It's Thursday, and it's time for Nintendo Download news in North America. Continuing the recent trend also seen in Europe there are only offerings for Wii U and 3DS, with a variety of demos, download-only games and a retail release to test your resolve. Let's see what's on offer.
Wii U Virtual Console
F-Zero (Nintendo, $0.30) — The second game in the Family Computer 30th Anniversary Campaign, this classic SNES racer brings futuristic tracks and vehicles travelling at ludicrous speeds. It is, in our opinion, a stone-cold classic that can be yours for just 30 cents. You can check out our Wii Virtual Console F-Zero review to see how highly we think of it, and we'll race through this Wii U version for our upcoming review.
Wii U Retail Demo
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom, Free) — Arriving in North America soon, this enhanced and expanded version of the Wii title has a free sample on offer to tempt you into picking up the new iteration. This'll offer a chance to slay some monsters with some big weapons, to see whether the taste for the hunt makes the full release tough to ignore. We were able to hunt some beasts in December, so you can also check out our Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate first impressions if you want to know what we thought.
Wii U eShop Demo
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, free) — One of the most attractive download-only titles on the Wii U eShop that also offers online co-op and voice chat, this demo should help you to decide whether it's worth your funds.
3DS eShop Downloads
Picdun 2: Witch's Curse (INTENSE CO., Ltd, $4.99) — This dungeon RPG sequel arrives on 3DS with a promise of 60 stages to conquer, while you can choose from one of three female partners to accompany you on your journey. Incorporating a first-person perspective and blending in the puzzle genre, we certainly rated its predecessor highly in our GO Series: Picdun review; we'll go questing in this one to let you know what we think soon.
Viking Invasion 2 - Tower Defense (Bigben Interactive, $7.99) — A sequel to 2009 DSiWare release Viking Invasion, this follows in the same footsteps of tower defense with a twist, with your task to set up weapons to repel enemies approaching via various routes. The first title was a solid entry on the DSi service, and we'll take on the invading viking hordes to see whether this carries an equally good fight.
3DS Virtual Console
Yoshi (Nintendo, $4.99) — This NES puzzler developed by Pokémon masters Game Freak took the popular Mario side-kick and put his name centre-stage, even if he is ultimately still being saved by Mario. It's all about catching and matching falling enemies or, if you can, catching a lot of them between two egg shells. Unfortunately the 3DS version is listed as single player only — meaning no split screen multiplayer — and we didn't rate this one particularly highly in our Wii Virtual Console review; as always a member of the team will review the 3DS release.
3DS Retail Download
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus, $39.99) — This latest entry in the RPG series will arrive on the 3DS eShop at the same time as the high street release on 26th February. A challenging and involving franchise, this seems likely to please its most committed fans, while those unsure can try out the free demo currently on the eShop; demo progress will be transferable to the retail game, too.
3DS Retail Demo
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom, free) — The handheld version of this demo will also be available. It's unlikely that cross-play will be possible with the Wii U demo, but we'll certainly give it a try.
Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (SEGA, free) — A terrific title on Wii U, this 3DS version has already been available in North American stores for a little over a week. You can now sample a few races to see whether it's worthy of a podium place, and we'll also be bringing you a review very soon.
That's everything for this week. Lots of free samples being joined by a mix of the old and new on the eShop platforms; let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (365 votes)
- F-Zero (Wii U Virtual Console Promotion)42%
- Picdun 2: Witch's Curse (3DS eShop)4%
- Viking Invasion 2 - Tower Defense (3DS eShop) 0%
- Yoshi (3DS Virtual Console)1%
- Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS Retail Download)5%
- Only freebie downloads for me37%
- Nothing for me this week10%
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is the Sonic racer 3ds demo US only??
Monster Hunter Demo!! I won't be getting the game, as I already own Tri but a little portable action is always welcome
Wow, this week is great for demos!
Best Buy is having a sale on Wii U games, Buy 1 Get 1 50% off, that INCLUDES pre-orders. I already bought Monster Hunter Ultimate 3 and got Resident Evil: Revelations for $25. WITH FREE SHIPPING! Could u include that piece of info in this article or another if possible?
Here's the link: http://bit.ly/XAX6zM
Also amazon.com is selling BOTH Monster Hunter games for $80 TOTAL, ($20 off) if u buy both versions by checking out in the same cart.
