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Nintendo Download: 14th November (North America)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Mario & Sonic, cheaper Zelda, busty brawling and much more

The Nintendo Download news has come in later than usual today, and no wonder. It's another lengthy list to get through this week, with some major retail releases joining a host of download-only options. With further preamble, let's get to it.

Wii U Virtual Console

Uncharted Waters: New Horizons (TECMO KOEI Games, $7.99) — It's another dose of Super NES for the Wii U platform, with this effort being an RPG strategy effort destined to swallow a lot of time for devoted players. Despite basic visuals and the fact this is the sequel in the series, we gave this a strong recommendation in our Wii Virtual Console Uncharted Waters: New Horizons review; we'll dive in again for some updated impressions, too.

Wii U Virtual Console Temporary Discounts

The Legend of Zelda — $3.49 (normally $4.99)

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link — $3.49 (normally $4.99)

Wii U Retail Downloads

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Nintendo, $49.99) — The popular series returns as a Wii U exclusive, incorporating the GamePad and MotionPlus controls into the standard fare that the series offers. In some senses this title is a success, but doesn't hit all of its marks or reach its potential, as we explained in our Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games review. Available from 15th November.

Zumba Fitness World Party (Majesco, $49.99) — Available from 19th November.

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! (D3 Publisher, $39.95) — Available from 19th November.

Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver (Warner Bros, $39.99)

Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Little Orbit, $39.99) — Available from 19th November.

Wii U Retail Demo

Sonic Lost World (SEGA, free)

3DS eShop

Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (Shin'en Multimedia, $8.99) — Released on 13th November as a post-Nintendo Direct treat, this action platformer from Shin'en Multimedia has surely been on the wishlists of those that sample the original Jett Rocket on WiiWare. Promising 60 frames-per-second with the 3D effect on full, this is certainly promising in principle; we'll jet in our review as soon as possible, but in the meantime you can learn more in our interview with Shin'en Multimedia.

Senran Kagura Burst (XSEED, $29.99) — Still due as a retail release in Europe in 2014, XSEED has opted to make this busty anime brawler an eShop exclusive in North America. This could be a good starting point for those unfamiliar with the series, as it includes the Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows and Senran Kagura: Crimson Girls content in one package. We'll start button mashing — erm, skilfully executing combos and moves — for our upcoming review.

World Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, $5.99) — Set during World War 2, this is a strategy title where you manage troops and resources in a quest to take over and control territory. With Campaign and Conquest modes alongside a promise of in-depth gameplay, this does seem promising. We'll get an over-sized map and some toy tanks and soldiers to strategise for our review.

Word Wizard 3D (Enjoy Gaming, $2.99) — A collection of eight word games such as Hangman and 'Wordoku', with some 3D flourishes and a promise of "over 100,000 words" from each of the English, French and Spanish dictionaries, without any naughty ones getting through. Plugged as a fun educational experience, we'll get our thinking caps on and bring you a review soon.

Secret Mysteries in New York (Tulip Games, $5.99) — This is a hidden object game, though the PR spiel accompanying the announcement of its inclusion in today's update cheerfull refers to "beautiful 3D scenes" and "incredible gameplay", with the setting seemingly a whodunnit set in 1920 New York. We'll dig out a magnifying glass and work on a review.

3DS Virtual Console

River City Ransom (Aksys Games, $4.99) — Known as Street Gangs in Europe, this attempts to blend basic beat 'em up action with some simple RPG elements, as you bash in faces while buying items to help you on your way. It's basic and linear, but also a lot of fun, while this 3DS version includes two-player multiplayer using Download Play; if you want to know more check out our River City Ransom review.

3DS Virtual Console Temporary Discounts

The Legend of Zelda — $3.49 (normally $4.99)

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link — $3.49 (normally $4.99)

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX — $3.99 (normally $5.99)

3DS Retail Downloads

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! (D3 Publisher, $29.99) — Available from 19th November

Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver (Warner Bros., $39.99)

Girls' Fashion Shoot (Rising Star Games, $29.95)

Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Little Orbit, $29.95) — Available from 19th November.

