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Nintendo Download: 3rd May 2012 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Germs and birds

The eShop gets its cheapest game yet, a $1.99 'infinite challenge' title, and real-time strategy fans can rejoice that Intrinsic Games' molecular head-scratcher is finally out, plus the return of VC Arcade. Here's what's up and competing for your money today.

3DS eShop

Bird Mania 3D (Teyon, $1.99, 227 blocks) — Fly as far as you can and rack up a high score, picking up 20 achievements and bonuses along the way. This could be worth a look — our review will let you know.


Amoebattle (Grab LLC, 500pts, 97 blocks) — Intrinsic Games' long-awaited DSiWare strategy finally reaches North America. Make sure you check out our Amoebattle interview to learn more in anticipation of our upcoming review.

Wii Virtual Console

Super Hang-On (Arcade, SEGA, 900pts) — SEGA's arcade racer reaches North America on the same day as Europe. We'll have a full review for you very shortly.

That's your lot this week folks. Anything for you?

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User Comments (130)



Whopper744 said:

hmm...not so sure...we have had worse weeks I guess......
Sick of feeling a little aggravated week after week due to lack of any Game Boy where the heck is our Kid Icaurs Myths and Monsters and Wario Land??



6ch6ris6 said:

amoebattle looks really cool. hope it gets good reviews then i will buy it for my 3ds



metafaniel said:

Doesn't seems to be anything interesting this week! But I'm enjoying a lot Kid Icarus, so it doesn't matter =P =)



LztheQuack said:

Meh, I have the cartridges on me, so the lack of VC makes no difference to me



Ayer99 said:

I am loving the variety we are seeing in the form of 3D content.......... 6 months ago, I never thought something like this could happen



Joco84 said:

Just as well I've got Kid Icarus, RE:Revelations, Ace Combat, Shinobi and RE:Mercenaries, Pullblox, Mighty Switch Force and Dillon's Rolling Western to finish!



AbuJaffer said:

I don't know which will come first, a 3DS VC release or a Nintendo Download article without people crying about the lack of 3DS VC games. I'm willing to bet on the former. And that's saying something.



rjejr said:

I'm considering buying both Bird Mania 3D and Amoebatle. I can't remember the last time I was interested in 2 games in the same week. Maybe never? Looking forward to the reviews.



ueI said:

"Intrinsic Games' long-awaited DSiWare strategy finally reaches Europe." I think this should say North America.

I'll have to wait for the reviews before deciding on any of these.



WarioFan63 said:

@Hyperstar96 Kirby's Block Ball is totally coming next week if I read the eshop right. When there was a Coming Soon section awhile ago, even though the eshop itself didn't display the dates, we knew what most of them were cause of and it basically organized the games coming soon by release date.

Kirby's Block Ball was sandwiched between games confirmed coming today and next week so I'm now 100% sure it's coming next week.



Shworange said:


I know! There may not be a game that interests some this week, but it is really fantastic that the Eshop has some wind under its sails. They have churned out quite a bit of diverse games in the 3D arena. Keep em coming. Sure, more VC would be highly appreciated, but it will happen. We just got 3 game gear games. Nintendo is pacing itself. No 3Dware that week, I bet money you'll get a VC title. There's a lot there right now however to play through. I just beat avenging spirit. It was a rather cool little game. Now I'm working my way through bionic commando and metroid.



grumblebuzzz said:

Hanging onto my money yet again. I remember when Monday (and then Thursday) was such an exciting day...



MetalMario said:

Another bad week. I want some VC Handheld.

What baffles me is why put Kirby's Block Ball as coming soon on the eShop and then take weeks to release it?



AlmightyDerek said:

Why is everyone saying this is a bad week? Bird Mania looks pretty good. We should be all happy we're getting our first $2 3DS game. Not sure about Amoebattle but it does say long awaited, so in theory that should be decent. And we are also getting a Wii VC game which everyone used to complain about not getting. I do think Nintendo should give us more Game Boy games but I'd rather have new content.



Pastry said:

You forgot to mention the new Club Nintendo games folks. Not really WORTH mentioning (Urban Champion) but it's still news.



motang said:

It's 7 am and I can't buy Bird Mania yet ... do I have to wait till 9 am?



CosmoXY said:

Nothing for me this week, again, but I'm not too worried about it. Still pretty engaged in KIU and MK7, not to mention I've only scratched the surface of Rolling Western. I don't have enough time to play all my games.



