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Nintendo Download: 9th August 2012 (Europe)

Posted by Damien McFerran

High speed action, role-playing adventure and a dose of pool

It's that time again - time to update you on this week's downloadable goodies for all of your relevant Nintendo systems.


SpeedX 3D (Gamelion Studios, £2.70/€3) — 10 million iOS and Android users can't be wrong - can they? Gamelion's fast-paced tunnel racer has proven to be something of a hit on smartphones, and the 3DS could provide the best version of the game yet. Gamelion has apparently made use of the console's unique auto-stereoscopic screen to make this eye-catching speed-fest even more visually arresting. We'll have a review for you as soon as possible to let you know if they've succeeded.

3DS Virtual Console

The Sword of Hope II (Kecmo, £2.70/€3) — Fresh from his adventures on the North American 3DS Virtual Console, Prince Theo now strides confidently into Europe in this old-school Game Boy RPG. Phil gave the game a glowing review back in July, so be sure to check it out before making a purchase, just in case.


90’s Pool (Cinemax, 500 Points) —Released in North America way back in March, 90s Pool claims to offer the most realistic representation of hitting shiny balls around a green table ever - outside of a dusty, smoke-filled bar, of course. Phil didn't quite concur with that sentiment when he reviewed the game, so be sure to heed his words before parting with your precious points.

101 Pinball World (Selectsoft, 500 points) — Oh dear. There's been a long history of decent pinball video games thoughout the years, but this digital disaster isn't about to join those ranks. "Save your time, save your money, and save yourself the frustration — pretend 101 Pinball World doesn't exist," said Phil in his review way back in January. Needless to say, this is the stinker of the week's downloads.


Successfully Learning English: Year 3 (Tivola, 800 points) — When it comes to teaching English, we wouldn't expect a vampire to be the best teacher - after all, isn't their first language Transylvanian? Anyway, despite our misgivings Freddy the blood-sucker is here to help youngsters through the trials and tribulations of English grammar. Year 2 on WiiWare wasn't completely terrible and the series has been popular on DSiWare, so if you're a fan this should be more of the same.

Nintendo Video

The Incredible Barbazan: Raging Bull (£1.40/€1.50) — More video-based hilarity from the world's worst magician. This time: Raging Bull.

Anything catch your eye out of that little lot? Will you be giving SpeedX 3D a spin, or does the plight of Prince Theo in The Sword of Hope II tickle your fancy? Let us know your thoughts by taking part in the poll below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (154 votes)

SpeedX 3D


The Sword of Hope II


90’s Pool


101 Pinball World


Successfully Learning English Year 3


None for me this week


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User Comments (44)



matgr said:

when will nintendo announced new super mario 2 as digital download at EShop??
they better be announced this week cause new super mario bros2 comes out next week.



BenAV said:

Why'd my comment not work? D:
I'll try again.

I might have to check out SpeedX 3D.
And great work on the title, Damien.
You're getting closer... but it should be the 9th... right?



RupeeClock said:

SpeedX 3D looks pretty interesting, I'll need to see a video of it on the eShop first though, and maybe a review to back that up.
Although right now I'm saving my £31 of eShop credit for a NSMB2 download.

Also I have to reiterate, don't try downloading the Barzaban video. I grabbed the first episode, it was awful, predictable, archaic and poorly planned out in every respect.



belmont said:

I would download Sword of Hope but I can't find any 3DS point cards in local retailers...



WiiLovePeace said:

Huh? Where'd my comment go? Anyway SpeedX 3D looks like an insta-buy, but no FF DLC? Hopefully that doesn't mean that's all the DLC we'll get for FF



sillygostly said:

I've never understood why the "Successfully Learning" series has never made it to Australia considering that all of those titles would be exempt from classification. I wouldn't mind buying these games for my little brother even if the games do contain references to European/U.K. culture, currency and the like. PooYoos 3 would have made it here too if the publishers took advantage our classification exemption laws. =/



Heatran5400 said:

WAIT!!! europeans have to pay to watch videos on nintendo video? I am in NA and we get them free.



Reala said:

Not buying any this week but Sword of Hope 2 I'll most likely get at some point, got a ton of RPG's as it is right now though.



Retro-Commando said:

Nothing for me this week, even though SpeedX 3D looks okay for £2.70 it also looks a very boring game.



Bulbousaur said:

I had SpeedX 3D for my phone a while back, it was OK. I'll wait for the review to see if they added anything from the smartphone version, if not I'm not getting it.



MeWario said:

Meh, bit of a lull with my 3DS at the mo. Waiting on NSMB2. My play time has steadily slowed to 25-30 hours a month now.



Squashie said:

Just received my review copy of SpeedX 3D! It's absolutely awesome! I totally recommend that you check it out!



SaSoBe said:

Nothing for me this week. Which is a good thing considering I have hardly any time at all for gaming currently. I work all day and I'm too tired to play when I manage to get home. So, a good week for me.



daznsaz said:

Got sword of hope didnt think i would like it because its basic.But played few hours already,its a gb game worth downloading for any rpg fan.



Chris720 said:

I'm waiting for a review for Speed X 3D now... after watching the trailer on the eShop I'm feeling dubious.



blackside said:

New FF songs were released for Europe on Tuesday? Same as always. Or is that just for me in NZ? Anyway I definitely got four new songs on Tuesday like I have for the last 3 weeks....



RetroGBHippie92 said:

I'm waiting for that review for SpeedX 3D too. I'm not really into the idea of glorified iPhone/Android games coming to the eShop, but we've seen it before, so it's nothing new. Zenonia was a great port of an iPhone/iPod game, it was vastly improved by the addition of actual physical controls, so i'm not entirely unconvinced that App store developers can't do some thing great for the eShop, bring on that review!



Wesbert said:

Just for info: There was new Theatrhythm DLC.
Battle 2 (FFIV)
Esper Battle (FFXII)
Battletheme (FFXI)
March of the Dreadnoughts FFXIII)



dirtyplastic said:

the speedx 3d video on eshop, is rubbish, the game looks a lot better.... don't let the video put you off.

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