Nintendo eShop And Virtual Console Update: LEGO Batman 3, Sonic, Pokemon, GBA Mario Kart And More Are All Out This Week

By Steve Buja , Updated Nov 13, 2014 10:41 AM EST
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The weather has turned cool, the leaves have begun to change and the calendar tells me it's Thursday. The first two are immaterial, but the third can only mean one thing: it's time for the Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console update! So grab a mug of something hot. Let's do this.

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Have you picked up LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham yet? Because you should. The game is available for pretty much everything, and is also out on the Wii U and 3DS, albeit as slightly different versions. Play as over 150 of DC Comics' finest heroes and villains as you embark across the galaxy in search of Brianiac. The biggest LEGO game yet, and one that will still be there when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice crushes all your childhood hopes and dreams. $49.99 for the Wii U, and $29.99 for the 3DS.

The 3DS Virtual Console is getting the Pokemon Trading Card Game. The 2000 Game Boy Color title was one of the first titles to hit it big. It featured 226 cards and you might say, it started it all. Pick it up for $5.99.

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The week's big Virtual Console offering is none other than Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the GBA classic that features all of your favorite racers, 20 (stupidly difficult) courses and hidden bonus tracks, each loaded with classic power-ups. Available now for the Wii U. $7.99.

Sonic the Hedgehog returns with a vengeance. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is available exclusively from the Wii U's eShop. How the mighty have fallen, my blue friend. Now you're exclusive on someone else's platform? $49.99. Meanwhile, 3DS owners can pick up Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for $39.99. Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and new friend Sticks, each with unique abilities, as you work as a team to save Amy and locate the Crystal before it's too late! In addition to the secret-filled adventure, you can experience a StreetPass collectibles mini-game and play through the story to unlock special upgrades for Rise of Lyric on the Wii U.

Tengami - Discover the wonders of a folding world. Go on a serene journey through Japan with striking visuals, unique game play and haunting music. Fold and slide the beautifully crafted paper world to solve puzzles and discover secrets. Click here to watch a trailer for the game. $9.99 for the Wii U.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Oooze - available for 3DS. Switch between all four turtles as you attempt to stop Shredder from releasing the ooze over Manhattan. It may or may not feature a Xenomorph. Come on, aren't you a bit curious now?

Make way for even more Keflings! Play as your Mii in the new kingdom building Wii U title, A World of Keflings. Mine, harvest, build and thrive in various locales. Complete quests to help the Keflings solve their problems. Compose new music or recreate your favorite songs by shooting Keflings through musical cannons. Hit up the Wii U eShop for $9.99.

As long as there are video game consoles, there will be Tetris. 3DS players can pick up Tetris Ultimate which features six new modes (five more than is necessary, but I digress) and even online leaderboards. Pick it up for $19.99. How it doesn't come prepackaged on every new system is beyond me.

Also coming out this week!

Xavier - because we have never gotten a Bonk's Adventure sequel, this 2D sidescroller for the Wii U will have to do. $4.99
Castle Conqueror Defender - fans of Stronghold Crusader II who want a little more on the go action should find something in this medieval themed tower defense game. Featuring over 50 levels, and now on the 3DS. $4.99.
European Conqueror 3D - Demo Version - a new WWII strategy title. Play the demo now, then pick up the full game for a cool $3.99 later. For the 3DS.
I've Got to Run: Complete Edition! - guide Roy the Marshmallow Boy as far as you can in this 2D endless runner on the 3DS $4.99
PICROSS e5 - the fifth entry into the "picture crossword" series. Out now on 3DS for $5.99.
Scarygirl Illustration Kit - Vector drawing and animation for illustrators of all ages! Share your own MP4 files with everyone. $5.99 for the 3DS.
Winx Club Saving Alfea - 2D platformer featuring six of the Winx characters as they stage a bold rescue to get Alfea to the party on time. $29.99 on 3DS.

Well, that's all. See you all next week. I think there's some sort of game...where you...capture? locate? hunt down?...some number of 'creatures', up to and including 'ALL' of them. Yes, yes, that sounds about right.

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