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Nintendo Download: 12th September (North America)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Things get Wonderful, an untold story has a demo, discounts galore and more

It's Nintendo Download time, North America, with a host of new offerings to tempt you this week. We have a wonderful PlatinumGames Wii U retail exclusive, classic Zelda, a promising demo, various sales and more. The DSi even gets some love this week, leaving the Wii as the only system with no updates; let's get to the details.

Wii U Retail Download

The Wonderful 101 (Nintendo, $59.99) — Available to download from 15th September, this action title from PlatinumGames combines team management (of sorts) with crazy weapons, anarchic action and enormous mechs, among other things. Bombastic and playful throughout, it's quite unlike anything else you're likely to have played in recent times, and an exciting Wii U exclusive; we certainly loved it in our The Wonderful 101 review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo, $4.99) — This still remains, arguably, the biggest oddity of the Zelda franchise — no, we don't count CDi games! With a top-down overworld and side-scrolling action when in dungeons and towns, the leveling-up elements of this release also set it aside from its contemporaries; it can also be teeth-grindingly difficult. It's perhaps the series underdog and may not be for everyone, but we thought it deserved support and praise in our 3DS Virtual Console Zelda II: The Adventure of Link review.

Wii U Update and Price Promotion

Toki Tori 2+ (Two Tribes, $8.99 until 19th September, normally $14.99) — This title has a substantial update (free to current owners) that brings the Wii U version more in line with that released on the PC, with the developer aiming to address feedback from the launch day build. We've had plenty of time with this update before it was released, and have posted our hands on impressions; those that buy the game from today will receive the + version by default.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Renegade Kid, $6.99 until 26th September, normally $9.99)

3DS Virtual Console

Tecmo Bowl (TECMO KOEI GAMES, $4.99) — It's 8-bit American Football, oh my! Not quite the complex, occasionally confusing experience of the modern Madden titles, this has a very limited set of plays — two passing and two running — to deal with. Its simplicity is arguably one of its strengths, and you certainly don't need to be an expert of the sport to enjoy the single player, multiplayer or coaching options. We'll go for a touchdown in a fresh review, but until then you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Tecmo Bowl review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (Pixel Toys, $3.99 from 13th September until 2nd October, normally $7.99)

Bike Rider DX (Spicysoft, $2.99 until 10th October, normally $5.99)

Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid, $5.99 until 26th September, normally $8.99)

Bomb Monkey (Renegade Kid, $2.99 until 26th September, normally $4.99)

ATV Wild Ride 3D (Renegade Kid, $4.99 until 26th September, normally $7.99)

3DS Retail Demo

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl (Atlus, free) — This demo is available from 16th September.


Letter Challenge (Enjoy Gaming, 300 Nintendo Points) — DSiWare lives again with a puzzle title joining the ranks of what is possibly the most popular genre on the DSi Shop. This title offers four word games — WordBlast, Pickletter, Hangman and Wordfinder — for some pick-up-and-play puzzling to keep your brain busy. We'll dig out our dictionary and bring you a review.

Tales to Enjoy! Little Red Riding Hood (Enjoy Gaming, 200 Nintendo Points) — This is an education game for young children, which aims to tell the popular story with interactive elements and mini-games; voice narration is included. We'll bring you a review soon.

Tales to Enjoy! Puss in Boots (Enjoy Gaming, 200 Nintendo Points) — Another education title which tells a tale with interactive elements and minigames; our review will tell its own story.

That's another week down, North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (333 votes)

The Wonderful 101 (Wii U retail download)


Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii U Virtual Console)


Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U update and temporary discount)


Tecmo Bowl (3DS Virtual Console)


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


Bike Rider DX (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Letter Challenge (DSiWare)


Tales to Enjoy! Little Red Riding Hood (DSiWare)


Tales to Enjoy! Puss in Boots (DSiWare)


Just the Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl demo


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (95)



siavm said:

Where is flipnote? Summer is almost over. So if it does not come next week, it might not come out at all this year.



bezerker99 said:

Zelda II and EO demo!!! Hopefully this demo will be as awesome as EOIV's demo, which allowed you to transfer your data to the actual game upon it's release.



GeminiSaint said:

Don't Renegade Kid games get discounts today too?
On Twitter, Jools said: "For the record: 30% OFF Mutant Mudds, Bomb Monkey, ATV Wild Ride 3D, and Mutant Mudds Deluxe on Sept. 12. Bargain!!"



