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Nintendo Download: 27th March (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Mario's karting début, a puzzling court crossover, a skating cat and more

Monday morning can be a time for despair and gnashing of teeth, but not for Nintendo Download gamers. As usual Nintendo has issued its update for the treats on the way to Europe later this week — this includes a classic Super NES kart racer, a skating cat, a delightful retail cross-over and some additional retro goodies and discounts. Let's get to it.

Wii U Virtual Console

Super Mario Kart (Nintendo, €7.99 / £5.49) — The original karting extravaganza that started it all lands on the Wii U, with this Super NES release set to build out hype that little bit more ahead of the eighth entry arriving in May. Those diving in will notice how different the controls feel, but this still undoubtedly stands up as a hugely fun game in the modern day. We'll hit the track for a fresh look soon, while in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Super Mario Kart review. This is the US version of the game.

Mighty Bomb Jack (Tecmo, €4.99 / £3.49) — Another NES title joins the Wii U VC library, this time in the form of Tecmo's arcade platformer. This is a rather difficult game with secrets to discover; it won't be for everyone, but we suggested it should interest some in our Mighty Bomb Jack review. This is the US version of the game.

Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo, €4.99 / £3.49) — More Tecmo NES goodness, this time in the form of the iconic and outrageously difficult action game. Respawning enemies, tricky jumps and the classic 'bounce-back-when-hit' mechanic will test skills and patience. That said, if you're up for a challenge this is a treat, as we explained in our Ninja Gaiden review. This is the US version of the game.

Wii U eShop Special Offer

Purchase Super Mario Kart between 27/03/2014 and 30/06/2014 and receive a £5.49 / €7.99 discount off the Wii U eShop release of Mario Kart 8. Purchases of Super Mario Kart using the Virtual Console loyalty offer qualify, and Mario Kart 8 must be purchased between 30/05/2014 until 30/06/2014; both downloads must be made on the same Wii U system.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition (Codemasters, €12.49 / £9.99 until 3rd April, normally €24.99 / £19.99)

3DS eShop

Skater Cat (Teyon, €4.99 / £4.49) — If you like happy looking cats, this may be a game for you. Developed by FUN UNIT, this looks like a side-scrolling runner with 25 levels to take on; you can also exchange and race Ghost times through StreetPass and SpotPass, as well as race with your Mii. We'll see if it leaves us feline good (apologies) in our review.

3DS Virtual Console

Adventure Island II (Konami, €4.99 / £4.49) — This sequel in the somewhat iconic series improves on the controls and overall gameplay of the original, as should surely be the case, while you can also ride dinosaurs for an easier trek through the levels. We gave this a strong recommendation in our 3DS eShop Virtual Console Adventure Island II review.

3DS Retail Download

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) — Available from 28th March. This cross-over between the popular Level-5 and Capcom franchises has taken a while to make it to the West, and delivers an enjoyable mix of the Professor's gentlemanly puzzle solving and Phoenix Wright's humorous, over-the-top courtroom battles. This is a lengthy adventure that shouldn't raise many objections for fans of either series, as we explain in detail in our Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €5.99 / £5.39 until 17th April, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Real Heroes Firefighter 3D: Download Edition (Zordix AB, €4.99 / £4.49 until 17th April, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

3DS eShop Demo

Wakedas (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)

So there you go, European gamers. Let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (211 votes)

Super Mario Kart (Wii U Virtual Console)


Mighty Bomb Jack (Wii U Virtual Console)


Ninja Gaiden (Wii U Virtual Console)


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


Skater Cat (3DS eShop)


Adventure Island II (3DS Virtual Console)


Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS retail download)


Snow Moto Racing 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Real Heroes Firefighter 3D: Download Edition (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Just the Wakedas demo for me


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (75)



Marshi said:

I think everyone will download mariokart. And 3 downloads rather than 2 is an improvement on previous weeks. But we need more snes and n64 and dreamcast and megadrive and neo geo please nintendo. It was done for the wii so there is no reason this should be left out of wiiu



WiiLovePeace said:

Yay! Super Mario Kart GET! It's basically free with Mario Kart 8. Awesome! Will also buy Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney eventually! It's going to be EPIC!



Heng-Yu said:

Are people really getting the download version of PL vs PW when they can get the reail version for the same price?

Difficult for me to understand considering Nintendo's "account system".

Maybe someone can explain that to me.



Jese_1 said:

This is a good week! Definitely getting Super Mario Kart. Really want to get Adventure Island II as well, but would rather have it on my Wii U than on my 3DS, so will hold out for that one.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

No need for Mario Kart here, got the original on my SNES. The rest really isn't my thing. Oh well...



whodatninja said:

I was hoping for more Castlevania but this is good too. I still have Mario Cart for the SNES lying around, so i'm only getting Ninja Gaiden (HAI!)




