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Nintendo Download: 17th May 2012 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

VC and vampires

After a pretty long nap 3DS Virtual Console wakes up today, and DSiWare swells with a hidden object adventure too. This is much more like it.

3DS Virtual Console

Kirby's Block Ball (Game Boy, Nintendo, $2.99, 40 blocks) — At long last, 3DS gets another Virtual Console game in the rotund form of Kirby. Check out our Kirby's Block Ball review to help you along with your purchasing decision.

3DS Demo

Rayman Origins (Ubisoft) — North Americans get to try out Rayman's 3D-2D adventure as well with a free slice of his upcoming game.


Chronicles of Vampires: Awakening (Teyon, 500pts, 96 blocks) — More hidden objects in the world of nocturnal neck-biters. Prequel Chronicles of Vampires: Origins wasn't great, but we'll see how this new title stacks up in our upcoming review.

Nintendo Video

Men in Black 3 in 3D (available May 18 at 6 a.m. PT) — Watch Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin in 3D, for free. That's better than a kick in the teeth.

There we go, folks. Good week for you?

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User Comments (92)



grumblebuzzz said:

Good to see the Rayman demo. I really wasn't expecting it since NOA has been very stingy with them.



3DS_Supporter said:

Finally, I can use my $20 card for something, plus demo! (any news of when Rayman Origins hits NA?)



HeroOfCybertron said:

I will be purchasing Kirby's Block Ball and will defiantly download the (been waiting for this demo) Rayman Origins demo.




It's good to have a 3DS VC game back on the eShop after the crazy 2 months of stupid nonsense we had to deal with. Here's hoping that the North American eShop doesn't go back into idiot mode next week after we get Kirby's Block Ball this week. I've been wanting to try this game ever since I found out about it being in our eShop since the beginning of May. As far as I'm concerned, Kirby has saved the 3DS VC line of retro games, for now at least.



RevolverLink said:

I may get Kirby's Block Ball, but I'm definitely trying out the Rayman Origins demo. It'll be neat to see that already gorgeous game in 3D.



Bass_X0 said:

You only get a VC game this week because there's no 3DSWare game.

Coincidence? I think not.



grumblebuzzz said:

If that really is the reason we've not had a VC game in so long, they can keep their cheap, shallow phone app rip-offs and give me some real games on a more frequent basis, kthx.



Gamer83 said:

I'll be downloading the Rayman Origins demo for sure, if for nothing else just to see what they did with the 3D effect. I already know it's a great game. Don't really care about either Kirby Block Ball or Chronicles of Vampire, I guess it's nice to see a 3DS VC game again but that also means it'll be a month or two before seeing another one. I still say kill the 3DS VC in favor of releasing old games as '3D Classics.'



Knuckles said:

Not a bad week, Rayman almost makes up for Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, Wario Land, and The Legend of Zelda not being released over here yet. ALMOST



XXITheWorld said:

@grumblebuzzz Totally agree with that
My 3DS has been gathering dust for the last few months, and I scarcely ever visit the eshop again for lack of anything good to download

Might try Kirby Block Ball, which looks pretty cool. I really, really, really hope they bring us Wario Land, Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Game & Watch 2 soon, seeing as those are big GB titles and the games of my childhood, and in the past few months it has looked like NOA deems that north american players enjoy Iphone apps more than Wario Land or Kirby classic games, which is a bummer



Whopper744 said:

Wow! VC and a great looking demo!!! ....I really hate to say 'oh no Myths and Mosters or Wario again', but this will work. I'll settle for this Kirby themed puzzle game and a Rayman demo! And a nice little Men in Black 3 video.
Really can't complain.



rjejr said:

My 3DS is doing a system update. Is this for Mario Kart or something else? I just updated a couple of weeks ago when they changed the store and added folders.

Well not Mario Kart, updating that now. but the system did update, just don't know what it did. And of course no Rayman until noon, I forgot about that, doh.



New_3DaSh_XL said:

I'll have to download the Rayman Origins Demo, hoping that it isn't as much of a piece of crap as Rayman 3D was.



