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Nintendo Download: 5th April 2012 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

TNT, Colors and more

A long-awaited 3DS art package, a DSiWare puzzler and a WiiWare racer make up this week's digital downloads in North America. Here's the Nintendo Download: 5th April 2012 for Europe.

3DS Download Software

Colors! 3D (Collecting Smiles, $6.99, 226 blocks) — A much-anticipated release for 3DS, this 3D art software was supposed to land late last year but was held back. While waiting for our upcoming review, check out our interview: Collecting Smiles — Colors! 3D to find out how this release came to be.


Penguin Patrol (Grab LLC, 200pts, 45 blocks) — The game features a walrus in sunglasses and the official description starts with "Waddle We Do?", which is almost enough to earn it a 10/10 review score. It's also created by Divergent Shift and Amoebattle developer Intrinsic Games, so could be interesting. We'll bring you a more considered verdict on this slip-slidey puzzle game in the near future.


TNT Racers (dtp entertainment, 1000pts) — A pretty good arcade racer with a few quirks, merging Micro Machines with Mario Kart. Our TNT Racers review has the full verdict.

Nintendo eShop Video

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Two and Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion video interview with Warren Spector.

Nintendo Video

Worldwide Exclusive Premiere The Rifle's Spiral by The Shins (available April 6)
The band's jaw-dropping new video for The Rifle's Spiral was directed by Jamie Caliri. Don't miss his stop-motion animation masterpiece off the band's new album, Port of Morrow.

That's your lot, folks.

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User Comments (81)



Zantagor said:

3 weeks in a row without any VC whatsoever, still no La-Mulana, I see it didn't take time for NoA to drop back into Wii-time mediocrity of the last couple of years :/



grumblebuzzz said:

I don't want to be the whiner here but this blatant ignoring of VC is really starting to piss me off. There is NO REASON whatsoever that Europe should have Wario Land and we don't. None.



Whopper744 said:

Most interesting thing to me this week...the Epic Mickey video.... I have gotten used to being disappointed with this updates. They won't ever give us Wario Land or Myths and Monsters.



HandheldGuru97 said:

It has now been two months without a Gameboy VC game. I officially hate you Nintendo. Redeem yourself next week please.



Cipher said:

North America has a number of Nintendo 3DS Download Software titles that we don't have yet. I would call that a fair trade-off.



FluttershyGuy said:

Since NoA is in full VC Nazi mode...

(Me goes through the line, quiet as a mouse. Reaching Reggie, I timidly ask...)
Me: Hi, how are you? Nice weather today huh? Can I have Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, or Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land please?
Reggie: Oh, you want a choice of games, huh? NO VEE CEE FOR YOU!!! COME BACK, (holds up index finger) ONE WEEK!
Me: (pouting) Ok.



cheapogamer4life said:

Nintendo doesn't want any of my Ninty points this week and im ok with that. Good to see Colors out this week though and looking forward to seeing some of the drawings that my 3ds friends come up with.



Rapadash6 said:

I noticed my suggestion of a specific alternative to waiting for Nintendo to get their thumbs out of their you know what in regards to Virtual Console have been deleted from last weeks update, so I won't mention anymore than this: there are other ways to get your retro fix, and if Nintendo doesn't want our money, don't give it to them.



japzone said:

NintendoLife, you slow. I knew about all of this way before now. Why you wait so long?



WaveGhoul said:

Just finished Wario Land II on my GB, WLIII is up next in a few days, instead of a few years on the 3DS's VC hehe.

Really though, 'when' in the heck' is Wario Land going to be released in NA?
I can only imagine how many months it will take WL2 to be released afterwards...



James said:

@japzone We also knew these games were going to come out today — I started a draft on Tuesday! — but we always wait until the official press release as Nintendo sometimes likes to sneak in a secret game or video. Not today though!



Zergling said:

@ James

Could you please include how many blocks each game/demo takes up (in future nintendo download articles)?

It would be benefical to know and you already do this on the push square website for PSN downloads (which is greatly appreciated).

I hate the fact that on the PSN when I want to download a demo, I must click "download" before I can see how much space it is going to take up/time to download. Thanks for your consideration



James said:

@Zergling The reason we do it on Push Square is because Sony provides that information in the update. Nintendo doesn't reveal the same information so it's not quite so easy to come by as I have to wait until one of our reviewers downloads the game. I can investigate though



FluttershyGuy said:

Some of my problems with NoA are: An apparent lack of thought process, poor timing, and no consistency.

