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Nintendo Download: 22nd May (North America)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Squids, Turtles, Soldiers, Aliens, Street Fighting and more

It's that time once again, as we have the full details of this week's Nintendo Download offerings in North America. This week brings us retro delights and new games on both the Wii U and 3DS, along with more DSiWare to keep the old portable going. Let's get to it.

Want to know what arrives in Europe today? Don't worry, the details await right here.

Wii U eShop

Squids Odyssey (The Game Bakers, $14.99 / $14.99CAD) — A tactical RPG originally released in two parts on PC and smart device platforms, this colourful title arrives on Wii U incorporating content from both releases and including updated controls. We described it as "a mix between Angry Birds, billiards, and a strategy RPG" while giving it a strong recommendation in our Squids Odyssey review.

Swords & Soldiers (Two Tribes, $2.99 / $2.99CAD) — This is a HD remake of the popular WiiWare title, which features optional touch screen controls and multiplayer where each player uses their own screen. This is a port done well, albeit without the DLC of other versions, and we said it was well worth consideration in our Swords & Soldiers review.

Fit Music (O2 Games, $14.90 / $16.90CAD) — This title attempts to blend dance gameplay with fitness routines, and we'll put ourselves through some exercise to bring you a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Capcom, $7.99 / $7.99CAD) — Although the original never arrived on Nintendo hardware, this sequel brought a taste of the arcade action to the Super NES. A spin-off from the core franchise, this utilises custom combos along with some fresh characters and a different art style; we'll brawl with this one again, but in the meantime you can check out the positive words in our Wii Virtual Console Street Fighter Alpha 2 review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

BLOK DROP U (RCMADIAX, $1.49 / $1.49CAD until 4th June, normally $1.99)

3DS eShop

Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games, $2.99 / $2.99CAD) — Also coming to the Wii U eShop relatively soon, this equips the turtle in question with a water gun and some platforming abilities. This has colourful visuals and tight controls, though we feel that design flaws hold the experience back; you can check out our full assessment in the recently published Turtle Tale review.

Alien on the Run (G-Style, $3.99 / $3.40CAD) — This looks like a fairly high-paced title in which, unsurprisingly, your goal is to escape a range of dangerous levels. There are portals, 'fever action' poses and some fairly wacky goings-on that we can see, so we'll try to make sense of it all in a review.

3DS Virtual Console

Mega Man V (Capcom, $2.99 / $3.99CAD) — Mega May continues with another Game Boy title, in which our hero suffers a crushing early defeat before returning with the Mega Arm to save the world. It sure sounds like a hoot and has much to live up to with its Game Boy predecessor, so we'll bring you a review soon.

3DS eShop Demo

Alien on the Run (G-Style, free)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Aeternoblade (Corecell, $9.99 from 23rd to 26th May, normally $14.99)

Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, $0.99 / $0.99CAD until 11th June, normally $2.99)

Classic Games Overload (Telegames, $19.99 / $19.99CAD off until 2nd June)

3D Mahjongg (Joindots, $3.99 / $3.99CAD until 5th June)

Funfair Party Games (Joindots, $6.99 / $6.99CAD until 5th June)

Gardenscapes (Joindots, $5.99 / $5.99CAD until 5th June)

DSiWare

Lost Treasures of Alexandria (Tulip Games, 800 Nintendo Points) — If you feel that your life is missing another Match-3 game on DSiWare, this could be an option due to its attempts to freshen up the genre. It's not perfect, but we had some positive things to say in our Lost Treasures of Alexandria review.


Plenty of choices this week in North America. Let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (271 votes)

Squids Odyssey (Wii U eShop)

  4%

Swords & Soldiers (Wii U eShop)

22%

Fit Music (Wii U eShop)

  0%

Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Wii U Virtual Console)

6%

BLOK DROP U (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

  1%

Turtle Tale (3DS eShop)

  0%

Alien on the Run (3DS eShop)

  1%

Mega Man V (3DS Virtual Console)

16%

Aeternoblade (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  2%

Darts Up 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  1%

Classic Games Overload (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

3D Mahjongg (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Funfair Party Games (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Gardenscapes (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Lost Treasures of Alexandria (DSiWare)

  0%

Nothing for me this week

46%

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User Comments (88)

Giygas_95

#3

Giygas_95 said:

Woohoo! My 3DS gets back today, and I'll be downloading Mega Man V with a deluxe digital promo code! I can't wait for Xtreme 2 next week!

