NintendoWare Weekly: Metal Gear Solid 3D demo, Strider

The Metal Gear Solid 3D demo arrives today, accompanied by relatively big news on the Virtual Console! The first NES Ambassador game for 3DS is now available for purchase by non-Ambassadors! Super Mario Bros. is on the eShop now for five bucks. And if you already have it through the Ambassador Program, you can get a free update to add multiplayer and save states!

There's also news for the Wii's Virtual Console: the Genesis version of Strider can be purchased today. We hadn't heard about a Genesis VC game in a while, so we looked into it. As far as we can tell, this is the first Genesis game on Wii in North America since Sonic & Knuckles, on February 15, 2010. It's been two years and a day since the last Genesis VC release.

In fact, this appears to be the first Wii Virtual Console release of any kind since The Ignition Factor six months ago. Enjoy it! This doesn't happen very often.

Wii Virtual Console

  • Strider (Genesis, 1 player, 800 Wii Points): Pseudo-Soviet settings, giant robot gorillas, and weird arcing sword effects. A true classic.

3DS eShop


  • iSpot Japan (EnjoyUp Games, 1-2 players, $1.99/200 DSi Points): Spot the difference between two images of Japanese locales.