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This Week In Console Digital Download: From Half Minute Hero To Kirby's Dream Land

Each week, Gamasutra rounds up the titles released for the major console and portable digital delivery services including XBLA's Half Minute Hero and Virtual Console's Kirby's Dream Land.
[Every week, Gamasutra rounds up the titles released for the major console and portable digital delivery services, as compiled by console digital editor Ryan Langley, including the latest XBLA and PSN games.] A big week for all involved -- Xbox Live Arcade hits hard with Half Minute Hero, Galaga Legions DX and Backbreaker: Vengeance; PlayStation Network gets caught up with Beyond Good & Evil HD and Gatling Gears; and Nintendo's Virtual Consoles sees classics like Final Fantasy III and Kirby's Dream Land. It's been one hell of a June, that's for sure. Xbox Live Arcade xbla30sec.jpg It's a big week for Xbox Live Arcade with three brand new titles, each looking to take some of my time over the next week. The first game is Half Minute Hero - Super Mega Neo Climax Edition, a new version of the fascinating little PSP game from a year or so ago. It's an RPG on steroids -- in which you only have 30 seconds to complete a level. I highly recommend you check it out, as it's available for just 800MSP ($10). The second release is Galaga Legions DX, a return to the Galaga franchise by Namco. While the first Legions title wasn't the best, I have hopes that since Pac Man CE DX was fantastic last year, this game sees a similar return to form. It is also 800MSP ($10). The final new release is Backbreaker: Vengence. Bear in mind -- while it looks like a football game, it isn't entirely that. Instead it's a score-based game where you must run thorugh waves of opponents, juking, barging and jumping to get a touchdown while also scoring the most points possible. That can be grabbed for 1200MSP ($15). The final new piece of content this week is a new Pinball Table for Pinball FX 2The Captain America table, which you can grab for 240MSP ($3). If none of that tickles your fancy, check out the current deals on sale on the storefront: Also, TMNT Re-Shelled will be removed on June 30th due to licensing issues -- now is the time to grab it! PlayStation Store (North America)
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A nice, meaty update for North American players this week on the PlayStation Store. It's a bit of a catch-up week, as most of these have been released on Xbox Live Arcade over the past few months, but that doesn't mean you should miss out on any of them. This week you can grab Beyond Good & Evil HD, a quality action adventure game for $9.99, Gatling Gears , an excellent top-down shooter for $9.99; Puzzle Dimension, a mind bending puzzler for $8.99; and Streets Of Rage 2, the classic brawler for $4.99. On the DLC side we've got two new releases -- Funky Lab Rat now has Even More New Challenges for $1.99, and you can grab the Captain America Table for Marvel Pinball for $2.99. To round out the new releases we have one new Minis title -- Tetraminos for $3.99, which absolutely does not shy away from being just straight-up Tetris. For those with PlayStation Plus accounts, you can also grab the following:
  • Streets of Rage 2 (Free with Plus – a $4.99 value)
  • Dead Space Ignition (PlayStation Plus price $2.50; a 50% discount)
  • Deathspank (PlayStation Plus price $7.50; a 50% discount)
  • Deathspank Thongs of Virtue (PlayStation Plus price $7.50; a 50% discount)
  • Funky Lab Rat (PlayStation Plus price $3.00; a 70% discount)
  • Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom (PlayStation Plus price $3.99; 20% additional discount on two week sale price)
  • MicroBot (PlayStation Plus price $5.00; a 50% discount)
  • Shank (PlayStation Plus price $5.00; a 50% discount)
  • Spare Parts (PlayStation Plus price $5.00; a 50% discount)
  • Tetris (PlayStation Plus price $5.00; a 50% discount)
  • The Fancy Pants Adventures (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, a 50% discount)
PlayStation Store (Europe)
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It was also a big week for European PlayStation Network users -- a ton of games are now available after being delayed from the month of downtime. You can now pick yourself up Gatling Gearsan exceptional top-down shooter, for £7.99/€9.99. If you're into dungeon crawling, grab Dungeon Hunter: Alliance for £9.99/€12.99. If golf is more your thing, check out 3D Ultra Mini Golf Adventures 2 for £7.99/€9.99. Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp is also available for £7.99/€9.99, as well as the bizarre puzzler Puzzle Dimension for £7.99/€9.99. And last (and possibly least), Star Raiders is available for £7.99/€9.99. That's not the end of the releases though -- a new PSOne classic is available. You can now grab Motor Toon Grand Prix 2 for £3.99/€4.99, and on the DLC side, you can grab the Captain America Table for Marvel Pinball for £1.59/€1.99. Nintendo Download (North America)
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It's all about the Virtual Console this week with some great classics finding their way on to Nintendo's newest systems. Wii's Virtual Console gets quite a gem this week, Final Fantasy III (Also known by the original Japanese numbering of Final Fantasy VI). You can grab it for 800 Points ($8). Wii also gained a new WiiWare title -- Big Town Shoot Out, an on-rails shooter available for 500 Points (45). On the 3DS Virtual Console we have Kirby's Dream Land for $3.99. This was the very first Kirby game, and actually missed out on a lot of what Kirby's about now -- collecting powers. Still, a nice, cute and easy romp though Dream Land. We also have a bunch of new DSiWare releases this week -- The Lost Town - The Dust for 500 Points ($5), Boardwalk Ball Toss for 200 Points ($2), Hearts Spades Euchre for 200 Points ($2), and lastly Moto eXtreme for 800 Points ($8), which looks like a take on the Trials HD type of motorcycle game. Nintendo Download (Europe)
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This week's big game for Europe is, again, a 3DS Virtual Console title -- Kirby's Dream Land is now available on 3DS for £3.60/€4. Also available on both 3DS and DSi are A Fairy Tale, a neat puzzler for 200 Points; and Successfully Learning German: Year 3 for 500 Points (£4.50 / €5). It's a pretty lonely life over on the WiiWare service, with just one new title -- Successfully Learning German: Year 3.

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