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Nintendo Download: 20th June (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Luigi steps up, the Guild returns, some retro goodies and much more

So E3 is now but a fading memory, but at least we have a lot of Wii U and 3DS games on the way to keep us entertained for the rest of the year. One of those lands as Wii U DLC today, while the 3DS is pretty much overflowing with varied offerings, including the second entry from the Guild02 series. Let's get to it.

Wii U Retail DLC

New Super Luigi U (Nintendo, €19.99 / £17.99) — A significant "Year of Luigi" arrival and, perhaps more importantly, a big release to tide over Wii U owners. This eShop release will function as DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U before arriving as a standalone retail release next month, providing over 80 levels with Luigi as the star and the inclusion of a practically invincible Nabbit in multiplayer. It'll feature redesigned stages to suit Luigi's abilities — including a flutter jump — and looks like typical 2D platforming fun. We'll wear some green and check this out for a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Mario Bros. (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — Now we're really kicking it old school, as this NES port of the original Mario Bros. arcade makes its appearance on the Wii U Virtual Console. Luigi fans should know that this one was the green one's first appearance, offering up single screen challenges to flip over and kick plenty of foes. This one's perhaps a little dated now, but we'll get kitted out for a trip into the pipes for an updated review; until then, you can see what we said in our Wii Virtual Console Mario Bros. review.

Wrecking Crew (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — This NES platform puzzler makes its third Virtual Console appearance, as it recently landed on the 3DS eShop's platform. It provides fairly standard 8-bit fare, but multiplayer and a level editor — which includes the option to save your creations on the VC — add a little extra depth. We'll see how the Wii U version stacks up, but until then you can check out our 3DS Virtual Console Wrecking Crew review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation, €4.99 / £4.49 until 26th June, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

3DS eShop

BUGS vs. TANKS! (Level-5, €7.99 / £7.19) — The second of three Guild02 titles coming to the 3DS eShop, this contribution comes from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune. Footage to date has shown what looks like a basic action game as tanks fight — you guessed it — big bugs, but the official blurb promises local wireless co-op for up to four players, StreetPass implementation and a large variety of tank parts for customisation. We'll don our helmets and charge into battle for a review.

3D Game Collection (Joindots, €24.99 / £11.99) — This title comes with an extraordinary price discrepancy between mainland Europe and the UK, with the latter still being a fair bit more expensive than the North American release. As a collection of small games, meanwhile, it's hit and miss for a mediocre overall experience; check out our 3D Game Collection review for more details.

Gardenscapes (Joindots, €24.99 / £14.99) — Rather like 3D Game Collection, this title has had a price bump on its way to Europe. This one is partly about maintaining and designing a desirable garden space, while there's also some hidden object gameplay included; it may appeal to any horticulturally-minded 3DS owners out there. Not perfect by any means, we nevertheless had some positive things to say in our Gardenscapes review.

The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels (Agetec, €4.99 / £4.49) — This won't win many prizes for its less-than-snappy title, but its concept of stealing jewels or alternatively chasing the thief promises much. It doesn't quite deliver on its potential, in our view, and you can see why in our The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels review.

Witch's Cat (Agetec, €4.99 / £4.49) — A spin-off from the Rabi Laby titles on DSiWare, this is a challenging puzzle game that sees you make use of magic abilities to progress. This offers plenty of challenge, nf some occasions with too much of a difficulty spike, but it still earned a solid recommendation in our Witch's Cat review.

101 DinoPets 3D (Selectsoft, €4.00 / £3.59) — Pet sims are common on the DS family of systems and, gradually, on the 3DS, but this one is undoubtedly unique in making you look after and dress up dinosaurs. What could possibly go wrong? According to our 101 DinoPets 3D review, quite a lot.

3DS Virtual Console

Defenders of Oasis (SEGA, €3.99 / £3.59) — The collection of Game Gear titles on the 3DS eShop continues to grow with this Japanese-style RPG, where you're tasked with recruiting allies and taking down an evil wizard. Sounds like a normal day in the office, and we'll let you know how the quest goes in a review, soon.

Tails Adventure (SEGA, €4.99 / £4.49) — It's inevitable that sidekicks get spin-off games of their own, and this Game Gear example sees Sonic's trusty assistant embark on 12 missions to gather mechanical parts for a mysterious machine. We'll see whether Tails is up to going solo in our upcoming review.

