Nintendo Download: 2nd May 2013 (North America)

Retro goodies, discounts galore, rabbits, tanks and much more

It's that time again, North America, for more Nintendo Download goodies to grace your systems, with all but the Wii being treated to something new this week. There's a lot to get through, so let's not waste too much effort on this pre-amble.

Wii U eShop

Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko Entertainment, $4.99) — This action platformer, originally a smartphone game, is the second Wii U eShop release from Neko Entertainment. Naturally it's seen plenty of enhancements in the transition to Nintendo's system, and delivers entertaining, well polished platforming; its snappy levels make it ideal for game sessions short and long. You can read more details on why we rather like it in our Kung Fu Rabbit review.

Tank! Tank! Tank! (Namco Bandai, free with paid DLC) — This was originally a launch retail title and, in case you weren't sure, features lots of tanks. This download offering essentially splits up the full game into bite-sized pieces that you buy individually. Below is the list of packs that were included with the European release, but we'll confirm the details and prices as soon as possible.

  • VERSUS / Industrial Complex
  • VERSUS / Ruins
  • VERSUS / Coastal Area
  • VERSUS / Canyon
  • VERSUS / Volcanic Area
  • VERSUS / Lunar Base
  • MY KONG
  • MONSTER BATTLE / Ruins
  • MONSTER BATTLE / Industrial Complex
  • STORY MISSION

Wii U Virtual Console

Pac-Man (Namco Bandai, $4.99) — 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) — It wasn't long ago that this was kicking off the latest Virtual Console campaign for the series on 3DS, yet this Wii U release doesn't have a discounted price as it does in the UK. 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

Nano Assault Neo — $6.99 until 9th May, normally $9.99

Zen Pinball 2 (Zen Studios) — The following Marvel tables and packs will be discounted until 9th May.

Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles Pack — $4.99, normally $9.99

Marvel Pinball: Original Pack — $4.99, normally $9.99

Marvel Pinball: Vengeance & Virtue Pack — $4.99, normally $9.99

Fantastic Four Table — $1.49, normally $2.99

Captain America Table — $1.49, normally $2.99

Civil War Table — $1.49, normally $2.99

3DS eShop

BearShark (CollegeHumor, $3.99) — A tie-in with the animated series that's been gracing Nintendo Video in North America, this sounds like an endless runner, though we can expect plenty of humour to be thrown in. We'll get behind the gags and see what this is all about in our upcoming review.

Gummy Bears Magical Medallion (Enjoy Gaming, $5.99) — GUMMY! Whenever Gummy Bears are mentioned, it should be a legal requirement to yell GUMMY! very loudly. We're stalling on a description as all we know is that this game claims to be a "classic adventure platformer" with 12 worlds (we'll see about that) and also has a Mini Game option. We'll rescue the land of Gummy, as we'll assume it's called, and bring you a review soon.

3DS Virtual Console

Balloon Fight (Nintendo, $4.99) — 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, including download play multiplayer (just one copy needed); 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.

3DS Retail Download

My Riding Stables 3D: Jumping for the Team (TREVA Entertainment, $29.99) — Earlier this week we mistakenly branded the European release of this one as the eShop arrival of Riding Stables 3D, but it seems that this is an all-new title. There's a story about a cold-hearted banker — which is nice and contemporary — and features such as StreetPass and Augmented Reality to accompany the horse-simulation fun.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Marvel Pinball 3D — $3.99 until 9th May, normally $7.99

3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure — $4.99 until 9th May, normally $6.99

Dillon’s Rolling Western — $6.99 until 9th May, normally $9.99

Pushmo — $4.99 until 9th May, normally $6.99

Fluidity: Spin Cycle — $7.99 until 9th May, normally $10.99

Tokyo Crash Mobs — $4.99 until 9th May, normally $5.99

Nano Assault EX — $9.99 until 9th May, normally $14.99

Art of Balance TOUCH! — $4.99 until 9th May, normally $6.99

Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! — $3.49 until 9th May, normally $4.99

DSiWare

Armageddon Operation Dragon (EnjoyUp Games, 500 Nintendo Points) — This is a top-down runner game with 32 levels to tackle, in which you collect orbs of energy while riding a dragon; all to save humankind. It sounds like a normal day at the office, and we'll save the world to bring you a review, while answering the question of just how similar this is to Zombie Skape and/or Crazy Hunter.


So, lots to consider with a huge number of discounts and some fresh goodies arriving on your consoles. Let us know all about your download plans in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (324 votes)

Kung Fu Rabbit (Wii U eShop)

7%

Tank! Tank! Tank! (Wii U eShop paid DLC)

17%

Pac-Man (Wii U Virtual Console)

2%

Mega Man (Wii U Virtual Console)

7%

Nano Assault Neo (Wii U eShop discount)

4%

Zen Pinball 2 (Wii U eShop DLC discount)

6%

BearShark (3DS eShop)

1%

Gummy Bears Magical Medallion (3DS eShop)

  0%

My Riding Stables 3D: Jumping for the Team (3DS eShop)

  0%

Balloon Fight (3DS Virtual Console)

3%

Marvel Pinball 3D (3DS eShop discount)

3%

3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure (3DS eShop discount)

2%

Dillon's Rolling Western (3DS eShop discount)

2%

Pushmo (3DS eShop discount)

1%

Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DS eShop discount)

4%

Tokyo Crash Mobs (3DS eShop discount)

  0%

One of the Shin'en Multimedia titles (3DS eShop discount)

7%

Nothing for me this week

33%

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