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Nintendo Download: 30th August 2012 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Kirby, Japanese spot the difference and learning English

It's Monday, but we fear that you may be a little disappointed with the Nintendo Download news we bring, European gamers. On the positive side all platforms are covered, but whether any will tempt you into a download is another question entirely.

3DS Virtual Console

Kirby's Star Stacker (Nintendo, £2.70/€3.00) — Game Boy had its fair share of puzzle games picking up on the success of a certain iconic title, and here's one with a Kirby flavour. This one's a falling block puzzler, with the task of strategically placing star blocks between matching friend blocks, with variations in the basic premise available in Time Attack and Challenge modes. We'll get down to puzzling detail in our review later this week.


iSpot Japan (EnjoyUp Games, 200 pts) — A spot the difference title with a focus on Japanese landmarks and culture, which makes a change from pictures of balloons or random bridges. This was released in North America back in February, and despite fairly common issues such as low quality images, it has some positives such as minor educational content and the inclusion of local multiplayer. Not a classic, but check out our iSpot Japan review if this is your kind of game and you'd like to learn more.


Successfully Learning English: Year 4 (Tivola, 800 pts) — Freddy the Vampire's quest to teach young children through the power of Nintendo download software continues with the arrival of the third entry in this particular series. We expect this to closely match the previous two titles, but we'll bring you a review later this week.

3DS Add-On Content

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

  • The Sanctuary of Zi'Tah (FF11 — FMS)
  • Otherworld (FF10 — BMS)
  • Force Your Way (FF08 — BMS)
  • The Decisive Battle (FF05 — BMS)

3DS Video Content

Nintendo Video Sports Highlights — After such a sporting month, make sure you also check out the fourth and fifth clips in the series of Nintendo Video Sports Highlights, available to watch via Nintendo Video on your Nintendo 3DS.

Those are the download options this week. Let us know what you think in the comments or share what you'll be downloading in the poll below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (122 votes)

Kirby's Star Stacker


iSpot Japan


Successfully Learning English: Year 4


Nothing this week


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User Comments (49)



BenAV said:

Nothing for me again this week.
I'm still poor though so I'm pleased with that.



Omega said:

I think we need some garlic to get rid of Freddy the vampire.



Geonjaha said:

Nothing for me. Give us Harvest Moon GBC, Shantae, Defenders of Oasis and those other brilliant VC games promised - then I'll download some. >:0



Chris720 said:

What a load of junk... I'm hoping next week picks up, but who cares I'm hoping to have NSMB2 next week.



Cipher said:

Keep in mind Nintendo has yet to formally announce this week's update, so - while it's unlikely, bar DLC as Thomas says - there could be more than this.



Magikarp3 said:

Good to see VC support continuing! I'll probably skip out on Star Stacker since Columns is bound to arrive... someday...



RupeeClock said:

Definitely a bit lacking this week, never mind.
I eagerly await the announcement of Cave Story+ though, that's slated for a Q3 release.



ThomasBW84 said:

Theatrhythm DLC has now been added courtesy of Nintendaan. Our normal UK email update didn't come due to a bank holiday, so we've had to get details via other means



zipmon said:

Hey what a nice surprise with Kirby's Star Stacker! Very cool =)



GameCube said:

Star Stacker is very addictive, but I wish it were the SNES version (Super Star Stacker).

Also still waiting for Mole Mania



AyeHaley said:

Haven't been in Japan for quite some time so I think I'll get iSpot Japan to satisfy my cravings for being there.



Windy said:

oh I love a gameboy game every week on my Playstation 2 powered handheld with 3d capabilities. I'm so glad I bought into the 3DS its so satisfying also love the fact that Mario retail and Mario Digital download are both priced accordingly Guys how awesome is this? Just gives me great hope for the future of 3DS



Jese_1 said:

@Windy Hey, for some of us the Virtual Console is a great service. To be perfectly honest, it's half the reason I bought the 3DS in the first place. If this isn't what you're looking for, what do you want from the eShop?



Bass_X0 said:

At £40, digital NSMB2 is only £5 more than its retail cost in most stores I've seen. Plus if it costs you to travel to the store to buy the retail version, then its not much of a saving over the digital version. Would cost me £38.50 to buy the retail version tomorrow.



Bass_X0 said:

This is the last Kirby game on the GB to release. They won't be releasing Tilt & Tumble.



DarkEdi said:

The 3DS has motion sensors, so Tilt & Tumble is cleverly possible.... oh wait, we are speaking of Nintendo. Ok, this never never will get a digital download, Nintendo always is lazy to work in a ROM.



MeWario said:

@Windy I love the Virtual Console. Some of these old games play way better then many new ones.

Boring week this week though =( nuting for me



RetrogamerFan said:

Kirby's Star Stacker for me. I really enjoy the VC service, it was definitely one of the reasons i bought a 3DS.



Bass_X0 said:

@DarkEdi While the 3DS can do the same thing that Kirby Tilt & Tumble does, I don't think the technology used to achieve the effect is compatible without work to make it happen. It shouldn't be impossible though.



Geonjaha said:

@Windy - Many people got a 3DS so they could play VC games. It might not have been the main reason, but for people like me it was certainly a big factor. The eShop offers 3DSWare as well, so it's not just all old games that are available for download. The RRP pricing of retail games on the eShop is unfortunate - but I'm sure if you wanted to go digital you could still go to a store and pick up a download code for less. Not really grounds to start saying the 3DS is in trouble though.



Geonjaha said:

@Bass_X0 - But it's a VC game that has a feature not easily emulated by illegal uses. If Nintendo want to beat these methods they need to offer something more that you cant get on a simple emulator.



x10power said:

I so wish I was in EU atm or had a EU 3DS Kirby Star Stacker is one of my favorite games of all time.



knvx said:

Jesus christ!! I own a 3ds because I thought the virtual console service was going to be a vast library of classic titles. Can we at least get 2 a week? Pathetic!! Nothing against Kirby.



Funem said:

I really dispair at the eShop, they should be looking to expand. Full digital 3D movies, cheaper games, more original titles, competitive pricing. VC games are all well and good, but a lot of people have already experienced these games and want somthing that takes advantage of the shiny new hardware they purchased. When they do release something worth having the price is to high. Dont even get me started on the layout of the eShop, sometimes its guesswork to find out where a title is that you want. The whole eShop needs a re-think and some-one with a different attitude to look at the whole thing afresh.



UnseatingKDawg said:

@Funem: I can feel your pain. But I do like Virtual Console. I never had a GameBoy or a GameBoy Color growing up, or even an NES. I had Game Gear and PC. So, I actually do enjoy the VC service on the Wii and 3DS... Well, not so much the 3DS because NOA are complete slackers. Anyway, I'm experiencing several of these old-school hits for the first time (or the first time in their original formats). I can agree with the layout of the shop, though. It could use a tad bit more organization. And I can agree with pricing. I mean, Kirby's Adventure is great, but $8 is a tad too steep.



UnseatingKDawg said:

@Bass_X0: Hey, not to complain here, but at least you got two VC games last week. I haven't seen one since 8-bit Summer that I'd like that other countries have access to.



Funem said:

Pricing.... Cut the rope on Google Play is 62p, on IOS it 69p on the 3DS its £4.50 that in a a complete rip off, that over a 600% increase in price. Either Nintendo charge to much to enable companies to sell via the eShop or they dont think there is any competition and can charge what they like. This is what you get for £5 on android (and most games like this are not that expensive) now compare

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