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Nintendo Download: 21st July 2011 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Nintendo Video arrives!

After last week's excitement with the Netflix application coming to 3DS, now everyone gets a taste of free 3D video with the Nintendo Video application to download from the eShop. Elsewhere there's a 3D Classic, some DSiWare and a WiiWare title too.

3DS eShop

3D Classics: Xevious (Nintendo, $5.99) — The second three-dimensional revamp after the launch title 3D Classics: Excitebike, jump into the cockpit of the famous Solvalou fighter and blow things up. Lots of things. We'll see how well this one has been updated in our upcoming review.

Nintendo Video (Nintendo, free) — Download new video every week for free, with Nintendo promising 2D and 3D videos from the worlds of music, comedy, animation and Hollywood trailers. It's free, so give it a spin.


Bobby Carrot Forever (FDG Entertainment, 800pts) — After what seems like an absolute eternity in development, the cutesy carrot-cruncher comes to WiiWare with this top-down adventure. Our upcoming review will let you know if this warren-ts a purchase.


Antipole (Saturnine Games, 500pts) — Expect gravity-flipping antics aplenty in this side-scrolling puzzle platformer. Come back next week for our review.

Kung Fu Dragon (Agetec Inc., 200pts) — Climb the daunting waterfall with your world class martial artist, hoping to beat your score each time. For 200 Points this might be worth a further investigation, so expect our review soon.

Trollboarder (Enjoy Gaming, 200pts) — Released in Europe back in April, the American release has slimmed the game's price down from 500 to 200 Points. As our Trollboarder review points out, it's not really worth any number of Nintendo Points, unless that number is –500.

What's on your download plate this week?

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User Comments (126)



Scarkaiser said:

Is it just me or has in been almost a month since we got any VC games on the Wii? I guess when Nintendo is done with something they're done with something



MrDanger88 said:

So nice we get an overpriced NES game and no 3DSVC. I knew Nintendo would kill it like they did with VC but I didn't think it would be so soon.



Cipher said:

Oh, yeah, the 3DS Virtual Console is dead, everyone should sell their 3DS systems and quit while they're ahead. For crying out loud, some people's lack of faith and the speed with which they can lambast Nintendo is completely shameful.



Bass_X0 said:

We already know our games. Game & Watch Gallery on 3DS and no Wii VC games.



XCWarrior said:

At this point Nintendo needs to stop prolonging it and just take the Wii out back and shoot it in the head. Now they can't even deliver multiple shovelware WW titles in the same week.



NintyMan said:

People's impatience and lack of faith never cease to amaze me.
Anyway, I'll wait for a review on Xevious before I get it, and Nintendo Video is definitely my next download.



Gamer83 said:

Wow, this may be one of the worst weeks for Nintendo downloads ever. And that's saying a lot considering some of the bad weeks we've had the last year and a half.



HandheldGuru97 said:

Not a bad update though it is lacking the Virtual Console we have been getting 2 VC games for the past 2 weeks. So I don't mind the break at all, but we better get something good next week.



Gamer83 said:

@Cipher, there is absolutely NO reason for there to be a week this early in the 3DS' lifecycle without a VC game. Nintendo has been pathetic when it comes to how they handle their shop channels for a while now. I could give them a pass if the 3D classic they had was something like Super Mario World, but no, what they gave us is garbage. They should not get a pass for this and the way the company has acted of late, the lack of faith some of us have is more than justified.



zeeroid said:

Holy crap, 3D Xevious MY LIFE IS COMPLETE GUYS. I just wish it were $20 instead of $6 so I could give Nintendo more money because I have so much money and I love giving it to Nintendo when they give me games like Xevious... IN 3D!!!!!!!! ... :/



lord_hades said:

lets golf 3D will release on the 28/07/2011 it will be £5.40 from the eshop in europe



Link79 said:

Xevious is not nor was it ever a good game.
Adding 3D to it doesn't suddenly make it a good game.
Just look at the review for the Wii VC version.
A score of 4/10 is not what I'd consider a worthy addition to VC.
No need to wait for a review of the 3D classics version.
It's the same lousy game in 3D.
Yeah that'll suffice for today's update.



adamantwolf said:

finally nintendo video but everyone is complaining that there isnt a good update its hard to restore games that arent meant for other consoles



slidecage said:

i still say the 3DS is dead and we will see it in the discount bins next summer and nintendo will show off a new handheld at E3 2012 for 2012 xmas or early 2013



