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Nintendo Download: 21st March 2013 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Monstrous quests, reckless driving, retro boxing, a big sale and more

It's Monday, so you know what that means Europe. It's time for the Nintendo Download update news, letting us know what'll be dropping onto our systems later this week; we have a lengthy list that includes the latest €0.30 / £0.30 Wii U Virtual Console promotion, some blockbuster retail downloads, a long-awaited demo and a lengthy list of Wii U retail discounts. Let's get on with it, shall we?

Wii U Virtual Console

Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (Nintendo, €0.30 / £0.30) — This will be cheaper than a chocolate bar for one month as part of the Famicom Anniversary promotion on the Wii U eShop. It's an iconic NES classic, and we'll get the gloves on to let you know how well it translates to the Wii U Virtual Console. Oh, and one more thing, deep breath Europe... it's the 60Hz version once again, giving you the full-fat and full-speed experience. Begin hyperventilation now.

Wii U eShop

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Packet Relay Tool for Nintendo 3DS (Capcom, free) — This tool will allow you, with a Wii/Wii U LAN adapter, to play your 3DS copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in online matches — though it has to be the only software running on the Wii U for it to work.

Wii U Retail Download

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom, €59.99 / £49.99) — Available for download and in stores from 22nd March, this is an expanded version of the Wii original with additional content and upgraded HD visuals. We certainly think the upgrade is worth it, as we explain in our Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate review.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (Electronic Arts, €59.99 / £44.99) — With lead development by Criterion — the team that produced last year's popular release on Xbox 360 and PS3 — as well as exclusive features, there's certainly optimism that this will be a racing title worth owning on Wii U. It arrives on the eShop and in stores on 22nd March, and we'll also be reviewing it to let you know what we think.

3DS eShop

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Data Transfer Program (Capcom, free) — This free app will enable you to transfer your save data between the Wii U and 3DS versions of this game, ensuring that you're able to pick up exactly where you left off regardless of which system you're using.

3DS Download Demo

HarmoKnight (Nintendo, free) — This rhythm action title from Game Freak — there are certainly Pokémon references included — arrives in Europe on 28th March. The demo will tide us over and give a taster in the meantime; it's free, and that's most definitely not a bad thing.

3DS Retail Downloads

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom, €44.99 / £39.99) — This 3DS release of Capcom's blockbuster offers the same level of content as the Wii U equivalent and also arrives on 22nd March, but without online multiplayer (unless you use the Wii U LAN router workaround), though it does include StreetPass, while supporting local multiplayer with other 3DS players and also someone playing the Wii U version. Our review of the handheld version will arrive very soon.

My Foal 3D (TREVA Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99) — The 3DS is building up a small collection of animal sims, whether you want to care for dogs, cats or dinosaurs. TREVA Entertainment is joining in with this retail release, with eight mini games, augmented reality and gyro controls all used to care for your very own foal; expect cuteness to be the order of the day.

3DS Download Video

The Beet Party: Call Me Aneek Neek (Redrover, €0.99 / £0.89) — The Beet Party is 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.


Bloons TD 4 (Digital Goldfish, 500 Nintendo Points) — It's tower defence, with balloons, and takes a colourful and simplistic approach. While the basic idea is reasonable, the execution isn't, with chronic slowdown and a refusal to accept inputs ruining the experience; check out our Bloons TD 4 review for the full lowdown.

Wii U eShop Discounts

There are an unprecedented number of download discounts this week, so check them all out below.

