This week's Nintendo eShop downloads: Game Gear returns to Virtual Console

Animal Crossing New Leaf also available to buy

A batch of new Game Gear games will be added to the 3DS Virtual Console for the first time in over a year as part of this week's Nintendo eShop downloads.

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Sonic The Hedgehog, Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Shining Force: Sword Of Hajya and Columns will all be available to buy and download from Thursday on the 3DS eShop.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf will also be available for download from midnight on Thursday night for £34.99. In a recent interview with CVG, the game's director Aya Kyogoku explained that she prefers to have the digital version so she can have a different game in the cartridge slot.

Also available this week is the digital version of Harvest Moon: The Tale Of Two Towns, the most recent entry in the Harvest Moon series. It'll set you back £24.99.

There's only one game on the Wii U eShop this week, which is the latest in Nintendo's promotional campaign of 30p Virtual Console games. The NES puzzler Mario & Yoshi will be 30p from Thursday and will remain at this price for a month. This means the current deal, 30p for Super Metroid, ends at midnight on Wednesday.

Here's the full rundown of what's available on Thursday.

3DS eShop - full games
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo) - £34.99
Harvest Moon: The Tale Of Two Towns (Rising Star) - £24.99
4 Elements (MSL) - £10.79
Petz Fantasy 3D (Ubisoft) - £17.99
Luxor (MSL) - £10.79

3DS eShop - Virtual Console
Sonic The Hedgehog (Sega) (Game Gear) - £4.49
Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Sega) (Game Gear) - £2.69
Shining Force: Sword Of Hajya (Sega) (Game Gear) - £3.59
Columns (Sega) (Game Gear) - £3.59

Wii U - Virtual Console
Mario & Yoshi (NES) - £0.30 (until midnight 12/7/13, then £3.49)

Wii - Virtual Console
The Path Of The Warrior: Art Of Fighting 3 (Neo Geo) - 900 Points