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Nintendo Download: 4th August 2011 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

It's Mario's Picross time!

Get out the chisel and get on the grid as the original portable Picross comes to 3DS Virtual Console, alongside some Spanish, black-and-white rubber-burning and plenty more.

3DS Virtual Console

Mario's Picross (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — The classic picture crossword game makes its way across the pond after its 14th July release in Europe. Picross is always a solid purchase and this version is no exception, as our Mario's Picross review explains.


Monochrome Racing (Nordcurrent, 500pts) — Minigame pedlars Nordcurrent surprise us with an old-school racing game with more than a touch of Micro Machines to it. Let's hope it can be that good.


B Team - Episode 2: Ice and Venom (Subdued Games, 800pts/$7.99) — A follow-up to B Team - Episode I: Dust and Steel, this offers more of the same team-based strategy with all-new enemies and environments to destroy. We'll bring you a review soon.

Play & Learn Spanish (Selectsoft, 800pts/$7.99) — The linguistic edutainment industry continues apace with another attempt at teaching Spanish to DSiWare fans following the average 4 TRAVELLERS: Play Spanish. Our own language experts are on the case.

Go Fetch! 2 (Agetec, Inc., 500pts/$5) — Yes, it's a sequel to Go Fetch!, the DSiWare game about fetching a ball. Hopefully it fares better than its lacklustre predecessor, but only time — and our upcoming review — will tell.

Nintendo Video

Pizza Quest – Join Scott on his epic quest for the world's best pizza ingredients. This video from CollegeHumor becomes available today at 3 p.m. Pacific time.

What's on your plate this week?

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User Comments (61)



Link79 said:

I'm curious about Mario's Picross but it sounds really complicated.
Not sure I would enjoy it.



Teh-Ray said:

It's actually a lot more simple than it may seem at first, and it has a really easy-to-understand tutorial.

On topic, I really wish Nintendo Video would overwrite the "What is Nintendo Video?" with this new CollegeHumor video. I'd like to keep the Bearshark one for a bit longer, too!



Fuzzy said:

@Link79 - It's not really that complicated. Once you get the hang of it, it's quite fun and a bit challenging.

If you have a look at some picross videos on YouTube you'll get the idea of it.



JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

Oh good there is a tutorial? lol it does seem super complicated but now that you guys mention it i will probably get this.



Kevin said:

Yes! This makes up for not getting Super Mario's Picross for Wii VC. Sounds like its a good one. I'll keep my eye on it. Still waiting for Mega Man. Hopefully next week.



HandheldGuru97 said:

I just bought Game and Watch Gallery last week and I need to go and pre-order Starfox, so picross will have to wait a while.



Link79 said:

Thanks for that sample of picross.
I think I get the hang of it now.
I may go ahead and get it.
It'll be good for when I want a little a brain teaser.



Hardy83 said:

@Kholdstare No kidding. I would've thought that at least support for 3DSWare would've been a little more stable, seeing how (I think) it costs less then retail, but hey, I guess when you're a company that basically says screw you indie developers, you don't have lots of digital games flocking to your store.



JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

I might Dan if I like this VC version. A great intro to see if I will like this type of game since its only $4. Can't wait to play.



Weavius said:

No 3DSWare!!! I didn't buy a 3DS to download just black & white games. Hopefully, the pace of new games will pick up very-I mean last month-soon.



sketchturner said:

Where is my MotoHeroz?! It was supposed to be late June or early July that it was released. What's going on...



TwilightV said:

Finally! Picross for download in the US! Now if only they'd release the SNES game on Wii's VC...



Birdman said:

MARIO'S PICROSS IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!1!1!

So yeah, I'll be sure to get it, but that's about it for me this week.



Stuffgamer1 said:


I was seriously worried we wouldn't even get it after we missed Mario's Super Picross...SO happy that's not the case!



Knux said:

Since I have never played any of the Picross games before, this might be a good place to start for me.



bboy2970 said:

Yay for Picross! Boo for now 3DSWare! I'm glad we ended up getting this. I was half certain we wouldn't since we didn't get it on Wii VC. Seriously though, Nintendo needs to start churning out the 3DSWare. Mutant Mudds and rolling western would be a great start!



grumblebuzzz said:

Nothing for me again this week, aside from the new video. I'm not into picross at all, and even tossing Mario into the mix doesn't change that much.



SKTTR said:

Mario's Picross (SGB) doesn't make up for not bringing Mario's Super Picross (SNES) to America. I'm not from the US but it's sad to see how these guys are so easily pleased with an inferior version.

1. Mario's Super Picross (SNES) is much better (because it has much more levels) and it's much rarer because it's a Japan import an therefore

2. not many people have ever played Mario's Super Picross (SNES) but many own Mario's Picross (SGB) already.

3. I wouldn't want this butchered 3DS port that has none of the original Super Game Boy's features.



Tare said:

I prefer virtual console games as opposed to 3DSware. 3DS ware doesn't do it for me as of now.



Ryno said:

I missed Picross the first time and will probably miss it again. BUt I am happy that some of you crazies are happy about it!



