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Nintendo Download: 29th December 2011 (North America)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

VVVVVVery exciting

The last batch of downloads for 2011 brings with it some more goodies, including a gravity-flipping eShop game and a certain game starring a guy with a bionic arm.

3DS Download Software

VVVVVV (Nicalis, $7.99) — The well-known indie platformer has made its way to the eShop. It seems to be identical to the PC release, including a handful of user-made levels that were added to that version a while ago. We'll take a good look at it in our review very soon indeed.

3DS Virtual Console

Bionic Commando (Game Boy, Capcom, $3.99) — We didn't get Rad Spencer's NES outing on the Wii Virtual Console (not yet, at least) but this Game Boy version is fairly similar and for the most part only features some changes to the story. We'll have a review soon.


Cake Ninja (Cypronia, 500pts) — Not at all a copy of the iPhone game Fruit Ninja. Be sure to read our Cake Ninja review for the full verdict.

Slingo Supreme (Magellan Interactive, 800pts) — Earlier this year there was Slingo Quest, now there's Slingo Supreme. Our upcoming review will tell you whether this one actually is the supreme one or not.


Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Big Ben Burglary (The Learning Company, 600pts) — Another game starring the world's most educational thief, we're assuming this will be quite similar to the previous release, but we'll see in our review soon.

Do you think this update is a good end to the year?

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User Comments (50)



Ryno said:

Do you think this update is a good end to the year?

No, I think its horrible. Happy New Year Nintendo fans!



NathanSandwich said:

It always takes forever for my eshop to update, so I'll have to wait awhile before I can get my hands on VVVVVV



Odnetnin said:

It should update in about 30 minutes, at which point I am going to download VVVVVV.

I thought that Flipper 2 was supposed to come out today (I know it is in Europe, but I heard today for America too).



Philip_J_Reed said:

No, I think its horrible. Happy New Year Nintendo fans!

I disagree. There's at least two legitimately great games in there...that's two more than we should ever count on!



Retro_on_theGo said:

Have you recently gotten hit In the head?
We're getting VVVVVV and Bionic Commando! Here I thought you had good retro taste. This is a great way to end the year. Wii VC is dead and we have to except that.



Ryno said:

@Chicken_Brutus: Agreed that we shouldn't count on any games. Glad that those who like to game on micro screens have some better options then those who just have a Wii.



theblackdragon said:

VVVVVV! w00t!

also, have i mentioned that i love this 'add required funds' thing they implemented? because it's made my shopping a helluvalot easier, haha :3



Ryno said:

@Retro_on_theGo: Silly rabbit, I don't have a 3DS! I have never heard of VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV so apparently I am missing out. NES Bionic Commando would have been a nice New Year surprise. Wii VC is dead, you are right. I probably shouldn't bother checking these updates until the Wii U is out.



kitroplious said:

@theblackdragon and other staff: I think the Nintendo eShop Launch Guide needs to be updated where the "having just enough funds for a game" or whatever its called.



Karakato said:

Some impressions on VVVVVV. The game is very solid so far, just rescued the first person, and I love the Gravity switching mechanic. The Graphics and the Music are really solid, but the s3D is barely noticeable. Outside the main game, you can adjust the settings(Invincibility, slowdowns, etc.) and also play some of the user generated levels built in the game, sadly, I cannot find the Level editor, maybe I just have to unlock it.

tl;dr this game is a great retro style metroidvania but it doesn't set itself apart from the Steam version



brandonbwii said:

I'm a little tired of NOA not delivering MORE than should be expected, especially since the two best games were already known to be released today.

More on topic, I REALLY want the 3DS version of VVVVVV. There are just some cautionary signs that keep me away for now:

1. This game didn't receive the typical Nicalis hype (not even an eshop trailer).
2. It's not even mentioned on the Nicalis website.
3. I think it's lacking a level editor as it was not mentioned in the "more details" part of the eshop.
4. It's the most expensive 3DS Download to date, keeping me from just saying "the heck with it, I'll risk it."

So PLEAAAAASE NLife, make sure to write a very thorough review of this game and not a quick and dirty want one. I want to know all the dirty details possible on this game.



brandonbwii said:

I wouldn't imagine that the 3D would be that noticeable. There's really nothing to contrast it against. No artwork or parallax scrolling, just a simple 8-bit design. It's not like 3D Classics: Kid Icarus.

