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Nintendo Download: 24th November 2011 (Europe)

Posted by James Newton

Samus returns

Four titles on the download front this week, with a bit of a mish-mash of styles: shooting, singing, escaping and bounty hunting. Of course there's only one title we're really interested in, so let's just dive in and introduce you to this week's contestants.

3DS Virtual Console

Metroid II: Return of Samus (Game Boy, Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — Samus is playable on 3DS for the second time in this week's Virtual Console game. While not considered the best in her back catalogue, it's still a title well worth giving a try, as our upcoming review will explain.


Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison (Intense Co., 500pts) — You're in a prison. You have to get out. What could be simpler? Sadly the game doesn't quite deliver an unforgettable experience, as our Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison review explains.

Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 3 (dtp young entertainment, 200pts) — After two Christmas packages, an 80s celebration and even a national anthems game, dtp's singing series aims for the number one spot again. We'll soon find out if it hits the elusive high note in a full revue review.


Big Town Shoot Out (PDP, 500pts) — It's high noon on WiiWare for shooting games, but sadly this one isn't quick enough on the draw to make much of an impression, as our Big Town Shoot Out review explains.

Will you take a chance on one of this week's non-Metroid games or will you be racing into the cannon-clad arms of Miss Aran?

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User Comments (26)



Bankai said:

Ok, while Metroid 2 is a good game, this is the time of year where PSN, XBLA and other download platforms are pulling out some really awesome games.

Just last week I got Minecraft on my iPad. Minecraft is a few billion times better than Escape Trick, touch screen controls or no. And that's just one game.

Why-oh-why can Nintendo not get its act together with download platforms and getting developers to take it seriously?



SKTTR said:

Will we ever get Snowpack Park, MDK2, Liight, Frobot, Burn the Rope and Shadowplay here in Europe?

And what about Line Attack Heroes, Retro City Rampage, La-Mulana, Pole's Big Adventure, Order and Discipline?

Nothing! Just another casual shooting game. People never seem to get enough of these.



Punky said:

@YellowChocobo I agree but I really dont think Minecraft on the Ipad is a good example to use? Its the basic first version of the game for €5.49?....No mining or online....



Omega said:

SKTTR wrote:

Will we ever get ... here in Europe?

This is the question of the year!



Weskerb said:


Retro City Rampage is now an XBLA game, so you won't be seeing that for a while (unless you have an Xbox).



Bankai said:

@3 it will in the future though, and even with just the builder mode it's better than anything DSiWare has thrown up in months, and most of the virtual console and eShop besides.

As for the price, well, considering there's a few hundred iPad game's out each day for less than anything on the eShop, and many of those better than the eShop... Arguing for the price of the stuff on eShop doesn't help the case ever.



Chris720 said:

Metroid II looks interesting, shame I'm 30p short. >.<

But other than that, nothing really catching my eye, hopefully we get these GBA games soon... along with the update.



KonsumKasse said:

Samus Aran was first playable on 3DS when the Nes ambassador games* was released.

*contained Metroid.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Nothing for me this week since i have the cartridge of Metroid II and am assuming it still saves.
But that makes me think ... While in general i don't mind these VC games being colourless maybe i won't be willing to download an inferior version of a game i own~ed before.~

@Geonjaha: It's one of the best GB games out there. And while it doesn't feature the variety of bosses of other Metroid games it's still a good portable premiere in my book.



Bass_X0 said:

i won't be willing to download an inferior version of a game i own~ed before.~

Its not inferior. It just doesn't use the Super Game Boy / GBC as its emulator.



TheGreenSpiny said:

@12 Geonjaha: This is a completely different game. It's also much more user friendly with save points (instead of passwords) and lot more forgiving game structure by today's standards. Well worth your money if you are a Metroid fan.



slidecage said:

who is buying JUST SING someone has to be buying them or they wouldnt keep making them



komicturtle said:

Just Sing is good for practicing. It's better than anything put out for iPad and that lame App Store on iOS devices.



SilentHunter382 said:

You have to buy Metroid II it's a must have.
For me i won't be picking it up because I still have the original cartridge.



theblackdragon said:

@GlasS: 'revue' means "A light theatrical entertainment consisting of short sketches, songs, and dances," and it's pronounced just like 'review'. we're so punny~ :3

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