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Nintendo Download: 18th July (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Earthbound, Shantae, attacking Guild monsters, reduced Virtue and more



Original Article with updated entry:

It's Monday, and as is now tradition Nintendo Download fans in Europe find out what's on the way in this week's update. There are some long awaited and potentially intriguing arrivals this week, along with a few price reductions to tempt us. Without further ado, let's get to it.

Wii U Virtual Console

Earthbound (Nintendo, €9.99 / £6.99) — Deep breaths everyone, Earthbound is available now. It's had a passionate following demanding its Virtual Console release since the service began on the Wii, but supposed licensing issues seemingly prevented it from arriving on the service. Announced earlier this year with much fanfare it makes a surprise appearance this week, delighting many retro gamers even if it does come in above the standard SNES price band. We'll work on a review of this Wii U Virtual Console release very soon.

Wii U Retail Download

The Smurfs 2 (Ubisoft, €39.99 / £31.99)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

Puddle (Neko Entertainment, €4.99 / £4.49 until 1st August, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

3DS eShop

Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale (Level-5, €7.99 / £7.19) — Possibly the most intriguing of the Guild02 titles coming to the eShop, this is a mystery title that'll likely focus on exploration and storytelling above all-else. Has Level-5 saved the best for last in this series? We'll work on a review to let you know.

Robot Rescue 3D (Teyon, €2.99 / £2.69) — The third entry in this puzzle series from Teyon, and the first on 3DS, previous titles have offered tough puzzles at a budget price. This is apparently a MEGA pack of content with some levels from the DSiWare titles and new additions; we'll wrap our head around moving multiple robots at once and bring you a review.

3DS Virtual Console

Shantae (WayForward, €4.99 / £4.49) — Happy news for Europe as, after a bit of a delay from its original release date, this Game Boy Color title from WayForward finally has a confirmed time of arrival. The action / platformer / exploration title, where hair is a very useful weapon, has been on a number of wishlists — DSiWare sequel Shantae: Risky's Revenge was one of the best and most popular games on the service. We'll be whipping our hair back and forth to bring you a review, soon.

Spelunker (Tozai Games, €3.99 / £3.59) — Continuing the recent trend of Wii U Virtual Console releases jumping over to the 3DS equivalent, this is an old-school arcade-style puzzle platformer. In our view its issues of poor design and sloppy controls hold it back in a big way, as we explain in our Wii U Virtual Console Spelunker review.

3DS eShop Demo

The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves (Genius Sonority, free)

3DS eShop Permanent Discount

Virtue's Last Reward (Rising Star Games, €24.99 / £19.99, originally €40.00 / £30.00)

3DS eShop Temporary Discount

Fractured Soul (Endgame Studios, €4.99 / £4.49 until 1st August, normally €7.99 / £7.19)


Fashion Tycoon (MSL, 500 Nintendo Points) — In this title you play as Lilly, who's tasked with designed her way to the top of the Paris fashion world within 45 days. We'll summon our inner fabulous designers and fashion a review for you.

Rabi Laby 2 (Agetec, 200 Nintendo Points) — This DSiWare sequel finally makes its way to Europe, bringing more budget-priced action-puzzle fun to the system. In some ways this feels distinctly like a level pack for the original, but despite that lack of creativity it's still an enjoyable experience, as explained in our Rabi Laby 2 review.

So there are some decent choices this week, including some that have been on the radar for a while. Let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (176 votes)

The Smurfs 2 (Wii U retail download)


Puddle (Wii U temporary discount)


Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale (3DS eShop)


Robot Rescue 3D (3DS eShop)


Shantae (3DS Virtual Console)


Spelunker (3DS Virtual Console)


Virtue's Last Reward (3DS retail download permanent discount)


Fractured Soul (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Fashion Tycoon (DSiWare)


Rabi Laby 2 (DSiWare)


Just the free demo for me


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (68)



Grubdog said:

Another great week for 3DS, but Wii U is getting depressing. Not even a new NES game, wow. How hard could it be?



Smitherenez said:

Hmm, I am out of money after buying so many games as of late... Seeing virtues last reward for that price is not healthy for my wallet right now.



BriBri said:

3DS makes up for it's poor Virtual Console with enough other quality content.

Wii U has no other content (Smurfs don't count) and choose to release NO Virtual Console games?



Ducutzu said:

I don't understand the complainers. I personally feel that I don't have enough time to play all these great games!



Jamouse said:

Fingers crossed that Attack of the Friday Monsters turns out to be awesome.



OorWullie said:

You can only laugh.The Smurfs 2 and a half price Puddle.Could they not of even thrown a 50 HZ Ice Climbers in there,anything really?!



Grubdog said:

@Ducutzu zero Wii U games, really? I'm finding time for them right now.

I only weep because I love the GamePad so much, I want to play everything on it. No more 3DS VC purchases for me.



Nintenjoe64 said:

Nintendo must want the Wii U to have a shaky start. The release schedule is pathetic. The VC goes from bad to non-existent and most Wii U owners are desperate to spend some money on good VC games.



Hunter-D said:

@Jamouse I hope so too, that one caught my eye amongst the others right at the start. I do like the eShop description of the game though.



WiiLovePeace said:

I hope Shantae comes to the Aussie 3DS eShop.

Edit: Just checked Aus. Classification website & it was rated a couple of months ago, means it'll be there on Friday for sure



GiftedGimp said:

Depends, Waiting for reviews and Miiverse comments but might download Smurfs for my kids, Its a 3rd party title and I'm getting Pikmin and Splintercell for myself over the next few weeks. Being £31 its not a bad price either.



RupeeClock said:

Totally going to pick up Shantae, it's a delightful title and I want to support WayForward's baby.

