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Nintendo Download: 18th April 2013 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

An awakening, various adventures, a Kung Fu rabbit and more

As it's a Monday, Nintendo of Europe once again gives gamers in the region something pleasing to get the week started. This time around we have new and old games for Wii U, 3DS and DSi, with some rather decent discounts being added to the 3DS eShop for good measure. Let's get right to it.

Wii U eShop

Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko Entertainment, €4.99 / £4.49) — This, as we exclusively revealed in late March, is Neko Entertainment's second release on the Wii U eShop after Puddle. Ported from its smartphone original, this 2D platformer includes wall-jumping and disappearing blocks reminiscent of Super Meat Boy, while there are apparently 80 levels to battle through. We'll achieve a Zen-like focus to bring you a review soon.

Wii U Virtual Console

Kirby's Adventure (Nintendo, €0.30 / £0.30 until 17th May, normally €4.99 / £3.49) — The latest entry in the Famicon 30th Anniversary celebration on Wii U, Kirby's debut adventure will be available at this special price for one month. A platforming classic that's also had the 3D Classics treatment on 3DS, this in an enjoyable, creative game that's still a blast to play today. We'll give a fresh take on this when it lands on Wii U, but until then you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Kirby's Adventure review.

3DS eShop

Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (Pixel Toys, €4.99 / £4.99) — Another 2D platformer that began life on smartphones, this 3DS version includes 60 story levels and 30 challenge stages, representing a 50% increase in content over the original. You run, jump, swing and bash your way to collecting as many acorns as possible, so we'll head out into nature and get working on a review.

3DS Virtual Console

Dig Dug (Namco Bandai, €3.99 / £3.59) — A notable example of the early NES era that was packed full of action-based arcade puzzle games, this title gives you the task of digging around an area and finding ways to take out threatening enemies. It's simple and ultimately all about score-chasing, which we feel is potentially worth a spin in our Dig Dug review.

3DS Retail Download

Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) — While the series is loved by some, this title stands out for its ability to stay true to its demanding strategy RPG principles while making small accommodations for those diving in for the first time. An epic, detailed quest expanded with multiple DLC offerings, this has been critically acclaimed and is the highest-selling entry for the series in North America to date. It finally arrives in Europe on Friday 19th April, and you can see why we think you should buy it in our Fire Emblem: Awakening review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

This week sees the three Guild01 titles reduced (hopefully preceding confirmation of the Guild02 equivalents), alongside another title that is well worth consideration with its narrative, story-driven approach.

Liberation Maiden (Level-5, €4.99 / £4.49 until 30th May, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Crimson Shroud (Level-5, €4.99 / £4.49 until 30th May, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Aero Porter (Level-5, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th May, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Virtue's Last Reward (Rising Star Games, €24.99 / £19.99, until 2nd May, normally €40.00 / £30.00)


Forgotten Legions (Cypronia, 500 Nintendo Points) — This is a side-scrolling real-time strategy title that, in our view, plays a little more like a tower defence game. While the idea may have promise, the slow tempo, lack of skill required and messy visuals let this one down. Check out our Forgotten Legions review for full details.

So, plenty to choose from this week; are any of these options tempting to you? Let us know your download plans in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (170 votes)

Kung Fu Rabbit (Wii U eShop)


Kirby's Adventure (Wii U Virtual Console)


Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (3DS eShop)


Dig Dug (3DS Virtual Console)


Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS retail download)


Liberation Maiden (3DS eShop discount)


Crimson Shroud (3DS eShop discount)


Aero Porter (3DS eShop discount)


Virtue's Last Reward (3DS eShop discount)


Forgotten Legions (DSiWare)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (61)



Late said:

I'll download Fire Emblem: Awakening, Kirby's Adventure and Virtue's Last Reward. Why, oh why, did they drop Virtue's Last Reward's price on the same week Fire Emblem comes. I just bought 999 and I was going to buy Last Reward after I've finished playing 999 but now that it's on sale I have to get it right away. Wouldn't complain if I had more money.



