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Two More Retail Releases Arrive in 3DS eShop in North America

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Get Donkey Kong: Original Edition for free

As more retail games gradually make their way to 3DS eShop, we're sure to see a steady stream of promotions and incentives to tempt gamers into going digital. Today sees two more joining the ranks, with Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! and Crosswords Plus both arriving at a price of $29.99.

Both will be available in stores as normal, of course, but those that download on the eShop before 6th January 2013 will get a free copy of Donkey Kong: Original Edition, previously an eShop retail download incentive in Japan, with this being the first time that this version of the title has appeared outside of Japan. You can check out the official details below.

Today’s launch of two new software titles will have people broadening their artistic horizons and deepening their love of creative wordplay. Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! and Crosswords Plus are now available for the portable Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL systems, giving consumers a variety of fun ways to learn about how to draw and paint or challenge their puzzle-solving skills anytime, anywhere.

“Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! lets everyone learn about how to draw and paint creatively, regardless of their current skill levels,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “And Crosswords Plus is a blast whether you’re a vocabulary enthusiast or just love solving word puzzles. Both of these new titles offer something for everyone, whether you consider yourself a traditional gamer or not.”

With Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, people of any artistic skill level can learn to unleash their imaginations using varying painting and drawing techniques. The skills learned can be easily transferred to real-life art projects. An in-game tutor guides users through more than 30 new lessons covering numerous concepts, including techniques for paints, pastels, sketch pencils and colored pencils. Each lesson can be completed at users’ own pace and paused for later completion. Art Academy also features Free Paint mode, which encourages users to let their creativity run wild. Players also can take photos using their system’s built-in camera and use those images as the subject of a new drawing. Users can also purchase additional lessons from within the game to further hone their artistic skills. There are two lesson packs available at launch with additional lesson packs available in the future.

Crosswords Plus lets users try to solve more than 1,000 professionally designed different crossword puzzles at a variety of different skill levels. Players use the touch screen to input their answers, and a helpful hint system will give clues or fill in letters when they get stuck. Crosswords Plus also includes word-search and anagram puzzles and a vocabulary-building Word of the Day feature. Additionally, with giant-sized puzzles, players will feel more like they are working through multiple crossword puzzles at a time. Players can also use a broadband Internet connection to access additional puzzles via SpotPass. They can even receive and share puzzles with other Nintendo 3DS owners using the built-in StreetPass feature. In the U.S. and Canada, players can also receive exclusive puzzle distributions from a Nintendo Zone location. Nintendo Zone locations offer a free and automatic connection to Wi-Fi and can be found by visiting

Shoppers can purchase both packaged games as usual at retail locations nationwide. Or they can simply purchase and download the game on their own from the Nintendo eShop using a wireless broadband connection. Regardless of the purchasing method, both Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone! and Crosswords Plus sell at a suggested retail price of $29.99 each. Also, Club Nintendo members who purchase either of these games through the Nintendo eShop and register them before Jan. 6, 2013, will receive a download code for the Donkey Kong: Original Edition game for free. This is a special version of Donkey Kong with content never before seen in the U.S. and is not available for purchase.

The release of New Super Mario Bros. 2 in the North American eShop brought rewards of double Club Nintendo coins, but do you prefer the option of a retro title?

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User Comments (64)



RupeeClock said:

Good thing SD cards are so cheap these days!

I find the state of Art Academy as a retail download dubious however. I paid full price for it alongside the UK 3DS XL launch, now you can pick it up in shops for £15.



Hokori said:

Also if you get Layton (1st 3rd party retail download I know of) paper Mario, or style savvy you can also get this DK for free



Lalivero said:

@SRArter Only one I believe.

I'm definitely getting the new Art Academy though! Although I'll be getting the physical copy.



TheRavingTimes said:

Why couldn't they do this with Professor Layton and the Masks of Miracles? I'm neither artistic nor do I favour those perplexing crosswords puzzles.