Loved the GBC original, loved Risky's Revenge on DSiWare, really looking forward to the 3DS sequel.

Also, as usual, where's Cave Story+ already?



sletari said:

So, is there any gameplay footage or review of Smurfs 2? It could be interesting...



RetrogamerFan said:

DK was included in last weeks schedule, even though it's not out till today(?!) So technically i will be downloading DK first this week.
Quite tempted by discount on Puddle, looks quite a decent game.
Will get Shantae, but skip Spelunker as i already have it on Wii U VC. Spelunker was discounted to £2.49 on initial release on Wii U VC, which helped my decision to get it - not a great game, but i still got some enjoyment out of it.



DarkCoolEdge said:

I'll get the Denpa Men demo (which I won't like) and further down the line, Virtue's Last Reward and maybe Shantae.



MAB said:

I will download Smurfs 2 so I can play it with my daughter just like I did with NSMBU & NL.

Anyone got a problem with family gaming... It's awesome teaching the youngsters about better gaming that doesn't involve flicking thumbs on a phone



Marshi said:

No wiiu releases? How hard could it possibly be to release swathes of vc content thats already on the wii over to wiiu?! Does nintendo want even its loyal fans to start the hating?



GamerZack87 said:

I doubt we'll see Shantae in our eShop, after all we never saw a release of Risky's Revenge for DSiWare...



RedYoshi999 said:

Nothing this week. But never fear, I still have an Animal Crossing addiction and I've now added Mario & Luigi to that, so I'm covered!



XyVoX said:

Shantae for me thats for sure, would really love some N64 love for my 3DS though imagine Mario 64 playing with the anaolgue stick it just didn't work on the DS though shame.



Windy said:

I'm going to buy Attack of the Friday Monsters on Thursday when we get it North America. I was thinking of getting the Mii Plaza Games. But still I don't get enough Streetpass hits so will pass on those until the streetpass hits go up. No sense for me on getting those streetpass games when streetpass gets 10 hits a year I really wish it worked better. Would be nice if Nintendo could incorporate your friendslist to the new streetpass games somehow. I wish there was more info on Attack of the Friday Monsters. It seems weird there isn't any kind of Video Preview or Pictures of it in the Eshop with an item description before it's release. It's almost like they don't want to advertise that it's coming out



Barbiegurl777 said:

I hope we get Fashion Tycoon dsiware for NA e-shop just read discription sound's like alot of fun. If it gets released over here in NA e-shop I'm downloading it first chance I get.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



Barbiegurl777 said:


I bought streetpass games for both my 3ds xl & 3ds & adore it.

I seem to be getting more streetpass hits lately but honestly I use playcoins for the most part in the streetpass plaza for the games.

Also if you have Mario Kart 7 - 3DS it can tremendously help in the one Mii War game as for building up your army goes. Usually I get lot of mii characters via spotpass playing MK7 - 3DS

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



Windy said:

@Barbiegurl777 I also have been getting more streetpass hits lately. My best day ever was this past Saturday I got 7 streetpass hits in 1 day I also have Mariokart and have been playing it much more lately as well. The group i'm in plays on Monday Nights at 6pm pacific time Here is the group Number if anyone wants to join 18-6444-7158-4176

I will probably get the New Mii Plaza games as I can never control myself when buying games. At some point I will cave in LOL



Jese_1 said:

I am a very patient man, but this lack of anything on Wii U is starting to bug me. How hard can it possibly be to chuck a few NES games onto the VC?

Unless they're planning a massive surprise Nintendo Direct where they announce N64 and GBA games this week, I'm thoroughly unimpressed.

PS. Shantae for the win!



Garo said:

Good week. Shantae is a must have and I'll probably get the discounted Puddle too. Attack of the Friday Monsters seems interesting, but I gotta know something about the gameplay first.



wober2 said:

@BriBri I do not understand why they do not have more virtual console content... I would think their emulator is already built...



TromaDogg said:

Shantae GET!

I'll be grabbing Raby Laby 2 as well. I'm a big fan of Agetec/Silver Star's E-Shop downloads.



BakaKnight said:

Shantae, Attack of Friday Monsters, Virtue Last reward discounted again and Rabi Laby 2 all the same week?

All things I was wishing for long, but not at the same time @o@;



Luffymcduck said:

Oh, how long we had to wait for Shantae. Well I´ll finally get a chance to play the original. When the 3DS one arrives we the whole trilogy, hahaha.



Beechbone said:

Shantae is a must, maybe Zero Escape as it's now more affordable and I really like the demo. Puddle seems ok for half the price.



Eisenbolan said:

Save some money for the US for July 25th according to the eshop Picross e2 is coming out then, I am buying this week Shantae and for 2.99 I will try Robot Rescue 3D. Hope Shantae comes out this week in US. RR3D is according to the games website.



lebad said:

Please Nicalis ask Nintendo to let cave story + for 3DS coming to us poor europeans



Henmii said:

Ah, Shantae is coming! And I also may pick up Fractured soul, since it's a discount!



wuuds said:

Attack of the Friday Monsters!!
Boku no Natsuyasumi is one of the most charming games I've played and this will hopefully be similarly brilliant albeit in a scaled down way



TheAmazingRaccoon said:

Wow what a week. Shantae and Earthbound.

.............Wishes he was was not a poor student

(I got so excited I didn't finish my pot I started an hour ago)



AyeHaley said:

Everybody get Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale NOW.
also: Earthbound! I freaked out.



S7eventhHeaven said:

do people realise HOW MUCH EARTHBOUND is to buy on the SNES on Ebay and Amazon. up to £1000 i kid you not. Earthbound for £6.99. Take my Money Nintendo my body is ready

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