ZombiU (Ubisoft, €34.99 / £29.99 until 4th April, was €69.99 / £54.99)
Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft, €29.99 / £29.99 until 4th April, was €69.99 / £54.99)
Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft, €24.99 / £19.99 until 4th April, was €49.99 / £39.99)
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (Ubisoft, €24.99 / £19.99 until 4th April, was €49.99 / £39.99)
Rabbids Land (Ubisoft, €24.99 / £19.99 until 4th April, was €49.99 / £39.99)
Sports Connection (Ubisoft, €24.99 / £19.99 until 4th April, was €49.99 / £39.99)
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 (Ubisoft, €24.99 / £19.99 until 4th April, was €49.99 / £39.99)
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation, €4.99 / £4.99 until 24th March, was €9.99 / £8.99)

3DS eShop Discount

Pokédex 3D Pro (Nintendo, €11.99 / £10.79 until 4th April March, was €14.99 / £13.49)

Quite a lot on offer this week with retail big-hitters, a demo and a host of juicy retail download discounts on Wii U. The question is, will you be spending any of your hard-earned funds? Let us know in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (180 votes)

Punch Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (Wii U Virtual Console)


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U retail download)


Need for Speed: Most Wanted U (Wii U retail download)


Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS retail download)


My Foal 3D (3DS retail download)


The Beet Party: Call Me Aneek Neek (3DS eShop video)


Bloons TD 4 (DSiWare)


One of the discounted Wii U retail games


Little Inferno (Wii U eShop discount)


Pokédex 3D Pro


Just free downloads for me this week


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (63)



BenAV said:

Pretty good week.
I'll be downloading the 3DS version of Monster Hunter digital, and looking forward to giving the HarmoKnight demo a go.



Netto-kun said:

"Ctrl+F Fire Emblem: Awakening demo" .... "flips table"

Oh well, at least there's that HarmoKnight demo.

And apparently Punch-Out!! is the 60Hz version. Is that right?



Linkstrikesback said:

Punch out (if it really is in 60hz! I want to support the idea that we want all VC games in 60hz...) and little inferno. £4.99 hits the sweet spot for me to try it out.



WiiLovePeace said:

I'mma be downloading Punch Out!! & the HarmoKnight demo & otherwise enjoying one of the many games I already have haha



DePapier said:

Puch-Out, Little Inferno, Pokédex 3D Pro and the freebies for me. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Need For Speed Most Wanted U in retail, and no Ubisoft discounts: more than a mere boycott (after all I pre-ordered AC4 for 50€ guaranteed on Amazon and expect that Watch Dogs), I don't feel that buggy AC3 and I don't shoot at my screen without me Wiimote.



welsh_gamer said:

Punch Out, Little Inferno and Harmoknight Demo for me. Wonder if I'll have time to play them though, as I'm getting Most Wanted U too!



akabenjy said:

I know I was so looking forward to harvest moon. I need something to tide me over until Animal Crossing New Leaf comes out.



belmont said:

Does anyone know when we will see 3DS prepaid cards in Southern Europe? I want to buy stuff but I can't...



AddDavey said:

£30 for Zombi U is a really great price, anyone that doesn't own it already should definitely pick it up although they'd have to wait until midnight to start downloading it.



edhe said:

I'm seriously considering buying Assassin's Creed 3. I know it's supposed to be very jingoistic, and I slightly object to the portrayal of the British as evil incarnate, but I wouldn't mind buying it if the price is right.

It'd be the first significant download title I'd have bought and I'll be closer to my first £5 rebate, courtesy of the Wii U premium scheme.


Argh! Of course, with Assassin's Creed being 18 certificate, I'd have to wait up to download it. I rarely stay up particularly late any more...

Otherwise, I'll be getting Harmoknight (and anticipating it's imminent release), and Punch Out. I never owned that on the Wii virtual console.



Late said:

I'll download Punch-Out and HarmoKnight demo. I might get Assassin's Creed or Little Inferno.



Sean_Aaron said:

Just Dance 4 for me. I do want Need for Speed, but I've just purchased Warriors Orochi 3, so I need to give that some time first. Next week or two for sure!




May get Rabbids Land for that price! :-0 Punch Out and maybe the Pokedex 3D Pro! Demo as well! Not bad this week.



BakaKnight said:

Are we in sales period? XD

But great to see such a peculiar week!
Surely going to try Harmoknight and maybe I will download the Pokedex



Romeo said:

seriously.. not even slightly interested in any of these
just give me mega man 3, what the hell are they waiting for?!



