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Tank! Tank! Tank! Available Now in European Wii U eShop

Posted by Thomas Whitehead


As some no doubt saw in our weekly Nintendo Download update for Europe, Namco Bandai's Tank! Tank! Tank! is bringing the retail title onto the Wii U eShop with a free-to-play model. The good news is that Europeans don't need to wait for the rest of the updates on Valentines Day — this one's available right now.

To start with, you'll need to actually find it. The eShop front page hasn't at the time of writing been updated, so you'll need to search for it — "Tank" did the trick for us — and then, as expected, you can complete a free download that's a little under 1500MB / 1.5GB. It's a fairly meaty download, and as these words are published we're still waiting for it to complete here at Nintendo Life HQ.

That Basic Pack download will include three different modes (Monster Battle mode; Free-For-All mode and Team Versus mode, all in the Urban Area stage) which you can play up to three times a day. It transpires that the DLC with 80% off is My Kong Mode, a four player multiplayer offering that allow players to play as a boss (with their own face imposed for comical effect) against others in tanks; it's available for £1.59 / €1.99 until 28th February. There are 10 separate DLC offerings to pick and choose from (you need to download the app first, remember) comprising of map packs, two monster battle stages and a Story Mission pack that represents the main single player experience.

VERSUS / Industrial Complex (€1.99 / £1.59)
VERSUS / Ruins (€1.99 / £1.59)
VERSUS / Coastal Area (€1.99 / £1.59)
VERSUS / Canyon (€1.99 / £1.59)
VERSUS / Volcanic Area (€1.99 / £1.59)
VERSUS / Lunar Base (€1.99 / £1.59)
MY KONG (€1.99 / £1.59 until 28th February, €9.99 / £7.99 after that date)
MONSTER BATTLE / Ruins (€3.99 / £3.19)
MONSTER BATTLE / Industrial Complex (€3.99 / £3.19)
STORY MISSION (€9.99 / £7.99)

So there you have it. In terms of what's on offer, Namco Bandai has stated that "purchasing all additional content will allow the user to have a version as complete as the retail version in terms of content." The total current cost for every DLC pack is £27.10 / €31.90, though after 28th February that will rise to £33.50 / €39.90.

We're currently downloading the app to weigh up the extra content download process for an upcoming feature, where we'll look at the recent emergence of this model in the European eShop, with this title joining Zen Pinball 2 in providing a free download with paid DLC.

So, what do you think? Are any of you Europeans planning to try this, and do those of you in North America and beyond fancy a similar deal?

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User Comments (28)



Einherjar said:

Hmm...roughly 10€ less, still not really the price im looking for but i have time to think about it till 28th
Edit: So, the Kong thing is the only DLC with a price drop ? Is this mode really that good to achieve such a high price tag ?



tddct89 said:

I'll consider getting it to try it out, but the reviews I saw were mostly negative. Actually, pretty much 99% negative. I think they should have just dropped the price to $15 for everything because I don't think this freemium model is going to bring in as much revenue as they expect. But then again, I guess it's worked in the past for way worse iOS/Android games.



AVahne said:

I'll get just the MY KONG since its an actual mode so I can get unlimited plays of the game.



mellloyellow02 said:

Oh cmon I hate Nintendo of America right now im been waiting for Zen Pinball 2 for so long and I know NA will not get Tank Tank Tank torrmow NA will most likely have to wait a couple of months




Downloaded it and bought the story mode and My Kong mode(that seems to get most of the praise from some reviewers!) only played the first two story mode levels so far but for the price I've paid I'm quite happy! I would never have thought on buying this previously, so well done Bandai Namco! And Nintendo!



C-Olimar said:

@Azooooz Awesome
I'll buy My Kong since it's cheap atm, and if I really like the game I'll buy story mode for £8, but not before I've bought Trine 2 for £10!



Kirk said:

I have no problems with a free initial download and paid DLC, as long as the DLC is cheap and doesn't feel like a rip-off.



phoenixology said:

Downloaded this evening and ended up giving in to the KONG mode. Me and my girlfriend thought the game will hilarious.



AyeHaley said:

I recommend everyone buy kong mode or anything else for €2! You get like 25% of a game for 2 bucks/euros.



3dbrains said:

Downloading it now. Pretty quick download so far 5mins and its 29% complete. 1558MB.



Airola said:

I think this is great.

I've had no intention to buy this game even though I've had a little bit of interest in trying it. It's quite clever to make this "F2P" and put one DLC into a bigger discount. That way they quaranteed to get at least 1.99e from me instead of zero. Bought the Kong Mode just because of the sale. That mode actually was the one that interested me the most (which isn't much, but at least it got a tiny bit of my attention). It may well be that even if I don't end up liking this that much, I will buy the rest of the DCLs in future. It's definitely more affordable to me to pay 2-10 euros a month rather than the full price immediately.

Sometimes I feel a bit sad for the developers that the games are so expensive that even if I would like to try the games and support those who make these games, I can't because I can't afford paying the full price. Well, now I can support them in a smaller scale and eventually they might get the full price from me too if I decide to buy the rest in following months.



RetrogamerFan said:

Have downloaded it and paid for the story mode and My Kong mode. I'm pretty pleased with it, a very simple game, but it's good fun and i feel it will be well worth the money (just under £10). Played the first seven missions in story mode, then you start having to repeat levels as the 8th mission needs 15 medals to play.
Not much depth or variety but controls are good, and i like the design of the enemies, even if the environments aren't that detailed.

Re tag-line wouldn't Robot Tank be more apt



Banker-Style said:

Downloaded it this morning,will be installing it tonight.
If it's good,I might go for the Story mode.



Milton_Burle said:

I'm loving this. Wasn't going to buy the game but thought I'd try since it was a free demo. And it's great fun, especially the vs mode. Can't decide now whether to buy the game retail (it's £22 on Amazon) or pay to download other bits and bobs.



cucon13 said:

Looks great, hopefully it will be F2P in NA soon. I'll buy the Kong Mode along with two extra maps for variety.

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