Monstaaaa Huntaaaa!! FINALLY!!
I will be downloading the Monster Hunter demo, updating Yoshi and I'm also interested in Picdun 2: Witch's Curse since I liked the first Picdun.
So no Castlevania demo?
Great week I'll be DLing Picdun 2, Viking Invasion 2, both Demos, EOIV (on the 26th) and updating yoshi
One step closer to all the NES Ambassador games being available. I'm gonna miss that jingle that plays when you start one up.
MH3U demo for me! Already have the game pre-ordered so this will be be a nice appetizer. Still no Zen Pinball, that means next week or bust.
Not a bad week, only 2 more NES Ambassador games to update.
Why hello there Zen Pinball... oh wait.
Oh yeah! Crashmo goes on sale today right?
F-Zero, both monster hunter demos, and Assassin's Creed DLC for me.
F-Zero (Nintendo, $0.30)
I enjoyed the first Picdun game so I'm interested in the sequel. Getting F-Zero and the demos for sure.
And another week without Retro City Rampage...
There are lots of cool demos to try. Where is Zen Pinball 2 though! Time is running out for the promised February release. I guess we are getting it and Runner 2 next Thursday.
Nothing for me unless I win the Etrain contest which I doubt and doubt even more because I took a picture from a camara instead of saving it as a qr code, oh well didn't like the game anyway.
Demo arigato, Mr, Rob.boto.
I already downloaded F-Zero yesterday (my skills have improved thankfully); Going to download MH3ds and Sonic during work to play traveling home and MH3U and Trine 2 when I reach. A nice week to sample life.
I already downloaded f-zero lastnight n it was great. Today I will probably download the monster hunter demo..TBH I never really seen what the big deal was with this game but im more than willing to give it a go n see for myself. We are about to get hit with a blizzard in a couple hours so ill need games to keep busy.
@LeonChamp Everyone forgets Canada exists.
@AlmightyDerek I highly doubt it. They seem to be averse to releasing more than one game in a single week, which is ridiculous.
Where the hell is Zen Pinball 2!?!?!?!
Seriously, where is it? February is almost over, and it's been available in the EU eshop for sometime. Is it delayed again for some reason?
glad to see the sonic demo, was curious about this game for a while, now get to see if it can compete with mario kart
@Flowerlark If your 3DS get's broken, you can call Nintendo and they'll refund you up to $200 on your new system. Just wanna make sure everyone knows that.
@LeonChamp The demos aren't on the eShop, they'll be put up around 12:00 PM est time.
@AlmightyDerek You foolishly believe things will happen just because the company responsible for making it happen and announcing they will make it happen will then make it happen.
According to the developers initial blog, I've been playing Zen Pinball on the Wii U since December.
@Svengoolie And that puts Nintendo in a bit of a bind because in last week's Nintendo Direct they said both would be available this month. I think the only solution they have is to delay both titles until Q2. Gezzz, too much Ubisoft rage still floating around.
Definitely picking up F-Zero. Balloon Fight was worth every penny and F-Zero will definitely be worth that!
@Tsuchinoko Don't be mean, I live in canada
@LeonChamp The demo is for all of north america including canada.
@MisterRJ45 All 30 of them?
Only thing I'm messin with are the Monster Hunter demos.
Crap, thanks for the heads up! If it had Need For Speed in that list, I would preorder that and MH3U instantly.
Got F-Zero, and I'll be downloading the MH3U demo ASAP
I got f-zero yesterday, so I will just be downloading the monster hunter demos. Still don't know if I want to buy them again.
Oh heck ya. Time to hunt.
Wow great Week. Monster Hunter demos. F-Zero. That Picdun game sounds promising, and might check out the original if it got a 9/10. Trine 2 demo. Even Tower Defenses don't tend to be bad.
Probably the best week for downloads in a long time. Nice job Nintendo of putting out a good set of things the day after the Sony event.
Yesterday I played F-Zero for the first time and today I play Monster Hunter for the first time!
@SkywardLink98 If you enjoyed Tri Don't write off MH3U,it has 4 more weapon types,about 3 times as many monsters as Tri,A new companion,New Masks for your companions,tons of new and harder quests, A revamped Mutiplayer system that lets you bring Companions if you want.
