Nintendo Download: 1st January 2015 (North America)

If you thought that the New Year heralded a quiet week for the Nintendo eShop, then the Nintendo Downloads for North America are even more silent.

There are just two new additions in Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire and Bionic Commando: Elite Forces, for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console services respectively. Elsewhere there are tempting discounts on Shovel Knight and Unepic, as well as a new Nintendo eShop Must-Haves promotion running throughout January.

Nintendo eShop Must-Haves
Start the new year off right in the Nintendo eShop, which features must-have classic and current games. Check the Nintendo eShop each week in January (from 1st January – 29th January 2015) for Nintendo eShop Must-Haves – they’re the perfect way to build a collection of great games that you can enjoy for years to come.

Special Offers (Wii U)
* Shovel Knight: 33 percent off until 8th January 2015.
* Unepic: 30 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $6.99) until 29th January 2015.

Special Offers (3DS)
* Dress to Play: Cute Witches: 50 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $1.99) until 1st February 2015.
* Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles: 50 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $1.99) until 1st February 2015.
* Shovel Knight: 33 percent off until 8th January 2015.

Virtual Console (Wii U)
* Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, Nintendo – $7.99
Much more than a regular pinball game, Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire combines fast flipper action with a unique way to catch your favorite Pokémon. Control the flippers to shoot the Poké Ball at targets on one of two PlayFields. Play on either the Ruby or Sapphire Field to rack up as many points as possible. The game lets players catch more than 200 Pokémon and features characters from the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire games.

Virtual Console (3DS)
* Bionic Commando: Elite Forces, Capcom – $5.99
You are the perfect combination of man and machine – a Bionic Commando equipped with a Bionic Claw that will be extremely handy when infiltrating the danger zone. Blast through enemy lines as you grapple, swing and scale more than 20 levels of forests, deserts, mountains and futuristic cities. You are the last hope in saving your homeland from utter destruction. Suit up, soldier!

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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