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Nintendo Download: 28th March 2013 (North America)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Rhythm heroics, mastering rivers, racing and a price revelation

It's Nintendo Download time once again, North America, and this week is all about 3DS. Wii U, DSi and Wii all have a week off, though there's a mix of the old, the new and the even older to enjoy on the 3DS eShop. Let's get to the details.

3DS Download Software

HarmoKnight (Nintendo, $14.99) — A rhythm action game from the famous 'mon developer Game Freak, this has been high on some wishlists since it was teased in a Nintendo Direct broadcast last year. While its longevity may depend on your score-chasing habits, that doesn't detract from its overall quality and charm; check out our HarmoKnight review for the full lowdown.

Save Data Transfer Tool (Nintendo, free) — This app is linked to the recent system update and will allow you to transfer save game data from a game card to its retail download equivalent; it looks like this tool is part of a campaign to get 3DS gamers downloading more games direct from the eShop.

3DS Virtual Console

Legend of the River King (Natsume, $4.99) — The first part of a Natsume Game Boy Color double-header arrives in North America a little after the European equivalent, and offers up a blend of retro fishing with a healthy dose of RPG mechanics. If the idea appeals to you then this is certainly worth consideration, and our Legend of the River King review explains why.

3DS Retail Downloads

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (SEGA, $29.99) — Joining the download retail ranks not too long after its arrival in stores, this is the handheld port of the highly regarded Wii U racing title. While the content is all there, including fantastic track designs, the execution is poor with this one, and it suffers from a shoddy frame-rate and poorly optimised visuals. You can get all of the details in our Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 3DS review.

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, $19.99) — Available for download more than a year after its initial release, this is a high quality entry in the franchise and an excellent part of the 3DS library; also available at a rather attractive price. It'll arrive on Wii U as a HD remake in the near future, but this handheld version shouldn't be dismissed lightly. We thought very highly of this when it arrived last year, and you can check out our Resident Evil Revelations review to see why.

Some good options to choose from on 3DS, though unfortunately other systems are left without this time around. So, what do you plan to download this week? Let us know in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (255 votes)

HarmoKnight (3DS eShop)


Legend of the River King (3DS Virtual Console)


Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (3DS retail download)


Resident Evil Revelations (3DS retail download)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (95)



GamecubeMan said:

Im going to pass on HarmoKnight. The game just makes me feel like playing Bit Trip Runner.



steamhare said:

Legend of the River King, woot!

And I loved bit trip runner, so I might pick harmoknight up, too.



russellohh said:

$1 short for River King, and no Mastercard/Visa to get more with.. guess I gotta drop by a Gamestop after work. HUMPH



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

Just River King for me. Might pick up HarmoKnight on a sale in the future. Toki Tori 2 next week on Wii U!



Captain_Toad said:

It's a dern shame that Transformed peforms poorly on the 3ds. If Sumo D fixed the framerate and grafix glitches then i would buy this in a heartbeat. Considering buying Harmoknight....



bezerker99 said:

I want LotRK but I'm really saving every penny for a Wii U atm. But this game is definitely on my radar and I'll download eventually.



Burn said:

Hey, when are we going to get that "Tank! Tank! Tank!" demo in North America? I've been looking forward to that (despite the so-so reviews).



tsm7 said:

HarmoKnight seemed fun from the demo but $8 is kind of my limit on eshop titles.



Ren said:

did the harmokninght demo and it's alot more fun than i thought it would be. 3DS download service is a powerhouse. now with the retail stuff as soon as I'm a little more flush I'm not going to be able to resist a lot of that stuff. So isn't there a Luigi demo? when are we going to get that?



ultraraichu said:

HarmoKnight for me as well as the Save Data Transfer Tool since I may one day get digital copies and just give the physical ones to my gf or sell them. I notice I replay my digi-games alot more then my physical ones (kid icarus: uprising aside).



PanurgeJr said:

I was just thinking it's a bit ironic that I'm looking forward to virtual fishing, while right now my dad and brother are for-real fishing. I like my hobby more, but theirs is much more delicious.



ultraraichu said:

Btw not sure if this is a NA exclusive but Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for the Wii U eshop is on sale for $29.99. Ends March 31th



Haxonberik said:

I'll just buy HarmoKnight when it recieves a discount or when I finish all the other eShop games on my to play list, whichever happens first.



Flowerlark said:

Would've liked HarmoKnight, but I suck at rhythm games. Definitely getting River King. I've been looking forward to it for quite a while.



idork99 said:

Too many good games out now! No time for new games (or posting for that matter). I'll be back next week. Now, back to gaming

Edit: Nevermind. Just purchased HarmoKnight and Resident Evil (NOTE: Resident Evil requires 25,795 BLOCKS for DOWNLOAD!!)



ouroborous said:

people are actually going to download harmoknight? i was really unimpressed with the demo and didnt even bother finishing it.