Frozen Olaf's Quest (Game Mill Entertainment, $29.99) — Available from 19th November.

3DS Retail Demo

Sonic Lost World (SEGA, free)


Deer Drive Legends (Maximum Games, $TBC) — WiiWare is back! No, really. Listed as a WiiWare release, Nintendo's list directs us to the Wii retail page for this gallery shooter, which we imagine is also rather like the 3DS game with the same name. Available from 19th November.

Plenty of options this week, North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (323 votes)

Uncharted Waters: New Horizons (Wii U Virtual Console)


The Legend of Zelda (Wii U Virtual Console temporary discount)


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


Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Wii U retail download)


Zumba Fitness World Party (Wii U retail download)


Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! (Wii U retail download)


Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver (Wii U retail download)


Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Wii U retail download)


Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (3DS eShop)


Senran Kagura Burst (3DS eShop)


World Conqueror 3D (3DS eShop)


Word Wizard 3D (3DS eShop)


Secret Mysteries in New York (3DS eShop)


River City Ransom (3DS Virtual Console)


The Legend of Zelda (3DS Virtual Console temporary discount)


Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (3DS Virtual Console temporary discount)


The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (3DS Virtual Console temporary discount)


Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! (3DS retail download)


Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver (3DS retail download)


Girls' Fashion Shoot (3DS retail download)


Barbie Dreamhouse Party (3DS retail download)


Frozen Olaf's Quest (3DS retail download)


Deer Drive Legends (WiiWare)


Just a Sonic Lost World demo (or two) for me


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (101)



CrazyOtto said:

I'll get Senran Kagura Burst, Jett Rocket II, and the Sonic Lost World demos.



Blast said:

Senran Kagura 3D, all the Zelda games and... SONIC LOST WORLD DEMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



JumpnShootMan said:

Not gunna lie... I'm super disappointed that North America didn't get Mega Man X2 this week like Europe did....



XCWarrior said:

If I counted right, there are 25 games you can pick from. How is anyone choosing, "Nothing for me this week." Almost every genre is covered! Try something new people! There are other games out there besides 1st party titles!

Though I still need to play through a few other games first, rest assured I will eventually buy Senran Kagura Burst. Love that it has been localized!



TreesenHauser said:

It looked disappointing, until I saw the Sonic Lost World demo listed for Wii U. Downloading that IMMEDIATELY.



ShinRPGGamer said:

A Wiiware release at this age? And here I was thinking Pandora's Tower was the last surprise from the Wii.

Anyways, I'll look into the Lost World demo on 3DS, and I'll wait to see if the Senran Kagura is bursting with flavour or a bust.



Pokefanmum82 said:

Getting Lost World demo. I have another game I want. Just not sure if it's going to be Etrian Odyssey IV or Soul Hackers. Or maybe both. Not sure yet.



WaveGhoul said:

Oh shinen, when will you learn? We don't want to play as Zack Efron with a rocket strapped to his back.



SDDMN said:

Senran Kagura Burst and I'm getting Mighty Switch Force 2 right after. I'll also be trying out that Sonic lost world demo for Wii U and 3DS.



Sforzando said:

Maybe Sonic demo, or Jett birthday is Sunday and I asked for eShop cards so fingers crossed.



edhe said:

How long are we in Europe going to be denied Uncharted Waters: New Horizons? I hope it'll come soon.



Barbiegurl777 said:

Looking forward to barbie 3ds game!

Finally Barbie is officially on the 3DS!!

Been waiting since 2011 for Barbie 3DS game!

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



bizcuthammer said:

"We would like to increase our Virtual Console offerings and upgrade the service." - Iwata at Investor's Meeting late 2013

Nintendo continues its strategy of drip feeding bad VC games once per week, offering a good game once per month or so

"Please understand..." - Iwata when asked about bad VC strategy in early 2014 Investor's Meeting.



ericthecheese said:

This is a huge week for Nintendo Download!! I wish there was an option to pick more than one as I'm picking up Zelda II (3DS VC) and the Sonic Lost World (3DS) demo. Maybe River City Ransom as well.

