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Nintendo Download: 16th June 2011 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Roll up, roll up!

Now the 3DS eShop is available, all Nintendo's downloadable store fronts will be updated on Thursdays. That means WiiWare, DSiWare and 3DS software will all go live on Thursday, with press releases on the same day.

We now have a full list of what's available today.

Wii Virtual Console

Mega Man 5 (Capcom, NES, 500pts) — The Blue Bomber is back once again, charging his Mega Buster for more side-scrolling action in Mega Man 5. We'll do the review duties shortly.


Snail Mail (Sandlot Games, 600pts) — This strange game looks like a cross between classic tube shooter Tempest and a racing game, and could either be a pleasant surprise or a total washout. Check out our review next week to find out which it is.

WiiWare Demo

BIT.TRIP FLUX (Aksys, full version: 800pts) — The final demo in Gaijin Games' superlative BIT.TRIP series, you can read our BIT.TRIP FLUX review to see why this is so FLUXing good.


Gold Fever (DSi: 500pts, 3DS eShop: $4.99) — A decent puzzle game for DSiWare, this one might not be worth its weight in gold but it's certainly not a bad way to spend 500 Points or, if you're a 3DS user, $4.99 from your virtual wallet. Read our Gold Fever review for more.

Zimo: Mahjong Fanatic (DSi: 200pts, eShop: $1.99) — Unlike other mahjong games are that simple match-two affairs, this promises a more accurate representation of the game. We'll see how it shapes up in our review later this week.

Beach Party Craze (DSi: 800pts, eShop: $7.99) — There's no party craze like a beach party craze, apparently. This game sees you running a resort, hoping to keep your punters happy and entertained over 50 levels. We'll see if this is a five-star getaway or a grotty dive soon.

Hidden Photo (DSi: 500pts, eShop: $4.99) — A puzzle game that doesn't involve lining objects up, this is a cross between a hidden object game and a series of brainteasers. We'll have a full review soon.

3DS Virtual Console

Donkey Kong (Game Boy, $3.99) — The classic platformer returns on Game Boy, otherwise known as Donkey Kong '94. One of the best versions of the game available, we'll have a full review for you shortly.

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User Comments (158)



jhuhn said:

Hidden Photo is also scheduled to come out on June 16 as posted on Subdued Software's Facebook page for 500 points, or $4.99 on the 3DS eShop.



Koohiisan said:

My son loved Snail Mail when he played it years ago on Yahoo Games (IIRC). It seems about as cute as you can get with a snail!

It may still be on Yahoo Games if you want to check it out to get a feel for the basics anyway.



MF_MaxiMillion said:

They better publish software for the eShop, I don't think many people will be satisfied with only DSiWare games and the fact that we had to wait 2 months for this.



Link79 said:

Okay so what's the deal with the update day? Is it monday for Wiiware and VC and Thursday for 3DS VC and Dsiware? I keep getting two different stories. Why would they suddenly make thursday the day for all updates? Since when do they ever announce releases ahead of time? Also no VC game this week is total BS. We didn't get a single VC game last week either. The pattern of one game every other week has been the norm for a while now so where's Final Fantasy VI?



JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

Also i hope there is more to come with this release. No VCH, VC or 3DSware either? Huge fail if this is true.



Link79 said:

The 3DS e shop just got started and already they're stiffing us on Gameboy games?



FonistofCruxis said:

They probably just announced the wii and dsi shop games earlier than the eshop games but there if actually aren't any eshop games then thats just ridiculous and its unfair not releasing any wii vc games for two weeks in America.
Is it still Friday for Europe or has that changed too?



Birdman said:

Congrats to Gold Fever for breaking the rigid prices of DSiWare ... I may pick it up after a little more digging.



James said:

@Hyperstar96 Or you're getting next week's games early, whichever way you want to look at it ;D

Nintendo usually lists the upcoming DSiWare/WiiWare games on before launch, but very rarely does so for VC. Hopefully you guys will get something good on Thursday!

@mariofanatic128 I've asked Nintendo UK, I'll report back if/when I hear anything.



JayArr said:

No VC games 2 weeks in a row. Sheesh, and I thought every other week was bad. Looks like one VC game for all of June at this rate. Sad, so so so so sad.



