Defying all logic, Nintendo has randomly released EarthBound for the Wii U Virtual Console for $9.99 today. This classic RPG by developers HAL Laboratory and Ape was extremely hard to find legitimately, and cart prices skyrocketed into the $200 range for a used copy. But starting today, you can just download it for a cool ten bucks and utilize remote play, save state functionality, and all the other Wii U fix-ins.
As a side note to completely new players, please note that while the game may be dated in some ways, EarthBound has a sense of charm that's completely unique to the Mother series (its title in Japan is Mother 2), and marks its mark on the gaming industry in it's own way -- you'll want to experience it if you can remotely stomach old RPGs.
Oh, and Smurfs 2 for the Wii U is out on July 23rd, and Puddle is on sale ($4.49) until August 1st. In case you missed it, Donkey Kong (NES) is still $0.30 on the Wii U Virtual Console.
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