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Nintendo Download: 14th March 2013 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Flying for less, stopping invaders, mastering jewels and more

It's Monday morning, so once again Nintendo of Europe is starting the week with the news of what we can expect in this week's Download Update. There's a demo and sale of a recently updated launch release on Wii U, various 3DS offerings and a one-button runner from CIRCLE Entertainment. Let's get on with it.

Wii U eShop Price Discount

Chasing Aurora (Broken Rules, €5.99 / £5.39 until 21st March, was €11.99 / £10.79) — Following a substantial update that tweaked various aspects based on gamer feedback, Broken Rules is halving the price of its launch day release for a week. A title with a focus on local multiplayer but does include a single player component, it's a visually stylish flying game with a healthy variety of modes and options when playing with others. It's undoubtedly a unique offering on the Wii U eShop and one that we rated highly in our Chasing Aurora review.

Wii U eShop Demo

Chasing Aurora (Broken Rules, free) — If the discount isn't enough, then this free demo will do its best to tempt you further.

3DS eShop

Viking Invasion 2 - Tower Defense (Bigben Interactive, €7.99 / £6.99) — Picking up the reins fairly directly from its DSiWare predecessor, this is a tower defense title — rather obviously — that sees you strategically place your weapons along a path to defeat the invading hordes. It's standard fare for the genre — even to the point of focusing on the bottom screen and mostly disregarding 3D — but that's not necessarily a bad thing; check out our Viking Invasion 2 - Tower Defense review for our full thoughts on this sequel.

Jewel Master Atlantis 3D (, €4.99 / £4.49) — As the title suggests this is picking up on the idea of building rows of three matching symbols, the jewel puzzle genre that was particularly popular on the DS. The puzzling is apparently being accompanied by a quest to uncover the mystery of Atlantis, but we'll see whether it's worth discovering in our upcoming review.

3DS Retail Download

Pets Resort 3D (TREVA Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99) — Another retail release arrives on the eShop, and rather like a certain Nintendo game this one tasks you with looking after various dogs and cats, with the twist being that its various cuddly creatures are keen to sample your "wellness and care programme".

3DS Retail Demo

Naruto Powerful Shippuden (Namco Bandai, free) — Following its arrival in stores last week, this free demo of the sidescrolling brawler will give fans of the franchise a change to see whether this new entry is worth a purchase. Don't take too long to pick this up, though, as it's only available until 4th April.


Goony (CIRCLE Entertainment, 200 Nintendo Points) — This is an endless runner from a top-down viewpoint, where you simply use one button to change direction from left to right. The levels are randomly generated, though you can place assist Special Blocks and then share them via QR codes, while there's also an option of multiplayer with two players using the same system. It seems like a bit of arcade fun at a budget price, but we'll see whether it's worth your loose change in our review, soon.

So that's everything for this week, with a variety of freebies, discounts and genres on offer. Let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (139 votes)

Chasing Aurora (Wii U eShop discount)


Viking Invasion 2 - Tower Defense (3DS eShop)


Jewel Master Atlantis 3D (3DS eShop)


Pets Resort 3D (3DS retail download)


Goony (DSiWare)


Only freebie downloads for me


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (49)



BenAV said:

Doesn't look like I'll be downloading anything this week.
Oh well... I have plenty to keep me occupied until Monster Hunter launches.



Beta said:

I will probably download one of these to keep me busy till MH and Lego City, anyway:
Hydroventure/Fluidity Spin Cycle
Splash or Crash/Kersploosh
Gunman Clive
^^ I would appreciate some help with which one to get, though ^^



FemmeFox said:

Who do we still not have the Fire Emblem demo?! It's so unfair. I'd love to try the new Brain Training game too.



phoenixology said:

Will definately try the Chasing Aurora demo and if I like, will buy.

Hydroventure/Fluidity Spin Cycle and NightSky are also tempting from the previous weeks.



Jese_1 said:

The first Viking Invasion was a lot of fun, so might give the second one a go.



Garo said:

@Beta I highly recommend NightSky. Hydroventure and Gunman Clive are also very good, with Hydroventure perhaps giving the most playtime for your money, but if you don't mind the game's relative shortness (6-8 hours to 100% I'd say) then definitely go with NightSky.



matgr said:

Why is no nintendo games for wiiU this month ??? Come nintendo lacking games we need more games



Spoony_Tech said:

@Beta Well denpamen has a demo and you could transfer the data over to the real game if you like it. It has anywhere between 25-50 plus hours to play as there is bonus dungeons to complete. It was a really fun game to play. All the rest are good to but are much shorter for game time. Clive can be beaten in lest then an hour! It does have replay ability though. Or you could get Clive and Splash or Crash since they are super cheap.



