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Nintendo Download: 20th February (North America)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

DK is back, NES action, forging weapons, kung fu rabbits and more

The time has come, North America, for details of the goodies that'll be available to download on the eShop stores this week. The latest title from Retro Studios is the headline arrival on Wii U, while two NES games (one on each current Virtual Console) are joined by three promising new games on the 3DS eShop; there are some discounts and freebies, too. Without further ado, let's get to it.

Missed the European update earlier in the week? Fear not, just click right here.

Wii U Retail Download

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo, $49.99) — Available from 21st February. Arriving a little over three years after its predecessor on Wii, Tropical Freeze is the latest title from highly regarded Retro Studios. This time DK has the help of Diddy, Dixie and Cranky Kong as he seeks to rid his island of invading Arctic animals. It delivers exceptional platforming and attractive HD visuals, while there are new inclusions in the Funky Kong shop, as well as online leaderboards with full replays; you can see the full low-down as we awarded 9/10 in our Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Ice Hockey (Nintendo, $4.99) — This release is certainly seasonal and topical with the Winter Olympics, continuing the steady release of the NES sports series. While some suffered from being over-primitive, this is regarded by some as one of the most faithful sports games on the 8-bit system; it even includes enforcers and the occasional fight. We'll skate up for a new review, but until then check out our Wii Virtual Console Ice Hockey review.

3DS eShop

Weapon Shop de Omasse (Level-5, $7.99) — The fourth and final title from the Guild01 collection finally arrives in the West to complete the set. In a comedic twist on the traditional RPG genre, rather than be the hero that embarks on a quest to save the world you play the role of blacksmith. The actual forging of weapons is through rhythmic gameplay, and you gradually improve the weapons that you offer prospective heroes. We'll bring you a review soon.

Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko Entertainment, $4.99) — After its role as a relatively early arrival on the Wii U eShop, this fun platformer now hops over to Nintendo's portable platform. Despite its smart device origins, the enhancements and physical controls on the Wii U elevated the title, and we certainly hope the transition to the 3DS maintains that progress. We'll get straight into a review, but in the meantime you can see what we thought in our Wii U eShop Kung Fu Rabbit review.

Quell Reflect (Circle Entertainment, $3.99) — This title — developed by FK Digital — has made a name for itself on the iOS platform. It aims to provide a 'zen' experience with logic puzzles, with soothing music and visuals that aim to coax you along to finding the solutions — it'll have over 100 levels. We'll relax and settle into this one for a review.

3DS Virtual Console

Sky Kid (Bandai Namco, $4.99) — This is a side-scrolling shooter that oozes 8-bit charm, with visuals and music typical of the early NES era. The downside is that the charm wears off rather quickly, with limited content held up by arcade-style looping levels. We'll take to the skies for a fresh review, but in the meantime you can see how unimpressed we were in our Wii Virtual Console Sky Kid review.

3DS eShop Video Content

Inazuma Eleven animated episodes — To celebrate the recent release of INAZUMA ELEVEN, check out the first three full-length episodes of the INAZUMA ELEVEN anime for free in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. The INAZUMA ELEVEN game is a world-renowned soccer RPG that lets you build your team, learn spectacular super moves and take your character all the way to the top.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

These discounts weren't listed in Nintendo's download update press release, but were confirmed by Teyon earlier this week:

Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D (Teyon, $2.99 until 6th March, normally $4.99)

Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D (Teyon, $2.99 until 6th March, normally $4.99)

Robot Rescue 3D (Teyon, $0.99 until 6th March, normally $2.99)

Crazy Chicken Pirates 3D (Teyon, $0.99 until 6th March, normally $1.99)

Bird Mania Christmas 3D (Teyon, $0.99 until 6th March, normally $1.99)

Quite a few choices this time, North American gamers. 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? (346 votes)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U retail download)


Ice Hockey (Wii U Virtual Console)


Weapon Shop de Omasse (3DS eShop)


Kung Fu Rabbit (3DS eShop)


Quell Reflect (3DS eShop)


Sky Kid (3DS Virtual Console)


Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Robot Rescue 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Crazy Chicken Pirates 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Bird Mania Christmas 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Just the free Inazuma Eleven videos for me


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (115)



Darknyht said:

With Ice Hockey showing up today, I predict that Super Mario Bros 3 will release before NES Remix 2 hits the eShop. Along with any other NES games missing on the VC that will appear in NES Remix 2.

