Judging by the bitterness of the weather outside, weâ€™ll be spending most this week in the warmth and out of the way of the elements. Luck would have it that there are a few new arrivals of note on the eShop.
It’s two new Virtual Console offerings that grab our attention – SNES cult classics Cybernator and Pac-Attack. Although we havenâ€™t played Cybernator for many years, the fact that it received an almost unaltered PS2 conversion back in 2005 would suggest that Konamiâ€™s shooter still holds up well.
Having shown Pac-Attacksome love early last year, it’s is one that we can vouch for. For fans of Tetris in particular, itâ€™s well worth a look. Despite the Pac-Man license fitting the puzzler like a glove, it was actually designed with Namcoâ€™s often forgotten Cosmo Gang in mind. A bit of trivia for you there.
Both are due on Wii U for Â£5.49. Theyâ€™re the US versions, if that means anything to you.
The Wii U also gets artwork creation tool SDK Paint (Â£3.99) – which features Miiverse support (uh-oh!) and 3D viewing via anaglyph 3D glasses – and the purse pleasingly priced Hyrule Warriors: Boss Pack (Â£2.69). This add-on includes, and we quote, “Two new challenge modes (Boss Challenge and Ganon’s Fury) with five new alternatively-coloured costumes as rewards”.
Nintendo also reports that â€œeach mode also contains three battle types across three difficulty levels, as well as one extra-difficult scenarioâ€.
Things are a tad busier over on the 3DS eShop. Five new releases, no less. Say hello to Hello Kitty & Sanrio Friends 3D Racing (Â£29.99) – also due out at retail this Friday – stupidly titled pre-school rhythm game Mes Comptines (Â£4.49), 8-bit style platform adventure Zombie Incident (Â£1.99), blatant Tetris clone Best of Arcade Games – Tetraminos (Â£8.99) and Titan Attacks! (Â£7.99).
That last one is a Space Invaders/Galaga-alike from Curve Studios. The PS4 version went down well, with many reviewers claiming that it puts a welcome spin on a classic formula.
Discounts for this week are far more enticing than last week. Highlights include Wii U scrolling brawler Rock Zombie (Â£3.59) plus 3DS titles BIT.TRIP SAGA (Â£4.49), Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (Â£11.99), Virtue’s Last Reward (Â£7.99) and Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (Â£8.99).
VAN HELSING SNIPER ZX100 also gets a permanent drop from Â£6.66 to Â£2.69, thus forever ruining EnjoyUpâ€™s little joke in the process.