For example, NoA could've further promoted Kid Icarus: Uprising and tided over KI fans in the weeks leading up to its release as Europe did, by releasing 3D Classics KI along with Of Myths and Monsters. They didn't do that. 3D Classics isn't even officially released, it's offered through GameStop. Things like that indicate a complete lack of marketing prowess, or simple brain cell usage.

Maybe they're holding OMM until they think most people will be totally finished with Uprising. Meaning we may not see it until 2013!!!



ejamer said:

Yay! Colors! 3D looks AWESOME and has been on my wishlist since it was first announced. Looking forward to see what all of the 3DS artists can do with a full palette instead of being limited to SwapNote.



Hardy83 said:

@SoZettaFox Yeah. They should just focus on the overall suckage that is Nintendo's digital platforms, not just the lack of VC titles, but the lack of their digital fronts being good, in any form.



Shotgunryugan said:

Eh,i don't care,yesterday i brought Shinobi(3DS),Super Street Fighter 4(3DS) and Samurai Warriors Chronicles(3DS),on Gamestop's buy 2 get 1 free

So i'm quite happy with these XD



RevolverLink said:

I really don't want to be a VC whiner, but... I'm going to be one anyway: where are the games?

It's not like the GB/C had some tiny library of quality titles that Nintendo needs to carefully spoon-feed us over the next 4-6 years of the 3DS' lifespan, and a system that was around for that long was bound to have quite a few great games, like Avenging Spirit, that fell through the cracks. And where the heck are Wario Land and Kid Icarus?

I want to give you my money, Nintendo!



kitroplious said:


On this day....

The launch of the DSiWare service three years ago on April 5, 2009. Thank you Nintendo for your heavy support for the service and releasing a very good game today!



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

The fact is, Nintendo must be skeptical about the success of their old games. Third party games are held back due to licensing issues. This "shovelware" issue is because they are from cheap developers who are just starting out.



mamp said:

NO VC, I knew it! Reggie hates me because I make fun of his shiny chin. Seriously though colors 3D is good enough for this week so I'm good with no VC releases this week.



Teh-Ray said:

At first these WAH NO VC TITLES whinings used to annoy me, but now I'm actually starting to get amused by them. Something's wrong here.

Colors is finally here, though? This has got my morning off to a great start! Going to download ASAP!



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

When will Nintendo release Back to the Future, Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws, Friday the 13th, Karate Kid, Incredible Crash Dummies, Bill & Ted, Terminator 2, or Roger Rabbit?

Those are all time classics!



Retro_on_theGo said:

Whaaa! Whataaa! Sniffle sniffle! No VC! Nintendo should die despite the fact I grew up with them!
Seriously though, give us of Myth and Monsters already Nintendo!
At least Colors! Is here. I'll consider it. Probably won't buy it since I'm not an artist.



shinobi88 said:

QUESTION: How many people does it take to complain enough that a light turns on in Nintendo's head?? Trick question. It won't happen.

We want VC games EVERY week. Preferably a couple. 3 straight weeks w/out is not acceptable. Makes me want to go play a Vita.

The ONLY 3DS game they released isn't even a game. You draw and color. It's an app! Why don't I just get an Ipad!!



EddieEddieEddie said:

This is bull****. No VC games for three weeks just because they released 3 lame gamegear games? that's just bad.



Neko_Ichigofan said:

@James I was wondering since we're on the subject of Virtual Console if you know if America is going to lose the Sonic The Hedgehog games that Japan lost?
I have the original carts, but a couple of them no longer work.



RR529 said:

No VC, but hey, we got Colors! 3D,

Colors! 3D = Great week.
Seriously, Colors! 3D isn't shovelware. It's the most advanced art program released on a Nintendo system. Sure, it's not technically a game, but it's going to be cool seeing all the great stuff people come up with (it has an online gallery, so you can see other people's work).



shingi_70 said:

Are you people really complaining, While I do see the dismay in the 3DS VC updates but to be fair we just came off a massive deluge of games.



Dreadjaws said:

Come on, Nintendo. Contra, Castlevania, SMB3. Make it happen. At the very least give us the things you've given to other regions. I had to purchase 3D Classics: Kid Icarus through eBay because you only sell it through Gamestop, which only sells to US residents.



WolfRamHeart said:

I'm tempted to get Colors! 3D but considering that I am not a very good artist I might not get the most out of it. I will probably pick up Penguin Patrol. It actually looks like it could be a pretty good game plus it is only $1.99.



Ren said:

Really people, There are at least 2 good games here. go to your local thrift store and get a dusty nintendo if you want your classics that bad.
There is no such thing as "field of Trolls", if you whine- they will not come.



