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Nintendo Download: 9th May 2013 (North America)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Mario and DK team up, X-rated speed, game development dreams and more

It's that time again, North America, when your Nintendo systems are updated with new downloadable delights to sample. The humble Wii is the only platform to miss out, and overall you have Virtual Console titles to consider, a retail demo and some fresh games to contemplate. Let's get to the details.

Wii U Virtual Console

Solomon's Key (Tecmo, $4.99) — 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) — 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 Temporary Price Reduction

Chasing Aurora (Broken Rules, $7.49 from 9th to 16th May, normally $14.99)

Wii U Retail Demo

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, free) — This HD re-release of the highly regarded 3DS title is now just two weeks away, so Capcom's providing a free demo to get you in the mood. Available from 14th May, this'll take you through the early — and eerie — stages on an abandoned cruise-liner. They're free scares, what's not to like?

3DS eShop

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (Nintendo, $9.99) — The fifth game in this popular series sees the former foes, and other famous characters, teaming up rather than competing. There are plenty of puzzles (apparently 180), four modes, unlockable mini-games and a level editor with online sharing. It can also have a fiendish, 3DS-hurling level of difficulty, while the touch screen play for the main modes can make the use of 3D visuals superfluous. It's still fun and packing a lot of content, earning a recommendation from us, but there's a fair bit to think about in our Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move review.

SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (Gamelion, $2.99) — Rumoured last week, this new version / follow-up to SpeedX 3D makes a sudden entry onto the North American eShop. The official spiel promises a new and faster Hyper Mode, improved controls — which seems to be hinting at stylus steering being added — better visuals and new music tracks to enjoy with headphones. We thoroughly enjoyed the simple fun of the original — and this new version comes in $1 cheaper — so we'll see whether lightning strikes twice in a review.

DSiWare

Publisher Dream (CIRCLE Entertainment, 200 Nintendo Points) — This sim title gives you the opportunity to run your own game development studio, releasing games of all sizes on the 'cShop' over a period of nine years. It delivers in some areas to provide an addictive experience, but some balancing issues and peculiarities let it down. One to consider for fans of the genre, nonetheless, you can check out our Publisher Dream review for full details.


A decent mix to chew over, if not the most packed update we've seen in recent times. Let us know which titles are on your agenda in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (279 votes)

Solomon's Key (Wii U Virtual Console)

  4%

Xevious (Wii U Virtual Console)

  3%

Chasing Aurora (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

  2%

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

26%

SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (3DS eShop)

  3%

Publisher Dream (DSiWare)

  1%

Just the Revelations demo for me

21%

Nothing for me this week

40%

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User Comments (101)

iphys

#6

iphys said:

I'll probably get SpeedX, assuming it's actually worth owning if I have the original (something I'll wait for the review to determine).

DESS-M-8

#16

DESS-M-8 said:

The revelations demo better come out on UK eshop. There needs to be an increase in quality and quantity to the virtual console, we've had one triple A title released so far, out of how many NES/SNES games that are possible? June/July better see GameCube being announced to make up for this drought. Eternal Darkness, Luigi's Mansion, Beach Spikers, Zelda: The Twilight Princess and Metal
Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes all this year please. And Ikaruga

Flowerlark

#19

Flowerlark said:

I kinda almost wish I had a WiiU with which to play Chasing Aurora. None of the e-shop offerings are all that tantalizing. More Circle shovelware, a frantic, unfair puzzle game, or a sickeningly dizzying racing game.

Yeeeeaaaah, nothing for me. Still holding out hope for Harvest Moon GBC to come soon.

Tasuki

#20

Tasuki said:

Man I keep checking and hoping to see Harvest Moon for the 3DSVC. Just the RE demo for me this week. Since I traded in my 3DS copy to get MH3U I might check out the Wii U version.

TonyBoySP

#22

TonyBoySP said:

At this rate... maybe in 2 or 3 years the Wii U's VC will be equivalent to the Wii VC... (It's like going back in time to 2006 or 2007)....

kitroplious

#23

kitroplious said:

Purchasing Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, Publisher Dream this week. Also will check out the Wii U version of Resident Evil: Revelations.

