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3D Classics Urban Champion Coming to Brawl on eShop Soon

Posted by Darren Calvert

The NES 'classic' which no one asked for in 3D!

While we wait for some original 3D games to arrive in the eShop, we’re more than happy to enjoy some classic NES remakes. 3D Classics Excitebike was warmly received, especially as it was a free download to coincide with the delayed eShop launch. We’re also looking forward to 3D Classics Xevious in July which should be fun.

The same cannot be said about 3D Classics Urban Champion, here’s a game we wanted to forget about forever, not experience in glorious three dimensions! Alas Nintendo of Japan have revealed Urban Champion’s 3D makeover to an unsuspecting world. It will cost 600 yen and is due for release on 13th July. It supports local wireless play if you can find a friend who is willing to play it with you.

The original one-on-one brawler hit the Famicom back in 1984 and made it on to the NES in Europe and North America in 1986. It might have been passable at the time, but isn't much fun to play these days by any stretch of the imagination.

Iwata has stated that there will initially be six games in the 3D Classics series. What are your bets for the final three games?


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User Comments (84)



Cipher said:

Well, this isn't surprising, since it was shown off at E3 2010 as a demo for the 3D Classics range. As much as I do enjoy the fact that Nintendo's pushing lesser-known titles for the range, I would still like to see some of their bigger franchises make an appearance. Either of the two Super Mario World titles would do me just fine.



GuarinoMatt said:

I don't know... maybe Rygar, or The Adventure of Link.... but I don't feel like they would publish "long" games as 3D Classics.



ZueriHB said:

I think some other 1st gen Famicom titles like Balloon Fight or Mach Rider (which would be awesome!)

I hope they eventually release 3D classics of some Famicom / NES 3D titles like Rad Racer, 3D Hot Rally or Falsion.



J-Forest-Esq said:

Never heard of this before, but if it's renowned as a dodgy sort of game, what's the point? I'm all for pushing less well-known titles but surely there are some better ones out there. And what does Iwata mean when he says "initially six" in the Classics range? Is he implying there's going to be a prolonged gap until the next batch?



Kevin said:

If they don't give SMB or both Zeldas the 3G treatment I'll be disappointed. Seriously who wants this game or Xevious over Mario, Zelda or Metroid?



Luffymcduck said:

Now I really can´t wait for the end of this year when we actually get some great new games.



Skogur said:

Another Blackbox title? If they must have Blackbox games can't they pick good ones like Donkey Kong or Super Mario Bros.?



Fuzzy said:

The first thing that came to mind was a 3D Ice Climbers. But maybe they will release a 3D Kid Icarus around the time the 3DS game is coming out?



TwilightV said:

It was in the initial 3D Classics film that only the press got to see last year. That means we can add these to the possible list:
Mega Man 2, Castlevania, Kid Icarus, Yoshi's Island, Smash Ping Pong, Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. Tennis, The Legend Of Zelda, Metroid, Nazo No Murasamejo and Punch Out!!



NiaLovesNinty said:

forgive me for blowing off some steam, but there's so many effin whiners!!! they're not gonna pull out all the stops at once...they have to spread the great titles out over time so people will have things to look forward to...people say they want long lost ips...ninty gives you them and you still complain??? :: i'm not saying you have to love EVERYTHING ninty does, but i frequent quite a bit of gaming websites and it's getting to the point where i regret getting back into many negative nancies ruin everything for everyone in this modern can't escape it! i know people will troll and say things like "you're whining about whiners wah wah wah" but whatever...i had to say it because i've felt this way for months!



BalrogtheMaster said:

A: Hey guys, there's nothing in the 3DS lineup, sooo we should add some 3D classics!
B: Awesome! Which one? Super Mario Bros, Kid Icarus, Ice Climbers?
A: Nah, we're saving those for the holidays when people actually OWN 3DSs. Trololololololol let's give them Urban Champion
B: Haha that'll teach 'em to buy a Nintendo console early!



