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Nintendo Download: 30th January (North America)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Link finally revisits his 16-bit past, discounts, new 3DS titles and more

It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week includes a variety of offerings to — hopefully — cater to most tastes. There's a much anticipated Super NES classic on the Wii U Virtual Console, a variety of discounts on both eShop stores and some new titles for portable fans to consider. Let's get to it.

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Wii U Virtual Console

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, $7.99) — This Super NES adventure is timeless; it's a title that would undoubtedly come top in a number of personal Zelda game lists here at Nintendo Life, so its arrival on the latest Virtual Console is certainly welcome. You already know that it's a 16-bit classic, but if you want to know more then check out our The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past review.

Wii U eShop Retail Download

Wii Fit U (Nintendo, $29.99) — Available from 1st February. The Wii Fit U trial offer, in which you get to keep the download for free when synchronised with a Wii Fit Meter, expires on 31st January. From that point onwards it'll shift to a standard price on the eShop, so act fast if you want to take advantage of the offer. We gave this title a strong recommendation in our Wii Fit U review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

All five of the following titles are part of the Super Indie Connection Sale that will run until 13th February — if you own any of these downloads, the others are all available at the discounted prices provided below.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games, $5.99 until 13th February, normally $14.99)

Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition (WayForward, $3.99 until 13th February, normally $9.99)

BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games, $6 until 13th February, normally $14.99)

Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (KnapNok Games, $3.60 until 13th February, normally $8.99)

Toki Tori 2+ (Two Tribes, $5.99 until 13th February, normally $14.99)

3DS eShop

Castle Clout 3D (Selectsoft, $4.99) — A title that originated on smartphones, this is a physics-based action game where you fire projectiles with a trebuchet to destroy enemy castles. The developer promises "150 levels, vivid 3D effects, new foes, special weapons, and a “hot seat” multiplayer mode", with a custom castle builder also included. We'll dish out some medieval chaos and let you know what we think.

ARC STYLE: Solitaire (Arc System Works, $2.99) — The ARC STYLE series continues on the 3DS with this take on the famous card game, best-known as the refuge of bored office workers over the years. This includes the Monte Carlo and Klondike version of the game, with unlockable card decks and backgrounds as you progress. We'll try it out and share our view in an upcoming review.

Touch Battle Tank 3D 2 (Agetec, $4.99) — This is the second in this series to come to the 3DS store, and introduces new tanks and weapons over the original. Unfortunately we weren't fans of that first title, but hope this new entry will include various improvements; it promises a total of 90 levels. The list of new weapons and enemies is tempting, and we'll see whether important improvements have been made to the gameplay itself in our upcoming review.

3DS Virtual Console

Mario Bros. (Nintendo, $4.99) — Before Mario figured out how to run right and fight a variety of fantastical creatures, he was stuck underground taking on enemies within the confines of a single screen. The NES version of this title may bring back fond memories, but it struggles to stand up well in the current day, as our Mario Bros. review argues.

3DS eShop Temporary Discount

Ohno Odyssey (Big John Games, $3.99 until 20th February, normally $5.99)

So there you have it, North America, let us know if you're planning to pick any of these up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (434 votes)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii U Virtual Console)


Wii Fit U (Wii U eShop retail download)


Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Super Indie Connection Sale)


Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition (Super Indie Connection Sale)


BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Super Indie Connection Sale)


Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (Super Indie Connection Sale)


Toki Tori 2+ (Super Indie Connection Sale)


Castle Clout 3D (3DS eShop)


ARC STYLE: Solitaire (3DS eShop)


Touch Battle Tank 3D 2 (3DS eShop)


Mario Bros. (3DS Virtual Console)


Ohno Odyssey (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (136)



TreesenHauser said:

Definitely A Link to the Past!

And like I said in the article about Indie discounts, since I already own Runner2 perhaps I'll snag either Giana Sisters or Mighty Switch Force. Or both.



Light said:

Will be getting ALTTP since i already have it in wii mode and am unable to play it since i have no classic controller.



