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Nintendo Download: 4th April 2013 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

A puzzling chick, chaotic aliens, Mega action and more

Now that the long Holiday weekend is over the video game world's wheels start spinning once again, starting today with Nintendo of Europe's weekly download update details. It's a busy week with every download store having some new content on offer, so let's get started.

Wii U eShop

Toki Tori 2 (Two Tribes, reduced to €13.49 / £11.69 until 25th April, will be €14.99 / £12.99) — Starting off with a 10% discount, this has been an eagerly anticipated arrival on the Wii U eShop for those that enjoyed its WiiWare launch title predecessor. By combining a more open structure that encourages exploration and learning by experimentation, this puzzler takes a different approach and throws in attractive presentation to sweeten the deal. We'll bring you our review soon.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

Puddle (Neko Entertainment, reduced to €6.99 / £6.29 until 2nd May, normally €9.99 / £8.99) — Another launch day Wii U download gets a discount, with this effort from Neko Entertainment offering up some physics puzzling and attractive visuals to boot. Despite the odd stumble, it had enough quality to earn a recommendation in our Puddle review.

Wii U Retail Download Permanent Discounts

The following Ubisoft titles have gone from temporary to permanent price discounts:

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (Ubisoft, reduced to €29.99 / £23.99, was €49.99 / £39.99)
Rabbids Land (Ubisoft, reduced to €29.99 / £23.99, was €49.99 / £39.99)
Sports Connection (Ubisoft, reduced to €29.99 / £23.99, was €49.99 / £39.99)
Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 (Ubisoft, reduced to €29.99 / £23.99, was €49.99 / £39.99)

3DS eShop

Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Entertainment, €4.00 / £3.60) — One that's perhaps caught the eye of retro enthusiasts, this 2D action title has 8-bit inspired visuals and music, where you tackle hordes of monsters to level up and awaken your companion witch for some vital assistance. There are 20 stages as well as Trail and Infinite modes to tackle, and we'll see whether this is a quest worth taking on in our upcoming review.

Alien Chaos 3D (Reef Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.59) — This title, developed by Ludosity, was originally scheduled to arrive in Summer 2012, but has rather dropped off the radar before its sudden appearance in this week's update. It's an action game with a quirky concept, where you have to shoot enemies, clean after yourself and then recycle spent ammo; if you want to know more before our review, you can check out our interview with Ludosity from last year.

3DS eShop Download Update

Nintendo Letter Box (Nintendo, free) — A new version of Nintendo Letter Box will be available from 4th April; here are some of the new features:

  • Take photos and record sounds you want to attach to your letters from within the software. You can still add them from the SD Card.
  • Attach photos and sounds when you reply to letters.
  • Choose a different ink colour for each page.
  • Filter letters by sender in the letter list.

To download the update, visit Nintendo eShop. All data will be carried over to the updated version.

3DS Virtual Console

Mega Man 3 (Capcom, €4.99 / £4.49) — Arriving a couple of weeks after its release in North America, the third Blue Bomber title from NES is blasting on the 3DS eShop, and is regarded by many as one of the very best NES games; some will also argue it's the best "classic" Mega Man title. Wherever you stand in terms of its rating within the series, this is nevertheless more fantastic shooting and jumping action, while our hero's slide move also made its debut in this title. You can see what we though of this 3DS VC release in our Mega Man 3 review.

3DS Retail Download

Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze (Little Orbit, €29.99 / £24.99) — Launching on the eShop at the same time as it lands in stores on 13th March, this appears to be a 3DS re-release of the DS and Wii equivalent. It's all about rollerblading and racing, with four modes — Quick, Relay, Race and Timed — included.

3DS Download Video

The Beet Party: Beet Poets (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.


Ah! Heaven (CIRCLE Entertainment, 200 Nintendo Points) — This is a simplistic, vertically scrolling platformer where your character is trying to ascend to the afterlife. With the action spanning both screens it's basic fare at a budget price, and is perhaps lacking some vital variety and challenge. You can read our full thoughts in our Ah! Heaven review.

Wii Virtual Console

Shock Troopers 2nd Squad (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — Wii Virtual Console means Neo Geo goodness, as always, and this time it's of the run and gun variety. Twists over its predecessor include faster, more intense action and the ability to jump into vehicles for blasting through levels; you can learn more about why we gave this a recommendation in our Shock Troopers 2nd Squad review.

So that's your lot for this week, with quite a few choices to ponder. Let us know what you intend to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (201 votes)

Toki Tori 2 (Wii U eShop)


Puddle (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (Wii U retail permanent discount)


Rabbids Land (Wii U retail permanent discount)


Sports Connection (Wii U retail permanent discount)


Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 (Wii U retail permanent discount)


Witch & Hero (3DS eShop)


Alien Chaos 3D (3DS eShop)


Mega Man 3 (3DS Virtual Console)


Monster High: Skultimate Roller Maze (3DS retail download)


The Beet Party: Beet Poets (3DS download video)


Ah! Heaven (DSiWare)


Shock Troopers 2nd Squad (Wii Virtual Console)


Just the Nintendo Letter Box freebie for me


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (52)



Yellowgerbil said:

Toki Tori 2 all the way for me, the next time I get an E-shop card it will go straight to that lovable bird.



Geonjaha said:

Definitely getting Mega Man 3. Possibly also getting Witch & Hero, but I'll check out a few reviews first.



Koapa said:

LetterBox finally !!!
I wanted to send reply with pictures sooo much !