NintyMan said:

I'd rather have any of the games you listed at last year's E3 than this. All I saw of this game before was a simple punch-and-dodge move that could be a bit dated by today's standards. I think I'll just hold on to my cash for now.



Gavin_Rozee said:

It'll probably be on the EU eShop a month after the US and double the price. £15.10 or something dumb like that.



Spoony_Tech said:

To answer the last question. Not this!! I can see ice climber or bubble bobble. Oh how about balloon fight maybe. The directionof the first 3 would make me believe we aren't getting much.

Edit Great minds think alike i guess. I read corbs after i posted. Or maybe that old minds!



alLabouTandroiD said:

Okay, not my bets for the next three games but what i'd really love to see. (Only keeping it to NES games Nintendo published and that are listed here in the VC and retro categories. )

3. Nintendo World Cup - with 4-player support please !
2. StarTropics
1. Mother

Honorable mentions

  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Donkey Kong
  • Snake Rattle n Roll
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 - portability and a save state would already make this a tempting buy. Add in a good use of 3D and a price of 6 € and this could even make me buy the game a third time over.


wes008 said:

Balloon Fight, Ice Climbers, and Super Mario Bros. Would buy all of those, but not the next upcoming two.



Cheezy said:

Heeeyy c'mon, I loved this game as a kid, I'm willing to give it another whirl. I always thought it was kind of interesting.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Okay, same thing as in post 25. This time with SNES games since i would really like Nintendo to show us it's not only going to be NES 3D classics.

3. Stunt Race FX
2. Star Fox
1. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

honorable mentions

  • EarthBound
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • SimCity
  • Super Mario Kart
  • F-Zero
  • Pilotwings
  • Donkey Kong Country series

I'm not saying i would buy all of these. Imo it would be a good selection of games, could profit from 3D and it's nearly guaranteed to sell well and please fans.



Knux said:

We need Super Mario Bros, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, and Kirby's Adventure.



GeminiSaint said:

Urban Champion? Seriously? The most shallow 8-bit button masher ever? Re-released in 3D? Just one question: why?



Yogsoggoth said:

I guess Nintendo decided they wanted to get a piece of the Street Fighter IV and DOA action. Man, Nintendo has really, really lost touch.



Difool said:


  • Maniac Mansion
  • Kung fu
  • Battle for Olympus

(Castelvania II Simon´s quest,ice climber, kid icarus, smb3, Ikari Warriors, Gradius,etc etc ufffffff)



SKTTR said:

Since it's Zelda's 25th anniversary this year, I'd like to see the two NES games being remade into 3D.



D33G said:

It could b fun n 3D! I've never played it, so this will will be a good try!



FluttershyGuy said:

I think it's a great way to introduce the 3D Classics line, by starting with first-wave NES titles! Kind of like a second coming of the NES (or third coming, since there's Wii VC... I dunno), to release these titles (more or less) in the order they were released in the 80s! Here's a few on my wish list, some mentioned before, some not. SMB 1-3, The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link (Nintendo PLEASE make those happen one day) aren't on it, since I'm just mentioning first wave (though I guess SMB is THE ORIGINAL NES game).

Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, DK Jr., DK 3, Clu Clu Land, Wrecking Crew, Pro "A Winner is You" Wrestling, 10 Yard Fight, Ice Climber, Golf, Baseball, Pinball, Kung Fu, Balloon Fight, Mach Rider.

Oh, and for good measure, how about Gyromite and Stack-Up, using a virtual R.O.B. on the touch screen?



Punny said:

Urban Champion..... Seriously?

I would like to see Super Mario Bros., F-Zero, and A Link to the Past as 3D Classics.



Kyloctopus said:

Is this going to be similar to when they "advanced" the NES games on the GBA 10 years ago?



Fafner said:

Seems to me 3D Worldrunner would be easy to do.

I keep seeing people recommending Zelda.. Not much to do with 3D in the first one...



Squiggle55 said:

oh man, if they do a quality SNES game as a 3D classic, like Earthbound, I would pay retail price for it.