KFlow325 said:

Mario bros....really? Y'all just yankin our chains's low nintendo...#WheresMario3?



sinalefa said:

Great choice of pic. Link can finally rest without having to hear so much whining



GuitarAnthony said:

I cannot in good conscience pay $5 for Mario Bros. when I've bought it so many other times on other consoles and not even counting the vast dollars I spent on the arcade game.



Pit-Stain said:

A link to the past for me. Even though I've cleared it several times, I'm still getting it. Playing on the GamePad will be convenient.



Light said:


That's correct, any SNES or N64 based title requires a wii classic controller or GC controller in order to play. The wii u does not support GC controllers and i do not own and will not be paying for Classic Controllers.



bizcuthammer said:

I'll be upgrading LttP to WiiU for $1.50 so i can play it on the GamePad. Glad it finally happened.



allav866 said:

LttP! With it being Reggie's favorite Zelda game, you'd think we'd have gotten it sooner. Not gonna complain about Mario 3's absence this week!



Gerbwmu said:

Zelda for me as an upgrade, grabbed it from Club Nintendo and have been waiting to play it on gamepad. I didn't get into the Zelda series until OoT so I've never played this one in the SNES days. Excited for the experience



cheetahman91 said:

What no SMB3? Booooo Nintendo, you suck I'm getting a PS4 and throwing my Wii U in the trash.

Just kidding. About time we get Zelda, and the deals are terrific as well. I'll download Runner 2.



StooBush said:

I'll start buying these VC games once I can cross-buy on my Wii U and new 3DS XL. Odds are I'm buying them for nostalgia value anyway and will hardly ever finish them, so $8 a pop seems extreme. I'd do an impulse buy at $0.99 for anything classic Mario or Zelda, but these prices give me pause enough to pass without the added benefit of cross-buy.



farore311 said:

Finnaly A link to the past !!! I will start to check the eshop again, Nintendo has finnaly decided to "do something" for the WiiU virtual console.



Klunk23 said:

Great. Looks like Runner 2 and A Link To Past this week. With the addition of Monster Hunter yesterday my Wii U's download library is slowly getting larger.



Giygas_95 said:


I'll get A Link to the Past (discounted!) and maybe Toki Tori 2 and Giana Sisters. Plus I have a deluxe digital code so I can get five bucks off!



GeniusDan said:

Link to the past right here. Also gonna get Spin the Bottle and Toki Tori 2 for the discounts



RedYoshi999 said:

I'm glad to see you get ALTTP, if only to see all the whining come to an end. Sadly, the whining for SMB3 continues (despite it being a far more recent release in Europe.) Also just noticed that Runner 2 is the same price in Australia woo! Now if only I owned one of the other games, I could get it for $6...



JadedGamer said:

I have ALBW should I play ALTTP before I play it on 3ds? Does it Matter? Just want to get the most out of my Zelda experience!



GeminiSaint said:

I might get Mario Bros. later, if and when they put it up as a Club Nintendo reward. Now, in my opinion, Nintendo really should have released the arcade version of this game, rather than the slightly inferior NES port.



JaxxRaxor said:

I am annoyed that Pokemon Bank has still not been released in America (and for Europe for my friends across the pond here at Nintendo Life). I don't care for anything else at this point from the e shop.



TreesenHauser said:

I for one refuse to complain about a lack of SMB3 anymore. It'll get here when it gets here. If I wanna play it bad enough I have Wii Mode for that, and besides I'm just happy we're finally getting A Link to the Past. It's been a long time coming.

But yeah, there's no reason why you should pay $5 for Mario Bros.



Nintendude789 said:

Well, January was the worst month of games. Still no SMB3 for us, nor NNID promotional game.

January sucked.



QBertFarnsworth said:

@NbaJunkie If you've played other Zelda games, it probably doesn't matter as many of the things that made LTTP great have been used since then. In fact, I'd consider spacing them out so it doesn't feel too much like playing the same game.



BertoFlyingFox said:

Friggin' finally. I'll be getting ALttP and I actually like a lot of those discounts too; may pick up Giana Sisters, Mighty Switch Force, Spin the Bottle, and Toki Tori2+.



MrWalkieTalkie said:

I like the price of Giana Sisters more now than it's sale price during the holidays when it was only like $2 off. Will most likely pick up!