3DS Retail Demo

LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey (Warner Bros., free) — It's yet another LEGO franchise coming to the DS and 3DS, and this free 3DS demo will help you decide whether it's worth your money.

3DS Retail Downloads

LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey (Warner Bros., €39.99 / £34.99) — Available from 21st June.

Rayman Origins (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £17.99)

Luxor (MSL, €11.99 / £10.79)

3DS eShop Discount

Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (Pixel Toys, €2.49 / £2.49 until 4th July, normally €4.99 / £4.99)


Armageddon Operation Dragon (EnjoyUp Games, 500 Nintendo Points) — With a storyline of saving the world while riding on top of a dragon, this one undoubtedly has the potential to be a lot of fun. However, it joins a list of vertical overhead runners from this development studio that have been largely panned by the Nintendo Life team; this one is no exception in our Armageddon Operation Dragon review.

Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleepless Star (MSL, 800 Nintendo Points) — No sooner has Jewel Quest 4 arrived and disappointed us, Jewel Quest 5 now arrives on DSiWare. Expect more match-three puzzling with a loose storyline applied, and we'll see whether this fifth entry fares better in our upcoming review.

A lot of downloads to choose from this week, Europe. As always you can let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (219 votes)

New Super Luigi U (Wii U DLC)


Mario Bros. (Wii U Virtual Console)


Wrecking Crew (Wii U Virtual Console)


Little Inferno (Wii U Temporary Discount)


BUGS vs. TANKS! (3DS eShop)


3D Game Collection (3DS eShop)


Gardenscapes (3DS eShop)


The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels (3DS eShop)


Witch's Cat (3DS eShop)


101 DinoPets 3D (3DS eShop)


Defenders of Oasis (3DS Virtual Console)


Tails Adventure (3DS Virtual Console)


LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey (3DS retail download)


Rayman Origins (3DS retail download)


Luxor (3DS retail download)


Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Armageddon Operation Dragon (DSiWare)


Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleepless Star (DSiWare)


Just the free demo for me


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (71)



Hunter-D said:

Wow, there's a lot this week. Will definitely get the Guild 02 games later on. (Tokyo Tale looks so cool!) so BUGS vs TANKS can wait.

I'm getting Super Luigi U on disc because that Boxart is down right phenomenal.

Tempted by Super Little Acorns 3D at that price.... hmmm. Nothing for me I guess then.

Besides I've got FE & AC to play



CliffordB said:

Useless pointless VC releases as usual, well done! Nintendo, NOT!

For pete's sake when will Nintendo put some worthwhile games on the Wii U VC, I'm talking N64 & GameCube here?

Releasing ancient crap every week is getting real boring now, it's not as if there's much to play on the Wii U, not until "2014" so why not release decent stuff on the VC in the meantime?



Randomname19 said:

I don't want to spend money to buy another "New" Super Mario Bros on the same console.I'm saving for Ducktales,Tropical Freeze,Super Mario 3D World,Sonic Lost World and Super Smash Bros.4.



Nintenjoe64 said:

@SilentHunter382 , I want the retail version too but I'm thinking maybe it's better off getting the DLC, playing it to death and keeping the retail game in a nice sealed box just in case it ever becomes valuable.



RetrogamerFan said:

Defenders of Oasis should be another good GG title. Will also probably get Tails' Adventure (GG).
Will get the Luigi DLC later down the line, as i haven't got too far into NSMBU yet, really enjoyed what i played so far.
Not sure about Mario Bros (NES) on Wii U. I really like the game, but i already have it in Yoshi's Island (3DS) and Super Mario All Stars/SMB3.
Good discount on Super Little Acorns, looked like a good game too.



stipey said:

Can I ask why NintendoLife keeps reviewing the games when they end up on a different platform? Surely it's a bit pointless reviewing Yoshi as you did last week when it was reviewed for 3DS only last year (or the year before maybe?)... Same goes with the Mario Bros game. How is it going to be any different to the Wii VC version at all?



Yasume said:


SLA3DT is pretty good, yes. I loved challenge mode. It does get repetitive after a while, but you can't go wrong with it at €2,50.



DarkCoolEdge said:

I'll get Super Little Acorns and maybe Bugs vs. Tanks. The latter doesn't look very good but it's a Guild game coming from Inafune, it deserves a chance. I'm waiting for the reviews.



theperson said:

they should sell the ok go videos on eshop, they had 2 on nintendo video a while ago



Bulbousaur said:

I would get Luigi U if I had a Wii U and NSMBU, but I do not unfortunately... Might consider Super Little Acorns after I look up some gameplay, and I'll wait for a review on BUGS vs. TANKS.

