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Nintendo Download: 21st February 2013 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

NightSky brings delight, F-Zero in 60 Hz, price cuts and monstrous demos

Nintendo's been keeping its download details for Europe under-wraps for a little longer this week, but now we know what delights are due to arrive. Both DSi and Wii are resting their weary circuits, with 3DS and Wii U stepping up with some enticing offers and big-time freebies; oh, and the new VC title is the 60Hz US-NTSC version, which has Nintendo Life staff doing a jig of joy.

Wii U Virtual Console

F-Zero (Nintendo, €0.30 / £0.30) — The second game in the Family Computer 30th Anniversary Campaign, this classic SNES racer brings futuristic tracks and vehicles travelling at ludicrous speeds. It is, in our opinion a stone-cold classic, and the terrific news for Europeans is that Nintendo is releasing the 60Hz version of the game familiar to those in North America, so we'll be able to play the game at full speed for a cost of less than a chocolate bar. You can check out our Wii Virtual Console F-Zero review to see how highly we think of it, and we'll race through this full-fat faster Wii U version for our upcoming review.

Wii U eShop Discounts

Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, €12.49, (was €16.99) / £9.99, (was £13.99)) — While last week we were led to believe that this title was having a permanent price cut to these rates, it now seems that it's reduced to these prices until 7th March. We'll ask for clarification, but at the very least it's still going to be available at this lower rate for a further two weeks. We certainly fee that it's an adventure worth taking on, and you can check out our Trine 2: Director's Cut review to see why.

Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition (WayForward Technologies, €4.99, (was €9.99) / £4.49, was £8.99)) — This one gets a 50% discount until 28th February, offering an expanded version of the 3DS eShop release with additional level variations and updated visuals. It takes an excellent handheld title and gives it a welcome polish, as our Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition review explains.

Wii U Retail Demo

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom, Free) — Arriving in Europe in around a month, this enhanced and expanded version of the Wii title has a free sample on offer to tempt you into picking up the new iteration. This'll offer a chance to slay some monsters and try it out for free, to see whether the taste for the hunt makes the full release tough to ignore. We were able to slay some monsters in December, so you can also check out our Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate first impressions if you want to know what we thought.

Wii U eShop demo

Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, free) — If you're not sure about putting down the reduced price for this game, the demo should help you to decide.

3DS eShop

NightSky (Nicalis, €9.99 / £8.99) — After a fairly lengthy wait, European gamers will be able to finally download this top-notch and atmospheric puzzle game to their 3DS handhelds; its distinctive presentation and superb level design combine to make this an experience that we deemed worthy of a perfect score. If you want to know more about why you should probably pick this one up, check out our NighSky review.

3DS eShop Retail Demo

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom, Free) — The handheld version of this demo will also be available. It's unlikely that cross-play will be possible with the Wii U demo, but we'll certainly give it a try.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (Konami, Free) — It may have a lengthy title that doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but this is the awaited return of the Castlevania franchise on a Nintendo handheld. Adopting a 2D/3D hybrid style and a greater focus on detailed combat as well as exploration, this takes the series in a different direction from the popular Game Boy Advance and DS releases; you'll be able to crack the whip and try it for free.

A fair bit of choice this week, though DSi and Wii once again miss out. Which of these will you be splashing the cash on this week? Let us know in the poll and comments section below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (198 votes)

F-Zero (Wii U Virtual Console Promotion)


Trine 2: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop discount)


Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition (Wii U eShop discount)


NightSky (3DS eShop)


Only freebies for me


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (73)



Gavin_Rozee said:

A good week. I'll be downloading everything except the discounted stuff, as I already have it.




Dazza said:

F-Zero in 60Hz (for only 30p!) and the mighty NightSky all in the same week. Awesomesauce



Gavin_Rozee said:

Can you guys ask NoE if all Wii U VC games will be 60hz in Europe now? I'd also be interested to know if Balloon Fight will be updated.



FritzFrapp said:

Brilliant that they've listened. But woe betide them if they go back to their old, evil, bordered ways on subsequent VC games.



gurtifus said:

Yeeeesssss! Nightsky ! And 2 awesome demos to wait for these upcoming releases !



lebad said:

All that stuff will be mine (I already have Trine 2 and could not find the second chess of the chapter 18 )

Hey what about Cave story + and nano assault ex for DS eshop why why why why why they are not here




Brilliant week! Two demo's, price cuts and a 60hz VC game(where the difference between 50hz and 60hz is more obvious) that's more like it Nintendo!



Wildfire said:

Awesome week to be visiting both Nintendo eshops! I'll be downloading F-zero, Monster Hunter demo for wii U and Castlevania demo for 3DS!



6ch6ris6 said:

2 awesome demos for the 3DS!
looking forward for both games. very appreciate that they give us demos for those games



BakaKnight said:

Can't wait to play Nightsky!

And will also try Castlevania demo which I'm afraid will cause me to rush to the store for preorder a copy XD



Sean_Aaron said:

Good news about F-Zero. Looking forward to the Monster Hunter demo as well, though I think my next disc download will be Warriors Orochi 3.



RedYoshi999 said:

Will be getting all the demos, F-Zero, and maybe MSF if it's been released in Australia yet. So, a good week!



Sjoerd said:

Just downloaded Trine it's discounted already. Going for F-zero and MH demo's!!