It's pretty much a whole new game rather then just an expansion.
And Crashmo is on sale right!? Plus the Leif rewarding DLC for Fire Emblem!
Thanks for the Link Watchdogs and Lego City Undercover for me as I already had this pro-ordered
Demos all around! I'll be yanking that AC DLC too so I'm set.
Great week! I downloaded F-Zero yesterday, and I'll be downloading some Wii U and 3DS demos today :3
You didn't mention the Crashmo discount? That's what I'm getting besides freebies.
@SkywardLink98 They don't really compare, Tri only had like 35 monsters total, while 3 Ultimate has over 72 or something. Not to mention lots more weapon types.
@rayword45 Oh ya forgot about the sale, might get crashmo then today.
And the award for Best Avatar goes to Nintenzo.
I don't see the Sonic demo anywhere . Plus, it says the release date is not until 3/29! What gives Nintendo?!
@idork99 Yeah same, sonic racing is not on the eshop, im in Canada, so maybe its a local thing, is it availible in the U.S.A.
@SkywardLink98 #28 Which doesn't do diddly squat if you purchased far more than that worth, unfortunately. :/ Retail games(puchased digitally at retail price) will eat that up in literally no time. I've spent close to that, if not more by now, on eshop exclusives.
Also, as has been mentioned by several others, Where the hell is ZEN PINBALL 2!!??
Don't see the Sonic demo either.
For anyone saying "I already own Tri" the servers will all end in march!
HOLY COW Monster Hunter is amazing on both Wii U and 3DS! Way more fun than I imagined it would be. You got 2 sales right here Capcom, due to releasing both demos.
Yoshi! Monster Hunter! Etrian Odyssey!
Nintendo, my birthday is not this week, but thank you!
Rather Surprised EO4 came early.
Gonna pick up the Monster Hunter Demo once I'm done with the EO4 demo.
Plus this version is so much better its unreal
Etrian, Monster Hunter and Sonic have not yet appeared. What gives?
@GamerFromJump Etrian and Monster Hunter are there, although I have yet to see Sonic.
Darn, I was hoping that since Europe got Castlevania and since the 3DS version was coming out that we would have gotten it here in North America ether last week or this.
Thanks for the update NL.
Just out of curiosity, is there a Nintendo based website equivalent to the PS blog to get this info in case the NL site isn't working or something? If Nintendo are going to continue to have weeks like this with so much on offer you'ld think they want to advertise it.
And I know it's eShop only, and you guys have a separate page for that, but I do think that "Operation Rayman Appeasement" post should have appeared on the Wii U page. 30% off is a pretty good deal and I think the more good Wii U news you can cover the better. There have been plenty of articles that have appeared on multiple pages, usually 3DS and 3DS eshop or 3DS and Wii U. Just a suggestion.
Some awesome Demo's today. Can't wait to play Monster Hunter.
Was anyone else surprised the Wii U Monster Hunter demo is less than a gig?
@SYZYGY i couldnt wait to play sonic, until it didnt show uo :,(
Im also gonna give monster hunter a try.
I'm not enjoying the controls of Monster Hunter. Maybe it's just me, I don't know.
I'm in the US, also couldn't find the Sonic demo.
Los Angeles here and there's no Sonic demo. I love the WiiU version and was planning to get this if it was any good.
@Gen0neD Same, couldn't find it.
Yeah I can't find the Sonic demo either. :/
Picdun 2 & Monster Hunter demo for me. great week!
What is taking Zen Pinball so long??? Aaaargggghgh
20 minutes isn't enough time to kill a Plesioth WHO WON'T STOP RUNNING (swimming) AWAY.
Any news on whats up with the sonic demo? Was looking forward to that one
Pick the wrong weapon and even on easy mode it's still a chore. It does look good in HD though, if still a little Wii-esque in places.
Okay, fine. I'll bite and play the MH3 demo just to see if it's worth all the hype.
Oh I can't wait to see how is it!
Anyone can help me? I cant find the Sonic demo
Looks like they decided not to put up the Sonic demo, lol.
MH3U played wonderfully on the WII U and the upgraded visuals are much better that Tri's. I own MHTri on the Wii but the demo has made me put in a preorder for MH3U. The expanded portions of the game alone are worth the price. I put in well over 100 hrs into tri and never really got into the online portions b/c i didn't like how the online features were set up. I'm really looking forward to the full release
F-Zero for .30 cents is a steal.