SKTTR said:

Super Mario Kart, Mighty Bomb Jack and F1 Stars discount for me.



ledreppe said:

Would've got the SMK download but I already have the original on SNES cart, and the £5.49 discount only applies to the download version of MK8 (getting Limited Edition with t-shirt and keyring from Nintendo store). Will be getting PL v PW on cart, as it's about £10 cheaper.



howser73 said:

Mario kart and f1 racing stars for me been interested in the later so just been waiting for a price drop. Layton vs, already on pre-order for retail .... That's me ... One happy gamer, just not enough time to play it all.



RainbowGazelle said:

Nintendo are still idiots for charging £40 for PL v PW, when you can get it for £30 at retail, and not lose it if your 3ds is stolen/broken. I already have Ninja Gaiden and haven't the slightest interest in Mario Kart, so nothing for me this week.



cmk8 said:

Definitely getting Wario Kart, will be dowloading the new one so it'd be mad not to!
Am also getting the limited edition, but will put it away for 20 years in the hope it'll be worth something good.



readyletsgo said:

Not a bad week, not a great wewk, but not bad. SMK, not sure, might leave it. Adventure Island 2 on the 3DS, think I'm gonna go for it. Must look into F1 also.

EDIT: Yeah after reading the review again for F1 Racers, I'm getting it on Thursday, €12.49 is a great price(to me), and the game is STILL €25 on PSN.



Porky said:

Europe gets 3 virtual console games on one system this week, danggg.



Emblem said:

@RainbowGazelle If your 3DS is broken or stolen you get all your downloads back, I wish people would stop spreading false information like this.

But yes the price is steep considering the retail alternative.



electrolite77 said:


You mean if it's stolen and you get a police report and fax it to Nintendo with the serial number you may at their discretion get credit for all or some of your purchases.

Great system.



electrolite77 said:

Haven't played the original MK for ages so will probably download that with leftover Wii points then do the Wii U upgrade. Not bothered about the discount as I'll buy it cheaper at retail-like with PL v PW.



Whopper744 said:

I wonder what difficult to control NES sports game the US will get this week. I really wish I could say this means we are getting Super Mario Kart too this week but... Looks like we haven't even got an SNES games since Jan



turnmebackwards said:

Ninja Gaiden (Wii U Virtual Console) for me
Might get F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition but unsure if it's any good? And can buy physical for £4.99 new on PS3.
Already got Mario Kart on SNES other wise I'd be all over that.



sletari said:

Gonna go for F1 Race Stars, I've been waiting for this offer since US got it before =)
Also, I'm getting Mario Kart but just because I'm going to download MK8 ASAP, so it's going to be for free...



ikki5 said:

What????? 3 VC titles in one week???? that is un-heard of now! I hope this means the 1 a week will be done.....probably not sadly.



Gerbwmu said:

@Heng-Yu - I prefer digital on my 3DS because of the portability. The only issue account wise would be if my 3DS broke but it is my understanding that Nintendo will work with you to recover any DL games. If it is stolen then my Homeowners Insurance would cover it completely for me.



Barbiegurl777 said:

Skater Cat look's fun this thursday. Gotta put it on wishlist though holding cash in the e-shop for Disney Magical World 3ds then downloading skater cat.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



Gate_Shikimuri said:

All I really want is games that look serious and are challenge. I mean Skater Cat? Really? I'm starting to get real tired of cute.



dumedum said:

Physical carts are outdated and you can always lose them too. Having said that, because they're tiny and don't take up much space I don't mind them but with Wii U I'd prefer to go all digital those versions also perform better.



dmc79 said:

You can count yourself out on this one. I just purchased $120 worth of prepaid cards for eShop games. I'm going partially retro this year lol can't wait for smk8 or the new brawls I also preordered.



sillygostly said:

Boo! Why aren't they delivering the GB version of Adventure Island II?

NES games belong on home consoles (cough Wii U *cough).



datamonkey said:

@Marshi - Nope. I'm not downloading Mario Kart. Even though I'd like to play it on my latest Nintendo consoles I have bought it many, many times since the original on the SNES.

I wish Nintendo operated a proper account system and allowed those that have paid for a game countless times in the past to re-download it for free on current systems. For example I bought Hotline Miami on my Vita, yet it has been announced today that a PS4 version will be coming soon. I will be able to download that for free on my PS4 and I think Sony's system really makes Nintendo's look poor in comparison.

Are Nintendo intending to just keep re-releasing the same VC games on every console from here on in and expecting people to keep repaying? I think they will and also think it sucks...



RedYoshi999 said:

Ooh, so if I upgrade Super Mario Kart for $1.95 I can get $10.40 off Mario Kart 8? Awesome since I was always going to download it! And I get another $7 from the Premium Wii U promo too.



smikey said:

@ datamonkey

I find it near inconceivable that nintendo won't let you redownload (for free) vc games (and possibly e-shop games if available) on the next nintendo home console.
the vc started on wii to expect fans to pay for the same game 3 consoles running is not only madness it makes bad business sense on an epic scale.
(I know some will say thats how nintendo works)

They have already tied consoles via the Nintendo network id and said all future consoles can be logged in through these id's so they will already instantly know what you have bought in the past.

in addition I know many still want / demand (some even expect) that this will happen within the wii u's life time.
Or buy one game vc or retail and get to download / play it on the other system (buy vc on wii u play on 3ds)

this again is inconceivable firstly if you suddenly bought a game on wii u vc and could play it on 3ds it will kick in the teeth the few people dedicated (foolish) enough to buy it on both systems.

weather people like it or not nothing is going to change until the release of the next home console and next hand held systems it might make a few extra sales if they did but they will not change the system a year or two into a consoles life.