Bass_X0 said:

I just played the first stage of Rayman Origins and wasn't too impressed. The graphics do look quite lovely in 3D though.



japzone said:

Men in Black 3 3D Trailer? LOL I've had that on my 3DS for Months now.

PS: I've been dying for the Rayman Origins Demo too



Megumi said:

....why did they have to delay Origins on the 3DS? T.T
No clue if I should stick the Wii version or not.



Lunapplebloom said:

Even more now. I guess I'll have to get that demo, and Kirby looks interesting. I may just get it.




Come on Nintendo, add the Super GameBoy color pallets to the SGB compatible games already



MegaAdam said:

I had Kirby's Block Ball when I was little, and it was awesome. I just replayed it a couple of years ago. Definitely a good buy.



Tsuchinoko said:

And Japan is getting Kirby Super Stacker next week, so you guys have that to look forward to as well.



shonenjump86 said:

I already have Rayman Origins on 360,but it won't hurt to see how the game looks on the 3DS. I may get the Kirby game one day.



GeminiSaint said:

Kirby's Block Ball is a great little game. Don't dismiss it as "just another breakout clone", because there's a lot more to it hidden under the surface than what meets the eye.



AVahne said:

Played Block Ball years ago, I'd rather have Dreamland 2. Lucky Europeans.



DarkEdi said:

Nothing for Wii but i´m happy with last 2 weeks, i donwloaded the last Sega games and they´re excellent.



Tsuchinoko said:

@Luigifan141 I kinda wish we got the GBColor version of G&W Gallery 2, but we never had that version from the start, just the regular GB version.



coolvw93 said:

cool, definately going to give rayman a try. wonder if retro city rampage is going to hit wiiware soon



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Tsuchinoko: Star Stacker? Man, I LOVE that game! Shame it'll probably be a few months until we get it...

@Koto: I'd rather have both...lucky Europeans.

@Luigifan141: It was only released in color in America, and black and white in Japan. So both regions are just getting our native versions. Good game, anyway...hope they follow through on that release promise.

And of course...Block Ball is mine. No way I'm going to complain about its absence and not buy it straight away, especially for only $2.99.



Karakato said:

Played two levels of the Rayman origins demo, and I got what I expected... a half baked and somewhat choppy port compared to the console version. That's not to say it was bad or anything, but it is a rough job. For the most part, the game still manages to look stunning albiet blurry, and manages to run at a stable frame rate Even if it runs at half of what the console version is running at.

What disappoints me for the most part is the Sound, most of which are compressed. Other than that, it was an adequate effort to fit Origins to the small screen, though I do hope Ubisoft fixes some issues before launch.



cecesigue said:

The Rayman Origins demo is nowere to be found in my eshop... i already got the message that is available but is not in the demo section... wtf?



grumblebuzzz said:

Played some Kirby Block Ball. Definitely the most fully-featured Breakout clone I've ever played (I hesitate to even refer to it as such) and well worth the $2.99. Also picked up the Rayman demo but haven't tried it out yet. My 5 year old nephew got it this morning and he seems to enjoy it though. See, these are the weeks I like on the eShop, Nintendo. Keep this trend going.



Yrreiht said:

The Demo of Rayman Origin is awesome. Definitely gonna get the full version



DrDaisy said:

I guess it's back to Wii getting nothing again. I'm not too upset because Monster World IV finally came out along with an online-enabled Super Street Fighter II. I've lost much of my interest in Noitu Love 2 for Wii since I bought the PC version. I doubt Last Flight will ever make it to WiiWare, which is a shame because there are still no games on Wii's download service which are violent enough to be rated M.



Handy_Man said:

@Tsuchinoko I didn't know what you meant at first since your profile says that your region is the United States. Sorry for the misunderstanding!



MetalMario said:

Got Kirby, my first download in a while. I'll probably get the Rayman demo, too, even though I already have it for 360.



Knux said:

Awesome week is awesome! Now I can play Kirby's Block Ball for the first time! And we get a Rayman Origins demo, sweet (even though I still need to play the Vita and Wii versions that I own)!



