3DS online game store FINALLY launches in May, brings 3D freebies to get you hooked like a desperate retro crack-head

Like a jovial three-dimensional drug pusher, Nintendo is set to launch the 3DS' online store with a freebie taster of sexy 3D retro gaming when it hits next month, only to get you hooked, withdraw the gratis priviledges, and send you spiralling down into a desperation-fuelled nightmare of self-degradation and ruined memories of Labyrinth.

The game? Excitebike. Which might not sound too awesome, but it will be, trust me. And it could be the start of one of the best things on the 3DS.

Imagine the above, but with sharp, higher-res 8-bit graphics and all the layers moving on different 3D planes. That's what you're getting in Excitebike on the 3DS, and you're getting it for free. And because Nintendo loves throwing free stuff out to show off the potential of its new tech, I can only imagine that this is a taster of its plans to come in regards to the much-vaunted retro releases on the 3DS store.

I've long said that the parallax layered scrolling of 2D 8 and 16-bit games is a brilliantly exciting fit for the 3DS, so lets have a raft of 3D SNES remakes, shall we? Let's have the bewildering blizzard of Donkey Kong Country's Ice Age Valley. Let's get 3D Mode 7 rolling and have F-Zero and Super Mario Kart. Screw it, let's get Shadow of the Beast on there too. It was crap, but the parallax layers were INSANE.

What old 8 and 16-bit games do you want 3Ded up? Or do you want none of it, and do I sound slightly mad?

Source: CVG

April 26th, 2011




  • Taxtm - May 2, 2011 3:33 a.m.

    Sonics 1,2, 3 and Sonic and Knuckles. What can I say? I'd like to see it done.
  • Spybreak8 - April 27, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    There's a lot of potential here, let's see if they deliver!
  • shawksta - April 27, 2011 2:14 a.m.

    @TheBrownestWRPGuknow Since Nintendo's awesomely Honest, they admited that the DS store and Wiishop was crap and wants to make a big improvement on the 3DS's shop. On topic, FUCK YEAH, I want to see DKC aswell, the blizzard and Rain in 3D would be awesome!
  • nomnom52 - April 27, 2011 1:47 a.m.

    SUPER METROID! I've neve played it, and damnit, I want to! 3DS remake would be a perfect opportunity.
  • markshell - April 27, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    "Let's have the bewildering blizzard of Donkey Kong Country's Ice Age Valley" Now that's what an orgasm feels like. Thank you.
  • MCN2011 - April 26, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    I'm picturing something that looks like the Excitebike visualiser in the 3DS's music player.
  • TheBrownestWRPGuknow - April 26, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    I'm .. KIND OF excited. The Wii store wasn't exactly amazing
  • Shinespark428 - April 26, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    I'd love to see Super Metroid or one of the Donkey Kong Country games in 3D with the added depth. Admit it, Super Metroid with layered backgrounds and 3D sprites would be epic. Also, portable. Think about it. For NES though? Nightshade!!!! Please?! No? Oh well, a guy can dream. The Double Dragon games then. Heck, just about any of the old 8-16 bit beat-em ups would benifit HUGELY from the 3D treatment. Imagine being able to move toward or away from you on the screen to fight enemy's various distances away with you; again with 3D sprites. Epic. Actually, now I just really want a new beat-em up or remake.
  • Larinah - April 26, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    I'd like to see the Megaman X-X3 games in 3d. It wouldn't really showcase the 3d aspect that much but it would be awesome nonetheless. Also, Link to the Past and all 3 of the Donkey Kong Country games. GBA games could also work very well if remastered in 3d. Metroid: Fusion and Zero Mission in 3d anyone?
  • sirdilznik - April 26, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    This is me in a few months: "C'mon Nintendo just let me get one hit, you know I'm good for it" *shakes* reCaptcha= and ifecont. Sometimes I can and ifecont I cont.
  • Nap1400 - April 26, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    I think I remember Miyamoto saying he wants to remaster A Link to the Past. That'd be nice.
  • Gotxxrock - April 26, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    I remember I bought the 3DS soley due to this one purpose. My family and I recently moved. When I went up to the atic to catalogue all my games, all my GameBoy games were missing (but thank god my advance games were still there). My best hope is that its in back storage hell right now, withering away cold and unused, and I'll unearth it someday =/ Really hope to see Mega Man 2, Game and Watch Gallery, Wario Land, maybe some old movie licensed games (when they were good =[). Gameboy Camera could be funny (although totally irrevelant).
  • gamebrain8505 - April 26, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    Yes, the end-of-may update will be neat; internet browser and e-shop, including 3D-games wich will probably be worth buying in opposal to most release games, 3D flipnote studio sounds awesome too
  • db1331 - April 26, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    I want the original Zelda in 3D. I want "IT'S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE. TAKE THIS" to smack me right in the face.
  • Razzamoly - April 26, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    No release date apart from May?
  • BigWillis - April 26, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Shame that the prices for the games will be outrageous.
  • bonerachieved - April 26, 2011 4:21 p.m.


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