Capt_N said:

Nintendo is either:
a. attempting to move to digital, by offering incentives to purchase a d/l, as opposed to physical copy
b. really think they are in competition w/ other game d/l services, & wanna bring their retail guns to the forefront of the fight
c. both a, & b maybe
d. It could also have something to do w/ possible anti-piracy measures; not having the physical cart, but pirates still have the raw data of the game's code
e. Something to do w/ future backwards-compatability, or the future lack thereof.



Bane said:

Ill probably get the Art Academy to get better and drawing and weee for the free game



Ras said:

It's an NES version with the cement factory level and some of the arcade between stage animation added in. It was included with red Wiis in Europe.



Windy said:

I will buy retail Thanks for the Incentive but a real incentive would be to compete at the lower markets prices like the apple store and android markets. Sorry but so far their software has been just as good if not just plain better because of the Mass releases they have. This is just plain sad so far. People will get tired of it if they keep this up. I'm pretty close to moving onto the Ipad full time and just start gaming on that. alot cheaper digital downloads and really just as good and in some cases just better. At least they have Dedicated themselves to some multiplayer online instead of Lame Local wifi that nobody uses. Don't get me to wrong here im just frustrated. I love The Denpa Men that is one quality game as we know there are many other quality games in the Eshop as well. They are just setting up to Gouge High prices on the Wii-U in the Eshop when that comes out as well. **25 years of Nintendo as a hobby about to come to an end** SERIOUSLY



Undead_terror said:

The crossword game had 1000+ puzzels and you can get more for free!, not sure if I will get it or not.



Kevin said:

I want the DK game but I DON'T want to download a retail game on my 3DS to do it.



rjejr said:

Is there an Art Academy port ready for the WiiU yet? It seems with all the uDraw peripherals out there the first thing Nintendo could have done to cheaply make some money is throw together a quick drawing tablet game for the Gamepad. I looked over the 50 or so launch "window" titles and didn't recognize any as art games of any type. They should at least have a $5 Mario paint-by-numbers title available at launch for DL.

Can't see $30 for crosswords no matter how many puzzles there are. If anything should be a $10 DL it's crossword and Sudoku puzzles.



Windy said:

@rjejr I guess thats pretty much what I'm saying also. I just had to make mine all drawn out and angry LOL



MeloMan said:

The original Donkey Kong... Oh how I have sought after that game for ages. So I can't get it unless I get one of the above huh? Fine, Nintendo, you win again. You can have my soul if it means I can play Donkey Kong in it's original integrity, the way it was MEANT to be played. Crossword Plus it is.



ouroborous said:

Hm, well i commend them for releasing the games for $30 instead of $40 but they are essentially just ports of DS games that already exist and which I already have tried.
Crosswords was disappointing actually in a number of ways, though all in all it's solid if you like crossword puzzles. I actually liked Telegraph Crosswords in the eShop better than this one despite this one's crisper presentation.

It's cool that you get a bonus exclusive game for buying via eShop and registering on NClub, Donkey Kong is a pretty tired old game but free and exclusive are always cool angles. I might get New Art Academy for it's collected and bonus content just to get DK and the bragging points.



AltDotNerd said:

A website called says there are other games you can download to get the Original Donkey Kong. Two of the games listed were Layton and the Miracle Mask and Paper Mario Sticker Star.

I have no confirmation on whether this is true or not.



TingLz said:

Yup. Professor Layton, Paper Mario and Style Savvy are also eligible titles. YAY! Less plastic junk to lose and lie around



Firejonie said:

Maybe Art Academy or Layton. Already pre ordered Paper Mario at GameStop, so no turning back now. Though I would purchase it at retail anyway.



Token_Girl said:

I don't really want art academy, and I'm sorry - I can get a giant book of crossword puzzles for like $5 at the grocery store or do crossword puzzles online at for free. Hopefully, they'll make the DK game an offer for some other retail titles in the future (what is this anyways - the original arcade version? I'd pay for that on the Wiishop).