SammyOfMobius said:

I already own Little Acorns on my i-Pod Touch. Little Acorns Turbo may have the extra "Turbo" levels, but the iOS version is only $.99. So, I'l pass.
Wonderful 101 is a maybe, but I don't wantto get it right away.
And Temco Bowl? Thanks, but no thanks. Where's Super Mario Bros. 3 already? Hopefully Nintendo will announce that at the forthcoming Nintendo Direct, as well as Miiverse 3DS, Flipnote 3D, and a release date for the Sega 3D Classics.



brandonbwii said:

Little Acorn is a heck of a deal. Disappointed that there is nothing original this week.



XCWarrior said:

I cannot emphasize this enough - and I am a huge Zelda fan - DO NOT BUY ZELDA II!

Just beat that (thank you save states) a month or two ago and it was one of the worst things I forced myself to get through. Bad hit box detection, so little health drops, bad dungeons... only redeeming qualities are RPG elements, magic (but you run out of MP too easily) and the music. STAY AWAY.

Might get Tecmo Bowl, but lack of names kind of stinks. I want a baseball game for my 3DS to play!



cookiex said:

Everyone who feels that they were put off from TW101 due to the demo should know that the demo is nothing compared to the actual game. It gets really good from the first boss and onwards.



Giygas_95 said:

@ClassicSonicFan Yeah, where is Super Mario Bros. 3? I don't know why Nintendo couldn't have already emulated it to both the 3DS and Wii U and released it by now.



meltendo said:

Quick question: If I haven't played either of the Etrian games, should I finish/play one before the other?



Blast said:

Great selection. Man, I need something to hold me until Pokemon X comes....



Whopper744 said:

Finally...the time hath draweth nigh.....Zelda 2 is the only console Zelda i have not beat....yeah...I may have been wainting for the Wii U version so I don't have to start all the way back at the start when I run out of lives, so it may be somewhat of an easier experience for me (if I even decide to use the restore points) but at least I can give this game yet another shot...



TreesenHauser said:

For now, I'll probably download the two Zelda games on Wii U VC, but when I get my first paycheck I'm buying Wonderful 101 immediately!



SammyOfMobius said:

@Fast_45er Here's what I think. I think it's ready, but Nintendo is just deciding not to release it yet. It obviously wouldn't take this long, especially since Japan got SMB3 on 3DS e-Shop on New Year's Day.



WiiLovePeace said:

The vote in the article is about which game I'm going to download first. Not necessarily only, nor are multiple votes allowed to cover every game I get. It then begs the question, why is the demo vote always "just the [game name here] demo for me" or the like? Why in voting for me downloading the demo first must I infer that is all I'm downloading? I hope future votes change this to remove the "just the" part from the vote or more preferably, to allow multiple votes.

@meltendo Each of the Etrian games are totally seperate from each other story wise (afaik), so you're good to play any of them first. Personally, I just picked up Etrian Odyssey IV today & it's a brilliant game & I've never played any of the others. I don't know if the later releases in the series have added things which I might miss having if I go back & play the earlier releases but it's definitely a great starting point to get into the series with it's casual mode, I love it already Though "Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl" is a remake of the first Etrian Odyssey I think any of the games would be a great place to start (as long as they have a casual mode haha).



bluewolf85 said:

did you notice? they forgot something.... Flipnote Studio 3DS... they are already I wonder why.



jjmesa16 said:

I'm still not sure why Nintendo has not released old pokemon games for the 3DS. They are sitting on a gold mine. Especially before X and Y release and they are going throwback with including the Kanto starters in the game. There is millions to be made.



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

I'm certain Nintendo's going to do a promotion with these NES Zeldas with ALTTP's release (Like buy 2, get one free) that'll end with me having those 2 on my Wii U. Just you wait...



blackknight77 said:

I was hoping for Revenge of the Gator like Europe got. Oh well I'd rather play Tecmo Bowl over any current gen football game



element187 said:

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was a fantastic game, I do not understand the hate it gets.. I think peoples only problem with it was that it was too difficult for them to play it, so they bash the game. Which hardly seems fair. Its the same thing reviewers did to ZombiU. They sucked at the game so they blamed the game for being too hard.

I played through the entire thing as a kid, and while very tough for a 9 year old, the game was extremely rewarding.. The RPG elements really gave the series a sense of progression. I wish Nintendo would add those RPG elements back into the Zelda series, it really makes it feel like a true adventure, learning spells, etc.



rjejr said:

W101 is listed as $59.99 in the eShop. (Zelda, which comes out in 8 days, is still listed as "TBD". Really Nintendo, you have a big game coming out in 8 days and you don't know what you are going to charge for it? Really?) Glad to see W101 got so many votes. As always I'll be waiting for disc. And to buy 2 Pro or Classic Pro controllers.