@Philip_J_Reed Looking forward to your review!

Grumblevolcano

#5

Grumblevolcano said:

Where is Super Mario Kart? You'd think Nintendo would want to release it on VC to promote MK8. I'm from the UK so I already have SMK on VC but this is getting as ridiculous as the SMB3 delay!

Nintenjoe64

#6

Nintenjoe64 said:

I wish Capcom's retail support was as good as their VC support. They could probably fund another Viewtiful Joe with all the Megaman and Street Fighter VC money!

ikki5

#8

ikki5 said:

looks like I am the only one to vote for Squids Odyssey so far :P The game does look neat and the review looked good :)

Icarus423

#9

Icarus423 said:

Well, I was hoping for Super Mario Kart to build on the already substantial hype for Mario Kart 8. Alpha 2 is a pretty good choice too.

HeroOfCybertron

#11

HeroOfCybertron said:

I'm getting Mega Man V and that Squids Odyssey game looks interesting though I'll probably wait for it to go on sale, I'm saving my eshop money for Shovel Knight which should be out soon.

Stu13

#13

Stu13 said:

I was hoping for half off on Aeternoblade, but I'll probably bite at $10.

Yorumi

#14

Yorumi said:

with all that's left in nintendo's library alone you'd think they could keep up wiiU VC releases for more than a couple weeks. Capcom seems like the only people that actually care about the VC.

Keion

#15

Keion said:

Mega Man V!! It's the only non-recycled Gameboy Mega Man game! I sure hope Capcom makes good on their promise of Mega Man Battle Network 3 soon. I don't expect to see it during the last week of "Mega May", but hey, you never know!

Tops

#16

Tops said:

I'm actually going to try the Alien on the Run demo as this game has peaked my interest

Drac_Mazoku

#17

Drac_Mazoku said:

Mega Man V all the way! Then I'm ready for Xtreme 2, one of my favorite (weirdly enough, being a portable game) X games ever. Anyway, just sad that Bike Rider DX 2 is still not there this week. I thought it was a May release, and there's only one week left :(

Darknyht

#19

Darknyht said:

Street Fighter Alpha 2 was one of my favorite games on Playstation and one of my favorite Street Fighter games. Easy sale.

absuplendous

#20

absuplendous said:

Street Fighter Alpha 2 is certainly a surprise; of all the Capcom titles to give the Wii U treatment, I wouldn't have guessed that one. Although SFA2 is my favorite Street Fighter game--and I appreciated the SNES port back in the day--it's hard to justify purchasing its worst port in 2014.

I might pick up Megaman V sooner rather than later. Every time I see a GB release that was once promoted as a Super Game Boy experience, though, I wish the 3DS ports could have implemented a little workaround to include the Super Game Boy palette. I've never played V in black and white; the experience would feel a little foreign to me, like something's missing.

ultraraichu

#21

ultraraichu said:

Swords & Soldiers when I get home, Squids Odyssey later on down the road. I feel silly for buying S&S HD when I got the SD Wiiware version, but then again I would do the same if Retro City Rampage was also on the eshop ;)

dougphisig

#22

dougphisig said:

Another disappointing week, wish we could see more than 1 VC game a week per system. Especially with such large catalogues to dig into. Also lack of GBA VC games is disheartening.

SDDMN

#27

SDDMN said:

Nothing for me this week, as I'm saving my money for the download version of Mario Kart 8 next week, as well as the Star Pack DLC for Mario Golf World Tour.

Klunk23

#28

Klunk23 said:

Well, Just read the review on Sword and Soldiers and I'll think I'll get. Can't really argue with that price point. Plus since Summer Vacation starts today so I'll have plenty of time to play it.

Discipledoctor

#29

Discipledoctor said:

Definitely Mega Man V! I agree with @dougphisig though, the lack of GBA VC is dumb. I will never understand why Nintendo only wants to offer 1 game a week and doesn't even bother to give something that wasn't already available on the Wii. Sigh, well, at least it's one more game out of the way.

Come on, E3. We need ya.

