and the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Rare’s acclaimed 2D platforming titles join IronFall, the thrilling third-person shooter for the Nintendo 3DS eshop. Here’s all the games you can download this week in the United States.

  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • IRONFALL Invasion – IRONFALL Invasion is a thrilling third-person shooter with single-player campaign and multiplayer modes. Equipped with an arsenal of destructive weapons, take cover and repel an invasion of alien robots. Play for free or purchase DLC starting today in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • Titan Attacks! – The Titans are invading! Single-handedly turn back the invading Titan army, drive back the aliens across the Solar System and finally defeat them on their home world. Click here to view a trailer for this modern remix of classic arcade shoot-’em-ups.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo3DS
    • Donkey Kong Land – Making a bet with Cranky Kong is never wise. In this Game Boy adventure, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong must set off on another adventure to retrieve their banana hoard from the evil K. Rool’s clutches. Swing, roll, jump and barrel blast through four worlds that are swarming with returning and original enemies.
    • Donkey Kong Land 2 – K. Rool has kidnapped Donkey Kong and he’s demanding the entire banana hoard as ransom! In this Game Boy classic, play as either Diddy Kong or Dixie Kong and take advantage of their unique abilities in more than 40 levels of nonstop platforming action. Keep an eye out for some friendly faces (and some shiny collectibles) to help you out.
    • Donkey Kong Land III – Dixie Kong has been left behind to babysit her younger cousin, Kiddy Kong. But that won’t stop her from seeking adventure in this Game Boy game. Help Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong through 36 Kremling-infested levels, each containing secret areas, bonus levels and collectibles. Maybe they’ll even find the entrance to the hidden Lost World!
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Donkey Kong Country – Armed with chest-pounding muscle, mighty barrel rolls and awesome vine-swinging skills, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong set out to face K. Rool and his reptilian crew of Kremlings in this Super NES masterpiece! Play solo, compete with a friend or play cooperatively with a friend in more than 100 levels filled with collectibles and hidden bonus areas. With the help of Donkey Kong’s quirky family, animal friends and your fast reflexes, our dynamic duo will prove to be an unstoppable force.
    • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest – Donkey Kong has been kidnapped and taken to Crocodile Isle. Only Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong can save the day. In this Super NES sequel to the Donkey Kong Country game, play solo, compete with a friend or tag team with a friend in eight exciting worlds filled with wacky characters, collectable items and secret bonus areas.
    • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble – Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have gone missing! In this Super NES adventure, play as Dixie Kong or Kiddy Kong solo, against a friend or with a friend. Take advantage of each of their unique abilities as they throw each other into action through more than 40 levels.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • Buy one or more participating Donkey Kong games for the Virtual Console service on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and get 30 percent off your Nintendo eShop purchase of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo 3DS). This offer lasts until March 3 at 8:59 a.m. PT. The same Nintendo Network ID must be linked to your Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, as well as your Nintendo eShop account prior to purchase in order to be eligible for the discount. Visithttp://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more information.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • 3D MahJongg and more games from JoinDot are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 13.
    • Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) from Feb. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • NES: Donkey Kong
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Hunter’s Seal - Available Feb. 28
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Palicoes 4 Ever – Available Feb. 28

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Super Nintendo Hit Axelay Coming This Week To US Wii U Virtual Console

Good news for fans of Konami’s Super Nintendo classic Axelay as Nintendo of America has confirmed it’s coming to the Wii U Virtual Console this week. The game was originally released way back in 1992 and is a 2D scrolling shooter. If you’re not familiar with it then be sure to check out the video embedded above and the description listed below. It should be on the US Wii U Virtual Console on Thursday.

Mysterious aliens have invaded the earthlike planet of Corliss, slowly draining the planet’s resources. Take control of the prototype Axelay ship, and utilize its wide range of advanced weaponry to battle the enemy forces. Play through multiple stages of action ranging from other planets to space stations, all on your way to destroying the alien headquarters. Be careful not to be too distracted by the excellent graphics (including great scrolling effects) or rocking music, though; you’re Corliss’s last line of defense!

