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Nintendo Download: 1st May (Europe)

Posted by Darren Calvert

Mario Golf, Cave Story, Child of Light and Simon goes on a quest too

This week brings a Euro Nintendo Download packed full of tantalising downloadable delights.

3DS retail

Mario Golf: World Tour (Nintendo, £34.99/€39.99) - Grab your clubs and bring fun to the fore in Mario Golf: World Tour! Join Mario and friends for engrossing golf action on your own, or tee off with players from all over the world in thrilling online multiplayer matches. Master a range of courses sure to test even the most experienced player. It’s not all lush greens and blue skies though – take to the fairway on sandy shores, or shoot for the pin on courses inspired by the world of Mario! Check out our Mario Golf: World Tour if you want to know if this lands a hole in one or not.

You can get a free download code for Mario Golf (Game Boy Color) if you purchase Mario Golf: World Tour from Nintendo eShop by 29/05/2014. Mario Golf (Game Boy Color) is exclusively available through this offer until 29/05/2014. It will be available for purchase from 29/05/2014 for €4.99 (£4.49). If you take advantage of this offer, you can download it before the official release for free. The download code will be shown on the screen after purchase, and also on your receipt. You can redeem it immediately on your Nintendo 3DS system or redeem it on any other Nintendo 3DS system later. The download code is valid until 30/06/2014.

Mario Golf: World Tour DLC:

  • Mario Golf World Tour: Free-Trial Course Pack - Free
  • Mario Golf World Tour: Mushroom Pack - £5.39/€5.99
  • Mario Golf World Tour: Three-Pack Set - £10.79/€11.99

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (NIS America, £34.99/€39.99) - Etria is a land that has long welcomed explorers, yet even they will discover stories untold. In Story mode, you will encounter the mystery of the maiden who has lived a thousand years. Should you brave Classic mode, you'll experience the beautifully upgraded version of the original Etrian adventure, with new 3D graphics and gameplay improvements. Finally available in Europe, this was really well received in our North American Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl review last year.

Hometown Story (Rising Star Games, £29.99/€29.99) - From Yasuhiro Wada, the father of the Harvest Moon series, comes a new heart-warming experience full of fun, laughter and excitement. Prepare yourself for a whole new life as you create your own Hometown Story! Having inherited a run-down shop, it’s up to you to return to your hometown and turn the place into something your late grandmother would have been proud of. Join forces with a magical sprite named Pochica and make new friends as the town grows along with your success. Expand the shop, discover fantastic new wares to sell, go on exciting adventures and even meet the partner of your dreams! We'll be reviewing this one very soon.

Mystery Case Files Ravenhearst (MSL, £10.79/€11.99)

Azada (MSL, £10.79/€11.99)

3DS eShop

Cave Story (Nicalis, £6.00/€7.25) - Cave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent rabbit-like creatures, called Mimiga, run free. You wake up in a dark cave with no memory of who you are, where you came from or why you're in such a place. Uncovering Mimiga Village you discover that the once-carefree Mimiga are in danger at the hands of a maniacal scientist. Their only hope rests squarely on the shoulders of a quiet, amnesiac boy who can't remember his own name. Take control and learn the origins of this world’s power, stop the delusional villain and save the Mimiga. We reviewed the North American version of the game back in 2012 and really liked it. We can only hope that publisher Nicalis gets their act together for future releases in Europe.

3DS Virtual Console

Galaga (Namco Bandai, £4.49/€4.99) - A game that probably needs no introduction. Here's our review of Galaga on the 3DS eShop if you want to know more.

3DS Demos

THE "DENPA" MEN 3 The Rise of Digitoll (Genius Sonority)

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Atlus)

Wii U eShop

Child of Light (Ubisoft, £11.99/€14.99) - Child of Light is a coming-of-age story about a young girl named Aurora from 1895 Austria who wakes up to find herself on the lost fairy-tale continent of Lemuria. To get home she must fight against the dark creatures of the Queen of the Night, who have stolen the sun, the moon and the stars. Help her on her quest to save the Kingdom of Lemuria from the Dark Queen's tyranny by bringing back the three sources of Light! Watch out for our upcoming review.

