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Nintendo Confirms Kirby: Triple Deluxe eShop Deal, Get Kirby's Dream Land 2 Free

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Suck that up, Europe

Update:

Nintendo of Europe has corrected the dates from the original announcement below. To qualify Kirby: Triple Deluxe must be downloaded by 12th June following its release, and the Dream Land 2 code must then be redeemed by 13th July.

Original Article:

With Kirby: Triple Deluxe around the corner in Europe — it's already out in North America — Nintendo has announced a deal for the region to tempt gamers to go for the download version. Those that buy the new title on the eShop between 16th May and 13th July can get a free copy of Game Boy title Kirby's Dream Land 2, which is currently available on the 3DS Virtual Console.

We were big fans of the Game Boy release in our Kirby's Dream Land 2 review, in which Kirby even gets to ride on some animal buddies. While it may be possible to find Triple Deluxe for cheaper in stores or online when it arrives in Europe, the convenience of having it on the system and getting a retro freebie may tempt some.

Is this an offer any of you Europeans are thinking of taking up?

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Jazzer94

#1

Jazzer94 said:

Works out cheaper to buy a physical copy of the game and dl the vc game but if you like digital its a nice deal.

Captain_Balko

#3

Captain_Balko said:

Too bad I've already got Dreamland 2 on VC (it's awesome by the way) and Kirby Triple Deluxe (also really good) in its physical form, I can't take advantage of this. Oh well.

allav866

#4

allav866 said:

I'd like to say "I wish NoA did this," but that's not the issue. The issue is NoA's reluctance to do many things. This includes special promotions, such as this or the free Wii U game with MK8, and the Virtual Console games like Kirby's Dream Land 2, which took far too long to arrive on the NA 3DS eShop.

GloverMist

#6

GloverMist said:

Looks good! I don't have Dream Land 2, so I might do this! I might need to get a new SD card first, though...

allav866

#7

allav866 said:

@faint That's still a problem. Even though NoA did participate with the promotion, it did so half-arsed.

unrandomsam

#8

unrandomsam said:

@allav866 Your club Nintendo coins can be used for games that would otherwise have to be bought with money. (We just get mostly useless junk).

alex167

#9

alex167 said:

In Europe can choose among 10 games, here we just got only 4 games to choose, someone in NoA needs to learn about deals!!
@unrandomsam coins in CN are not free, to get those coins you need to spend real money buying a game.

arkady77

#10

arkady77 said:

i'd rather get games at the same time as NA. or region free, than the odd better deal. most club nintendo stuff is pencil cases and stickers anyway

unrandomsam

#11

unrandomsam said:

@alex167 I thought you got them as a by product of buying games. Overall America is loads cheaper (Even removing the tax). e.g Kirby and Mario Golf for about the price of just Mario Golf.

allav866

#12

allav866 said:

@unrandomsam Sure, Club Nintendo can offer some good games, but the physical rewards aren't nearly as impressive as I've seen in other countries. In fact, right now there aren't any physical rewards on the American Club Nintendo.

Giygas_95

#13

Giygas_95 said:

I opted for the (probably cheaper) retail version from Amazon (got it for $32.99!). I've been thinking about trying out some of Kirby's older adventures so I may download this and its prequel soon.

Octane

#15

Octane said:

@allav866 It's true that NOE is eager to give away free digital games, but when it comes to actual games they have a lot to learn as well. There's quite a lot of games I wish would have been released over here. It seems as if they're giving you a nice deal, but in the end I don't think many people will make use of it.

Ralek85

#16

Ralek85 said:

"With Kirby: Triple Deluxe around the corner in Europe — it's already out in North America — Nintendo has announced a deal for the region to tempt gamers to go for the download version."
Am I wrong in thinking that this doesn't really make it clear that the region in question is Europe. It's not explicit which of the two regions is referenced by "the region", or is it ? Some native speaker here to share some insight ?

Jayvir

#17

Jayvir said:

Yeah... of course NoA won't offer this deal. They can't even give us a number of options for Mario Kart. Still baffles me how Europe thinks they get the shaft.

unrandomsam

#18

unrandomsam said:

@Jayvir There is nothing that Europe gets that isn't massively offset by the prices being higher across the board. (Unless you buy hardly any games). Even taking 20% off the EU price before doing any comparison.

Add to that the VC games from Club Nintendo that otherwise would cost money.

unrandomsam

#19

unrandomsam said:

So why is there is no link to the review like usually saying something like we didn't like it as much as we were expecting to ?

