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Nintendo Download: 2nd May 2013 (North America)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

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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User Comments (141)

CapnPancakes

#1

CapnPancakes said:

Well the Wii U VC offerings are somewhat disappointing after seeing what Europe got, but I'll never complain about more Mega Man.

TreesenHauser

#7

TreesenHauser said:

Mega Man first :D Then I'll give the free Tank Tank Tank a try. I certainly wouldn't pay the full price for it based on reviews.

hiptanaka

#8

hiptanaka said:

Didn't US get exactly the same Wii U VC games as Europe?

And this week Europe got Mega Man and Pac Man, as well.

Whopper744

#9

Whopper744 said:

Pretty bad Wii U VC in my opinion with all they have to choose from, but I have to say I am tempted to try out MegaMan for the first time. I heard it's not that great though.

Pokefanmum82

#11

Pokefanmum82 said:

nothing for me. i haven't bought a small eShop title in a long time. Ugh I guess I will just get something else for myself like maybe a Kobo gift card or iTunes or something.

HeroOfCybertron

#12

HeroOfCybertron said:

I'm going to get discounted Fluidity: Spin Cycle and update Ballon Fight which if I'm not mistaken is the last NES ambassador game to be updated.

@russellohh I was also looking forward to Harvest Moon GBC.

Undead_terror

#14

Undead_terror said:

So many good stuff on my birthday!, I got nano assault ex on sale, probaubly will get balloon fight on 3ds, might get art of balance and bearshark.

Wiidsguy

#18

Wiidsguy said:

How good is mega man. Should I wait for mega man 2.i really want some mega man. But I want a good one.

Dpullam

#21

Dpullam said:

Unfortunately I don't have the funds to get any of these games but if I picked one, it would definitely be Art of Balance Touch.

Kevin

#22

Kevin said:

About time I can update my Balloon Fight 3DS version! @Wiidsguy: Wait for 2 and 3. Both are superior to the original. The original isn't terrible, but not great either.

Tasuki

#23

Tasuki said:

Well I really dont need Mega Man since I have that on my 3DS now. Think I am going to skip this week but thats ok going to be picking up Injustice this weekend and I think that will keep me busy for awhile.

iphys

#26

iphys said:

I'm so happy about the Marvel pinball tables being on sale. That tank game has my interest too.

Fededx

#30

Fededx said:

I was gonna download the only 3D classic I don't own, Kirby's Adventure, but I've decided to wait, they've given us all of the other 3D classics as gifts from Club Nintendo, I'm sure Kirby will be free to download some time this year :) So, Pushmo time!

manu0

#31

manu0 said:

Huh...didn't realise the free Tank Tank Tank version wasn't out in the US yet...

SilentHunter382

#32

SilentHunter382 said:

The main complaint from people with the VC was that they were slow in releasing games for the system. Seems Nintendo has took those complaints into consideration.......>.>

Shanksta

#33

Shanksta said:

@Wiidsguy I would get it. In my opinion Megaman 1 was harder than 2 the first time I played it. It wasn't as good as two but it was still fun.

UnseatingKDawg

#34

UnseatingKDawg said:

So, Japan and Europe get a decent dose of titles announced for this week. What do we get? Two. TWO FRIGGIN' TITLES. I mean, I'm happy to get Pac-Man, but I was expecting to be able to update Super Mario Bros. and Xevious. So, thanks a bunch, NOA. At least you don't fail when it comes to disappointing your fans.

Nintenjoe64

#35

Nintenjoe64 said:

I have ££££££ that I want to throw blindly at Nintendo and they just don't seem to want my money at the moment.

Super Metroid is a definite for later in the month but if they drag out the full price VC games any longer, I will actually have Wii U games to play instead. Where the hell is Super Mario Bros? Why did the Wii VC have a much better selection from the off?

CrazyOtto

#36

CrazyOtto said:

Great week! Tank Tank Tank DL version is finally here and the 3DS NES Ambassador games are done in North America.