Bass_X0 said:

Super Hang On is pretty decent, right? Never played it myself or paid attention to it. Plus a Wii VC game is rarer than a 3DS VC game, especially a VC Arcade game.



DeadAntelopesGo said:

Will be picking up Bird Mania later today. The price is honestly the deciding factor. Definitely seems worth 2 bucks. And I need some endless runner on this system, I'd much prefer this over I Must Run.



GeminiSaint said:

Nice to see VC Arcade back.
Now, about those Game Boy games... how long was it since the last one came out? Over a month, right?



Undead_terror said:

getting both bird mania 3d and amoebattle,i know what they both are like well bird mania is go as far as you can and amoebattle looks like a lego battle spin off from the trailer



Geonjaha said:

@Lztheblehbird - Stop "whining about whiners", you're no better than them, especially when they have a valid reason to be annoyed by now.

I am looking forward to getting that DSiWare game though - it looks great



hYdeks said:

Soo...there's basicly nothing good this week Where's the GB Kid Icarus or Wario Woods or something!!!!



Gamer83 said:

Bird Mania 3D seems pretty cool, for $2 I'll take a risk on it. I've given up on the 3DS Virtual Console, the imbeciles at NoA need to just kill the service already it's embarrassing at this point.



Undead_terror said:

PEOPLE READ THIS!,kirbys block ball is coming out next week on the 3ds vc for north america,and by the news we should be getting more soon as well



Gamer83 said:

@LztheBlehBird and @AbuJaffer

Yeah, God forbid people ask for games for a service that isn't even a year old yet. This is why NoA doesn't change, fanboys just eat whatever crap they get fed. Pathetic.



tertium_quid said:

I woke up this morning and got ready like I always do.* Then I realized, "It's Thursday! It's Nintendo Download Day!" As I went to pull up the site, I thought to myself, 'Well, it'll probably be, wait, I've decided right now that when I go to NintendoLife I will be totally blown away by something cool and amazing and unexpected, like Warioland!' I proceeded to read this article...
Such is the disappointment called my life.

*See the lovely Tanooki suit I'm wearing.



LztheQuack said:

@Geonjaha: Perhaps you should read your post and take your own advice

Honestly, NoA is not obliged to compensate for anyone. Fanboys think that they are entitled to whatever they want, but the harsh reality here says otherwise.



RR529 said:

This is unusual, the eShop actually had 2 mediocre weeks back to back (Block Factory, Bird Mania 3D). At least we had 3 awesome weeks beforehand (Colors! 3D, Ketzal's Corridors, 3D Classics: Kid Icarus). Also, with Kirby's Block Ball hitting next week, it looks like we will be returning to the usual high level of quality we've come to expect, after these two weeks.



Geonjaha said:

@LztheBlehBird - one here feels entitled to certain games. NoA arent obliged to do anything, but it would be stupid of them to not cater to all of their fans and consumers - and ignorant of you to think that none of these people matter just because you already have the games.
Yes, of course some fanboys are going to take it too far - but stop making sweeping generalisations about the people that would like to get these games. There's a difference between whining and making a complaint, whether or not you agree with it. You really need to learn that.



CanisWolfred said:

Ah yeah, Super Hang-On! I got it on the Genny already, but I might pick it up if the arcade version is significantly better.



Kagamine said:

Am i the only one thinking about getting Bird Mania? looks somewhat entertaining and its cheap.



Knux said:

Another disappointing week from Nintendo. Why do they not want my money?



ajcismo said:

Meh week. Now, if they would've done Super Hang On on the 3DS with 3D, that would've been worth a purchase.



Bass_X0 said:

Sega should make a Hang-On sequel. The last one was on the Saturn in 1996.



SuperTeeter64 said:

So Europe got Game & Watch Gallery 2... But we didn't... And still no Wario Land 1... Makes me sad... :' (
Oh well. I hate to complain, but this is just getting silly.



DrDaisy said:

My first experience with Super Hang-On was on the Sega Genesis 6-Pak and it was the game I played least on that compilation cartridge. I have a Wii, but no DSi or 3DS so I'll pass on this week's offerings.



tweet75 said:

there have been too many weeks like this. No wonder nintendo sales were down so much



Chrono_Cross said:

We get a VC title on Wii and an Eshop game and still, everyone is complaining.

I'm not surprised, really.



SparkOfSpirit said:

Super Hang On!

This means we should be getting Monster World IV and Arcade Monster Land soon! YES!



Kitsune_Rei said:

Really, people are dissing these games that much just because they're not VC?

