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Nintendo Download: 23rd May (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Classic Kirby, battles, groovy rhythm, an X Zone demo and more

It's Monday, which isn't necessarily nice, but we have the Nintendo Download news for Europe, which is nice. Brightening up our early week blues is a fresh batch of goodies, and this week it's all about Nintendo's current generation of hardware; sorry, DSi and Wii fans. There are some big hitters arriving, and a free demo that we think quite a few will enjoy on 3DS. Let's get to the details.

Wii U Virtual Console

Kirby's Dream Course (Nintendo, €7.99 / £5.49) — This is the US version of the game. It's golf, Kirby style, with the pink one being a ball that can take out enemies and absorb abilities en-route to the cup. The crazy golf approach is also fun with a friend in multiplayer, and we felt the whole experience was worth recommending in our Wii Virtual Console Kirby's Dream Course review. We'll take to the course again for a fresh look.

Kirby Super Star (Nintendo, €7.99 / £5.49) — This is the US version of the game. Kirby's big Dream Land adventure on the Super NES, this is typical of the fun, imaginative platforming that the franchise offers. This does shake it up with a number of smaller games, as opposed to one long adventure, but the top-notch design, tight controls and colourful visuals make it work. We'll be reviewing on Wii U soon, but in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Kirby Super Star review.

Limited Time Wii U Virtual Console Promotion

Kirby's Dream Course (Nintendo, €5.59 / £3.79 if you've bought Kirby's Adventure on the Wii U eShop — valid until 30th May)

Kirby Super Star (Nintendo, €5.59 / £3.79 if you've bought Kirby's Adventure on the Wii U eShop — valid until 30th May)

Wii U Retail Downloads

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €49.99 / £39.99) — Arriving on 24th May, this is the HD re-release of the terrific 3DS title, with improved visuals and some subtle tweaks to the formula. There's a free demo to try until it lumbers around the corner, and we're currently slaying plenty of ooze to bring you a review before release.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros., €49.99 / £39.99) — This full-fat HD version of the title — released last year on PS3 and Xbox 360 — features an open-world environment to explore, along with the usual LEGO super hero shenanigans that we've come to expect. This Wii U version will include off-TV play on the GamePad, as well as separate screen multiplayer. Available from 24th May.

3DS eShop

Swords & Soldiers 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €7.00 / £5.90) — After earning plenty of fans and plaudits on WiiWare, this one arrives on 3DS with the same content but ready for battle on the go, with stylus controls replacing the good-old Wii Remote pointer. It sounds like it should be a winner, but it lacks local multiplayer and faces a litany of issues. It's a disappointing result considering the original's pedigree, as our Swords & Soldiers 3D review explains.

Air Battle Hockey 3D (Agetec Inc, €4.99 / 4.49) — This is pretty much what the title suggests, a three dimensional take on Pong-style gameplay, where two players bat a ball back and forth. It's a thoroughly competent, inoffensive effort, albeit one that's more likely to be fun with a second player. Our Air Battle Hockey 3D review has all of the details.

Groove Heaven (Teyon, €3.99 / 3.59) — The 3DS has fared well with music rhythm games, and now Teyon steps into the fray. The story has a character called Rhymi delivering a letter to an angel atop a tower, but ultimately this is likely to be all about completing plenty of rhythm challenges to progress. We'll find our groove to bring you a review, soon.

3DS Retail Downloads

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) — The Wii original may only be a few years old, but this port is a natural fit to make the most of the 3DS and its stereoscopic screen. While it doesn't quite match the buttery smoothness of the Wii original, this is a strong conversion of a truly exceptional platformer, so should be a serious candidate for your cash. If you want the full lowdown check out our Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D review

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 3D (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £17.99) — This was, for our money, one of the stand-out titles on launch day for the 3DS, combining turn-based strategy with solid mechanics, a decent story and an impressive amount of content. Impeccably structured, this can happily devour many hours and is well worth consideration now that it's dropped onto the eShop at a reduced price; check out our Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 3D review for the lowdown.

3DS eShop Discount

The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (Genius Sonority, €6.39 / £5.69 until 30th May, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

3DS Demo

Project X Zone (Namco Bandai, free) — This wacky mash-up of Namco Bandai, Capcom and SEGA characters has certainly had us intrigued and excited for a good while, and now we can try it for ourselves in this demo. Time for some cross-universe brawling, and as it's free there's really no reason not to try it out.

Rabbids Rumble (Ubisoft, free) — Although this one arrived in stores last year, a demo of this mini-game collection now arrives for your amusement.

Plenty to choose from on 3DS and Wii U this week, mixing the old with the new. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (181 votes)

Kirby's Dream Course (Wii U Virtual Console)


Kirby Super Star (Wii U Virtual Console)


Resident Evil Revelations (Wii U retail download)


LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii U retail download)


Swords & Soldiers 3D (3DS eShop)


Air Battle Hockey 3D (3DS eShop)


Groove Heaven (3DS eShop)


Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS retail download)


Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 3D (3DS retail download)


The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Just a free demo or two for me


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (69)



Fudgewhizzle said:

I'm getting the retail versions of DKCR3D and RE:R. But I'll be downloading Kirby Super Star.