UnseatingKDawg

#39

UnseatingKDawg said:

@MrSRArter: Well, put it this way - there's a good variety available, so it's a good week - I can't really argue with that. It's just not for me, since I'm a huge fan of the Virtual Console. What I meant by "updating Super Mario Bros. and Xevious" was I have both of those games imported onto my Wii U from my Wii, and I plan to download all of them natively through the Wii U Virtual Console. I just say I "update" them because that's what I consider them - updated with Game Pad and Miiverse Support. I have two "updated" so far - Kirby's Adventure and Super Mario World.

ArkOne77

#41

ArkOne77 said:

Was really hoping for A Link To The Past (in NA)......sigh. Going to pick up Nano Assault EX for now.

Ralizah

#42

Ralizah said:

Why on Earth is Nintendo delaying the release of Harvest Moon GBC in America/.

kitroplious

#44

kitroplious said:

As an update to the note I said earlier, I see myself buying a maximum of six games and updating one, for a total of seven this week.

HeatBombastic

#45

HeatBombastic said:

I'll either pick up something from Tank! Tank! Tank! or get the discounted Zen Pinball Dlc. I just bought a Panorama tour, maybe I should've used that money for TTT?

dragon_rider

#46

dragon_rider said:

Looks at VC releases this week...yay......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av8NTy5WkFc

@MadAussieBloke

That's a matter of opinion; it might as well have been nothing. Eight games for Japan and Europe? That's not regionally-biased at all, no siree

@SilentHunter382

I don't know about that. I sent a complaint to their customer support thought. That can be done here http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/webform/

@MrSRArter

This wasn't a bad week for paltry releases? Boy, I'd hate to see whenever there's a bad one!

KillerGBH

#49

KillerGBH said:

kung fu rabbit and tank tank coool about time we get those . sigh i was hoping for Zelda link to past on virtual console hope we will get soon cant wait to play this game again ^^

Sam_Loser2

#52

Sam_Loser2 said:

I just bought Nano Neo EX last Monday!!! A day before the sale was announced!! Dang it!! Well, at least the last of the ambassador games have been revealed.

ejamer

#55

ejamer said:

Marvel Pinball 3D has my attention, and soon will have my dollars as well. Very pleased about that sale price.

CrabGats

#56

CrabGats said:

@divinealpha They don't rebuild, or recode, what are you talking about? They're not going to those extremes, they're simply porting the original file. The hassle is moreso creating the emulator, I believe. After that I don't believe they have an excuse. Nor can I see the people at Nintendo going through literally nook and cranny of their Wii U VC games to make sure they run perfect; it's not out of the question, but it sounds a bit silly, don't you think?
In the end, though? What's done is done. There's really no point in me complaining.

UnseatingKDawg

#59

UnseatingKDawg said:

@TwilightV: I actually did that once I read it.

@Joshers744: Well, that doesn't surprise me. I've been waiting on Sonic 2 Game Gear since before the 3DS launched. Maybe I should apply for NOA - I'm a fast learner, and I'd make sure at least 10 were available per week - can't be that hard to put a ROM in an emulator.

Prof_Elvin_Gadd

#62

Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

@divinealpha Thanks for all the updates! Not. Check some of your information please. A lot is completely incorrect.

Nada for me this week. Mario VS. Donkey Kong next Thursday though.

UnseatingKDawg

#63

UnseatingKDawg said:

@Joshers744: I'll be sure to add you. XD I'd really like to get that game for the VC on 3DS. I mean, I have the Wii VC version, but that's Master System. Sonic 2 was my first game ever on my dad's Game Gear. Friggin' hard, but it's awesome (and I know this is a shocker, but I consider it superior to the Genesis Sonic 2).

Dreamcaster-X

#64

Dreamcaster-X said:

WOW!!! This is a PATHETIC VC lineup. Nintendo, same song different dance with the VC all over again!!

