This week’s Virtual Console release on the Nintendo 3DS provokes some mixed feelings.
You see, we here at the Toronto Video Game Examiner are unquestionably huge fans of Nintendo’s Balloon Fight. Despite this, however, we’ve never really had the opportunity to get acquainted with the game’s Game Boy sequel, Balloon Kid. So, with that very title being released today through the Nintendo eShop, we should be elated, right?
Well, we are… and we aren’t.
You see, Balloon Kid holds an interesting place in the annals of Nintendo’s history. The original Game Boy version was never released in Japan, though shortly thereafter, a licensed Hello Kitty version was ported to the Famicom (the Japanese version of the Nintendo Entertainment System), with an actual Game Boy release– or Game Boy Color, to be specific– coming to their shores nearly a decade after we received the original.
Balloon Fight GB, as the latter release was called, was in color, and contained some extra bonus features. And more recently, it was released to the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
Unfortunately for us, since we did not get that later version of the game upon its original release, it appears we are to be denied once again. Instead, we get the origjnal Game Boy version of Balloon Kid. That’s with monochrome graphics and all, which is a shame when you think about it– few things evoke a mental image of “color” than balloons.
Still, it’s better than not getting a chance to try it at all, though it is a little difficult not to be at least a little envious of our contemporaries on the other side of the Pacific.
Other releases rounding things out this week include the delightfully strange-sounding 1950s Lawn Mower Kids for Nintendo DSiWare and the Nintendo eShop, which is about a group of kids (in the 50s, of course) mowing lawns while avoiding people, animals, and best of all, UFOs. In addition, both services also have the fourth chapter of House M.D., titled Crashed.
Nintendo Video has a download of the “Main Theme Medley” for The Legend of Zelda, and WiiWare brings an E-rated arcade fighter called Gnomz, which looks as though it takes a few cues from Nintendo’s own Super Smash Bros. series.
For more details on each of this week’s downloads, be sure to check out the full press release below:
NINTENDO DOWNLOAD HIGHLIGHTS NEW DIGITAL CONTENT FOR NINTENDO SYSTEMS – NOV. 3, 2011
Nov. 3, 2011
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop / Nintendo DSiWare™
1950s Lawn Mower Kids™ – Help Tom, Nancy and Tim mow lawns among UFOs, people, dogs, ducks, cats and birds. Avoid mowing down flower beds or crashing into tables and angry animals. (For Nintendo 3DS™ / Nintendo DSi™)
Balloon Kid™ – Save your brother from peril by floating through eight different stages as you follow his trail of balloons. Test your piloting skills to avoid enemies, or let go of your balloons to face enemies on the ground. (For Nintendo 3DS)
Gnomz – Welcome to the world of Gnomz, an exciting new arcade fighter for the WiiWare service. Battle in 25 action-packed arenas and discover magical power-ups, flying elephants, rainbows and glowing reindeer. (For Wii™)
Also new this week:
• “The Legend of Zelda Main Theme Medley” (Nintendo Video™)
• House M.D. – Episode 4: Crashed (Nintendo eShop/Nintendo DSiWare)
To view this week’s Nintendo Download in its full graphical version, please visit: http://www.news2know.net/nintendo/download3mwKD92i.php.
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 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 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/wii, http://www.nintendo.com/3ds or http://www.nintendo.com/ds/systems/dsi.