Decent DL week. May DL both Kirby games as I DL'd Kirby's Adventure on Wii U eShop. I have both on Wii VC though. Swords and Soldiers and may DL Ghost Recon. Used to have it and sold it before completion, may look it up again financing allow (btw, I bet this will be available for under 10 dollars in US eShop soon _ our pricing takes the p). DEMO



MeWario said:

Still don't know about getting Donkey Kong Country Returns again... Would love a portable version of it.



penfold007 said:

Loving the VC discount system Nintendo are running on new releases (re-releases I suppose). Its total impulse buy baiting, and my bank balance will no doubt suffer in the long run, but I shall definately be taking advantage of it as often as I can.



DreamyViridi said:

Thinking about getting DKCR again. It's slightly cheaper than your average 3DS game so I might get it. Retail, not download.



RedYoshi999 said:

Just DK for me. Good to see VC discounts happen in Europe (now they just need to release some games I actually want)



Gnoll said:

I just bought a WiiU, so I'm still exploring its eshop... I'm intrigued by the MyKong mode of Tank!Tank!Tank!
I've a doubt too... if I buy one of the 0,30€ VC games, it's mine forever just like normal VC games or there's a trick? :-S



Linkstrikesback said:

What the heck.

They release the terrible 50hz version of kirbys adventure, which I don't buy out of principle, so then they release the 60hz version of superstar complete with a discount... only for people who didn't care about the games not being in 60hz anyway.

Can you tell I'm angry?



rodaco said:

Just a free demo or two for me, though I'm getting a DK retail copy too!



DarkCoolEdge said:

Two 3DS demos for me, Project X Zone, YES!!

Shadow Wars is a great strategy game.

It's great to see DKC prices at 40€. Let's hope they release all Nintendo games at that price. 45€ is ridiculous.



-KwB- said:

Nintendo is ON FIRE !!! :s I'll need a loan if Nintendo continues like this



Gavin_Rozee said:

I have the Wii version of Dream Course.

What Kirby's Fun Pak? I've got that but not the Wii version of Super Star.



Sun said:

As I already own Kirby Super Star Deluxe* (the improved version for DS) this week I'll pick all demos and Resident Evil Revelations HD of course (even though I have the 3DS version).

*The original one (SNES) was called Kirby's Fun Pak in Europe.



Yasume said:

DKC: Returns for sure and the Project X Zone demo as well. Shadow Wars is kind of tempting too, because I love strategy games.

Great update.



SuperSah said:

Getting the retail copy of DKCR3D and i'll 100% download Project x Zone demo and maybe the Rabbid's one for the laughs.

Good week for gaming!:3



FineLerv said:

As I very enthusiastic retro gamer I think I'll take advantage of these Virtual Console deals! Arrrgh!!! Too much to play!!!



datamonkey said:

Still no Cave Story+?! I'm really doubting this will see release here now after so many false promises from Nicalis...



ToxieDogg said:

I thought we were meant to be getting Zelda: Oracle Of Ages/Seasons on the 3DS Virtual Console this month, where are they?!?



SanderEvers said:

@ToxieDogg This month is far from over and it was announced for America for next week. So hopefully then.

For me this week:
Resident Evil Revelations (disc)
Donkey Kong 3D
Kirby Superstar



Bulbousaur said:

I highly reccomend Shadow Wars, especially if you liked Fire Emblem. Its not as good, but it was definitley the best 3DS launch game. There's not as many characters, and a single death results in game over, but its probably the most underappreciated game on the 3DS.



Hunter-D said:

I'll probably buy both Kirby VC releases, Project X Zone demo for sure & I may also get Denpa Men at that price!

I'm also considering DKCR 3D digitally. Will see the GAME price first.

Good week!



aaronsullivan said:

I really like this sale they have going on games that are related to each other. Very nice. It means I'll consider Kirby's Dream Course for the first time ever.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

It's bout time I got a chance to get a better image of PXZ than what I saw in trailers - here's hope that it doesn't play as bad as it looks...



RetrogamerFan said:

Shadow wars is fantastic, anyone who hasn't got it yet and likes this sort of game should get it.
Have both of the kirby games for Wii Vc, both are good.
Will probably try the 3ds demos as not planning on getting anything else.



FiveDigitLP said:

Anyone who has not played Shadow Wars definitely needs to pick it up. I thoroughly enjoyed it and once I tried Fire Emblem, I realized this sort of strategy game is going to quickly become one of my favorite genres. (Just a little caveat: Shadow Wars has the strategy element of FE, but that's where the comparisons end. It doesn't have the conversations or many RPG elements like FE. But it's an enjoyable game regardless.)



