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Nintendo Download: 26th July 2012 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Crashing, pinball, candles and athletics

It's another Monday, so let's cheer ourselves up in Europe with news of what downloads are coming this week. This week almost every platform is catered for, so let's get to it.

3DS Download Software

Planet Crashers (Ignition, £9/€10) — Planet Crashers is the latest title developed by Renegade Kid, of Mutant Mudds fame, and is an adventure RPG where you must defeat an evil trying to snuff out the sun: no pressure then. With dungeons, multiple planets, levelling up and the ability to customise your character, we'll bring you our review later this week to see whether it lives up to its potential.

3DS Virtual Console

Kirby's Pinball Land (Game Boy, Nintendo, £2.70/€3) — Considering Kirby's natural body shape, it's hardly surprising that it was decided he'd make a decent pinball back in the Game Boy days. While it may sound like a dream combination, it arguably doesn't achieve its potential, as our Kirby's Pinball Land review explains.

3DS Add-On Content

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy — £0.90/€1 each:

  • Tower of the Magi (FF02 - FMS)
  • The Darkness of Eternity (FF09 - BMS)
  • Desperate Fight (FF12 - BMS)
  • Battle 1 (FF05 - BMS)


Candle Route (Teyon, 200 pts) — There have been some budget DSiWare titles that are superior to many pricier downloads, and this certainly qualifies as a good example. A puzzle game with two distinctive modes, 160 stages, clever puzzles and utterly charming art design, check out our Candle Route review for full details of our recommendation.

Decathlon 2012 (Cinemax, 500 pts) — With the Olympic Games imminent, it seems only appropriate that an athletics title arrives, in this case one covering the most challenging of events. Covering the ten disciplines of the decathlon, this title promises intuitive stylus controls and multiplayer options, but we'll see whether it's worthy of the podium in our review later this week.


Horizon Riders (Sabarasa, 800 pts) — This on-rails action shooter arrived in North America last October, so it's been a bit of a wait for European gamers. It may be worth a try, assuming you have a Balance Board to dust off, as the alternative control scheme can be awkward. It's a fun, well-produced title despite that, and you can check out our Horizon Riders review to learn more.

3DS Video Downloads

The Incredible Barbazan: The Human Cannonball 2 (£1.40/€1.50) — See the world’s worst magician performing tricks and stunts that always fail! Created using innovative stop motion animation these hilarious shorts featuring everyone’s favourite magician are available exclusively in 3D.

Kingdom of Plants 3D (Free) — The exclusive clip offers an astonishing look at the secret lives of plants filmed at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, revealing a dramatic world otherwise invisible to the human eye. Filmed over the course of a year, the clip is a revealing and fascinating new look at plant life through the use of stunning 3D time-lapse filming techniques.

So, will you be downloading anything this week? Let us know on our Facebook poll.

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User Comments (38)



KaiserGX said:

Damn you guys got Pinball fast and we don't even have Kirby's Dreamland 2.



Geonjaha said:

Darn it. No Sword of Hope 2 or Defenders of Oasis this week then. Hopefully next week. :3



JustAnotherUser said:

I might pick up planet crashes if the reviews are good.
I'll definitely pick up Kingdom of Plants 3D though.



Mok said:

Planet Crashers and Wario Land II is on the menu this week, then. Although I must say the former game does look a teeny weeny bitsy too cute for my taste.



Bass_X0 said:

Getting Kirby's Pinball Land. Glad its £2.70 although I'd have paid £3.60 if it were that.



BenAV said:

Still not sure about Planet Crashers.
The concept sounds good but the game doesn't look very appealing visually.
I'll have to wait for the review, especially for that price!



RupeeClock said:

Screenshots of Planet Crashers aren't very encouraging at all, I'm not a big fan of the whole perspective it gives.
I may have to see if the eShop video is persuasive at all.

If I am going to download anything this week it will probably just be the free Botanical video.
Also I must state against that I discourage downloading The Incredible Barbazan, I downloaded the first episode and it was archaic, dull and predictable in too many ways, with poor animation to top it off.



stipey said:

Wait, what? I've had Kirby Pinball on my 3DS for a while now... didn't it come out ages ago?



stipey said:

Oh! They're different? I honestly couldn't tell from looking at the screen shots!



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chewytapeworm said:

Interesting week. I'll be delving right into Candle Route, the price is too good to refuse. I'll have a dabble into the Kingdom of Plants 3d video and ponder over Planet Crashers once I've seen the trailer and read the review. The £9 asking price is a real moot point, but if the game is an extensive RPG experience then it's hardly anything to quarrel about.



Bass_X0 said:


Its not really a traditional Pinball game either. It strips the Pinball aspect away just enough to make it work for the old blurry Game Boy then rebuilds what it took away with typical Nintendo fun. Sure it fails against real Pinball games but then it was never supposed to compete with them and should not be judged against real Pinball games. Its like rating Tetris Attack low because it doesn't play like traditional Tetris.



RetrogamerFan said:

Will be downloading Kirby's Pinball Land and probably Candle Route. Candle Route sounded very interesting from the review here on NL and it's a game style i really enjoy.

Will wait for a review for Planet Crashers, or better still a demo. Wasn't that impressed by Mutant Mudds (demo), i found the difficulty in the levels offered in the demo was all over the place. The first two levels were a boring plod, then i couldn't finish either the 3rd or 4th levels, i just couldn't get the timing of those dissapearing platforms right and kept falling to my death. I realise the demo is only offering a sample of the game but i just didn't enjoy it much. Oh well, the demo saved me £8.10.



RupeeClock said:

I personally loved Mutant Mudds, going far enough to beat the game 100%, three times over, before the demo was even made available in the UK eShop!

To each their own of course. The demo provides the first level of each area, which is usually not TOO challenging, same for the added hidden level.



luminalace said:

I still haven't finished Mutant Mudds so nothing for me this week. Hope that kingdom of plants makes it to Australia..sounds interesting.



Fabian said:

I´ll buy Horizon Riders,Planet Crashers,Kirby and the Candle Game fantastic Week.



Sean_Aaron said:

I would have picked up the Frogger game, but I only have 800 points laying about - Horizon Riders was on my radar so it seems a good excuse to pick it up!




That actually constitutes a good week. Planet Crashes, Kirby's Pinball Land, Horizon Riders and Candle Route all seem like worthy downloads. May pick them all up at some points!



Raylax said:

I'll pick up Planet Crashers and Kirby's Pinball Land this week, I think.



MeWario said:

Dam I'm still waiting for the Spider-man demo! I wana see if it's any good before I get it. I might get Planet Crashers but will have to cheek the reviews out first. It seems like it could go either way. Loved Mutant Mudds!




I've been waiting on Horizon Riders for ages! I had almost lost all hope of it coming over here, so I'm glad it has! Planet Crashers is a game I'm interested in but as ever I'll wait for a review before deciding!



Ikki80 said:

Horizon Riders is 500NP according to Italian Official Nintendo website



Mowzle said:

Does anyone know whether The Kingdom of Plants trailer is one we'll be allowed to keep, or will it be erased after a number of weeks like the two short videos Nintendo issued for the 3DS on it's original release?



3dbrains said:

KINGDOM OF PLANTS is not available untill TOMORROW!
(@Mowzle yes you can download and keep it for free)

Nintendo TV episode 8 is out now though!



Alfred_ENG said:

Horizon Riders is on the English Nintendo shop channel at 800 NP. Anyone getting it?.



Zeru said:

Hmm..planet crashers cost 10€ which I find it too much #opinion

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