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Nintendo Download: 21st July 2011 (Europe)

Posted by James Newton

3D Classics Xevious is here!

Now everyone's had their fill of the first game in the 3D Classics series, the NES favourite 3D Classics: Excitebike, it's time to kick it into second gear with the next instalment. Elsewhere there's a 3DS VC game and a trio on DSiWare, though WiiWare and the Wii Virtual Console take the week off.

3DS eShop

3D Classics: Xevious (Nintendo, €6/£5.40) — The classic arcade scrolling shooter receives a new lick of 3D paint. Take the Solvalou to the skies and blow up everything you see, in three glorious dimensions. We'll have our verdict for you in the coming week.

3DS Virtual Console

Game & Watch Gallery (£2.60/€3) — A collection of some of the most enjoyable Game & Watch games released, this is worth a dabble if you're into your handheld heritage or just want a good high score challenge. Read all about it in our Game & Watch Gallery review.


AfterZoom (Abylight, DSi: 500pts, eShop: £4.50/€5) — Find microscopic organisms in every day objects using your DSi camera. This game released in North America last week, so we should have a review by the time you can download it to your European console.

Jagged Alliance (Cypronia, DSi: 500pts, eShop: £4.50/€5) — Starting way back in 1994, Jagged Alliance combines strategy and turns-based combat. The game was released on DS in physical format, so we'll see how this downloadable version stacks up.

99Bullets (EnjoyUp, DSi: 500pts, eShop: £4.50/€5) — The shooter where one life is one bullet and one bullet is one life, the aim of the game is still to try not to run out of ammunition or die. Our 99Bullets review tells you more. Much more.

What will you be downloading this week?

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User Comments (61)



WaveGhoul said:

Xevious in 3D? what a let down. Where in the hell are the actual classics like Super Mario Bros, LOZ, Punch-Out!! ect ect?

Why do I get the feeling that we'll be seeing a SMB 3D before the launch of Super Mario 3D? i guess it's all about the timing and spacing things out.



cheetahman91 said:

Xevious is a fun little game, but a little expensive. NA will probably see it this Thursday too.



yoyogamer said:

I'd rather have Xevious and Urban Champion now and The Super Marios and Zeldas later than vice-versa.



FonistofCruxis said:

I'll definitely get Game & watch gallery but there are still no eshop cards in Europe!!! I hope NoE will hurry up and release those in EU soon. Also, why isn't there anything on the wii vc, this is the 6th week in a row with nothing released on the wii vc, its ridiculous. I hope nintendo haven't abandoned it when there are still many great games they could release on it including two that are already out in America which are Mega man 5 and Mega man x.



Link79 said:

Oh boy. A 3D version of an Nes game that wasn't that good to begin with.
Excuse me while I jump for joy.



FigetingPigeon said:

I like the look of the Game & Watch Gallery, may purchase this come Thursday but where in the hell are our Wii VC games? Been like 6 weeks and still no Wii VC release here in Europe. Come on Nintendo lets see some Wii VC releases next week as well as some Game Gear games on the 3DS VC.



Philip_J_Reed said:

Dang, very little love for Xevious here!

And thanks Balrog, I think I just might pick up 99 Bullets myself.



Bass_X0 said:

I think if it was arcade Xevious, people would be slightly more interested.



Scottie said:

Yet again no Wii VC it must have been abandoned, shame i wanted Mega Man X and Mega Man 5. When will La-Mulana be out for the Wii-Ware or has that been forgotten as well?



Blaze said:

I think I'll probably pick up Game and Watch Gallery, and with Xevious too, I thought this would be a good week. Then I saw the price of Xevious.... £5.40???

Seriously??? So nothing & there's about a 50% chance I'll pick up Game and Watch Gallery sooner or later this week. The 3DS E-Shop still isn't stunning, is it?



CrazyOtto said:

@16. Bass_X0

It actually is the arcade Xevious, alot of people don't know that yet.



Bass_X0 said:

Then I saw the price of Xevious.... £5.40???

Well if the arcade version were to be released on the Wii VC, it would be 800 points.



Link79 said:

The Arcade version of Zevious isn't much better.
It was a crap game then. It's still a crap game today.
Even for an early shooter this is bottom of the barrel stuff.
3D classic my rear end.



Crunchy_in_milk said:

Technology must not have improved much since the 80's if the Solvalou is still state of the art.