Tsuchinoko said:

@Luigifan141 Crap, I thought I changed it back to Japan. I was in the States and Canada for a bit. Sorry.

Kirby super Stacker, Kirby Pinball Land, and Block Ball. I didn't know there were so many Kirby puzzle games.



Megumi said:

Is it just me or does Origins feel a bit...sluggish on here compared to the Wii version? (or any other console I guess, I just have it on the Wii. xD)
Hopefully they fix all that on the full version. Anyways 3D was nice, lol



Undead_terror said:

played kirbys block ball and freaken loved it,im glad to use some of my eshop money because i got lots of it and cant wait til next week for game & watch gallery 2



ecco6t9 said:

With Game & Watch Gallery 2 hopefully being the next release, I am hoping that the first G&W will be the next free coin download.



Tsuchinoko said:

wow...I feel bad now. I know that NA especially wants a lot of VC games. I live in Japan and the only 3DS VC games I have are Zelda: Links Awakening DX and Legend of Zelda 1 for the NES. I did also buy that so-so Sudoku game as well, in addition to one DSiWare game that didn't come out for the non-Japanese VCs. I haven't really gotten anything, but I'm mostly waiting for Game Boy Wars 1-3 and the Pokemon Games, as well as the Oracle Zeldas.

Any recommendations? I never owned a portable system, not until the GBA anyay. Thinking about a Warioland game...which one is best?

BTW, I mostly just play Monster Hunter 3G, so thats what my 3DS time goes to for the most part. Getting Fire Emblem this weekend too. I would love to try a new Game Boy era game.



RR529 said:

Had KBB as a kid, so that's a must download for me. Never played anything Rayman related before, but that's going to change with this demo.



paburrows said:

Just checked the e-shop and they also have a preview of next weeks releases, with videos, Game and Watch Gallery 2 and Snakenoid Deluxe which looks like a Araknoid/Break out except that you control the snake with your finger on the touch screen rather then the d-pad.



Neko_Ichigofan said:

I agree with Berzerker when will Retro City Rampage be released?

I usually don't purchase violent games, but I plan on purchasing RCR if and when it is released to support the game, since it's very polished and is not cheap shovelware.

@James it appears that Retro City Rampage now has a release date listed as TBD.



Firejonie said:

I'm going to try the Rayman Origins demo and may get Kirby's Block Ball in the future sometime.



Nintenbro said:

Can somebody, anybody tell me why we still haven't received Prince of Persia on the SNES VC yet? Should I just give up, and forget about it ever being released here? I'd really like to know. The nearest title to PoP we've received is Pit Fall, and I have no plan of ever downloading that. Also, only one more week until Retro City Rampage is once again considered vaporware.



Prof_Clayton said:

My Rayman Demo (kinda) glitched. In the 3rd level, I got the big electoon that makes the other ones turn red and dance. However I took damage, and the electoon kept dancing and remaining red, but the music stopped. Odd.
And I much prefer the Wii version. Looks way better on a big screen, and the controls are tighter. Also the sound is clearer.



bboy2970 said:

Excellent week! I've been waiting for Block Ball and the Origins demo for some time now. Thanks much Ninty!



marc_max said:

I wish Nintendo added Super Game Boy support to the VC GB emulator. Kirby's Block Ball (among others like Kirby's Dream Land 2 or Donkey Kong 94) looked a lot better.



Sgt_Garlic said:

Wow I can't believe us N. Americans are getting a Game Boy Color game next week. Looks like NOA woke up.



FluttershyGuy said:

May get Kirby's Block Ball, as I love Arkanoid-style games, and just to support 3DS VC! I'd encourage everybody to do the same. After all, the more VC games are sold, presumably the more often NoA will release them!

This is a start, but still waiting for Super Mario Land 3 and Kid Icarus: Of Myths & Monsters that have been out elsewhere for MONTHS. I don't think SML 3 will be here until around August when the release of NSMB 2 is close, though. And I have no idea what to think of Kid Icarus. Hoping since they're things many are looking forward to that something will be said at E3 (plus hoping for TLoZ: A Link to the Past remake news).



