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Nintendo Download: 16th June 2011 (Europe)

Posted by James Newton

What's new today?

The European Nintendo Download is now live too, so let's see what's ready and waiting for you right now.

3DS Virtual Console

Donkey Kong (Game Boy, UK: £3.60, EU: €4) — The classic story of a gorilla and a plumber retold once again in this Virtual Console revisitation of the game also known as Donkey Kong '94. Expect our review very shortly.


The games below are available now for DSi owners but are coming soon to the eShop, according to Nintendo.

Ubongo (Korner Entertainment, 500pts) — A portable translation of the popular board game, sadly this one didn't quite work out as well as we'd hoped. You can read our Ubongo review for more information.

Airport Mania: First Flight (Lemon Team, 200pts) — The time management airport simulator that's not Flight Control, we rather liked these cutesy take-offs and landings, as our Airport Mania: First Flight review explains.

Successfully Learning German: Year 2 (Tivola, 200pts) — No sooner have we finished learning Maths and English, we now have German to learn. We'll bring you our full verdict soon.


Airport Mania: First Flight (Lemon Team, 500pts) — A double dose of First Flight, this is the WiiWare big brother to its portable version, so read our Airport Mania: First Flight review for more.

Successfully Learning German: Year 2 (Tivola, 500pts) — The WiiWare double-dipping continues with a home console lesson in German from those fine folks at Tivola. Our review is coming up next week.

Anything for you this week?


Donkey Kong™ arrives on the Nintendo eShop today and is even bigger and better on the small screen

16th June 2011: Following the launch of the Nintendo eShop on June 7th 2011 players have been treated to an array of new downloadable content for the Nintendo 3DS, and they will continue to do so each Thursday as the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSi Shop and Wii Shop Channel continue to be filled with games and applications for all to enjoy.

So far on the Nintendo eShop players have been treated to the classic NES™ game Excitebike™ re-mastered in 3D and available as a free limited period download, Pokédex™ 3D, the free application where you can see your Pokémon come to life in full 3D and even Virtual Console Game Boy™ games - The Legend of Zelda™: Link's Awakening DX™, Super Mario Land™, Alleyway™ and Tennis ensuring there is something for everyone.

This week Donkey Kong™ makes his debut on Virtual Console for Nintendo 3DS, when this Game Boy version takes the arcade classic to a new level, with 101 unique stages of platforming perfection.

Like the original, Mario must rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong’s clutches; but beyond the initial arcade-style stages lies a whole new experience. In each new action-puzzle themed level, Mario must dodge traps, avoid enemies and hit switches, to bring the key to the exit.

Luckily Mario has learned some new moves, too, like the handstand and backflip; and he’ll need all his skills to contend with Donkey Kong in the numerous boss battles. Go teach that ape some manners, Mario!

Check out the latest offerings below which are also available for download this week via the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo DSi Shop and Wii Shop Channel

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User Comments (31)



Gavin_Rozee said:

Absolutely loving DK. Never played this version before. If you liked the GBA Mario vs DK you'll love this.



b_willers said:

Wow, did not expect DK so soon, I figured that they were going to go through the back catalogue in order. It would be nice if they used the Super Gameboy version as the cart was programed to display in colour, plus it featured a DK cabinet boarder



Gavin_Rozee said:

Did this post get deleted by mistake or something? I'm sure there were more than three comments when I looked earlier, lol.



RebeccaGunn said:

DK is nice, but whats with the drip feed of content for the eShop? Somehow I was expecting more of a bang somehow for opening, considering it came so late. Still, I'll happilly take DK for now



Ristar42 said:

Not that impressed with 3DS update so far, more 2D videos and screen shots, a single (though good) VC release...

Was hoping that the eshop would improve upon the slow speed that new content was added on the Wii - still early days I guess.



Supremeist said:

I've never played Donkey Kong, I'm still thinking about giving this a try. We get our update, and 1 Virtual Console game. Thats pretty crappy. Oh and more DSiWare. No one wants DSiWare, Nintendo! We want 3DSWare. I hope next Thursday Flipnote will eventually make a comeback..



FonistofCruxis said:

@tbd Earlier there were at least 16 comments on this article (including mine) that aren't here anymore and in between those comments and the comments that are here now, there no comments at all here. I'm definitely not talking about the NA article as I just checked and the comments I'm thinking of are not there.



maka said:

Yeah, I too was hoping to see more content... just one game? Even though it seems to be a great game, it's disappointing...



Omega said:

@4, 8, 10, 13: Yes, there were >16 comments which were all deleted. This is because Nintendo Life runs on a Commodore 64 and they need to save memory.
But jokes aside, the article disappeared and when it reappeared later the comments were gone.



Supremeist said:

@maka : I just hope that in sooner updates we will get more than one game. I just picked up Donkey Kong, and It's pretty fun! Really recommend it. And does anyone else know when our Flipnote is coming?



PALgamer said:

Jejeje, thanks NintendoLife for hiding my mistake
Like I said before, Airport Mania is great!



theblackdragon said:

@13, 15: someone may have gone to edit the article and cleared the comments by mistake, then. sorry about the confusion.



potomas said:

Where the heck are the E3 videos.Instead we get 3 asphalt 3d videos shove it up your ass nintendo.



FigetingPigeon said:

Like a lot of you have said on your posts, it is disappointing that Nintendo haven't released some of the content America has on their e-shop. I was hoping for the 3D trailers and was hoping for a few more VC games to be released like either the 3D version of Xevious, Kirby's Dream Land and Mega Man, which are all released on the Japanese e-shop or Radar Mission which is on the American e-shop. Surely Nintendo could have at least chucked in one of those games as well as Donkey Kong on the European e-shop. Then again its Nintendo where talking about and how they love to screw us Europeans about.



FigetingPigeon said:

Actually I think I may have been a bit harsh on Nintendo there, as they are releasing Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time here in the UK tomorrow. Which will be landing through my post box tomorrow . So I see why Nintendo may not want to put a couple of 3DS VC games out.



TheAmazingRaccoon said:

I love how nintendo are claiming Links awakening for the june 16th downloads. Sneaky, very sneaky,

I wanted kirbys dreamland



James said:

We had some issues posting this article so had to repost it, which meant a fresh start with comments. I'd like to stress that no comments were harmed in the making of this Nintendo Download article.

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