Cipher said:

To everyone complaining about the apparent lack of titles - this list is confirmed titles ONLY. This is not necessarily - and very likely is NOT - the full list of titles that will be released this week. I highly, highly doubt Nintendo would fail to release any eShop-specific titles in its second week of availability.



Gavin_Rozee said:

I recall that when WiiWare launched in Europe there were no new WiiWare games for 17 days, and even then it was just a single game; Actionloop Twist. After that it was a further two weeks until we got Block Breaker Deluxe and Cocoto Fishing Master.

Hopefully Nintendo have learned a thing or two since 2008.



Stuffgamer1 said:

As of now, Nintendo's press site hasn't been updated with an announcement of titles AT ALL. So no, I wouldn't expect this to be the complete list. I do think it sucks if they're really moving ALL of the download releases to Thursdays, though. Four and a half years of tradition, down the toilet!



BalrogtheMaster said:

Hmm, makes me wonder why they would change it to thursday Doesn't make too much sense when you think about it.



Kid_A said:

I'm hoping for more VC games for 3DS. I completely missed out on the original Gameboy so it's been exciting to go back and catch up



cheapogamer4life said:

3DSware HAS to start out better then the DSiware shop did. Just hope I won't have to wait 3 months for a great game to come out this time around..



Token_Girl said:

That's a shame. You need something, anything, to grab on to and look forward to on Mondays. Shop update was perfect! Now all we have is Monday Night Football, and it's not even football season yet!



WarioFan63 said:

@ocarinaoftime No, like it's been said, this is only a partial list. Nintendo almost certainly has updates for the Wii VC and the 3DS eShop, they just aren't public yet.



JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

Why wouldn't the Wii VC releases be announced like normal though? That makes absolutely no sense why those announcements would be moved to thursday yet not Wiiware and DSiware



J-Forest-Esq said:

I've got Snail Mail for the ipod and it's not too shabby. Not sure how well suited to WiiWare it is though.



WarioFan63 said:

@Kainard WiiWare and DSiWare announcements have moved to Thursdays too. These games listed here aren't formally announced in a Press Release, they're based off what's been dated so far on



Link79 said:

I just checked the Wii shop and it's all true. No new games were added today.
Well so much for tradition.
Monday just went back to being the worst day of the week.



6ch6ris6 said:

no games for 3DS?

great start nintendo xD but i dont care because e-shop cards arent even avaible here in europe till the end of june



WarioFan63 said:

Ok you know what James. I think you should just increase the font size on the sentence that says it's a partial list. Bold everything, underline it all, and type it in a crazy font. Way too many people are under the impression this is the final list.



bozo_sawborg said:

Can they JUST give us the classic NES/SNES/Sega TMNT already??? Come on Konami! Thats what we're all waiting for here!!!



Tasuki said:

@Bozo_sawborg: I doubt the NES/SNES/Genesis TMNT games will ever come out due to the ownership of the rights. Konami doesnt own the video game rights anymore and the cartoon rights that the NES games were based off of are now owned by Nickelodeon. So in other words it would cost to much to port them to the VC.



KDR_11k said:

That's not the Sandlot developer that's behind the Earth Defense Force games, right?



EdEN said:

Huh, didn't realize that the eShop gives us a $0.01 discount on releases. For every 100 games you buy you save a dollar!



EdEN said:

@Tasuki: What TMNT game are we referring to? Because the first one on the NES has been available on the VC for a while...



JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

Yes you guys preaching that people are ignorant are also doing so much to contribute to this discussion as well.



Tasuki said:

@EdEN: I think Bozo_sawborg was referring to TMNT 2: The Arcade Game, TMNT 3: The Manhattan Project, and TMNT IV: Turtles in Time as well as TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist on Genesis. Usually when people are talking about the old TMNT games they are talking about those ones not too many people mention the first game on NES cause of how horrible it was.



slidecage said:

i hope more games are coming but i doubt it.. there is nothingmore listed even on nintendo homepage..



