Nintendo eShop And Virtual Console Update, Thanksgiving Edition: Thomas Was Alone, Mario Pinball, Weekend Sales And Tournaments

By Steve Buja , Updated Nov 28, 2014 11:23 AM EST

We apologize for the delay in our weekly Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console round-up. We had a thing yesterday you may have heard of. We're all better now.

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No guns can be bigger than the ones Nintendo brought last week, but let's just see what they have in store for us this Black Friday (and beyond).

Heading to the Wii U eShop is indie darling Thomas Was Alone, the critically acclaimed game about "friendship and jumping". Proving that you don't need fancy graphics to make a great game (though wouldn't it be nice?), the indie darling features 120 levels of cube-like puzzles as you try to guide Thomas, a sentient AI purple rectangle, to freedom. One of the new classics of the genre. $10.99

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The 3DS eShop is Mighty Gunvolt, "an old-school 8-bit NES-style retro mini-adventure starring Gunvolt and Beck from the upcoming action game Mighty No. 9". So, if you're a fan of Mega Man, you want to check this out. For a limited time, this game is available as a free download with the purchase of Azure Striker Gunvolt. Offer valid: 5 a.m. PT on August 29 until 8:59 a.m. PT on November 28.

Mighty Gunvolt is priced at $3.99.

We're getting a few titles for this week's Virtual Console offerings. First is Mario Pinball Land, the original 2004 GBA title that cashed in on the lucrative pinball genre. It's a Mario game, so of course you're already thinking about buying it. Wii U for $6.99.

Additionally, you can purchase Mighty Final Fight, the 1989 beat em up for the NES. When your girlfriend is kidnapped, it's up to you to clean up the streets. Man, games were simple back then. On sale for both Wii U and 3DS for $4.99.

As part of Black Friday, all weekend long you can save 30% on 10 selected titles. Head over to the official store until December 2 to purchase games like Metroid Fusion, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.

"Spend Thanksgiving holiday with your family fans in the Turkey Fest community on Miiverse. From now until December 1, players will be able to join in all kinds of special events such as tournaments, polls and challenges featuring Nintendo games and characters. Don't miss out on tons of fun activities featuring Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Fantasy Life and Pokémon Art Academy. Also be sure to join the Miiverse Turkey Fest tournament in Mario Kart 8 using the new DLC Pack 1 this Thanksgiving weekend. The tournament code is 2593-0985-4929."

You can also pick up the following titles:

GetClose: A game for RIVALS - an intriguing looking party game for local co-op on the Wii U for $4.99
Heptrix - a falling block/matching game that looks suspiciously like another falling block game...$1.99 on the Wii U
Shiny The Firefly - This adorable platform title, set in the middle of a picturesque garden, has you helping Shiny, the cute little firefly, to find his babies. Good job, dad. $6.99 on the Wii U

Happy Black Friday everybody! Stay warm out there.

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