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SNES RPG classic Earthbound now available on Wii U via Nintendo’s eShop

The War Against Gigya

System: Wii U
Release Date: Jul 18, 2013
No. of Players: 1 player
Category: Action, Adventure, RPG
Publisher: Nintendo
Price: $9.99

Ness and his band of heroes are back to once again save the world from the grasp of the alien Gigyas–and to snack on some bubblegum and trout yogurt in the meantime.

Nintendo has recently announced that the SNES classic Earthbound is now available on the eShop, allowing players to revisit their nostalgic RPG adventures with Ness, Paula, Jeff and Poo. Featuring the full original title, this eShop release also comes with a complete digitalized version of Earthbound’s Player’s Guide that’s optimized for the Wii U’s gamepad, giving gamers easy companion access to the info as they play the game.

Earthbound has remained one of the most endearing SNES games, and this re-release allows gamers all across the world access to the title’s infamous RPG action. Featuring a dynamic turn-based combat, Earthbound also has unique seamless integration between the various areas of the game, and the game also features oblique projection whereas most 2D RPG’s feature an top-down view via a grid.

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“Bizarre aliens roam the Earth! Can four average kids save the world from certain destruction?

Intergalactic terror strikes the small town of Onett as a blazing extraterrestrial object crashes in the night! The Earth now faces imminent destruction by the universal evil threat, Giygas. A courageous boy names Ness, and his three friends, vow to save the planet from hideous destruction!

Battle hundreds of off-the-wall monsters, roaming dinosaurs and alien enemies! Journey to exotic locations like Saturn Valley, Dusty Dunes Desert, and Deep Darkness. The ultimate test lies in the impending encounter with the all-powerful Giygas!”

Last but not least the quirky characters go a long way in defining the game: each of Earthbound’s main characters all have their defining personalities and characteristics, each of which are hilarious and memorable in their own way. All of these elements combine to deliver a fantastic experience that affords Wii U gamers the chance to return to one of the most enjoyable titles in the SNES library.

Earthbound is now available for $9.99 on the Wii U’s Virtual Console (Nintendo eShop). For more information please visit the game’s official website.

Derek Strickland
http://www.vrzone.com
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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