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Nintendo Download: 5th September (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Explosive racing, a legendary titan, cheaper Mickey and more

Monday mornings are, perhaps strangely, relatively happy times for some Nintendo gamers in Europe. The download delights due this week have been revealed, and this time around there are two new Wii U download-only games, a long awaited 3DS RPG and much more. Let's get right to the details, shall we?

Wii U eShop

TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (keen games, €7.99 / £6.99) — The original TNT Racers on WiiWare was a relatively fun racing game, and Keen Games has now stepped up to try and bring that and more to the Wii U; enhancements apparently include new items to shake up races, additional modes, cars and tracks as well as online leaderboards. There's also likely to be a strong emphasis on local multiplayer, so we'll rev up our engines and bring you a review soon.

Spot the Differences: Party! (Sanuk Games, €5.00 / £4.49) — Continuing the trend of WiiWare games coming to the Wii U eShop in enhanced form, we have a new entry in this series that'll have you poring over near identical images for fun. This will apparently have 360 pictures and 3,600 differences to find, and considering the fact our main complaint with the original was the fuzzy image quality on display, this may strike a positive blow for the genre. We'll dig out our magnifying glass and hurt our eyes by staring too closely at the TV for a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Breath of Fire II (Capcom, €7.99 / £5.49) — Nintendo's classic 16-bit console is revered for many things, but one of its strengths was surely the abundance of RPG adventures that it brought gamers keen for an adventure. This may be a sequel on the Super NES, but it offers up just that kind of experience while being undoubtedly old-school — and harsh — in its approach. We'll take this on for a fresh review, but until then you can check out our original Wii Virtual Console Breath of Fire II review.

Permanent Wii U Retail Download Discount

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Disney, €34.99 / £29.99, originally €59.99 / £49.99)

3DS eShop

Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €2.99 / £2.69) — Looking to hit its doubles when under pressure, this is the first darts title to come to the 3DS eShop, so at least it's not a crowded market. With Mii Support, the option for friends to temporarily access the whole game via Download Play and some motion sensing thrown in for accurate aiming, this could be a fun recreation of the pub pastime. We'll put on a bright shirt and a lot of weight and let you know where this is a bullseye.

Mahjong 3D - Essentials (Treva Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.99) — If you like Mahjong, then the 3DS is becoming the system to have, as more and more games in this genre continue to appear. Treva Entertainment is billing this as basic Mahjong without the story elements thrown into the likes of Mahjong 3D: Warriors of the Emperor, a title we rated highly. We'll see whether this is fun enough without the extra story elements in our upcoming review.

3DS Virtual Console

Pinball: Revenge of the Gator (Nintendo, €2.99 / £2.69) — A blast from pinball past, this Nintendo-published title adds some story elements to what is, ultimately, just some good old-fashioned pinball. These games can be flippin' fun, of course, so we'll see how this one stacks up in our upcoming review.

3DS Retail Download

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (NIS America, €39.99 / £34.99) — Just under a week after the retail release hit stores it lands on the 3DS eShop as an extra option. A series with a loyal, dedicated following, this 3DS sequel hits its marks in delivering a deep, challenging experience, and is well worth consideration. There's still a free demo to try out, and you can also read our strong recommendation in our Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan review.

Myst (Funbox Media, €19.99 / £17.99)

Permanent 3DS Retail Download Discount

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney, €19.99 / £17.99, originally €44.99 / £39.99)

Wii Virtual Console

Sengoku 3 (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — The Neo Geo may be known in particular for its wide range of fighting games, but the Sengoku series did serve up some side-scrolling beat 'em ups, too. This third entry takes the foundations of the first two and combines the best elements for a rather fun, well-rounded experience, as our Sengoku 3 review explains.