It might be worth noting, for those who can wait a few days, that an email from I received from Nintendo included the following:

Give the gift of fun with a Nintendo eShop Card! You'll save 20% when you purchase at Best Buy from Feb. 23-March 1.

So you can get a discount if you wait to buy DKC:TF digitally using one of those cards.

EDIT: Brought up and deleted from below, because I think the opportunity to save $10 (and get $5 more if you are digital deluxe) on DKC:TF is a big deal.



bizcuthammer said:

If Weapon Shop gets decent reviews, i'll pick it up as it looks like something i'd like. I'm getting the physical copy of DKCTF this weekend.



Captain_Gonru said:

@Darknyht Agreed. Now, what title will be the new SMB3? As in, "why won't they release [insert title here]? Don't they want my money? Are they stupid?" I'm betting on something N64 related.



KnightRider666 said:

Skykid... Guess it beats nothing. Still no SMB3 Who knows when or even if we're getting it in NA. It was taken down from the future releases section on the 3DS eshop.



Spoony_Tech said:

Weapon Shop de Omasse for me. I'm surprised it has that many votes up till now! Will get DK down the road. Love the series but too much else to play and cheap games to buy.



daveh30 said:

voted Ice Hockey because it's awesome, and I already have a physical copy of DKTF pre-ordered.



sinalefa said:

Not a bad week. Getting DK, most likely in disc form. Weapon Shop sounds nice and Quell sounds intriguing too. No idea what Sky Kid is.



Fabaroo said:

I wanna get DKTF but I never played DKCReturns so I think i should do that first.



ricklongo said:

I believe my avatar says it all.

(Although it's gonna be the retail version for me. I need that box in my collection.)



Eisenbolan said:

I may get Quell Reflect. I wish Ice Hockey was on the 3DS. I loved that game. Also get the Bird game for 3DS.



rjejr said:

@Savino - I'ld normally agree w/ that, especially if the game were made by Ubisoft, but the original is still $30. And Kirbys' Return to Dreamland has never been below $50, so who knows how long $30 will take for this. And it's not a good time of year for "buy 1 get one 50% off" either. Toys R Us is giving a $10 GC for anyone interested.

Are the 3DS Level 5 games still on sale or did I miss it? Really wanted to get Attack of the Friday Monsters but I never decided which of our three 3DS to buy it on - none of them are mine.



Darknyht said:

@Captain_Gonru I think N64 games are delayed because of emulator issues, just like GBA on 3DS is most likely hindered by emulator issues. The only big ones I can think of are SNES Yoshi's Island or Starfox. Personal ones would be Dragon Warrior I-IV, Final Fantasy (I-III US), and Contra.



cookiex said:

I'll be downloading TF midnight, and I'm tempted to buy Weapon Shop as well.



Lalivero said:

Looks like it is Weapon Shop I'll be picking up along with some of those Teyon discounts.

DK, physical, is going to have to wait a brief moment.



suburban_sensei said:

Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze physical copy tomorrow. Was really hoping we would see DKC 1,2, or 3 on the Wii U VC, oh well.



XCWarrior said:

I'll pick up Weapon Shop de Omasse eventually, so voted for that.

Ice Hockey kind of looks tempting, but contrary to your Wii version review, Blades of Steel is WAY better.



TruenoGT said:

Of this list, I'll get Weapon Shop sooner or later, maybe get DK first.

Regarding Mario 3, I wonder if they're going to hold it up and release Super Mario Advance 4: SMB3 for GBA first. Surely, it will cost more than the NES game and existing Wii owners will need to pay full price instead of upgrading their copies for a buck. The NES version has gotta release with or before for NES Remix 2, but perhaps the GBA version will hit first...



BetweenTheTrees said:

I just pre-ordered and paid DKCTF off. not all that enthused though. but I Pre-Ordered Thief for PS4 and paid it off at the same time. so i'm excited for that.