Thanks, feelingblind

Wii U Virtual Console Trials Will Be Unlockable Via amiibo

Nintendo has announced that trials of certain Virtual Console titles on Wii U will be unlockable via amiibo. The functionality, which will be available during the first half of this year, will enable users to tap the interactive figurines to the Wii U GamePad to gain limited access to select NES and SNES games. Tapping the same amiibo in succession will prompt several different scenes from that software to be changed in. This sequence could be compared to the action of swapping cartridges. Nintendo recently revealed that Link is the most popular amiibo in all regions except Australia.

Kirby’s Adventure Wii Heading To Wii U eShop This Week

You might have missed it when it was released, but Kirby’s Adventure is now heading to the Wii U eShop this week. If you did miss it then now’s the perfect opportunity for you to get acquainted with Kirby’s well-received Wii adventure. If you’re interested then the game will cost you €19.99 / £17.99.

Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede and Waddle Dee are ready to transform your living room into Dream Land once more in Kirby’s Adventure Wii! In this side-scrolling adventure game, you can play on your own or with up to three of your friends. Kirby, in his many guises, is in control of the infamous foursome – help him use his powerful Copy Ability to inhale, spit or transform as enemies rise to the challenge. Kicking off this action packed adventure, an alien spaceship has crash-landed, scattering pieces of the ship across the otherwise peaceful Popstar land. The alien is desperate to return to its home planet and so Kirby and his enemies decide to work together and help – starting out on a mission to find the missing chunks of the vessel which have been spread across the realm. Play on your own or recruit up to three friends who can join in the fun. Whether you all want to play as Kirby, each in a different colour, or mix things up by each taking a different character – Meta Knight, King Dedede and Waddle Dee – you can all enjoy playing cooperatively to progress through the game by collecting Point Stars and Ability Stars. Don’t worry if you only meet up with your friends for a short while, anyone can join and leave the game at any time.

Shadow Of The Ninja For NES Coming To North American Virtual Console On January 29th

The iconic Shadow of the Ninja for the Nintendo Entertainment System will eventually be coming to the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Natsume announced that the 2D action title will be arriving on the North American Virtual Console on January 29th. You can take a look at Shadow of the Ninja in the YouTube video embedded below.

Thanks, Kim

Axelay And Demon’s Crest Coming To European WIi U Virtual Console This Week

Nintendo Europe has finally confirmed that Axelay and Demon’s Quest will be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console. It’s the first time that both rare titles have dropped on the Wii U Virtual Console. Both titles will retail for £5.49, so go and grab them.

Pilot the prototype Axelay ship against a mysterious alien armada intent on conquering the galaxy. Use your wide range of weaponry across vertical and horizontal scrolling stages – from planets of flame to sprawling space stations – on your way to destroying the aliens’ base. Axelay is renowned for its excellent arcade-style graphics, high quality sound, and intense yet rewarding gameplay developed by Konami’s masters of the shooter genre.

From a lowly enemy in the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series, to spin-off Gargoyle’s Quest, Firebrand the demon now finds himself fighting to restore peace in the demon realm. Firebrand must recover the six stones of the powerful Demon’s Crest before they fall into the claws of his nemesis Phalanx. As well as being able to breathe fire, and fly, Firebrand can transform into six unique guises with special abilities that will prove invaluable to his quest. With three different endings to discover, can you save the realms from total anarchy?

Here’s A Look At The Virtual Console Version Of Duck Hunt

The other week brought great news as Duck Hunt will be arriving on the Wii U Virtual Console on Christmas Day. Blogger NintenDaan couldn’t wait that long and downloaded the Wii U Virtual Console release on the Japanese Wii U eShop. As you can see not a whole lot has changed but it’s still an iconic release.