Then again, I still have Fire Emblem and Luigi's Mansion 2 to finish, I'm getting Monster Hunter tomorrow in the post and Animal Crossing through So Many Games... We'll see



MAB said:

Cool! Luigi it is then and the GG awesomeness... Chakan GG is getting closer I can feel it



banacheck said:

I'll be getting New Super Luigi U and Maga Man VC game, as i'm playing The Last Of Us at the moment. So i'll will probably buy some more VC games after i've finished some of the games i'm already playing. Cannot wait for Ducktales & Castle of illusions,



felix330 said:

I for one will just play animal crssing and hope that attack of the friday monsters will be released soon.



CliffordB said:


I don't mean no offence, but, as I said (and rightly IMO) the VC so far on the Wii U has being no more than a major disappointment, we all know about the lack of releases on the Wii U, and I just feel that Nintendo should be putting far more effort into the VC, it's bad enough that no GameCube games have come to the VC or even been announced, but, not even having any N64 games on the VC is ridiculous.



KnightRider666 said:

@CliffordB: You do have a point there. I'm still not satisfied with the 3DS's VC either, but it is improving with time. I don't understand why Nintendo can't pump out a constant flow of titles to the VC each week.



CliffordB said:


Exactly, it makes no sense why Nintendo is holding back so many games on the VC, especially ones that have already been released on the Wii VC, surely it would not have hurt them to at least have a few N64 titles up by now, things like SM64, MK64 etc. but, still nothing, all we keep getting is ancient NES games that the majority of people don't care about.

As I said with the lack of releases in general for the Wii U, Nintendo should be really making good use of the VC right now, it would help to tide us all over while we wait for Wii U releases, many not out until 2014.



KnightRider666 said:

@CliffordB: Very well, you made your point my friend. As for "the ancient NES titles" that nobody cares about... I love NES games. I don't know how old you are, but they were part of my childhood, and a great part at that. I have a fine appreciation for retro gaming.



WiiLovePeace said:

Wow there's so much to download this week!! I'm gonna have to stay my hand & try to avoid buying too much haha. I really want the Luigi DLC, despite it being rather expensive (at least when I think how much it'll be in North America) so I'm gonna buy that when I can & I'll look into everything else & might get the 3DS discount & maybe some 3DSware. Awesome!



MAB said:

Because the NES games are way too hard for him to beat... Back in the olden days we didn't need save states, auto saves & infintile continues there were times when you had to leave your system running for days without turning it off before finally completing a game (Chakan)



KingDunsparce said:

Eh, I'm still waiting for Majora's Mask to show up on the VC. It probably will be a while though so I could catch up on some NES and SNES (well, NES this week) gaming in the meantime.
Edit: Wait, this is Europe... Oops



RupeeClock said:

I was interested in getting Super Little Acorns 3D at launch but decided to hold off, looks like my patience was rewarded with a 50% discount, wonderful!

Once again though, where the heck is my Cave Story+, Nicalis?



AyeHaley said:

I hate to pay €10 for additional languages. I wish I could download from the UK eShop.



borjan said:

@Nightwalker Hi NightWalker i saw one of your comments about 3ds and funds transfering i share your pain i too live in Macedonia i ne znam sozo ti zboram angliski ama od kaj najde 3ds xl vo Makedonia od kaj go kupi nikade ne mozam da najdam i nigde nema igri



CliffordB said:


Don't get me wrong I have nothing against NES/SNES titles I also grew up with them, the point I was trying to make is that it would be nice to see something a little more modern/recent thrown into the mix.

I just feel many of the NES and to a lesser extent SNES titles have been seen a little to often now, that's just my take and feelings on it, I suppose I'd just like to be playing something a little more recent on my Wii U, this is just my own personal opinion.



XyVoX said:

@RupeeClock I hear you brother about Cave Story its getting silly how long thats taking now, however ive been waiting for Super Little Acorns 3D to get reduced so now ill jump in and try this little gem £5 no £2.50 YES.



MonsieurRosbif said:

What is going on with the £/€ conversions? It's bonkers!

€4.99 = £4.49 is fine but how can €4.99 also be £3.49?
Looks like us € people are getting a poor deal! But even worse...

€19.99 = £17.99 (fine) but then €24.99 = £11.99 which is taking the p1ss.