TreesenHauser

#25

TreesenHauser said:

Bring on the Revelations demo and 30-cent Super Metroid :D
[If I didn't already have Xevious in two different iterations (and more eShop credit) I'd download it]

bezerker99

#27

bezerker99 said:

I've had my eye on the 3D Minis game since it was announced a few months back. I'm a big fan of the Mario/DK Minis games! :-P

Kaboom

#28

Kaboom said:

Saving my cash for Oracle of Ages and Seasons in a few weeks. Hopefully they won't get inexplicably delayed like Ninja Gaiden was and Harvest Moon GBC evidently is now...

ejamer

#29

ejamer said:

Oh, I thought the first Guild02 game was supposed to come out this week. Guess it got delayed? Probably for the best - I've already got more games than I have time to enjoy.

onex

#31

onex said:

Call me crazy, but I'm thinking Nintendo is holding off on the good VC content until after E3 in hopes of garnering more attention to the WiiU. Right now, the majority of us WiiU owners are diehards and are used to the wait. Here's hoping summer proves fruitful.

Nightingale

#32

Nightingale said:

Those VC choices are baffling. Seems like there should be about a thousand other games that would take priority - and sell a lot better - than either of these choices. Who in the world is going out of their way to buy the first - and worst - Xevious?

bahooney

#34

bahooney said:

I'm actually really surprised nobody's pumped for Solomon's Key. My buddy and I picked up the cart and bust out the NES quite frequently for this gem! If you've seen the episode of Game Center CX where this was featured, picking it up is a no-brainer. Very challenging puzzler, but VERY rewarding, addicting, and plain fun. Controls like a dream. Definitely show some love!

cyrus_zuo

#38

cyrus_zuo said:

I wish Solomon's Key was a precurser to a Rygar release, but just like the Wii and 3DS I assume Tecmo will inexplicably not bring that NES classic to the VC opting instead for the NES AND arcade versions of Solomon's Key :(.

bizcuthammer

#39

bizcuthammer said:

Wow. The NA VC is a joke. Would it really be so hard to release more games each week... Or at least games people want instead of throwaway garbage like solomon's key?! Come on, nintendo. You've got the best treasure trove of retro gaming classics, and you're going to slowly drip feed us the scraps on the floor like this?! Where's super mario bros? Or link to the past? Or any of the kirby games japan got recently?! And why dont you have N64 and GBA support yet? At least when the Wii launched not only did it COME with the VC installed, it had great games from the start, with several games dropped each week, and with N64 and Genesis and TurboGrax-16 too. The VC situation is embarrassing, and really there's no excuse for it. It would be ok if Wii U was seeing some game releases at retail i guess. But its not... All we have to hope for from now til late summer is the VC and a few ports of already existing games. So get on with giving us some decent VC support, nintendo, since you're not gonna be giving us anything new to play for a few months.

dragon_rider

#40

dragon_rider said:

@bizcuthammer They're the master trolls. Okay, granted, ROMs have to be tested, injected into the emulators, and renewed for licensing. HOWEVER, given the fact they announced this back in January, the fact that they have released 10 games (four of which are a part of the .30 promotion), that means only six games have been released. Wow, just wow. It that isn't abysmally asinine, I don't know what is. Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of Japan get a real selection (and they get gasp more than two games!), but NOA, we get nothing.

NOA's VC team, sod off.

Selene

#41

Selene said:

Prolly not buying anything till Harvest Moon GBC finally appears (or zelda oracle games).

Ralizah

#43

Ralizah said:

STILL no Harvest Moon? What's taking NOA so long? Europe got it weeks ago! And we still haven't gotten Wario Land 3 yet. Europe gets VC games so much sooner... -_-

Bazly

#44

Bazly said:

Wow! THREE games for me this week? POSSIBLY 4 as I may upgrade my Wii VC Solomon's Key to the Wii U version. MAY...

brucelebnd

#46

brucelebnd said:

yawn.......... why would I buy a game that's already out on the Wii VC? especially when you'll be able to tranfer them to the Wii U gamepad soon, for a small fee.

it's just stupid, release something that isn't on the Wii VC, something new. wow what a crazy idea

Donjwolf

#47

Donjwolf said:

Wel I was going to get Publisher Deram but after reading the review, it sounds worse than Bookstore Dream, which wasn't bad.Dunno if I want it anymore.

bonesy91

#49

bonesy91 said:

I think Nintendo just needs to drop the once a week bull. Might be a reason more indie developers shy away. Don't blame them, getting a game released shop is like playing Russian roulette...

biglittlejake

#51

biglittlejake said:

Really? Obviously Nintendo doesn't want their system to succeed. They have only gave one good game on the virtual console and that was Super Mario World. It has been 3 weeks and no Legend of Zelda. ):

KillerGBH

#53

KillerGBH said:

ARG what a joke those VC title we want bigger title for NA stop sending us title i never heard about o.O kinda weird.