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

So does this Kirby discount promotion include those who brought Kirby's Adventure for 30p or just those who brought it full price?



MrPanic said:

I'll be getting DK in retail. Then I'll receive a code from the 'so many games' promotion for either Animal Crossing or Fire Emblem, still undecided on that.

Cool that they're putting out a X Zone demo, will surely check it out.



Buduski said:

I am definitley going to play that project x zone demo, I've been waiting for that game for a while xD



Xilef said:

Will pick up Kirby Super Star with the discount. Nice to se so many discounts on the eShop, it's really been a huge step from the Ware services. Oh, and also checking out the X demo.



Insidious said:

I'm sure this will be the same for the US. I grew up with Kirby's Dream Course. It's a crazy fun game if you have a friend to compete with. I already have it on my Wii Menu, but I suppose I can pay $1.50 to upgrade it. And Super Star, even though I have the Kirby Collection, I think I will purchase this too at a discount.



goldbricks23 said:

Definitely downloading Project X Zone demo, I have it on per-order so hopefully this doesn't make me regret that. I'm getting Donkey Kong through physical cartridge, but I didn't realise Lego Batman 2 was out this week. May wait for a price drop on that one.



TreesenHauser said:

So a couple questions...
(1) Do you think the discount will apply here in North America?
(2) is the discount applicable to those who bought Kirby's Adventure through the 30-cent promo?



Farmboy74 said:

Slightly concerned for the price of Lego Batman 2, does it have any additional features to the Wii,PS3 & 360 versions apart from off screen play. Just checked Amazon Uk price for this and they're selling it for £30.99 that's double the price of the Wii, PS3 & Xbox versions. Didn't the other third party ports on this system struggle sales wise because of price & availability on other platforms?



ThumperUK said:

Hopefully lots of people will try out Shadow Wars. I bought this with my 3DS on release day, and it still holds the record on my system for the greatest number of hours clocked up. It is a superb game, I only hope a sequel is in the works.



WiiLovePeace said:

I may get one, both or neither of the Kirby VC discounts. I would like to get Lego Batman 2 but I find it hard to justify paying full retail price for a game that's half or less then half that price on other platforms, I'll wait for a price drop or if I get the monies I'll splurge. & I'll definitely download the demos on 3DS eShop, if I remember by the time Friday comes around



Blue_Yoshi said:

@Linkstrikesback it's your own fault for not buying the damn game when it was on sale at a ridiculously low price. Yeah the emulation is choppy, even on the big screen surprisingly but it stills plays well enough to consider purchasing for 30 cents or pence or whatever currency was in your region. I for one am looking forward to Dream Course if the sale comes to America. Superstar may have to be skipped on since I have Ultra for the DS and I plan on getting the Kirby Collection for Wii(which brings me to admit I already bought Kirby's Adventure for Wii U and 3DS) so I'm not sure if Superstar is worth it. I admit I like playing Adventure on the gamepad but the price it was given at was practically a steal but I already still have to play the 3D remake, not to mention I've been playing Nightmare in Dreamland ever since I was a kid. I may just pick up Superstar if it's $2.50 like SMB2 was.



Marakuto said:

Project X Zone, Project X Zone and Project X Zone DEMO! Also, out of my curiosity, how good is the 3DS LEGO City game in amount of content compared to Donkey Kong Country Returns 3DS? I'm going to pick either one of the two titles for my Free 3DS game promotion and I'm more on the side of claiming LEGO City (word of the mouth). Never played the original Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii but from looking at the trailers and gameplay aspects, it's promising game which puts me in the middle of rope from choosing what one to get.



Jese_1 said:

What worries me is that Nintendo's taking so much of my money before the big games have even started arriving. It's going to be a broke but gaming-filled second half of the year!



Gavin_Rozee said:

Does anyone know when we in Europe can expect to receive our code for free DKCR3D?

Did anyone choose Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, which is now out? How long did they take to send you your code?



Mqblank said:

I'm really liking the discount if you have got a previously released game in the series deals. Project X Zone demo is also amazing.



Yoshi3DS said:

how is rabbids rumble btw anyone?
i saw it in game yesterday for just £10 new, but i didn't get it.
wondering if i'll regret it now



gblock said:

hopefully they release the demo for PxZ in the US, would like to try it before I plunk down $40 for it



Captain_Toad said:

You guys get Project X zone demo first? Great......I'm going to play the waiting game on the U.S. then....



vicviper said:

Excellent news. I bought Kirby's Adventure for 30p, so will purchasing Kirby Superstar if I can get it for the discounted price. Will see what it tries to charge my credit card first: the full or discounted price.



Hunter-D said:

@ThomasBW84 The price for Denpa Men is actually £6.39...

You think this is an error on Nintendo's side? every eShop PR email I've read has these same prices, but the eShop price has been set at £6.39.



FonistofCruxis said:

I'll probably download Kirby's Dream Course after I've got a Wii U but I won't get Kirby Super Star as I'd rather get the DS remake.

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