I read somewhere that they started these 6 games in 2009, and there are only 3 left to be revealed. If it takes that much work and there will be a break before they release more, I can't imagine they wouldn't release at least 1 good game — like a Super Mario Bros. 3.



bonesy91 said:

Only 6............................................. wow and so far none of them appeal to me..... These days the 3DS seems to be failing _



Supremeist said:

That's cool.. but.. out of all the NES games they could have chosen.. it was this one?



MrSparkle said:

I'm all for 3d remakes of black box game, but this is among the worst of those titles. Regular Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, or Golf would be awesome ones to start with. Hogan's alley, Wild gunman and Pro wrestling might work out pretty well too.




they should Life Force, Little Samson, a stage-based Castlevania or Journey to Silius on there instead



iphys said:

It should be SMB, Zelda, and Metroid, but I doubt they'll fork over all their best games right away. I actually kind of like Urban Champion, but probably not enough to pay $6 for it, and it better have single-copy download play or I won't even consider it.



WolfRamHeart said:

I saw some screenshots for this and it actually looks pretty cool. I'm not a fan of the original but hopefully this 3D remake will be decent. It can't be any worse than the original game, right?



Wolfenstein83 said:

I will play this if I can use the person who throws things out the window down at the characters in the street.
I dunno, I guess fighting games had to start somewhere, right?



PSICOffee said:

Seriously!? What about Balloon Fight or, gee, idk.......


I want to legitimately play that game already.



MeloMan said:

Urban Champion. Yeeeaahh. I'd say Ice Climbers, Balloon Fight, Clu Clu Land are most likely.



Teh-Ray said:

lol. I think Nintendo really is just testing our patience now to see how long we'll stay with them.

Way to test your fan's loyalty.



AutumnShantel said:

So in other words, Nintendo has a bunch of whiny fans? Cause most of them are sounding worse than me when I'm PMSing. Ha. Get a life, no one asked you to buy it.



Samholy said:

i want.... Elevator action, Mario 1, and... Wrecking crew.
wrecking crew man, on my 3ds. please.



Samholy said:

and dodgeball or world cup soccer ? ballon fight ? the first megaman ? metroid ? Baseball NES ? Zelda ? ice climber ?

silver surfer ? (just kidding. this game is evil, and a true danger for the 3ds to break off in anger.)



IslandRE said:

I figured it out. Nintendo is making Urban Champion into a 3D Classic title just to see how many people buy a game just because it's in 3D, no matter how terrible the game may be. How terrible is it? Just type in "Urban Champion review video" in your search window to find out. Heck, i'm so addicted to my 3DS that I'm probably gonna buy it even though
I will probably only play it once, then never again.



Supremeist said:

@IslandRE: If you know you're gonna do that, why buy it? Once this comes out, every week we will receive new 3D games that will probably be better than this one. But I haven't searched a review yet, so I think I might just take a look.



Kifa said:

I think IslandRE can be right about Nintendo trying to test the "3D selling point" here. Urban Champion was never good, surely nowhere near as good as Excitebite or Xevious. Wireless multiplayer is a curious addition (why is there no such functionality in Excitebike is beyond me) but it won't sell this game to me.

As for other games - Ice Climber seems a reasonable option and I'd consider buying it, provided it had the multiplayer component. Metroid... I don't know, there already was a Metroid remake, called Zero Mission (GBA). It was awesome and I don't hink Nintendo would tap into that again (and despite being a Metroid nerd and owning every single Samus' adventure - pinball included - I wouldn't get it because of that). If anything, we could see a 3D remake of Metroid 2 from GameBoy.



Nintendude92 said:

They are doing arcade-esque titles.. If they gave me Donkey Kong, I would love them forever.. That or Mario bros. Might buy this to have the set depending on what the other titles end up being, still not sold on xevious



vdallos said:

adventure island, battletoads, castlevania series, rescue rangers, dragoin warrior series, megaman series, super mario series, kid icarus, ice climber, contra, final fantasy...and more are alot better



nano43 said:

I played this on Wario Ware D.I.Y. and it was pretty fun! I might get this game.

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