Whopper744

#65

Whopper744 said:

@UnseatingKDawg
Yeah, when my parents told me and my sister they were splitting up, my dad took me to the mall and I found an old Gamegear and that game and he bought it for me (this was like, 2000) so it's got some memories for me too. Sorry for the life story there. :p

Morpheel

#66

Morpheel said:

And no harvest moon yet.

About the ambassador games, I have no plans to update Ballon Trip since I want to keep it in its original form, I never use it anyway so it's not like I'll miss the new features.

kdognumba1

#68

kdognumba1 said:

I just got ATV Wild Ride 3D and Art of Balance on 3DS. Considering Fluidity Spin Cycle and Tokyo Crash Mob for 3DS and the Zen Pinball tables and Kung Fu Rabbit for Wii U.

I'm loving the fact 3DS and Wii U are seeing regular deals. This with along with Club Nintendo game rewards is showing that Nintendo has really upped their game in terms of the online store front. Deals + game rewards = epic. Can't wait to see what this months new CN rewards will be.

astros75

#70

astros75 said:

Awesome week, I really love the amount of discounts currently available. Mega Man and Pinball for me, maybe nano assault too.

TwilightV

#71

TwilightV said:

Even though those are the worst possible Wii U VC games (to me anyway), this is still a pretty good week. :)

Donjwolf

#73

Donjwolf said:

Nothing for me this week. I'd have taken advantage of the Marvel Pinball sale on the Eshop if I didn't already have the superior Vita version. Oh wait, I don't even have enough money in my wallet anyway to get it even if I wanted to.

Whatever happened to HM GBC though? Not that I have the money, but it was supposed to be out at the end of April. I guess this is Ninja Gaiden all over again.

What I want is a Zen Pinball 2 sale on PSN.

KillerGBH

#75

KillerGBH said:

o well at least we got Kung Fu Rabbit for 5buck . its an awesome game and totally worth a purchase . best game of the week :)

Svengoolie

#76

Svengoolie said:

Awesome week. Gonna have to buy Mega Man. I've still never gotten Pushmo or Dillon's Rolling Western either so this is a good time to try those. Gotta buy some discounted pinball tables too! So much!

Klimbatize

#78

Klimbatize said:

This is an awesome day. I already have so many of these discounted games, but there are a few I can now download. I'm really digging all these sales.

SonataAndante

#79

SonataAndante said:

The VC lineup is rather questionable if you ask me. I personally think Nintendo should make an effort to diversify the games they toss up on the VC instead of bolting straight for nothing but the big name classics for a few months. I think they should add some obvious major titles every week, but also toss in some lesser known but still quality games every week as well. Hear me out for a minute.

Everybody and their dog knows about Super Mario Bros and Zelda and Mega Man. Lots of people haven't played them and it's great that the VC is there to help with that. But at the same time, lots of people HAVE played them in at least one form or other. So while it's great when they toss up the classics for new generations to enjoy, I can't help but become uninterested in whatever they're releasing for quite possibly the fourth time now. I just bought Mega Man on my 3DS a few months ago, and I'm getting all 6 NES games on it by the end. I'm not buying them again on the Wii U. Same with Zelda whenever it comes out. Put up something I've never played Nintendo. I'd like to play Pocky and Rocky, for instance. Is that on the Wii VC? I don't know, think I'll go look though. If it's up I might just get it there. Pocky and Rocky's just an example though.

ikki5

#80

ikki5 said:

well..... I guess it is at least 2 VC games, I was hoping for more but if they keep it at 2 per week, Zelda 3 will eventually make it here.....I hope

SCAR392

#82

SCAR392 said:

Geez. I honestly think good stuff shows up on the eShop every week. There's tons of VC games on Wii I would want, but don't have money for(well, I'd rather buy a new game anyway).
I just bought Megaman on Wii U. I know that it's on 3DS, but I'm holding out for Wii U VC to play them on my TV at home like the NES.

