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Nintendo Download: 2nd May 2013 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Virtual Console goodies, discounts, a game developer's dream and more

So we're back to normal with our Monday morning Nintendo Download fix here in Europe. We're treated to a host of classics in the 3DS and Wii U Virtual Consoles this week, along with a small batch of new portable offerings and some discounted pinball on both platforms. Let's get to the details, shall we?

Wii U Virtual Console

Pac-Man (Namco Bandai, €4.99 / £3.49) — An iconic arcade title that truly propelled Namco Bandai into the gaming public's consciousness, and an IP that's still immediately recognisable to many today. This NES version provides a solid experience based on the original, which has previously seen the light of day on the Wii and 3DS Virtual Consoles. We'll be tackling it on Wii U for a fresh perspective, but until then you can check out our 3DS Virtual Console Pac-Man review.

Mega Man (Capcom, €4.99 / £3.49) — It wasn't long ago that this was kicking off the latest Virtual Console campaign for the series on 3DS, yet it does arrive on Wii U at a slightly lower price. This one is an important part of Blue Bomber history as the series debut, but has growing pains largely resolved in its well-loved sequel. It's still very much worth a look, as our 3DS Virtual Console Mega Man review explains.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Zen Pinball 2 (Zen Studios) — The following table packs will be discounted from 2nd May to 9th May.

Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles Pack — €4.99 / £3.99, was €9.99 / £7.99

Marvel Pinball: Original Pack — €4.99 / £3.99, was €9.99 / £7.99

Marvel Pinball: Vengeance & Virtue Pack — €4.99 / £3.99, was €9.99 / £7.99

Fantastic Four Table — €1.49 / £1.19, was €2.99 / £2.39)

Captain America Table — €1.49 / £1.19, was €2.99 / £2.39)

Civil War Table — €1.49 / £1.19, was €2.99 / £2.39)

3DS eShop

Picdun 2: Witch's Curse (INTENSE CO., Ltd, €4.99 / £4.49) — Rather like its DSiWare prequel, this title takes first-person dungeon exploration and adds a puzzle/picture element into play. It also adds a partner battle system, and serves as an accessible, friendly introduction to what can be a daunting genre; it does lack the depth of a typical dungeon crawler, however. You can learn more about it in our Picdun 2: Witch's Curse review.

3DS Virtual Console

All of the new offerings in the 3DS Virtual Console this week — some of which will be familiar to ambassadors — include Download Play, where only one copy of the game is needed for local multiplayer.

Balloon Fight (Nintendo, €3.99 / £3.59) — It seems that wherever we look in recent weeks Balloon Fight is there, just begging to be remembered for its balloon popping shenanigans. Previously available to Ambassadors, it now gets the full VC treatment on 3DS; as you can see in our Wii U eShop Balloon Fight review, we feel this one is starting to show its age more than others.

Ice Climber (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) — Another NES title that can now be played happily on the go, this is a vertical platformer featuring characters probably more famous nowadays for appearing in Super Smash Bros. With an overly simplistic game style and some rather floaty, awkward controls, we don't feel this is worth a recommendation in our 3DS Virtual Console Ice Climber review.

Mario & Yoshi (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) — Simply called Yoshi in North America, this one was rather late to the NES party, at which point most were growing to love Yoshi on the Super NES in his iconic first appearance with Mario. This is a decent puzzle game and little more, as our 3DS Virtual Console Yoshi review makes clear.

Super C (Konami, €4.99 / £4.49) — While we're not sure whether Super C or Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces is the better name, we do know that some run and gun fans will be sold on the fact that it's Contra on the go. The good news is that we think this is a pretty worthy sequel to the iconic NES original, even if it's arguably a little more forgiving this time around; check out our 3DS Virtual Console Super C review for the full lowdown.

3DS eShop Temporary Discount

Marvel Pinball 3D (€3.49 / £2.99 until 9th May, normally €6.99 / £6.29) — Zen Studios is one of the top pinball game developers out there, and probably the best known, and it did a good job of bringing the experience to 3DS. Now available a tasty discount, you can read why we think you should consider this title in our Marvel Pinball 3D review.