Ralizah said:

Weapon Shop de Omasse for sure. And probably Bird Mania, since it is only a buck.

Seriously, though, where is SMB3?



Pichubby said:

I always get my retail, well, retail, so no DK download for me. Wish they'd put SMB3 in though... I may relent and get All-stars for my SNES. At least that one has better graphics.



farore311 said:

DKCTP for me. I already have more boxes than my shelves can contain and I wanna benefit of the digital deluxe promotion, this game will give me 5$. I'll use it to purchase bravely default on my 3DS



burninmylight said:


Thank you for sharing that!

Guys, pay attention to this. You can essentially get DKTF (or any $50 game) for $35 digitally by getting a $50 Best Buy card during this sale and using it for the game if you're partaking in the digital deluxe promotion. That's something worth considering.



Zach777 said:

Super Mario 3 is not even in the 'coming soon' section of the eShop anymore. Don't hold your breath, everyone....



SavoirFaire said:

Every Thursday morning I check the NA download list for the VC updates, almost like a mini-Christmas each week. So far I seem to be getting a lot of coal...



Gonzo1 said:

Wish I could download from the US eShop as DK is £10 cheaper than the UK eShop and also slightly cheaper than our retail disc price too.



ultraraichu said:

I'll get Weapon Shop de Omasse later on down the road. I still have to recover from the other level 5 games last week.



2Sang said:

Day 274 captain's log: Still no SMB3. Guess I'll pick up robot rescue for a buck. I hope I get to play SMB3 someday. I miss my wife and kids.



Ralek85 said:

Too bad, had hoped for something similar to the EU with Prof. Layton and Ace Attorney being discounted =( Was looking forward to these games



sleepinglion said:

@Darknyht Obvious, man.
On a side note, 'Slalom' would have made a nice companion release with the highly-anticipated 'Ice Hockey'. Nintendo, one day, will realize we can handle more than one oldie per week =)



Dark-Link73 said:

@suburban_sensei As long as M$ items Rare we'll never see DKC 1, 2, and 3 on VC again. M$ won't allow any Rare game on console because it competes with the XBOX. That's why Nintendo removed those games from the Wii VC a few months after released.I was lucky till have bought the original on VC when it came out. You can't even re-download them if the file becomes corrupted.

Btw, I'm DLing DKR:TP tonight at 9!



dougphisig said:

What a disappointing week for Wii U, just Ice hockey that's it for non retail games. So disappointed at the lack of new stuff for Wii U.



Undead_terror said:

I'm pretty sure Retro city rampage DX gets it's update today as well! I will play it once again.



LittleIrves said:

I might have to get Ice Hockey just to continue my NES sports collection. Pinball and Golf are some of my most played VC games on Wii U, no joke.

And yes, please check out DKC:TF! It's mighty good.



dkxcalibur said:

I'm definitely picking up DKC:TF. The only question is which version. The retail version or the DL version? Who needs VC and indies this week with a A++ Nintendo title being released?



idork99 said:

Since I never purchased DKCR for the Wii originally, I decided to pick up the 3DS version last year and was quite pleased. But since I played it less than a year ago, I'm not quite in the mood to purchase this one right away. I'm still having a blast with SM3DW! If the magic of 3D World ends before the release of MK8, then perhaps I'll make the purchase. Otherwise, no new games until MK8 (just 99 more days from today)!



Tops said:

Getting Weapon Shop eventually but really wished we got the Duel Destinies discount here too. Oh well I'm still playing through Apollo Justice so there's no rush



Stu13 said:

I watched the King Fu Rabbit trailer and it looks pretty fun. I dig games like that, so I'll probably be picking it up. Waiting for a price cut on Aeterno Blade after reading the NL review.



Undead_terror said:

Got a review copy of kung fu rabbit and bought bird mania Christmas since it was cheaper to support Teyon,



Obito_Sigma said:

Only about half are excited for DKCTF? Really? The poll really means "Which game this week are you excited to buy the most, if any?" You don't have to say "Nothing this week" if you're just waiting for your pay check to roll in so that you could buy it next month. Seriously, DKCTF is a must-have as part of the DKC franchise. DKC2, in my opinion, is the best SNES game ever. Not too difficult, not too easy, very fair, adds a variety of platforming styles, variety of level design, and excellent replay value. My favorite, though, is the music. Possibly nostalgia, but to my opinion, DKC has the best soundtrack ever after SSB.