I was really looking forward to Amoebattle after hearing about it. I love the graphics style and game type. I feel like I should wait for a review, but I really don't want to.
Bird Mania looks like it has good production values. Watching the video, it seems a little fast and crazy for me (I hated those things about Sonic) but it still seems like a safe game to try out for only $2. It can't be worse than Come On! Heroes.
I was even thinking of buying Art Style Pictobits because I didn't want to spend the club nintendo coins on it but it still looked like a good game. Now I may have to wait.



LztheQuack said:

@Geonjaha: Oh? How about this? "Really? Are you going to be that ignorant?
Why do you comment every week trying to rub it into peoples faces who want GB/GBC virtual console games? Many people are interested in getting these games, and just because you're not doesnt mean you should act so childishly about it. People have a right to complain as it's been months since we have gotten a 3DS VC game. It's not all about you."

Is this not whining?



cheetahman91 said:

Two weeks in a row with Wii VC? Great job NOA, keep up the good work. I'll have to get Super Hang-On soon. Been waiting for that one.



CosmoXY said:

@LztheBlehBird Depends on the voice you want to give it. If you read that using original Star Wars Luke voice, yeah it sounds whiney. But if you read it using Robert DeNiro voice, not so whiney.

Either way, people will whine every week about the Nintendo Download. I've begun to find it best to either just ignore or laugh at the whiners. But engaging in verbal spats about it doesn't do anyone any good.



LztheQuack said:

@Duney: What are you talking about? I'm laughing right now!!

But you are right, the voice would make all the difference rather than text alone. Then again, some users like to write in all caps, so that helps too



Aerona said:

Amoebattle might be interesting I guess, I'll be looking forward to the review. But I want Wario Land and KI:MM!



ecco6t9 said:

It still baffles me that Sega hasn't done their own 3D Classics with some Master System games already in 3D.



Firejonie said:

Not intrested in Amoebattle or Super Hang On. I will get Bird Mania if it is decent.



Don said:

I think if the only way to get good VC releases on a regular basis is for Reggie to resign. No, seriously, I mean it...



Retro_on_theGo said:

What the heck? Wow, nothing makes Nintendo fans happy! We got Wii VC ARCADE and a pretty decent 3DSWare game + plus good DSiWare! What's wrong with people?



SmashYoshi123 said:

wow we get a wii vc, even though i'd rather i have 3ds VC, and people are complaining
not that suprising



Vampfox said:

So we're getting Kirby Block Ball next week instead of Wario Land? That's a pretty stupid move on Nintendo's part.



bboy2970 said:

Well this week is good in my book. We got a VC game on Wii (although I'm personally not interested) plus a decent little (and not to mention, cheap) 3DS download, and a seemingly good RTS game for DSiWare. Not really a bad game in the bunch! Be upset that there may not be anything for you personally but at least recognize that this week isn't half bad. And next week won't be bad either. I can't wait to download Kirby's Block Ball! I have a theory. It seems that lately US has gotten non-stop 3DSWare and Europe non-stop 3DS VC. perhaps next week is the switching point where both regions will catch up in each area. Here's hoping for Wario Land the week after Kirby!



ogo79 said:

this COULD be a sign that we may see more arcade for the vc, maybe.
but it dont matter if they gave us TMNT arcade, someone will complain, but i realize everyone wants the games of their choice.
until then you can always get the arcade cabinets of yer choice
waits for abuse



lanabanana said:

Nintendo better compensate for these lame ass weeks we've had so far... -__- the last time we had a good week was when Colors 3D came out ... smh -.-



CaPPa said:

It's true, as everyone wants particular games it doesn't matter what is released, people will still be complaining.

I do think that they should release one 3DSWare game, one VC game and one DSiWare game on the eShop each week though, as that would keep more people happy.



TheDreamingHawk said:

An OK week. Thanks Teyon for making the cheapest Eshop game ever! And it's actually very good indeed. I worried those achievements would be a little too easy to get, but I can't seem to get any. This game will give you a good challenge. I would rate that a 8/10 in my book.

Amoebattle seems interesting, but I don't know that much about it... I will wait for a review on that one.

As for Super-hang on, I will just thank SEGA for saving the Wii VC again, seeing how we got SSFII last week. (I could have sworn Kirby's block ball would make it this week, being a quiet week and all.)

Oh, and next week's game is Sudoku by Nikoli on the 3DSWare. I have no clue how to play sudoku that well, so I will pass on that one. I just hope Kirby's block ball or some other game comes out on that day... Otherwise that may actually be the first bad week of the quarter, in my opinion.