I'm just going to assume Xevious will be $6 in the U.S. too so this is a definite no purchase for me, maybe if it were $2-$3.



slidecage said:

wonder if Jagged Alliance is worth buying once it comes to the states
5.00 buck download for around 6 or 7 via amazon on cart



Squiggle55 said:

I'm with Link79 on this. If these first underwhelming "3D Classics" don't sell well, I hope they don't interpret that as meaning I don't want them to give the treatment to a good game, because I do.



sillygostly said:

@Lohenwiihn: DSiWare games function in exactly the same fashion as retail DS games. DSiWare games will be full screen by default, however, if you hold start or select after booting up the game, it will be displayed in its original resolution. The very same also applies to Virtual Console games.



Pj1 said:

If I had known about Nintendo's lack of support of Wii's VC service I'd would never bought the 3DS, it's disgusting I know the Wii is dying but this is terrible. Nintendo please sort this....



Olaf-symbiote said:

@Lohenwiihn I feel exactly like you do. I was so excited for the eshop when it launched, but was disappointed when I found out NOE has no plans to release the prepaid cards anytime soon. To think it's been over a month already, and that it still seems like it will take a really long time before we can even start dreaming of getting the cards, just makes me lose faith in NOE as a corporation.

It really seems like NOE is trying to create an upper class of 3DS owners, the ones who have credit cards and can get the games easily. Meanwhile, us lower class, non-credit card owners are treated like worthless scum that should be exterminated. NOE probably thinks we're not worth owning the games on the eshop and probably laughs at us non-credit card owners, while we longingly watch the gameplay trailers for the eshop games and wish that one day we could actually play them.

I've even contacted NOE on the issue, but they have ignored both of my emails, even when I BEGGED them to reply. That's how much I matter to NOE: in their opinion, it is much more important to change "color" into "colour", "center" into centre", "fullfill" into "fulfil", and replace the narrator of Kirby's Epic Yarn with an over-the-top British narrator than releasing the prepaid cards, which would greatly help me in my current, credit cardless situation.

Maybe one day NOE finally stops kicking me in the butt. Meanwhile, I have to depend on the freebies like Pokédex 3D, Excitebike, the E3 trailers, and Nintendo Video, which the merciful lords at Nintendo of Europe decide to hand out to such a filthy commoner as myself.



alLabouTandroiD said:

With Game & Watch Gallery and 99Bullets it's already a pretty good week on the handhelds. It could be a great week if AfterZoom and Jagged Alliance turn out well. The lack of 3DS Ware is disappointing though.
The lack of anything on the Wii is bad too.



madgear said:

Do they not do downloads for the Wii any more? I've not bothered to check for over a month now but looks like there's still no new stuff. I was looking forward to Machinarium and a couple of VC titles but looks like it has been completely abandoned now. Sad as it's ages until the Wii U and I'm not planning on buying one anyway - would be nice if my Wii would at least last a little bit longer.



Gamer83 said:

More garbage that nobody needs. I am begging Nintendo to get its act together.



Capt_N said:

If I ever get a 3DS, I probably won't use the online shop, as it seems Nintendo is going to give the 3DS eshop the same treatment, as the Wii Shop.



Supremeist said:

I hate to say this.. but.. I hope that not all we get is these VC and 3D Classics games, because I'm hoping for Nintendo to start the making of regular, random games like they did with DSiWare, but in 3D. The classics and remakes are definitely cool, but come on, It's not everyone's cup of tea.

But all I can say is I'm quite excited to see how this Xevious turns out. Never played the original, but I hope It's not as bad as ExciteBike turned out. I got that for free and haven't played it since the day it came out. Very repetitive.

@Gamer83: I don't see how this week was garbage. Game & Watch Gallery is a fun little game, but Baseball was pretty bad. I agree that Nintendo needs to give us a little bit more every week, but It's definitely not 'garbage'.



Gamer83 said:

Oh it is garbage, a big steaming pile of it. Unfortunately people keep rewarding Nintendo for this slop by putting money into it. I'm sure that Urban Champion 3D Classic will sell a buttload as well. Disgusting.

And nobody wants Game and Watch. People just convince themselves they want it because there is literally nothing else worth a damn on the system so instead of just admitting the truth like I have that the 3DS was a crappy investment, people buy crappy games to try and justify their crappy purchase.



golephish said:

yet again - does anyone know where we can look up the North America releases? — yeah I am sad - seems as of this moment, the 3ds is dying ...