Magrane

#33

Magrane said:

Mega Man V is a must-download for me. I remember it being a great, great game, especially if you loved the previous Game Boy titles. I'm also going to try out Turtle Tale. For what seems to be platforming at 3 bucks? I'll support!

brucelebnd

#35

brucelebnd said:

Squids Odyssey looks interesting but $15 for what is essentially an smartphone game revamp is absurd.

brianvgplayer

#37

brianvgplayer said:

"Although the original never arrived on Nintendo hardware, this sequel brought a taste of the arcade action to the Super NES"

The original is on GBC.

brandonbwii

#41

brandonbwii said:

I can't believe all the people hating this week. This is an exceptional week even if none of these games satisfy your own personal taste.

KingofSaiyans

#42

KingofSaiyans said:

Street Fighter Alpha 2 for me. Here's hoping Ultra Street Fighter 4 gets ported to the Wii U....doubt it though.

Whopper744

#44

Whopper744 said:

Nothing for me this week.
My guess with SMK by the way is they will release it the week of 8's release, so next week... An also one day before 8's release in this case. Didn't they do something like this recently with another series? Maybe I'm thinking of SMB3 and NES Remix 2

Airola

#45

Airola said:

@brandonbwii Yeah, I remember weeks where there were something like one or two games TOTAL on both machines and not a single VC game. I understand that not every game is everyone's cup of tea, but I can't see how this week could be weak, no matter what the tastes are. To me, this week in US is OK at least. Not that it matters to me as I'm from EU, but still.

DakotaM47

#46

DakotaM47 said:

Minish Cap announcement and Mario Kart 8 are the only important things to me this week.

KillerGBH

#48

KillerGBH said:

more people should try Squids Odyssey cause its an excellent game. ambience n music is great and gameplay is really awesome . i recommend this game if u dont mind paying 15bucks for an Unique rpg . playing right now and will play for the next 24hours xD

dkxcalibur

#49

dkxcalibur said:

I said I would get Rails last week and I want to get Swords this week but with two full retail Wii U games coming my way next Friday, I'm now thinking about waiting to pick them both up. I can't play the games I have, no need to purchase more.

SahashraLA

#53

SahashraLA said:

Alpha 2, the miracle of Capcom's manipulation of the SNES.
Nothing before e3? So you're assuming Pier Solar HD, Teslagrad, Abe Hawkins, Shovel Knight and other indies will suffer another delay? 2nd quarter 2014 technically doesn't end until July 1st, so maybe you will be right..
Releasing Mario Kart now diminishes sales of MK8. It does. Seriously. If you've got Mario Kart (any version) and enjoy it, you're anticipating MK8. If regular Joe buys Mario Kart now? If he lets his kids buy it now? 'Dad / mom, Mario Kart 8 is out now! Let's get it!' 'Sorry, you just got Mario Kart. But save your money and maybe in a little while.'
This period is called the 'fever pitch', which I'm surprised my European comrades misunderstand. You know that moment, right before a match, where the crowd's anticipation builds and the team has yet to take 'the pitch'? Nintendo isn't going to risk drawing hype for their match by giving the ball to some minor leaguers. This is the time when Nintendo wants their fans to develop tunnel vision, focusing on a single item or event.
Sony timed the releases of God of War HD Collection with GoW 3 for the same reason. They want you to buy the old games, yes. But not at the expense of the new one.

meatbinbanquet

#55

meatbinbanquet said:

Nothing for me....with Mario kart next Friday, a free game (probably windwaker) and trying to level 99 all 130 characters on warriors orochi 3, I think im going to be too busy

SahashraLA

#56

SahashraLA said:

To clarify, I don't see the GBA Mario Kart or any other Mario Kart as a bad game (though I myself don't enjoy them). They're just not going to move Wii U systems. Mario Kart 8 will sell Wii U systems. Even if it's a miniscule number, it's not even debatable.

SahashraLA

#57

SahashraLA said:

... @meatbinbanquet How long does it take to level one character to level 99 in Orochi 3 Hyper? I'm still considering that particular title and depending on combat, prefer to max my characters (I enjoyed doing so in Muramasa and few other action RPGs).

FluttershyGuy

#60

FluttershyGuy said:

Get equipped with Mega Man V! :D I've thoroughly enjoyed Mega May so far, and gotten MM II-V! It's been nice to play the remaining Game Boy MMs (even the abomination that is MM II :p).