AVahne

#83

AVahne said:

I don't know if this is off-topic, but if you were to download Tank! Tank! Tank! and buy all the parts of the game separately, it comes out at close to $32. That's cheaper than the current retail price at Gamestop ($50 for New). So we finally get a retail game that's cheaper on eShop than in retail stores. Personally I think the game should've been a $20-25 eShop-only game to begin with, but this is nice. Going to get Story Mission and My Kong Mode and then wait and hope for them to pull a Fire Emblem Awakening and do a cheaper bundle price for the maps.

tripunktoj

#84

tripunktoj said:

It'll be Balloon Fight (free update form Ambassador version) and Tank! Tank! Tank! (free content only), and maybe Dillon's Rolling Western later this week (just to get its special notes in swapnote). I'll be keeping an eye on Kung Fu Rabbit and Bear Shark

Marioman64

#85

Marioman64 said:

eww. well, next week we get the next Mario versus Donkey Kong title (although it's evolved into a more Mario Mini's series but whatever), which will be fun

Darth_Pascal

#88

Darth_Pascal said:

Download Tank! Tank! Tank! for free and get 60 Club Nintendo points! I think they will soon change it...

KnightRider666

#90

KnightRider666 said:

Just the free update for Balloon Fight for me. After seeing EU getting 3 NES 3DS VC titles, I was hoping for the same.

Metal_Slugger

#91

Metal_Slugger said:

I wonder whats the better alternative for tank! tank! tank! You can buy a physical copy for pretty cheap. I am gonna download that demo at least check it out I was always curious about it.

Phantom_R

#96

Phantom_R said:

Holy wow, Nintendo! With these sales I'll be downloading Liberation Maiden AND Fluidity: Spin Cycle! And I might even pick up at least one Nano Assault game. ... And Super Metroid for the 30-cent sale! They're not holding anything back...

Syntax

#97

Syntax said:

Anybody having problems downloading Tank! Tank! tank? It took my Wii U hostage twice with perpetual loading screens, both tries ended in download corruption.

Tysamu

#99

Tysamu said:

Honestly this could've been better. The only thing that's even remotely interesting is mega man, pacman, and maybe kung fu rabbit. Everything else is something I can pass on.

Hopefully Nintendo will step it up in the coming months and have some better VC titles. I'd love to play super mario bros. 2 again.

OdnetninAges

#103

OdnetninAges said:

I love Balloon Fight. I am updating my ambassador copy right now! Can't wait to do Download Play with my friends!

bunnyking

#104

bunnyking said:

Don't forget that they are also discounting a few titles for the 3ds, $4.99 for Liberation Girl and others.

zipmonStaff

#107

zipmon said:

Woah you guys, @Darth_Pascal is right - I just downloaded Tank!Tank!Tank! for nothing and a 60 coin survey showed up in my Club Nintendo account. Surely worth a try for that alone!

Aqueous

#109

Aqueous said:

BearShark makes the second game for 4.04 in Canada, good thing I have no interest.

Selene

#111

Selene said:

Really wanna spend the money left on my 3ds account, but yet again... nothing I'm interested in. And still waiting for Harvest Moon.

yojo

#112

yojo said:

Defiantly Mega Man for me. I have eShop credit and have been wanting to play it. Plus the 3DS buttons are too small for VC games with my big hands.

dragon_rider

#113

dragon_rider said:

@SCAR392 "Tons" of VC games on the Wii U? I hope that was a joke. < 10 games is not "a lot" and two games per week when other regions get eight or so is not being smart either.

Oh, and Reggie fils-Aime and Edward Khil met together at Nintendo's HQ and had fused into Reggie the Troll
http://i.imgur.com/4JATmiO.jpg

dragon_rider

#115

dragon_rider said:

@SCAR392 Still doesn't change the fact the Wii U only got two games this week. There is no excuse when other regions got more. No wonder people use ROMs.

Beau_Skunk

#116

Beau_Skunk said:

Either "Balloon Fight," or "Kirby's Adventure 3D" for me. Those are some of my fav' NES games, and they'd be great to have on the road.