Stick it to the Man (Ripstone, £6.99/€7.99) - On an ordinary day, hard hat tester Ray has a bizarre accident and wakes up with a giant pink spaghetti arm sticking out of his brain, giving him extraordinary mind-reading powers. Ray can suddenly change the world with stickers, transforming his paper universe by tearing it, folding it and using the crazy stickers he finds (along with his awesome new powers) to solve mind-boggling puzzles! Sadly, Ray doesn't have much time to get to grips with his new psychic abilities. Instead, he’s on the run from ‘The Man’ for a crime he didn’t commit. Can you help Ray out of this sticky situation? Get ready to tear it, rip it and Stick it to the Man!

Wii U Virtual Console

Castlevania II Simon's Quest (Konami, £3.49/€4.99) - Simon Belmont is back with another quest. Check out our Castlevania II Simon's Quest review for Wii U eShop.

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? (199 votes)

Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS retail)


Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (3DS retail)


Hometown Story (3DS retail)


Mystery Case Files Ravenhearst (3DS retail)


Azada (3DS retail)


Cave Story (3DS eShop)


Galaga (3DS Virtual Console)


Demo - THE "DENPA" MEN 3 The Rise of Digitoll (3DS eShop)


Demo - Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS retail)


Child of Light (Wii U eShop)


Castlevania II Simon's Quest (Wii U Virtual Console)


Nothing for me this week!


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User Comments (75)



RichRadEx said:

Woohoo!! These some nice releases!

I'll download Cave story and Galaga, once I get some money that is XD



Grumblevolcano said:

This is rather disappointing that we go from GBA focused to more NES games which are already on Wii VC. Was hoping for at least Mario Kart Super Circuit before returning to NES/SNES.



darkswabber said:

Stick it to the man seemed like fun. But it's free with ps plus for ps4. So no need to buy it



RupeeClock said:

I have been waiting a ridiculously long time for this, for as long as the DSiWare version never even launched in Europe!

Finally, my favourite indie title on my favourite handheld.



MAB said:

Child of Light is a definite purchase... Hopefully Stick It To The Man shows up on the Aussie eShop too



0utburst said:

I'll wait for them to release the castlevania trio on nes and buy them all at once along with the SNES one. For child of light, I'd wait for the reviews.



element187 said:

Child Of Light is a no brainier, and the new gamepad features for Stick It To The Man sound really cool (nice to see developers getting creative with the gamepad). This is turning out to be a decent week.



Marshi said:

Wow,finally starting to get some good weeks flowing. Keep it up nintendo. I'll be getting child of light first. But may also take advantage of the mario gold offer,oh and stick it to the man looks groovy but i'll be downloading it for free for my ps4 first. If its awesome though il happily support the devs and purchase the wiiu as thanks for support the console



Emblem said:

Voted for EO but I'll be picking up a few games this week. Can't vote for stick it too the man BTW.



Mollutje said:

Cave Story for sure! Considering my schedule, I don't think I'll have enough time to play any new titles until Kirby rears his pink little head and then it's off to the land of Mario Kart 8! Child of light seems like a great game, but I'm looking for some fast paced stuff at the moment.



Tsurii said:

Woah, guys...don't do that to me..I almost had a heart attack, because I thought there's no Wii U stuff at all this week



bouncer0304 said:

Cave story only £6? Considering people charge a fortune for the boxed version this sounds excellent to me! Demos seem good too. Good week for the 3ds in general which is nice!



Jazzer94 said:

I've been waiting patiently for about 2 years for Cave Story so will be getting that might also get Child of Light if it gets good reviews.



HollowGrapeJ said:

Why is Mario Golf World tour $30 download but $35 in the store? XD Not really a big deal, but that's kind of weird...



ULTRA-64 said:

I've had my eye on stick it to the man BUT I'm writing this on my phone in a hospital waiting room because I've broken my thumb.......=(
I don't know if I'll be able to hold the game pad at all but I'm hopeful I'll still be good for some pikmin action with a wiimote if I can still hit the A button. Gutted as I just got dk:tf the day I broke it..........testing times!



