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Nintendo Download: 15th August (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

DuckTales returns, 'mon rumble, extreme bike riding and much more

It's time for the European Nintendo Download news to wipe away our Monday morning blues, and this week is one of the most packed line-ups in recent memory. There are two heavy-hitting Wii U releases, and plenty of others spread throughout the 3DS, DSi and Wii. There are some discounts and a free demo, too, so let's get on with the details.

Wii U eShop

DuckTales Remastered (Capcom, €14.99 / £13.49) — This classic NES title get the HD remake treatment from WayForward, and those words alone may be enough to have some setting aside some eShop funds. Impressions so far have undoubtedly been positive, with some gorgeous visuals accompanying classic gameplay, but we'll see how the whole experience stacks up in our upcoming review.

Pokémon Rumble U (Nintendo, €14.99 / £13.49) — The third entry in this brawling spin-off, this features plenty of mini toy 'mon on screen at once, taking on various monsters in their quest to return to the toy store. This was released with a range of NFC (near field communication) toys in Japan that unlocked characters, and there will apparently be equivalents in North America and Europe. We'll get ready to rumble to bring you a review, soon.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, €6.79 / £5.49) until 5th September, normally €16.99 / £13.99)

3DS eShop

Bike Rider DX (SPICYSOFT, €5.99 / £4.99) — A release that has pedaled over from Japan, this scolling platforming gameplay is sure to bring back memories for retro gamers. It's not about rose-tinted specs, however, as this is a polished game with terrific level design, while the simple visuals and level of content do it no harm at all. We had a lot of fun and gave this a strong recommendation in our Bike Rider DX review.

Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D (Teyon, €4.99 / £4.49) — Teyon has brought a few on-rails shooters to the 3DS, and this is the second re-release of a WiiWare title on the portable system. See enemies, shoot enemies, is a pretty accurate summary of what this will offer, though we weren't big fans of the WiiWare original. This is a fresh release, however, so we'll put on some camouflage and give it a fair shot in our upcoming review.

Sudoku by Nikoli (Hamster, €4.99 / £4.49) — Arriving in Europe over a year after it graced North America, it delivers exactly what it promises with some Sudoku puzzles. In a crowded market, however, we don't think that's enough; read our Sudoku by Nikoli review if you want to know more.

Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (MSL, €11.99 / £10.79) — This appears to be a 3DS-specific version of the DSiWare game of the same name that arrived earlier in the summer. It's match-3 puzzling, in summary, though we felt that the DSiWare version was a disappointment in our Jewel Quest 4 Heritage review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discount

Groove Heaven (Teyon, €2.99 / £2.69) until 15th August, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

3DS Virtual Console

Star Soldier (Konami, €4.99 / £4.49) — The title that can certainly be considered as one of the definitive early scrolling shooters on NES, especially as simple ideas such as power-ups were relatively fresh at that time. It perhaps hasn't aged as gracefully as its flashy successors, but may be an important piece of gaming history on the go for shooter fans, as our Wii Virtual Console Star Soldier review explains.

Summer Carnival '92 RECCA (Kaga Electronics, €4.99 / £4.49) — This was originally released on the NES by Naxat Soft for its Summer Carnival tournament in 1992, and now arrives on the portable Virtual Console. Apparently a "hardcore" shooter that pushed the capabilities of the NES, we'll warm up our shmup reflexes and let you know what we think.

3DS Retail Downloads

Secret Mysteries in London (MSL, €11.99 / £10.79)

Barbie Groom and Glam Pups (Little Orbit, €19.99 / £24.99)

3DS Retail Demo

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (NIS America, free) — This fabulous title finally arrives in Europe on 30th August, and this week there's a demo to coax in 3DS gamers in the region. It's free, so surely worth checking out.

3DS Retail DLC Temporary Discount

New Super Mario Bros 2 Course Packs:

Single Course — €1.75 / £1.40) until 31st August, normally €2.50 / £2.00)
Two Course Pack — €3.50 / £2.80) until 31st August, normally €5.00 / £4.00)
Triple Course Pack — €5.25 / £4.20) until 31st August, normally €7.50 / £6.00)


Rhythm Core Alpha 2 (SoftEgg, 1000 Nintendo Points) — A music creation tool that follows up with improvements over its predecessor, such as extra tools to construct your creations and an easy option to export midi files to an SD card. While it can't replace genuine music software on a PC or Mac, this is detailed and possibly the best music creation app on DSiWare, as our Rhythm Core Alpha 2 review explains.