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

What will you be downloading first this week? (195 votes)

TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Wii U eShop)


Spot the Differences: Party! (Wii U eShop)


Breath of Fire II (Wii U Virtual Console)


Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii U retail download permanent discount)


Darts Up 3D (3DS eShop)


Mahjong 3D - Essentials (3DS eShop)


Pinball: Revenge of the Gator (3DS Virtual Console)


Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS retail download)


Myst (3DS retail download)


Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS retail download permanent discount)


Sengoku 3 (Wii Virtual Console)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (70)



LunaticPandora said:

Wow this is a horrible week. No Picross E3? Knowing Nintendo, it'll be the END of september as opposed to any of the other 4 weeks.



marck13 said:

..and Breath of Fire II is a must have anyway for RPG-lovers.
IMO a good week



Magikarp3 said:

Pretty awesome week, I'll get Etrian Odyssey if I can't find it in a store here



lebad said:

cave story + for 3DS eShop ???
Please give it to us poor europeans



DualWielding said:


I paid full price for it about 4 months ago and its the only 3DS game I have regretted buying, its a good game, it just doesn't have enough content to justify full retail price



anders190 said:

Nice seeing another JRPG, even though I would have prefered Wii U-versions of Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Super Mario RPG or Terranigma. Especially Terranigma since it never was released on the Wii shop.

I will pick up Breath of Fire II if/when the price get lowered. I don't remember buying it on the Wii so it will probably be full price.



LetsGoRetro said:

Is it really necessary to review a game (Breath of Fire 2) which is exactly the same as the one before it, which was exactly the same as the original?

Let me save you some time:

They still have blue hair and you can play on the Gamepad.

BTW, great game, but why do they "review" these things? I could see if it was last on SNES because then lots of kids might not have played it & they might not have a review already but geez, save yourself dozens of hours of playing and writing amd just point people to the Wii review.



WiiLovePeace said:

Does TNT Racers: Nitro Machines Edition not have online multiplayer like the WiiWare one did? If it does have it I'll probably get it, pending reviews of course. Might download Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion one day. Also I'm greatly looking forward to Etrian Odyssey IV after playing the demo, tonnes of fun! I'm getting it at retail though since it's cheaper. May check out Breath of Fire II dependant on review too



Chris720 said:

I'll look into Mickey: Power of Illusion, but other than that, this is a terrible week.



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

That's actually the last NEO GEO game rated that Wikapedia lists in the Euro VC page. We might be looking at the Wii Shop's last ever game.....probably.



oliver12345 said:

Where's finally Flipnote Studio 3D? I hope it's coming this month. Can't take this long to build up more servers...



Quickman said:

I've got a US 3DS so I'll be getting Bit Trip. at $4.99 and maybe Resident Evil Revelations at $19.99.



TromaDogg said:

I really enjoyed Epic Mickey: Power Of Illusion on the 3DS...if you spend the time doing all the sidequests it lasts a decent amount of time for a handheld game, plus I think it's the only way to get all the characters to show up during the ending sequence. Epic Mickey 2 on Wii U though....I got that on Wii already, but I seem to remember my local Tesco selling it for about £10 a couple of months ago. Not really much of a discount for the download version IMHO compared to how much retailers are selling it for.



Geonjaha said:

Good to see a Game Boy game for the 3DS VC again. Might pick it up, assuming its any good. :3



DualWielding said:

@ToniK I guess at that price the game is a better value although it still kinda short took me about 10 hours to beat and that's because the game includes lots of backtracking for the sidequest but the game its good for what it is, nice plataforming and good graphics



RetrogamerFan said:

Quite a good week (imo).
Pleased to see another GB game, and a pretty good one at that, it's been a while...
Will be getting Breath of Fire II on WIi U as I never got round to this on Wii's VC.
Also hopping to get Etrian Odyssey IV. I never played any of this series but i'm really looking forward to this from what i've read about the game; main decision on this is retail or digital.



ScorpionMG said:

I don't have money now to buy anything, i probably wont have anything to play (except earthbound and finishing darksiders) until december ^_^



meppi said:

ooooh Revenge of the Gator! I actually thought it was on the VC already and went looking for it last month. Glad to see it show up.



MAB said:

I never downloaded Breath of Fire II on the Wii so I will get that mofo... Not getting any games for the 3Dees until the awesome Megadrive classics arrive (still playing those cool Game Gear ones like Defenders of Oasis).



Royalblues said:

EOIV may not be for everyone, but those it appeals to will have a great, and frustrating time playing. I recommend any day!