MAB said:

It wouldn't surprise me if Child of Light gets low scores... But I want to play something different that doesn't invlove first person face shooting or monotonous platform jumping all the time



Kolzig said:

Would vote for Stick it to the Man, but you didn't put it up for voting.

Cave Story only took 17 months to reach these shores, nicely done Nicalis once again.



Kolzig said:

@bouncer0304 You just need remember that the boxed version is the remade 3d model version of the game. The 3ds eShop game is the original 2d graphics game but for 3DS.

Basically same as the Wii and Steam versions, but with the the 3d slider enabled.



LittleFuryThing said:

Well I'll be damned. They finally have decided to release Cave Story!
Definite purchase, although I do feel like slapping everyone at Nicalis for taking an unnessary long time at releasing the game.

Forgot about Etrian Odyssey, will get that too (retail version though).
Denpa Dudes, and that bizarre Conception II demoes round out a good week for me.



MouldyK said:

Gonna get £50 eshop credit for Mario Golf and it's DLC. Will be my first Digital Full game which wern't free. Mostly because i'm thinking if I break my 3DS, i'll lose my save and 100 courses, so why not just lose the whole game?

In Contra, you do both!

...where's a new Contra btw, people?



ledreppe said:

Going on a 2 week trip, so no Wii U downloads for me. Getting Hometown Story on cartridge (why nobody vote for it?), and may get Mario Golf (cartridge) after that.



cornishlee said:

Best Wii U week in a long while.

And the first time (I think) the the home console update has been listed after the handheld. Probably too easy to read too much into that.



gurtifus said:

For me it will be :
Cave Story
Etrian Odyssey
Mario Golf
and Maybe Hometown Story !!!
My poor wallet...



Emblem said:

@MouldyK If you have your NNID you can get your games and dlc back if you send the broken 3DS to Nintendo for repairs (cost varies) or as proof of destruction. However if you have seperate insurance then cart is the best option as you can get it replaced and sell it if you've already had your fill.



cookiex said:

I'll download Mario Golf and Etrian Odyssey demos and considers Child of Light if it turns out any good.



readyletsgo said:

FINALLY!!! Cave Story!!!! Very good week for both systems.

Cave story, Child of Light and maybe Castlevania II.



SPUD said:

I love my simulation games. So hometown story for me. But will buy the cartridge, not download. It's cheaper.



datamonkey said:

Well I had given up all hope for Cave Story+ but looks like my prayers have been answered! Yay



cfgk24 said:

Great week! Cave Story, Child of Light, Mario Golf! - Oh hang on - Expensive week



Igmx said:

I strongly recommend Cave Story for those who never played it. Awesome game (one of my favorite indie games ever) and this one on 3DS is a great version of it.



RedYoshi999 said:

...aaand there we go. Back to the same old useless VC. Looking forward to Mario Golf at least!



MouldyK said:

@Emblem Yeah, but if there is any game which i'd appreciate not having to change carts to play, it's Mario Golf due to the pick-up and play, especially with Kirby coming out in 2 weeks and Tomodachi Life next month.



ikki5 said:

lol, i did not see the Wii U at first so i thought there was nothing for a minute until i scrolled down.



unrandomsam said:

@Igmx Depends though the steam version is the definitive one. (Even more so with the original text). And for 6$ you get loads of the best indie games. For less than the price of just Cave Story you get VVVVVV and Mutant Mudds as well. (Along with Thomas was Alone / Dustforce / Limbo). I can see a small premium but the markup Niaclis uses is obscene.



Takerkaneanite6 said:

Nintendo Lfe:'Nintendo Download May 1st' Me:'Only 1 Month To Go Until Mario Kart 8' I'm I REALLY Excited About Mario Kart 8...



TsundokuBoy said:

Nothing for me this week although I will pick up Child of Light on Xbox Live since I have friends with Xbox 360s who'll be playing it and I find achievements usually add a lot of replayability to games like this.