Wii Virtual Console

NAM-1975 (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — The Neo Geo returns to the Wii Virtual Console in Europe with this action-packed was game, in which you blast away and any and all enemies in background. It was one of the earlier titles on the iconic system but is still worth consideration, as our NAM-1975 review makes clear.

There's certainly a lot to choose from this week, so let us know what you plan to pick up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (211 votes)

DuckTales Remastered (Wii U eShop)


Pokémon Rumble U (Wii U eShop)


Trine 2: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Bike Rider DX (3DS eShop)


Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D (3DS eShop)


Sudoku by Nikoli (3DS eShop)


Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (3DS eShop)


Groove Heaven (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Star Soldier (3DS Virtual Console)


Summer Carnival '92 RECCA (3DS Virtual Console)


Secret Mysteries in London (3DS retail download)


Barbie Groom and Glam Pups (3DS retail download)


New Super Mario Bros 2 Course Packs (3DS retail DLC temporary discount)


Rhythm Core Alpha 2 (DSiWare)


NAM-1975 (Wii Virtual Console)


Just the Etrian Odyssey IV demo for me


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (68)



WiiLovePeace said:

Great week! I'm amazed they discounted NSMB2 course packs I'mma be buying some for sure then Ducktales eventually!

Edit: & EO IV demo, of course! Though I won't be getting the full game for a while as I haven't played EO 1 through 3 though.



maneauleau said:

Duck Tales is going to be hard to resist to On another related topic I wouldn't mind being able to play NeoGeo titles directly on the WiiU or on the gamepad.



Jese_1 said:

What's that whimpering sound? Oh right, that's the sound my wallet will be making this week...



IsawYoshi said:

I'm still waiting for KORG. But I would have bought Rumble if they actually would mind updating the graphics in that game.



Dryden said:

Does anyone know if there is online multiplayer on Pokemon Rumble U?



meppi said:

Voted Recca even though I have the Famicom cart as well and I'll be picking up Star Soldier and Ducktales too. Great shoot em up week this time!



unrandomsam said:

NES Star Soldier is rubbish if anything needs to be a 3D Classic that is it. (Just so you can work out what you can go under and what you cannot).

Good they are releasing Recca though (??? - If they can release that then they can release Crisis Force)



MussakkuLaden said:

No VC release on the WiiU?
But at least there are two great new games, Duck Tales and Pokemon. I'm interested in both and unfortunately they aren't cheap. In both cases I'll wait for some reviews, thinking that both will be "good", but being not sure if any might be "great"... And Duck Tales will certainly get a discount some day. Not sure if this is gonna happen for a First Party Title like Pokemon.



BillyCupid said:

Ducktales Remastered has just received a horrible review from another well known games site... But that won't stop me picking it up on Thursday!



MeWario said:

@BillyCupid I'm not expecting this to be amazing, but yea, Gamespot is the gaming worst site ever and I ignore everything they put out and so should you.



Judgedean said:

ducktales seems interesting - will wait and see what the reviews say first though



BillyCupid said:

It was actually the Polygon review I was referring to... that means there's at least two bad reviews going around :-S



Grubdog said:

It's by WayForward. Play any of the MSF games and you know this will be quality, I'm buying it.



LavaTwilight said:

Ducktales Remastered was a great game and all but after seeing all the discounts the eshop enjoys I might wait a while for this one. I was looking forward to it and it's a fair price still, but it's just a bit too high for now. I have too many other games to save for and not afford to warrant a purchase just yet.



DarkCoolEdge said:

I hope the Fire Emblem: Awakening dlc's get discounted soon. I want them all but they are too expensive :__(



unrandomsam said:

@Grubdog I will probably buy it but I dunno when. Looks like they have added loads of filler to it. (Most of the screenshots don't even have any enemies on them.). The hectic nature of it is one of the best parts of the NES version. (The other being the controls). Whenever something is not the default it never gets the same amount of effort put into it.

Castle of Illusion looks far more impressive to me. (Actually looks as if they get the perspective thing properly. Perhaps Disney helped them with it).



FritzFrapp said:

RECCA in 3D?!! Cosmic. Hope all the codes are still intact. Like the Zanki Attack code.



workerbot said:

I really hope Secret Mysteries in London will make it over to NA. It looks like a good game.



LeVideoGamer said:

No Wii U Virtual Console games? That's a shame.

None for me this week. I'll wait for Pokemon Rumble U to drop in price, and I'm not sure about Ducktales Remastered.