LordAndrew said:

I've never played either. As much as I'd like Mario's Super Picross, I'll take Mario's Picross. Mario's Super Picross would also cost $9 because it's a SNES import. This is $4.

They're telling us about Nintendo Video releases? I thought those were supposed to be unpredictable.



sfog said:

The US got an unannounced demo for Jam City Rollergirls on WiiWare in addition to Monochrome Racing today.



Bass_X0 said:

3. I wouldn't want this butchered 3DS port that has none of the original Super Game Boy's features.

What's butchered about it? You're playing it as if you were playing it on an original Game Boy Pocket which also didn't have SGB features (obviously). Nothing has been removed from the original cartridge.



Token_Girl said:

DSiWare and WiiWare were slow and unreliable too in the beginning. The eshop has only been out a month or so. I'm guessing there just hasn't been time for developers to create, polish, test, and get their games through review yet for 3DSWare. I'm sure it will pick up eventually (though then people will be complaining about weeks of crap - good games take TIME)!



cheetahman91 said:

Hey we actually got a Gameboy game this week. I'll pass though because I don't care for puzzle games that much.



NESguy94 said:

@LTR You can find it online but it is illegal and very easy to get viruses from download sites.

I love Mario's Picross. I wish they would release the 2nd one outside of Japan. If they don't I'll probably import it someday.



grumblegrumble said:

Mario's Picross was an instant download for me since I am a huge Mario fan as well as huge Picross fan Got it already and am already loving it. Great value for the price and a nice retro title as well



ToxieDogg said:

@SKTTR It's not a 'butchered' port at all, the only thing you miss by not playing it on a Super Game Boy is a fancy border and some colours. Pretty much the same as the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong which is already on there. The actual game is still there in its entirety and looks and plays the same as it would do on an original Game Boy or Game Boy Pocket.

I agree that Mario's Super Picross was the (slightly) better game though, it really sucks that America didn't get that on the Wii VC, I didn't know about that until I read this thread



DrDaisy said:

Not putting any good games on WiiWare or the Wii Virtual Console isn't going to get me to buy a 3DS. It's just going to make me resentful.



MeloMan said:

I liked Mario Picross when I sampled it years ago. I never did get it and beat it, so I'll be sure to pick this up. This'll be a good time waster for me.



sinalefa said:


Thanks for the link. I have always wondered how Picross worked, and everyone talks beauties of the DS version. It reminds me of Voltorb Flip on Pokemon HG/SS, which I love.



Neko_Ichigofan said:

Any new details about the long overdue release of Moto Heroz or did Nintendo think it was too hardcore



Sgt_Ludby said:

Grrr... I hate being broke! I really want Mario's Picross lol I'm also hoping that the 3DS Picross hits America soon!



alLabouTandroiD said:

@Mikau94 (45.): I don't think it's illegal since it's such a basic concept. But if anyone has proof i can always take the link out of my comment, no problem. I just wanted to give people an easy way to try out the gameplay. And i'm far away from saying "don't pay for these games since you can play them online for free". There's a certain polish in Nintendo's Picross games that you can't get in online versions imo. In fact these games are among my absolute puzzle favourites.

As for how secure the site i linked is i have to say i've got no clue. Everybody should have made security settings in his browser anyway so i don't really see your point here.

@Link79 and @sinalefa: Nice to see you like it.



theJudeAbides said:

Wow, one game for the Wii-ware and nothing on the VC? First they refuse to release the Operation Rainfall games, then they continue their trend of releasing fewer and fewer games over the Wii's virtual services... WHAT AM IS SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYING, NINTENDO?!? I don't own a 3DS (can't afford it), and I only have a Wii.

Oh well, I guess I'll just have to go beat Mega Man V for the umpteenth time...



Froggievilleus said:

Yay for Mario Picross! I've downloaded it and have played about a dozen puzzles already. When the game started up and the music started up, I went back in time.



Supremeist said:

No Pacman?? I don't know about Picross for me. I've about had it with the Black & White games. The ones I have now don't interest me anymore. I'll take Colored gameboy games, and 3DSWare.

If Picross turns out really good, I might consider picking it up.
But right now, pass.



Number_6 said:

In 1.5 days, I've already played 6 hours of Mario's Picross. I picked it up basically because I had $5 left over from past purchases, and thought it was worth a shot. I can't stop playing it. It's perfect for a quick game to pass a couple of minutes, but that turns into a "just one more" time after time. I'm shocked to say this, but other than OoT, Mario's Picross is my favorite game on the 3DS (including Link's Awakening, which I like and recognize as the "better" game). Every single time I solve a puzzle, I catch myself grinning at the revealed image. Black/White, Green/White, whatever - this is a fun little game.



Neko_Ichigofan said:

I just wanted to remind everyone to download The Jam City Roller Girls demo
I thought it would be awful but it's actually quite decent
anyway check it out



littlebigplanet said:

YAY! I already got it! With infinite replay value, this should tide me over until the 3DS VC library beomes a lot larger

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