Nintendo eShop And Virtual Console Update: Pokemon Pinball, Shovel Knight Sale And A Few Other Titles Ring In The New Year

By Steve Buja , Updated Jan 01, 2015 09:53 AM EST

Happy 2015 to all. Today is not only January 1, the one day of the year when all our resolutions are not only doable but totally going to happen, but also Thursday and Thursday can mean only one thing: the weekly Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console update!

2015: The Year Of Nintendo

This week’s pickings are particularly light. The industry has mostly gone home for the holidays, tossing out a tidbit here or a tidbit there into the great wintry desolation known as ‘not November’.

Bionic Commando: Elite Forces, the 1999 Game Boy color title has swung its way onto the 3DS. The sequel - the only one developed by Nintendo itself - puts you in the role of several of the titular heroes, both male and female, as you try to save a country from terrorists. Twenty levels of climbing, grappling and scaling adventure await, all for $5.99.

Super Smash Bros Mod Gives You Nothing But Pokemon

The Wii U Virtual Console game this week is Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, the 2003 GBA title and based on the original Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire games. It’s pinball, it’s pokemon, if you like one, you will like the other. Guaranteed. $7.99

Shovel Knight, one of the most highly rated games of the year, is now $9.99 on both Wii U and 3DS until January 8. The quirky platform/rpg title Unepic is now $6.99 for the Wii U until the end of the month.

Starting today at noon eastern, you can check out the new Nintendo eShop Must-Haves. “Start the new year off right in the Nintendo eShop, which features must-have classic and current games. Check the Nintendo eShop each week in January (from Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. PT until Jan. 29 at 8:59 a.m. PT) for Nintendo eShop Must-Haves – they’re the perfect way to build a collection of great games that you can enjoy for years to come.

I told you it was a light week. May your New Year get off to a great start.

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