Itâ€™s nice to know Konami hasnâ€™t entirely forgotten about the Castlevania franchise â€“ theyâ€™re about to dust off another older instalment for New 3DSâ€™s Virtual Console.
Castlevania Dracula X â€“ due out Thursday, priced Â£7.19 â€“ is something of an oddity, being the SNES iteration of the PC Engineâ€™s Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. Itâ€™s far from a franchise high note, feeling distinctly 8-bit even though running on 16-bit hardware.
Itâ€™s also lacking the fancy Mode 7 effects that made Castlevania IV such a sight to behold. Still, chances are most gamers havenâ€™t played through this adventure before, and that alone makes its arrival noteworthy.
The rest of the weekâ€™s new eShop releases are for the regular 3DS. These include animation tool Butterfly: Inchworm Animation II (Â£7.19), a standalone release of the Halloween-themed pixel art adventure Candy, Please! (Â£1.99) and Teyonâ€™s “extreme ramp” filled Mini Golf Resort (Â£4.49).
They’re joined by Word Search 10K (Â£5.99), which offers over 10,000 words to find in one colossal 90,000 square grid. â€œEach section is much too large to fit on screen!â€ reads the blurb. That doesnâ€™t sound helpful at all.
Despite only being released back in December, Circle Entâ€™s Kutar mini-game series is going down in price to 69p a piece until 9th February. VAN HELSING SNIPER ZX100 (Â£1.99) and RV-7 My Drone (89p) also fall in price on 3DS this week, while Island Flight Simulator (Â£4.79) and Dragon Skills (Â£5.43) are due a drop on Wii U.
Wii U titles ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! and Hot Rod Racer see permanent price drops meanwhile, down to Â£1.19 and 89p respectively. Cool beans.
[Update] A surprise Zelda sale is due to commence tomorrow (26th January) until 9th February. ‘My Nintendo’ members can get 30% off a whole host of 3DS and Wii U Zelda adventures, including last yearâ€™s Zelda: Twilight Princess HD.