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Nintendo Download: 9th May 2013 (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Moving Minis, an adventurous starship, a commando, retro goodies and more

It may be a Bank Holiday in some parts, but the European Nintendo Download waits for no-one, with this week's update being a fairly meaty offering featuring every current platform. We have some high-profile arrivals on the 3DS eShop, an assortment of retro treats and even a couple of discounts, so let's get to it.

Wii U Virtual Console

Both of this week's Wii U Virtual Console releases are the U.S. versions, ensuring 60Hz performance.

Solomon's Key (Tecmo, €4.99 / £3.49) — Originally an arcade puzzle platformer, like many of its kind it made the transition to the NES. You navigate rooms full of obstacles by both placing and removing blocks, and is a reasonably fun, compulsive experience; we'll puzzle our way to a fresh look at it, while in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Solomon's Key review.

Xevious (Namco Bandai, €4.99 / £3.49) — An iconic scrolling shmup, this is rather primitive to modern eyes and ears due to its encounters with early NES limitations, but it's still regarded affectionately by some retro fans of the genre. It's also appeared in the 3D Classics range, yet we feel its later contemporaries outshine it in a big way; before our Wii U revisit you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Xevious review.

Wii U Permanent Price Reduction

Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 (Tecmo Koie, €49.99 / £39.99, originally €59.99 / £49.99)

Wii U Temporary Price Reduction

Chasing Aurora (Broken Rules, €5.99 / £5.39 until from 9th to 16th May, normally €11.99 / £10.79)

3DS eShop

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) — The fifth game in this popular series sees the former foes, and other famous characters, teaming up rather than competing. We can expect to be charmed by toy versions of various characters, as paths are mapped out and tiles flipped to help them on their way. With 180 puzzle-based levels, four modes, unlockable mini-games and the now-standard level editor, this is certainly high up on a few wishlists. We'll see whether it stands up to its predecessors in our upcoming review.

The Starship Damrey (Level-5, €7.99 / £7.19) — The first of the Guild02 titles arrives this week, and it's the adventure/exploration title from Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Abiko. You awaken on the named starship with no memory of who you are or how you came to be there, and you have to explore and figure out your environment without any hints or tips to guide you. It sounds intriguing, and we'll try to remember how to find it on the eShop to bring you our review, soon.

Bloody Vampire (Agetec, €4.99 / £4.49) — This one brings an old-school feel, with hints of Metroidvania and the "bumping" attack mechanic known from the Ys series. It throws in plenty of items to help you on your way, and is a relatively fun experience despite rough edges and some balancing issues. We gave it a decent recommendation in our Bloody Vampire review.

Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini (Natsume, €3.99 / £3.59) — Natsume is well-known for its fishing games, and this series made a few appearances on the Wii. This 3DS version is a reasonable effort, bringing its brand of relatively realistic fishing to the portable space, but it's still lacking in key areas; check out our Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini review for the full details.

Crash City Mayhem (Ghostlight, €19.99 / £17.99) — Originally pegged as a retail release, which it may still be in North America, this is an action driving game in which you drive around a city smashing into other vehicles and causing, yep, mayhem. We're sure there'll be a storyline about terrorists thrown in there, too.

3DS Virtual Console

Wrecking Crew (Nintendo, €3.99 / £3.59) — This is a NES title where Mario gives up being a plumber — not that he actually does the day job much — to work on a construction site. He's in the destruction business, in truth, and these vertically scrolling levels get fiendishly difficult; this is a fun slice of retro puzzle platforming, with a crude level editor thrown in, as our Wrecking Crew review explains.

Nintendo Video

The Beet Party: UnderWaterMelon (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. In UnderWaterMelon, a giant watermelon is placed in the fridge which causes some major space issues with the Beets.


Color Commando (Circle Entertainment, 200 Nintendo Points) — Likely to be the DSiWare farewell from Goodbye Galaxy Games, as the developer moves onto current-generation projects, this is a worthy finale. An action puzzle-platformer where you match up globs of paint with similarly coloured foes, this is a clever title that shows how modest resources can be used well. We rated it highly and gave it a strong recommendation in our Color Commando review.

Wii Virtual Console

World Heroes 2 Jet (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — It's another Neo Geo fighting game, and one day we'll no doubt look back on the Wii Virtual Console as a golden age when so many classics from the iconic system were given another chance to shine. Yet this probably won't go down as a classic; it's a thoroughly passable fighter but little more — check out our World Heroes 2 Jet review for the full lowdown.