3DS Retail Download

My Riding Stables 3D – Jumping for the Team (Treva Entertainment, €39.99 / £34.99) — Simply known as Riding Stables 3D in North America, this sim puts you in charge of caring for and training horses, naturally. It has good intentions, no doubt, but falls short of excelling in any area; if you're not sure, our Riding Stables 3D review rides onto the scene with full details.


Publisher Dream (CIRCLE Entertainment) — After Bookstore Dream did a decent job of recreating a business sim — very similar to smartphone equivalents — Circle returns with a title that puts you in charge of a game development studio. It has a Nintendo slant, with your task being to release games on the "cShop", and will attempt to suck gamers in with a "finish one more game" mentality. We'll get our coding hats on and see whether this game about making games is worth a look.

So there you have it, plenty of downloads though most, admittedly, are Virtual Console titles. Let us know all about your download plans in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (154 votes)

Pac-Man (Wii U Virtual Console)


Mega Man (Wii U Virtual Console)


Zen Pinball 2 paid content (Wii U eShop discount)


Picdun 2: Witch's Curse (3DS eShop)


Balloon Fight (3DS Virtual Console)


Ice Climber (3DS Virtual Console)


Mario & Yoshi (3DS Virtual Console)


Super C (3DS Virtual Console)


Marvel Pinball 3D (3DS eShop discount)


My Riding Stables 3D – Jumping for the Team (3DS retail download)


Publisher Dream (DSiWare)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (73)



Hunter-D said:

Nothing for me this week. Great for those who haven't yet bought Zen Pinball 2 or Marvel Pinball, apart from that, I shall continue to play what I have this week.



MeddlingIdiot said:

Going to hold out on quadruple dipping with Mega Man until this Wii U/3DS transfer thing comes to light a bit more (if it does).



shake_zula said:

I'll have a few of those discounted ZP2 tables to tide me over until the Star Wars pack arrives.




I already have all those Zen Pinball 2 tables and packs (argh!), I'd recommend all. Also Zwn Studios said that Star Wars Pinball tables is coming out on Wii U EShop at some stage (source: their twitter feed). Marvel Pinball 3D is decent but bit of a ropey port. Play Zen Pinball 3D THEN Marvel Pinball 3D straight afterwards and you'll know what I mean. Picdun 2 for me. I think.



Hunter-D said:

@MeddlingIdiot Likewise. I had planned to get the MM VC games for my 3DS as I prefer them on the go, but Mega Man already arrived at a lower price for the Wii U so I'm going to wait too.



Nintenjoe64 said:

I know it only just released but only two Wii U VC games is a bit poor. I'm not looking forward to the wait for Super Street Fighter 2!



SilentHunter382 said:

I think I will pick up some tables for those discount prices. Now just need to replay them again to decide which tables I prefer.



LunaticPandora said:

still offering the same old crap nes games no one wants for only i don't know, like the third time now?



skywake said:

Wow, that's pretty weak for the Wii U VC in the second week. Not saying those aren't great games but I was kinda hoping for them to really push the early VC. Get at least three or four out every week so that by the end of the year there is a sizable collection....

Apparently not



Mikazi said:

How come 5€ for the 3DS is converted to £4.49, but for Wii U it is converted to £3.49?



Kirbic said:

Download Play makes Super C tempting. Going to have a quick look at it before deciding to buy it.



Mikazi said:

@ThomasBW84 I just find it weird, that's all. Hopefully all 5€ 3DS software will drop to the £3.49 and stay there so that there's some parity with the Wii U eShop. It would also make it much more appealing and a little bit more impulsive.



meppi said:

Haha, I just bought all of the Zen Pinball tables on the Wii U, except for the Marvel stuff listed.
Looks like I'll be getting all of these at the end of the week as well.



datamonkey said:

What on earth is holding Cave Story+ up?

First it was apparently ready to go end of 2012, then a few weeks ago another confirmation of release, yet here we are, still no CS+?!?!



andrea987 said:

Glad I waited for Zen Pinball. Anyone has any recommendation on which one is the best pack (of the one on offer, of course)?



hiptanaka said:

I hope they keep handing out two games a week for Wii U VC. As for this week, I think I'll pass.



