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Nintendo Download: 16th January (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Luigi gets his PhD, F1 gets powered up, a mystical ninja and more

Monday means one thing, European gamers, Nintendo Download update time. News of what to expect on Thursday has arrived promptly this week and delivers a first-party puzzle game, a mini-game extravaganza on 3DS and a variety of racing, retro and discounted treats elsewhere. Let's get to the details.

Wii U eShop

Dr. Luigi (Nintendo, €14.99 / £13.49) — Announced in Nintendo Direct late 2013, this Luigi-themed new version of the iconic Dr. Mario franchise includes new modes as well as online multiplayer and leaderboards. It delivers another solid Dr. title in the puzzle series, which we gave a solid recommendation in our Dr. Luigi review. Available from 15th January.

F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition (Codemasters, €24.99 / £19.99) — This was originally set to be an early retail release on Wii U, before eventually re-emerging as an eShop-only title due late last year. It now arrives on the grid a little later than expected and promises a light-hearted kart-racing take on the world's richest motor-sport event — the spiel for this promises four extra tracks and bonus accessory packs for this Wii U version. We'll get into gear and bring you a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Konami, €7.99 / £5.49) — When you mention Goemon to fans of retro games, especially Konami enthusiasts, you're likely to prompt a wave of nostalgia. This Super NES title is certainly well loved, an action game full of creativity that can also be enjoyed in co-op; we gave this a strong recommendation in our recent The Legend of the Mystical Ninja review. This is the European version of the game.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, €6.79 / £5.49 until 30th January, normally €16.99 / £13.99)

3DS Virtual Console

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Konami, €3.99 / £3.59) — When this sequel was released it was a fairly dramatic departure from the original, aiming for a greater sense of adventure and discovery rather than linear stages. To this day it's divisive, and anyone stepping in will likely need to consult Miiverse and online guides to get past some of the more peculiar puzzles; we'll embark on the quest once again, but in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Castlevania II: Simon's Quest review.

3DS Retail Download

Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) — The latest in the Mario Party series brings us the franchise début on 3DS; it includes seven boards, 80 minigames, a single player minigame tower, AR card features and local and Download Play multiplayer. There are some disappointments and forgettable modes, yet a core of fun mini-games helped this to a 6/10 in our Mario Party: Island Tour review. Available from 17th January.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.89 until 6th February, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.89 until 6th February, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

That's it for this week's update, Europe. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (234 votes)

Dr. Luigi (Wii U eShop)


F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition (Wii U eShop)


The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Wii U Virtual Console)


Trine 2: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop Temporary Discount)


Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (3DS Virtual Console)


Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS retail download)


Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (79)



Nintenjoe64 said:

I think Contra 3 will keep me busy for this week. Definitely harder than Super Probotector. F1 looks ok but I'll wait for MK.



JoakimZ said:

WTF Konami!? Why did they release the american Contra III last week instead of the much cooler (and more nostalgic for most europeans) Super Probotector, and now the european version of Mystical Ninja when the american version is better? What were they thinking?



MAB said:

Slowdown... Lots of slowdown in Contra 3 compared to European Super Probotector.

I like the Mega Drive Contra Hardcorps better than both of these though



ULTRA-64 said:

No interest in Dr Luigi for me, I just wouldn't put enough time into it to justify £3+ so maybe later on sale. Will be getting castlestorm this week though if I can finish nes remix first....I have to clear at least 1 or 2 games for each new one I get to clear my back log in time for mk8!!!



arderin64 said:

Phew! So nearly downloaded Trine 2 on Friday. Will definitely be downloading it this Friday however.



hiptanaka said:

I'll probably get Mystical Ninja. It's one of those SNES games I've been meaning to play but haven't yet.



conman2012 said:


Is luigi a general practitioner (GP) or a surgeon? GP's dont actually have a doctorate - they have two bachelors degrees. Surgeons are different - they do have a doctorate - something to do with the old days when surgeons were closely related to butchers



xxAcesHighxx said:

Does anyone happen to know if F1 Race Stars will support off-TV play? If it does, I reckon I'll probably bite! I got the game for free on PS3 last year through PS+ but sadly, never got round to playing it before trading both my Sony consoles (PS3 and Vita) when I finally bit the bullet and bought my [beloved] Wii U and 3DS XL last November - I'm jolly glad I did too! Well, except for those 'free' PS+ downloads, of course!

Oh and by the way, I must admit to being a smidge disappointed by Dr. Luigi's £13.49 price tag! Had it been say, £8.99 for example, I'd have been more than happy. Still, I know what I'm like, and I'll doubtless hit 'buy' in a moment of spontaneous madness come Thursday. It's what I do!