Lastly I agree that by the end of this year far more consoles should be added to the vc lists though that may still only mean that each week you still only get one or two vc games and might wait months for a release from a particular console



elstif said:

I guess I´ll get SMK even when I still have the original so I can play using the gamepad only.

I´lI love to get MK8 downloaded just not to have to change discs every time I want to play it (I´ll play it a lot) but even with this promotion buying retail will still be cheaper.
What the hell is Nintendo thinking, Download is more expensive plus the games are tide to the console. There´s no way I´m buying downloads instead of retail until that changes.



burninmylight said:


Well technically, WiiWare had a Dreamcast game or two. MDK2 somehow got ported down to fit the size limit, and The Last Blade 2 (which is technically an arcade game, but also got a Dreamcast port).



PAppleyard said:

I was wanting to buy F1 Race Stars as I like the Steam demo but didn't want to pay £20. I was not even holding any hope of it happening to be on sale.

I also want Mario Kart as I have it already on the Wii VC.



Nintenjoe64 said:

I hope the digital discount to MK8 applies to people who are only paying £1.49 for SMK. I'm also not sure if I've ever played SMK at 60Hz, I should be able to knock a decent chunk off all my PBs!



Wawawaaaario said:

It's kind of weird to put a discount offer for Mario Kart 8 buyer by buying VC game first.

I guess eShop doesn't offer a pre-order promotion unlike any other digital distribution does. (i.e. Steam)



smikey said:


Your right of course they could give credit.
But it will still never happen until the release of the new consoles if they were going to give in and do it they would have either done so or announced so by now it's simply never going to happen on wii u and 3ds.

I think they should I'd have no problems with it if they did but they won't.



Ventilator said:

I'm surprised that there is so little Indie releases on Wii U, when there must be over 200 upcoming announced by now. Indie support is great, but barely any releases.
I wonder if there will there be a time with 5-10 Indie's a week later like on PS3?



smikey said:


ds vc is in april.
middle to end right after a Nintendo direct most likely.
it has been announced as being released in april more than once too



BestBuck15 said:

I bought SMK on Wii VC and I didn't transfer my games over to Wii U and yes I know it's the SECAM version but no way am I going to pay twice.



Cyberbotv2 said:

@faint : wait....did you just say wrestling? Awwww hell yeah! What I would love to see would be every N64 wrestling game dropped onto the VC. Add online play, and it's a wrap.



hcfwesker said:

@faint There's also Track & Field (the one that came with the nes running pad thingy), knowing nintendo they'll probably release it for the heck of it since it can be played with a regular controller. I seriously wouldn't put it pass them.

I'm with everyone else though, 3 VC games on 1 day is madness. Last time that happened for NoA was when Capcom released their games. Nintendo for some reason can't manage it with all their games they have waiting and it being their own hardware.



unrandomsam said:

@sinalefa Wii has Samba De Amigo / House of the Dead 2 (I don't count Overkill) as well. (Although the Wiimote is not as good as the original Dreamcast Maracas or the lightgun). And bass fishing like Windy said. (Thing is you can get a physical copy of any of those three at least in the UK for less than a SNES VC release).



Game-Over said:

A slightly better week for for the Wii U VC but overall it's starting to look like the new VC is actually inferior to the old VC. I don't see any Sega or SNK titles yet, the variety of consles and game developers is what was great about the old VC. I was the expecting more powerful consoles to be added to the new VC along with the old ones but u have question if this will happen at all. Things would not be so bad if they emulated more arcade games like a Final Fight Arcade or a Marvel vs Capcom 2. For example i love Street Fighter 2 on the SNES but i'd like to able to play Street Fighter Third Strike on the Dreamcast too,maybe this will happen down the road, i hope it will but i'm having doubts.



Game-Over said:

With the Wii U VC and the Wii U overall Nintendo seem to be sticking more to games that were released on Nintendo consoles or were developed by Nintendo themselves which is fair enough being that Nintendo has a fantastic library of games but variety is the spice of life and it will be disappointing to find that certain games just won't get released because of that. Will any non nintendo consoles appear on the new VC?, it's been over a year u have to wonder. It would be a let down if that were the case but like that if VC Arcade was improved upon it would'nt be so bad.



Jakeman said:

Finally! It seems like I have been waiting years for Phoenix Vs. Layton to be released over here. Probably because it actually has been years...



AJWolfTill said:

I just bought Super Mario 3D World so nothing for me! I'll be getting PLvs.PW at retail once my gf and I finish Azran together.



Chris77 said:

On a roll with 3D World at the moment, but SMK and F1 for me. £20 seemed a bit of a gamble, but £10 is a no brainer. Kind of think the original price should have been £15 and they would have shifted a lot more units. SMK on the gamepad will be very nice!

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