Magikarp3 said:

Probably Picdun and Super C for me. Publisher Dream sounds interesting, but I'll wait for the review in case it's actually the exact same thing as Bookstore Dream. Even with the same terrible soundtrack.

And I must say, these weekly updates have been pretty sweet lately



Gnoll said:

Veeeery tempted by Marvel Pinball with this price... only thing keeping me from insta-buy is my deep despise for anything Blade-related...



Late said:

I'll get Picdun 2 when I have more time to play it. I enjoyed the first Picdun but haven't finished it yet.



edhe said:

I was hoping the "a game developer's dream" was going to be Petit Computer. Publisher Dream, however looks like a cross between Game Dev Story on the iOS and a free flash game called Game Corp.

I'll have to wait for a review before I even consider it.

Slim pickings for Virtual console - I hope it gears up soon, and with games we don't already have access to on other Nintendo virtual consoles.

(In your face @AbeVigoda! We didn't have to wait until 2015 for Mega Man to appear on the Wii U VC !!)



RetrogamerFan said:

Hmm.. The releases this week are good, but i have quite a few of them already.
Will be updating the ambassador scheme games, glad these have finally arrived.
Maybe Super C.
I've recently been playing Mega Man (and MM2) on 3DS. Had to use save states in MM(1) to get over those damn platforms right at the start of the Gutsman stage, and those dissapearing blocks in the Ice satge drove me nuts. Completely failing at Wily's castle too. MM2, much more enjoyable, managed to reach Wily's castle without save states. Not doubling up on Mega Man for Wii U.
As much as i love Pacman, I already have the GB, NES and Arcade (Pacman/Galaga dimensions cart) versions on 3DS. Would still consider the arcade version on WIi U, or the superb Pacman Championship edition arcade game, but not getting the NES version again.
Zen Pinball (Wii U) those are good discounts - i'm not really into Marvel comics but will pick up one of the Marvel packs. i'm sure the tables will be good, regardless of my (lack of) interest in the licenced IP itself.
Still got my fingers crossed for the Pinball Arcade coming to Wii U sometime soon.



ledreppe said:

Lol at 60% say nothing for me this week! Yeah, nothing for me this week either!



WiiLovePeace said:

I might get Picdun 2, one of the Zen Pinball discounts or maybe even Marvel Pinball 3D discount. I also plan to pickup Super Mario World on Wii U VC when I get paid this week



Ristar42 said:

Shame its not 'Operation-C', the gameboy game rather than the NES, I played that for hours in the early 90s...
NES Super C is included as an extra in DS Contra 4 (why was that game never released in Europe? I had to import it in the end...) so I can already play that on 3DS.



TwilightV said:

The two mascots of my two currently least favorite companies. If they're coming to NA this week, then that's a big pass for me.



CrazyOtto said:

Nice catch up on the Ambassador games Europe!

Also, the Wii U VC releases remind me of Street Fighter X Tekken.



Kohaku said:

Instead of the discount, I would like to have new tables for the pinball on the 3DS.



manu0 said:

Hmm...I think I prefer NES games on the 3DS, the graphics are much more crisp, especially on the XL.



SwerdMurd said:

pass on picdun.

Biggest waste of money on the 3DS so far... One of those games that looks amazing from screens / videos, and bores to tears in minutes.



Dreamcaster-X said:

Just as I predicted, Ninty is gonna roll out all the NES games way before they do the SNES games which is what people really want. I JUST DON'T GET Nintendo sometimes man!!! = (



kitroplious said:

If I were in Europe / had an European console, I would have checked out Publisher Dream this week.

Unfortunately, it's not (or doesn't look like it) coming to North America this week. However, I still think it will come sometime in May.



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

So...why does Ice Climber deserve to be 90p more then Balloon Fight? 0.o

And damnit, they had to reduce the Zen Pinball DLC just days after I brought the Captain America table.... >.<



tsm7 said:

Wouldn't it be great if for say the first month of the Wii U VC there was a game every day...



