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Nintendo Download: 23rd August 2012 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

DK Jr., mascot golf, puzzles and futuristic baseball

It's another week, and the memories of lazy gaming at the weekend are already drifting away. Still, we have the Nintendo download details for Europe to look over, and it's a rather motley mix of retro titles, puzzles and a super demo for everyone to try. Let's get on with it.

3DS Virtual Console

Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — After hogging the headlines for so long, Mario now has to take a turn as the villain in Donkey Kong Jr. This NES title brings back memories of more primitive, single-screen days as you swing and hop your way to rescue DK, and it must be said that it's not exactly a sweeping adventure with a lot of environments to conquer. Some retro fans may enjoy having this one on the go, but as our Donkey Kong Jr. review explains, it struggles to justify the cost of entry.

NES Open Tournament Golf (Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — Another Nintendo NES title to arrive on the 3DS Virtual Console this week, Open Tournament Golf is exactly as advertised, avoiding excessive Mushroom Kingdom touches to provide a fairly standard game of golf over three courses. As detailed in our NES Open Tournament Golf review, some of your favourite mascots will make cameo appearances, while prize money and multiplayer add a bit of longevity; it may be worth a punt for retro golf fans.

3DS Demo

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros., Free) — This latest LEGO title on 3DS puts Batman and Robin up against The Joker and Lex Luthor, though plenty of other famous DC characters weigh-in on each side to keep it interesting. This one was released in shops two months ago, but this demo may help you to decide if you're still on the fence about picking up the blocks this time around.

3DS Add-On Content

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

The Royal City of Rabanastre / Town Ward Upper Stratum (FF12 - FMS)
Crystal Cave (FF03 - FMS)
Ragnarok (FF11 - BMS)
Challenge (FF10 - BMS)


Rummikub (Games Factory Online, 800 points) — This is one of those titles released in North America nearly two years ago that just now makes its late entry onto the European scene. It's also DSiWare, so it shouldn't surprise us that this is a puzzle game, in this case the tactical task of clearing all of your tiles while outwitting your opponent. There's local multiplayer if this is your kind of game and you want to play it with friends, but as our Rummikub review makes clear, this title is really only for fans of the original game.

Wii Virtual Console

2020 Super Baseball (D4 Enterprise, 900 points) — It's a NEO GEO Virtual Console release that isn't a fighter, so this one wins some novelty points right away. Although this game's vision of baseball in 2020 is running out of time to become a reality, this is a sports title that may be appealing to retro gamers. It may not have aged as well as some, however, while some of the design quirks and features may bother gamers with modern sensibilities. Check out our 2020 Super Baseball review for details.

So there you have it, all three systems served with something to play this week. The question is, will you be downloading any of them?

What will you be downloading first this week? (126 votes)

Donkey Kong Jr. (3DS Virtual Console - NES)


NES Open Tournament Golf (3DS Virtual Console - NES)


Rummikub (DSiWare)


2020 Super Baseball (Wii Virtual Console)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (51)



Chris720 said:

Two games to update, a demo to try out and some new songs to purchase... not a bad week but not overly great either.



RetroGBHippie92 said:

The only thing good about this download is we all get to update our ambassador games as @Chris720 said. Though I'm puzzled as to why we haven't recieved any more non-ambassador NES games yet, japan has several including Fire Emblem, but we got squat ('cept for punchout).
I want them to release an eshop VC copy of Final Fantasy, we have it on Wii VC, so why not surprise us with FF on our 3DS'?



Geonjaha said:

It brings us all closer to the multiplayer of Ice Climber and Balloon Fight - so I'm not complaining.



TheAdza said:

Lol 100% nothing for me this week at the time I posted this. I might grab the demo but I probably won't end up buying the full game.



SirSmugleaf said:

A little disappointing week but I'm glad about the demo, which NA got at the start of June, during E3.



Raiko said:

Imagine there was something for you to download every week. You'd never have time to appreciate what you already had.

On a side note, Donkey Kong Jr is more than worth it if you're a high score chaser. I had an inter-forum competition going on over at Eurogamer when the ambassadors first got the game and it was great fun.



WiiLovePeace said:

Ooooooooh another FF XII song But why can't I vote that I'm gonna download Theatrhythm songs? You could in the NA poll last week iirc.



edhe said:

So far, Square have released:

  • 2 tracks for FFI
  • 3 tracks for FFII
  • 2 tracks for FFIII
  • 2 tracks for FFIV
  • 3 tracks for FFV
  • 1 track for FFVI
  • 2 tracks for FFVII
  • 1 track for FFVIII
  • 1 track for FFIX
  • 4 tracks for FFX
  • 3 tracks for FFXI
  • 3 tracks for FFXII
  • 3 tracks for FFXIII
  • 1 track for FXII-2

Will they even out eventually? Because as rousing as the tracks from XII are, there's too few tracks from VII & VIII for my liking.

Otherwise, I already have Donkey Kong Jr. because I'm a lucky ambassador, ditto NES Open Tournament Golf, and the two remaining games just don't pique my interest.



MeWario said:

Will download the demo and that's it. Pretty crappy week but I'm not complaining. The eshop has been pretty solid lately and NSMB2 is much better than I expected, I've played it for about 8hours and still have a lot to do.