I'll also be waiting for noon for Toki Tori 2+. Sales are good. Too bad about no editor though.

Nintendo should work on the eShop search engine, I typed in "toki torl" and nothing came up. I mistyped an "l" (L) instead of an "i" at the end of tori. You would think the "toki" part would be easy enough to figure out. I'm a horrible typist - even using the stylus on the Gamepad - but Google and Amazon almost always figure it out.



UnseatingKDawg said:

Where in the Good Lord's name is Super Mario Bros.? Europe got it, Japan got it - I don't see why America can't get it.



Zach777 said:

Etrian Odyssey demo and Foki Tori 2 update! Yay for a free week. Playing catch-up on the last couple weeks getting to finish my major 2013 backlog.



Ichiban said:

Man i kinda feel bad for Platinum Games, W101 (and anything else) is going to absolutely destroyed by GTA V.



Tasuki said:

Looks like I will be saving some money today, nothing really piques my interest.



RedRocBoy said:

Definitely getting W101. Loved the demo but gotta pay off AC4 and WW HD and the collector's edition strategy guide first. But definitely supporting Platinum Games. Can't wait! XD



Auracle said:

While I won't be downloading it, The Wonderful 101 will be mine come Sunday.



BertoFlyingFox said:

I'll be picking up TW101 this coming Sunday. Played the crap out of the demo and I need more. Just an all-around great game that I'm happy exists.



KillerGBH said:

bleh i was expecting super mario bros not Zelda II. this game is unique but kinda weird



idork99 said:

According to the Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo review, I'm nuts...for not picking up the game. Now that it'll be on sale tomorrow, if I don't pick it up, I'll consider myself to be f*****g nuts!

I love these sales! Keep 'em coming!



sinalefa said:

At that price Little Acorns is a steal. Got 100% in the normal levels, need to go back to do the turbo ones. Definitely recommended.

So I will be getting Toki Tori's update, and W101 on retail. Maybe I will get EO demo.



WinterWarm said:

Surprisingly, not much for me. I'm not a fan of EO.

I'll probably just start buying Zelda VC games.



Firejonie said:

I'll be snagging that Toki Tori 2 update, since I've had Toki Tori 2 since the time it launched. I'll be getting W101 retail, but not day one.



DerpSandwich said:

Yeah, probably going to break and finally buy Toki Tori 2. All those 10% discounts didn't do it for me, but this is too good to pass up.



APHughes said:

Nintendo's twitter announced Super Mario Bros but quickly deleted the tweet. Maybe it's coming next week.



Darknyht said:

@XCWarrior The game is difficult, mostly because of poor translation and a brutal final battle, but it is not horrible. Most people are just jarred by the need of a different skill set than Zelda normally requires.

I never was able to beat the final battle even with a NES Max controller. I do want to buy this game and finish what I started all those years ago.



ricklongo said:

I feel tempted to download W101, since I'm 99.9% sure I won't be able to find it at my local stores anytime soon.

On the other hand, that box looks SO PRETTY.

Guess I'll wait. Which makes Super Little Accorns Turbo my choice for this week.



KnightRider666 said:

Bike Rider DX, Tecmo Bowl, and Darts Up 3D for me this week. Still waiting for Solomon's Key, River City Ransom, and Star Soldier for the 3DS VC though...



RR529 said:

one VC game accompanied by THREE DSiWare games! What is this, 2011?

Seriously though, I don't currently have any money, so I'll just be grabbing the EO demo (loved the EOIV demo). Although I really didn't think I'd see the day where the number of DSiWare releases in an update would outnumber the number of eShop releases again, lol.



Undead_terror said:

Well today I got Bike rider DX from the sale and I got both Tales to Enjoy! Little Red Riding Hood/ puss in boots and Letter Challenge for free.



ArcanaXVI said:

Downloading the Toki Tori 2 update, but getting The Wonderful 101 as a hard copy. I still love my discs when I can get them.



Bass_X0 said:

People all talking about downloading games here...?

But yet I was lead to believe by users here that digital downloads were the devil and that people only want boxed copys of games and won't ever download anything?

So what gives?



ThomasBW84 said:

I've added the Renegade Kid sale prices now, as Jools Watsham tweeted the details. Enjoy!



suburban_sensei said:

Mutant Mudds looks interesting, especially at a cheaper price point. I have enough to play for now though, so I will probably pass. Need to pick up Zelda and Zelda II sometime.