Vann said:

Has anyone played Ohno Odyssey? Im kind of interested, so i would like to hear any opinions about it.
Also if anyone downloads tanks 2 share your comments please. The trailer seemed like fun



JadedGamer said:

@qbertfarnsworth thanks for the advice. I just finished WWhd so maybe I'll wait awhile before starting I don't develop link fatigue. Now that ALTTP is here,it can's not going anywhere.



ikki5 said:

FINALLY, Now all we need is Mario 3 and Pokemon bank released and I will be much happier.



zeldagaymer93 said:

Finally they release A Link to the Past! Iwata's plans for Nintendo's future yesterday seemed very serious. I think he is finally realizing that he needs to give customers what they want!



XCWarrior said:

Finally can cash in and upgrade teh Club Nintendo LTTP code I got a couple of months back! Huzzah!

Great sale on those Indy Wii U eshop games, hopefully people take advantage of that!



paburrows said:

So can anyone recommend Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, it got a good review so I'm thinking of getting it.



Capt_N said:

If I had a WU, I'd check out those indie sales(MSF:HD, Runner 2, & Toki Tori 2+, not interested in the other 2)! I'll still check out the games, but I'll have to wait to purchase them. Shame too, those are good sales. I mean, the price differences! From what they usually are for those titles! Edit: Oh, for anyone interested, I have MSF (3ds), & it's good if you like platform/action-puzzles. I assume the WU ver. is the same, with other levels.



Mrclaycoat said:

BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is amazing! If you don't own it, now's the time!



Kirk said:

You know; if the new Zelda game for Wii U looked just like that image at the top of the article but in full 3D and with properly real time lighting and dynamic shadows etc, it still has to have basically that exact look though, then Nintendo would have the best looking Zelda game ever imo.



sdcazares1980 said:

It's a good thing I got A Link to the Past from Club Nintendo. Now I can download this for $1.50.



AdanVC said:

ALTTP, ABOUT FREAKIN' TIME! Now I can do my Zelda marathon with ALTTP and then ALBW! Toki Tori 2 discount is sweeeeet as well!



meltendo said:

Mario Bros>???? But the NES version? It would be cool if Nintendo released the arcade versions. I would buy Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Donkey Kong Junior in a heartbeat if they offered the original arcade versions. On another note--I've given up on SMB3. I think they're saving it up to coincide with the next big Mario sidescroller release (some time in 2015)



ricklongo said:

Getting Bit.Trip first, then one of the best games of all time in the form of A Link to the Past.



Olmectron said:

@ThomasBW84 Hurry up everyone!!! Those who didn't get the Four Swords 25th Anniversary Edition DSiWare is on eShop right now for free again just four days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ruuuuuuuun!!! (In North America)



Windy said:

Nothing for me this week. Still chugging along on Zelda 3ds, shin megami Devil Survivor and started playing DECA Sports 3ds which turns out to be a fun little sports title which got some bad reviews. I like the game although most of the sports games are very unrealistic.



Link__ said:

Definitely getting ALTTP! debating on if I should get MHU3. I've never played on before but for 20 bucks I just might try it out.



Olmectron said:

I'm glad they added The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition again in North America eShop because my old DSi was stolen.

Just for this, Nintendo made me smile once again. At least for a short but pleasant time.



Neko_Ichigofan said:

@Light Why not? The pro version is a great controller that feels strikingly similar to a PS1 Dual Shock controller and it's super durable! I've used my Classic Controller Pro for 1,000's of gameplay hours and the buttons all feel like they are new and so do the analog sticks, it's one of the best controllers I've ever had...but whatever you do avoid the standard Classic Controllers because those are quite flimsy and poorly designed.



Alshain01 said:

Finally! My boycott of the eShop is now half over. Release SMB3 and I can start buying stuff normally again.



Freelance said:

That Solitaire game looks pretty cool. I'd get it but I don't have the money right now.



Vann said:

Its a really good game, and very enjoyable.
It gets a bit repetitive but if you enjoy the gameplay you'll have a blast and possibly a lot of hours of fun. You may need some patience to kill some monsters (Hunts can go between 5-50 minutes, althought most of the monsters die in about 15-20 minutes the first time you kill them)
I would also suggest to play it with friends. It gets really really fun and challenging.