Jayvir

#21

Jayvir said:

@unrandomsam A lot of people don't take into account that you can't simply straight compare currency. Strength of the currency affects it, plus a lot of places in Europe actually earn more on average than Americans do and as such, it offsets the higher costs. That's a reason why Australian prices look ridiculous because they make much more on average. Our stuff is cheaper because we make less. That's how it goes.

Geonjaha

#23

Geonjaha said:

I'd rather buy it physically, then buy Dream Land 2 separately, and save money overall. :3

May_Nyan

#24

May_Nyan said:

It bothers me that gameboy games play in ugly colourless mode when they could have added the colour options from super gameboy and gameboy color. They just got lazy... I prefer to have physical games anyway + it's cheaper. Also, even if you bought the physical game and bought kirby's dreamland 2 from the eshop, would still be cheaper than downloading the game.

TeeJay

#25

TeeJay said:

@tj3dsXL Nope. Nintendo is not the kind of company to make exceptions for specific people. In fact, no company is.

Yosher

#26

Yosher said:

I can't help but sorta feel punished for getting retail versions of games whenever a promotion like this comes about.

ledreppe

#27

ledreppe said:

Already have KDL2 on 3DS VC, and physical copy of Triple Deluxe will be way cheaper than eShop.

unrandomsam

#28

unrandomsam said:

@Jayvir If that was the case then there would be a situation like there is with R5 and R6 DVD's where they are set at a price where they can be afforded in much poorer countries. Nintendo charges some of those the most. (Relative and Absolute). The proper metric is buying power which is highest in the USA.

Kolma

#30

Kolma said:

NOA is getting less games because Capcom and Sega published those titles in NA while Nintendo published them in Europe/Australia
(the more you know)

zool

#32

zool said:

No, a free old black and white Kirby game worth a couple of quid at most would not tempt me to spend an extra £8 on a download copy.

Anyone downloading Nintendo games when there are much cheaper physical copies to buy is either rich, stupid, or does not value money.

Nintendo would not be offering these old games for free if enough people were downloading. But I guess some people will spend an extra £50 to get a Mario hat and a wheel with their new Wii U Mario Kart 8 bundle.

Anguspuss

#35

Anguspuss said:

I want to buy everything digital. (just wish N would join the modern world & tie games to your account).

Deals like this are a step in the right direction. (maybee double CN points as well please)

tj3dsXL

#36

tj3dsXL said:

@TeeJay,
okay i'm having some flashbacks but i cannot speak of them so i cannot tell you what i've witnessed & the magic of Nintendo customer serivce!!!

Rockman

#38

Rockman said:

Got it from Amazon.co.uk for cheap.. I'll fork out the extra 5 if I want KDL2..

Henmii

#40

Henmii said:

They sure want to get us on the downloads! First the Mario golf offer and now this. Be wise guys, just buy it at Retail!

andreoni79

#42

andreoni79 said:

@Unca_Lz What's free if we have to pay € 39 for the digital version? It's like having a free biscuit with a € 5 coffee...

unrandomsam

#43

unrandomsam said:

@Unca_Lz Free is like the Mario Kart 8 promotion. This is get something worth less than the price difference for more than the price difference. Bargain at twice the price. (The 3D Classic is the best one to get anyway).

gingerbeardman

#44

gingerbeardman said:

I hope Nintendo sort out their policy. I was bought a download code for Mario Golf World Tour and found that thus method if eShop purchase doesn't include the free DL of the Game Boy Color version—despite being told repeatedly throughout the checkout process that I'd get it.

Just a word of warning.

CrazyOtto

#45

CrazyOtto said:

@Noboty Just because Triple Deluxe comes with Dream Land 2 in Europe? You know that Europe didn't get the 2012 Dream Collection Wii disc and we did on the flip-side.

CrazyOtto

#46

CrazyOtto said:

Also, North America had a deal with Donkey Kong Country 3D that if you bought it at Best Buy, it came with a download code for Super Mario Bros Lost Levels.

Obito_Tennyson

#47

Obito_Tennyson said:

Goss darn it. Here's another example of another promotion that Nintendo gives exclusively to Europe. While Japan gets all of the games 10 years earlier PLUS Fire Emblem AND Shin Megami Tensei AND Earthbound; UK gets a million promotions ranging from free merchandise with free purchase, more options to choose from, more discounts and free games, AND free health care; while us Americans only get the crappy Third-Party (American-exclusive) games and low prices.

Not all of the Third-Party games are crappy, but most of the American-Exclusive physical and virtual console games are nothing innovative (Shantae). Plus, no free health care. That means that if I get run over by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run, it's coming out of my pocket!

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