Nintendo eShop And Virtual Console Update: Kirby And The Rainbow Curse Warms Your Heart, AXELAY Shoots And More This Week

By Steve Buja , Updated Feb 19, 2015 09:47 AM EST

Half the country is currently enthralled in a massive cold spike that refuses to leave. Best to stay indoors and check out everything the Wii U and 3DS has to offer this week. It's the Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console update!

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The big title out this week is Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for the Wii U. Everyone's favorite...ball of...something gets clay-mated in an all new bright and charming adventure. Use the GamePad to guide Kirby along and even transform him into various shapes and objects, like a Tank. I dare you to play this game and not smile. Available tomorrow, February 20.

Pokemon Shuffle the new F2P match-three title is now available for the 3DS. 150 levels and god knows how many Pokemon await. Available now.

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THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CUTAIN CALL gets a variety of new songs from Chrono Trigger, Nier, Romancing SaGa and, yes, a few choice tracks from various Final Fantasy titles. Each is priced at $0.99. Download it via the in-game client.

If you haven't picked up the cheesy brilliance of Citizens of Earth because you don't want to commit to the price-tag, fear not! A free demo is now available for you to vet the candidate thoroughly before you cast your vote. For both 3DS and Wii U.

This week's Wii U Virtual Console title is Konami's 1992 side scrolling, Gradius-esque title AXELAY. Take on an alien invasion as the prototype AXELAY ship, the last best hope for victory. A classic of the genre. Maybe, after nearly 25 years, we might finally get that sequel. $7.99

From now until March 29, players can enter into a new Pokemon Art Academy Competition. "Put your Pokémon creativity on display in an online competition featuring art made in Pokémon Art Academy! Create your masterpiece using the Pokémon Art Academy game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, and then post your work to the Pokémon Art Academy Miiverse community. The winning artists will receive a 100-card pack of custom-designed Pokémon Trading Card Game cards displaying their artwork."

But wait there's more!

Flap Flap - are we still making Flappy Bird clones?! Apparently. At least this one has coins to collect and enemies to avoid. $7.99 for the 3DS.
Excave - a new dungeon crawling RPG inspired from the Japanese classics. 50 dungeons, 100 characters, all for $4.99 on the 3DS.
Adventure Bar Story - let me tell you a story about this bar I once managed. The adventure began...a certainly unique approach to the RPG. You're not out to save the world, you just want to save your watering hole. $5.99 for the 3DS.

That's all for us. Stay warm out there, and we'll see you next Thursday.

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