The second game in the 3D Classics range will arrive in the UK this week when 3D Classics Xevious is made available for download on Thursday. It will be joined in the eShop by 3DS Virtual Console collection Game & Watch Gallery.
Following on from Excitebike, 3D Classics Xevious (3DS: Nintendo, £5.40) is the second old NES game to be remastered in 3D for 3DS. Originally released in 1982 in the arcades, it is an overhead vertical shooter but this new version now features 3D which, according to Nintendo, will enhance both the graphics and the gameplay.
You control a state-of-the-art (for 1982) Solvalou strike fighter aircraft as you go on a daring mission to infiltrate hostile airspace. You are humanity's last hope of eradicating the sinister Xevious collective which means you have to shoot down wave after wave of enemy fighters, drop deadly guided bombs and take out the colossal flying fortress to bring the Xevious war machine to its knees.
Next up is Game & Watch Gallery (3DS Virtual Console: Nintendo, £2.70) which includes the games Manhole, Fire, Octopus and Oil Panic.
This Game Boy collection includes both the Game & Watch originals and enhanced GB versions with Mario characters and very different gameplay. So you're getting eight mini-games for £2.70 which isn't bad value considering that single Game & Watch games on DSiWare cost £1.80.
There are also three DSiWare games available this week, including 99Bullets, AfterZoom and Jagged Alliance.
99Bullets (DSi, 3DS: EnjoyUp Games, £4.50, 500 DSi Points) is a retro-style space shooter with a gimmick which sees you losing a life if you lose a bullet or a bullet if you lose a life. This means you'll really need to take care of your bullets as you weave your way through tricky levels.
AfterZoom (3DS, DSiWare: Abylight, £4.50, 500 DSi Points) turns the camera of your Nintendo DSi or your Nintendo 3DS into a microscope. You can use it to explore your surroundings and discover new forms of life right under your very nose.
Jagged Alliance (3DS, DSiWare: Cypronia, £4.50, 500 DSi Points) is described as a fusion of role-playing game and turn-based tactical combat. Originally released for PC in the mid 90s, it sees you attempting to reclaim the fictional south Atlantic island of Metavira, a former nuclear testing site.
The nuclear tests altered some trees on the island, turning their sap into a valuable medicine. When this was discovered, two science teams took the island by force. So a team of mercenaries is sent in to reclaim the island sector by sector.
That's all for this week. Will you download any of these games?
Here is the latest 3DS eShop release schedule.