Gamer83 said:

3DS is a nice piece of hardware but Nintendo is handling this all wrong. It really is a shame, I'm not going to go as far as to say it's a dead system yet, but it could be by Dec. 2012 if Nintendo doesn't change its strategy quickly. That means no more consistenly crappy weeks on the shop channel. Do it right or don't do it all. I don't expect every week to be great or even good, bad ones will happen, I get that, but when good weeks are the exception and not the rule that is a slap in the face to the fans. And most importantly, cut the price of the system and find a way to get the price of games down. I do believe $40 price tags was as much a part of the problem for PSP games as piracy. That price will hurt 3DS games as well.



zionich said:

Im just curious, who actually buys games every week when there are games they want. I know for me, I barley have time to play the retail games, let alone a new VC Wii/3DSWare game.



Bass_X0 said:

Its not that we buy games every week, its that with more games mean more choice.



Hardy83 said:

@13 Cipher Hard to keep faith when peoples past experiences with Nintendo and Nintendo's own track record seem to point to a direction that doesn't include any faith at all with VC being good, or even the online shop in general.



Cipher said:

@Hardy83 I accept, and completely agree, that Nintendo's previous experience with online stores is poor - Iwata himself has said many times that WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare were failures and disappointments and that Nintendo would be revamping their online strategy with eShop. Given that, I see no reason to doubt him, and my own experience with eShop so far has been incredibly positive - I think it's a much better store than either of Nintendo's previous stores.

I also think, believe it or not, Nintendo's release strategy is much better now that we only get one game (or two) a week - we've had a number of fantastic titles so far and I'm building up quite an impressive watch list for games to buy when I'm done with the ones I've got.

Call me a fool but I see great potential in eShop, I think Nintendo's doing things right so far, and I have complete faith in them.

@James it's on eShop in the UK if you check the list of new software. It's got a game page and is dated for next week.



TheKingOfTown said:

I can't believe how many complainers there are here. First of all, we got a VC game last week. Second, we get a free video player, which is FREE. How can you complain when we get something free? Oh no, we don't get a 3DS VC game today. I have lost all faith in Nintendo now. Seriously?



revoc said:

I'm not seeing Xevious or the video downloader in the eShop. Anybody getting the same thing?



47drift said:

As I sit in bed browsing this website on my 3DS, I think back to the good old days before everyone did nothing but complain on the internet. We get an arcade classic and free video service added to a virtual shop, and everyone starts whining about how the system is now dead because they can't play that one old game they've either played before or could easily play elsewhere for a much cheaper price. E3 becomes instantaneously forgotten along with all the great software and support shown during that week.

Really, though. You people make me sick.



Bass_X0 said:

everyone starts whining about how the system is now dead because they can't play that one old game they've either played before or could easily play elsewhere for a much cheaper price

Its not that. Its that nothing at all was released, not a specific VC game. Xevious is a bad game too.



bonesy91 said:

Nothing exciting... I'm sorry, but I bought a 3DS to play games, so the Nintendo Video thing to me is just as Useless as the Netflix app :/

but this is simply my opinion



komicturtle said:

I already have Xevious on my DS thanks to Namco Museum DS. I like it, but I'm not going to get this one.. So.. :/



Ryno said:

Which is worse, the people who complain or the people who complain about the complainers?



cheapogamer4life said:

I have faith that Ninty will do the Nintendo Video service justice seeing how I doubt will ever be able to watch 3D movie on our 3DS. :/



TheGreenSpiny said:

@37: Would you like so cheese with your whine? How is VC not good? There's more good games on the Wii's VC than all the systems combined.



siavm said:

Why is nintendo joking with us? Instead of videos, it is one video telling us it is coming soon. WTH? Why not just put it up when it is ready? Nintendo you got some slaining to do.



TGVirus1337 said:

LOL! Nintendo Video Says "coming Soon" and the release date is today WTF?! and cant be downloaded



MrDanger88 said:

We have the right complain when Nintendo wastes time and resources making crappy 3D remakes that literally no one wants, when Wiiware is an absolute joke when compared to other online services like Xbox Live Arcade and when good VC games are MIA (Yoshi's Island and Star Fox) in the time of one of the worst droughts on any home console ever. You Nintendo apologists me want to vomit. Nintendo is floundering and it's like you don't even notice.



siavm said:

Looking at the press release it says nintendo video coming soon. We going to need clarification on that.