RevolverLink said:

The Virtual Console's continued absence on the 3DS is as irritating as ever, but I am intrigued by this week's eShop offerings. Amoebattle, in particular, looks really good (it's just too bad I'm not in the mood for a RTS right now) and Bird Mania 3D looks like it could be good, cheap fun.



Yanchamaru said:

Super Hang-On makes this a very good week. I hope the VC Arcade gets more titles in the future



TooManyToasters said:

Slow weeks like this perhaps point out Nintendo likes to warm up before delivering the best stuff possible. XD



Xkhaoz said:

Man they will never please you guys. We actually got a good looking DSiWare game, a Wii VC game (remember when you were begging for those?), and a 3DSWare game. Be happy >: [



LittleIrves said:

It's too bad that the most recent DSiWare/eShop "original" games are both iOS knockoffs: I Must Run = Canabalt, and Bird Mania sounds an awful lot like Tiny Wings. I get that game companies will copy what is popular elsewhere, but I wish the actual games would be released on Nintendo platforms. Must be the high dev kit cost? Or...? Not sure.



AbuJaffer said:

@Gamer83 I'm facepalming so hard over here my hand's red.

Say "fanboys will eat whatever crap they give us" all you want but the fact remains that neither of us is changing Nintendo's releasing schedule. The entire internet could shut down and guess what? Nintendo will still release the games whenever the hell it wants. Once you get that fact past that thick skull of yours you'll realize that all you're doing is making an idiot out of yourself by insulting random people on the internet for no reason whatsoever.

The image you're giving off is, "I'll be an idiot on a comments section and Nintendo will for sure release the games I want. Everyone else is just a fanboy and are obviously complete idiots for not whining like I am. In fact, if I complain even more than I am now, I'm sure Nintendo will realize how strong and independent of a personality I have, as opposed to those spineless fanboys."

The only pathetic thing is just how many idiots have the same mentality as you do, and think that by calling out Nintendo they're actually doing something.



TheDreamingHawk said:

@James Looked at both and there are no dates. Though reading back through this comment section, I guess it could be true that the Coming soon section was organized based on release order, seeing how it has worked out for a while now. Thanks, James!



Gamer83 said:

Well, there's a difference between whining and just giving a general criticism. Saying that Nintendo's handling of the 3DS VC has been poor is simply just pointing out an absolute fact. You should get a clue about the person you decide to throw out personal attacks against as well, as I've also given Nintendo credit where it's due as I feel they've handled the 3D Classics and 3D game sections of the E-Shop very well, probably even better than the early days of Wii VC which was supported nicely through about 2009. Further more, I never said Nintendo should change it's release schedule. However, if you have a service like the 3DS VC it should be supported well, and it has not been. If you ask me the whole thing is really a waste since the 3D Classics section exists but Nintendo is sitting on a gold mine with all the GB games they have and it wouldn't take much to release one a week. One person saying that on their own will not change anything but if there is enough demand any company will take note of it. There's no guarantee they'll act but there is a chance. If people feel something should be supported, say something because if nothing is said you can be positive that nothing will change. That's all I was saying, but trying to have a reasonable discussion with Nintendo fanboys without being attacked is like trying to talk to a brick wall. Unfortunately this place is full of fanboys but there are some here who are just gamers who rightly feel Nintendo should make better use of the 3DS VC and I hope those people don't shut up about how poorly NoA has handled it. I won't say Nintendo as a whole has done a bad job because it seems like the European and Japanese branches actually do care about their consumers.



TheDreamingHawk said:

@dark-insanity Another thing, seeing how on Nintendo's Website Sudoku by Nikoli is coming out as a 3DSWare next week, Kirby's block ball may not even be on the shop because of that. Though I certainly hope it is, or at least Zelda (Hence my Avatar). I'm just curious on why so many people are saying it's going to come out next week. Is there a site it was posted on so I can see for myself? Just having it organized in the coming soon section isn't a 100% guaranteed confirmation, as I recall the sudoku game being the last entry in the coming soon section before the system update. Though then again, I don't recall any of the other games coming out on DSIware later like Cat frenzy even being on the section, so I wouldn't be too surprised if Kirby comes next week.

We will just wait and see.



Geonjaha said:

@Gamer83 - We wouldnt stop criticising Nintendo's mistakes just because of a few simple-minded fans, not if we actually cared about the content we recieve.

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