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Nintendo Download: 20th December 2012 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Escaping vektors, Clive in the Wild West and heroes in castles

It's the final Nintendo Download update before Christmas, so Nintendo's got a helping of festive cheer for us to download. Only Wii is left out to ask Scrooge for some new content, with both handhelds getting new games and Wii U joining in with some juicy price reductions. Let's get to the details, shall we?

3DS download software

escapeVektor (Nnooo, €10.00 / £8.99) — The original release on WiiWare was one of the platform's best titles, so this compilation of four "chapters" of content is sure to please fans. You're tasked with escaping a CPU over the course of 150 levels and 27 worlds, all with stereoscopic 3D and online leaderboards thrown in. We've got high hopes for this one, and we'll see whether we can avoid an unfortunate cyber-virus in our upcoming review.

Gunman Clive (Bertil Hörberg, €1.99 / £1.79) — What do you get when you combine a paper-based art style with run-and-gun platforming that owes some of its thanks to franchises such as Mega Man? Gunman Clive, it seems, originally a smartphone game that's now arriving on the eShop at a budget price. We'll see whether a well-loved genre and attractive art-style hit their marks in our review, soon.

3DS download software price reduction

Rising Board 3D (Odenis Studio, permanent reduction to €1.99 / £1.79) — In what seems like a first for the platform, this title gets a permanent price reduction this week, dropping to the lowest price point. In our Rising Board 3D review we felt that it was fun but lacking some polish and features, though some may be tempted by the new cost of entry.

3DS Virtual Console "Hero Sale"

Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, €3.99 / £3.69 until 27th December) — It's Mario's turn to join in with the Hero Sale, with this classic sidescrolling NES debut coming in with a modest saving. A classic that is still enjoyable to play today, this is a chance to take it on the go and spend a little less for the privilege.

Dr. Mario (Nintendo, €1.49 / £1.19 until 27th December) — Just what the doctor ordered? Lame joke aside, this is a 50% reduction on the EU price, though we didn't feel that this Game Boy puzzler was anything special in our Dr. Mario review.

3DS Retail DLC

New Art Academy (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79 per lesson) — Two new lessons are available to improve your artistic skills this week.

  • Glass and Light
  • Expressionism

Wii U download software sale

Chasing Aurora (Broken Rules, €5.99 / £5.39 until 3rd January 2013) — Although it has a single player mode, this is a title with a focus on local multiplayer, combining gorgeous visuals with smooth controls. This is a hefty price cut of over 50%, and we gave it a solid recommendation in our Chasing Aurora review.

Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation, €9.99 / £8.39 until 4th January) — It can be difficult to decide whether to describe this as a game or an experience, but it incorporates a distinctive art-style with a quirky premise and gorgeous soundtrack. Although you spend much of your time experimenting by burning objects and trying to find combos, it can be rather unique to play, as our Little Inferno review explains.


Castle Conqueror - Heroes 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, 500 Nintendo Points) — This picks up on events two years after the original Castle Conqueror - Heroes, which arrived on DSiWare almost exactly a year ago. It's turn based strategy over a number of battles, and we awarded the first title an excellent 9/10 in our review, so we're hopeful that this will be another enjoyable quest.

Cake Ninja XMAS (Cypronia, 200 Nintendo Points) — The ninja that specialises in slicing and dicing cakes is making a festive appearance on DSiWare. Neither of the first two entries in the series found favour in our reviews, but we'll head to the dojo — wearing a Santa hat — to test this one out soon.

So there you have it, some interesting downloads, a long awaited return for escapeVektor and some reduced prices on Wii U. What will you be spending your funds on this week? Let us know in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (90 votes)

escapeVektor (3DS download software)


Gunman Clive (3DS download software)


Rising Board 3D (3DS download price reduction)


Super Mario Bros. (3DS Virtual Console sale)


Dr. Mario (3DS Virtual Console sale)


Chasing Aurora (Wii U download sale)


Little Inferno (Wii U download sale)


Castle Conqueror - Heroes 2 (DSiWare)


Cake Ninja XMAS (DSiWare)


Nothing for me this week


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Thanks to Nintendaan for the information.

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User Comments (45)



Dr_42o said:

If I already had my Wii U, I'd DL Little Inferno. Game looks so twisted ^.^



chewytapeworm said:

Just what the doctor ordered? Excellent joke I think you'll find! Anyway, delighted I held back on Chasing Aurora, it shall be mine this Thursday!