RetrogamerFan said:

(Another) great week for Wii-U and 3DS owners.
I already have both of the discounted WiiU games from previous sales, but good news for anyone who hasn't picked them up yet, both excellent games.



zane said:

Guess i Will doubledip on mighty switch force after all since it's now pretty cheap



Bluezealand said:

Damn, just downloaded Mighty Switch Force for the original price. Well, it's still worth it.^^



Jellitoe said:

I am on the fence about the #DS version onf Monster hunter, so I really want this demo in the US to see if it does not feel broken, I will get it..




F-Zero , NightSky and all the demos (except T2, which I already have). Great week. For what its worth, I recommend Trine 2 and MSF HD, great DL games



Garo said:

I'll be geting Nightsky and both 3ds demos. I'm somewhat interested in Monster Hunter 4 and the demo of 3U will hopefully give me some idea of what the gameplay of the series is like. Very excited about Mirror of Fate, though there is a chance that it's not going to meet the expectations. Still, if the demo impresses me, I'll probably get the full version.



Sun said:

So many times eShop is so boring and right now is almost empty when it comes to Wii U.

I hope from now on it's like this week: F-Zero at 30 cents, -50% at Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate demos for both Wii U and 3DS, Trine 2 with demo and discount, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate demo...

I am going to download absolutely everything this week except for NightSky. I was much interested in trying Trine 2, Castlevania and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and I have been tempted by Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition before.

If eShop keeps like this it's going to be really good for eShop bored disappointed users such as me.



WiiLovePeace said:

I'm slightly disappointed that the "3DS retail eShop discounts" didn't continue beyond just putting LoZ: OoT 3D on discount for a week but its still an awesome week of downloads. Definitely picking up F-Zero & demoes of games I don't have while considering if I want to buy any of the Wii U discounted games. Won't be buying NightSky.



RedYoshi999 said:

Yeah, I could've sworn they said it would continue, was hoping for a discounted Star Fox or Mario Kart.

Oh, and now I see a Trine 2 demo too? I've already got it on sale so I'll be passing on that. I'm loving the amount of demos/sales games are getting now!



SKYW4LK3R said:

Monster Hunter FTW! Also I already have Trine 2 and I love it and for 30 cents Fzero is a no brainer!



XCWarrior said:

This bodes well for America, though some of these games already came out here. Still, anytime Monster Hunter is included, it's a great week. I hope we get the Castlevania demo as well, looking forward to that game too.



HeroOfCybertron said:

Wait EU gets both the Monster Hunter and Castlevania demos this week while NA gets only the Monster Hunter demo this week and the Castlevania demo next week, not fair.



Scollurio said:

Omg cant wait for the DEMOS!!
Wish it was code of princess as well then this would be best eShop week ever. Still its coming really close! ;



Bulbousaur said:

I won't be getting F Zero, but only because I don'y have a Wii U. This is a great download week though.



ThomasBW84 said:

@123akis I've checked the UK eShop and it's still Balloon Fight — F-Zero doesn't even have a page — with the promo saying it's reduced until 21st Feb. I think Nintendo may have quietly shifted the schedule a day to tie-in with the normal Download Update.



RR529 said:

Hope you in the EU enjoy NightSky! It's a fantastic little download!



ThomasBW84 said:

I've seen a tweet from someone who's downloaded F-Zero, so it may have popped up in the eShop now



Sun said:

@ThomasBW84 European guy? We Europeans can't wait for the real version! It's like getting the real Super Mario Kart version as I think the Wii version was 50Hz too, or not? Do you know of any list of Wii VC 50 and 60Hz PAL versions?



bluecat said:

Oooooh F-Zero and that Monster Hunter demo better appear on the eShop tomorrow here in the States!

EDIT: Well looks like F-Zero already is!



TheAdza said:

I hope they listen and every VC game released will be 60Hz from now on. And yes Balloon Fight should be updated to the 60Hz version too.



RetroGBHippie92 said:

This is one of the best weeks in ages, demos for Monster Hunter? I gotta try before I buy otherwise I abandon if it becomes uninteresting. I hope to buy it though cause I need my RPG fix.



Ducutzu said:

Wow, this actually is a fantastic week for the 3DS eShop. Two cool demos for games that I had on preorder, and a 3DS game that attracts me a lot and will probably be purchased this evening.



zenarium said:

I am very happy for being able to play monster hunter 3 because I am not 100% sure about buying it.



Tate24 said:

Monster hunter demo is awesome however two things went horribly wrong! Camera is awful and lock on feature doesn't lock on. All does spin camera around we're monster is! however if monster moving quickly you gonna constantly be pressing L trigger and swinging camera around it needs circle pad pro badly!!! Number two swimming has been completely ruined! In Tri it was easy and you could freely explore under water area. However screw it by making u press up on circle pad and B go up and reverse go down its made really clunky :/ this surely could been all tied to circle pad surely. Plus castlevania demo is Awesome:p



schizor said:

Catlevania demo seems awesome, however. It is as I feared. Low frames and lack. Please god oh please make the full game run more smoothly with much lesser framedrops. Gamestyle and combat is really something though. Still waiting to play mh demo. Thanks.



Henmii said:

Downloaded both demo's! I am especially interested in the Castlevania one!

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