Raptor78 said:

@ WolfRamHeart
Hey, its always been thursday for us, happens late at night too so it gives you something to look forward to Friday mornings.
How I would have loved for a chance of a Monday update, but now at least they are unifying the eShop release dates... not how about giving us the same content as everyone else. One week in and Europe is already behind in store content.



bozo_sawborg said:

Tasuki...those were the ones and you are right...not too many speak of the first one....And I also know TMNT is owned by Nickelodeon (Im soon to be drawing) for their line of comics...I just didnt realize they also bought from Konami...There IS a game in development due out same time as upcoming movie....Thats all I know, I just really want these damn things on VC...



DreamDrop said:

No 3DS eShop games = sad.
Well no worries, not like the pre-paid cards are available here anyways



James said:

Europe's update is coming either today or tomorrow. We'll cover that too.



Tate24 said:

Oh hate that i have wait its thursday god sake!

Got Update only new thing is charts option woop woop.......(tumble weed)



WolfRamHeart said:

Mega Man 5 and Donkey Kong 94?! Holy crap, that is one awesome update!

I gotta get used to these new Thursday updates!



TwilightV said:

I was hoping Donkey Kong would come out!

Mega Man 5 and the rest are nice additions too. :3



JoeDiddley said:

Donkey Kong '94 and Kirby are both of the games that I most want (now confirmed for other regions). Please come to Europe soon.



Yasume said:

@MARIOOO: You don't have to update your 3DS to make new games appear in the eShop. That is just the Ridge Racer update.



bboy2970 said:

Donkey Kong 94? Joy! I've never played it before but really really want to. This is the perfect opportunity! Call me greedy, but I sort of also would like Kirby's Dream Land today too....but I would live if it didn't come out today. It just feels like they need to make this update really souped up since its been the longest hiatus until an update EVER. Also, crossing my fingers for some 3DS specific software. Oh and I really hope the update goes down at the normal time it did on Mondays at least.



warioswoods said:

DK94! Wow, so soon after SML and Link's Awakening. It's good to see that they aren't holding back some of the heavy hitters.



Link79 said:

Don't wait for the review on DK 94. It's a well known fact the game is great! This was actually the first Super Gameboy Game if I remember correctly.



FonistofCruxis said:

I wonder if there will be any 3DSware released this week. I hope Europe gets Donkey Kong 94 soon as well as Mega man 5 and Mega man x.



NintyMan said:

Awesome! Good thing I still have money in my account. Everyone keeps saying Donkey Kong 94' is great, so I want to try it out! Just stay below $6!



DF2506 said:

The Nintendo press site has updated. The US will get ONE 3Ds vc title at 9am pacific time. Its Donkey Kong. Good game, but we had to wait till Thursday for just one 3ds VC game on the Eshop. Disappointing. I will get Donkey Kong if its not too high. Still, ONE title and nothing else...



Cipher said:

@DF2506 Look at it this way - for the first year or so of VC, WiiWare and DSiWare, we got three or four titles every week. Sometimes more in the case of DSiWare. Look at them now: VC and WiiWare are hardly ever updated and DSiWare gets really weak content most of the time.

I can understand the disappointment of only one new game on eShop but, if Nintendo carries on with this strategy of one or two games every week, it'll guarantee that eShop isn't in the same sorry state as the Wii Shop Channel and the Nintendo DSi Shop a year from now.

@cheapogamer4life It's Thursday worldwide. North America is no different any more: you get your games with the rest of us. It's not like the games are going to be any poorer quality on a Thursday than they would be on a Monday.



Gamer83 said:

I'm very disappointed by the fact they're only releasing one 3DS VC game. For how long we had to wait, I expected better.



turtlelink said:

@87, its only been a week since the last 4.

Anyway, do DSiWare games get taxed on the eshop?



PALgamer said:

Wasn't there an American release done last Monday? Why is it Thursday again? The titles are re-released today? What about PAL?

So much information



PSICOffee said:

Dk GB is certainly better than all that Mario Mini crap. It's good to get Mega Man 5 out of the way. As usual Nintendo's download service is extemely slow. I might as well go back to sleep and come back in two or three years to see the next 12 crappy VC games.



Cipher said:

@PALgamer - Last week's North American update was the last to take place on a Monday. All downloadable services are updated on Thursday worldwide as of this week. We get our update later today or tonight.



