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Nintendo Download: 17th April (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Pocket football, GBA goodies, big-name demos, discounts and more

Nintendo is once again brightening our Monday morning with the European Nintendo Download update, which this week includes a variety of genres covering three systems — yep, DSiWare is back. There are some promotions — present and future — to consider, new games and Virtual Console offerings on both Wii U and 3DS. Let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

My Exotic Farm (BIP Media, €4.99 / £4.49) — This is the second remake from this series to arrive on the Wii U, giving you the task of running, maintaining and expanding your farm and its profits. Like its predecessor this has left us unimpressed, being more chore-sim than enjoyable game; our My Exotic Farm review has the details.

Wii U Virtual Console

Golden Sun (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) — An RPG series that plenty of people are keen to see return to the current generation of systems, after two GBA titles and one on DS; this is the first of those entries that may just draw in a new group of fans while providing nostalgia for others. We'll try to save the world again for our upcoming review.

F-Zero Maximum Velocity (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) — While we may impatiently await the day that the F-Zero franchise returns, this arrives to help soften the blow. This Game Boy Advance entry certainly prompts some debate among fans due to the differences in its handling from its predecessors. Despite that ability to divide opinion, it has some enthusiastic advocates, and earned a recommendation in our 3DS Ambassador F-Zero Maximum Velocity review; we'll take to the track for another race on Wii U.

Wii U eShop Promotion

If you already own My Farm on Wii U, you can download My Exotic Farm on the same system for €3.49 / £3.14.

Wii U eShop Permanent Discount

My Farm (BIP Media, €4.99 / £4.49, was €7.99 / £7.19)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Disney, €17.49 / £14.99 until 24th April, normally €34.99 / £29.99)

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games, €8.99 / £7.79 until 24th April, normally €14.99 / £12.99)

3DS eShop

Nintendo Pocket Football Club (Nintendo, €11.99 / £10.79 until 1st May, will be €14.99 / £13.49) — A sequel to a little-known Game Boy Advance title released in Japan, this takes its own distinctive approach to football management. It may not have the depth of PC-based football-sim titles, but it's well put together and has charm in abundance. You can read all about it and why we gave it a recommendation in our Nintendo Pocket Football Club review.

Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons (Reactor, €2.99 / £2.49) — Very little detail is given for this one aside from the fact it's the first of a series of mini-game collection aimed at young gamers. We'll let you know what it's like soon.

3DS Virtual Console

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Konami, €4.99 / £4.49) — The final part of the original NES trilogy, this returned to the linear action platforming of the original but threw in its own fresh ideas, including three playable characters with different abilities. It's another game where restore point abuse will be the norm, but we were big fans in our Wii Virtual Console Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse review; we'll defeat Dracula once again on 3DS.

3DS Retail Download

Putty Squad (System 3 Software, €19.99 / £17.99)

3DS Retail Demos

Mario Golf: World Tour (Nintendo, free)

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (NIS America, free)

3DS eShop Promotion

If you purchase Mario Golf: World Tour on the eShop from 2nd May until 29th May, you will receive a free download of the Game Boy Color Mario Golf for free — the download code will have to be redeemed by 30th June. The Game Boy Color title will then be available to purchase from the European eShop for €4.99 / £4.49 from 29th May.

3DS eShop Temporary Discount

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney, €9.99 / £8.99 until 24th April, normally €19.99 / £17.99)


I Am In The Movie (CIRCLE Entertainment, 200 Nintendo Points) — Billed as a video app that allows you to create neat mini movies using your DSi camera, this title fails to deliver. Low quality images on the struggling DSi tech, clips limited to 5-10 seconds and obtuse layouts all contributed to this being heavily criticised in our I Am In The Movie review.

Those are the choices this week, Europe. Let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (213 votes)

My Exotic Farm (Wii U eShop)


Golden Sun (Wii U Virtual Console)


F-Zero Maximum Velocity (Wii U Virtual Console)


My Farm (Wii U eShop permanent discount)


Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Nintendo Pocket Football Club (3DS eShop)


Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons (3DS eShop)


Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (3DS Virtual Console)


Putty Squad (3DS retail download)


Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS eShop temporary discount)


I Am In The Movie (DSiWare)


Just the Mario Golf: World Tour and/or Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl demo for me


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (77)



DESS-M-8 said:

Downloaded kid Icarus uprising last night too fr £29.99. That one seemed to slip in secretly. Been dying for this to come to eshop for ages.
Surely there should e some discount on older first party tells like star fox and ocarina of time soon? £40 each is ridiculous and slack to not manage and maintain the price points. £20 each I would snap these up



BenAV said:

Finally, Nintendo Pocket Football Club.
Been waiting for this one.