TGVirus1337 said:

Ya in the estore the link its self for Nintendo Video says coming soon and to the right says Release date 7/21 hmmmm....



bboy2970 said:

Why is Nintendo Video just "Coming Soon"? I was told here that it would be available plus the eShop itslef marks its release date as July 21 AKA, TODAY! Why are you playing with me Nintendo?? Just put the damn thing up!!



Katernity said:

doesn't look like nintendo video is actually here, the eshop just has an announcement that its coming soon. whats the point of that?



Megumi said:

So its not just me who can't get the Video. Well, nothing exciting for me this week really...AS USUAL.



FluttershyGuy said:

No Nintendo Video here... Just says "coming soon". Can Nintendo do anything right anymore? Still, always nice to go visit my little shopping bag buddy! I love my shopping bag buddy! <3



BalrogtheMaster said:

Oh GOD, Xevious 3D sucks. Don't waste your cash, I feel really ripped off. All it does is increase distance, that's it.



Gamer83 said:


So because we don't buy games every week that's an excuse for a company to have bad week after bad week after bad week? I'm sure that's not what you meant but it comes across like you're excusing laziness on Nintendo's part. Again, bad weeks will happen but they shouldn't be the rule (which they have been on Nintendo's shop channels for far too long now) no matter how often one person buys games off the service. Sure I can't buy a game every week, but just because I'm not looking for a certain title that week doesn't mean somebody else isn't.



Rm88 said:

Gaming droughts. Affecting people who have played every game on every system.

I was really hoping for Megaman or Adventure Island, but I won't cry because I didn't get what I wanted. Nintendo doesn't get my money this week, that's way more effective than whining on gaming sites.



Savino said:

This nintendo video announcement was a joke!

They announced the announcement!!!!



Link977 said:

Would you rather them release a bunch a week and then have none later in the future, then you could complain. I mean Wii has been out for almost 5 years its not an endless supply of NES games



Gamer83 said:

One good game a week isn't going to kill their download lineup in the future. They have the Wii VC (which has many systems not just NES), the 3DS VC, 3D Classics, WiiWare, DSiWare and soon 3DSWare. They have plenty of channels so frankly there is no reason not to have at least 2 or 3 good releases a week.



Bass_X0 said:

You could double the amount of NES games already on the Wii and there would still be plenty left to release. We'd go obscure but there would still be be more releases.



FluttershyGuy said:

Oh, I pressed the A button like the picture said and the caption insisted. Nothing happened. Even pressed "Shift", then "A" to make it a BIG A and that picture is still there saying to press A! Wha happen??? My keyboard brokeded. Epic phail.



Odnetnin said:

@73 Watch the trailer first next time. Also, buyer beware.

I bet Nintendo Video won't come out until it's almost midnight where I live like the eShop update did. Also, there better be Shaun the Sheep shorts!

Anyone see how there are Captain America and Thor 3DS games based on the movies coming out in October and September, respectively? Weird but cool that they're spending more time on them than most licensed game publishers do.



Odnetnin said:

No seriously; thank sales tax. You can get something better now. But yeah I agree how stupid that is. Tax evasion is super-tempting.



Hyper_Metal_Sonic said:


I really hate the new system Nintendo has on the eShop.

Over all, I love the new shop, but that's the only gripe I have with it. They need to go back to charging tax when you add funds and keeping the prices at even 00's like on Wii and DSi.

As far as this update goes, I MIGHT get Xevious, but I'm not entirely sold. The 3D looks nice, but I might just save my money for Mega Man whenever that comes out or any other Gameboy VC title.



Geonjaha said:

It's £5.40 for Xevious. It might seem good because of the lack of content, but I highly doubt it is worth that much. It'll be safer to wait for the review.



catcher82611 said:

Ok, I e-mailed nintendo concerning the video app, and got a response of
Thanks for taking your time to contact us about the Nintendo 3DS eShop. I appreciate your enthusiasm for downloading apps early in the day, however, today's downloads should be available later this evening. I recommend checking back.
We'll post the announcement to our site when they're ready for download.
Nintendo of America Inc.
Andi Anderson
That name is a little off-putting, but at least we know we're getting it tonight



WolfRamHeart said:

I hope that Bobby Carrot Forever turns out to be good. I'm interested in picking it up but I'm going to play it safe and just wait for the review.