PALgamer said:

@Cipher: Thanks, this was just too confusing. A maybe for Thursday night? In the end, it will be the same as before for us.



default12345 said:

the european eshop update is here. one 3ds vc title. and a few 2d game trailers. good work nintendo. /sarcasm



GeminiSaint said:

Donkey Kong 94 is one of the best Game Boy games I've ever played. I'm definitely going to grab it once I get a 3DS. Also, it's good to see Mega Man 5 finally making its way to the US virtual console. I'll get that one as soon as I can (which is tonight).



Birdman said:

I'll be sure to see how Donkey Kong '94 handles, along with any other surprises coming...



Punky said:

I wonder have nintendo forgot that European 3DSs have 3D screens as well with all the 2D videos this week....
donkey Kong will be good tho...



bboy2970 said:

Well I was holding out for a possible surprise in the form of a 3DSWare game but now that the official article is up on the Nintendo press site, I guess this is what we're getting. Not a bad week at all with Donkey Kong but Japan already has so much more on their eShop. I feel like the same crap is already happening where Japan has tons of releases while we....don't.



MeloMan said:

Good Megs Man 5, bout time. Ah yes, DK94... Now THIS is true Mario vs. DK stuff right here! The Lemmings type games are enjoyable to an extent, but I really feel this game captured the classic Donkey Kong feel while merging classic play and light puzzle solving... a must play if you like the MvsDK games. Make a new one like this Nintendo!



Raptor78 said:

Hmmmm, love the Euro eShop update... Donkey Kong on VC
but much more than this is the 2D video of Sudoku that you can stream when connected to the internet. How badly I really wanted that on the eShop, I can die happy now.




I hope they add the Super Game Boy enhancements the the 3DS VC version (DK 94). Awesome game, bought it with the SGB when it was first released.

Looks like a BIT.TRIP FLUX Demo will be available today as well.



yoyogamer said:

Yes! I'll gladly take the entire gameboy library now, and all of the '3dsware' later. I mean, we got no classic games on the Dsi yet we got 300+ Dsiware games. If nintendo wants to spend the next two years putting out all the best gameboy games, fine by me.



retro_player_22 said:

Awesome, I love DK 94, well no need to wait for the arcade version anymore. I'm still disappointed that Final Fantasy VI hasn't release for NA VC yet but Mega Man 5 is okay.



KDR_11k said:

I'm not too worried about eShop releases until they finally bring the point cards to Europe.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Cipher: "I can understand the disappointment of only one new game on eShop but, if Nintendo carries on with this strategy of one or two games every week, it'll guarantee that eShop isn't in the same sorry state as the Wii Shop Channel and the Nintendo DSi Shop a year from now." do you figure a slow-butt release schedule like this is going to guarantee anything but an expedited lack of interest from third parties? I mean, at least one 3DS VC LAUNCH title in Japan was third-party (Dr. Wily's Revenge), and a week later, it's still not out here. I find it VERY hard to believe that Capcom is 100% okay with that. At this rate, Nintendo's going to piss off all their third parties just like they did on the Wii VC, and then the situation will get REALLY bad.

@bboy2970: That's because that's exactly what's happening. It's common knowledge that Nintendo fans who aren't in Japan get royally screwed...why should they change that now?

Now, for all that least Donkey Kong '94 IS an awesome game. The precursor to the original Mario Vs. Donkey Kong (before they got into all that Minis crap), for those who don't know. Still, Dr. Wily's Revenge and/or Kirby's Dreamland alongside it would NOT have gone amiss.

I wonder what the honest odds are of the Super Gameboy features being included in Donkey Kong? Sure would be awesome if they did. But then, they didn't even bother to include the full range of bizarre color options from the GBC on GB games, so I wouldn't hold my breath.

EDIT @cheapogamer4life: $3.99.



nick_gc said:

If I'm honest, I'd prefer one AAA VC game a week, maybe two if we count third parties.

If you overload the VC with too many releases on one day you risk some titles being forgotten about and not selling. Which mean third parties won't want any other titles on VC because their previous ones didn't sell.



