Nintendo has confirmed what download delights are coming to North America this week, and it's certainly a diverse range. We have a download-only retail game on Wii U — if you can tolerate the term — some retro goodness and a long-awaited demo joining a major retail release on 3DS, and a solitary DSiWare game; only Wii misses out. Check out the details below.
Please note that not all retail prices have been provided, so we will update as soon as we have confirmed details.
Wii U eShop
Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 (TECMO KOEI GAMES, $59.99) — This is the first download-only retail game on Wii U. Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is a collaboration between the popular manga "Fist of the North Star" and the "Warriors" video game series, which is known for its action-packed gameplay. Various episodes have been included from the original manga in addition to the Raoh storyline and the final story revolving around Bat and Rin. The game's Legend Mode follows the overall story of the original manga, while Dream Mode focuses on events that take place between episodes in the original story. Watch out for our upcoming review.
3DS Virtual Console
Mega Man 2 (Capcom, $4.99) — It's more Mega Man goodness, bringing classic NES robot master battling to you on the go. With all six NES titles coming to the 3DS Virtual Console in the coming months, we can expect lots of classic Blue Bomber gaming, with this entry arguably representing one of the finest classic series releases. We'll be blasting through the 3DS version for a review, but in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Mega Man 2 review.
3DS retail demo
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus, free) — The latest entry in this challenging but popular RPG series is now only a few weeks away in North America, and as promised there's now a demo to get the adventure started. The best thing is that your progress can be carried across to the retail game should you take the plunge; you can't ask for fairer than that.
3DS retail downloads
Brain Age: Concentration Training (Nintendo, $29.99) — The Brain Age series was hugely popular on DS, so Nintendo will be hoping that this new and challenging entry will repeat that success on 3DS. This one focuses on short exercises to improve your focus, and arrives on the eShop alongside the retail release on 10th February; we're putting our minds to bringing you a review soon.
Three previously released retail titles are also making their first appearances on the eShop:
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D (Konami, $TBC) — available from 12th February
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D (Ubisoft, $29.99)
Rayman 3D (Ubisoft, $29.99)
Ah! Heaven (CIRCLE Entertainment, 200 Nintendo Points) — One of a number of planned releases from CIRCLE in the next few months, this platformer looks set to offer simple gameplay and 24 stages at a budget price. We'll see whether it's a divine gaming experience in our upcoming review.
BearShark (CollegeHumor, free) — No place is safe from BearShark. Not water. Not land. And now BearShark is even invading the third dimension. Starting Feb. 8, Nintendo is partnering with CollegeHumor.com to bring an original 3D animated program to Nintendo Video for the Nintendo 3DS system. BearShark is an animated series that follows a bear and shark tag-team as they cause hilarious mayhem over land and sea in their continued pursuit of a poor sap named Steve.
A diverse mix included this week, so let us know which will drain you of funds in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (227 votes)
- Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 (Wii U retail download)8%
- Mega Man 2 (3DS Virtual Console)31%
- Brain Age: Concentration Training (3DS retail download)9%
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 3D (3DS retail download) 0%
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D (3DS retail download)1%
- Rayman 3D (3DS retail download)3%
- Ah! Heaven (DSiWare) 0%
- Nothing for me this week47%
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Mega man 2 is surely bought. Hopefully the third game, aka the best one, follows soon.
Nothing for me.
Before anyone asks, the details arrived later than normal from Nintendo, that's why this is a little late
Late? Seems normal to me...
I really wish Ken's Rage 2 was a budget price. The video on Wii U eShop looks balls-out wacktastic. But I can't stomach what's most likely a $49.95 price tag for essentially a crazy brawler.
Super excited about the Etrian Odyssey demo! Nothing else hits my fancy... but pretty stoked about more 3DS RPG love.
Woo Hoo Megaman II for me. Been waiting on this one since they announced it. Time for me to pick up an eShop card.
Really on Splinter Cell and Rayman 3d???? Pass. Maybe if they were 10$ I would consider them. Just the EO4 demo for me.
Oh and the EO4 demo is already out on the eshop as we speak!
Even though I have Mega Man 2 in several formats already I'm thinking about adding it to my 3DS
Mega Man 2 gets my vote this week for the ol' 3DS VC goodies list. Now if only the eShop can just have DAM access to Mega Man II and the rest of the other original GAME BOY Mega Man games, then I'd be a happy gamer overall. On the bright side, at least it's still good to know that Mega Man 3 - 6 are still on the way to the 3DS eShop.