Pikachupwnage said:


I have yet to find any IOS game that is even close to being as good as kid icarus uprising or super mario galaxy.

IOS sucks goombas for gaming except for puzzle games, RPGs and a few other genres.

Platformers, FPS, Adventure, Sports etc. all belong on handhelds/Consoles.



FluttershyGuy said:

I have a feeling I'm not going to like this new trend of rewarding digital downloads. I have no desire to pay full price and not have something tangible to show for it, yet it appears that's the only way of getting something like this that I want. Looks like I'm missing out on this. Hopefully it'll be offered for sale on eShop one day.

Oh and I have an idea. How about Nintendo actually support Virtual Console, more specifically VCA, by offering the classic arcade Donkey Kong? They've not had a first party Wii VC release in a while, and that'd be so perfect for VCA!



grumblegrumble said:

Ok. Just got Crosswords Plus! It's only 128 blocks, so its small enough to keep on your SD Card (unlike NSMB2) and as a Word junkie, I think I'm going to love this more than the first retail version Plus I'm a huge Donkey Kong fan so I'm glad to get the freebie!



grumblegrumble said:

@Pikachupwnage True. But for a Mario game, I always want the cartridge, especially a game that costs more than $30. With Crosswords Plus, I will probably play it more frequently since I love words so much, and I don't mind having it "live" on my Home Screen.



ultraraichu said:

I downloaded Art Academy on the spot when it was available since its better (for me) to carry it everywhere to practice. I didn't know about the DK bonus till just now. I like the 2x reward coins better especially since the limited quanitity reward items NA been getting lately but I guess they are trying different things to make DLG better then retail without lowering prices.



Burning_Spear said:

Not interested in the retail games but will pay $29.99 to get DK with the cement-factory stage on my handheld. Ready ... set ... flame me!



A1234 said:

yes, RETRO all the way! I wasn't going to buy either game, but now I will buy Crosswords Plus just to have that version of Donkey Kong.



Big_Al1 said:

@ouroborous: This Art Academy is completely new, with additional tools (colored pencils, pastels, paper textures, etc) and sharing options. It certainly isn't what you think.
Depending on the amount of time you put into it, it's well worth the money. I used the original to sketch and I would finish using the computer. I intend to do the same with this one.



idork99 said:

If I were interested in obtaining the original Donkey Kong, I'd wait until either Professor Layton or Paper Mario arrived instead. But honestly, I don't love Donkey Kong nor the games being offered with the promotion. At least, I don't love them enough to put down $30-40!! I don't see myself buying another retail game for the 3DS until next year when Luigi's Mansion and Castlevania arrive! Maybe I'll get Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for the holidays. Too bad that game doesn't qualify for the promotion



Lunapplebloom said:

Oh, Nintendo, why must you make me want to download a title for this? I easily passed on your coin barrage, but this maybe to much for me now. I'll probably get one of the big games, but I am not looking forward to getting retail games digitally.



grumblegrumble said:

I'm totally getting Art Academy next time I have some extra fundage set aside for my 3DS. In the meantime, I'm enjoying Crosswords Plus. They said the download code will arrive in email in about 3-4 weeks, just FYI.



tripunktoj said:

@Anyone: Do you get a confirmation email or announcement on your account of some sort after downloading elegible games to your linked 3ds?



k8sMum said:

as an artist who's medium of choice is coloured pencils, i am curious as to how they will be represented. where an oil painter mixes his colours on the palette, a coloured pencil artist relies on layering the different colours. i have pieces that have 35 or more layers to get just the shade necessary.

if anyone gets Art Academy, i'd appreciate them letting me know.



Big_Al1 said:

@k8sMum: I'm not particularly gifted in any technique, but I can try out layering colors and share the result with you. Which colors would you like me to try? Primaries?



Big_Al1 said:

@kesley4884: It's a matter of taste, really. I have both. I drew my avatar with Colors!3D as well.

Sometimes I want to do pure digital, sometimes I want to do faux analog.