Mario Golf looks quite good, yet another strong case for me to buy a 3DS (well, 3DS XL) but I have quite a Wii U VC backlog and I'm still hoping Minish Cap and Mario vs. Donkey Kong will appear on Wii U VC to fill the gap between Mario Kart 8 and whatever Nintendo announce at E3 to see out the year.



ChessboardMan said:

Hhmmm… I'm thinking of getting Child of Light, but… on PC, as I want the Special edition. Kinda peeved that the WiiU isn't getting that special edition that PC and PS are getting, as then I'd have it preordered already…



Game-Over said:

Nothing really that exciting this week for the Wii U VC but that's just my opinion, some decent enough games i suppose but none that i would instantly download. Patience really is a virtue when it comes to Wii U VC and e Shop, hopefully it will get rewarded somewhere down the line.



ChessboardMan said:

And Millennium Girl… I've got it preordered after I adored the Demo… I can't wait…
Stick it to The Man… I need to look into a bit more… probably not a first day buy for me…
Kinda curious about buying Mario Golf actually… though again, not a first day purchase…



Windy said:

Cave story in Europe congrats guys! I had pledged not to buy anymore Nicalis games until you guys got Cave story. I'm sure my boycott had nothing to do with you guys getting the game. I held true though. Now I can buy Grinsia or Ikachan. I had already bought the others before I started this. congrats guys enjoy



Sanqet said:

Great week for new releases I think I'll go for hometown story to try something different and catch up on some of the others later



Igmx said:

@unrandomsam I agree with the Steam one being the definitive version, but the one on 3DS is still really good as well. I disagree with your point about the other games, since I don't think VVVVV or Mutant Mudds are all that good - Mutant Mudds, especially, was just an average game at best.



andrea987 said:

Poll is missing Stick it to the man, that's my choice btw.
Also, Hometown story £29 and €29?



retro72 said:

Best week for months and months (3DS)

Cave Story, MG:WT, Galaga ...........



Dragoon04 said:

Why aren't more people buying Child of Light??? It is the most anticipated game for me right next to Mario Kart



Sean_Aaron said:

Stick It to the Man and Child of Light for me, but I really need to finish Earthbound before the latter!



Geonjaha said:

Nicalis you made me wait 2 years to play Cave Story on my 3DS. In that time I played Cave Story+ on PC and loved it. Even though its one of my favourite games I believe that this version is inferior to that one, so I decided not to buy it...that is until I saw Nicalis actually priced the game in the EU accordingly with the US price. I'm Sold.



unrandomsam said:

@Igmx I think VVVVVV is better than either (I don't like Mutant Mudds either though.) Thing is out of that whole set if you like two of the games then you win.



Grumblevolcano said:

@Takerkaneanite6 I misread 'Nintendo Download May 1st' in your post as 'Nintendo Direct May 1st'. Although it was a mistake on my part, the idea isn't too unrealistic especially given how close to Mario Kart 8 and we know absolutely nothing about Mario Kart TV and Battle mode.



Troggy said:

Stick It To The Man for me this week. The fact that it's much cheaper than the PC version cemented the fact that I'm buying it.



ULTRA-64 said:

@arkady77 just read your opposable thumbs comment and cried a little inside.....I just broke my left thumb this week, same day I bought tropical freeze......feeling a bit of a fail at the moment =(



AJWolfTill said:

Aggh so much...
The Conception Demo is a definate as I'm very curious about that game.
Child of Light and Stick it to the Man both look like gems so I will be umming and arring over those.
However I'm amazed Etrian Oddysey:ME is getting so overlooked. I loved the demo and an very tempted to buy it. Also hurray for Cave Story FINALLY arriving.



AyeHaley said:

Cave Story for me I'm glad we're finally getting it over here! I didn't want to buy that 3D remake..I prefer sprites with stereoscopic 3D.




Hmmmm.....bought Mario Gold earlier from the eShop and no download code for Mario Golf GBC. Dissapointing. Hopefully this will be addressed soon.

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