Battle the galaxy’s most evil creatures as the NES classic Metroid™ comes to Nintendo 3DS

12 th March 2012 –Prepare yourself for the return of the original NES classic Metroid™ , re-released on the Nintendo eShop this week, and see how the whole saga began! As the legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran, you will once again be able to take on the Space Pirates and their leader Mother Brain to bring peace to the galaxy. The original Metroid adventure introduced the unique blend of exploration and high-octane action that has characterised the series ever since. 

Wii owners will also be able to journey into the future this week as another classic game from the past is released on Wii Virtual Console. Launched in 1990 on the SEGA Mega Drive and set in the year 2048, Strider™ is lauded as a classic its era. You take control of the legendary Strider, Hiryu, and by using his trusty plasma sword called “Cypher” and athletic platforming abilities you must travel through a futuristic landscape battling the wicked Grandmaster Meio and his colourful minions. The classic action in Strider will take you back to the vintage era of Mega Drive gaming in the 1990s.

Also, there’s great fun to be had on Nintendo DSiWare this week in the premium casino game, 1 st Class Poker & BlackJack™ , which includes the likes of Ohama, pineapple, Texas hold ’em, double flop hold ’em and many more casino classics in this thrilling game . If you are up for a challenge then get ready to battle through 40 mind-bending missions and master the Legendary Elements when Battle of the Elements™ arrives on the Nintendo DSi Shop & Nintendo eShop.

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.

Title Platform Available on Price Point Further Info Contact
Metroid TM


Nintendo 3DS (Virtual Console) Nintendo eShop 



£4.50 (UK Only)


Game Description: See the return of this classic NES Sci-Fi action game. There are many discoveries to be made and use Samus’s Morph Ball ability to search every nook and cranny to uncover power-ups like the Ice Beam, Varia Suit and Screw Attack. Journey back to the planet Zebes and take out the Pirates’ leader, Mother Brain, and restore peace to the galaxy!
1 st Class Poker & BlackJack™ (GameOn) Nintendo 3DS


Nintendo eShop €5

£4.50 (UK Only)

Marco Sczepansky
Nintendo DSi (DSiWare) Nintendo DSi Shop 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Game Description: All the fun of the casino in the palm of your hands. Enjoy the excitement of the casino with up to four of your friends by in the local multiplayer mode. You can even celebrate your victories – or commiserate your losses – with the aid of the integrated voice and text chat.
Battle of the Elements™ (EnjoyUp Games) Nintendo 3DS


Nintendo eShop €5

£4.50 (UK Only)

Julio Murano,

Nintendo DSi (DSiWare) Nintendo DSi Shop 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Game Description: Save the planet in Battle of the Elements featuring an immersive story mode with 8 selectable characters across 40 mind-bending missions. You'll need to think quickly as you move your stylus fast to secure victory. There’s also an endless marathon mode offering hours of great gameplay as you compete with yourself to achieve the highest score, and a two player VS mode to challenge your friends.
Strider (SEGA) Wii

(Virtual Console)

Wii Shop Channel 800 Wii Points Amy White,

Game Description: The Mega Drive classic is back! Immerse yourself in a variety of absorbing levels ranging from the Siberian Wilderness to the Grandmaster’s Lair, the Third Moon. Throughout the game you can improve you chances of success as you battle the Grandmaster by gaining the help of robotic allies, increasing your attack range and gaining extra lives by defeating enemies. But you must be quick because it’s game over once your time runs out!

The SpotPass™ feature on Nintendo 3DS allows you to automatically receive a host of exciting content such as 3D videos for Nintendo Video , notifications, add-on data for your 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.

Available this week, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS owners, is the second in a series of highly anticipated Shaun the Sheep 3D clips created for the very first time in 3D by Aardman Animations , the multi-award winning creators of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit. The second clip titled, Penalty! sees the flock having a friendly game of football in the barn until the game reaches new heights when a shot goes out of reach.

Also this week, get an insight into professional break dancing with a clip featuring Flying Steps , Germany’s most famous breakdance group, available via Nintendo Video. Since 1993, the Flying Steps have won four breakdance world championships (2 x Red Bull Beat Battle, 2 x Battle of the Year) and are well known for their successful musical projects and top-class performances on big stages around the world. For their first own production, Red Bull Flying Bach, they have been awarded with the highly respected “ECHO Klassik Sonderpreis 2010“, a music award for outstanding achievements in classical music.



Note to Editors:

The Nintendo eShop is a digital store for Nintendo 3DS owners that provides access to a wide variety of free & paid for downloadable content each Thursday, which includes –

  • Original 3D software
  • 3D Classics - games that have been re-mastered in 3D
  • Virtual Console - Game Boy™ and Game Boy™ Color games, as well as games from other classic platforms, in their original 2D glory
  • Extensive library of Nintendo DSiWare™games.

Visitors can also view video game trailers, screenshots and product information for games, including those available at retail locations.

In order for Nintendo 3DS owners to gain access to the Nintendo eShop, a system update must be performed via a wireless broadband internet connection. To perform the free and simple recommended system update, Nintendo 3DS users can simply:

  • Start the “System Settings” from the Home Menu,
  • Select “Other Settings” and scroll the page right to select “System Update.”

Those who perform the system update will gain access to the Nintendo eShop and will be able to download the new Nintendo Video™ application for free, providing access to a range of new and exclusive 2D and 3D video content on their Nintendo 3DS system.

Nintendo eShop users can also download for free, the new Pokédex 3D application. Start collecting data for more than 150 Pokémon from the Pokémon Black and Pokémon White Version games. This new application lets users see each Pokémon in 3D with animated motion and sound.

The system update will also provide users with access to a free Internet Browser, the ability to receive SpotPass content from supported public WiFi hotspots across Europe, as well as providing Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL owners the ability to easily transfer most of their previously purchased Nintendo DSiWare games to their Nintendo 3DS systems.

Users can also add funds to their virtual wallets using their credit card or a Nintendo eShop Card, browse the selections and then click to download the games they want.

Nintendo eShop Cards are now being roll out at various stores across Europe. You have the choice of several denominations for Nintendo eShop Cards.

With an increasing number of shops stocking the Nintendo eShop Cards, it will become  ever more convenient for Nintendo users to make use of this easy payment method over the coming weeks, especially as Nintendo eShop Cards become available in supermarkets, book shops and many other convenient locations.

As with any pre-paid option, the Nintendo eShop Cards are activated at the point of purchase. When a user purchases a card at any sales point, the code will be activated and the credit will become available. The 16-digit code on the reverse side can be entered into any one of the following:

  • Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS
  • Wii Shop Channel
  • Nintendo DSi Shop

Afterwards, you can begin shopping immediately.

As the Nintendo eShop, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are continually updated with games and applications each Thursday; make sure you keep checking the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSi Shop, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo Channel for all the latest news and releases on already available and upcoming games and applications.

Nintendo 3DS offers Parental Controls so that parents can control the level of 3D their children can view on the Nintendo 3DS as well as the content they can access. Nintendo 3DS also features a 3D depth slider which lets players turn off or adjust the level of 3D they want on the 3D Screen, two built-in screens for different functionality, a Circle Pad which provides a full 360 degrees of direction, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor. It is equipped with three cameras (two of which are facing outwards to allow the taking of 3D pictures and 3D videos), houses a 2GB SD Memory Card and is compatible with AR Cards which come packaged with Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo 3DS is also backwards compatible with all existing Nintendo DS games, which can be played in 2D on your Nintendo 3DS system. For more information about these features and other options, visit:

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