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Nintendo Download: 31st January 2013 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Pinball at last, downloadable Batman and a video

While there's a common saying — at least in the rainy old UK — that "when it rains, it pours", we're not sure that can be applied to the Nintendo Download this week. There's an eagerly anticipated release on the Wii U eShop — making it the second download-only release on the console in as many weeks — as well as a retail download addition, yet Wii, DSi and 3DS are lacking new downloadable games. In any case, let's get to the details.

Wii U download software

Zen Pinball 2 (Zen Studios, Free with DLC ranging from €2.99 - €9.99 / £2.39 - £7.99) — Just sneaking into Europe for January, as has been the plan in recent weeks, this pinball title is a free download with trials of every table, and you then buy the content that you want from a wide range on offer. The series predecessors on the 3DS eShop have been popular, and we'll be hitting the tables to bring you a review of this home console sequel soon; in the meantime you can learn more in our interview with Zen Studios.

Wii U retail download

Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition (Warner Bros., €59.99 / £49.99) — This launch title finally makes it as a download on the Wii U eShop. It earned critical plaudits when released first on other systems and PC, and the Wii U version brings GamePad-specific features and a new B.A.T. suit functionality, along with the various DLC and extras originally sold separately. You can see what we thought in our Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition review.

3DS download video

The Beet Party: Beet Scratch (Redrover) (€0.99 / £0.89) — The Beet Party: Beet Scratch is the first in a series of 3D short videos available for download on Nintendo eShop. The two-minute interstitials target four to six year olds and follow the adventures of the five coolest beets around as they explore, experiment, celebrate and communicate with beat-boxing sounds when something new arrives in their fridge.

That's it for this week, a modest selection by any standards, though we suspect that most with a Wii U will be sampling the free trial delights on their system. Let us know which downloads are in your plans in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (156 votes)

Zen Pinball (Wii U eShop)


Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition (Wii U retail download)


The Beet Party: Beet Scratch (3DS video download)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (83)



OorWullie said:

I got Zen HD on Android the other day and already put several hours into it and purchased 4 tables,my favourite being War Hulk.Its great but will be so mucb better with the triggers of the Gamepad.Now if only they would release the Wii U in Thailand!



PinkSpider said:

Wow not 1% for batman, might want to sort those prices out Nintendo, 50 quid for a download is ridiculous



Mk_II said:

Yeah, Zen Pinball !!! BTW: Batham is already on sale in some shops here at about 35 euro



Tethers said:

I will get Zen Pinball 2. But when I think about it... 4 Tables = 9,99€ - 12,96€...

Zen Pinball 3D & Marvel Pinball cost 6€ & 7€...=(



datamonkey said:

I am getting sick of waiting for Cave Story+

Also you can get Batman for £25 right now at These download prices are ridiculous.



Everly said:

So happy for you guys in the EU getting Zen. Anxious to see it on this side of the pond



bennbill said:

Australia also finally gets Trine 2, I've been waiting all January. Very big download week for me. Pinball and Trine 2 Insta Downloads!



ThomasBW84 said:

I do think the pricing is an issue with Batman, with various retailers now discounting it (I just found it for £20.90 on Amazon). I don't feel that Wii U games should have a baseline retail price of £49.99 in any case, but that's a can of worms on its own.



cornishlee said:

I'd kind of assumed Batman wasn't getting a download release for some reason. It's an odd decision to release it now when it's widely available at half the price elsewhere.

Would have been nice to have some more demo's (e.g. NBA 2K13, which is available in NA), but, oh well, a good week for my bank balance.



Kyoto said:

Zen Pinball 2, woohoo. 4 tables for €9,99 is a bit expensive, especially when you look at the 3DS-versions that had 4 tables for €6,- and €8,-.

Does anyone know if you can choose 4 tables yourself or do they come in packs?



lebad said:

Hey are you going to update this news? Where are Nano assault EX, Cave story+, Nightsky ... ???????



Spoony_Tech said:

@Kyoto They come in packs unfortunately!

As for a NA date according to the Zen Forums we still don't have one yet. That doesn't mean it won't hit this week but there is officially no release date for NA as of yet!!!



Spoony_Tech said:

Also why would people not at the very least dl Zen?! It doesn't cost anything. If its a space issue I guess I can understand that but still its free!!



ThomasBW84 said:

@drdark Indeed. I picked up Assassin's Creed III just after Christmas from my local GAME (trying to support the high street in a small way), but even with two relatively recent Wii/Wii U trade-ins was £25-30. It's now on Amazon for less than £30.

Who knows though, maybe the new systems from Microsoft and Sony will have game retail costs of £59.99, as dev costs soar.



cornishlee said:

I'm still waiting to see if Nintendo ever decide to have sales or reductions of retail titles on the eShop. Those £49.99 prices seem ridiculous today but what are they going to look like in twelve months time for titles like Batman and Assassin's Creed?



Everly said:

@Tech101 Yeah, I've noticed that the EU releases seem to be announced before the NA. I'm really hoping it will hit us this week as well. Since the concern was functionality and getting the distribution system perfect before releasing the game, it seems like once that has been figured out for the EU eShop it would work on the NA side.



Spoony_Tech said:

@Everly Hopefully this won't be too long of a wait. I remember Europe got Zen Pinball for the 3ds like 3 months ahead of NA. The wait was Soooo long! Hopefully its no more then a week for NA. I'm happy for you to get to experience Zen for yourself!!



Everly said:

@Tech101 3 Months! Please tell me you are making that up Tech. Seriously hoping that we get it within a week of the EU release.