WolfRamHeart said:

Nice to finally get Kirby's Block Ball this week. Hopefully more VC titles will be on the way to the eShop soon. I wish that I could say that I enjoyed the Rayman Origins demo but sadly I did not. It is a poor port of the original. I own it on the PS3 so I will just stick with that version and wait for Rayman Legends on the Wii U.



Wolfcoyote said:

Oh my God! Finally! I finished my high school education by slaving away at my internship and playing Kirby's Block Ball with every free moment that I had, and it's awesome that it's finally available. It's enough to make me forget my Steam library to be able to lie on the couch and play this game. Downloading it and the Rayman Origins demo now.



Nintenbro said:

@StrawHatChopper, I'd rather not be forced to play through a medicore 3-D Prince of Persia title, just to unlock the ability to play the retro SNES entry. Plus, having the game available on VC is bit more convenient and accessible as well. Also, it's not actually the SNES version that's unlockable in Forgotten Sands. Which is definitely the version I desire to play.



NintyMan said:

Finally, some life in the 3DS VC yet. Kirby's Block Ball is my next purchase as soon as I can get it.



Capt_N said:

KBB, if I ever get enough cash to spend frivolously, & purchase an eShop card lol. This time around, I'm only d/ling VC titles I never originally owned/played, w/ few exceptions.

Edit: Yes, I really wish Nintendo added full-Super Game Boy emulation code to their emulator(s)(possibly plural, depending on if the 3DS has an emulator built-in, or each VC plays on it's own emulator code). It would be so awesome. I still am a little hesitant to purchase any GB VC that has currently-unsupported SGB enhancements. I don't wanna pay for VC titles, that have more to offer, than I can access/experience (in-game), solely based on the limits of the handheld's programming.

Most of the functions of the SGB could be done, using the 3DS. Off-the-top-of-my-head inventory of SGB functions:
1. pre-made borders(some have screen-saver animations),
2. pre-made color palettes,
3. ability to create your own border(even draw on the screen),
4. ability to create your own color palettes,
5. game-link function was added into SGB 2,
6. ability to display special/game-specific borders/palettes,
7. sound(I'm assuming pcm, or whatever digital sound the SNes could do.),
8. & even full 16-bit games,
9. 2 pre-set button mapping combinations
10. SNes mouse support

W/ a few necessary tweaks, literally everything I just mentioned/listed could be done on, & w/ the 3DSVC.



alex167 said:

I thought NA VC was going to get Kirby's DL2 like Europe ...does anybobody know when Dream Land 2 will be realeased for North America?



Fabian said:

It´s just fair that NA gets less VC than Europe.
It would be kind of unfair if NA would have the same number of VC games and more 3DS(showel)ware. I don´t really understand why North Americans allways complain about Europe getting better games.You can get
-Sonic Labirinth
-Kirbys Dream Land 2
-Super Mario Land 3:Wario Land
-Game and Watch Gallery 2
-The LEgend of Zelda
-Trip World (maybe not)
-Princess of Persia
on ebay as Cardridges we cant buy
-Mutant Mudds
-Sakura Samurai
-Arc Style Soccer
-Samurai Sword Destiny (not worth it)
-Sudoku by Nikoli
otherwise so don´t complain. Mutant Mudds/Sakura Samurai



Nintenbro said:

Oh yeah! Of course, I'm going to go purchase an SNES console just so I can play Prince of Persia. Hey! If you want to purchase me an SNES and the PoP cart @Fabian, be my guest. Otherwise, I'm going to keep on complaining. There's no excuse for why NOA hasn't already released PoP here. Pit Fall can go fall in a pit, because I could give two shakes about that game.



TheDreamingHawk said:

@Fabian But those titles for 3DSWare (Besides Sakura samurai) are third party, and they are probably going to come out any moment over there. If we start to lose the 3DS VC again in June, (I doubt it due to E3), then we will really be behind. Plus some games are better on the 3DS anyways. I do hope we all catch up at the same time, though!



Bass_X0 said:

...does anybobody know when Dream Land 2 will be realeased for North America?

Nope. All that is known that Game & Watch Gallery 2 is next in America. Nobody knows what is next after that.

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