I'm quite stunned at a new WiiWare game.



speedyboris said:

Gah! No Mega Man X2? Laaaaaaame. I really hate it when Europe and America's VC releases are out of sync like this.

It's not a total loss; I'll be downloading the Sonic demo. But still, I was ready to play some more Mega Man. Now I'll have to wait a week. Grr.



Eddsnake said:

After Iwata's statement about wanting to improve the VC, when will we see 2 or 3 releases a week as we did back in the early days of the Wii?



ericthecheese said:

I would suspect that they are holding off on Mega Man X2 until next week to coincide with their week of eShop discounts on Mega Man games. Maybe it will debut and at a limited discounted price at the same time?



Ralizah said:

No free money, so only the Sonic demo for me. Which kills me, because Senran Kagura looks fun.



YUXLOA said:

Huh. Senran Kagura Burst's icon is different from the japanese version.

Oh wait it's just the shop icon that's different



ghall said:

I will be getting Senran Kagura Burst and Adventure Time on 3DS. Nothing for me on the Wii U until Super Mario 3D World.



Jazzer94 said:

VC discounts, Sonic LW demo and Senran Kagura Burst in one week (looks at UK e-shop releases and weeps).



JadedGamer said:

Just the Sonic demo for me. I Have to pinch my pennies for 3D world next week. Everything else is secondary.



suburban_sensei said:

This is a nice update! I want to try out the Sonic Lost World demo for sure. As far as buying something, I MAY get Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening DX. I want to own and play through all the zelda games, I just sadly don't have a lot of money now to buy all 3.



Megajack said:

I already bought Zelda 1 and 2 on Wii U and own Link's Awakening. I'll be sure to try the Lost World demo tough to see how the controls are.



Gerbwmu said:

@xj0462 - I loved the game on actually has quite a cult following to this day in my circle based on the names of characters and the constant dialogue running across the bottom of the screen. Think of it as a Double Dragon type game with the RPG like ability to buy items in various stores to upgrade your character....I'm hoping it makes it to Wii U VC soon



ricklongo said:

A pretty good week, especially for the 3DS.

I'm curious to see if the Adevnture Time game is any good on either platform.



paburrows said:

I'm going to the VC area and can't find River City Ransom, I even tried doing a search and only found a preview video, is anyone else in America having the same problem?



Mattiator said:

River City Ransom? Uncharted Waters? Sweet! Pretty good releases on VC this week.

Can't pick up anything this week though, spending my cash on upgrading Deus Ex Human Revolution, as well as pre-ordering the collectors edition of Ys: Memories of Celceta



Rafie said:

Busty brawlin' mean Senra Kagura Burst for me this week.



kendorage said:

Uncharted waters? Will buy that. Now bring the other koei games....nobunagas ambition, gemfire, romance of the 3 kindoms 2, etc.

Will also download sonic lost world demo. Good week.



Kolzig said:

No Sonic demos in Europe, as usual...

I really hope we get the Nintendo discounts also, that seems like a good idea to boost sales.



rjejr said:

Wii U Retail Demo
Sonic Lost World (SEGA, free)

Serves me right. I'm always looking for demos and the week 1 finally comes out on the Wii U it's for a game I just got on Tuesday. Oh well, still good to see 1 pop up on there. Now where's Lego Marvel? (I know I know, it's not up to Nintendo, it's up to whoever made the game.) Guess it's back to Target for WW HD and Sochi 2014.



Eisenbolan said:

a) where is Jewel Match 3. At 12:40pm edt the game was not available the others though were. I got World Conqueror 3D
2) Jewel Match 1 was a DS game. Didn't play it.
3) Why couldn't Koie have put NES Uncharted Waters on the 3DS VS



itsamii said:

@CountWavula Well that's one elitist's narrow-minded opinion. Sorry, but you don't speak for me or all the other people who can't wait to get their hands on this game! Jett Rocket II!



KnightRider666 said:

River City Ransom, Jett Rocket II, and the Sonic demo for me! Great week for the 3DS, thanks Nintendo!



Scon said:

Just purchased Jett Rocket II, and it's as good as some of you say Running smoothly and with nice gameplay controls.