Those Ubisoft games were £19.99 last week. I DL'd 2 of them. They're more fitting as 14 to 20 GBP games than full retailed priced games. Also - Toki Tori 2 is here ! Yay! Need a revw for Witch and Hero.



MAB said:

Finally! a Neo Geo game that isn't a fighter so I shall get that and MM3 and Toki Tori... They should have added a spam filter to Swapnote/Letterbox imo



BakaKnight said:

Hmmm... Only interested in Witch&Hero, BUT I would like a gameplay trailer before buy it, can only hope there will be one when the game will be released this thursday



Mok said:

How long has it been since the last Letterbox update? 10 months? And that's the update we get for it? Oh my, so disappointed. How about being given the opportunity to delete old messages more efficiently? Well, never mind that, Nintendo has given me opportunity to do the same thing I've been able to before but within the software. Woho! /rant



hcfwesker said:

TOKI TORI 2 IS FINALLY ALMOST HERE!!!! sorry for the caps, as I've said numerous times this was my most anticipated game of all the launch games announced before WiiU released!



dizzy_boy said:

last time it made me laugh when letterbox was reported to be getting a major update, and all we got was different coloured ink. atleast this update is a bit better.
anyway, i'm looking into shock troopers 2 as well. i liked the first one, so i have high hopes for this too.



Hunter-D said:

@TOMBOY25 Yup, me too. Even though I know I'll get it, I just want to try it out regardless. You know, get a feel for it.

Anyway, this week I'll be buying Toki Tori 2. Mega Man 3 is going on my watch list.



WiiLovePeace said:

Awesome update! I'm most excited for Toki Tori 2. I really hope its not as hard as the 1st one is... I'm playing through Toki Tori 1 now & some of the levels have me running to online walkthroughs with my tail between my legs

& I'll be picking up the Nintendo Letter Box update of course, although I never use it other than reading the letters Nintendo send me themselves haha



Koapa said:

I have Toki Tori GBC on my 3DS.
This game is really hard /some levels for sure/, but there is always a good solution. The magical key is - Try it again
Shame, Toki Tori 2 is WiiU only



123akis said:

im getting toki tori 2... and the nintendo letterbox update! im definitely downloading that, some cool features added in



cornishlee said:

Nice to know that Ubisoft are taking a sensible approach to their pricing. I hope other publishers are taking note and follow suit.



erv said:

Toki Tori 2 is where it's at for me. I do hope that game will be as great as it seems to be though...



WanderingPB said:

@TOMBOY25 @Hunter-D i only purchased NFS:MWU to play with a friend on-line but was completely take by surprise this game is incredible! The open world, beautiful cars, krazy races, billboard smashing and SECRET MARIO WARP PIPES!!!! And yes they actually work need i say more? im usually big on gettin demos first but this game is worth every penny and im usually a sale hunter LOL

Im interested in Toki Tori 2 but need to hear more about it b4 i decide to buy it



Barbiegurl777 said:

Hopefully the same update for letterbox is for swapnote at the same time.

Looking forward to both swapnote/letterbox update & Color's 3D! update.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



Idolo said:

Nothing for me this week saving all my pennies for Fire Emblem at the end of the month XD



LAA said:

I'm waiting on news for Bit Trip Runner 2 in europe, pretty eager to get my hands on that! As well as the letterbox update.
Other than that, interested in Toki Tori 2 and I didnt hear about an NFS MW demo, but I'll definitely look into that if/when it comes!



ledreppe said:

Letterbox and The Beet Party video (yes, I'm 34 and watch this guess it's cause I don't mind spending 89p)



Mowzle said:

I'm hoping the coloured inks change includes the ability to use colours for my replies. Surely they've included that along with the ability to add photos and sounds in replies.



Sun said:

I haven't finished Toki Tori 1 yet, it's too difficult (stuck in the sewers).



edhe said:

I bought Shock Trooper just last week with my last 900 points. I'll be sure to pick up the sequel.



SneakyStyle said:

To busy with MH3U for anything else, including sleep or anything real life related. xD Best game i've played in a long time.



TheInvisibleTor said:

All of the Wii U retail titles this week aren't really that good... Sure there discounted but it dosen't fix the game, it still is either about broken or contains very little content.



gonctorn said:

They should also give the option to zoom the letters, and a more improved delete letters system.



Starwolf_UK said:

The letterbox update reminds me that IIRC you could send audio messages on the Wii. I don't know if anyone did.

Also does anyone ever have this in their streetpass list and if they do, do they ever recieve anything?



alLabouTandroiD said:

The update to LetterBox is long overdue. Nice it's coming, i didn't believe they'd ever work on it again.
Anyway, i'm definitely getting Puddle, Shock Troopers 2 a bit later on, am waiting for reviews on the very promising Toki Tori 2 and hope this week's 3DS eShop games will be good.



daggdroppen said:

To nintendo life staff: I think you should be able to vote for more than one alternative if you want to! =)

I will probably only download LetterBox.. but i will wait for the revews from Toki Tori 2, Witch & Hero & Alien Chaos 3D. perhaps none or perhaps all three of them



zenarium said:

There isn't any update to Nintendo Letter Box
I was very happy about this update.



GTWarrior77 said:

No Nintendo Letter Box update
What's up with that? Oh well, at least Mega Man 3 is there to ease the pain.



Omega said:

This article must be tagged with "Wii Virtual Console" because there is a Virtual Console game in it.

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