JaredJ said:

I would consider Epic Mickey 2 if it had Wiimote and nunchuck support.



zeldazero said:

your damn right, in a world of horrible action RPG's these old school turn based ones are all I have left to look forward to for good RPG's. I wish they would just go back to turn based...My only hope now is maybe Dragon Quest 11 to be made in turn based format...



Dpullam said:

I downloaded Bit Trip Saga on the North American Eshop since that deal was too good to pass up. 5 bucks for 6 games is a pretty darn good deal since I have been wanting to play Bit Trip Runner for a long time now.



Bulbousaur said:

Disappointing week. The only real highlight is the Etrian Odyssey download, but I couldn't get into the demo so it's a skip for me.



Mr_G said:

How long has the 3DS been out now. Where the hell are the GBA games. Nintendo you starting to annoy me!



Mr_G said:

@SanderEvers why not? dont nintendo want to make money? Do we have to wait till the next generation of hand held's to get GBA games on the virtual console?



Weedy said:

I went to buy a physical copy of EOIV on Friday but it was a wasted trip, I then went to download it only to discover it wasn't available until this Thursday! Iv ordered it online now and am desperatly hoping it'll b on my doorstep tonight, Im dying to pick up from where the demo left off.



Bass_X0 said:

Kirby's Pinball Land is a better game than Revenge of the 'Gator. But RotG is more accurate to real pinball than Kirby.

So a dated realistic pinball game, or a good fantasy pinball game.

Why don't they release Breath of Fire 1?

Square says no. It was published by Square outside of Japan so some licensing issues despite Capcom being the developers. Stupid, I know. Capcom probably prefer to not release it than pay Square whatever Square wants to be able to release it. Still, BoF2 is the better game.



icerazor said:

OOH! I want TNT Racers for NA too! Hope the game comes out this thursday for US as well. Can't wait fir review



Windy said:

@Mr_G VC Is Weak at best right now. I'm not a big fan of it to begin with and prefer they do 3D Classics but they should be bringing out 2 to 5 games every Monday in Europe and every Thursday in North America on Various systems (GBA, TG16, Genesis, SNES, NES, Neo Geo, Neo Geo Pocket) I don't know whose in Charge of this part of Nintendo but they should be plain and simple FIRED!



Bass_X0 said:

3D Classics is too much work for the payoff. They said its like creating a brand new game due to the work involved, so they'd rather create brand new games instead of 3D versions of old games.

Also, Nintendo can only release games that are submitted for release. If the likes of Capcom or Konami don't submit games to be released, Nintendo can't release them.



DarkEdi said:

Great!! more Neo Geo, SNK does what Nintendon´t.

I hope in America release all KOF and Real Bout missing.



Freelance said:

ARGH! So 'Gator comes out in JPN and EU now but nothing in NA yet???? I reaaaaaaally want this game.



BillyCupid said:

Urgh - bad week. Nothing for me. The Wii U Virtual Console is desperate for some of Nintendo's big hitters.



SphericalCrusher said:

Why does Nintendo Life only post Europe's eShop updates and not NA? JW. Didn't even think about this being an European website, so maybe it is?



deKay said:

Yet another Mahjongg game that isn't Mahjongg. When are we going to get a proper one?



unrandomsam said:

@Mr_G I think they care more about helping indies sell mediocre games than making more money for themselves by releasing GBA games. (Stupid move I think - the good ones hold up regardless).



unrandomsam said:

@ToniK I got the 3DS Epic Mickey for £10 physical yesterday and I think it is worth that. (Don't think it is better than Nano Assault EX or Kokuga though but at the price I paid it was cheaper). Be interesting to compare it to Castle of Illusion which comes out tomorrow. (I have only ever played the Master System version 3DS Epic Mickey feels like that - Think the Megadrive one was quite different).



DavidH said:

Any idea when you'll have a TNT Racers review up Gents/Ladies?



Bass_X0 said:

@SphericalCrusher Nintendo Europe announces its weeks downloads on Monday then releases them on Thursday. Nintendo America doesn't announce their games until Thursday when they release them.



NoPLo said:

I was about to buy Epic Mickey Power of Illusion in the eShop because of this, but it's still 44'99€!! What the heck? I feel fooled...

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