Boo_Buster said:

Little Inferno is fun UK friends! Puzzle lovers will enjoy it, and slightly creepy people will enjoy the slightly twisted story.



ThomasBW84 said:

I downloaded Little Inferno last night, so I'm feeling a bit burned. (I'll get my coat)



WiX said:

@Thomas I can imagine how you feel when I also downloaded it a few days ago... Maybe burning some stuff helps?



Morpheel said:

Omg Dr. Mario for 2 bucks, I would totally buy that....
And a permanent price reduction? Cool



Entei said:

I am so glad that castle conquorer heroes 2 will finally be released this week!
I will download it as soon as i can.




What an incredible week! OK I already have Little Inferno(what a game!) and I have the WiiWare EscapeVektor but I'm tempted by ALL the price reductions this week! Plus Gunamn Clive!

Let's hope this isn't just a one-off with all these sales, and this is a regular thing! The only downside is it's gonna cost me alot!!



C-Olimar said:

@ThomasBW84 I hate how Rising Board has been reduced so soon after it was released. Smells a little iOS-y to me, but I'm only out 90p so it's not so bad.



Lalivero said:

Decent price reductions AND even more extra incentives to buy 3DS/games, etc? Noooo....



grovertheblue said:

I have Gunman Clive for iOS. It is a great game; however, the touch button controls are luck luster (like many other iOS platformers) I believe a D-pad will make this game way better. And at that price, it will be a decent offering.



RedYoshi999 said:

Seriously? Little Inferno already has a reduced price? I just downloaded it today! Grrr. At least I'm enjoying it. I might get Chasing Aurora now seeing how cheap it is as I wasn't too sure about it before.



Geonjaha said:

So um...3DS Virtual Console...y'know, will we be...getting anything else again....ever?




OMG I can't believe they're having Wii U eShop sales a fw weeks after game is released! That takes the p*ss out of early adopters/supporters of the service/devs - ALTHOUGH, I hope these games are bought by the hatful. They are both very good! . I was actually going to buy Rising Board away so.....



Bass_X0 said:

My 3DS broke months ago and I haven't been able to play it since. The only new downloadable games that interested me since then on 3DS are Kirby's Star Stacker, Mole Mania and Wario Land 3.



Undead_terror said:

I though you guys got rising board few weeks back, wellfor me this week in NA I will be getting wario land 2.




Hang about, Escapevector is 4 chapters as opposed to the wiiware version which was one? Also there's Gunman Clive up their yonder. Could be 3 3DSware/eShop games for me there then if you include Rising Board!



TromaDogg said:

escaepeVektor for me definitely if it's the full experience as opposed to WiiWare's 'chapter 1'....I hate episodic content with a passion. Will probably get Chasing Aurora at that price too.



rayword45 said:

What the hell, NOA? Give us these effing sales and price drops. Europe is doing it right.



Folkloner said:

Its cool we have a bunch of sales and some decent new titles...but was really expecting better for the last Download before Xmas, especially on the Wii U front. Would have been nice to see a NEW title, or even that Sonic demo NOA already have. sigh



Lobster said:

I hope the WiiU eShop sales hold for NA as well... Then I can make everyone buy Little Inferno, my favorite game this year! <3



ThomasBW84 said:

This has now been updated with UK prices, though every other detail in the UK press release was as expected



RetrogamerFan said:

Looks like some more good 3DSware is going to be added to the service, it's been getting some excellent games recently, Fallblox/Crashmo, Crimson Shroud, etc
I thought the last remaining ambassador games were supposed to be updated by the end of the year, so unless they arrive next week then they'll be delayed. Not that I'm complaining, personally i was really only wanting the updates to Zelda II and Metroid.



Sean_Aaron said:

I was going to give Chasing Aurora a pass, but at that price I'll punt. I was also going to hold off on Little Inferno, but heck that's practically a two-for-one given inferno's original price so I'll just get them both.

This eShop pricing model is a breath of fresh air compared to WiiWare where I wouldn't be buying titles as casually. Loving it!



Kyoto said:

Still waiting for Nano Assault EX. I really hope that one will arrive next week. Will buy EscapeVector later



FonistofCruxis said:

The price drops for Chasing aurora and Little inferno should be permanent as the original prices for them seemed overpriced considering the amount of content they have.

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