SheldonRandoms said:

I'm gonna get the Wonderful 101 as soon as I can, along with Bike Rider DX and that Etrain Odyssey demo, also Flipnote Studio 3D, where are you?



OdnetninAges said:


"Hopefully Nintendo will announce that at the forthcoming Nintendo Direct, as well as Miiverse 3DS, Flipnote 3D, and a release date for the Sega 3D Classics."

I really hope they do. I don't see how it would take them so long to release SMB3 and Flipnote Studio 3D.



kitroplious said:

@RR529 @ThomasBW84 And DSiWare makes history again, thanks to the off-setting price of Letter Challenge (300 points), the first time EVER that has happened! (It's not free, 200, 500 or 800+). DSiWare, as we knew it, is dead...



speedyboris said:

@APHughes Weird. Not sure what the problem was- Europe got it, Japan got it, why not us? It kind of vexes me when there's a discrepancy between the PAL and North America VC releases. Oh well, hopefully next Thursday...



Senario said:

Not quite downloading but I will be getting the Wonderful 101 at the end of this week as a hard copy.



WanderingPB said:

I can't wait for the Wonderful 101 this Sunday!!!!!

Also the Nintendo World Store in NYC is having a Wonderful 101 event on Sunday @ 11am!!!!



Chariblaze said:

@OptometristLime Don't know about DSiWare being dead, but a price of 300 points on the DSi Shop is a first. The original categories were Free, which was the Internet Browser and Flipnote Studio, 200 points, 500 points, and 800+ points (I believe there are three "+" games, those being Shantae at 1200, Thorium Wars at 1000, and Cave Story at 1000 points). Until now, everything fit into one of these categories, period.

And after checking the game on my DSi, I've found that the game is still in the 200 points category, which makes sense. Definitely an oddity.



Senario said:

@MeowGravy Not in the same genre and honestly I don't see the big deal with GTA since I have played the older games and they did not appeal to me at all.



XCWarrior said:

@LDXD Well of course I speak for myself. I am simply stating my opinion based on the fact I beat the game had very little fun with the game.

@Darknyht Good luck. My guess is that it was the 2nd to last fight that was giving you trouble. The last fight was one of the easiest boss fights in Zelda II. But the 2nd to last one - woof. A prime example of my hit box detection complaint going on there.

@KeeperBvK @1337man1233 You guys should at least give your (wrong ) opinions as to why people should buy the game. I gave plenty of reasons not too. I almost want to find the CDi games on PC to see if they really are worse than Zelda II. Seems improbable.

I love a challenge - Super Meat Boy was tough but beatable. But it was hard, in my opinion, Zelda II is more broken than hard. Even Miyamoto himself said earlier this year if he could go back, he would change things about Zelda II now.



flummerfelt said:

@XCWarrior I really enjoy Zelda II actually. There are frustrating elements to it, but something about it has a charm to me. I really like the side scrolling madness along with its difficulty, and the leveling up system was pretty cool. It also reminded me of Faxanadu, which is always a good thing. I understand why people don't like it, but I me it'll always be one of my favorite Zelda games along with ALttP & OoT.

Also- I think it was relieving to have a bit more sense if where to go in Zelda 2, as opposed to Zelda 1 where you wander around like a drunken kid with no direction haha. (Don't get me wrong, I really like Zelda 1, I just enjoyed the change of pace in 2.)



Slayer said:

I'm taking a look at these DSiWare ones, and seeing if they're any good.
Wow, Zelda II. Not surprised if that doesn't sell much.
Oh god, never mind, the DSiWare titles aren't very good. I'm hoping for some DSiWare that stands on the brink of the DSi's capabilities. This system is still enjoyable, there just needs to be good games.



Darknyht said:

@XCWarrior It was Dark Link that I couldn't ever get past. No matter what I tried back then, I never could score eight hits on him. I think I managed once to get him down to 1 or 2 hits left before dying and that was one of the few times I ever threw a controller in frustration.



GraveLordXD said:

@Darknyht oddly enough I've only died to him a couple times on my first play through but I tell ya death mountain had me wanting to throw my controller a few times and that second to last boss



OptometristLime said:

@Chariblaze oh wow, yea that part really distracted me.

To me DsiWare kinda is dead just because I rarely download it, and certainly not on my DSi.

Thanks for clearing that up. xD



element187 said:

Its incredible the amount of people trolling Wonderful 101 on the North American Miiverse W101 community

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