Rubyace said:

Already pre-ordered DKCTF and just finished download of Weapon Shop, great week



Yoshi said:

@Obito_Tennyson A lot of people are considering getting DKCTF, but since this is a Nintendo Download article, people are deciding on downloading the game or not. Of course, I would've voted for DKC, but I'm not downloading it. That's why my vote was cast for Ice Hockey. I'm getting DKC retail.



Tasuki said:

Seriously we get Ice Hockey instead of SMB3? Come one Nintendo get with it already.



Dark-Link73 said:

@Unca_LZ Yeah, Nintendo owns the DK brand and the characters, but Rare (and M$ by proxy) own the code and engine of those games. That's why M$ was under the wrong impression that they owned DK when they purchased the 49% of Rare shares from Nintendo. Because Rare owns the game, but not the characters.



SCAR said:

I used to be an Ice Hockey master against the CPU, but I haven't played that game in like 16 years.



Tasuki said:

@Dark-Link73: But MS has gone on and said in the past that Nintendo is free to put the DKC games on the VC they dont care since Nintendo owns the characters they can't really do anything with it. It just games like Banjo-Kazooie, Battletoads, Snake Rattle and Roll, Killer Instinct etc. That they wont allow on the Nintendo VC.



jjmesa16 said:

It's interesting to see that DK is only $49.99 considering that all of the other Nintendo games were $59.99 when they came out (besides Game and Wario).



Dark-Link73 said:

@Tasuki Really? Hmmm. There must be something else that neither Nintendo nor M$ is telling us because I don't see why Nintendo would be wasting such a golden opportunity after DKC 1, 2, and 3 sold like hot cakes on the Wii's VC.



Webby-sama said:

Weapon Shop and nothing more. If they didn't have that Level-5 sale recently I'd be in some kind of e-purchase drought.



3DSfan134 said:

Wii U Games/VC for today: Nope and I don't have one
3DS VC/Games: Not really
Discounts: Yes but for Bird Mania it's only 0.99 8D



KoopaTrooper said:

I missed out on DKC 1,2 & 3 VC. I still own all 3 for the SNES though, but would rather have them on my Wii/Wii U.



Gold said:

I was hoping there would be AT LEAST DKC1 instead of Ice Hockey..... Nothing for me. I would rather have physical instead of digital for DKCTF, too.



Darknyht said:

@jjmesa16 Could be that Nintendo sees a more value in trading a smaller profit per copy sold for the advantage of selling games $10 cheaper than the competition.



Kyloctopus said:

People should buy Robot Rescue 3D. It may be a really ugly game, but it's a good puzzler. Especially if you haven't played any of the other games in the series.



SpookyMeths said:

I hope Nintendo is done with these subpar NES sports games soon so that they can start releasing real VC stuff.



Zeldamaster97 said:

Quell Reflect is a great game, I'm probably going to get that. I'm surprised that only Quell Reflect is being released, as it is the second game and the third game, Quell Memento, is superior to both Quell and Quell Reflect.



Superryanworld said:

@ntabruzzo Yup,I'm getting donkey kong at GameStop.Ive got the 8 gb wii u,so vc games are all I have space for.Speaking of vc the service still needs more and better games,and more digital titles that are on other systems I would have loved strider on wii u for the second screen feature,yet It's on everything but the u.It would also be great if capcom gave us some fighters like tatsunoko vs capcom hd&better online or one of the streetfighter 4's.



LinkIRule said:

anyone know the price of DK:TF at game in the uk (physical) the website says 32 but sometimes it is dearer in store



Dark-Link73 said:

@Tasuki I see. Btw, where and when did you hear about M$ "not caring" about the original DKC games by Rare? I tried finding any possible article on that and all found was the opposite. That the "probable" reason for Nintendo pulling DKC from the VC was because of M$.



Superryanworld said:

@Dark-Link73 Well, the evil m$ corporation sure took its time getting those games off the wii shope.If such a thing was true I guess we won't ever get those great donkey kong land games either.



