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Nintendo Download: 11th July (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The flippin' Force, bullet hell, a dreamy RPG and much more

It's Monday morning, but our week is brightened once again by the European download news. This week brings us plenty to consider, with new and old titles on Wii U, a mixture of retail, video and download-only goodies on 3DS and a match-3 puzzler for DSiWare. So many downloads, so little time, so let's get on with it.

Wii U eShop

Star Wars Pinball (Zen Studios, €9.99 / £7.99) — It's taken a good while to arrive, and ultimately never came as DLC for Zen Pinball 2, but the tables based on the iconic franchise finally make their way to Wii U. This is the standalone title that includes XP, a dynamic front end depending on the side you choose and leaderboards that reflect the community's sides of the force. We'll trust our instincts and bring you a review.

Wii U Virtual Console Famicom Promotion

Donkey Kong (Nintendo, €0.30 / £0.30) — The latest cheaper than chips Famicom promotion game introduces us to DK the villain and the heroic Jumpman, though of course much has changed since then. This is the U.S. version of the iconic NES title — itself a port from the arcade — and you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Donkey Kong review to see how it stacked up on the original VC; this will be available from 15th July.

Wii U Virtual Console

Metroid (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — The NES title that started it all, confusing gamers in its maze of a world before revealing that the hero was a heroine, ahead of its "rescue the Princess" time, arguably. The series hit its 2D heights with Super Metroid, but the groundwork was laid down in this 8-bit debut. We still think it holds up pretty well in our 3DS Virtual Console Metroid review.

Kid Icarus (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — Another iconic debut, though this series hasn't appeared as often as Metroid, to put it lightly. That catchy music was heard for the first time — before being enjoyed again in the 3D Classics release — and it's also a game capable of driving seasoned gamers to distraction with its difficulty; yet it teases us along to play more, regardless. We'll tackle those tough vertical levels again, but in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Kid Icarus review.

Wii U Virtual Console Promotion

Metroid (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 25th July if you've already bought Kid Icarus on the Wii U eShop, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

Kid Icarus (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 25th July if you've already bought Metroid on the Wii U eShop, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

3DS eShop

Kokuga (G.Rev, €14.99 / £13.49) — As the latest game from legendary shmup developer Hiroshi Iuchi, this comes with a bit of pressure to accompany its unique design ideas; you can only have one bullet on screen at any time, though you can use various cards for special abilities and buffs at key moments. While extremely challenging, this one nails it in our view, becoming tough to ignore for fans of the genre — check out our Kokuga review for the full lowdown.

Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, €14.99 / £14.99) — This one makes bold promises of a mysterious murder on the famous ship, puzzles to solve and plenty of hidden object finding to keep you occupied. While not getting anything horribly wrong, this is somewhat linear in design, while the puzzles aren't particularly varied or enticing. Still not a bad game and worth considering if you're a fan of the genre, as our Murder on the Titanic review explains.

Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €4.89 / £4.19 until 25th July, normally €6.99 / £5.99) — Known as Soccer Up 3D in North America, this 3DS entry of the light-hearted football title finally arrives in Europe, bringing with it substantial Download Play multiplayer support and Mii integration, among other things. Unfortunately issues and glitches stopped this one from scoring a wonder goal in our Football Up 3D review.

My Farm 3D (Big Ben, €7.99 / £6.99) — As the title suggests you take over a farm of your own, caring for the animals and then selling produce at the markets. This sounds quite cute and cuddly, as you can earn new colours for your animals; this is a smaller version of a title previously released at retail, with six animals and ten unlockable bonuses. We'll fire up the combine harvester and bring you a review.

3DS Retail Download

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) — The fourth entry in this particular series from AlphaDream (it's even called Mario & Luigi RPG 4 in Japan), this 3DS debut for the series gives Luigi a starring role and sees the brothers jumping between the real and the dream world of Pi'illo Island. As you'd expect from AlphaDream, this isn't short of creativity or humour, and arrives in Europe on 12th July. Our review will awaken from its slumber very soon.

3DS eShop Video

Shaun the Sheep - Episode 1-5 (Nintendo, €2.99 / £2.69) — Five episodes (1-5) of Shaun the Sheep in 3D: The Picnic, Penalty!, Babysitting Timmy, Bitzer Over Easy, The Art Class.

Shaun the Sheep - Episode 6-10 - (Nintendo, €2.99 / £2.69) — Five episodes (6-10) of Shaun the Sheep in 3D: Sprout-Shooters, Members Only, Down the Loo, Story Time, Kite.

Shaun the Sheep - Episode 11-15 (Nintendo, €2.99 / £2.69) — Five episodes (11-15) of Shaun the Sheep in 3D: Shaun Goes Old School, Shaun's Bale Out, Sheep Shoot Hoops, Beware! Sheep Crossing, Lamb Salsa.