RetroGBHippie92 said:

I've been waiting ages for Defenders of Oasis, I can't believe it's gonna be out this week! Man, I'm up to my head with games, you caught me at a bad time Nintendo! I have Animal Crossing: New Leaf, The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity to play (although I already bet the main story and bonus story of PMD, I am playing through DLC and building my paradise up).



Yosher said:

I just asked my local game store how much Luigi would cost retail and they answered a whopping €40,-. That's a €10,- step-up from what you would expect, and €20,- more than the download version. Ugh. I really want the retail one but with prices like these... I dunno.



GiftedGimp said:

Luigi DLC is good value, less than £20, I was expecting it cost £30 due it essentially a game in itself albeit using NSMBU world map, and obviously assets to build the new levels.
Maybe it's because I'me so used to dlc being high priced for what you actually get on ps3.



Yosher said:

@ScorpionMG Usually though, when a game in the US is $40, then the game in Europe will be €40. So you'd expect the same for a game costing $30 in the US, having it cost €30 in Europe.

Meh, I'll see whether or not I'll get it retail or not. I really really really prefer retail a ton more over digital, but when they pull this kind of crap... ugh.



Monkeyofthefunk said:

Another very disappointing offering on eshop for the Wii U this week. Luigi U is just Mario dressed up with a new move or two. Why do Nintendo keep giving us 2d side scrollers from NES and for the Wii U? This isn't what we want, we've moved forward. Pre-ordered my PS4 and was going to keep my Wii U but unless Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3 turn out to be amazing games, it's going to be traded in near Xmas. I'll pick another one up when SSB and MK8 get released.



Monkeyofthefunk said:

I was happy after E3 but the winter releases are a long way off and there's only so much Black Ops 2 I can play until then.



BakaKnight said:

Was waiting for Witch Cat, but AFTER Raby Labi 2, why they skipped a title? >.<;

Anyway lovely week, it's great when it takes time for read all the new coming titles =D



Shambo said:

i'll get luigi u as a standalone, i just need to have my physical copies. bugs vs tanks will have to wait till it gets a discount. and let that be the reason i'll get Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo. i already have most the vc games anyway.



Windy said:

hurray for gamegear! **Wonders if dreamcast games could ever be converted to 3DS**



Windy said:

@KnightRider666 same here. Im still of the oppinion 5 games a week should be getting pumped out on VC but I guess someone doesn't agree with that. how hard is it to convert a game to VC? and.......doesn't Nintendo like making money? Haha



AVahne said:

Europe's getting a huge amount of content this week. I wonder if America will as well.



Morpheel said:

Oh wow, mini game collection and gardenscapes are like 4 times more expensive than here!



timp29 said:

Wow, look at all that content!

Great job Nintendo, that's the kind of thing that will make people eagerly await the eShop updates. I remember back in the early days of VC on Wii, it felt kind of similar.

With New Luigi, will it be better to buy or download. If you download, will you will be able to play the Mario version. If you buy, do you get both Luigi and Mario Bros versions? If you get both with the bought version (provided its cheap), that's a bargain.



Cevan said:

Hmm, not too much to get that's actually good except New Super Luigi U.



brandonbwii said:

New Super Luigi U will be the first Mario themed platformer I don't buy as I never completed NSMBU proper.

I'm down for Defenders of Oasis though as I loved Beyond Oasis on Genesis.



brandonbwii said:

I want to get into Bugs vs. Tanks since it's from Inafune but the vids I've seen make it look so terrible.



CrimsonMoonMist said:

Hey! I used to play Tails' Adventure on the Gems Collection when I was a kid.
How 'bout that? Guess I'll be giving it a go again.



Kirbic said:

Tails Adventure? YES!! THAT is the Game Gear game I've been waiting for. Instant buy and nearly completes what I personally wanted out of the 3DS VC. Just Pokemon to go to complete the portable retro package I want.

New Super Luigi U is a buy for sure too. Maybe Little Inferno as well.



Giygas_95 said:

I'm hoping that NA will get Mega Man 6 on the 20th. If it does, I'll use a digital promo code to get it virtually free. I also want to get Super Luigi U which will give me another deluxe promo code.



KnightRider666 said:

@Windy: There has to be some reason beyond our grasp for this. Probably a marketing ploy or sorts, but it's more like chinese water torture to me; giving up drips of games at a time.



DavidH said:

Is there any news on what's due to hit the Wii U eShop this Thursday yet?


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