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Nintendo Download: 5th July 2012 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

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This week's European Nintendo Download plays catch-up with North America and includes DLC for a game about to hit stores. Let's get to it.

3DS Virtual Console

Castlevania: The Adventure (Game Boy, Konami, £2.70/€3) — Considering the enthusiasm that normally greets a new Castlevania title from within the Nintendo Life team, it's painful to say that this particular release apparently fails to bring the best of the series to Game Boy. Watch out for our upcoming review.

3DS Download Software

Zombie Slayer Diox (UFO Interactive, £5.40/€6) — A zombie invasion, as we all know, can only be tackled properly by a guitarist, a magic amp and some serious rock and roll. While a rhythm game with zombies and 3D may sound appealing, check out our Zombie Slayer Diox review for all of the horrifying details.


Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival (Teyon, 200pts, 31 blocks) — With plenty of similarities to WiiWare game Viral Survival, you have to collect DNA and avoid viruses. It may be simple, but as our Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival review suggests, it has an infectious and addictive charm.


Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy additional tracks (Square Enix, (£0.90, €1 each) — The full retail title arrives in stores the day after this week's update, and those who pick up the boxed game will be able to download additional content right from the start. The list of available tracks is below, which will cost £7.20 or €8 if you choose to buy all of them.

A Fleeting Dream (FF10)
Ride On (FF08)
Cosmo Canyon (FF07)
In Search of Light (FF05)
Fighting Fate (FF13)
Fighters of the Crystal (FF11)
The Final Battle (FF04)
Battle Theme 1 (FF02)

3DS Demo

Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid, Free) — For those still on the fence about putting down some eShop funds for this retro-styled 3D platformer, there'll be a demo to try and persuade you. Perhaps this free taster and our Mutant Mudds review will be able to tempt you into a purchase.

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

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User Comments (63)



BenAV said:

Nothing for me this week, except for maybe the Theatrhythm Final Fantasy DLC.
No wonder an error was coming up when I pressed the button to download extra songs, they're not out yet.
Great game, and although the songs are pretty expensive, I'll have to consider it.



Yosher said:

Well I was going to get Final Fantasy Theathrysm anyway, but sadly none of those songs really appeal to me. As soon as one from IX shows up though I'll have to get it!



Bankai said:

Insta-download for all those songs. Same price as buying them on iTunes, so that's a bargain.

Looking forward to Castlevania, too. It was my first CV game, and while it's not great... Pure nostalgia.



Retro_on_theGo said:

Mediocre Castlevania game. I'm sure we'll get it this week too.
Well at least now we're closer to the actually good GB Castlevania games.




I paid $3.99 or so a while back for that Castlevania game. Not bad, but not great. I recently paid $1.99 for Castlevania II. Now, that is a good game. I regret not buying it new for $9.99 back in 1996.



RevolverLink said:

I saw "Castlevania" and, for a brief second, I wildly thought you guys were getting the excellent Belmont's Revenge instead (the enormous "ADVENTURE" completely escaped my vision somehow).

And Europe has nice opening selection of DLC for Theatrhythm; Cosmo Canyon, The Final Battle and A Fleeting Dream are classic FF songs.



bezerker99 said:

That's the worst Castlevania game ever made....just know that before you throw your money away.



DM666 said:

Remember enjoying castlevania back in the day, castlevania N64 was surely the worst ever?



gusmento01 said:

I have been a big fan of Castlevania for almost 25 years and Castlevania: The Adventure is the worst.



blackknight77 said:

I really want Castlevania the Adventure if it arrives in America I will download it instantly. That was my first GB game



Takosuke said:

Stop faffing around Konami and give us Probotector or Contra on the e-shop.

And remake the NES version of Gradius 2 as a 3D classic, thanks.



WaveGhoul said:

Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge was all sorts of fantastic and even though this first entray' in the Game Boy 2 parter 'ClassicVania' series has been deemed at being less than stellar i'm still really excited to get my mega mits on it regardless.

I wonder how long we'll have to wait until it hits the US? An eternity perhaps tee hee.



Kifa said:

Meh, except for the Mutant Mudds demo - I'll try the game before I finally decide to shell out my money for it. Old habit.



TheConsiglio said:

I will probably get castlevania just to see how bad it really is. Can anyone tell me exactly WHY it sucks?



Fabian said:

Thats the matter why I´d don´t want downlad able content on nintendo plattfrms.They want more money for the same game.



Late said:

Gotta try Mutant Mudds demo. It doesn't look all that great to me so this is a good opportunity to prove me wrong.



Flowerlark said:

I wish we could get Castlevania in NA this week.... but I'm not too hopeful. BUT we're getting The Legend of Zelda, right? So it'll be a great week anyway.



chewytapeworm said:

I really want to play Castlevania, but all the negativity I've read here and in previous stories about this particular title in the series makes me want to start elsewhere. Should I get it or shouldn't I?... I will play you soon CV!

And Cosmo Canyon!? Theatrythym must now be mine!! Such a timeless tune.



PinkSpider said:

I really don't see the big problem with the castlevania adventure, I enjoyed it on gb.
Thousand times better than castlevania 2 On the NES that game is so bad.
Can't wait for final fantasy rhythm game. DlC first day buy for me as long as game turns up on time.



goldgin said:

I don't undersatnd why one has to buy classic ff songs separately. Is the cartridge like 8€ cheaper? What kind of logic is this? "buy 85% of a cartridge full price, then pay another 8€ for the rest... on day one!!!" wtf? at least 3ds xl comes cheaper without the charger/manual (supposedly) and I find it fair.
I wanted to buy theatrithm but now ... no.