MJKOP said:

Damn, I got my daughter both those dress to play games not that long ago, 89p is great she has enjoyed them both so go for it at that price



antonvaltaz said:

@AcesHigh73 Agreed about the price. It's strange because while this was the same price as NES Remix in the US (both $15) whereas here NES Remix is £8.99 while this is £13.49.




Kolzig said:

Where's my Kid Icarus: Uprising for eShop...?
Dr. Luigi is nice, Europe gets it now finally.

Trine 2 has a nice discount, would get it, but I have their games already on PC so no need for second purchase.



unrandomsam said:

@JoakimZ Should just always be the best version. (Japanese version of Super Castlevania IV is the best one also). It is a strange choice because Legend of the Mystical Ninja came out so late most people who really wanted it would have imported it. (I didn't realise it ever came out until years later. The import version was reasonably available though in the UK).



Username_123 said:

You should change the subheading to "Luigi gets his MD." In this game he's a medical doctor, not a doctor of philosophy.



ricklongo said:

Whoa, Codemaster's F1 Race Stars is finally arriving! Hopefully it gets to the Americas this week as well.



FourBs said:

It's good that F1 Race Stars is coming, it's a shame it won't sell enough to warrant DIRT coming to the system as well.



MAB said:

Why would you buy a late port of Trine 2 on PS4... I already finished it on Wii U over a year ago



unrandomsam said:

@Ernest_The_Crab I suspect it will be better than the PC version on Ati. (Regardless of the specs of it). Maybe it won't be it has never been 100% perfect for me at 60fps.



unrandomsam said:

@MAB Same reason you are not interested in Contra 3 - First console that can handle the game acceptably is the PS4.



ikki5 said:


how does Trine 2 not run at 60FPS for you on PC? My PC runs it at 60 FPS no problems and I wouldn't really call my PC one of those modern high spec'd one. It's not like the came came out recently and requires a lot to play it.



MAB said:

I suppose though it's slim pickings if you picked up a PS4 at launch



element187 said:

@unrandomsam just how powerful do you think the PS4 is? It performs like a low end gaming PC. Simple games like assassins creed 4 chugs at 30 fps.... Sony claimed the GPU performs at 1.8 teraflops, but the results so far suggest quite a bit slower...... My guess is the terribly weak, pathetic tablet CPU steals GPU cycles because the GPGPU picks up the slack the CPU can't handle. After all of the theories thrown around about how great the ps4 is going to be because of having a GPGPU on die, it's hardly keeping up with my PC I built in 2011 (haven't upgraded it once either)

That's Sony propaganda at its finest. Remember when the PS3 was going to do 1 teraflop back in early 2006? Yeah, that didn't pan out either.



datamonkey said:

I would be getting Mystical Ninja if Nintendo had a unified account system in place but as it stands I am buying nothing until that time...



Andross said:

@element187 Who judge a console by a release games, which is also a simple port? The Wii U did run AC3 worse than 6-7 year old consoles.

@MAB Why did you buy a late port of Trine 2 on Wii U... I already finished it on other systems a year earlier



JadedGamer said:

Hopefully this is the week NA gets sm3 or ltp...since we have all except f1 racers ...3 more days!.



Morph said:

Theres nothing wrong with the wii u version of trine 2, and as for this week, i would have picked up luigi if it was priced lower, maybe in future if it gets a sale



Sneaker13 said:

Still in doubt about Dr. Luigi, perhaps once it's cheaper. And maybe the F1 game, if it is any good.



yuwarite said:

I'm tired of the drip-feed Virtual Console games each week. I feel like I'm reliving the Wii era of 2006/7 all over again.

I'm not going to give Nintendo any of my money until they either release GameCube games on it, or start releasing 4 or more VC titles per week.



datamonkey said:

@yuwarite - I know what you mean. It feels like deja vu for sure!

I don't understand why they don't have a big team working solely on these which are unified as a single purchase across all of their platforms.

Does this mean we will have the same drip-fed releases come the next Nintendo home console? Probably...



capriboy said:

Dear Konami. If you do not launch Castlevania, Ninja Turtles and Contra for WiiU will not see my money on any other platform.



smikey said:

I'll be getting dr luigi & f1 race stars probably both on Thursday.
played f1 on ps3 briefly found it ok it's no mario kart but it will do for a few months.
still seems strange releasing dr luigi on a Wednesday when everything on e-shop gets released on a Thursday.
I still think this could mean there is a possible Nintendo direct right before luigi is put up.
normally any release on a Wednesday follows a direct so maybe just maybe it will happen.
i'll probably get mystical ninja too as I've bought virtually everything on wii u e-shop and it's one of the games i don't own in my snes collection



unrandomsam said:

@element187 I don't think it is powerful but the game uses Physx which is deliberately broken on none Nvidia PC's. (My PC is miles overspeced for what it should need but it isn't 100% perfect. The problems are the kind that console's shouldn't have.)
I don't even think the game is that good and I haven't put much effort into trying to optimise how it works. (It works 99.5% of the time on maximum settings perfectly.)



