With few Wii U games due this December, we had a feeling the console would see a new N64 VC release before the year is out.
Step forward Excitebike 64, due Thursday for a modest Â£8.99. We recall picking this one up upon release (back in the space year 2000) and being a tad disappointed. While mostly well-received by critics, it didnâ€™t have the same magic and mastery of other N64 racers like 1080 Snowboarding and Wave Race. This is probably why Nintendo didnâ€™t ask Left Field Productions for a follow-up. Their next motorbike game – MTX Mototrax â€“ was a budget PS2 release. Nitrobike meanwhile was picked up by Ubisoft.
Having said all this, we struggle to think of a better motorbike racer – it was a bloody good game, just one that lacked that Nintendo magic. Let’s hope it doesn’t suffer from bodged controls like the recent Wii U F-Zero X re-release.
Thatâ€™s it for new Wii U stuff this week. Things are rather quiet on 3DS too, which is perhaps to be expected after last weekâ€™s quartet of big-name games.
On New 3DS thereâ€™s RCMADIAXâ€™s GALAXY BLASTER (Â£1.39) which appears to be a generic space shooter in the Space Invaders mould. Then thereâ€™s the four-strong mini-game collection Crollors Game Pack (Â£1.39), which does in fact feature a game called Space Shooter. Color Switch, Dotch It and Zig Zag Ball are the remaining three.
The 3DS also gets some free 7th Dragon III Code: VFD and Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse DLC, plus some inexpensive add-ons. These are mostly avatar items.
Going back to all things RCMADIAX, most â€“ if not all â€“ of their Wii U back catalogue is reduced this week. Our caps button can rest easy â€“ there are too many games to mention. Prices start at 92p, rising to Â£2.74. Tetraminos (Â£3.59), Brick Breaker (Â£3.59) and Pinball Breakout (Â£4.00) are also reduced. Arguably the highlight though is the Super Mario 64 influenced platformer FreezeME, down to Â£6.29 until 29th December.
As for 3DS discounts, most come courtesy of CIRCLE Entertainment. These include Petit Novel Series – Harvest December (Â£7.89), Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas (Â£3.19) and Conveni Dream (Â£3.59). Metroidvania AeternoBlade meanwhile drops to (Â£2.70). It was one of the more expensive eShop games at launch and went on to receive a PS4 release. Reviews werenâ€™t great though, with low production values mostly to blame. But at Â£2.70, it might be worth a second look.