MegaAdam said:

I want that DK game. Too bad you can only get one, even if you download more than one game.



Windy said:

@Pikachupwnage Not Really sorry. Right now if you take the 3DS and Compare it to IOS gaming IOS blows it away in every way for digital downloads. Sorry but thats a fact and if you don't believe it your kidding yourself. Sure Kid Icarus and Mario 3d are good but those are just a couple games. there are so many good games on IOS and for much less. That's my whole point. Nintendo is just getting greedy sorry but digital download wise the 3DS cant hold a candle to IOS. I have actually chosen the 3DS as my system of choice and Have been gaming for 30 years as a hobby I love it. I'm very frustrated with the 3DS at the moment and the digital download service. I probably will give it about another year for things to change then i'm off to IOS land where they at least have some games dedicated to online multiplayer gaming instead of local wifi nobody ever uses



Windy said:

@-Max- You do get a list of games you downloaded to your system. if you delete them you can re- download them later. You cannot Share the games with other systems in your household however



Big_Al1 said:

@Windy: I'm typing this on an iPhone, and pricing aside there's hardly a reason for me to consider gaming on it. I'm not 12 either.

The enormous glut of crap, runners, tower defense games and "physics puzzlers" can't hold a candle to the replayability and polish of Nintendo games in general. In fact, the way money is made on both platforms guarantees that from the very start of project design games are going to be different. Not to mention that their input is tailored to different experiences.

It's great you find iOS gaming so likable, but as compelling as you find your argument, it's still based on taste (much like mine).



Windy said:

I actually agree with you. 90% Garbage in the Apple and android markets. but there is so much software available there are some good games as well. Right now 3DS is just outnumbered. I just find myself dissapointed with a download from the Eshop usually with a few exceptions and think to myself I could have gotten a game like this for much cheaper on my ipad and feel had. After I pick up Code of Princess and spend alot of time playing that with my friends. I'm going to slow down take it 1 game at a time and then maybe I will find it all more enjoyable on 3DS. Animal Crossing is also going to be a Huge game Ive been waiting on so things should pan out as the DS did a few years back



UnseatingKDawg said:

Hmmm... I play word games from time to time. And I do like Anagrams. As well as Donkey Kong, which we should've gotten instead of DK Jr. Looks like I'm buying Crosswords Plus on my SD card.



Big_Al1 said:

@Windy: Ok, I think I understand you now. For impulse buys you definitely get more value for your money from iTunes. And since stuff is so cheap, there's hardly any buyer's remorse.

We also agree there's no comparison between the experience offered by most apps and retail games.

Thanks for explaining your point of view!



millarrp said:

Although I prefer physical copies of games, I'm a big enough DK fan to opt for the digital copy of Crosswords Plus this time



Shiromikio said:

Usually the eShop would be more convenient here, but as I'd like to get a 3DS XL sometime and New Art Academy is a title I'd like access to on both devices (instead of doing a 1-time transfer of downloads to the XL like DSiWare? Or does it actually allow two copies, one for each device you own?), I'd get the retail copy and missed the DK offer.

Fortunately there are 5 eligible titles, so that'll be New Art Academy in retail and the Layton title as eShop download for me.

@-Max-: It should appear within minutes, if not near instantly, once you've linked accounts then purchase.



tripunktoj said:

Thanks @Shiromikio its been a couple hours now and its not there, its worrying me cause I dont want a faulty rigistration to keep me from getting DKOE. But another user in the forums told me it takes a couple days, Ill just wait and see.



Shiromikio said:

@-Max-: If it's one of those post-purchase surveys then yeah, it takes a week for the survey to be available on the to-do list, but usually at the bottom strip of covers, if you've bought a particular game displayed, it'll say something like survey will appear in a week, then you just check back in a few days and fill out the survey for the reward.



tripunktoj said:

@Shiromikio Its on my CN account now, do you think it would stop me from recieving the code if I unlink my accounts? (I bought it from a friends 3ds)

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