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Nintendo Download: 1st December 2011 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

First of the month and no returns

After today there are just four more Nintendo Downloads left in 2011, so let's see what Nintendo has in store to kick off this final month of the year.

3DS Virtual Console

Adventure Island (Game Boy, Hudson, $3.99) — Master Higgins makes it across the pond four weeks after his European appearance. Read our Adventure Island review to see how the little chap holds up on 3DS.


Double Bloob (Bloober Team, 500pts) — A contender for worst game name on DSiWare — a service that features Mega Words, remember — this is a cartoony shooter played vertically. The game was originally announced for DS way back in 2007, making it nearly as overdue as Bloober Team's own Last Flight. We'll have a review soon.

House, M.D. - Episode 5: Under the Big Top (Legacy Interactive, 800pts) — Legacy closes the book on the House saga with this circus-related story of mystery illnesses and minigames. There'll be a review soon.


Xmas Puzzle (EnjoyUp Games, 500pts) — After Pinocchio's Puzzle comes a festive take on the old jigsaw game. We'll see if it's worth hanging a star on this one in our upcoming review.

How do you rate this week's platter of digital delights?

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User Comments (55)



meltendo said:

Yuck...I actually have $16 in my balance with the hopes of spending it on something like Mighty Switch Force, Mutant Mudds or Pushmo since all three were prominently featured as "Coming Soon" in the store. It would be brilliant if Nintendo could serve up something 3D each week but it looks like that's asking for way too much. Maybe they want to be sure we buy Mario Kart 7?



Pikachupwnage said:

@ tony_Vayza What? we get 3 shovelware and 1 decent VC game.......

this update actually kinda sucks



brandonbwii said:

Mighty Switch Force and Pushmo should be out before the end of the year. I still have $7.42 cents in my account, just enough to pay for Pushmo when it's released later this month.



McRokert said:

does this means that the eshop has updated in NA ? and does that means its also updated in Europe ? because then i am going to buy Zen Pinball 3D dont know why our American palls have to miss it this week ;o



tinman said:

Could somebody at NLife ask Nigoro about what's going on with La-Mulana?



McRokert said:

@James , Thank you ;D I thought maybe they updated it at the same time but now i know for sure only every Thursday on 3 o clock in Europe haha !



blackknight77 said:

No Zen Pinball. No Lock and Chase. No Wii VC. Well that stinks. I'd like to return this update back to Nintendo for something better.



BenAV said:

No Zen Pinball? Aw, poor America.
I just downloaded it then, so time to play.



James said:

@tinman Drake asks them on a weekly basis! Unfortunately we have no news to share but as soon as we do I assure you it'll be posted here straight away



alLabouTandroiD said:

What i didn't really get from the review is if Adventure Island doesn't try to be anything more than a port of NES's Adventure Island 2. If so they could have waited a bit longer to release the NES version on the 3DS.
And while i wouldn't put too much faith in Double Bloob it could surprise us and be a decent & nice little game.



Link79 said:

I think I speak for everyone when I say where the bloody hell is La-Mulana?
Also boo on no Wii VC yet again. I guess they wouldn't want to throw us a frikin bone even around the holidays.
Now excuse me while I cry in a corner.



falloutboy152 said:

When the heck is nintendo gonna sell Flipnote Memo? And also, when are they gonna give out Ambassador GBA games?



Bass_X0 said:

And also, when are they gonna give out Ambassador GBA games?

Before the end of 2011, like they said from the beginning. There's still time.



Flowerlark said:

Darn, I was hoping for Colours 3D this week since it's advertised for Q4 2011. I want an art program so badly! I have Inchworm on my DSi but am terrified of trying to transfer it because I already lost Pictobits permanently because the 3DS got an error code during transfer and the game disappeared from both systems. D: I'm never transferring another game again.



cheapogamer4life said:

I'll eventually get Adventure Island, but not before Mutant Mudds and Mighty Switch Force gets release.

/me goes back to playing Zen Pinall for mobile



SteveW said:

Another week without La-Mulana, Descent and Retro City Rampage! I suppose that another puzzle game is appropriate because this is all very puzzling to me Nintendo!!!



FonistofCruxis said:

Double bloob actually got released? Does this mean theres a chance we might still get Last flight? I know it looked crap in the trailer from last year but its been a while since then so it could be better if it actually gets released.



Savino said:

I was expecting Zen Pinball!
Terrible choice for the beginning of the month Nintendo.



Ryno said:

How do you rate this week's platter of digital delights?

What a way to kick off the Holiday season with this virtual pile of maure.



LordTendoboy said:


Love your avatar, but I didn't know Ren and Stimpy was popular in Japan.

Another terrible week for Nintendo downloads. I bet we'll get Mega Man X2 the week before Christmas, then Street Fighter 2 (online?) the week after Christmas.


RetroCityRampage might not even come out on WiiWare. It's been advertised for Xbox Live Arcade though, so it might just stay exclusive for that.



Bass_X0 said:

Okay, I've played some of Adventure Island and its really not that great IMO. Then again, I don't think much of any of the early Adventure Island games.



StarDust4Ever said:

What, no Zen 3D Pinball for N.A. gamers? I had my trigger fingers all warmed up for some nice pinball action today. This week holds nothing of interest!



Supremeist said:

I haven't bought anything from any of these updates in the past month. This is getting old, Nintendo. Release some really good titles for once, please? Oh well, atleast I'm saving some money right now.



Ramses said:

Wow, this sucks. Why is the first week of the month always horrible for new downloads? Give us our Ambassador games already!



Bass_X0 said:

You shouldn't look at those "adult sites" right before visiting Nintendolife.

Yes, you should look at them after you visit Nintendo Life.



Gamer83 said:

What's this, another week of absolute garbage? I'd like to say I'm stunned but sadly I'm not. Completely pathetic year Nintendo has had, completely pathetic and no Zelda isn't enough to make up for it.



XCWarrior said:

Another big pile of crap. Nintendo, could you make the month of December not stink so much for downloads?



SuperLink said:

Nintendo Power said that 3D video is available now...but my 3DS said my sytem was up to date. When is there gonna be a update for NA?



Noire said:

Double Boob would have at least made it a little interesting ... I mean what is 3D good for if we can't even have 3D breasts?



cheetahman91 said:

I'd much rather have Adventure Island II.

This update's pretty depressing. Can't wait for the GBA games.



Orichalcum-420 said:

Happy to say I just bought a Playstation 3, and due to horrible updates for the VC and Wiiware such as this week's, THAT will be getting my entertainment budget until Nintendo gets their heads out of their a$$Es and realize that it's time to pander to the classic video game lovers again.



DrDaisy said:

I'd really like some more VC games on Wii ... namely Monster World IV.
Looks at Tony_Vayza's avatar.
Dude! What the hell?!!



alLabouTandroiD said:

@PhoenixCake (49.): You don't ?
Even if Dead or Alive: Dimensions doesn't completely satisfy you i'm sure dozens of programmers have their hands full to bring the best breasts bouncing to 3DS.



Gamer83 said:


Forget about it, Nintendo makes too much catering to its current auidence to give a damn about those of us who have supported their consoles since the NES. If I didn't have a 360 and PS3 as well as the Wii I'd be even more infuriated with Nintendo than I am right now. There has never in Nintendo's history been a year as bad as this but sadly I don't think they're going to rebound, this is going to start becoming the norm. The Wii, which did have some pretty damn good years before this one, is now finished so don't expect much for it 2012. That leaves the 3DS which sucks and the Wii U which will be even worse.

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