Giygas_95 said:

Nothing for me. Funny, I just picked up the retail version of Revelations not too long ago. Well, I'm sure I got it at a better price than the DL version. @ouroborous Wasn't too impressed with it either. Seemed a tad boring and the music wasn't so great. Runner 2 is way better to me.

I'll wait and pick up Dillon's Rolling Western 2 and Escape Vektor since it's going on sale. That'll be exactly two weeks from today! I imagine DRW 2 will get a higher score from NL than the first one did. I hope Nintendo implements a button only control scheme in addition to the stylus controls.



LittleIrves said:

@ouroborous Some people like good things, I guess. Personally I'm having a great time with HarmoKnight, though I wish the difficulty ramped up sooner. Maybe a tad on the short side, but what's there is fun and varied. Support new IP!!



Windy said:

I'm getting HarmoKnight. I wish 3dPixel racing would be converted from WiiWare to 3ds with some local WiFi and online play cause that's one awesome 5.00 WiiWare



TwilightV said:

They still haven't fixed the problem of having save data tied to one SD card, have they?



Arianabtd said:

I really had high hopes for HarmoKnight, but I didn't enjoy it like I thought I would.
Nothing for me this week.



Tasuki said:

Wow kinda of a slim week this week. Oh well I have Bioshock Infinite to play.



OptometristLime said:

Didn't care for HarmoKnight :/
The production values were high but the plot and implementation seemed to lack punch.



MisterSmith said:

Just checked...RE: Revelations is $19.99 like The Mercenaries was. Also, there's a demo available for it, too.



bonham2 said:

It seems like every day there is a new article talking about some indie developer bringing their game to the Wii U eShop, and yet there is no Wii U love today.



WhiteTrashGuy said:

Still rocking MUTANT MUDDS from last week. After that, probably DARK VOID ZERO or LOtRK. I'm really saving for WONDERFUL 101. And yes, where the heck IS that TANK!TANK!TANK! download package?



ThomasBW84 said:

I've updated the 3DS retail download prices; $19.99 for Resi Revelations is rather decent.



Qeuix said:

I already got the Save Data Transfer Tool app looking forward to getting Harmo Knight when I get the money this weekend! When I get a job I proably might download the digital versions of my physcail copies as well because I play digital versions more often.



FernandoMachado said:

$19.99 for Revelations is amazing. Not sure if I'll get it knowing a very superior port is on its way to Wii U.



WaveGhoul said:

I really enjoyed the Harmo Knight demo. It's extremely polished, beautiful, charming and most importantly fun. Much more challenging than i expected!
My only gripe is the forgettable music.



Capt_N said:

I enjoyed HarmoKnight, but I might wait for a price drop. I dunno. The demo was pretty good. I'll have to think on it. Edit: Despite not being a Pokemon fan, I actually do love the particular(though I won't say for spoilers sake) tune that is included in the demo.



Dpullam said:

I'm still playing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate so I won't be getting any games this week either. I still need to get Resident Evil Revelations though. I'm just not sure if I should wait for the Wii U version or not.



golephish said:

about the save data tool... if you download a game and xfer the data from the cart, and it is saved to sd card, if you have to re download the game how is save data retained?



MeloMan said:

Nada. At least I know this gives me a chance to download Retro City Rampage.



ejamer said:

Nothing for me this week, but that's a quality lineup!

RE:Revelations is an awesome game, one of the best 3DS has to offer. A strong VC release is always welcome, and the eShop has another gorgeous exclusive at the same time.



Capt_N said:

@golephish: I imagine the stt(save transfer tool) simply replaces the save file that was once where the save file created by the d/l version of a retail game was. Now, I couldn't understand if you meant "how does the save data transfer tool work?", which is why I answered that as best I could. But if you mean, "if I d/l a retail game, then sometime later erase it, & re-d/l it later, how is the save retained?", then the best 3 possibilities I would imagine I could give you are A. When you re-d/l, the game detects the old save, & utilizes it. B. Same as A, just includes the stt in some way. C. You might actually have to manually back-up the save prior to d/ling, & then put it back on your 3ds sd card, in the proper folder These are all just guesses, of course.

Edit: That HarmoKnight banner reminds me of that Disney cartoon, Dave the Barbarian. Except I actually liked the HarmoKnight demo, while I didn't really like the aforementioned cartoon.



ChrisT99 said:

Just bought Punch-Out for $0.30 on Wii U earlier today, might download the 3DS demo of MH3U later.



Windy said:

@CanisWolfred I am very tempted to get River King myself. I love the fishing story games and never got to play this version. So, busy playing other stuff right now its crazy the amount of good software were getting



Neko_Ichigofan said:

Why have we already seen so many no Wii U weeks so early in the Wii U eshop's life? Nintendo needs to step up their game. It's not a Nintendoomed situation, but it's still a serious blunder.



SetupDisk said:

Great price for RE. Nothing from this week but I downloaded some Zen tables, AC3 dlc and Need for Speed last night. Still need to get Luigi's Mansion though.



ecco6t9 said:

River King and the Save Data Transfer since I am planning on picking up Tetris Axis as a download when it becomes available.