Lin1876 said:

Can't argue with ZombiU and Assassin's Creed for £30. That's as good as it comes in most shops, and finally a decent reason to download games now that there's the Wii U bonus loyalty scheme thing.

Actually, £45 for Need for Speed is less than Amazon are charging for it. I'm not sure my bank balance will survive this sudden barrage of games.



Fudgewhizzle said:

@MDee14 It's digital download only... Plus you can't choose more than one.
I'm getting it on disc, because I still prefer physical copies over digital only.



RetrogamerFan said:

Good week
Punch Out!! (again) and will get Zombi U whilst it's on sale.
Hope NFS turns out good, will wait for review.



OorWullie said:

Got to laugh that in the days of 3D and 4K TV's we still need confirmation if it will be in 60 HZ or not.But is it arcade perfect???



Ricke said:

Going to get zombiU. Think its a great price for that title. Picking up monster hunter on EU release as well. Weeee.



RupeeClock said:

Oooh, Rhythm Hunter Harmoknight demo!
Although Pokédex 3D Pro is still way too expensive for me to even consider.



Moshugan said:

Ooh! 60hz Punch Out!! Seriously, this is looking promising!
Is it true that recent Euro 3DS Virtual Console releases such as NES Castlevania are full speed too?
Yeah, and let's try HarmoKnight.



lebad said:

So no one is waiting for Bit trip runner 2 ???????????
And cave story + for 3DS?
Why they are not there? No one knows someone at nintendo office to ask them about these games? Nintendo and nicalis do not respond in Facebook nor in tweeter.



Dpullam said:

I'll be getting Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. I'm not sure if I will download or get it at a retail store though. Thankfully I'm in the USA so I only have to wait until tomorrow.



Newt said:

Harmoknight demo for me. That game looks really interesting and I'm eager to try it out.



Idolo said:

Well, I'm picking up MH:3U for 3DS and WiiU... Though retail is where i'm getting mine. The Harmo Knight Demo and Punchout will be my downloads this week



Osc-Sync said:

Am I the only one that can't find the HarmoKnight demo on the eShop? It's only got the trailer...

As for the rest, I'd love to get ZombiU, but seeing as I'm getting Luigi's Mansion 2, plus the Fire Emblem: Awakening XL Bundle next month, I have very little money to spend. Oh well...maybe next time.



goldbricks23 said:

@Osc-Sync The demo for HarmoKnight isn't out until Thursday in Europe. You won't find it on the eShop today unless you live in America.

I'll be downloading it and Punch Out. Looking forward to it!!



NinGamer85 said:

I'm going to the store for an eshop card...NFS U and LEGO CITY USA! And punch out...for .30 you can't go wrong.



tovare said:

I'm sort of looking forward to nfs, but I got very quickly bored with NFS Carbon on the WII because the motivation to win was somewhat lacking. I'll have to read up on some reviews first ... I might play RidgeRacer on the 3DS some more instad, which is a great speed experience (Although it should have had online multiplayer like MK 7)



alLabouTandroiD said:

It's Little Inferno just for me.
And Punch Out!! and the HarmoKnight demo. Great week.
PS: I don't know if that's possible but i think it would give a better picture if there were checkboxes where you can check everything you'll be downloading that week.




I agree, we should be able to choose more than one download! Punch Out!! Is a must for me again this week, but I selected Need for Speed Most Wanted U as I'm making it my first retail download! Plus Harmoknight demo. Its a great week, made even better by another 60hz VC game! Well done Nintendo of Europe for listening!



Magikarp3 said:

It's odd that Ubisoft is deciding to hold a multiplatform sale right now, they're also cutting prices on Steam. I hope this means ZombiU sees more of an audience though



wisemidds said:

Another week without MM3, Game Gear games that have been out in Japan for ages, Cave Story, and COP. At least LM2 is out soon.

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