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Wario LandFor the past few months I've felt that Nintendo has been holding back on us when it comes to releasing worthwhile Virtual Console games for the Nintendo 3DS.  Perhaps the company had grown bored of releasing new titles for its retro throwback service in the same way that its Wii Virtual Console offerings seem to come few and far between anymore.  Not so!  Nintendo is launching a summertime handheld classic gaming release event that it's calling 8-Bit Summer in which two new retro releases will hit the 3DS eShop each week in July.  These are real games, too, and not bizarre, overpriced filler.  The Legend of ZeldaWario Land: Super Mario Land 3Kid Icarus: Of Myths And MonstersPolygon has the good stuff:

  • The Legend of Zelda — July 5th
  • Kirby's Pinball Land — July 12th
  • The Sword of Hope 2 — July 12th
  • Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters — July 19th
  • Tumblepop — July 19th
  • Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 — July 26th
  • Sonic Blast — No date specified
  • Sonic Labyrinth — No date specified

Look at all of that aged-well goodness!  Zelda, Kirby, Kid Icarus, and Wario Land are the must-owns on that list.  The two Sonic titles haven't particularly aged well, while I've never played Sword of Hope 2 or Tumblepop, so I can't speak for those.  Moreover, the original Super Mario Land is discounted to $2.99 for the duration of the event, so don't let that 1989 classic slip away.  Hey, would you look at that!  Nintendo put one of their beloved golden eggs on sale for a limited time as one might expect from the PlayStation Store, Steam, or the Apple Apple Store and the world hasn't ended!  While an increased release rate for classic games is extremely appreciated,  I'd like to see more sales on the eShop in the future.  Nintendo will always go its own way and exhibit its trademark stubbornness, but slashing a price now and then isn't going to do anyone any harm.  Check out the 8-Bit Summer trailer to see all of the upcoming releases in action.