Windy said:

@WiiWareWave They did the same thing with Wii BTW and duped millions of people into thinking that great software was on the way with a **robust** online gaming service. Well that never did happen and so far things seem to be repeating themselves. They even had the same be patient press conference that the Wii got. They are not doomed. But I wonder at least how long I might let myself get duped. It hasn't been all that bad but Nintendo is repeating itself



Tryken said:

I plan to pick up Legend of the River King! I love the Harvest Moon series, and also have enjoyed this one in the past. I look forward to revisiting some good fishing spots. =D



zipmon said:

Harmoknight!!! Woohoo!!! (Though I'm trying to be good and finish up a review game first )



SCAR said:

I'm pretty sure the saves and actual games are on seperate files. It's like how you can switch discs, but the memory card still has the data.
I could go get my older SD card right now, and replace the saves of my newer SD card with my old ones, just like switching a memory card. It's just virtual.



Klinny said:

I'll be getting Legend of the River King

I never played the GBC version and I have heard very good things.



Kyloctopus said:

@KnightRider666 Did you actually expect some? Iwata said it is difficult to port, but don't worry plenty of old games will be released in the summer time.
Its also hard to call this week lousy with a new Gamefreak game, and Resident Evil Revelations and EscapeVector at a very good price.



pikku said:

I don't know if it's been mentioned already, and I'm not sure how long it's going to last, but Sonic Racing Transformed is on sale for 29.99 as of two nights ago when I bought it.



Musharna said:

@Whirlpool I thought the EscapeVector sale was for next week if in NA?

Regardless of sales I'm at least getting HarmoKnight, don't need a demo to tell me weather or not to buy it, all game freak games are good.



RR529 said:

Finally! I'll be getting Legend of the River King soon.

At least we seem to be getting a break from NES games, which have already been on Wii for years.



Nekketsu3D said:

bullcrap... Usa Eshop none notice about Space Harrier 3DS, and yesterday in japan released Super Hang On 3DS... and eshop usa? zzzzz...



Rerun said:

IMHO, I think Ninetendo should start working on the Wii U versions of their existing Wii VC library.

I want my retro games on the Wii U!!!



rayword45 said:

It seems Capcom and Aksys understand what Nintendo does not. Why the flying f*** would you get Pilotwings for $40 when you can get RE: Rev for $20 or BTS for $15?

Though, a decent point, should they lower the price of Mercenaries now?



idork99 said:

For the NA eShop people:
Does anyone see the Nintendo Show 3D with host Jessie Cantrell? According to the show, today was the last episode . I don't know if it's an April Fools joke but I'm actually a little sad if the news is true. The show is generic and probably didn't inform me of anything I didn't already know. Still, it's fun and I have to admit that I'm a fan of the last part of the show where the host would say,"I've bet you've never seen this in 3D."

Does anyone else see the show?

Anyhow, if the news is true, I'm sad to see it go.



Aqueous said:

Maybe Legend of the River King at some point in the future.
I grabbed the transfer tool as I'm debating Mario Kart 7 and I'll be getting my Fire Emblem DLC map to finish the Smash Pack.

Edit: Completely forgot, I'm with the I didn't like Harmoknight Demo group.



KnightRider666 said:

@Whirlpool: Yeah I did, actually. Even if they released the Balloon Fight, it would've beat nothing so I could at least update my freebee w/ multiplayer support. Oh, and EscapeVector is next week; and I alreday own RE: Revelations via physical copy. HarmoKnight is too much. As I waited patiently for a Pokedex 3D Pro pricedrop from $15 down to $10, I will wait for HarmoKnight to follow suit.

@idork99: I am also surprised and disappointed w/ Jessie Cantrell's departure from the Nintendo Show 3D. Is Nintendo cancelling the show period, or is Jessie just being replaced? I wish I could have seen her in a skimpy swimsuit in 3D, lol:) What a grand finale that would've been!



FyreeTSG said:

can we get the GBA game for NON ambassdors already--I want Yoshis Island!!

also--maybe Nintendo shouldn't even bother w/ Wii Shop updates anymore, all the VC games are Neo Geo(which are far too many as it is)--we'll never see NEW N64 games on it--and lets face it, the Wii VC was a waste of a LOT of potential that never reached it's greatness



A1234 said:

no HarmoKnight for me. couldn't get past that boss due to controls. will wait at least for a discount. Legend of River King for me.



KiwiPanda said:

I've waited literal months for River Kingand HarmoKnight. But now all I get is the eShop glitch where I can't open it up... I hope I don't have to send my 3DS, I really want these titles D:
EDIT: Did the force update and my system is great~
Downloading River King now



Windy said:

I still haven't downloaded HarmoKnight. I was waiting a couple weeks to see what releases on thursdays. To be honest I'm more interested in Witch and Hero than Harmoknight. Call me crazy LOL **ducks the crazies**

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