Shame on you bro. , shame on you for being late with the this. LOL, I'm only kidding you man! In all honesty, this REALLY isn't a late update to NintendoLife for the usual weekly Nintendo Download section. IMO, I saw times close to nearly 11:30 AM EST where I live here in the US that that time is the latest.
still no zen pinball in NA -_- so tired to wait when everyone else got it
@ejamer my thoughts 100%
I'm definitely going to check out the Etrian Odyssey demo. Atlus does great work, and I've been meaning to give that series a try for a while now.
I will get Rayman 3D even though I finished this game on Dreamcast not long ago.
Etrian Odyssey demo for sure.
Why aren't we getting the Mega Man games that were designed for Game Boy?
I might get Mega Man 2. But not right now. Still waiting on Sonic 2.
@ThomasBW84 About prices:
You forgot Sonic & All-Stars Racing Tansformed.
Not a bad week, the NES version of Dig Dug is also coming to the eShop next week which I'll download.
I will get Mega Man 2 the Etrian Odyssey IV demo.
@ThomasBW84 UPDATE: EB Games Canada is listing Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 at $29.99 for the game card version.
@KillerGBH Could not agree more!
Retro City Rampage? Swing and a miss...
I think it looks like a good week for me, i like Fist of the North Star, and even though Mega Man 2 has been played a lot, it is a classic- good to have on the 3DS. Brain Age is pretty neat as well. - wondering where Retro City Rampage went to?
am i the only one who is excited for Kens Rage??
On prices, I've added $29.99 for Brain Training. I've held off on the rest that are still unknown, as though I could make educated guesses it's best to wait for real confirmation. If you spot them let us know, we've asked NoA and we have some of our U.S. staffers checking regularly
getting brain age at some point, i have to wait until i get a new 3DS XL though, since my screen on my XL is half black and it costs too much to have it repaired (141.25 with tax).
@ThomasBW84 Yeah, I wasn't expecting you to add it all until real confirmination. I noticed this on other services rather than Nintendo themselves.
Just checked the eshop and Kens rage is officially 59.99
Oo, the best Mega Man game. Buyin.
@ThomasBW84 Why is this late Thomas??!!!!?? lol jk. Thanks. I was up until the wee hours of the night playing Fire Emblem anyhow. The most addicting game I've ever played. Fire Emblem and Ni no Kuni equals some of the best gaming in my 26 years on Earth and 14 on Omicron Persei 8.
@divinealpha "UPDATE: EB Games Canada is listing" - (hillbilly accent) This is America! lol
Likely Mega Man 2 and Brain Age.
Where is ZP2 though? :/
@ThomasBW84 Hey Thomas you forgot Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed for 3DS retail download.
I've played Mega Man II for years on both NES and PS2. That being said... I GOTSTA GET THIS GAME!!!
Would be great to get more NA videos in Europe instead of repeating ones for the third time. Not very likely, i know, but still.
most likely nothing for me, but I MIGHT get Mega Man 2 since I can take it anywhere it's my girlfriend's birthday today, by the way!
Might've gotten Rayman 3d since I haven't picked it up yet. Then the bombshell of Rayman Legend hit... screw 'em.
WHAT THE-! WHERE'S MY RETRO CITY RAMPAGE!!1 I give up.
@MarioKenny1992 good for you I said hi
@MultiMariosonic Nintendo will probably mention Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed on February 14 as a recent release note (if they haven't already).
"Nothing for me" comments: what's the point? There's even an entry on the voting thing so you don't have to say it.
Mega Man 2, mine!!!! Anybody know when Mega Man 3 is coming to the 3DS VC?
Never played Mega Man before, this one looks promising. I'll commit my cash to it, here's hoping it's a good choice!
So uh... where's the Sonic Game Gear games? I still have Blast on my wishlist.
WHERES ZEN PINBALL!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope Retro City is still coming. Nothing for me this week, MegaMan 2 is a great game, but as most VC games I rather play it on my NES.
I'd rather get the Wii VC versions, even if it never comes to Wii U VC with Gamepad support. Playing Megaman on the TV will always beat the portable version IMO, even with restore point. Just want 6 on Wii VC. I'll buy the Gameboy Megaman games, but not console on 3DS.
There's some games I want this week, but I got no mun e...
Megaman of course instant buy form me!
Downloaded the demo for Etrian Odyssey. I find it kinda hard for some reason.
$30 for Tom Calncy's? No thanks, I'd rather buy it in store for $15.
Sonic racing is in the U.K 3ds eshop
Oh dang, I just noticed no Fire Emblem DLC! Ah well, I still have yet to beat the game so I guess that's a good thing.
