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Nintendo Download: 1st March 2012 (Europe)

Posted by James Newton

NES comes to 3DS

3DS gets a demo and two Virtual Console games this week while Wii owners are left sadly without. Still, there's plenty of Virtual Console games coming to Wii in March, so that's something.

3DS Virtual Console

Punch-Out!! (NES, Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — The classic boxing game is the first non-Ambassador NES game to reach 3DS Virtual Console. Is it still worth paying for in this day and age? We'll review it, of course.

Super Mario Bros. (NES, Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — Where it all began. Already out in North America, our review will be ready very soon.

3DS Demos

Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (SEGA, free) — A taster of the pomp and pageantry of SEGA's sporting compilation, which you can read more about in our Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games review.


Lola's Alphabet Train (BeiZ, 200pts) — A good educational game on DSiWare? Nobody could have predicted our Lola's Alphabet Train review giving this loveable letters game an 8/10, but there it is.

Will you be buying anything this week or are you saving your pennies for the upcoming Virtual Console treats?

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User Comments (33)



Juampi said:

Definitely a very good week for Europe. I'll certainly get Punch-Out!! when it comes to America.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Not buying anything this week but downloading SMB and the demo.
Got Punch-Out!! on the Wii's VC and i won't pay 5€ to play it on the 3DS again.



SilentHunter382 said:

Punch out is a classic and has still aged well in terms of gameplay but I won't be buying it since I already own the original cartage and on the V.C.



KeeperBvK said:

"3DS gets a demo and two Virtual Console games today"

Are the releases today, really? The title says they'd be on the 1st of March.



Sneaker13 said:

I have Punch-Out on the Wii VC. So I won't be getting this. But it's still an awesome game. So go get if you don't own it yet.



flatspikes said:

£4.50 for a VC release on a handheld is crazy. I feel like Sony and Nintendo really don't get digital pricing. I'm loving my 3DS but will be seriously limiting VC purchases as there are better value ways to play (NES Cart for one).



sillygostly said:

The NES games for 3DS are grossly overpriced considering that they don't support multiplayer between systems.



flatspikes said:

Just a thought if its £4.50 for a NES game what will GBA games sell for? £7.20 I fear...



Bass_X0 said:


I'm thankful that they haven't raised the cost of points on the Wii Shop. £7 for 1000 points is the cheapest you'll be able to get them for now.



Spoony_Tech said:

"I'd buy that for a dollar"

Seriously though I wouldn't pay more then two dollars for that even tough it is a great game. How many times can you still push old games at what I consider a very high price. These games are nearly 30 years old Nintendo. You will probably make more money at two dollars then 5! I think for 2 a lot of people would buy it just to have it on their system.



Jese_1 said:

Awesome week, but saving my pennies for Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters and the Game Gear games.



Doma said:

Are Nintendo really that oblivious to these prices being a joke?... it's hard to believe, but i guess there are plenty of fools willing to pay this much for ancient games.

All i can do is laugh and continue to spend my money elsewhere.



Mathieu_W said:

I'm a 3DS Ambassador so I already own Super Mario Bros (on both Wii and 3DS). I'm really interested by Punch-Out, I don't own it on Wii so I'll pick it on my 3DS ! And I don't care about Mario & Sonic at London 2012 Olympic Games but I'll download the demo to try it out !



FonistofCruxis said:

I've already got SMB from the ambassador scheme but I'll get Punch-out as I'd rather get it on 3DS vc than Wii vc because of the restore points.



Marakuto said:

I found it funny that my friend who has SMB on 3 consoles wants to buy this I just said to him don't waste your money but KNOWING HIM... my words pass through his left ear to the right then air.....



Megajack said:

im sick of everyone saying $5 is alot for a NES game! just cause you guys dont enjoy retro games it doesnt mean to complain! Why id get NES games for 8 each!



RR529 said:

I don't know how Europe's system works, but here in the U.S., the ESRB rates each game on the eShop, and charges an $800 fee to rate each one. While Apple isn't subject to ESRB ratings (or fees). If you want to know why Nintendo is "overcharging" you, there you go. If Apple (and other digital download venues like Android Marketplace and Steam) were actually subject to these ratings (like they should be), all these downloadable prices would all fall in line.



James said:

@RR529 Similar deal here except different European countries have their own ratings boards — while there's PEGI that covers the whole of Europe, there's also USK for Germany and BBFC for the UK, for instance. A PEGI rating is normally all it takes but there are exceptions



Cipher said:

Good to see NES games on Nintendo eShop but I had hoped they'd cost £3.50, same as on the Wii Shop Channel. Not that it's much of a bother since I'm an Ambassador, but the price does surprise me a little.



PixelatedPixie said:

A pretty weak update for people such as myself who a) already own Super Mario Bros and Punch Out!!, B) have no interest in the Mario and Sonic games, and C) know how to spell. Back to Prince of Persia I guess.



Late said:

So... some of the guys say that NES games cost more on 3DS... Why do I have to pay 5€ for NES game no matter if I buy it for my Wii or 3DS? Doesn't really matter as I have almost all the NES games I need.



Maggots said:

soooooo..... when can i download this for free on my 3DS as I've already bought it on the Wii? .... don't tell me... when the Wii U launches... del that better happen now...!



flatspikes said:

The PEGI / ESRB rating are compulsory for Sony/Nintendo but not Apple? Can anyone explan how that is fair? It still doesn't explain the £3.50 on Wii and the £4.50 on 3DS. I'm also concerned that when WiiU pops up I'll once gain be asked to rebuy...



Bass_X0 said:

It still doesn't explain the £3.50 on Wii and the £4.50 on 3DS.

Just be thankful that Nintendo haven't raised the cost of Wii Points on the Wii Shop.

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