WindWakerLink

#57

WindWakerLink said:

Thank you guys for posting these weekly! I held out for buying "Chasing Aurora" and I'm glad I did! ^__^

bizcuthammer

#58

bizcuthammer said:

@Jukilum I said we werent getting anything until the end of summer... I was referring to whats officially been announced as well, which isnt much. Game&Wario and Pikmin 3 have official dates before September. Outside of that, we have eshop and VC to last us til who knows when.

Midnight3DS

#59

Midnight3DS said:

I'm just wondering if anybody has any idea of a ballpark date Harvest Moon GBC will be released. This has been on my radar since I got the 3DS. Maybe it's a super duper awesome edition.

biglittlejake

#64

biglittlejake said:

dragon_rider I brought up a similar thing to Nintendo. I asked them if your defense of emulators is the virtual console, what about the ones not on there, are they fair game? Also I brought about making games available to buy on phones. Here's what they said.

"Hello,
Thanks for contacting us. Having spent much of my childhood playing on the older Nintendo systems myself, I can see why you would enjoy being able to purchase digital versions of all of your favorite games from past systems directly through Nintendo. I completely understand why you think making software for computers and cell phones would be a smart move for us to make. We've found, however, that by having our developers focus solely on maximizing the power and capabilities of our own systems, they can create the best gaming experiences. Our game development will continue to exclusively support Nintendo hardware. I also want to assure you that your comments will be added to our records for the Nintendo eShop and made available for other departments at the company to use as they see fit.

While it sounds like you understand the issue behind using emulators, I feel that it is important to point out that Nintendo does not support the use of emulators. In fact, software (also known as ROMs) downloaded from the Internet to then be played on another device via an emulator is illegal. Because the main purpose of video game emulators is to play illegal copies of games, Nintendo considers it a form of piracy. In addition, Nintendo does not grant permission to download or use ROM's legally.

If you would like information on this topic, please go to the Corporate area of our web site and link to the "Legal Information" section. Here is the direct URL to this section:

http://www.nintendo.com/corp/legal.jsp

For more information regarding piracy in the video game industry, please visit Nintendo's Anti-Piracy website (http://ap.nintendo.com/) or the Entertainment Software Association's website (www.theesa.com).

Sincerely,

Jeremy Meddling
Nintendo of America Inc."

dragon_rider

#65

dragon_rider said:

I found the true form of NOA's CEO, now everything makes sense :D

http://i.imgur.com/4JATmiO.jpg

@biglittlejake I know what their stance is, I don't see the logic in their VC release process, it's convoluted and half a**ed to say the least. I'm not telling people to rely on illicit means, I'm not suggesting that at all. But with the way Nintendo does their schedule, it's hard not to be upset. Two games per week are not going to cut it.

Andremario

#68

Andremario said:

@crabgats: what region do you live in? I never heard of supermario bros.2 coming out ne time soon in NA?? I'm definitely getting Mario and donkey Kong today don't judge me...

SCAR392

#70

SCAR392 said:

RE demo for me. My guess is that Harvest Moon will be out by the end of this month, or next month. Super Metroid comes out on the 17 or 18th for 30¢, too, so that's a for sure thing.

Midnight3DS

#71

Midnight3DS said:

@biglittlejake

I have to say, the reply you received from Nintendo is impressive. I would encourage others to kindly make known their VC requests to Nintendo, for both Wii U and 3DS. GBA on 3DS is my request. I'd like to see it more robust, too. Like itunes.

SCAR392

#73

SCAR392 said:

@dragon_rider
Pretty much. The SNES cart is sold for $20 or more usually, and the Wii U version in HD with custom controls options, menu pause, and restore points. I could buy 66 copies of Super Metroid on Wii U during the promo to equal $20, and even 1 copy for 30¢ is better than the SNES cart.

ChrisT99

#76

ChrisT99 said:

I would soo download the Revelations demo if it weren't for the stupid eShop age restriction thing. How do I get around that?

biglittlejake

#77

biglittlejake said:

@Midnight3DS The email I sent them I brought up all the games that are not available like Harvest Moon 64, Star Wars Racer, Pokemon Staduim's, Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Leaf Green and Fire Red, I also brought up LOZ Oracles too, and they got announced within a few weeks of my email. Not saying I had anything to do with that but it's cool they actually responded with literature. I found though the virtual console and the eshop is pretty much the only thing they can talk about. I tried asking about Animal Crossing last year after E3 and they didn't say much.

LindsayPez

#78

LindsayPez said:

I never had hopes for the Wii U virtual console, figuring they would do what they did with Wii. But I wonder if Nintendo will look at poor virtual console sales and wonder why it is? Do they not realize that they need to release good games to get sales?