OorWullie said:

@chewytapeworm I think with Pinball you either get it or you don't.I've only ever played real Pinball tables in Dutch coffee shops but I've been playing console versions since the Megadrive days.I could waste hours trying to beat my own high scores but with Zen you also get online rankings so its even more addictive.Metroid Pinball has been my favourite till now but Zen has perfected it imo and I've only played the Android version.Great game!



Spoony_Tech said:

@Everly Would I make something like that up!! . I think they got it early November and we got it mid January I believe. Might've more closer to 2 months but still it seemed to take forever.



Bulbousaur said:

Don't have a Wii U yet, so nope. I would get the free Zen Pinball and play it for half an hour before I get bored though.
But seriously, £50 for a game which I can easily get for £25 online, and £15 on other platforms? No thank you...



datamonkey said:

My real concern is that if retail and boxed games end up disappearing all together and we are left only with downloadable content, we may be forced to pay £50 per game as there will be no alternative method of buying it...

It will be at that point I get myself a new hobby!



Raiko said:

No 3DS games at all. Not even a VC game? Surely the worst wekly update for the store yet.



Spoony_Tech said:

@Everly Don't worry it won't! It's ready as I'm sure its the same as the European version but that darn NA date can be elusive some times!



Jese_1 said:

Will give Zen Pinball 2 a go, but getting seriously disappointed in the lack of 3DS VC games. Really want a good GB or GBC game...



Windy said:

No Cave Story for Europe means no Ikachan in the US for me! haha I'm boycotting Ikachan until Europe gets Cave Story



ohhaime said:

I already have Batman and Zen on PS3 so nothing for me. I little later to the party for me Nintendo..



TheChosen said:

I cant help but notice that Retro City Rampage is once again MIA. So much for that promise.



cornishlee said:

Thanks for that, it's downloading as I type this. They did that a couple of weeks ago with SonicTR. I guess we just have to keep an eye on the demo's.



Boo_Buster said:

@ThomasBW84 I hear that Thomas! It is a similar instance with Pilotwings Resort. I can find that game for less than $20 in store here in the US. I would love to have that on my SD card for a similar price, but I'm not paying full price for that game.



mellloyellow02 said:

I asked Zen Studios if the game was coming out this week and I got Not likely, but we'll be sure to post the date once we have it confirmed.



goldbricks23 said:

I can't believe the 3DS got no games at all on its eshop. What would have been wrong with increasing the VC library by one title or adding a retail title from the back catalog, just to avoid the embarrassment of an empty week?

Its not like they have third party publishers falling at their feet to release stuff on the eShop to fill out the empty spaces that could occur- even DLC. I think Nintendo need to realise the importance of a steady steam of content to the eshop on a weekly basis; not just just to entice confidence in publishers but also consumers. Its worrying when the eshop goes a week without content. It displays no future planing on the part of Nintendo.

Though I'm Secretly hoping for a surprise announcement to prove me wrong.



Everly said:

@mellloyellow02 Yeah, I'll get on board with that. I'm sort of surprised they couldn't get it released on both at the same time, so taking more than 1 additional week would be absurd.



Everly said:

@mellloyellow02 Definitely wanting the Classic Pack with Tesla, V12, El Dorado, and Shaman. Other tables that I think I would like are Epic Quest, Excalibur, and Plants vs. Zombies. Some members on the forum really spoke highly of MARS so I may look into that after I learn my way around those first ones.



Sean_Aaron said:

Nice to see Zen 2 in the shop; I'll be curious to see if there's anything I want to spend some cash on. Also nice to see Batman in the shop. Had it been out earlier I'd already have it; as things stand I'll be getting Ninja Gaiden tonight, but I might well get it next month as I think Rayman is likely to be in the eShop in February, yes?



Spoony_Tech said:

Here is a quote from the moderator of the Zen Pinball forums on the date for NA

"It's actually not NOA's fault, it's ours"

So Nintendo is not to blame for the delay!



Sean_Aaron said:

I had forgotten cornishlee. Cool, so if I get a second disc download this month it will likely be Warriors Orochi 3 - Batman will have to wait!



cornishlee said:

I've just been asking on Miiverse abut Warriors Orochi 3. I'm enjoying Ninja Gaiden 3 right now but I think by the time I finish that and Red Steel 2 (I had to stop for a few weeks after cracking my ribs) Ken's Rage 2 should be out as well. I'm interested to see how that compares to WO3.



KeeperBvK said:

@LordLzGlad: Why mock somebody who's doing something for others? He might not change anything on his own, but it's at least nice for us Europeans to see somebody taking a stance against Nicali's stupid policies.



Omega said:

Retro City Rampage comes on January. Yes, this is guaranteed. No doubt at all.
It would be better for them to say nothing if they do not want to loose the last of their credibility.



brandonbwii said:

You guys think Batman's price is ridiculous, you should see how Nintendo charges full price for PilotWings Resort.



FonistofCruxis said:

Wow, I've never seen such a barren week! Only game released on any of the download services (I don't count retail downloads) and its only a pinball game so I won't be getting it once I've got a Wii U.
Sean_Aaron Rayman legends will be out in most of Europe on the 28th February but the UK will have to wait 'till the 1st March.



RebeccaGunn said:

NOE are usually a bit better than this, this list looks pathetic next to NOA's downloads this week. Nintendo really need to get on Nicalis case about the EU backlog, is there actual reason Cave Story and pals is such a problem to release here?

Also Nintendo's prices for retail make me laugh, really guys? Seeing as GAME of all people just cut 20-50% this week on Wii U software, I just don't see people flocking to buy Batman at this price. Unless you have Nintendo Premium and really want your first £5 asap - hopefully Nintendo will take a page out of Sony's book and start cutting prices on retail releases (though if the 3DS eshop is any indication...sigh)

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