Ernest_The_Crab said:

@unrandomsam I don't use ATI cards. Sure they're cheaper, but I find performance-wise and support-wise they are lacking compared to NVIDIA cards.

You could have made the point to elementz a bit better as well. Instead of arguing about the architecture, you should have made an argument about the actual newness of the console. At the end of the day, I'd say it's due to developer laziness on both consoles, as smaller developers have had no issues with releasing games with good frame rates on either console.



Dpullam said:

There is nothing interesting on the list for me this week. Fire Emblem Awakening is keeping me plenty busy anyway.



unrandomsam said:

@Blizzaga It is also locked at 30fps. (Problem that doesn't exist with the PC or PS4 versions). Graphics don't bother me when framerate is sacrificed for them it does.



Rossdp said:

That's not looking like a good week for the eShop. Having played Dr (Mario) and F1 Race Stars (PS3) a long, long time ago, I can't help but feel that Dr. Luigi and F1 Race Stars should each be around a tenner less. I'm not a fan of The Legend of the Mystical Ninja either. The four Goemon games I've played (SNES, N64 1+2 and DS) are quite overrated, in my opinion. Hmm...



Windy said:

If F1 race stars ever makes its way to the 3ds I'm all over that!



Jazzer94 said:

Disappointing week again Nintendo need to really take advantage of the e-shop a lot more and release more.



cmk8 said:

Nothing for me, Dr Luigi is far too expensive, and whilst I usually can't resist most discounts I think I'll manage this week.
For the first time in ages I might give my 360 a go, got Far Cry 2 and Bioshock 1 and 2 for about £10 on live.



BestBuck15 said:

Dr. Luigi €14.99? Dr Mario was €10 on Wii. F1 Race Stars is £5 on PS3 on amazon. No thanks.



Luna-Harmony said:

wow Trine 2 for £5.50 i say to anyone get it !
i own trine 1 & 2 on ps3 and the Wii u trine 2 is the best version you can get it looks amazing and plays so well.



lbs said:

Love Mystical Ninja!! Played it back on the Super Famicom, was hard in Japanese Does anyone know what differences are between the US version and European?



ToxieDogg said:

@MAB Slowdown? Really? I played through both Contra 3 (via an import cart convertor) and Super Probotector back in the day and didn't notice any difference whatsoever asides from the main sprites being changed from guys to robots....only have my Super Probotector cart nowadays though, so can't comment on the recent E-Shop Contra 3 download.

@Le_Gazman Yes it did (only the first Mystical Ninja game though). I remember seeing it on sale in Game for ages but never had the cash to buy it at the time, shame as I've downloaded it on Wii VC since and really enjoyed it, as well as the Mystical Ninja Game Boy and N64 games that were also released over here.

@FourBs Yeah, that's a massive problem with third party publishers and the Wii U at the moment. Basically, they're saying 'Buy these games that you don't actually want, otherwise we won't release Wii U versions of the games you do actually want.' It seems like donkey-backward logic to me, holding Wii U owners to ransom to make them buy ports of their substandard games in order to get better things. Though to be fair, it looks like a decent enough game...I'll be more tempted by it if it ever gets a discount.



Obito_Sigma said:

Every week, I get fooled by a game that I see on my VC wishlist, but is actually for you guys only. First SMB3, then Mario Bros, and now Castlevania II... The only game that we have that you don't is Mario Golf. (if you exclude the games that were never originally released in Europe)

Whoever is the guy that works for Nintendo and runs the Virtual Console program better get off his butt, take European versions of the games that are already translated and released on their Virtual Console, and release it here. How difficult is it to localize digital software that requires next to no server space, already rated by ESRB, and already translated? I seriously think that a monkey runs the service... +sigh+



unrandomsam said:

All the Castlevania games the Japanese version are the ones to get.

(Especially Castlevania III / Super Castlevania IV).



micronean said:

Hey, don't knock Dr. Luigi. Dr. Mario used to sell for full price back in the day. Heck, Tetris used to sell for full price back in the day, $50 in 1990.



andreoni79 said:

@micronean You're right, but don't forget that an old boxed game can still worth money, and can also warm your heart with nostalgia! A "futuristic" digital download has no future!



PachterStation said:

I wouldn't part with anything more than £1 to download a game. Freshair. F1 Race Stars was due out on disc, but Codemasters spat their dummy out. Codemasters take the mick with DLC.



jos said:


nope its the 50hz version, with miiverse post suggest it also uses some different backgrounds and sprites for certain parts ,etc,

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