No 3d Classic Mega Man 2 no purchase for me. Did get the Etrian Odyssey demo and will be getting the Cartridge Pre-Buy
Probably buying Mega Man 2 and will definitely be getting Brain Age at the store this Sunday. I need to exercise my brain! ;p
@SkywardLink98 check the eshop. It's there.
Just want Zen Pinball. Hurry up.
I already have Mega Man 2, so I think I'll have to sit out on this one.
Guess I'll get brain age.
A download game of $60 dlls? Is Nintendo kidding? we don´t have the box and they don´t waste in stores.
Just the Fire Emblem DLC for me, better yet I bought that pack, so next week I get the 3rd map to the trilogy
I'll probably pick up Mega Man 2 at some point. I've never played Mega Man before, but I've meaning to try it out for a while and 2 sounds like one of the best.
Hey, Nintendolife. I saw on the North American 3DS eshop that the NES/Famicom version of Dig Dug is coming to the 3DS eshop for $3.99!
Mega Man 2, but not for awhile. I need to beat the 1st on first.
And really ubisoft? 30 bucks? You are going to charge 30 for Asphalt 3D aren't you?
What a RIP OFF, charging $29.99 for Rayman 3D when every store in town had it for TEN BUCKS, NEW, just a few months ago!
Does anybody know if there any Game Boy or Game Boy Color VC releases on the horizon? Or are all near future 3DS VC releases NES titles that are already available on Wii VC?
What I'd like to see is a remake of Megaman Anniversary Collection (with the button mapping fixed, of course) gettin Rayman and the Etrian demo, myself.
@FluttershyGuy - Dig Dug is in the eshop coming soon list. Also Shantae is suppose to be coming.
@Windy: Dude, even w/o 3D it's so cool to play this on a handheld. Trust me, grab it!
My 3DS won't let me vote.
Can't wait for Shantae especially! I've held off on the DSiWare sequel in hopes of playing the original first. I forgot it was supposed to be coming soon, along with the third installment! (btw, your Twilight avatar is adorable )
Looked at GoNintendo, same goes for here. No one cares about that Wii U digital exclusive of Ken's Rage. Maybe a bit too nice to bring to NA.
Now I can finally dip my toe in the Etrian Odyssey franchise. LOL!
While I like Mega Man 2 somewhat a little, 3 is my fav, 2 I already own on Wii VC, & I would prefer the GB MMs, as opposed to the Nes titles. However, Capcom probably thinks the sales of the Nes titles would be more, than the GB titles, either b/c Nes games are a little more expensive, compared to GB titles, or Capcom thinks the Nes titles would create more sales, b/c they were probably more popular, than the GB titles. If they want to release them all, I imagine they can't realistically release them all at once, but the least they(Nintendo, or Capcom, whichever is responsible) could do, is release back, & forth from each series - the Nes Classic series, the GB Meta Series, then repeat.
So nothing for me, this week. Even then, it's more of a nothing for me from this week, as there are some things on (the) eShop I'd still like to get. It'll all have to wait anyway, until I get a points card. Have a good gaming week, everyone!
@DarkEdi $60 is too much? in europe, we pay it €60 = $80. and they wonder why Europe it's not a good market, those idiots...
@FluttershyGuy - Thank you. I'm waiting for it too but I grabbed the sequel first, good thing it filled me in as I never played the first one
Retro City Rampage, where are you...? =(
I'd probably get Mega Man 2, but I already have the "Mega Man Anniversary Edition" game for the Game Cube that has Mega Man 1 -8 plus two secret games....
On the other hand, Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2..I'll get that whenever I get my Wii U back from Nintendo. Haha. XD
You guys should really add a Demo option in the polls...
@KnightRider666 Ive played it and beat it before. im going to hold off in hopes that a 3d classic version will come out. Times are just tight these days. I just don't want the 2d version sitting there should a 3d version come out
@Windy: I highly doubt it will ever happen man. Notice how none of the 3D classics are available to purchase in their original forms on the eshop? I'd just buy the 2D versions b/c that's all there's going to be.
@KnightRider666 I think your right unfortunately. I also have so much on my backburner that I want to get to and play. I will hold off on this one. Who knows if I get the time one day out of all the stuff I have I will more than likely get this. I love megaman and will hopefully get a 3D classic some day. Man Castlevania, Megaman, Bonk, Mario, Sonic should all be getting the 3D classic treatment. So frustrating
@Windy: I'd rather have them bring us Mega Man 7,8,9,10 to the eshop. Well at least 9 & 10. They are in 8 bit form for god sakes.
@KnightRider666 Well I will be able to get this anytime unless they make it some kind of Limited time game which I don't think so. At some point im sure I will pick up the megamans
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