A packed lineup with some highly anticipated titles this week. Let us know what you plan to buy in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (174 votes)

Solomon's Key (Wii U Virtual Console)


Xevious (Wii U Virtual Console)


Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 (Wii U eShop permanent discount)


Chasing Aurora (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS eShop)


The Starship Damrey (3DS eShop)


Bloody Vampire (3DS eShop)


Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini (3DS eShop)


Crash City Mayhem (3DS eShop)


The Beet Party: UnderWaterMelon (Nintendo Video)


Color Commando (DSiWare)


World Heroes 2 Jet (Wii Virtual Console)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (66)



Beta said:

Might get Minis on the Move since my brother likes it ^_^ And finally! About time they begin to reduce the price of retail games for the actual price they retail for! >.< (Yeah, I know it's a download only, but most Wii U games retail for £39.99. I hope they go that route with all retail games and future ones, digital sales will increase when both physical and digital copies are the same price. I might even go full digital if they do >.<



DarkCoolEdge said:

Wow, what a great week for 3DS' eshop (except the VC, this is a trend...).

I'll get Color Commando and eventually Starship Damrey, Minis on the move and maybe Bloody Vampire.



Hunter-D said:

I would buy Starship Damrey & Mario and Donkey Kong but I probably wouldn't even play them at the moment, so I think I'll just wait for some eventual discounts.

Good week though.



RupeeClock said:

Wow, that's a lot of 3DS eShop titles this week.
...None of them are Cave Story though.



WiiLovePeace said:

I may pick up Mario and Donkey Kong, though I kinda wanna beat every other game in the series before I get the latest instalment (I've only played & beaten the first one). Or I may pick up Starship Damrey, it definitely intrigues me. Though I'll probably wait for a review on that one.



Bulbousaur said:

I'm interested in Color Commando, so I'll probably pick that up. The Starship Damrey also has my attention, but I'll wait on the review.

Also, any chance on a Crash City Mayhem review? I really like action racers like Burnout.



Shiryu said:

Nice price cut on Ken's Rage! But I would still prefer to have the boxed game...



KeeperBvK said:

Wow, the 3DS is having a stellar week! The WiiU though...not so much.

What is it with all of those NES VC releases recently? It seems like all the 3DS VC is getting are NES games, and the WiiU VC also consists nearly of NES only so far? Why aren't they at least releasing some more SNES games or even a single N64 or Mega Drive game yet? When the VC on Wi started, we already got heaps of Mega Drive titles during its first weeks, and now there isn't even a sign of anything coming.



seronja said:

the starship damrey and mario & donkey kong for 3DS because they look kind of cool, and chasing aurora because it's on a discount... and a week after that i will pick that neo geo game too



ThomasBW84 said:

Slightly surprised to see so many "Nothing for me" votes, I thought this was a pretty good week, especially on 3DS. My curiosity with compel me to pick up Starship Damrey first, I reckon.



Gnoll said:

I'm actually considering buying it even before reading any review... I saw a spooky Japanese trailer with dark corridors, white mysterious girls and hunched, faceless monsters... It remembers me of Prey, and in a good way!!!



PixelatedPixie said:

I have too many games to play at the moment, so I won't be picking them up immediately but I'm interested to play both Damrey and Minis on the Move at some point.



Gnoll said:

On a side note, do you know what "damrey" stands for? I suppose it's named from the 2012 typhoon which passed over Japan and China?



BakaKnight said:

Guild 02 is getting here faster than I hoped O.O;
And with Bloody vampire, Minis and much more neverthless!

If you can judge a month from its begin than May is gonna be great ^O^



C-Olimar said:

Solomon's Key is like Pyramids isn't it? I really liked that and since Enjoy Gaming have recently decided to descend to making crappy games again I'll probably pick it up!



kitroplious said:

@ThomasBW84 Yeah, this is an awesome week for you! I personally like the selection.

I'm going to be purchasing Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move this week.

Have fun with The Starship Damrey Thomas! I'll be checking it out next week hopefully.



Fudgewhizzle said:

Meh, another week of meager games for Wii U... I'll be downloading Mario & DK for my 3DS though. Gonna enjoy playing that outside with the nice weather and all




Excellent week. Fair few I want to DL there, Mario and DK tops it (major fan of series), followed by Starship Damrey. Solomon's Key, Crash City Mayhem will prob be DL'd too



RedYoshi999 said:

If it wasn't for Mario and DK, I'd be getting nothing this week. Another week of appallingly slow re-releases I don't want for the Wii U VC, wake me up when some N64 games hit the service.



aaronsullivan said:

I remember enjoying Solomon's Key back in the day. I think I only rented it though and never completed it.



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

For the love of god Nintendo, add the Neo Geo to the Wii U Virtual Console! I think SNK would appropriate that more then adding games to the near abandoned Wii Shop...



HaNks said:

looks like the wii U VC is hitting it's stride after the fantastic launch line-up.



KeeperBvK said:

@C-Olimar That should make Nintendo release more NES stuff than usual. But instead, they are merely releasing less other stuff than usual.
They are not pushing the NES, but entirely negelcting everything else, while providing the bare minimum of NES support.



Ootfan98 said:

As a 3DS Ambassador, I was able to update Wrecking Crew last week. Not sure why that was.

This weeks Wii U VC is a let down. Roll on May 16th



Windy said:

Great week for Europe! Damrey, Bloody Vampire and Color Commando all great games! Enjoy guys! I will be getting Damrey on Thursday. Let us know how it is



C-Olimar said:

@KeeperBvK Yeah that's trues, though tbh on 3DS we have had rather more NES games than usual lately. Hopefully the rate of Wii U VC releases doesn't slow down.