Shaun the Sheep - Episode 1-15 (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) — All episodes (1-15) of Shaun the Sheep in 3D plus the "Making of": The Picnic, Penalty!, Babysitting Timmy, Bitzer Over Easy, The Art Class, Sprout-Shooters, Members Only, Down the Loo, Story Time, Kite, Shaun Goes Old School, Shaun's Bale Out, Sheep Shoot Hoops, Beware! Sheep Crossing, Lamb Salsa + Making of.


Lost Treasures of Alexandria (MSL, 500 Nintendo Points) — A surprise arrival this week, and one that seems to be a DSiWare port of a match-3 PC puzzle game. We'll delve into the mystery to bring your our review.

Quite a bit to choose from this time around, catering to most budgets and platforms. Feel free to share your download plans with us in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (210 votes)

Star Wars Pinball (Wii U eShop)


Donkey Kong (Wii U Famicom Promotion)


Metroid (Wii U Virtual Console)


Kid Icarus (Wii U Virtual Console)


Kokuga (3DS eShop)


Murder on the Titanic (3DS eShop)


Football Up 3D (3DS eShop)


My Farm 3D (3DS eShop)


Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. (3DS retail download)


Shaun the Sheep (3DS eShop video)


Lost Treasures of Alexandria (DSiWare)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (70)



DreamyViridi said:

You can count on me getting Dream Team Bros. retail hard copy first thing in the morning!



DESS-M-8 said:

Well I'll have been playing it long before you as I'll buy the eshop code from game for £29.99 and be playin it at midnight.



RupeeClock said:

I'm gonna go for the retail copy of Dream Team Bros here, I don't see a particular need for a download edtion of this game, more-so when my GAME pre-order comes with a little keychain gift too.

Also the Shaun the Sheep mini episode collection sounds very nice actually, I may just hop on that after all.



Smitherenez said:

I get a really cool 'travel kit' with my Mario&Luigi pre-order. It includes a wallet, a pillow and a sleep mask.



Koapa said:

Yes, finally, Shaun the Sheep for download.
I love them.

Unfortunatelly, my Nintendo Video is not working anymore.
Video is downloaded (I see the progress bar), but after it, nothing is displayed.



ThomasBW84 said:

@Koapa - I think when you buy videos from the eShop they have their own little app, so if you picked them up you wouldn't need Nintendo Video to view them.



DarkCoolEdge said:

Nothing for me this week. I might get M&L eventually but I want Bowser's Inside Story first. Too bad it still costs 40€.



Bulbousaur said:

Don't think there is anything for me this week, still need to open my Project X Zone!



Datasun_7 said:

Buying retail dream team when I get my pay check at the end of July, I can't wait D: at least I have new leaf and dkcr3d to play in the meantime



Koapa said:

Yes, I know they have its own "application". I have downloaded them to my SD card and then to PC every week
But working Nintendo Video would be even better.



RedYoshi999 said:

Downloading Dream Team as soon as it releases! And if there's no more Famicom promotion titles coming, can we get some better (new) VC titles please? How long will it take before N64 titles arrive?



Magikarp3 said:

Lol I completely forgot Dream Team was coming XD

Might get that, idk. Kokuga also looks amazing



Hunter-D said:

Nothing for me this week.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. will be a physical purchase!



MagicEmperor said:

UK, look, sorry about Independence Day. Okay. Sorry we called you lobsterbacks and other horrid slurs. Could we Americans please have Dream Team? :c



suzzopher said:

Kokuga is a bit pricey, but will still buy.

I guess we'll be getting Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale next week then?



nik1470 said:

Another 3 NES titles on my wiiu then... at least the pace has slightly picked up again.




Hmm... maybe Metroid... Dunno. I never managed to complete that game on the NES.



Nintenjoe64 said:

I wish there was a discount for Megaman games. I've already paid £10.47 for the first 3

The only thing that has impressed me about the VC release schedule (besides Capcom) is that I still haven't been able to upgrade a single game from my Wii collection. I was most excited about Super Mario Bros. on gamepad but for some crazy reason we're still waiting for it.



meppi said:

Oh, gonna buy quite a few games this week!
Donkey Kong, Kid Icarus, Metroid, Kokuga and Mario and Luigi 4. Great way to start of my vacation!



Mahe said:

"The flippin' Force" sounds like it would be a reference to Mighty Switch Force.

(And the first MSF game is on sale on both eShops right now, btw.)



WarioPower said:

Still find it stupid that Star Wars Pinball isn't dlc for ZP2. It just makes it more inconvenient when I have to exit out of a game and enter another just to play a different table..



