March will be the Month of Virtual Console

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Nintendo announce a raft of Virtual Console games launching in March including NES classics Super Mario Bros.™ and Punch-Out!!™, and the arrival of the SEGA Game Gear titles.

This March is set to be the biggest month ever for Virtual Console as Nintendo announces a bumper crop of classic games set to launch via the Nintendo eShop and Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo 3DS game owners can look forward to replaying classic NES, Game Boy and for the first time ever SEGA Game Gear titles from some of the platform’s most famous franchises. Meanwhile Wii owners can download games from three different classic consoles including some of Capcom and SEGA’s finest throughout the month.

The month of March heralds a wide range of interesting games to download including a chance to replay where it all began for Samus Aran when the original Metroid from the NES becomes available to download on the Nintendo 3DS console. Those gamers looking forward to the upcoming release of Kid Icarus™: Uprising can download the Game Boy title, Kid Icarus™ Of Myths and Monsters allowing Nintendo 3DS owners to become better acquainted with the angelic angel Pit and his action-packed adventures.

Dust off the stethoscope and get ready for some pill arranging action with the classic Game Boy puzzler Dr Mario™, finally arriving to the Nintendo eShop. March will also see the long awaited arrival of the classic SEGA Game Gear line-up including Dragon Crystal™, Shinobi™ and Sonic the Hedgehog™: Triple Trouble.

Wii owners are in for a treat this month when Mega Man X and Mega Man 5 become available on Wii Virtual Console and Super Street Fighter 2 is the first Virtual Console title with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection functionality which allows fans of the legendary fighting franchise to challenge each other online. Get treated to even more of history’s best 2D fighting and sidescrolling action in Strider and Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa’s Revenge respectively.

The month of Virtual Console will kick off this week with two NES classics in the form of the original Super Mario Bros.™ and Punch-Out!!™, both available via the Nintendo eShop. Mario and Luigi have been rescuing princesses and battling Bowser for over 25 years and gamers now have the chance to play the ultimate classic on the Nintendo 3DS.

Check out all the other latest offerings which are available for download this Thursday via Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel.

The SpotPass™ feature on Nintendo 3DS allows gamers to automatically receive a host of exciting content such as 3D video s for Nintendo Video™, notifications, add-on data for software and system updates without lifting a finger. SpotPass content can be received automatically and free of charge from thousands of supported public Wi-Fi access points across Europe and through wireless broadband internet connections at home. It works even if the system is in Sleep Mode.

Exclusively available via Nintendo Video again this week is the second in a series of clips from Breakthru Films. Papa’s Boy is the story of a little boy mouse called Tiny who lives with his family in the leg of an old Grand Piano, located in the centre of a quiet toy Store. Tiny dreams of being a dancer, but his disappointed father would like him to follow in his footsteps as a boxer. One day when Papa Mouse leaves their home in the leg of a piano, a huge, fat Cat pounces on him. Tiny and his mother are terrified. In the face of this terrible danger, will boxing fists or the power of the pirouette be more effective? This clip was produced as part of The Flying Machine series of original short films and features an original recording of Frederyk Chopin’s Opus 25, No. 9 performed by the World famous pianist Lang Lang.

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