Magikarp3 said:

Holy cow, that's a sweet discount on VLR! And FE: Awakening... tempting, but I might pass



AcridSkull said:

Fantastic, I've been holding off on buying the Guild01 games (whilst playing through a bit of a backlog) so I'll be picking up all 3 on Thursday



C0mmanderVide0 said:

Nintendo seem to know how to do good sales now. Awesome!
Hana Samurai sale please!
BUT... Where's cave story?



Maustallica said:

Worth noting this point on the Kirby's Adventure Wii U release:

"This is the European version of the game, which was optimised originally by the developer to offer gameplay and music speed similar to the US version. Demos and animations may run at PAL speed. The aspect ratio has been corrected for this release."

So it's not the US version this time, but an optimised PAL version. Not ideal, but it definitely seems like this 60hz issue is something that Nintendo are going to be paying attention to as a matter of course going forward, which is certainly a good thing.



Jese_1 said:

Hey, it's a really good week! Gonna get Kung Fu Rabbit, Kirby's Adventure, Super Little Acorns and Dig Dug. That should keep me busy for a while



DarkCoolEdge said:

Great discounts! I'll get Liberation Maiden for sure, probably Virtue's Last Reward and maybe Aero Porter.



SilentHunter382 said:

That reminds me that I have to pick up Punch Out before the sale ends. I only turned on the wii u a few days ago and had to remove dust from the game pad. Its getting that bad for me.



RupeeClock said:

I don't need to get Kirby's Adventure for Wii U as I already have (and adore) the 3D Classics version.
I will likely be picking up Liberation Maiden for that discounted price though!
I still don't see Cave Story+ yet, but with Nicalis' recent announcement I can at least hope it will arrive soon, maybe next week...



Sonicfan11589 said:

Does anybody chance know when Kung Fu Rabbit releases on the NA eShop? I'm guessing not too far off since it's being released today in the European eShop?



Koapa said:

Crimson Shrould for sure !
Liberation Maiden - it seems too short..



DreamyViridi said:

Can't miss out on Awakening. It's pretty much the Uprising of this year!
Won't be downloading it though. Physical copy as usual.



WiiLovePeace said:

I'm buying Kirby's Adventure as soon as I can, of course. Heh, just last week I was wondering if the Guild01 games would ever go on sale & now they have haha. I highly, highly recommend Crimson Shroud to anyone even remotely thinking about picking it up, especially so for such an awesome price! I'll probably buy Liberation Maiden just because its on discount, even if I won't be able to play it for a while...



RetrogamerFan said:

Good week.
Dig Dug
Kirby's Adventure - because it's 30p i don't mind getting this again, i recently completed the 3DClassics edition and thought it was a really good, fun game.
Already have Crimson Shroud and Virtue's Last Reward (retail not d/l) but haven't started either yet. Good to have sales, although the number of discounts lately makes me think i should be more picky about d/l items day one.
Fire Emblem looks fantastic, but i will go retaill not d/l.
Will wait for reviews (and perhaps even a sale) on Kung-fu Rabbit and Super Little Acorns.



ledreppe said:

I hope they've fixed the load game crash issue with this game. I contacted Nintendo, who fobbed me off to some American company, who then fobbed me off to some European company. When I eventually got a response they just gave me the solution for the save game crash issue, not the LOAD game crash issue. I gave up in frustration, so I never so the other 8 endings.

Games companies really should quality test their games before release, I spent £30 on this as a download and theirs been no patch since. Very annoyed, so be warned if you're thinking of playing this.



russellohh said:

Wait, Virtue's Last Reward is a download as well? Since when? Or is that only in Europe?



Bulbousaur said:

Just filled up my 3DS eShop account for Gunman Clive, I'll be getting Crimson Shroud now



Hunter-D said:

Great sales for the Guild 01 games. However I'm not buying them, Awakening is here in a matter of days and that game will never leave my 3DS!