FluttershyGuy said:

ZOMG, weird box art Mario in that pic! O_o Big difference between early 80s Mario and 2012 Mario!



Cipher said:

@edhe Taken a look at the Japanese music list and this is the Japanese total so far, bearing in mind they've only had a total of twelve updates thus far:

  • Final Fantasy - 2 tracks
  • Final Fantasy II - 3 tracks
  • Final Fantasy III - 4 tracks
  • Final Fantasy IV - 1 track
  • Final Fantasy V - 4 tracks
  • Final Fantasy VI - 2 tracks
  • Final Fantasy VII - 3 tracks
  • Final Fantasy VIII - 4 tracks
  • Final Fantasy IX - 4 tracks
  • Final Fantasy X - 7 tracks
  • Final Fantasy XI - 6 tracks
  • Final Fantasy XII - 5 tracks
  • Final Fantasy XIII - 4 tracks
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 - 1 track
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 - 1 track
  • Final Fantasy Versus XIII - 1 track


Cesco said:

At least for 5 bucks instead of DK Jr. Nintendo should have brought Donkey Kong Classics (That is Donkey Kong + Donkey Kong Jr. on the same NES cartridge).
Heck, I had a NES back in 1986 and I can't even remember seeing DK Jr. boxes on the shelves! I still remember I saw a lot of (unsold) copies of DK Classics in every toy shop I visited.



RetrogamerFan said:

Will be updating the two ambassador games, these were two of my favourites from the NES ambassador games. I'm perfectly happy with the basic versions of these two, but it will be nice to have the updated versions, - I'm really waiting for Zelda II to be updated.
Will also try the Batman demo. I really enjoyed Lego Star Wars (Wii).



Chris720 said:

@BenAV Mine's getting that way too... come on pay day! I want some money in my bank account! I can't eat or game without monies!



Danglybits said:

@RetroGBHippie92 I think they might be holding off on the rest of the VC games like FF until the Will U shows up as i last heard we will be able to link our will shop and eShop accounts. So from that i guess we would be able to DL all our NES games to our 3DS and have access to the Library of games already available to buy?
Well thats one of the hope i have for the linking of the accounts.



Bass_X0 said:

He was called Mario in the NES games. He was only called Jumpman up until Mario Bros. in 1983.

I thought NES games were £4.50 standard on eShop. More NES games should be £3.60 too - Donkey Kong Jr. definitely since it only had four screens. Its still a fun game for an Ambassador title though. But I wouldn't pay for it.



Rect_Pola said:

You know, it's kinda odd that they keep re-releasing Donkey Kong Jr. but have never revamped it like they did with the 1994 Donkey Kong (which was so good they retooled it with the cast's modern incarnations in Mario vs Donkey Kong). Granted, DK Jr. has no place in the current mario-verse (unless you count today's DK), but I don't think a one-off title akin to the the '94 game would be too much to ask. Or they could use Diddy and pit him against Wario or something (Mario has an image to protect and all).



Omega said:

The only game that could interest me is the VC title. Too bad it's one of those sports titles.



Freelance said:

I never did like DK Jr. for the NES. I think the Game & Watch DK Jr. is much better.

Also, I am very disappointed at the lack of any FFVIII DLC. Not one has been released since Ride On! at launch. I'm holding off buying any DLC until I get all the VIII ones first but at this rate it's never going to happen.



marc_max said:

NES Open Tournament Golf for 4€ is a very good price (is it a typo?).
Donkey Kong Jr. for 5€ is too expensive.



alLabouTandroiD said:

I don't feel comfy in voting this week. I will download the demo and updates for DK Jr. and Golf but since i'm not paying anything for these i don't think i should choose one of 'em. And i don't want to be ungrateful and vote for "Nothing for me this week" either.

Anyway, as others already said, it's interesting to see Open Tournament Golf is only 4€.
Rummikub's way too expensive for my tastes. If i ever want to learn the rules of the game i'd look out for a version you can play online for free.
I might download 2020 Super Baseball one day but for now Baseball Stars 2 on the SNK Arcade Classics looks way more attractive.



Metalskull said:

It's nice to se one by one the ambassador games released on the console please nintendo bring them all.



RupeeClock said:

It'll be the demo for me, but I'll be waiting for Picross-E and Cave Story.

Waiting indeed.



FiveDigitLP said:

Ha. I didn't know that baseball game had come to the US VC. I really should look into getting it, if nothing else than for nostalgia. I really liked playing it in the arcade alongside Metal Slug.



Bulbousaur said:

Will try out the Lego demo, but I already have DK Jr. from the Ambassador program and nothing else interests me at all...



Retro_on_theGo said:

WOW! THAT'S a misleading article picture there. For a second I thought Ninja Baseball Batman was coming t the Wii's VC. SO disappointed!



Jono97 said:

After playing "LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes" I'd conclude that is game is pretty fun.. but the 3D needs to be a lot more deeper(especially cut scenes).



Joco84 said:

All I ever see on the Vote Results is the vast majority going with "None for me this week".This cannot continue, Nintendo need to seriously up their game (pardon the pun).

It can't be that hard to get NES, SNES, GBA, N64 games onto the system. Heck, ROMs have been going round for years. Sort it out Ninty!

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