It's a big week for Nintendo download fans, with the original Pokémon games leading the way on 3DS. There are also plenty of varied download-only options on Wii U, along with some major releases on 3DS, DLC offerings and the usual range of discounts. There's plenty to get through, so let's get on with it.
Missed the European Download Update earlier in the week? Well, it was a doozy, so catch up with it right here.
Wii U eShop
6180 the moon (Turtle Cream, $3.99) - A platformer that'll see players take control of the moon on a journey to find the sun. It'll use two screens (TV and GamePad) for the playing field, requiring players to look between the two as the moon bounces high and low. We'll lasso the moon and then work on a review.
Inside My Radio (Seaven Studio, $14.99) - This one sounds intriguing on paper, as it's a rhythm music game in which you have the ability to compose music by remixing music into your own arrangements, with electro, disco and dub flavours included. We'll find our rhythm and bring you a review.
REPLAY: VHS is Not Dead (Neko Entertainment, $9.99) - The premise sounds intriguing, with this being a platformer in which you manipulate time and move up to five characters through stages all at once; there's an overriding theme of a film director filming and making 'cuts', too. We'll rewind and work on a review.
SMART Adventures Mission Math: Sabotage at the Space Station (Engine Software, $2.99) - This certainly sounds like an educational title, as you try to save a space station through solving mathematical puzzles. We'll wrap our heads around the challenge for a review.
Volcanic Field 2 (Slyon Studios LLC, $1.99) - The story description for this one references a catastrophic global event prompting the Earth to break out in deadly volcanic eruptions, with the player's job being to rescue civilians. Though the brief trailer shows a tank on the bottom of the screen blasting various things out of the skies. We'll try and figure out whether this is a red hot game or a load of hot air in our review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Medabots AX: Metabee & Rokusho (Natsume, $6.99 for each version) - Unlike its RPG namesakes (which are minus the 'AX'), these Game Boy Advance titles are actually relatively simplistic brawlers with some minor platforming elements. There's some customisation in there, of course, but in general we were rather unimpressed in our Medabots AX: Metabee & Rokusho review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Screwattack Games, $4.99 until 1st March, normally $9.99)
KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Famous Gamous, $4.99 until 5th March, normally $7.99)
Joe's Diner (Joindots, on discount until 10th March)
Land it Rocket (Petite Games, $1.59 until 3rd March, normally $2.99)
SDK Paint (HullBreach Studios, on discount until 3rd March)
Defense Dome (HullBreach Studios, on discount until 3rd March)
Wii U DLC
Minecraft: Wii U Edition Free Update and Paid DLC (Microsoft) - This update adds some anticipated Minecraft features, including a long list of new potions, blocks, mobs and biomes. From the Redwood forests of Mega-Taiga to the vastness of the Deep Ocean, you´ll get to build, play and explore new biomes that will offer a great canvas for your creations. Players can also purchase the new Biome Settlers Skin pack, which brings 24 new settler characters into the game.
Wii U eShop Demo
LEGO Marvel's Avengers (WB Games, free)
Sadame (Rising Star Games, $14.99) - Developed by Mebius, this action RPG has four character types with four different gameplay styles, and each levels up as you progress through the game. In typical RPG style it's possible to customize your character with new weapons and upgrades, while replay value comes from the fact that certain events are only accessible by certain characters. It sounds and looks intriguing, and we'll bring you a review soon.
Toy Defense (CIRCLE Entertainment, $3.99) - CIRCLE continues its prolific run of releases, in this case with a tower defence title in which you do battle with toys. We'll see whether this is fun play time or a war of attrition in our review.
3DS Virtual Console
Pokémon Red (Nintendo, $9.99) - The first generation Pokémon titles finally arrive as legitimate purchases on modern hardware, rather appropriately right in time for the 20th Anniversary of the series. Trading is possible in these fresh releases via local wireless, too. Our review is in the works. Available from 27th February.
Pokémon Blue (Nintendo, $9.99) - The other half of the first ever release which features its own unique Pokémon. Available from 27th February.
Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition (Nintendo, $9.99) - An enhanced re-release of Red & Blue, this game made a star out of Pikachu by giving it greater personality traits, making this one another intriguing option out of the three gen 1 arrivals. Available from 27th February.
3DS Retail Download
Mega Man Legacy Collection (Capcom, $14.99 / CAD$18.99) - Though the included games (Mega Man through to Mega Man 6) have previously arrived on the Virtual Console, the download-only release of this collection in Europe brings a cut price to make it rather tempting. In addition to six classic games there are Challenge stages, along with plenty of digital memorabilia and extras to enjoy. We gave this a hearty recommendation in our Mega Man Legacy Collection review.
Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Marvelous, $39.99) - This rather appealing title is a crossover that combines the world of PopoloCrois - a popular fantasy manga series by Tamori Yousuke that's spawned anime adaptations and a half-dozen RPGs on Playstation platforms - with the farming fun of Story of Seasons, XSEED's recent rebranding of the long-running Bokujō Monogatari/Harvest Moon series. We're working on a review, but in the meantime you can check out our previous first impressions and interview with the series creator.
Fire Emblem Fates: Boo Camp (Nintendo, $2.49 / CA$3.19) - It is said that there is another world where one can get plenty of experience… (25th February, $2.49 / CA$3.19)
Fire Emblem Fates: Beach Brawl (Nintendo, $2.49 / CA$3.19) - And the winner of the royal families' battle over a ticket to paradise is…
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Screwattack Games, $4.99 until 1st March, normally $9.99)
Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch! (Shin'en Multimedia, $2.49 until 17th March, normally $2.99)
Bloo Kid 2 (Winterworks, $1.99 until 17th March, normally $3.99)
KAMI (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 10th March)
Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 10th March)
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, on discount until 10th March)
3DS HOME Themes
Mega Man "Stage Select!" (Capcom, $1.99)
Mega Man vs Dr. Wily! (Capcom, $1.99)
So there you have it, the full line-up for this week's Nintendo Download Update. Let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.
Just Sadame for me. Need some funds first and we are snowed in!
Nothing for me..
Thinking about grabbing one of the gen 1 Pokemon games. I owned Red & Yellow ages ago... Aside from having Pikachu follow you, are there any large differences between Red/Blue & Yellow?
Good week butt only the Minecraft update for mii.
I bought Mega Man Legacy Collection in physical form yesterday. I plan on getting Pokemon Yellow and AVGN Adventures on sale. Good week!
Blue was the first video game I can remember playing, so I'll be grabbing that for maximum nostalgia.
Just slightly-overpriced (in Canada) Yellow for me.
You can get all three original starters in Yellow via in-game events. There's also a few tweaks and battles added. Namely between the Team Rocket duo from the anime.
It's the best version of the 1st gen games, hands down.
Nothing for me this week. I still have my Yellow Version cartridge.
I'll be getting Pokémon Blue & Yellow.
I thought there were also Pokémon Home themes, or was that just Japan?
TOO LATE NINTENDO I already finished Yellow a week ago on my GB Pocket. Now I'm working on Gold
I just wish they would finish off porting over the AAA SNES titles to the Wii VC.
@Spoony_Tech Snowed in? LUCKY! We warmed up and having been getting rain. I may be holding off on spending as I received a red-light camera violation in the mail last night...ugh! And I thought you weren't buying anything until you cleared your backlog?!?!?!?!?!?
@BurningSonic you can get them only via the New 3DS bundle apparently.
Anyways the Pokemon games for me and getting Return to Poplocrois physically
Snowed in? Wow! Perfect chance to do some serious gaming.
Here where I am in Oklahoma we have had like one day of good snow this Winter, and it melted away quickly. It's been 60's-70's and even a couple of 80's lately!
Pokemon Yellow for sure. I've been expecting it for a while now
thought boo camp was a typo 'til i read the description.
@MERG Well I don't think we are snowed in but it was enough to cancel school. It was the best shot this winter as it's been almost nothing all season.