So, download-wise it's Kirby time for me.



ThomasBW84 said:

@russellohh It has different publishers in North America and Europe, and Rising Star Games decided to put it on the eShop.

I'm kind of tempted to pick this up at £20 and park it for quieter times.



Windy said:

Guys if you don't have Crimson Shroud yet and you like RPG's don't miss this discount. Its totally unique like nothing you have ever played. I can't say enough its one of my favorite 3ds games so far



Wawawaaaario said:

With those discount, I can finally get rest of Guild01 games since I already owned Crimson Shroud.

Virtue's Last Reward & Fire Emblem on the other hand, I might get a retail version instead.



123akis said:

oops i selected nothing for me.. didnt see that kirbys adventure was an option



SirQuincealot said:

europes been getting some good sales recently, i would like to see some of those in North america



Marakuto said:

Was planning to download FE:A, but pre-ordered it because of the artbook that GAME was giving. I'll only get Liberation maiden, though.



Datasun_7 said:

Just pre-ordered my retail copy of FE:A, was going to download but much cheaper online



lividd3ad said:

I've been looking into Liberation Maiden since its release, as it looks like an even madder Kid Icarus: Uprising. I'll definitely be picking that up, along with Kirby's Adventure (despite the fact that I have it on Wii and 3DS) as it's my favourite retro game and it's cheaper to buy it now than it will be even with the discount for owning it on the Wii VC.



AJWolfTill said:

If you haven't got Virtue's Last Reward yet... GET IT!
Alongside Kid Icarus it's probably my favourite portable console game of all time!
I will be getting Kirby (already played but what the hey) and Crimson Shroud as a result of the postive comments here!



Dpullam said:

It will be pretty tough for me to avoid putting some money up on the eshop so I can get one of the Guild01 series. They look particularly good to me.



meppi said:

Oooh, great price for Virtue's Last Reward. I'll be certain to grab it alongside Fire Emblem! Now I still need to hunt down a copy of 999 to play first though...



meppi said:

Not sure if it's too much to ask, but I would find it rather helpful if news items like these got bumped up when we the eshop update actually goes live and we can buy the games. Right now it's Monday evening and it's already about to be bumped off the front page. The past couple of weeks I had to go look for these updates in between all old news since they were posted so early.
Don't misunderstand, I love the heads up, but it doesn't do much good when the sale is still 3 days away.



chewytapeworm said:

Man this is a swell week! For me anyway. Dig Dug is a certainty, Fire Emblem I will get very soon, Kung Fu Rabbit and that squirrel game look pretty enjoyable romps, Kirby should be snaffled up by everybody, and not to download Virtue's Last Reward with its current discount is surely nothing short of an insult. Simply put, my wallet will hate me by Thursday!



RR529 said:

Liberation Maiden & Crimson Shroud are some of the eShop's finest.

They're steals at those prices.



gazamataz said:

I'm going to download Fire emblem because I'm not going to remove Monster hunter 3 ultimate from the cartridge slot for another year or so.If i could rewind time I would have downloaded it for the extra tenner.The same goes for Animal crossing.I'll be playing it 20 minutes a day for a year or so.Maybe longer if I stay up raving with kk slider



electrolite77 said:

None. Not until they sort out an Account system. Its 2013, Nintendo (Plus I just got the Vita version of VLR on PS+). I'll buy Fire Emblem from retail.



ShanaUnite said:

I saw kirby for 30c. Than i got sad because its Wii U only. Than i saw the 3ds discounts and i smiled



Moshugan said:

Here I am, in the net on the 18th at 00:40, but eShop still hasn't updated! I've to wait 'till morn'! D:



Moshugan said:

@ShanaUnite Ah, nobody probably reads this article or it's comments anymore but I'll reply.
Wii VC alreay got NES Kirby, and 3DS got the 3D Classics version which you can play 2D if you wish.



ShanaUnite said:

It says they are on sale but they still sell for the same price as before. :S nice move lol.

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