EDIT: Sorry for the double post, I just assumed someone would've posted a comment after me before I was done typing the second one.



bahooney said:

@Birdman13 click on the game and when you try to purchase, click "add necessary funds" or whatever it says. It should add the remaining 58 cents you need.



blackknight77 said:

Yesh! This has been a horrible year for Wii downloads especially with the death of the Virtual Console. I suspect 2012 will be even worse.




Oh, I wish Nintendo could improve the Wii Shop, but I suppose they're conserving their resources for the WiiU. Meh, nothing special for the DS too.



TromboneGamer said:

I just wish Protocol would be released on Wiiware already. It'll probably be the last noteworthy title to arrive on the service. Woulda been nice to have at least a REAL game or two come to the wii shop this week.



XCWarrior said:

Since I was unimpressed with VVVVVVVVVV when I tried it out on PC, this is a pretty awful week.



WolfRamHeart said:

I would like to get VVVVVV but it seems way overpriced for what it is. This title should have been priced at $5.99 at the most. I'm going to wait for the review before I consider downloading it.

I am really glad that Bionic Commando is out today. I never played it before but the video of it on the eShop looks awesome. Downloading it now!



Flowerlark said:

VVVVVV's graphics hurt my eyes, so I'm definitely not downloading that one. Picked up last week's Mighty Switch Force instead. Heck, I've still got 24 levels of Pushmo to finish!



DarkEdi said:

Reggie Fils is a lier. The year is over and we didn´t see one VC wii game in this last days.



Bassman_Q said:

Well, for 3DS owners, it's a pretty solid update.

For people like me, who DON'T own a 3DS, it's not a very good one.

But at least I still have Skyward Sword, Fluidity, and several other games still to play and finish. Plus, I don't have enough points to buy anything on my DSi, so it's all good.



WolfRamHeart said:

Okay, I decided to bite the bullet and download VVVVVV after all. It is my first time playing it and so far I am really enjoying it. It is a really good game. I still think that it is a bit expensive but a quality game like this one should not be overlooked. Glad that I decided to give this one chance.

Oh and Bionic Commando is also very good. Great update this week for 3DS owners. Too bad Wii owners aren't so fortunate.



Rockgamer said:

I'm on the fence about VVVVVV, so I'll wait for the review. I just finished Mighty Switch Force, and I'm close to beating Pushmo, so another great 3DSWare game to play would be nice.



Bloodysaber said:

VVVVVV is definitely a great game; I doubt I'll get it on the 3ds though having beaten the Steam version I picked up with the Humble bundle.



Knuckles said:

@Birdman13 you need a credit card to add the 58 cents i believe. Off topic but im new to club nintendo, and i was wondering can you just save your coins or do you lose them at the end of the year? Also you dont get anything for getting elite status do you? I just registered and am no where near done getting my coins



sillygostly said:

That screenshot of VVVVVV looks awesome. It reminds me of Apogee Software's (aka 3D Realms) old school CGA outings Arctic Adventure, Monuments of Mars and Pharoah's Tomb. I'll almost certainly buy it if it includes a level editor.



Lobster said:

@K-C Your coins last for a couple years, though with the recent update you can no longer see how many. At least I haven't found it yet. The "end of the year" for them is 30 June, also. After 30 June, your yearly tally of coins starts over but you still get to keep the old ones. And yes, for Elite Status you can get some spiffy free swag; this year I got like 30+ retro Mario buttons to pin on my bags, etc.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Not bad for you guys with VVVVVV and Bionic Commando. Slingo Supreme could be decent too.

@Flowerlark (32.): 18 official levels of Pushmo / Pullblox left for me. If the game doesn’t intend to surprise me after these that is.
@DarkEdi (33.) I bet he was just referring to the fact that you can use Play Coins to download some Wii VC games now.
@lz20XX (42.): Guess that’s why they said the game can be updated in the future. I’ve heard the 3DS version doesn’t include a level editor. If so an update also including it would be great.



Knuckles said:

@Lobster Thanks Im saving my coins for free games anyway, but was curious about elite status. You dont get anything free for elite do you? Anyone can answer



Henmii said:

"VVVVVV (Nicalis, $7.99)"

Most expensive 3DSware game so far, I guess?



Supremeist said:

No VVVVVV for me. I'm saving my money for upcoming DLC and different games, it doesn't interest me. So nothing new for me this week.

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