IceClimbers said:

@Dark-Link73 Rare on the other hand has said that they have no say over the DK games and that its all on Nintendo. Of course, that was over DK64 and not the DKC trilogy. Not sure why that would make a difference though. Nintendo hasn't said anything on the matter.



Dark-Link73 said:

@Superryanworld Well, the thing is that M$ allows (or at least it used to allow) Rare make games for Nintendo portables because they (M$) doesn't have a portable gaming device therefore having Diddy Kong Racing DS and Viva Pinata DS ( or whatever it was called) didn't conflict with the XBOX. But any console version of any Rare game would conflict with XBOX and M$ interests.



Falkor said:

I just noticed today that Nintendo actually has Super Mario Bros. 3 listed on the North American Wii U virtual console, but it's like "shadowed" out and has an "available soon" message on it. What's the deal with that? Confusing, to say the least. Anyhow, nothing this week for me. Here's to hoping we get Super Mario 64 sometime soon on the Wii U virtual console!!!



Dark-Link73 said:

@IceClimbers I think the situation with DKC is similar to the situation that Nintendo and Rare have with GoldenEye 007 but inverted. In GoldenEye, Nintendo owns the code for GoldenEye whereas Rare owns the rights to the game. That's why when Rare was making a port of the game fire XBOX LIVE, Nintendo put a stop to it. Now in DKC, Nintendo owns the rights to the characters but, Rare owns the engine because they created it for the SNES. That's why when Nintendo put the ROMS on the Wii Shop VC, M$ put a stop to it, presumably, in retaliation to Nintendo for stopping GoldenEye on LIVE.



GloryQuestor said:

Got Weapon Shop de Omasse, and so far, I like it. It's not the first game to twist classic RPGs around with item sellers (Dragon Quest IV's Torneko and Recett did good jobs of that, too), but it's still a very welcome change — and a pretty nice RPG nostalgia trip.



faustcoolio said:

went to check DC price at and saw next to it mario cart 8 is $69.99 could not believ my eyes. i know it is exelent game but 70.00 bucks



Dark-Link73 said:

@faustcoolio I'm sure that's a "place holder" price since Nintendo just announced the release date. Perhaps us a bundle with a Wii Wheel like attachment. I seriously doubt it'll be $70.



LordGeovanni said:

No Phoenix Wright sale? But why? I will not pay $30 for a game that isn't physical... Maybe $20. But not until that price.



millarrp said:

Finally can download Ice of my favorite NES sports titles Just waiting for blades of steel, nes open, and nes action play football and I'll be a happy camper in the nostalgialand sportsplex



LoveSugoi said:

Weapon Shop for me and probably Bird Mania too. Sucks we didn't get the Ace Attorney discount though.

@Darknyht Thanks for the heads up about the Best Buy sale! Came just in time since I'm expecting a check next week, hehe.



Darknyht said:

@Dark-Link73 So all I see is an opportunity to have Retro Studios or someone else use Retro's DKC:Returns/Tropical Freeze engine to recreate the originals in HD as eShop titles.



IceClimbers said:

@Dark-Link73 Only problem with that theory is that they gave Nintendo the ROMs. Rare gave up all the rights to the games during the MS purchase. Even Rare is confused as to why Nintendo took them down. This means that Nintendo took them down on their own accord. Its something Nintendo isn't telling us. If MS had issues with the DKC trilogy being released on the eShop they would've done something about it when they were first released, not wait all this time and then say something.



Dark-Link73 said:

@IceClimbers I don't know where you got that "Rare gave up all the rights to the games" because I keep on looking and can't find anything. IF it's true that Rare gave up the rights to their engine/code used on DKC, then we'll find out this year since it is DKC 20th anniversary. Surely Nintendo will come out with an anniversary release of some sort. IF Nintendo doesn't release DKC in any way, shape, or form within the next two years, then most likely Rare kept the rights to their engine/code and that's why it got pulled.

One thing for sure we can all agree on, Nintendo is not telling us something. Whether is out of embarrassment for posting the game without having all the rights or because they have bigger plans for the trilogy. We might never know.

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