I'd like to think that it's a sign of Capcom considering a new MM game after all these years. However, this is 2014 Capcom we're talking about, and I have low expectations. I appreciate their VC support, however. There would've been your typical VC drought without them! Anyone else think there's a chance Mega May is a clue for a new Mega Man forthcoming?

Yomerodes

#61

Yomerodes said:

"Although the original never arrived on Nintendo hardware, this sequel brought a taste of the arcade action to the Super NES."

Small mistake. The first STreet Fighter Alpha was released in a Nintendo platform, the Game Boy Color, to the surprise of the few who played it.

Even more, considering that Capcom is one of the few companies releasing third party games on the 3DS virtual console, I wouldn't be surprised if we saw that particular Alpha port again the coming months.

absuplendous

#62

absuplendous said:

@Yomerodes The Alpha series sure has an odd history with Nintendo, with Alpha 3 showing up on the GBA. These three ports were among the worst compared with their counterparts on other systems, and yet, in a weird way, they were more a labor of love; while other ports took the source material and trimmed/tweaked as needed, these three games took the most effort to "rebuild" in order to work on their hardware. Of course, the results pale in comparison to the ports more closely derived from the arcade originals, but it's nice, if a bit curious (in Alpha 3's case in particular), that they tried.

Aside from the Virtual Console version, the Alpha series didn't show up at all on any last generation's console. The PS2 compilation didn't leave much room for further perfection, but with that out of reach for many of today's consumers, it'd be nice to see it revived.

Superiorspider

#63

Superiorspider said:

I'm not mad at Nintendo Life or anything but Mega Man V is actually 3.99. WTF Capcom seriously? All the other GBA Mega man games are 2.99 but V is 3.99????!!!

JustinH

#64

JustinH said:

Got Swords & Soldiers and Mega Man V, but voted for the former.

Anyone without Blok Drop U, go grab it! It's $1.50 and the patch is out, so that's a real deal.

Austroid

#65

Austroid said:

Alien on the Run is a gem of an eShop release! I was definitely sold on its quirky gameplay after trying out the demo! :D

Cyberbotv2

#66

Cyberbotv2 said:

@brandonbwii: Oh they'll hate forever. Nintendo could have 10 VC titles released the same week and folks would still complain. I've actually run into a situation where there's too much available and I don't have the time to play.

sleepinglion

#68

sleepinglion said:

Oh, Nintendo... please consider releasing more than one VC title per system each week. You've done it before. April started with 3 GBA titles. 3! Some nice choices this week, though, in general. A little something for almost everyone.

Urbanhispanic

#69

Urbanhispanic said:

I'll be getting Mega Man V and I'm curious about Sword & Soldiers. I had Street Fighter Alpha 2 for the SNES and didn't like it that much unfortunately.

JaxonH

#71

JaxonH said:

@meatbinbanquet

How is Warriors Orachi 3? Is it difficult, or easy? I see gameplay just PAVING the enemies left and right like they're ragdolls. Best Buy has the game for just $15 new (20% off for me through GCU so $12), and I was debating whether or not I should pick it up. It's the only remotely interesting Wii U game I don't own yet so...

speedyboris

#73

speedyboris said:

Not sure if I'll buy SFA2 considering I have it for both PS3 and as part of SF Alpha Anthology, but I'm just glad we're getting SNES games again! The last release was way back in January.

Gashole

#74

Gashole said:

Swords & Soldiers got a higher “first download” percentage on the list than either Mega Man V OR Street Fighter Alpha 2?! HOLY FU-(Head explodes)

cheapogamer4life

#77

cheapogamer4life said:

Mm V! I'm interested in Turtle Tale so I'll check out the review first and download the Alien demo too. G-Style has some pretty good games in the e-shop already.

Uberchu

#82

Uberchu said:

probally just darts up 3d for $.99.

Effectivly iOS/Droid prices on 3DS woop!

brandonbwii

#83

brandonbwii said:

@Airola
EU week was exceptional too. I'd actually prefer Klonoa over SF2A actually (although I'm getting that too, too many games to play). ;)

Pokefanmum82

#86

Pokefanmum82 said:

i'm getting one of the atlus games that are on sale for 14.99....that's just too good of a price to pass up for soul hackers, overclocked and code of princess. just not sure which one to get.

meatbinbanquet

#88

meatbinbanquet said:

@JaxonH on the higher difficulty levels it can be quite a challenge. There is a huge amount of content in the game as well, especially if you are a bitof a completionist

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