2D arcade-like skater OlliOlli may have taken a while to reach other formats since launching on PS Vita over a year ago, but at least it’s arriving on the Nintendo eShop with Wii U/3DS cross-buy support, along with an alluring launch-period discount.
From Thursday until 19th March the pixel perfect skateboarding sim (to use a term lightly) will cost £7.99, with the price then rising to £9.99 thereafter. Those who own it on Wii U can download it on 3DS, and visa versa, as long as the Nintendo Network IDs are linked.
Generous consensus had it that although frustrating at times, it was no less as addictive. Scores did fluctuate slightly though – everything from 6/10s to 9/10s. Considering one of the 6/10 reviews made the ridiculous claim that the visuals look like something from a 90’s shareware game, we don’t think you should be too worried about the less positive reviews out there.
As usual, a couple of new (read: old) games are heading to Virtual Console. We have Culture Brain to thank for both side-scrolling brawler Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll (£2.69) and the top-down Kung-Fu Heroes (£3.49) – two NES titles that were never released in Europe. We had to trawl all the way over to GameFAQs to get the low down on these two. Apparently both aren’t too bad at all; Kung-Fu Heroes is allegedly quite tough, but Flying Dragon has a difficulty level that’s “just right”.
Then we have the usual selection of premium priced retail downloads. This week: Cooking Mama: Bon Appétit (£24.99), Gardening Mama: Forest Friends (£24.99), Best of Casual Games (£19.99) and Hollywood Fame: Hidden Object Adventure (£19.99) on 3DS. Both Cooking Mama games feature a neat sounding SpotPass feature, allowing exclusive items to be traded. We imagine that Nintendo will be giving these two a spot of promotion over the coming weeks.
We like Cooking Mama here, having purchased the Nintendo DS original on import many years ago. Since then though the series has been run into the ground somewhat. We kind of get the feeling that these two are a last ditch effort to rejuvenate the series.