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Nintendo Download: 11th October 2012 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Pokémon dreaming, samurai sword slashing and rescuing robots

So, it's finally time for this week's Nintendo Download update for Europe. We have a crack team currently investigating what happened to the official press release, but we'll go ahead and let you know what download delights are on the way based on what was revealed during last week's Nintendo Direct. Both the 3DS and DSi are well served this week, but poor old Wii misses out.

3DS eShop

Pokémon Dream Radar (Nintendo, £2.69/€2.99) — Arriving a day after the standard update to coincide with the release of Pokémon Black & White 2, this title will allow you to capture 'mon by using the AR capabilities of 3DS, and look silly if playing in a public place. The feature that's sure to please, however, is the quick and simple means of transferring captured Pokémon and items into your copy of Black & White 2. It's a fun concept at a budget price ($2.99 in North America, we'll update the European prices as soon as possible), even if it's not the perfect package. Check out our Pokémon Dream Radar review for all of the details.

Hana Samurai: Art of the Sword (Nintendo, £6.29/€6.99) — Released in North America as Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword back in February, this is a title that's often been requested in each successive week when it hasn't arrived in Europe. Rather than encouraging mindless hacking and slashing, the combat and sword-play is all about precision and timing, with a thoroughly decent amount of content to enjoy. We suspect that the change of name to Hana Samurai in Europe is due to a copyright issue or something equally dull, but the game itself has arrived, which is what matters. If you want to know why this should be on your eShop wishlist, check out our Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword review.

eShop Discount

Colors! 3D (Reduced from £5.40 to £4.49 for one week) — As part of the current batch of 3DS download software promotions, Colors! 3D is reduced to £4.49 until next week's update. While it may not be ideal for teaching you how to draw, it's an exceptional 3D tool for artists of all abilities, as our Colors! 3D review explains.


Robot Rescue 2 (Teyon, 200 Points) — This title is, unsurprisingly, a sequel to Robot Rescue on DSiWare, and features the same tile-based puzzling where you move robots through dangerous areas to safety. The catch is that movements are linked, so you have to worry about multiple characters and use various tricks to make it out safely. This one promises 60 levels and three difficulty settings, and we gave the first title 6/10 in our Robot Rescue review. We'll have a verdict on the sequel for you as soon as possible.

There's certainly variety this week, whether you're after AR shooting, samurai combat or some old-fashioned puzzling. Will any of these tempt you to part with your hard-earned funds or Nintendo Points? Let us know in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (114 votes)

Pokémon Dream Radar (3DS eShop)


Hana Samurai: Art of the Sword (3DS eShop)


Robot Rescue 2 (DSiWare)


Nothing this week


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User Comments (32)



RupeeClock said:

Even if I won't be getting Pokémon Black 2 immediately, I'll still pick up the Dream Radar and get some goodies ready for my game.



TOMBOY25 said:

hana samurai was out last week in uk wasn't it? straight after the nintendo direct if i remember right i was thinking of buying it but opted for the reduced pullblox instead(awesome game)



Kyloctopus said:

Wait a minute... Robot Rescue 2 actually released? This was announced two and a half years ago. Glad to see this finally released.



kuroneko said:

I actually really enjoyed the original Robot Rescue, good value for it's low price point. I had no idea there was a sequel announced, will certainly try it out



Haxonberik said:

Glad Europe finally got Sakura Samurai. Very good game, although its rathet short. Any idea why the change of name for localization?



Monsti said:

@PinkSpider: It got good reviews (like the one here) when it was released.

@Haxonberik: That's a marketing thing they do with a lot of games and I guess we'll never understand. Why do I play Pushmo as Pullblox? Some dude thought Europeans just like that name better. It's really confusing though, if you read about these games on the internet.I wasn't sure if this was Sakura Samurai at first.



Marakuto said:

I think Pokemon Dream Radar is around £1.70 - £1.99 but i'll get it and Hana Samurai: Art of the sword and PDR.



TromaDogg said:

Hana Samurai for me.

I haven't got much interest in Pokemon ever since playing the original Pokemon Red/Blue games back when they were launched and not really enoying them as much as everybody else seemed to, so I likely won't be bothering with Dream Radar or the new Pokemon DS games.



Kyoto said:

Pokémon Dream Radar for my White 2 version and of course Hana Samurai. That latter one seems to be booming with content and fun!



rayword45 said:

@Mahe You get Dream Radar (add-on to Pokemon) and Sakura Samurai and you call THIS a bad line-up!? Jesus Christ, what are you expecting, freaking 5 dollar Metroid Prime?



Raylax said:

Dream Radar for me

@rayword45 The unspoken rule of Nintendo eShop schedule responses is "my cherry-picked list of 5 AAA games aren't on eShop this week. Therefore: entire service continues to be terrible."



RedYoshi999 said:

Not everyone will buy Pokemon Black/White 2 so Dream Radar is pointless to them (including me.) I don't really want Hana Samurai either (not for $9.10 anyway.) The eShop isn't horrible though but it still has a long way to go.



wuuds said:

Played Hana Samurai for a bit today (will be picking it up again shortly) and I must say that it's enjoyable. I was a bit surprised though since I reached and beat the first boss very soon. VERY soon.
I do see what I am meant to feel though. I am meant to feel that I want to master every opponent in the game. I am meant to try and pile up as many precision points as I can.
Luckily right now I actually want to do these things which is good. Will I still want to do them after I beat the game? Not sure. Time will tell. Right now I'm having a blast though.



rayword45 said:

@Mario_Party_Fan_999 I know not everyone will buy Pokemon (me included) but a lot will, so that's a decent add-on.

And Sakura Samurai had some very positive reviews.

To call this a bad line-up makes you sound insatiable.

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