SphericalCrusher said:

Pokemon Rumble U, DuckTales Remastered, and Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan 3DS demo are on my plate! Probably pickup the NSMB2 DLC also. w00t w00t!



datamonkey said:

Just Bike Rider DX for me.

Duck Tales is more expensive that I thought it was gonna be... Not sure why I thought it'd be cheaper than that. Maybe because it's just an old game...?!



GiftedGimp said:

Expensive eShop week for me, by comparison to most Ducktales, Pokemon Rumble and Trine 2, which I've still not brought so might aswell with the discount.
@datamonkey the old levels & characters have been totally redrawn and animated and re-voiced and theres new levels aswell. I was expecting it to be £15 - £20 tbh.



XyVoX said:

Ive just got NSMB2 so can someone tell me exactly what is in the Triple Course Pack? thx



ricklongo said:

Duck Tales will be my download of choice this week, but I'm strangely excited about Pokémon Rumble U - as excited as you can get about a game you don't plan on getting. I'm just feeling it might bring an influx of new Wii U owners, which is never a bad thing.



Beta said:

@belmont You get different control schemes (I think the Pro Controller is supported, not sure), off-TV and Miiverse.



meppi said:


I was lucky enough to pick up a copy from Videogameimports in 2005 for just over €200 when I when I started collecting Famicom games.
Had no idea it would balloon to the crazy prices it goes for today.
Funny thing is that my copy is in much better condition than the ones going for €600+ on ebay. I don't have any intention of selling it though.



Mahe said:

Trine 2 is a great game, especially at this price, and it supports Wiimote controls too.



Barbiegurl777 said:

OMG! I have Barbie Groom & Glam Pups for the DS! I must be a sequel even if not I'll gladly download it when it get's to NA e-shop to show support for barbie as a barbie fan! True barbie fan all the way! YES!!!

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



Windy said:

Groove heaven is pretty good guys. A little simple but very cute and has real smooth gameplay. The 3D/ 2D lookin graphics are really good. I recommend that one since its on a discount



Peach64 said:

Has Duck Tales had a good reviews yet? Eurogamer thought it was quite poor too.



Barbiegurl777 said:

Please bring:

Barbie Jet, Set, & Style - DS
Barbie & three Musketeers - DS

As 3DS retail downloads to America PLEASE!! I have them in cartridge but would love to have them as download on my 3ds I play them constantly.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



LeVideoGamer said:

@Peach64 Gamesradar gave it a 4.5/5, and Game Informer gave it an 8/10, but all the others that I've seen have been mixed to negative.



Quickman said:

@LeVideoGamer It's a remake on an old school platformer, I'd be surprised if most of the "reviewers" could get past the first level.

Trine 2 is tempting at £5.49



belmont said:

@Rafie There is no plus discount on Europe but anyway 13.49 euros is still OK. In fact I have already pre-ordered it. And the trophies is a nice bonus. Too bad there is not this system on the Wii U.



Mahe said:

@unrandomsam You probably mean 30 FPS, but it still plays great. Trine 2 is 30 FPS on all platforms, but on Wii U you get great Wiimote controls, the best console performance, and the Goblin Menace add-on. Everybody looking for a lengthy fantasy adventure on Wii U should check Trine 2 out.



Blue_Yoshi said:

Oh and of course America's release date is (2013) like seriously they need to stop releasing games in Europe way before North America there's absolutely no reason to other than to have people from that continent think that they're finally getting "revenge" on America. Seriously just because we've had drastic release schedules in the past doesn't mean that they should switch it up. Just make it equal so its fair to everyone.



DarkEdi said:

Great! Wii VC isn't dead! It is the only way to have retro games different than NES or SNES ,even without Commodore 64 there is a lot exclusive that i'm very sure it won't came to Wii U or 3DS.



ddbangsy said:

Fingers crossed this Trine 2 discount carries over into the American eshop. I was planning on giving this great looking game a go this week but may just hold on for abit.



defrb said:

I'm very happy to see Rhythm Core Alpha in the eshop. Making music for 30 year, started at the amiga (pro-tracker)



Mario90125 said:

Funny how Europe gets more NES titles than the US, despite it never being successful there. No, i'm not making this up. The Master System and home computers were the dominant video game consoles back then.



Dyltheman said:

just the runner 2 dlc for me this week even though the release date wasn't confirmed at the time of this post, lol



andrea987 said:

Duck Tales is an incredible game, so glad I've bought it! And the UK price is about 2 pounds cheaper, actually.
Nano Assault is on sale too, btw.
Also, I agree, Trine2 at that price is a steal.

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