Webby-sama said:

That Four Swords Anniversary Edition would be the highlight of 2014 for me on 3DS so far if Bravely Default didn't have that stellar demo.



Mr-X9000 said:

i cant find mario bros on the 3DS eshop at all even though its supposedly released today



Robo-Knight said:

The Mario Virtual Console Game's not up & I would've honestly liked too have seen 4 Swords on the 3DS Eshop compared too the old DSI Ware Shop instead. Nothing for me this Week, doom!



Olmectron said:

For those spanish speakers in America, the game Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition is now also in Spanish. It wasn't when it was released for DSi.



Darknyht said:

Zelda without a classic controller on the couch without the TV on. Yes!!!!!

I would have picked up Gianna Sisters finally but I do not qualify for the price. It interests me, but not $15 interests me. Nor does anything else on the list.



faint said:

@Light dud i use the wii u game pad to play snes games all the time. do you mean wii mode? if thats the case then ya. you can pick up a game cube controler for a few bucks these day. btw



Light said:

While the classic controller pro does look like a better option than the original classic controller, due to trying to spend my funds wisely, i prefer to invest solely in the new wii u pro controllers, since they have a preferable form factor and are wireless.

correct, i meant in wii mode. wii mode on the wii u will not allow the use of gamecube controllers (of which i have 4 of)

Too many controllers to invest in, so I am picking the ones which i believe are in my best interest, which are the wii u pro controllers.



Buduski said:

Just so all of you know, Nintendo is giving away Legend of Zelda four Swords on the e-shop for the 3DS in the US, not sure if the UK or Europe has the same promo, it said for a limited time so check it out!



burninmylight said:


You will appreciate having save states, trust me. This game will be tougher than any Zelda you've ever touched (unless you've played the ones on NES)



Yrreiht said:

None for me. I dislike ALTTP and none of the other games look interesting



Kirk said:



I'm assuming you're more on the side of dark and gritty "realism".

Something like Twilight but in full HD...



Agent721 said:

I already own A link to the Past in three separate forms, including the original SNES cartridge, indicating how good this game is. If there's anyone young on here who's never played this game, pick it up as it is an all time classic.



aquamidnight said:

Glorious day for the Wii U and 3DS here in the States. Discounts, yes! Free Four Swords, yes! And A Link to the Past is my ultimate jam. As many indicated previously, if you have not tired this game, it is a must play!



unrandomsam said:

If you have already played Links Awakening then it is disappointing how similar A Link to The Past is. (I got a terrible amount of playtime out of it first time around but a good few months out of Links Awakening I suspect the reverse would also be true).

If I was to replay a game of this type right now it would probably be Secret of Mana (Think as a whole it is just better). Or Ages / Seasons if it was considered one game.



tripunktoj said:

I couldn't vote for the only thing Ill download this week Zelda Four Swords IS BACK. I got it the 1st time around, but now Ill be able to get it in my 2DS and 3DS (I transferred my account to XL, and my 3DS was missing four swords... until now)



Gold said:

ALttP IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mario 3, I haven't lost hope for you JUST yet! ALttP, HERE I COME!!!! (I freaked out more than I should've when I saw the thumbnail). Also, Toki Tori 2+ also for me!

EDIT : After seeing you needed the other indie games, TT2+ is no this week for me.



DanielHPoetry said:

Why aren't the same SNES titles that are available on the Wii U Virtual Console available for 3DS?!?!?!?!?! This is discrimination and segregation at it's WORST! Nintendo, let's come together please! Here my plea.



StarDust4Ever said:

I'm gonna download LOZ:LTTP. I recently finished Link Between Worlds on my 3DS and picked up the SNES Zelda a couple months ago. I'm going to be playing the original SNES cart after I replace the battery, but I'll be downloading the Wii-U VC title anyway to show my support for the service.



BudDudSlash said:

Oh WOW. If you don't have Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party, then GET IT NOW. The game is amazing fun with friends, and you'll get all the content of the more expensive update for only $3.60. This is a must, y'all!



B3ND3R said:

A Link to the Past! Even though I already own it on SNES, can't go wrong with it!