KingMike said:

I also think it'll seem odd if DK '94 doesn't at least support some SGB features (like the colors), considering it was the killer app of the SGB launch.
And I suppose with Mega Man 5 out, 6 is almost certain to come before the demise of the Wii VC.



Cipher said:

@Stuffgamer1 If Nintendo were to do with the 3DS's Virtual Console what they did with the Wii's Virtual Console and release three or four titles a week, the same thing would happen - after a year or so the pool would start to run dry.

Don't forget that the 3DS VC only supports two systems right now whereas the Wii VC initially supported five (now nine/ten) - releasing four games every week would mean two per system on average on the 3DS. The only developers we know for a fact are supporting the 3DS VC are Nintendo, Capcom, Jaleco, Arc System Works and SEGA - that simply wouldn't produce a big enough pool of games to sustain the Virtual Console, at three or four games a week, for as long as it needs to be sustained.

I don't doubt that the majority of games on Japan's 3DS VC service will eventually launch worldwide - there's no reason why they shouldn't - and I'm sure once more developers get their games released, we'll start to get two or maybe even three games on the Virtual Console each week.

And I'm sure Capcom have more important things to worry about than an old Virtual Console game taking more than a week to leave Japan.



James said:

Oh God, one week into the service and we're already talking about its death?! For Pete's sake (Pete is a friend of mine).



Knux said:

Donkey Kong '94 and Mega Man 5 makes this an awesome update. The complaining is just ridiculous.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Cipher: You're ignoring the fact that releases dried up not because there weren't more games that could be released, but because Nintendo pissed off the third parties so much that they didn't WANT to release them. Hence, we only just NOW got Mega Man 5, which could quite realistically have been released AGES ago if only Capcom hadn't been one of the companies slighted in the infamous August 2008 debacle. And if Nintendo just handled the third parties better period, really.

Who knows? Maybe Nintendo has people lining up for releases, but they're actually TELLING them when the releases will be instead of giving out no useful information to anybody. In that case, they theoretically WON'T piss off a bunch of people by not releasing their games, and it won't be a problem. But their history says otherwise, hence the concern.

@James: When I start seeing negative trends I've seen before on the Wii VC, yes, I get concerned for its future.



theblackdragon said:

@Stuffo: how is it a 'trend' if there've only been two eShop release-days total so far? give it a few months and we can start talking 'trends' regarding the eShop :/



lockelocke said:

I was hoping to see some 3DSWare. Whatever happened to that Mega Man demo/beta that Capcom was talking about a couple months back?



Ark said:

Hmmm...can't say I'm disappointed since I have other games and consoles to play, but looks like we might have to wait a while on eShop games.

So far we've got one free app that doesn't appeal to/isn't useful for everyone. The rest of the content on the store is old or ported. No actual new games as of yet.



Cipher said:

@Stuffgamer1 I'm simply assuming what you're saying - the developers are being told that their titles are being stockpiled. In a sense, we know this is the case already because SEGA's said on several occasions that they know the Game Gear is launching this summer and they know which games are launching with it. Even back when Capcom said Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version was going to be a launch title, that at the very least means Nintendo is on some level telling developers when their games are going to launch.

I know their track record with downloadable services is poor so I understand your concern, and that of others, but Iwata has said on several occasions now that eShop is a new start with which Nintendo has a completely new outlook on downloadable content. I don't see any reason to doubt that.



James said:

@lockelocke It got pushed back a little. Still on the way though, apparently.

Also, to echo what our esteemed @theblackdragon is saying, let's wait a while before turning the gun on eShop and pulling the trigger, eh?



TeeJay said:

Ahaha, I knew it was only a matter of time before they added Rayman, the game is just that great.



EdEN said:

Still own my GB cart for DK but for those with a 3DS... buy it NOW!



LordChimpington said:

Hey everyone please be patient. Some 3dsware games probably aren't fully completed yet. I know we only get like one game in the eshop but you just have to be patient. Just like with the 3ds games you had to wait a little bit for some great ones to come.

Also if you didn't know of least in North America all 3ds eshop, wiishop, and dsishop updates are on thursday now. The only thing that might still be on monday is nintendo week if you watch that.