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

@ThomasBW84 Yeah, I agree! This week is great for EU. I don't vote on this one because I live in the US but you'd think that Mario and DK: Minis on the Move or The Starship Damrey would be an instant download for most. I know I'll be downloading M&DK from the 3DS eShop this Thursday for sure, and The Starship Damrey next week unless the reviews are horrid.



Garo said:

Probably getting Damrey. Think I'll wait for a price drop on Minis on the Move.



Cesco said:

Unfortunately it seems that Solomon's key won't appear on the 3DS Virtual Console. It's a pity, because it's still one of my all-time favourite puzzle games and I would have bought it gladly (even if I had to admit that Solomon's club for the Gameboy is a superior version).



C-Olimar said:

@Cesco Have you tried Pyramids? It costs basically the same as Solomon's Key and is really fun!

Also, I was told on the forums by an Agetec employee that Pantom Thief Stina would be here before Bloody Vampire! I feel cheated; I want my mediocre games!



Dreamcaster-X said:

Solomons Key & Xevious....pretty sure nobody asked for either on the Wii U VC console update. The Wii U's VC is a total joke and quite frankly an insult to the loyal fans who continue to stand by the ailing system.



AJWolfTill said:

I'm going to pick up Starship Damrey as soon as it's on sale, unless the reviews can tempt me enough.



Zeldalover said:

Still no Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA) for the Virtual Console! It's been over 5 months. Not that I'm complaining.



daggdroppen said:

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move & Bloody Vampire for me. this is the third week with cool eshop titles. i dont almost the time to clear them all



Windy said:

@Prof_Elvin_Gadd I'm bad I always vote on something I already bought **looks left then Right** Haha Hope Europe enjoys the Goodness that we have had in the US here already.

@Everyone Just a side note I'm still boycotting Nicalis since they cannot find a way to get Cave Story to our friends in Europe. Just my own dumb little boycott. Now as I see a game like Bloody Vampire make it to Europe I know that Cave Story can make it too and there is simply no real reason as to why. So Ikachan you must wait until Cave story gets into our european Friends hands . I liked Bloody Vampire better than Cave story anyway. Its not as long but too me it was just more fun



G3ry said:

Stop voting NOTHING FOR THIS WEEK, at least click on one that sounds iinteresting!!!




Stuffgamer1 said:

@G3ry: If they aren't going to downloading anything, nothing is the only true answer. It's not a good idea to SAY you'll download something when you won't...I'd rather this was an accurate portrayal of what a terrible job Nintendo is doing of releasing games their fans care about.

In case anybody was wondering, Solomon's Key and Xevious are both listed for a May 9th release on it looks like North America is going to get the same two games again this week. That wouldn't bother me so much if we weren't already a game behind...I WANT MARIO'S SUPER PICROSS, DANG IT!



Kifa said:

I'll need to pass this week. Already spent too much on videogames over the past month and the day has only 24 hours... Still, Damrey and new Minis games are on the top of my "to buy" list.



GamerZack87 said:

@ThomasBW84: I was under the impression that Minis on the Move was a spin-off of the main Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, not an actual part of it. Oh well, it still looks freaking amazing. Goin' on mah white 3DS XL fer sure!



ledreppe said:

@DESS-M-8 That's true, but they wouldn't want to release all the good stuff too early.

I'll be getting Mario v's Donkey Kong this week, loved the DSiWare version.



ToxieDogg said:

Mario & Donkey Kong and Bloody Vampire are dead certs for me. The Starship Damrey looks like I'll enjoy it as well. I like the look of Crash City Mayhem, would like to see a review of that one first though. Plus there's also Zelda: Oracle Of Ages/Seasons coming soon as well......



Magikarp3 said:

Going to nab Starship Damrey and Bloody Vampire. I'll wait for a review of Minis on the Move though



RetrogamerFan said:

Will be updating Wrecking Crew (why no voting button?).
Solomon's Key, maybe. I could never get very far into it so the save states might help.
I love the 3DClassics version of Xevious so i'm tempted to get this, but I'm worried this will be a really inferior port, 60Hz would definitely improve this.



cmk8 said:

Nothing for me this week, will get a couple of them when they go on sale, happy to wait until then as have plenty to keep me occupied at the moment!
How many times has Chasing Aurora had a "temporary" discount?



FonistofCruxis said:

I intend on beating Mini-land mayhem first but I'd definitely like to get Mario and Donkey Kong and I might get Colour Commando at some point.



sonik said:

Wii U VC is a joke, old games that I buyed Before on my Wii, why do Nintendo I want them again?

MOVE the goddame Wii vc to wii u vc now, and I don't buy the "technical difficulties" bs Nintendo says about that, they are lazy and greedy to loyal customers, i love to play N64 games on my wii u gamepad, like mario 64, zelda oot.

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