The Hobbit, Conception II and More GBA Games Coming to Nintendo Consoles This Week

Nintendo seems to be getting its act together in the new game releases department this week, delivering a few new Game Boy Advance titles to the Wii U Virtual Console, along with a handful of smaller games for the 3DS and the launch of Design 2 and Lego: The Hobbit.

As we’ve been reporting for the past few weeks, Nintendo is pushing ahead with Game Boy Advance games on its latest home console, launching a few weeks in April to help flesh out the stagnant Wii U library. whether or not some GBA games, Mario Kart 8 and Smash Bros. is enough to convert new buyers to the Big N remains to be seen but, hey, it’s a start.

Another couple of fan favorites are this week’s new GBA games, including the platforming adventure featuring everyone’s favorite pink suction ball, Kirby and the Incredible Mirroras well as one of my favorite games of all time, WarioWare Inc.—Mega Microgames. WarioWare is a perfect blend of brilliant and super short loosely linked challenges across multiple themed worlds. As a bonus, players can unlock multiple competitive and single-player games to enjoy alongside, including Dr. Wario no additional cost. It was a perfect title for handheld games and should look great on this Wii U GamePad.

The release on Wii U this week is also My exotic farm…So, yeah, let’s jump right into the 3DS then.

The 3DS also has a trio of smaller offerings, including Boxzle, governor of poker and Atlantic Quest. You will also be able to snag the NES Virtual Console game, Mach Rider.

However, for those looking for larger retail games, there are a few options on the virtual and physical shelves. The first is Lego: The Hobbit, which takes the story of the first two films in the ongoing trilogy and injects a healthy dose of Lego humor, breaking bricks, building and blundering. If the game sells well enough, it’s rumored that content from the third movie could eventually be added as downloadable content.

Finally, for those of you wondering what it would be like to woo a whole bunch of ladies, impregnate them, and then take your warrior children to the battlefield in a bizarre RPG adventure, then you might want to be focused on Design 2: Children of the Seven Stars. For the record, I wasn’t exaggerating about the goal of the game in those previous sentences. The point of the game is basically to raise helpful adventurers with seven lovely ladies in order to, I don’t know, save the galaxy or something. But yes. Design 2. It’s totally something going on.

Timothy C. Mayo