Bass_X0 said:

Its more like 100% of a cartridge full price then 15% extra for an extra cost.



RR529 said:

@Goldgin, the point of DLC isn't to make you pay for something that "could/should have been on cart".

Did you ever consider the fact that the cart may already be full of content (meaning nothing else could have fit), and the ONLY way to make these EXTRA songs available outside of a sequel, is to offer them as DLC.



SilentHunter382 said:

Even though FF isn't even out yet they are releasing the day before the games release I know I will be buying these tracks. Too bad there is no bundle deal like €1 each or €6 for the bundle.



lifer said:

Even though square's DLC for some games is outrageous, I don't see the slightest bad thing for this one. got the Japanese version and it has at least 60 or 70 songs in it. Then there are about 40 or so download songs 150 yen each.
To be honest, I'd go as far to say that 90p per track is a pretty good price. Certainly lower than what I'd have expected, and much cheaper than for any other music game I bought songs for.

Only thing I wonder about: songs for the Japanese game were reduced for 100 yen at start and then went up. Are the 90p a start offer only?



Bass_X0 said:

@RR529 I doubt its a matter of digital space. More allocated budget to the game. The cartridge is the full game, but if you want more you'll have to pay for it.



pariah164 said:

Fighting Fate? Cosmo Canyon?


Just release them to NA this week. Pleeeeeeease.



Cipher said:

I've been playing Theatrhythm for a while now and I can safely say there is more than enough great content on the game card. There are more than 70 songs on there already - 77, I think - and for Final Fantasy fans who want a particular track, this add-on content is perfect. There'll be more than 50 songs available as add-on content by the time Square Enix is finished. Sure it costs a lot if you're gonna get all fifty, but that's not the point of the add-on content - besides, songs on iTunes cost the same these days, and you don't get to play fun games with them!



pariah164 said:

@Cipher So... 50 DLC songs at $0.99 for us in the US... around $50. This is definitely a case where I will buy songs I absolutely love and hold off on the rest. I'll get them all eventually.



SilentHunter382 said:

Well if the €1 song price is a starting price and then increase in a few days then I rather get the the lot the day they are release rather then paying an extra 50c per song.



Henmii said:

Oh no! DLC! There goes the Theatrhythm sales! People seem to hate DLC!
Well, I don't hate DLC. But even I find this to be a bit expensive! But I might still buy the game!



dizzy_boy said:

what`s happened to the wii shop lately?it`s bad enough that the retail side of things is dead in the water, it`s a shame to see digital releases dry up too.i know everybody is gearing for the wii u, but it doesn`t mean that somebody can`t throw out a few vc games for us.



goldgin said:

I was just expecting all popular songs for a normal 49€ price... getting what's needed (explanation below) would cost up to 99€. It would be ok if the dlc songs were secondary themes, but it seems some classics are included there so I would 'need' to buy them if I am an FF fan wanting a true trip on memory lane (excuse my english). Now my trip is ruined as I have to seek and locate which classic songs I need to pay extra for... and no, these songs are not worth a dollar each as I already own them once (the original games). Besides, I don't mind the price, I mind the marketing scheme behind this... ruining the experience.
then again, I am not used to music games as I don't own any so forgive my lack of perspective on the matter. It just looks to me as if they are selling zelda with some of the best dungeons as dlc instead of secondary quests.



Millenia said:

Theatrhythm actually came out today but Gamestop and almost every other store is closed due to the recent tornado... it sucks.



BenAV said:

I'm not going to complain about the DLC too much considering the game was more than $20 less than a standard 3DS game at launch here.
I could spend over $20 on DLC and it'd still be the same price as most other 3DS games, and the game's really fun and there's lots of content so it's worth it.



sebman30 said:

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Rargon said:

Question, how do you guys get the info for each Weekly eShop Update for Europe, does America always release their info last minute?



FluttershyGuy said:

Congrats on Castlevania: The Adventure! With Kid Icarus: OMaM and Wario Land's release imminent here, I guess this is one of the next ones I'll look forward to (and complain about ) every week in the US. I know it's not the best Castlevania, but it is a Castlevania I never got, and with the reboot I'm learning to appreciate the old franchise more than ever. And I'm happy about it from the standpoint of Konami supporting a Nintendo VC. Making the releases of CV Bloodlines & Contra Hard Corps marginally more likely!

And, I'm seeing a very few of my favorite Final Fantasy songs, but it'd really motivate me to get Theatrrhythm to see my favorite, Prelude to the Void from FF V, and also Beyond the Deep Blue Sea from the same game. I'd like to see more exposure of some of those lesser-known masterpieces. You KNOW you're always going to get the likes of One-Winged Angel (and deservedly so).



RetrogamerFan said:

I quite enjoyed Castlevania Adventure back in the day, i still have it on the 1st Konami Collection for the Colour Gameboy. I think it gets a bad write up because people compare it to the NES titles; OK it's not as good as those, but still not a bad game. Main problem is it's a pretty short game with only four levels, although the last level ramps up the dificulty compared to the rest of the game.

I'm hoping this will be the first of many Konami GB VC releases, they had some excellent titles accross GB/GBC.

Will d/l the Mutant Mudds demo, seen mixed opinions of this game, so I'm glad i'll be able to try this out...



CommanderAudio said:

Only getting demo. Was going to get Theatrhythm, but Beat The Beat: Rhythm Paradise puts a stop to that



Squashie said:

Might as well pick up the Mutant Mudds Demo and maybe Castlevania! I am a little partial to a bit of Castlevania!



Yasume said:

@Rargon NOE usually gives us the info on Monday and occasionally on Tuesday or Wednesday. NOA on Thursday itself.

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