Get ready to download some of the hardest platformers ever in the coming months as Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels and Mega Man 2 are both coming to the 3DS eShop.
Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels is just one of a few big games coming to the 3DS digital store before the end of the year. It'll be joined in the eShop by Hydroventure: Spin Cycle, EscapeVektor and Nano Assault Ex.
The Lost Levels was originally released in Japan as Super Mario Bros 2: For Super Players but Nintendo America considered it to be too difficult so a Japanese prototype called Doki Doki Panic was finished off with the Mario treatment and released as Super Mario Bros 2 in the US. However, The Lost Levels would eventually come out in the country in the Super Mario All-Stars compilation.
As for Mega Man 2, that's widely considered to be one of the toughest platformers ever. You can see how hard it is when the NES version is released through the eShop during the first quarter of 2013.
Other highlights in this release schedule include Ghosts 'N' Goblins, Picross e2, Nightsky (from Cave Story 3D developers Nicalis), Harmo Knight (from Pokemon developers Game Freak) and the Game Boy Color version of Harvest Moon.
- Crimson Shroud (Level 5): 13 December 2012
- Hydroventure: Spin Cycle (Nintendo): 13 December 2012
- Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels: (NES version) (Nintendo): 27 December 2012
- escapeVektor: (Nnooo): December 2012
- Nano Assault EX (Shin'en Multimedia): December 2012
- Ghosts'n Goblins (Virtual Console - NES) (Capcom): 3 January 2013
- Tokyo Crash Mobs (Nintendo): 17. January 2013
- Fractured Soul (Endgame Studios): January 2013
- Picross e2 (Jupiter): January 2013
- NightSky (Nicalis): Quarter 1 2013
- ATV Wild Ride 3D (Renegade Kid): Quarter 1 2013
- HarmoKnight (Nintendo): March 2013
- Harvest Moon (Virtual Console - Game Boy Color) (Natsume): Quarter 1 2013
- Legend of the River King (Virtual Console) Game Boy Color) (Natsume): Quarter 1 2013
- Pinball: Revenge of the Gator (Virtual Console - Game Boy) (Nintendo): Quarter 1 2013
- Mega Man 2 (Virtual Console - NES) (Capcom): Quarter 1 2013
- Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Virtual Console - NES) (Tecmo Koei): Quarter 2013