Nintendo Store Update: Qix hits 3DS

Game Boy puzzler leads half-dozen new handheld offerings as Just Jam music game gives WiiWare its only new release of the week.

July is an exceptionally light month at retail for the 3DS, with Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions (July 26) the only boxed game expected to launch for the system. It's already considerably busier on the downloadable front, as Nintendo's first weekly update for its digital storefront includes two new Game Boy Virtual Console titles and four more eShop/DSiWare originals for the handheld.

Qix was never about jaw-dropping visuals.

The Virtual Console debut of the 1990 Game Boy puzzler Qix leads the way with a $3 asking price. The game puts players in control of a tiny line-drawing spark on a blank playfield and requires them to box off 75 percent of the screen to pass each level. The ostensibly simple task is complicated by a number of dangerous sparks that cruise around the playfield outline, threatening to destroy any in-progress boxes. Qix also includes a multiplayer mode.

The 3DS gets a second retro release this week in the form of Jaleco's 1991 action game, Fortified Zone. The shooter lets players switch between two characters as they storm a four-level fortress to destroy the secret weapon of an enemy force. Fortified Zone is available now for $4.

As for the quartet of new releases playable on either the DSi or the 3DS, they are headlined by the cascading gem puzzle game Jewel Keepers: Easter Island and Agetec's graffiti-themed side-scrolling platformer Roller Angels, which sees a trio of heroines restore a world sapped of color by alien invaders. Rounding out the selection of new releases is Make Up & Style, which lets players use the stylus to apply cosmetics to 3D models, and Alawar Entertainment's arcade-style sim game Farm Frenzy. All four of the DSiWare/eShop titles sell for $5, or 500 DSi points.

The final new game in Nintendo's weekly roundup is Just Jam, a new music game available on WiiWare. Billed as a creation tool, Just Jam lets players use the Wii Remote to cue up guitars, drum beats, sound effects, and vocals in 16 different tracks. Just Jam is available for 800 Wii points ($8).

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11 comments
cayne_phoenix
cayne_phoenix

@Icehearted I SHALL NEVER FORGET "HEIANKYO ALIEN"!!!!!!!!! BLAAAARGGGHHH!!! i really loved it, and wouldnt mind buying it from the e-shop!

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

"Qix was never about jaw-dropping visuals." Understatement of the F***ing millenium. I wonder how it'll turn out for the 3DS...

Icehearted
Icehearted

@cayne_phoenix Oh good grief I swear I thought I was the only one that remembered that game o.O

gohoanq
gohoanq

I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaally want Pokemon blue/red or yellow on the damn eshop VC -_- Nintendo is moving extremely slow with decent releases for the eshop.. it's really annoying lol Sure there is a nice supply of dsiware.. but again, that's D S I ware. They need to pick the damn pace up. I don't mind Qix, but things like tennis are just a "waste"(arguably not for some) of time right now. I just think if they can release a game like LoZ LA then they can do a little better than this. Not to mention for as long as it took to release the eshop, it's taking them kind of long to give us those remastered 3d games like excite bike..

pataponplayer
pataponplayer

Morons, don't understand the true beauty of Qix.

cayne_phoenix
cayne_phoenix

wonder when they are going to release "heiankyo alien"?

buying1999
buying1999

Hey this games looks like it could be a ps3 exclusive.

Sethbeastalan
Sethbeastalan

@LeviHarris Have you ever played Qix? It's a classic.

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

BOOOOORING! Let's get some Metal Gear Solid for GBC already. I'm sorry, but there's just about nothing worth playing this day and age from the Game Boy lineup. Zelda: Link's Awakening = fantastic. Tennis, Fortified Zone, Qix = seriously? The dying system (Wii) gets FF III (FF VI) last week and the hot, new system (3DS) gets...well, nothing of note? C'mon!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

awsome games i own every single game on the vc so far keep it up nintendo best cheapest option yet .,, why complain these games only cost 3 -6 dollars my pawn wants 5 -10 for major hits even 15 so i think if they got dk land marioland 2 3 micromachines etc it be one awsome feat

ItchyIsVegeta
ItchyIsVegeta

Why couldn't they just integrate the Virtual Console / Wii Ware into the 3DS? That would have made up for the lack of a system launch.