Radixxs said:


Yay for unpredictable (but regluar?) releases! Yay for New videos go away? Wait... what the hell?



Supremeist said:

People, 3DS VC is not 'dead' because we didn't get any games for one week! They were working on Xevious! Anyway, when I hit Nintendo Video it says the software is currently unavailable. I'll try again later. I'm also going to wait for the review of Xevious so I can decide whether to pick it up or not! Not a bad week.



Moco_Loco said:

You know, I was joking when I declared the 3DS VC dead. I think they just wanted to hignlight Xevious this week. Too bad I already have the DS port and don't really like it! Also, they really have removed Nintendo Video from the eShop. There is an announcement in the news section instead.



jdkipfer said:

It really makes no sense not to release Nintendo Video at the right time. It just throws people off. Does it really take 9+ hours to finish something?



Supremeist said:

This is an outrage. So we get 2 things this week? Nintendo Video, well not really because It's "Coming Soon" and Xevious, which most people are saying is a rip off. Yeah. Not a good week, but let's stop crying about it and just wait for next Thursday. Save your money.



Supremeist said:

Guess who just picked up Xevious? Me! It's really enjoyable and addicting, and the 3D looks absolutely amazing! May be a bit overpriced, but It's definitely worth it!



Moco_Loco said:

IGN gave Xevious a favorable review. What got my attention was that the author mentioned that he didn't really like the game originally, but this new version changed his mind.



TLink9 said:

I like how the trailer uses the word duh. Then says it will delete the movies as if it was a good thing. It did not sound like nintendo at all.



RogueBologna said:

Exactly what I was gonna say TLink9. It was trying to be so cool, which is not like Nintendo at all, and it just made me really mad.



justinr said:

it doesn't bother me much that we don't have Nintendo Video Service yet, but what bothers me is the crappy treatment their marketing and PR has given it: "Nintendo Video is out today!" So we all assume it'll be out with the eShop update, but it's not?!? Least they could do is give us some explanation for the delay, or tell us that the intern/turd that screwed it all up has been fired.



Moco_Loco said:

I would actually start watching Nintendo Week again if they at least put it on the eShop for streaming. So far all the game videos have played much better on my 3DS than my Wii. Though it is a little weird to read that 3D images can only be displayed on a 3DS system when I am on one, but I guess they haven't figured out 3D streaming video.



grumblebuzzz said:

Love the content we've gotten from Nintendo Video so far. It's funny, quirky, original and most importantly, it's FREE! I hope they update often with new stuff. Really liking the direction that this is starting out from.



Supremeist said:

Awesome, can't complain about a free service I guess. You know what would be cool? an "Everybody Votes" Channel like on the Wii. Always fun.



Skotski said:

It's the strangest thing...
Before the release of Xevious for the 3DS eShop, I had always heard that Xevious was one of the classic games out there. Did it suddenly switch? Or was it simply THE example of which many games are copies of now? Or are there just separate groups?



Vehemont said:

I just want to know when in the hell is the Sega Game Gear and the Turbo Grafx 16 are going to be on the Virtual Console, so we do not have to wait Nintendo to release some more games!



zionich said:


It was more about the complaining about bad weeks and a honest question on would people buy a game every week if it was somthing they wanted. Cost aside, having a back log of great games isn't a lot of fun. So in a lot of ways it makes sense for Nintendo to release "crap" because its a game that some people will buy. This will then allow time to play the big names , while allowing time to get more money. It's not about laziness, but rather good business. Some one is still making money.



grumblegrumble said:

@ryanthehedgehog I completely agree Xevious is cool but a bit overpriced. They could have made it 3.99 or 4.99 and doubled their sales. Anyways, it's great to see classic games coming out in 3-D. I really hope that Ice Climber or Kid Icarus comes out in 3-D.



Bassman_Q said:

Downloaded Antipole. Pretty polished for DSiWare, but controls take a bit getting used to. That, and its incredibly easy to die. But its still pretty good.

Kung-Fu Dragon also seems promising for $2. Might need to buy it too.

Now to wait for Amoebattle... hopefully its only $5 cuz I don't have enough for 800 points now...

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