Hardy83 said:

Is it bad that, to me, the most interesting thing about the 3DS is the VC software?



bonesy91 said:

never got into the old Donky kong game (tried the wii version and it got old very fast) so I'll pass on this.



emiru69 said:

2nd week of the eShop and is slowing down already?! Some people should go back to Marketing 101.



x10power said:

To those that are complaining you just want to much to fast.

Personally this is a perfect week not just 1 awesome old school games but we also get Donkey Kong 94 which is one of the best games on the original GB.



Mayhem said:

The 3DS VC starts off with a bit of a cracker. Got the original CIB on my shelf, played it to death at the time.



GMo4824 said:

I'm Mad
I don't want too much too fast but I think we can handle like 2 games a week on 3DS... I'm glad that the whole shelf layout has changed though. Kept me browsing for like 10 minutes. But I'll stick with the game I bought off DSi Ware I guess.



Ryno said:

@Stuffgamer1 "Hence, we only just NOW got Mega Man 5, which could quite realistically have been released AGES ago if only Capcom hadn't been one of the companies slighted in the infamous August 2008 debacle. And if Nintendo just handled the third parties better period, really."

What happened in August 2008?



Tasuki said:

@Bozo_Sawborg: I think the current holders for the TMNT license for video games is Ubisoft (Although I might be wrong) I dont think Nickelodeon has the games rights they do how ever have the rights to the cartoons (Which the older TMNT were based on)

Anyway back on track here. Wow Mega Man 5 and Donkey Kong maybe this move to Thursdays isnt such a bad thing. If I didnt have MM5 on the GC disc I would definitely pick it up.



Tails said:

Donkey Kong on Gameboy was a game i remember from my childhood. I can't WAIT to play it again.



Paperclip said:

OMG. DK 94 is one of my favorite Mario platformers EVER. Seriously everyone should check it out. It's SO good.



Henmii said:

Lucky Americans! You still get wiiware demo's. For us Europeans that's a thing of the past!



Retro_Gamer said:

I can't believe there are actually people complaining, Donkey Kong 94' is one of the best games on the Game Boy and I'm really surprised to see it released on 3DS already.



GreenAbobo said:

Mahjong Fanatic has been pretty fun so far. It won't blow you away exactly, but it's nice to see the tiles used with a bit more depth than the usual solitaire game types we've gotten so far. I'd describe it as a 1 player Mahjong crossed with a hint of Yahtzee..



warioswoods said:

Um... why don't I see today's DSiWare titles showing up in the 3DS eShop yet? Has anyone else noticed this? I tried searching and everything.

I was thinking of checking out Mahjong, since I actually play that from time to time with friends. I suppose I'll have to use my DSi for it... but I'm confused.



MetalVic said:

@warioswoods: I thought I was the only one; figured I was doing something wrong since I couldn't find any official word from the Big N on their site. But no Mahjong, no Hidden Photo, no Mega Man showing up on my 3DS yet. I've been logging in every 3 or 4 hours to check since the early morning of the 16th. Now it's the 17th, and still nothing that fits under the "DSi" umbrella shows up in the eShop.

What's up, Nintendo? Was there a miscommunication somewhere? Your website seems to indicate that the 3DS is capable of downloading all the portable content day and date with the DSi crowd. I really don't want to bother with transferring more licenses, and it doesn't seem like the early adopters should be the ones getting the runaround.

In the world of VGs, I'm used to having a carrot dangled in front of me before it's snatched away at the last minute--I don't complain about that. But when I buy a backwards-compatible device and don't have access to the same software those with the older devices are getting, I also get confused... and annoyed.



warioswoods said:


Yeah I checked at the same time and the DSiWare titles were already showing up on the DSi Shop, so it really is that the 3DS shop is lagging behind somehow... I'm not sure why. (Mega Man, by the way, is Wii only, so I know that one won't be showing up at all).



Cipher said:

Nintendo of Europe said the Nintendo DSiWare games would be "coming soon" to eShop - don't know what the holdup is but I'm sure they'll launch on eShop in North America at the same time.



Crunc said:

I played Snail Mail on my iPhone a few years ago, I think? It's OK. Well, it was OK for that time, but now it will seem pretty pathetic.

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