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3DS 8bit Summer Virtual Console NES, Game Boy, Game Gear Hits Coming. Release Dates From July 1-August 1 2012 For The Legend of Zelda 1 (NES), Kirby’s Pinball Land, Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters and Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy)

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Summer of 8bit 3DS Virtual Console Initiative Logo

Get ready for some great retro gaming on 3DS eShop with 8bit Summer!

The 3DS 8bit Summer Virtual Console eShop initiative starts on July 5th and runs through August 1st, giving 3DS eShop fans a number of high-profile titles to enjoy from the retro vaults of Nintendo.

Here is the trailer for the 3DS 8bit Summer of hit Virtual Console titles.

These include much-desired 8bit NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Gear games that players will be very happy to add to their 3DS Virtual Console collections.

Starting in July and running the whole stretch of the month, Nintendo will be releasing TWO new retro Virtual Console titles each and every week!

There will be some more surprises in addition to the games that have already been announced, which include the following:

8bit Summer The Legend of Zelda 1 (3DS Virtual Console eShop Screenshot)

The Legend of Zelda is coming to 3DS eShop on July 5 2012!

July 5, 2012
The Legend of Zelda (NES)

8bit Summer Kirby's Pinball Land (3DS Virtual Console eShop Screenshot)

The Game Boy classic Kirby’s Pinball Land is coming to 3DS eShop on July 12 2012.

July 12th 2012
Kirby’s Pinball Land (Game Boy), The Sword of Hope 2 (Game Boy)

8bit Summer Kid Icarus: Of Myth and Monsters (3DS Virtual Console eShop Screenshot)

The long-awaited Kid Icarus Game Boy hits 3DS eShop on July 19 2012!

July 19th 2012
Kid Icarus: Of Myth & Monsters (Game Boy), TumblePop (Game Boy)

8bit Summer Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (3DS Virtual Console eShop Screenshot)

Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land finally hits 3DS eShop Virtual Console on July 26th!

July 26th
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy)

Undated
Sonic Blast (Game Gear), Sonic Labyrinth (Game Gear)

Last but not least, Nintendo has announced that certain titles each week will go on sale on the eShop, and get their prices slashed. The first title to get this treatment will be the Game Boy Virtual Console hit Super Mario Land, which will only cost $3 during the sale. Be sure to pick it up!

3DS early adopters will notice that at least one of these games (Zelda 1) is already owned by them, as it was released as part of the 3DS Ambassador’s project for those who paid full price ($250) for a 3DS system before it got its major price-drop.

What 8bit Summer Virtual Console eShop games are you most excited about?

While these fans may be a bit disappointed, Nintendo is giving the world at large the chance to purchase these beloved hits (Like the original The Legend of Zelda), that early adopting 3DS owners have gotten to enjoy for a whole year now. And there will be many much-requested releases like Kid Icarus: Of Myth and Monsters, the Game Boy sequel to the NES original, and the third and final entry in the Super Mario Land Game Boy series, that introduced the world to Wario.

Both titles have been oft-requested, and have already been released in other territories, so it’s great that Nintendo of America is finally bringing these highly anticipated games to 3DS owners.

Skip to 16:06 in this Nintendo Direct June Conference Video to see Nintendo of America President Reggie discuss the Summer of 8bit initiative.

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