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Nintendo Download: 15th March 2012 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

UPDATE: Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure Demo arrives

Last week was a bumper Nintendo Download week in Europe, but this week plays catch-up with North America and has some releases that are sure to please retro fans: check out the details below.

3DS Virtual Console

Metroid (NES, Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — Samus' original NES adventure was released on the North American eShop on 1st March, and to 3DS Ambassadors last year. How well does this classic stand-up, and does it play well on 3DS? Check out our eShop Metroid review to find out whether it's a battle worth joining.

Virtual Console

Strider (Mega Drive, SEGA, 800pts) — One of the classics of the SEGA Mega Drive era arrives on Wii in Europe, an all-action arcade game with a plasma sword as a weapon. If that description doesn't convince you, perhaps our Strider review will do the job.


Battle of the Elements (EnjoyUp Games, 500pts) — With a description that mentions the world's destiny but visuals that are cartoony and cute, this puzzle title is certainly interesting. Despite its peculiar style it's a solid, well-produced puzzle game, as our Battle of the Elements review explains.

1st Class Poker & BlackJack (GameOn, 500pts) — This one has emerged from nowhere, but we can safely assume that it's a poker and blackjack title, with the official description also promising local multiplayer as well as integrated voice and text chat. We'll have a review ready shortly after it's released.

3DS Demo

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure (SEGA, free) — This title combines puzzles solving with rhythm-based challenges, with an animated storyline to tie it all together. Due for retail release in Europe on 5th April, there's now a demo available for download: will it help us find the beat?

Nintendo Video

Shaun the Sheep 3D (Free) —This second episode in the series is called Penalty! and sees Shaun and his pals having a friendly game of football in the barn, until the game reaches new heights when a shot goes out of reach.

Flying Steps (Free) — Flying Steps is apparently Germany's most famous breakdance group, having won multiple awards. They'll be busting some moves in 3D for your viewing pleasure.

So, what will you be downloading this week?

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User Comments (38)



Shiryu said:

Id love to have the CPS1 version of "Strider" instead... maybe for Wii U?



BenAV said:

Aw, was hoping for VVVVVV since the bug was fixed.
It's been a while since we've received a good quality 3DS Download game.
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH didn't cut it.



SkywardLink98 said:

Maybe the reason the VCC hasn't been getting any games is Nintendo is putting them on the Wii U. And if we can still buy Wii Shop Channel games, (Like DSiware on 3DS eShop) we'll have a rather large library of VC games to start off so they can focus on getting us the ones we haven't gotten yet rather than having to have them slowly publish them like they did with the Wii.



MAB said:

Sweet! I'm gonna be giving strider a bash this weekend with all its retro nostalgia pumpin thru my veins taking me back in a vortex to a time when all us Megadrivonians ruled the earth

More oldskool SEGA love comin our way baby, ye-ah!



Gavin_Rozee said:

Was hoping to download some GG games for my birthday. I'll spend my money on Journey instead. Even if I didn't have Metroid already, I sure as hell wouldn't spend £4.50 on it.



Monsti said:

Still no V, still no mudds, still no Samurai ((( And no game gear games...come on!



Morpheel said:

Local voice chat is simply the most useless thing any game could ever include.



GamerDude said:

So we get no game gear games and no 3DSware, America can't complain annymore coz they are getting the game gear stuff and they have loads more 3DSware than us



Jese_1 said:

Nothing for me this week. Saving my pennies for Sonic and Zuma's Revenge. Nice update though.



Chris720 said:

local multiplayer as well as integrated voice and text chat

Lolwut? If it's local multiplayer... surely text chat and voice chat wouldn't be needed?



SNK said:

they should be giving us the Arcade Version not the Megadrive one.



Bass_X0 said:

the weekly update is a complete joke, like always

Mega Man X last week, then Strider this week... You can't complain unless you're an Ambassador and don't own a Wii.



ThomasBW84 said:

As for the local voice chat in the Poker game, I agree that it sounds a bit bonkers. I've seen it before in a DSiWare cards title (can't remember the name right now), but it's a bit strange all right.

As for the Strider 50 or 60Hz question, I have a nagging suspicion that it will be the slower PAL version, based on other Mega Drive VC games I've downloaded in the past. I wouldn't say that I'm 100% sure on that, though.



timp29 said:

Strider. I've been waiting for this game on VC for about 4 years.

Glad it's here though




Only good games I see on the list is Metroid [ NES ] & Strider for the GENESIS. Besides, to all that are complaining about no GAME GEAR games not being on the list, just remember one thing. If they're coming to the US on 3/15/2012 and Japan on 3/14/2012 , then why would they not be coming to the UK also. It would have to be a global release for a new portable to pop up onto the list in the eShop imo.



Ristar42 said:

I'd prefer the arcade version of Strider, I still have the original cart for the Megadrive.
On VC this will almost certainly be 50Hz in PAL regions, as everything else (even imports) on the Megadrive is.



alLabouTandroiD said:

This second Shaun the Sheep episode was actually decent. Better than expected after the sleep-inducing first one. Didn't see the Flying Steps video anywhere yet.
But it was great to see the Kid Icarus Animes coming to our Nintendo Video. First episode wasn't breathtaking or as good as the Kirby 3D videos but we've seen worse things in the past.



shadowAOD said:

Downloaded the demo and I Never thought Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure would be alot of fun



Late said:

Rhythm Thief was pretty good. Gotta get it when I can find it for low price. Not buying it for full price. Not that much into rhythm games.



Raylax said:

My wallet is spared this week. Not that I have any criticism of the line-up: Restore Point update to my Ambassador Metroid is very welcome, and I've been dying to get hold of Rhythm Thief since it first appeared. Another Shaun the Sheep short is always a good thing too. Can't complain about free entertainment, and I'm gonna guess that the Game Gear will show up next week.



BenAV said:

Oh, I'm gonna have to give that demo a shot when I have the chance.
Looks like I have something to download this week after all.
Still waiting for some more eShop games though.



misswliu81 said:

again, another good week for the eshop what with metroid, strider and the rhythm thief demo.

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