Thestarskyeffec said:

Looks like a fantastic week of downloads. Golden Sun, Pocket Football & Castlevania 3. I can't wait till Thursday till I download them all.

I was going to wait for Castlevania on the WiiU, but I really can't wait.



Jazzer94 said:

I'm going to be getting Nintendo Pocket Football Club first proper purchase I've made in awhile.



0utburst said:

I'd like to see castlevania 2 & 3 on Wii U then I'd buy them all at once including the snes one. Including the rockman series if they complete the series. I voted for golden sun but I'll hold on a bit. I've too much backlog now I could wait for a sale on the games on my wish list.

I'm kidding myself. The combat in golden sun looks epic it will pass on my insta-buy list. Is the story epic too?



NoPLo said:

Epic Mickey 3DS is STILL 44,99€ instead of the 19.99€ you said like half a year ago...

So I guess its price being cut to 9.99€ is wrong information too.



Peach64 said:

Castlevania III! And woohoo for Mario Golf on 3DS VC. I recently played the game on cart (paid a lot less than that download price too), but will happily pay to have it on my system.



readyletsgo said:

Not a bad week must say! Will give the GBA games a miss.

Epic Mickey on the 3DS for €10 sounds perfect for what the reviews said about it at the time, been waiting for it to be cheap since it launched.

Mario Golf Demo, never played a Mario Golf game so gonna give it a shot and see.

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, I might get this.



Daemonite said:

@NoPLo Was curious about the price, so i just checked, and the price is currently 19.99 euros, like it says in the article (eShop Belgium and Netherlands). So i assume the promotion will be valid too



bouncer0304 said:

Excellent demos this week- will be getting those. Epic Mickey on the 3ds was okay but i wouldn't pay anymore than that. I traded my copy in since after the finale, there's not much else to do. If there's a demo try that as it will be more than enough to tell you if it's for you.



NoPLo said:

@Daemonite Damn... So it looks like prices are not the same for every european country, because here in Spain Epic Mickey 3DS has never been cheaper than 45€, how nice
Thanks for the info!



KeeperBvK said:

"you will receive a free download of the Game Boy Color Mario Golf for free"

But the real question is: Is it free?



marck13 said:

Nintendo Pocket Football Club!
..and hopeing for a Nintendo Pocket Ice Hockey Club, wohooo!



Giygas_95 said:

I can't wait for the GBA titles this Thursday. I need to see more love for Maximum Velocity in that pole though.



Starwolf_UK said:

@DESS-M-8 Yeah it came out on Wednesday. There was a news story on the German Nintendo site but it never got translated. One thing it mentions is you can buy 18 AR cards and the Stand for €5 through their online store:
I might ask Nintendo UK if they plan to do the same on their UK store (though I'm not that interested in it or trying Kid Icarus being left handed) as currently there is nothing like that on there.



Ralek85 said:

E3 can't come soon enough. I could do with some more pleasant anticipation where these updates are concerned. On the other hand maybe we all just got spoiled last year ? =(



Grumblevolcano said:

Mario Golf demo only, just bought Lego City Undercover to help make my Wii U library last until at least MK8's release so not buying F-Zero yet.



rjejr said:

Ha ha, ha ha, ha ha ha

Saw the title said "big name demos" and came in here looking MK8 and SSB or Lego Hobbit (since it was delayed 2 weeks thought we might have gotten the demo to make up for it) on Wii U and what do we get, a couple of 3DS games.

I dont know whats funnier, TWs sense of humour or Nintendos complete disregard for demos on the Wii U home eShop. There are several demos in Target and Gamestop kiosks - DKCTF, Game and Wario, WW HD - why arent these on the eShop?!?! Its bad enough Nintendo doesnt want to sell Wii U hardware, they should at least want to sell Wii U software to the 6mil of us who ponied up already.



whodatninja said:

Nothing this week either. Maybe Giana Sisters? Nothing else is tempting me. Although it does annoy me that 3DS is getting more classic Castlevania games while Wii U is getting... more Game Boy games... SMH



Mineral said:

I want Nintendo Pocket Football Club ! Release it NA so I can buy it Nintendo ! I don't care about baseball



unrandomsam said:

@SanderEvers Can do it from a Nintendo Zone (Train Station / Shopping Centre etc). It is still more than likely going to cost more than the cart and the download together though.



ricklongo said:

How bad is Epic Mickey 2? I'll feel tempted to grab it if the same discount comes to the Americas.



unrandomsam said:

@ricklongo No idea about the Wii U one the 3DS one plays quite a bit like the Master System Castle of Illusion though. (I paid about the same price for the cart and I think it was worth it). I only played one level at a time and I didn't really get bored of it.