Geonjaha said:

It's true they could be releasing much better VC games. But they have shown that they only plan on releasing ones that are easy to transfer. Link's Awakening was just a one off unfortunately. However as long as us 3DS users are bored of a lack of content, we will probably want to buy whatever is available...



James said:

@golephish usually has some games in advance but otherwise the official announcement is made at 9am Eastern time.



timp29 said:

Colour me underwhelmed. I'm pretty picky about my scrolling shooters.



lord_hades said:

rebbecca blacks new video isnt rubbish that makes no scense sorry that was off topic yay 3D classics



blackknight77 said:

Judging from the look of the screenshot that is the arcade version of Xevious. Long live Xevious!



Geonjaha said:

Whoa! Lets Golf 3D is out as well? 0.o
Oh sorry my bad its just some game info



Gamer83 said:


For VC, I'd like to see some of the actual good Gameboy games. Blades of Steel was a good GB game, I would take that any day over some of the stuff they're releasing. As far as the 3D Classics. How about something that actually is a 'classic' and deserving of a remake? Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, A Link to the Past, the original LoZ, those would all be obvious choices, but good ones. I would actually love to see a 3D version of Punch-Out!! though, that would be awesome. A heck of a lot better than freakin' Xevious.



Geonjaha said:

They are probably going to be using more well known titles for the last 3 3D-Classics releases.



Chris720 said:

@33 LOL! How long can it possibly take to release the prepaid cards anyways? I've been missing out on so many games because there are no prepaid cards, it's flippin' ridiculous.



Gamer83 said:

They will make more well known 3D classics. The thing is they should already be there. It's not like developing a completely new game, reward those gamers who bought into your new expensive system (and looking at sales there's not many of us) by giving us some good games, not crap.



Geonjaha said:

3D Classics so far look to be worth £3.60 at best, no where near the £5.40 charged. They should just drop the prices. You guys shouldn't just spend whatever they're pricing just because they're releasing them slowly.



Raylax said:

I don't get why everyone's hating on the 3D Classics pricing. Straight NES port on VC would be about £5 (depending on how you pay for it, anyway). Arcade ports are about £8. You guys do realise that the 3D Classics series isn't a case of pressing a magic 'Make 3D' button and knocking off for the night, right? They have to be pretty much rebuilt from scratch. Just because it looks and plays the same doesn't mean it is the same, it means a lot of effort has gone into accurately replicating the original. £5.60 is a fair price.



Geonjaha said:

@61 - Yes, a lot of effort is put in to add the 3D effects, which results in a higher price, but the original games they are using just aren't good enough to ever be sold for such a price. No one will want to buy a boring game for £5.40 just because it has 3D effects added to it.



alLabouTandroiD said:

@Gamer83: I'm totally on your side when you say: make Super Mario Bros. 3 a 3D Classic. I think this is one of the few classic platformers where 3D would actually make you see it with different eyes. (Yoshi's Island comes to mind too.)
Add in the abilitly to save and you could have a quite fresh version of the original game. I wouldn't hesitate to pay 6 € for that.

Judging from the review here AfterZoom didn't turn out too well. That's a bit sad.
And i guess especially Xevious 3D is a hit or miss title. Many will hate it, but a few others will absolutely love it.
I liked the original Jagged Alliance on PC and i guess i'll like it on the DS. I hope a review will be up here soon.

But finally! here is my point: Even if Game & Watch Gallery and 99Bullets wouldn't appeal to me i wouldn't call them garbage. They got good review scores and seem to have much appeal to anybody potentially liking 'em.
I mean i don't call The Sims 2 on the PC garbage just because i don't like it and would never want to play it again.



Omega said:

No WiiWare? Hm, that's not much. I almost didn't find this article because I usually only look on the WiiWare and VC tab. And next week we have one of these awkward Learning games from Tivola (according to the german Nintendo website). So this week is disappointing and next week too.



ThumperUK said:

@ xDemon720x (and others).

You do not have to have a credit card to use the eShop. Anyone with a Debit Card can use this to buy from the eShop, so long as the card has a Mastercard or VISA logo.

I hope this helps, like others I don't have a credit card but discovered that debit cards work (on the Wii and DSi too!). I don't know why Nintendo don't add this to the instructions.

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