Selene said:

Nintendo, you've possibly lost a once long-time fan and now casual gamer. Smb original instead of smb3? One month past due. One year prolly since announced for this old nes game which i love. Seriously? No more money from me i guess...



DracioKoi said:

Only the Legend of Zelda Four Swords for me, and then I'll buy Fractured Soul later (before the discount sale ends).



speedyboris said:

On the one hand, it's great to get ALTTP finally. On the other hand, part of me is concerned that now it'll be months before we get another Nintendo title on the Wii U VC.



KnightRider666 said:

@Zemus-DJ: Actually, I've been with the 3DS since midnight day 1. I'm well aware that SMA3 has a newer version, but I really like the NES version. Now If only we can get Blaster Master and SMB3, NA would be all caught up with EU's 3DS NES VC list...



KnightRider666 said:

@Windy: I have Deca Sports as well. Sometimes you have to take a chance when somethings on a good sale and buy it. I grabbed Mario Bros. and Touch Battle Tank 3D - 2 this week. Maybe we'll actually get SMB3 next week?



element187 said:

$1.50 for LTTP? Sold.

Also picked up Giana Sisters and Bumpies for the heck of it. The only two indie titles I haven't bought yet.



SCAR said:

I'll be updating the LttP game I got for Wii VC, via Club Nintendo.



Nico07 said:

Updated A Link to the Past myself, glad to finally get it on the eShop. Now I am only confused on why we haven't seen SMB3 when it was more or less promised by Iwata at the end of last year. That will be another instant upgrade for me. As far as the eShop indie titles I already have Switch Force so I will probably grab Giana Sisters as it looks fairly interesting.



CaPPa said:

As I already had Toki Tori 2+ I picked up Runner 2, Mighty Switch Force and Giana Sisters. Upgraded ALttP too.



Bass_X0 said:

Why aren't the same SNES titles that are available on the Wii U Virtual Console available for 3DS?!?!?!?!?! This is discrimination and segregation at it's WORST!

Throughout history? I think Martin Luthor King may disagree with you.



gregrout said:

OMG, This is an awesome day.... A Link to The Past on Wii-U and the 25th Anniversary of Zelda 4 swords for free.



StarDust4Ever said:

Well, I just beat the game with three hearts by glitching through the castle walls. Apparently you can do that on Virtual Console as well. Google it; it's epic!



Mahemoth said:

@Kirk Not even close, WW is one of my favourites. But I just don't like his face... I do like the atmosphere/colours though. I agree on that.



DanielHPoetry said:

@element187 I understand the premise for the incentive, but I don't want a Wii U, and I refuse to buy one for the sole purpose of playing Virtual Console games. I think that the eShop should be universal, allowing the content to be shared amongst both platforms being that the 3DS is more than capable of running the software.



DanielHPoetry said:

@Bass_X0 I never said or mentioned anything about history. I merely expressed an obvious hyperbole to convey my feelings about the lack of titles in the 3DS eShop that appeal to me personally. And the person I believe you attempted to reference was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., not "Martin Luthor King."



Kirk said:


Yeah, I'm more on about the specific toon-shaded style than the exact Link character in this particular image. The less "chibi" design, as opposed to the way he looks in Wind Waker, is appreciated though imo and if you just imagine this style, in full 3D with dynamic lighting and shadows, but with the Link character from Ocarina of Time, as he looks in the original artwork (in the instruction booklet for example), or even as he looks in Skyward Sword or something like that, then you get the general idea.

I do however actually like the design of Link in that image as it has a classic 80s look to it, in a good way imo, and doesn't have too many superfluous stuff on his costume that stops him looking so much like an commoner "elfish" type character and more like some kind of elfish prince as a lot of the recent designs kinda do.

To me Link should look like a poor villager in a green tunic, like he's a bit of a peasant that comes from old England or something (but still "elfish" at the same time), about to set off on a magical adventure. I think that design captures that somewhat.



irodeapony said:


Nintendo's profit just tripled due to finally releasing a game people care about
Please watch the profanity — TBD



LoveFireEmblem said:

I saw the Touch Battle Tanks and thought for a second that it was Battle Tanx, I loved to play that game as a kid. I think I'll look into Castle Clout though.

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