Nintendo 3DS

VVVVVV And Bionic Commando Swing To Nintendo eShop


This week, the Nintendo eShop gets two off-the-wall platformers – Bionic Commando for the Game Boy on Virtual Console, and VVVVVV as a 3DS title.


Bionic Commando on Game Boy replaces the original game’s setting to a futuristic one. Other than that, you’re still playing as Rad Spencer, your mission is still to save Super Joe, and you still can’t jump. It costs $4.


VVVVVV is a platformer, designed by Terry Cavanagh, that you navigate not by controlling your own character, but by controlling the direction of gravity in the game. Inverting gravity lets you flip between the floor and the ceiling.


The 3DS version also has Player Levels included in it — additional levels designed by other game developers not employed at Distractionware (developer) or Nicalis (the publisher). VVVVVV costs $8.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.