@Tethers - Retro City Rampage - It is confirmed to be out next Thursday in Europe and the US - see www.retrocityrampage.com
Sonic demo, if it's available when I go into the eShop. Otherwise, nothing.
played monster hunter, seemed okay, needs work though, the combat is really uninspired, also more attacks or moves would have been nice, it just seems like you just run at the enemy, and spam the attack buttons, (also maybe run around it)
@Capt_N prepare for dissapointment, why even say its coming out when its not? you wold think that someone along the lines would have known about this
Really, americans have Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed ? I want it on Europe!
WHERE'S MY ZEN PINBALL 2 AND RUNNER 2?!
@zenarium where did you get that idea?
Just F-Zero and the demos for me!
Sonic demo is not available yet
@zenarium No, we do not have it. It was a lie.
there is no sonic racing demo!
The Sonic Racing demo is a lie.
No Circle Pad Pro support for the Mon Hun Demo! Hooked up my imported XL version and was ready to go! Haha. Oh well....ready for the full version! Great demo though! Looks great!
Picdun 2: Witch's Curse either its has to be way bigger then the first one or more pictures or something
picdun 1 was like 50 to 70 blocks...
Picdun 2 is 600 blocks what sounds BIG
should be able to play it later tonight hope its worth the 5
and those wondering that CASTLEVAINIA for the 3ds demo is next thursday the 28th
I like how Capcom is able to make games look a lot less jaggy than the screen really is.
@slidecage we'll see
we will see
Only the free stuff. I wasn't impressed enough by the original Picdun or Viking Defense to warrant getting their sequels. I'll update Yoshi, obviously, but only free stuff for me this week.
I can't find the Sonic demo.
Been playing the Monster Hunter 3 demo all day, can't wait for the retail version on march 19! can't wait to dive into MH again years after i quit Tri.
We'll ask about the Sonic demo, it was on the list!
Have to say im really impressed with the castlevania demo, possible day one download for me.
This is a banner week! picdun 2 is really cool and in 3d I wasnt expecting that but my eyes popped out when I saw it. Then I downloaded the Monster Hunter demo and loaded that up to feel my jaw drop too the floor. omg it looks as good as the wii version but in 3d. prettiest game ive seen on 3ds so far. I think Nintendo is sticking in the dagger to the competition boys cause nothing but goodness has been been coming out lately. I will say this even as beautiful as Monster Hunter is im going to pass on it if I cant die online with my buddies. Some games are just meant to played co-op and thats one of them. Sorry but local wifi isnt co-op....well it is but getting peeps together is rough
@MYNISTA I SAW THAT. What if they removed it from the US version? If the circle pad pro does not make this game twice as good I will sell mine. Its the only thing keeping me from installing a bigger battery pack.
@RR529 Again we get the same downloads lol
So getting the monster hunter demos! Can't wait to see what all the hype is about.
For those looking for the sonic demo, click on sonic and all stars racing logo on the 3ds eshop to get the demo.
@mariobro4 I did that earlier and no luck . Is it up now? I'll have to wait till I get home to check it out.
Yeah, I couldn't find it earlier either, but it is there now. I had to use the search at the top of the eshop to find the game though.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate demo!!!!!!
@arren you don't need to install a bigger battery pack, just get the pro grip! It snugs on the 3ds without doing a thing, thou it does cost 30$ but the added hours is a Hugh plus for rpg's
Also, the sonic transformed is now live
I tried to get into monster hunter, i jumped into the wii version way to late, and the community was very rude to noobies, so i got a bad taste in my mouth from Monster hunter, i may just ignore it altogether. not really a fan i guess.
idork99: the download demo logo should be on the left
I can confirm, the Sonic Transformed demo is on the eShop, just not on the main menu or the demo category. You need to go on the game's page.
What I expect next week:
Zen Pinball 2
TANK! TANK! TANK!
At 30 cents, F-Zero is a freebie...
Tried the MH demo again. I'm not liking it at all. The controls at least to me, just don't suit the gamepad. I guessed it would look somewhat similar to the Wii version visually. I wasn't expecting a graphical blowout but it looks exactly the same.