SCAR392

#117

SCAR392 said:

@dragon_rider
I really don't care. Buying Wii U for the VC is probably one of the lesser reasons to buy a Wii U. I look at VC as a perk, not a main reason to buy the console. Obviously it's a perk I use, but I mainly buy new consoles for new games. They get a little extra cash for offering old titles, I buy them. I didn't ask for VC, it was just there.
There are reasons. It's called relicensing these titles, which already easier to do than from scratch like they did for Wii.
If this was the generation they started offering VC, things would be going even slower than they are now. Just be grateful for what is there.
Wii mode is still there if you want the game super bad and can't wait, besides Earthbound and some others, but there's plenty there.

dragon_rider

#119

dragon_rider said:

@SCAR392 They don't have to re-license their own games. I can see licensing issues for some games, but their own franchises? I doubt it. That's no excuse to release two games that have been released before and overpriced mind you.

I can't stand the games on my HDTV, they're not filtered, but look perfect on the game pad since they're not scaled to high heaven. Scaling Snes games from a 240p to a 720p is a big mistake without a bilinear filter. NES games are filtered, but Snes games are not. I don't see why they coded a filter for NES games, but not for Snes. It isn't that hard to implement.

Why can't both original Nintendo and Super Nintendo games be filtered on the HDTV and game pad? I can only imagine how bad GBA games will look without a filter.

The fact they can't release more than two of their own licensing issue-free games is pathetic

SCAR392

#120

SCAR392 said:

@dragon_rider
They trickle these games slowly so other companies have a chance to sell their titles without flooding their own market. Nintendo could literally just put every one of their classics on the eShop right now, but they are giving other's a chance to take advantage of thier marketplace. So you think it is pathetic that 3rd parties are slow? That's what Nintendo is waiting for. Their priority is to make the eShop attractive for companies and consumers alike. They would kill any chance of 3rd parties doing good on the eShop if they flooded the eShop.

SCAR392

#121

SCAR392 said:

@dragon_rider
You are basically calling 3rd parties pathetic for not releasing more games on Wii U. Ya, we get it, there needs to be more 3rd party games, but that not Nintendo's fault. I hope you aren't calling Nintendo pathetic, because that would be the complete opposite of what's actually going on.

Barbiegurl777

#122

Barbiegurl777 said:

@Midnight3DS & @Chriis

Gummy Bears is awesome! The graphic's are really good in the game too. I've only got to the 2nd level so far but pretty big world map at least in my opinion. Defently worth the $6 dollars to download it. I'm addicted to the game already. If you ever played Rugrats Castle Capers for GBA where the atmosphere & land was made out of candy you'll know what I'm talking about only with 3d graphics with pretty much everything made out of candy not GBA graphics. Sorry bad comparison it just reminds me of. Also the boss level with Angelica she throws gummy bears & cookies at you lol. Another reason why I thought of rugrats castle capers - GBA. Also reminds me of moshi monsters 3ds that's probably a better comparison to Gummy Bears - 3DS sorry... Graphics are really good though. :D Love the storyline so far. :)

Happy Gaming! (^_^)

SCAR392

#123

SCAR392 said:

@dragon_rider
BTW, your HDTV complaint makes no sense. It doesn't have to be filtered because it is a pure digital signal output at 1080p. NES games are filtered, because that's how they look in HD, regardless. They were able to make SNES games clearer because the games were actually improved technically from NES to SNES in the carts.
They aren't overpriced, and obviously they've been released before. It's VC.
Go find any of the titles on the Wii VC in cart form. Not so over priced, huh? It's a guaranteed method to distribute older games. If you already have the original cart, just go play that, or sell the cartridges to buy the digital version.