Ralph said:

I thought that Petit Computer was going to be released...
I still have the £8 on my eshop account to pay for the game, if it is ever put on sale.



skywake said:

Well for comparison the Wii VC launched one month after the Wii's launch with 17 games in the EU. Compared to that 7 VC games almost six months after the Wii U's launch seems pretty average.

At this rate it'll be E3 2014 before there's 100 VC games on the Wii U VC......



alLabouTandroiD said:

Will download some pinball tables. Also cautiously interested in Publisher Dream.
PS: Does anyone know if Mega Man will be the 60Hz version of the game?



Moshugan said:

Yay for giving Third Party VC titles a run on Wii U, boo for them being so few and no SNES.
Well I've got enough games as it is.



Geonjaha said:

Wow! They really wanted to finally get those Ambassador games out. Got to wonder if this is paving the way for GBA games...



Mickey said:

Nothing for me this week, I'm still saving money in the balance for Super Metroid and the original Donkey Kong.



Windy said:

Woot I've been waiting for Publishers dream! I hope North America gets it on Thursday BTW guys No Cave Story again this week for Europe still continues my North American Boycott against Nicalis. My boycott started some time ago. I'm going to continue on with it. There is no reason why our friends in Europe should be without Cave Story. Really my own loss and just a dumb boycott but I'm sticking with it to show you Guys in Europe we support that everyone should play or get good games to play. Ikachan is just waiting for me to download



FluttershyGuy said:

So, outside of Japan, we're not getting one Wii U VC a week... we're getting TWO! And more 3DS VC games than the newly launched Wii U VC? LOL WUT?



TromaDogg said:

I might download the original Picdun as I've always liked the look of it and the sequel's appeared now. And will probably grab some cheap DLC for Zen Pinball 2



jayblue said:

mega man like the platformers,got super mario world its a lot better as you can save anytime,must for us lot that havent time to put in lots of hours to find every nook and cranny.



Starwolf_UK said:

@Mikazi . When the Wii came out 1000 points was €10 which converted to £7 (£7.50 if you bought a points card). Remember what happened in 2008, the £ became worth a lot less. So when the DSi Shop came out NOE decided €1.10=£1. These prices have remained since.

NOE didn't want VC games cheaper to buy on the Wii Shop channel than the eShop on the Wii U so kept the cheaper UK prices. I guess your point still stands about why couldn't the 3DS be the same. I guess on the Wii U you can access either shop (i.e. they are competing) and oddly enough Mario's Super Picross is actually cheaper on the Wii U side (as the added 100 points for it being an import has not been applied).

This aside, what is up with Balloon Fight being €4 instead of €5?



Byron-3D said:

I have like a quid something left on my eshop balance so il prop put the difference to it and pick up marvel pinball for me this week, I think I need to get it out my head that space harrier 3d isn't coming to uk shores



RR529 said:

If you're into RPGs, give Picdun 2 a DL. It's no Denpa Men or Crimson Shroud, but it's still well worth it's price tag. The puzzles can get grueling later on, as well (heck, I still think I have two floors left).

If you're interested in Marvel or pinball, grab Marvel Pinball 3D as well.



Windy said:

@RR529 I agree to be honest I enjoy Picdun 2 more than Soul Hackers. They totally play different but Picdun 2 is more enjoyable to me it plays faster. I guess its more an arcade type RPG



Sinister said:

So all but one of the ambassador NES titles will be released by this thursday. Wonder when they will release Wrecking Crew.



fchinaski said:

At what time these updates become available? I live in Portugal and so far none of these games are in the 3DS eshop. :/



DESS-M-8 said:

@Nintenjoe64 Street fighter II is probably my favourite SNES Fighter. With Super being my least favourite out of the three. I always buy all three though haha, maybe you'll do the same anyway even though you have one favourite



FonistofCruxis said:

It annoys me that there are far more NES games being released on 3DS VC than GB/GBC/GG games as those aren't available on other download services. So far this year we have only had two non-NES games released on the service! I hope this improves soon.

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