WiiLovePeace said:

Imma be trying out the demo of Chasing Aurora then deciding if I should buy it half price, I do have $7 built up on the Nintendo Network premium thingy, after all. Just haven't been able to decide on what to spend it on.



Romeo said:

love, i'm so sick of it
why does europe always get the great stuff later or not at all?

so loving annoying.. it's the same with everything
fire emblem awakening, etrian odyssey and now Mega Man 3

it just doesn't many any sense to me, this is so loving annoying



RetrogamerFan said:

@Romeo so it's not a great week, calm down...
Already have Chasing Aurora from a previous sale; CA not that great unless you will be playing the multiplayer modes as well.



Geonjaha said:

Well yes, we get later release dates for:

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
  • Etrian Odyssey IV
  • Mega Man 3
  • Lego City Undercover
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked

...and pretty much everything that matters if you want to really get into it.



RedYoshi999 said:

Chasing Aurora certainly loves to go on sale doesn't it? Anyway, nothing this week for me.



datamonkey said:

@Romeo - I agree. Nintendo need to get their NoE subsidiary up to speed.

We have suffered a poor service in Europe for long enough. The UK is their 3rd biggest market ffs!

Still no Cave Story+, do they actually want my freaking money or not?!?!?!



banacheck said:

God i cannot wait until the Wii U gets on it's feet, two games add to the store and one is the demo of the same game. And Nintendo needs 3rd party support even if they are ports some of games that are already out, which looks like it's not happening.



FritzFrapp said:

Definitely downloading the demo of Naruto on 3DS. Looking forward to feeling that Inti Creates magic once again but in super deformed style. Would have bought the game day one but too much other (Monster Hunter) goodness is coming out in March.



Windy said:

Still No Cave Story for Europe Keeps my Ban going against Nicalis of buying anymore of their games until Europe Receives Cave Story. I think it's been announced but I won't buy Ikachan or the new game they announced, until Delivery is made



Windy said:

@Beta The Denpamen is excellent and turns out to be a really good RPG with the ability to catch different denpamen with your AR camera



Barbiegurl777 said:

Sweet! I wanted to buy pets resort 3ds a while back in cartridge but held off on it because of other games. Sweet! I'll be downloading it in july lol gotta watch my money for luigi's mansion, animal crossing, & harmo knight. As soon as they release it in the NA e-shop & get enough time it'll be defenant download.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



Beta said:

Thanks, guys! ^_^
@Windy Your avatar makes me long for a new Bomberman game... ;_; goes to cry in the corner



klautrec said:

I would love to try the Need for Speed Demo, they should release before the game, because, after march 18 people will be a LOT busy playing monster hunter to care about that game

Edit: I'm gonna try Chasing Aurora. it's one of a few games that I still didn't purchased from WiiU eshop.



Bass_X0 said:

I don't understand why isn't released a VC game each week.

Completely agree. I know Nintendo can't force other companies to submit games for release but Nintendo should be making more of an effort of those games they publish themselves. It used to be that the reason was if they released everything now, they won't have anything to release later. But as we've seen on the Wii VC, "later" came and went and the games we wanted still didn't get released. Now they don't release any more games on the Wii VC.



CrazyOtto said:

I'm going to make a topic on Nintendo Life about the games missing between each region.



AlexSora89 said:

Might pick up the Naruto demo. If it's even just half as good as Ultimate Ninja Storm, that's more than enough for me. Cel-shading done that well would be awesome with the 3DS' awesome 3d effects.



lebad said:

Where is runner 2?
and Cave story+ for 3ds????????????????
I'm enjoying Nano assault ex I'm waiting cave story + before buying Nightsky -_-
Maybe I will try Chasing aurora and buy it if I like it
Followed by Gunman clive



Moshugan said:

Meh, maybe I'll try the Aurora demo.
Man, I can't wait for the Wii U Virtual Console to properly launch!!
I'm enjoying F-Zero on the GamePad so much that everytime I think of playing some other VC games I feel bummed that I have to turn on the TV and go Wii Mode.



Windy said:

@Bass_X0 I think they should release 5 VC games each week but I guess it must be very hard to Convert games to VC **Shrugs**throws hands up**shakes head**Just wonders**



FonistofCruxis said:

I agree with the people complaining about lack of 3DS VC releases. We should be getting them more often, especially when there are some games that America have that we don't like Quarth and Mario Golf.



Chomposaur said:

I can buy Chasing Aurora for 60p on Steam why should i pay more just because its on the Wii U ?



BakaKnight said:

Only the Naruto demo for me this week and with a great timing!

I was (sadly) ready to bet that game was a waste of license, but the trailers I saw around recently raised the doubt it could even be a really good game O.O

Can't wait to try the demo and move a step closer to the truth XP

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