Bass_X0

#80

Bass_X0 said:

why would I buy a game that's already out on the Wii VC? especially when you'll be able to tranfer them to the Wii U gamepad soon, for a small fee.

I don't have a Wii U, but my understanding is that you can only update your Wii VC game to play on the Wii U game pad once they have been released on the Wii U shop. So today its Xevious and Solomon's Key that you can now play on the gamepad for a small fee if you have already downloaded them on Wii.

KnightRider666

#81

KnightRider666 said:

Mario & DK: MOTM and SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition for me this week. Still have no new VC games for the 3DS this week too? C'mon Nintendo. Well at least Mega Man 5 comes out next week. I can't wait for that one!:) The VC is slowly getting better, but I do stress the word -slowly-...
@bahooney: Solomon's Key is awesome! I wish they put it on the 3DS VC instead.
@Eisenbolan: Rising Board 3D is only $1.49 right now. I'm hoping for more discounts than that though.

dragon_rider

#82

dragon_rider said:

@SCAR392 Buying my games on eBay....nope.jpg. Even the upgraded games (the transferred ones from Wii to Wii U versions) are very reasonable.

@ChrisT99 You can lie about your age...just saying. But don't take my word for it, or get your parents' credit card info without their consent. That works well, and without consequences, right?

@LindsayPez "What? We want sales, right men? Let's show them what we're made of by not releasing decent games!" That is their battle cry, to spite customers by releasing paltry amounts. One to two is pathetic, but the line must be drawn, even three to four would be enough. Next week looks good though, Super Metroid, Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Ghouls N' Ghosts from Capcom. So I can almost have faith in NOA.

Stuffgamer1

#84

Stuffgamer1 said:

Another week without Mario's Super Picross. Is everybody remember to Miiverse about it? Based on the number of requests I've seen on there...no. Get with it, guys! It's our best and probably only hope...

XFsWorld

#85

XFsWorld said:

The origina SpeedX 3d game already seem hype enough to me
Mario&Donkey kong!!!

JoeysGirl

#86

JoeysGirl said:

We need a playable demo of Animal Crossing New Leaf on 3DS to tide us over till it releases next month :D

WarioFan63

#87

WarioFan63 said:

@dragon_rider Genesis and Turbografx games would likely have to be talked about with Sega and Hudson and considering Hudson is part of Konami now might be even harder. I dont think thats Nintendos fault if either of those companies are not ready to redo their Wii VC library for Wii U yet.

We are getting those Kirby games. They will come. They will never not come.

Not counting Super Metroid, Japan is getting 2 VC games on Wii U next week. Japan getting 3 VC games in a week in is not the end of the world. That is only one more than we get. And considering Japan had a bigger library of NES and SNES games back in the 80s and 90s, its not unreasonable for them to have a bigger library. I mean come on.

SCAR392

#88

SCAR392 said:

There's sales today, too. Assassin's Creed 3 is $39.99, and Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is $49.99.
Also, they announced Super Mario Bros 2.(NES) for VC. May 15th.

GamerJunkie

#89

GamerJunkie said:

These games are no good fro the prices. I'll spend $5 on an indie bundle(theres about 5 going on today) and get 6-10 PC games that are better than any of these titles.

I did get Wii u Zen pinball marvel tables that are all on sale for $1.25 each this week though.

dragon_rider

#92

dragon_rider said:

@WarioFan63 I know, there are licensing issues to deal with, etc, but they should at have three games per week. Not too little and not too many. TG16...wasn't a big fan personally, but I bet that a mob of angry people with torches will show up at my front door having saying that :D

Next week does look better, I'll give them that.

allav866

#93

allav866 said:

Nintendo ought to focus more on giving us more VC games that weren't released on the Wii. I'm still mad we never got Pilotwings 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, or Mario Party 3.

TheSonicdude97

#94

TheSonicdude97 said:

Anyone notice how they put up a top screen image of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic for the Netflix app? SWEET!! :D

SirQuincealot

#95

SirQuincealot said:

i dont know if its been said but rising board for thee 3ds is on sale for 1.50, this is an acytually fun game at a real low price

UnseatingKDawg

#97

UnseatingKDawg said:

@Midnight3DS: I'd say it's in the ballpark of Sonic 2 for Game Gear - you know, MAYBE it'll come, since we've been waiting for these titles since either before the 3DS launched (in my case) or since we've gotten the system (in your case). Ah, NOA. At least you don't fail when it comes to disappointment...

ChrisT99

#99

ChrisT99 said:

@dragon_rider It's not that, but it's just that because I'm under 18 (only 13 here), the eShop won't let me download or view info for (and as such download demos of) M-rated titles, such as RE:R or ACIII.

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