Am I just playing the Wii version here albeit with new Barneys thrown in? I'd prefer Wiimote controls. Less fuss. And have I noticed lag? May need to cancel the pre order.
I don't see a Sonic All Stars racing transformed demo on the eshop
@Arren I bet it's in the full version....I hope so...
the sonic demo is real download now
Busy week for me. Downloaded both MH demos, Fzero, Crashmo sale which should be included in this news piece, and updated both Yoshi and Ice Climbers for ambassador games. Oh and Trine 2 demo.
Well done Nintendo, and considering EOIV down the road, and Picdun sounds good.
It's getting close to the Bit Trip Runner release! Definitely a must buy for me! Commander Video all the way!
Got PicDun 2 and of course the Monster Hunter Demo. I'm so looking forward to that game.
Nice to see the Sonic demo was finally added! Downloading now...
Played the MH demo... I dunno... I know Capcom made Dragon's Dogma as a westernized version of MH and I gotta be honest, Dragon's Dogma is infinitely better than this. Way better combat, cooler move sets, cleaner camera control and you can actually wander. In MH, you can't stray off the beaten path. Its like they took everything that was wrong and corrected/improved on it. Might still get it.
Just tried the Sonic and All-Stars Racing: Transformed demo, and all I can say is if the frame rate in the full game is as bad as it is in the demo, then I'm definitely skipping this one. I haven't seen a frame rate this bad since I played the first Sonic & All-Stars Racing on my iPhone!
I tried MH3 demo, and the feeling is to play a 2001 pc game, with low res textures, no antialiasing no pixel shaders.. nothing! Even the pad interface is cut down to 4:3, as the 3ds touch display! And the gameplay: were is the story? A tuttorial... i don't even know how to kill this animals.. and why?? And what these little creatures that jumps around me are? Unbelievable.
@Tsuchiya : i confirm all your thoughts. I don't believe they want to sell this at full price.
MH and Sonic are on, but Etrian's full version has not yet dropped. It remains demo only.
I know no one will probably be reading this article that much anymore, but if you see this comment, BUY Picdun 2! It's great!
@DrSlump You have to understand it's only a demo. There's a tutorial in the full game. I played all the games on PSP and of course if your looking for a story you will be dissapointed as there not much of a story in those games. If you like crafting, looting and grinding though you're in for a nice treat.
Yes, but to those not familiar with the Wii version? You're left totally alone in the demo. It's terrible.
I have never complained about framerate on anything ever; but damn, Sonic Racing on 3DS is so bad that it feels like I am using Google street view and downloading each frame rather than playing a racing game. I really enjoy the game on WiiU. Disappointing
Dang, there's alot of stuff this week.
For those complaining about the controllers, when your in game press the HOME Button then Manual, everything you need to know is there.
Yes Europe got Monster hunters and Castlevania, i really wanted to try the Sonic racer demo.
A basic tutorial should've been there. This is a demo of a 'new' game and it could've done more in the way of informing newcomers. It didn't. It's crap.
It's a wizz poor demo.
@Angel792 Thank you!
@RR529 Picdun 2 is great and unfortunately may go under the radar unless there is a review of the game. Lets hope not. I hope they make more like it. After playing picdun 2 I cancelled my Etrian Odyssey Pre-Order not because I think its better just to save money...Times are tough and Picdun 2 is a nice option for FPS dungeon Crawlers. The 3d effects are Fantastic
dont know why people are saying picdun is just like etrian odyssey.. yes they are both dungeon crawlers but thats it... odyssey is a lot better and has tons more crap to do then picdun. as in quest.. making weapons fighting bosses... in picdun all your doing is holding the L button (to raise the shield) and then hitting B for the ai to attack
still say if you got the first one there is no reason to buy the 2nd unless you loved the first one
Monster Hunter Demo completely turned me off of the game!
@slidecage I didn't see anyone say picdun 2 is just like Etrian Odyssey. where did you see that? I chose Picdun over Etrian Odyssey for one reason. to save money. which game is better? Etrian Odyssey of course. But Picdun 2 is a viable option if you cant spend the bucks right now
@nathanbjohnson Yup the Sonic Racing demo had a bad framerate. I hope its fixed in the full version. Imagine what online play will be like if the framerate is bad Im waiting on a review now when this was going to be a buy.
i want that tower defense game!!! looks pretty good.
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