XXITheWorld said:

Funny things: In the last two months North American gamers have had only one GB VC game, and it's Maru's Mission (which in my book barely qualifies for a game at all)

Will probably get Colors though, this one looks pretty neat, and it would be cool if the pictures can be saved on 3DS cards and then send through swapnotes or something



bboy2970 said:

YAY!!!! COLORS 3D!!! I've been waiting a very long time for this baby to come out. Definitely buying! And at just 7 bucks, WHAT A STEAL!!!



FluttershyGuy said:

To complainers about the complainers: We're human beings. It's our God-given right to complain to the high Heavens about anything and everything, while being completely oblivious to the good things happening to us! It's a multi-national pastime, along with such things as watching other humans maimed for sport, reality TV, celebrity relationships, and blocking everyone in the breakfast aisle while sharing the latest work gossip over the cell phone. Then, you guys are also complaining in complaining about us, so there you have it. So... RAWR AGAINST NINTENDO FOR NO VC GAMES! RAWRRRRRR!!!



MitchVogel said:

Haha I would laugh if Nintendo removed the Game Gear games next week. I guess we'll just find out won't we?



Stuffgamer1 said:

Every time I fill out a Club Nintendo survey that pertains to the eShop, they ask me what would result in my visiting the eShop again. Every time, I tell them more games I want to buy, especially VC, and depending on circumstances, I name specific titles (currently Of Myth and Monsters, Wario Land, and Kirby's Block Ball). So of course it's SO nice to see that they actually give a crap about what I have to say through their official channels.

It's obviously not as though I don't have other things to play. With a Wii, PS3, Vita, 3DS, and DSi (along with retro systems), that would be mental. But as a willing consumer who WANTS to give Nintendo my money for a specific product that by all rights SHOULD have been released TWO MONTHS AGO, I do have every right to be annoyed nonetheless. And no, I'm not SURPRISED the 3DS VC deteriorated into Wii-level crappiness so fast...just disappointed.



Nintendude92 said:

Kinda surprised that the VC is being neglected. There's plenty to enjoy on the service but it's still so young-- I do not understand the drought.



metafaniel said:

Colors! 3D was an instant buy in the minute 1 the eShop was updated =D It's quite powerful, I'll really enjoy it =) =) =)



lanabanana said:

Great. I got in trouble with my parents just when Colors 3D came out.. -____- . Now i have to wait a while to get it DX



Torchwood said:

Well, my sister and I were waiting for Colors since it was announced, so Yay! But it sucks that we rarely get VC and the most recent was Maru's Mission...



DarkEdi said:

I miss the VC. I will search previous games to see if something interest me (there are a lot and i don´t want it get deleted soon like the Irem games or the Tetris game)



CrispyGoomba said:

Cause if you liked it then you should have put some VC's on it...well I guess Nintendo doesn't like the e-shop that much!



StrawHatChopper said:

Colors! 3D is a really nice piece of software. Some of the works that people have already created are impressive! The fact that the app can export creations at 1600x900 resolution to the SD card makes this a serious, fully featured art creation tool. The online gallery is nice, too- you can favorite, save, and comment on other people's pieces.



Bassman_Q said:

@nintensage (#33)- Indeed, happy 3rd Birthday to the DSi. And yeah I purchased Penguin Patrol just for that occasion. Plus, it was only 2 bucks, so I was like "SCORE!" :3



cc-plus said:

Umm I would happily trade the Australian vc games for Colors! 3D. shot It was one of the system sellers for me I am serious. I'd do anything for a good portable painting app with what looks to be a paint tool sai-esque colour wheel.



odd69 said:

Nothing for me had to buy adventure island 2 anyway, and omg im finally happy to catch up with VC. At this rate it wont be long until im done with it.



kitroplious said:

@Jstar269 (#57), @Quikman_N_Bass (#76) — Yes the DSi too of course!

Yeah, I also purchased Penguin Patrol (formally Penguins in Peril in an April 2011 Nintendo Power issue [#266]), and its quite good as I thought it would be.



fixjuxa said:

I've been waiting for La Mulana and Retro City Rampage for ages...what the hell happened to these games? Are they still slated for release or did they get canceled and I just failed to notice?



Zantagor said:

@fixjuxa Retro is due out in may, it even got a steam page now. as for La-Mulana, it's everyone's guest since Nicalis and Nigoro are not answering questions and their twitter has been dead since febuary.



FyreeTSG said:

I don't even know why there's a Wii Shop, certainly UPDATES for it, anymore--
VC's dead
most of WiiWare's not worth it
and the 3DS eShop already has TETRIS for Gameboy--which already ranks it ahead of Wii's VC, saying we'll NEVER see NES Tetris on Wii VC...EVER...

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