Wiidsguy

#125

Wiidsguy said:

@Shanksta I think I will wait. And go back to it after. Or maybe I should grab it so I can work my way up. Now I'm not sure what to do.

dragon_rider

#126

dragon_rider said:

@SCAR392 They're clearer, but that doesn't make them better. On an emulator for the PC for example, they look clearer and better. They're unfiltered, if the VC is meant to be nostalgic, they need to have the CRT look they did in the 90s. My complaint makes perfect sense, I don't know what was so confusing about it.

NES games are at 144 x 160 - 160p scaled to 720/1080
Snes games are 256 x 244 - 240p scaled to 720/1080

Digital or not, it is not how it should look. They look fine on the game pad, but not on an HDTV, unless I changed to 480p, but then what's the point in having an HD Console?

I'd be more than happy to take screenshots to show how Snes SHOULD look

XCWarrior

#127

XCWarrior said:

33% of people say nothing? Really? All the sales, the free stuff. Nothing? Wow we got some picky people.

SCAR392

#129

SCAR392 said:

@dragon_rider
They look better in HD, IMO. I already know what SNES games look like from an SNES on an SD AND HDTV, so posting screenshots won't be necessary. Besides, the only possible way to make these games look better on a PC, would be if you have a monitor over 1080p, and have illegal ROMs.
I've never tried to illegally download ROMs, but my cousin had Kirby 64 which looked better than the N64 cart at the time. That was before VC was even around, and GameTap was just getting started. Obviously GameTap failed, but I think Nintendo is doing a good job of putting VC games on the Wii U at all. It's expected seeing how Wii had VC, but like I said, they are putting out the games slow to give other comoanies a chance.
I still have some VC games in Wii mode, and the Wii Shop is still there, presumably still working on Nintendo's servers.
There's other ways to alter the way anything looks. I'm sure if you had a PC with HDMI in and out, you could easily hook up your Wii U into the laptop and alter the video settings output to the HDTV using software that does that.
I'm not 100% sure if it exists, but that sort of thing is basic stuff, so I'd be surprised if a pass through feed on a PC didn't exist for a 'more authentic' video experience if the user decides to do so.

dragon_rider

#130

dragon_rider said:

@SCAR392 It's still not true HD, even when Wii games are scaled. They're only outputted to match the TV resolution, but they never exceed the 256 x 244 resolution. Wii games are the same deal, the resolution is still limited to 640 x 480, but the TV scales it to match the 720 or 1080 resolution. The games are locked at their native resolution. The SNES games look clearer because the pixels are scaled to match and have no color bleeding that CRTs have. They were never meant to be played >480p.

They could at least make 480p signal swapping when VC games launch and then go back to 720/1080 when you close it. Lazy programmers.

MagicEmperor

#131

MagicEmperor said:

Dashing and daring, courageous and caring
Faithful and friendly with stories to share
All through the forest
They sing out in chorus
Marching along as their song fills the air
Gummi Bears...!

SCAR392

#132

SCAR392 said:

@dragon_rider
Are you kidding? The VC games ARE in HD. It even says so in the eShop. They have these games on file in their database, just like any company. They just pull back out the file, and release it on an HD console. The game shows up any way it can on screen. HDTV gives you HD, SDTV gives you SD.
There is no upconverting through hardware or any software enhancers running the games. The software itself plays no part in whether it's HD.
Obviously, there are no textures or polygons in most SNES games. I think it really depends on whether you define HD by the content on screen, or the hardware.
The VC games aren't HD graphics wise. They are only displayed in HD no matter what the graphics are.

GN004Nadleeh

#133

GN004Nadleeh said:

more cell phone games? anyone hear that the new madden will not be on the wii u? seems the list of games not on the system is much larger then what is expected to release this year

ccanfield1

#138

ccanfield1 said:

Free download of Tank!Tank!Tank! that gives you 60 Club Nintendo Coins is a pretty sweet deal. Also, one discount associated with that games DLC not on the list is that "My Kong" is 80% off until 5/15

Link41x

#141

Link41x said:

Zen Pinball 2 DLC, Marvel Pinball 3D, Fluidity: Spin Cycle and Art of Balance TOUCH! all for me this week!

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