ULTRA-64 said:

@rjejr I 100% agree.....I also saw the headline, got disappointed, then wondered the same as you!! Really is no reason not to have more demos available except for the fact they have pretty much given up on the Wii u. Just look at the amount of retail games with dates confirmed for really is tragic. Also, seems strange to not have vc demos or trial usage(limited uses maybe) as the prices are high and discounts unlikely and many users simply havnt played the game to know they would like it!



Xilef said:

Will buy Golden Sun and Castlevania once i'm finished with a few games. Will check out the Mario Golf demo.



cmk8 said:

Was really hoping pocket football would be like classic Championship Manager...



ToxieDogg said:

Not a great week for me. Already have Mario Golf World Tour and Etrian Odyssey Millenium Girl physical copies preordered so not really bothered with the demos. Already have Epic Mickey on 3DS (thought it was OK) and the Wii version of Epic Mickey 2 so not interested in those either. And already have Giana Sisters, and original carts of Golden Sun GBA and Castlevania 3 NES (along with a Wii VC download of the latter) so will probably ignore those for now. Ho hum. I'm still patiently waiting for Game and Watch Gallery 3 on the 3DS VC, not sure if it'll ever arrive though



Game-Over said:

Just GBA for the Wii U VC, i suppose this is to be expected for the time being but how long will this trend continue? It's strange to be in possession of a next generation HD home console and to currently have only old handheld games to download. The GBA is OK but it should never be the main download diet of a next gen home console.



MikeLove said:


If you care about Mario Golf so much that you already preordered it (which I have done as well), why would you not be interested in getting to try out the demo a month and a half before it releases?



WYLD-WOO said:

NPFC is here!!! Pre-ordered a copy as present for my friends son for his Birthday and will be puchasing myself on Thursday with my credit left over from Christmas. Cool demos too, which I will be of course downloading.

Still think all these GBA games would be better suited to my 3DS.



ToxieDogg said:

@KennyPowers Because I already know it'll be a good game (based off the others) and I'll just be ruining the anticipation and partly my first day enjoyment of Mario Golf World Tour when it's released by having already played it If I was in two minds as to whether or not to buy it, then I'd try a demo but it was always going to be a day one purchase for me. Same with Etrian Odyssey Milennium Girl, I've already played other games in the series and enjoyed them, no need to spoil the fun of playing the new one at launch by playing a demo a couple of weeks early.



unrandomsam said:

Sucks PSN has really good discounts on Retro City Rampage and Escape Vector but 3DS doesn't yet.



ToxieDogg said:

@Unrandomsam The 3DS E-Shop had a big discount on EscapeVektor last year and was cheaper than the PSN version at the time, so I ended up getting it on 3DS. Discounts don't always last forever unfortunately, though.



Kolzig said:

It's pocket football and demo time for me.

Really interesting that Nintendo sneakily finally put Kid Icarus Uprising last week to the European eShop as well, Nlife didn't mention any of it and I was really surprised to see it in eShop.

Interesting to see Putty Squad released at least for 3DS. The Wii U version is cancelled by them according what they replied in Facebook since they didn't want the +6 million users of Wii U to buy their game.



GamerZack87 said:

Wow, that Mario Golf: World Tour promotion looks really awesome, especially since I'd like both games!



Einherjar said:

Just found out that they just released the US version of Golden Sun in Europe and not the usual Euro5 version.
Why every other game (Mario&Luigi, WarioWare, Kirby etc) was released that way and not such an important title is beyond me.
So much for buying these games out of impulse just for the sake of supporting them. Im seriously disappointed.

@Sceptic Stop whining about the price tag. If thats too much, get youserlf a cartridge of it. And good luck with those safe batterys.



Einherjar said:

@Sceptic Well, what do you expact ? AppStore shovelware prices ? Get these games for free ? These prices are perfectly fine for what they offer.
And liek i said, if you dont like them, just get the game in cartridge form and hope that it will work for another year or two.



Sceptic said:

Don't worry, I just don't buy them at those fantasy prices. Yes, I feel a dollar or two would be more in line with the actual value they provide and add more value to the whole VC concept from a consumer perspective, but nintendo is all about the milking these days.

They'd rather rip off a hundred people real good than sell it to ten thousand at a decent price. That's their loss IMO, but I guess this way they can go back to their board meetings and talk about how priceless their IP still is. Certainly not in revenue, but in valuation.

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