Mach attack

Nintendo has confirmed that two new 8-bit titles are coming to the Japanese 3DS eShop next week.

The excellently-titled Nuts & Milk was in fact the first third-party game for the Famicom, and launched way back in 1984. It's a curious puzzle / platfomer hybrid which involves linking up Milk with his girlfriend whilst avoiding the unwanted attention of her rival suitor, Nuts. Also released on the MSX platform, the Famicom version offers an exclusive level editor.

Mach Rider is another early game for the 8-bit system, having been released in both North America and Japan in 1985. Taking its name from a toy produced by Nintendo in 1972, the game is set in a Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic future and involves blowing up enemies with your motorcycle's machine guns. It would seem that the 3DS version will include the ability to save user-designed courses — something which wasn't possible in the original Famicom / NES release but was added to the 2007 Wii Virtual Console iteration.

Both games will launch on July 17th and will cost 500 Yen each. The lack of a western release for Nuts & Milk back in the '80s means that the game is unlikely to see the light of day on 3DS consoles outside of Japan, but Mach Rider's status as an early NES title means we should see that shortly.

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