Dyltheman said:

DREAM TEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM! retail though. ill have the cash for luigi u this week so ill get an eshop card for that. i wont be getting 30c DK so after luigi, ill have enough to get a full priced snes game.



GiftedGimp said:

Starwars Pinball & Donkey Kong and will probably upgrade Metroid to WiiU VC (used Club Nintendo Points to buy the WiiVC version when Super Metroid came to WiiU). May get Kid Icarus if I still qualify for discount.



Koapa said:

Mario & Luigi retail.
Already pre-ordered. Hope it will come on release day



WiiLovePeace said:

May pick up M&L: Dream Team Bros. at retail. Also I'm definitely getting DK & may pick up Metroid (I was hoping for a deal if you already had Super Metroid, but oh well ). May also get Star Wars Pinball one day, though I really should put more time into the tables I bought in Zen Pinball...

Edit: Also wanting PXZ but waiting to see if I won it in a competition, if not I'll get it digitally.



19Robb92 said:

MARIO & LUIGI: DREAM TEAM BROS.!!!, finally! Can't wait to play that one!

It just sucks that it seems like we won't be getting that gorgeous M&L themed 3DS XL over here



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

And on another note, Nintendo should release the Kid Icarus anime videos they did for Nintendo Video for us to buy. I'd pick those up in a heartbeat and I'm sure it would be a nice little earner for Nintendo and the studios that made them...



Aaronzord said:

The physical version of Mario & Luigi is only £27.85 from certain online retailers, so I'll be getting that instead. Nintendo really need to sort themselves out with these digital prices.



sr388survivor said:

I got excited about Dream Team till I realized I'm in America and we don't get it for over a month... I guess it's time you get to enjoy something before us for a change, you lucky Europeans. lol.



unrandomsam said:

@Aaronzord Or just let the download codes be sold in a way that is not a monopoly like has at the moment. (The current situation basically means Nintendo is subsidising them it is not like they are doing any great favours to Nintendo in their shops either).



C-Olimar said:

Finally, Shaun the Sheep
Star Wars is overpriced imo, and I already have Metroid and Kid Icarus, so just Shaun and Donkey Kong for me.



TromaDogg said:

@DESS-M-8 I've preordered my Mario & Luigi from for £27.85 and usually get my games delivered at least a day early from there, so chances are I'll have been playing my copy long before you.for a couple of quid less.




aaronsullivan said:

If the US is similar I'm buying Metroid, Kid Icarus (again), Star Wars Pinball, and of course, the no brainer: Donkey Kong. That's everything the Wii U has to offer. No 3DS yet.



SteveW said:

Wow, no pie levels in Donkey Kong? that's lame that Nintendo chose to release the older version without them.



andrea987 said:

Speaking of videos, when will people be allowed to buy full 3D movies for 3DS? 2mins videos are ridiculous, honestly.



Ducutzu said:

I had my eyes on Kokuga for almost two years now, since I first saw some 3D screenshots of the Japanese version.



FineLerv said:

All three VC games for me! (When it comes to Australia, that is). This certainly makes up for Vegas Stakes! (Let's never speak of that week again).



Kifa said:

Kokuga is an immediate buy for me. I think I'm going to go get a eShop card right about now.



Prof_Elvin_Gadd said:

You lucky EU friends! Have fun with Mario & Luigi RPG 4! I guess I have SMTIV to look forward to next week, so that will keep me busy until August 11th (NA release date). Speaking of which, that week has Pikmin 3 (August 4) Tales of Xillia (August 6) and M&L:DT. Wow.



k8sMum said:

the only decent thing ever offered on nintendo video is shaun the sheep. we in the states don't get it, of course.

pffft. and i am unanimous in that!



RetrogamerFan said:

Donkey Kong for 30p, been looking forward to that ever since it was announced, although it's sad that the 30p games are over.
On the fence with ZP: Star wars, just because i'm looking forward to The Pinball Arcade more. Maybe if Zen have sorted the leaderboard connectivity issues and the tables are good.
Wii U VC: Like the discount, hope they apply this to more future releases; i won't be getting either, I have both on 3DS, (3d classics KI, and ambassador Metroid).
M&L dream team, i'm sure this will be great but my backlog is getting ridiculous.



SanderEvers said:

@HeroOfCybertron It's a change that Europe gets a game first before States. And I'm really not complaining at all about that. (Well the fact that I live in Europe does have something to do with that)



KrazyBean said:

I've pre-ordered Mario and Luigi: Dream Team. So STOKED for that game, I've played all 3 of the previous games and the Mario and Luigi series is really stellar.



Justaguest said:

Mario and Luigi comming on my birthday? Meaning this game was made for me? Maybe not but I am buying it anyway^^haha



sonik said:

Ahem where is Mega man X to Wii u VC? over a month since NA got it to Wii u VC,,,,,

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