Humanitieshaze said:

Man that was a weak Sonic Demo. Already uninstalled it. Funny think that demo is larger than the new Zelda will be (Block wise)



daveh30 said:

kinda half interested in trying that Hot Wheels game on the Wii U , buts its showing up for $10 more in the eShop than listed here. Not interesting in trying it at $49.99....



Obito_Sigma said:

Yes, good week! If only I could vote twice. I need to buy Link's Awakening. I was going to wait until A Link to the Past would come for the 3DS Virtual Console, but I can't give up a sale! I'm also going to get River City Ransom sometime in the future when I get more money, which is mainly why A Link to the Past is my vote.

By the way, only 13% of you voted for nothing this week. That has to be a record. I haven't seen that few votes for nothing that week since EarthBound came out in July.



Giygas_95 said:

Jett Rocket 2 looks great. I wasn't even interested before I saw the eshop trailer today, but it looks really neat. I was still hoping for SMB3 though...I'm almost positive it'll release next week to coincide with Super Mario 3D World. It's also on the future releases section of the 3DS eshop so next week is definitely looking likely.



JustinH said:

Some good games — I beat New Horizons back in the day — but nothing I'm buying this week. I'll probably get Senran Kagura on sale but for $30 I can't justify it.



motang said:

River City Ransom is an awesome game, I play that a lot on my Wii VC.



RR529 said:

A really good week (especially with Senran Kagura), but I don't have any money right now.



ted-k said:

How come no discounts on the Zelda Oracle games? those are the ones I'm waiting to pick up, hoping they might be discounted again at some point.



Xcape_DuCkMAN_X said:

RIVER CITY RANSOM???!!! ON THE GO???!!!! Bet that up, I got something to hold me down while I wait for Mario 3 to come out for Wii U n 3DS!



Beau_Skunk said:

Got the Sonic demo, but I voted Zelda 2, 'cause that game needs more love, and I'm definately getting it with the discount. I'd get Zelda 1 also, but I wanna save cash for the next character sales they offer in the next weeks. (I already have Link's Awakening DX)

I'd love River City Ransom, but I already have it on Wii. (Funny thing is, I accidently bought/downloaded it, when I was trying to check how many blocks, and stuff it took up. Can't complain though, 'cause it's a good game.)



Falchion said:

@bizcuthammer i dont think this is something they can turn around immediately. It definately takes some time to release it on virtual console or every possible game would b out. I just think minimal resources are allocated to virtual console



workerbot said:

Does anyone know what happened to the Jewel Match 3 game? It's not showing up in the eshop.



unrandomsam said:

@CountWavula Shi'en has good controls / reasonable difficulty / suitable framerate. Which is unfortunately better than anybody else now. Those are the absolute basics but nobody else gets even those right. (Even a link between worlds I expect to be too easy first time around which will more than likely spoil it. They could solve it by allowing the hero difficulty from the start but choose not to.)



Eddsnake said:


That's not quite right, from what I remember the Wii VC was pumping out 2-3 games a week for the first 3 or 4 years of its existence, then went down to 1 release a week round about 2011, and the last release in Europe was a few months ago on the Neo Geo.



GreatPlayer said:

The Sonic demo is too late. I just finished Sonic Colors 100%, got extremely addicted to it, and thus have just paid full price for the new Sonic game, lol...



DreamDrop said:

Does anyone know how much A Link Between Worlds will cost on eShop? Are digital purchases typically cheaper or the same price?



super08mario said:

finally a sonic demo!....are the old zelda games w orth it? I have the seasons and a link to the past.



Bass_X0 said:

Are digital purchases typically cheaper or the same price?

Maximum retail cost. Retail games are always cheaper to buy if you look around than on the eShop. I don't mind downloading eShop exclusive games but for retail games, I always buy the cartridge solely for cost reasons.



WaveGhoul said:

River city Ransom would be my pick, that is if i was blinded by nostalgia.
That game is beyond repetitive, the only worth while scene is the 8-bit butt shower shot.

I'll be passing on Jet Rocket 2 as well, not interested in playing recycled 'n stale platforming with a forgettable generic lead character.
Ugh, Where's Shovel knight when you need it!?

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