Batter up!

It's another week, and the memories of lazy gaming at the weekend are already drifting away. Still, we have the Nintendo download details for Europe to look over, and it's a rather motley mix of retro titles, puzzles and a super demo for everyone to try. Let's get on with it.

3DS Virtual Console

Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — After hogging the headlines for so long, Mario now has to take a turn as the villain in Donkey Kong Jr. This NES title brings back memories of more primitive, single-screen days as you swing and hop your way to rescue DK, and it must be said that it's not exactly a sweeping adventure with a lot of environments to conquer. Some retro fans may enjoy having this one on the go, but as our Donkey Kong Jr. review explains, it struggles to justify the cost of entry.

NES Open Tournament Golf (Nintendo, £3.60/€4) — Another Nintendo NES title to arrive on the 3DS Virtual Console this week, Open Tournament Golf is exactly as advertised, avoiding excessive Mushroom Kingdom touches to provide a fairly standard game of golf over three courses. As detailed in our NES Open Tournament Golf review, some of your favourite mascots will make cameo appearances, while prize money and multiplayer add a bit of longevity; it may be worth a punt for retro golf fans.

3DS Demo

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Warner Bros., Free) — This latest LEGO title on 3DS puts Batman and Robin up against The Joker and Lex Luthor, though plenty of other famous DC characters weigh-in on each side to keep it interesting. This one was released in shops two months ago, but this demo may help you to decide if you're still on the fence about picking up the blocks this time around.

3DS Add-On Content

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy — £0.90/€1 each:

The Royal City of Rabanastre / Town Ward Upper Stratum (FF12 - FMS)
Crystal Cave (FF03 - FMS)
Ragnarok (FF11 - BMS)
Challenge (FF10 - BMS)


Rummikub (Games Factory Online, 800 points) — This is one of those titles released in North America nearly two years ago that just now makes its late entry onto the European scene. It's also DSiWare, so it shouldn't surprise us that this is a puzzle game, in this case the tactical task of clearing all of your tiles while outwitting your opponent. There's local multiplayer if this is your kind of game and you want to play it with friends, but as our Rummikub review makes clear, this title is really only for fans of the original game.

Wii Virtual Console

2020 Super Baseball (D4 Enterprise, 900 points) — It's a NEO GEO Virtual Console release that isn't a fighter, so this one wins some novelty points right away. Although this game's vision of baseball in 2020 is running out of time to become a reality, this is a sports title that may be appealing to retro gamers. It may not have aged as well as some, however, while some of the design quirks and features may bother gamers with modern sensibilities. Check out our 2020 Super Baseball review for details.

So there you have it, all three systems served with something to play this week. The question is, will you be downloading any of them?

What will you be downloading first this week? (124 votes)

  1. Donkey Kong Jr. (3DS Virtual Console - NES)3%
  2. NES Open Tournament Golf (3DS Virtual Console - NES)4%
  3. Rummikub (DSiWare)2%
  4. 2020 Super Baseball (Wii Virtual Console)4%
  5. Nothing for me this week86%

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