As for the game I really want to support this kinda effort more then anything. I won't let any game get in my way of finishing Dream Team. I may load it up for a few minutes to get an idea of what it's like. You may like it as well.
@rdrunner1178 You know it, told my daughter we are finishing Wooly World today! That will be another backlog game finished MERG!
Need a good review on Sadame before I take the plunge. Other than that, nothing for me. Glad the "Nothing for Me" bar isn't as strong this week. Good to see people getting what they want.
@Spoony_Tech We had one good snow here in Philly (14")...but it was on a Saturday.
I am checking Sadame out.
I'm taking off work or taking a hour break for that fire emblem dlc. It takes WAY too many battles to level up from 19 to 20- over 100 battles for one of my units, vs like 2-3 battles to go from level 12-13 and like 6 battles from 14-15
Only have enough money for Pokemon Yellow on the eshop. The Lego Marvels Avengers demo I will also pick up. MMLC... that's a possibility!
Busy with Disgaea PC (yes it works for me, for the most part.) but I will check the LEGO Avengers demo to test how well it plays on Wii U.
Don't know if it effects Wii U - but my kid had been waiting all week for the Minecraft 1.9 update that was scheduled for today, and he was practically in tears when he woke up this morning and found out it had been delayed until Monday.
That Lego Avengers demo was pretty lame. (Played it a couple of weeks ago on PS3, assuming its the same.) It's the opening of the latest Avengers movie and you spend a few minutes playing in pairs, BW and Hawkeye, Thor and Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man. Not a good way to promote the game. Still, bad demo i better than no demo I say.
Would have bought Sadame straight away at $9.99, but I'll wait for some reviews before deciding now. Should probably just save my eShop funds for Twilight Princess next week, anyway.
@HeroOfTime32 I hear Charizard can't learn fly in Red and Blue. If you plan on getting with a Charmander, you should probably go with Yellow. Sure, you get it later, but at least it will be able to learn Fly.
I was going to skip MMLC because I was expecting it to be a $30 release and I have most of the VC released, but $15 is low enough to make me reconsider it.
I wish AVGN will come to discount in Europe after Nintendo Account goes live next month.
Aww, was kind of hoping the Pinball Arcade would come out on Wii U this week, Farsight said it was only a few weeks away... Of course, this is Farsight we're talking about, who also said the Pinball Arcade would be a Wii U launch window title, but...
Pokemon Red and Yellow for me. Can't wait.
Another poor week. Kinda want another Capcom sale so I can get PW: Trilogy.
That VHS game sounds pretty intriguing, and $5 for AVGN is a great, entertaining bargain if you can stomach its difficulty.
Nothing this week but I am still plenty busy with many other games so that is no huge loss for me. Unless there is a simply unmissable sale I am trying to hold off on purchasing any games at the moment.
Can anyone tell me why the download of the Mega Man Legacy collection is so much cheaper? It didn't seem like there were many extras in the physical version unless you're getting the Special Edition. As much as I love physical copies of games, I might get the download version just because it's so cheap. Even with tax, that's less than $3 per Mega Man game!
Not much for me this week given that all the attention is on the 3DS at the moment. But that's okay as I am still enjoying my second playthrough of Xenoblade Chronicles X using different weapons.
Well I live in Europe but am hoping Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures gets a discount here.
Just Yellow on the digital front for me. Also voted Return to Popolocrisis even though I'll get it physical. Will get Megaman Legacy sometime too but I think I'd rather have it on the PS4.
6180 the moon at least sounds like a cool use of the WiiU gamepad. I hope it reviews well.
Otherwise not much here. Can explain to me what these virtual console game are.... Pok-e-mon...? Never heard of em, but apparently they come in colors.
@LoveSugoi The Megaman 3DS version has exclusive content the others do not have. Which is why it took longer to come out. But its Pokemon Yellow, the FEF dlc (since i got the DLC pack) and Megaman to play Colin M's challenge levels
Yellow and physical Return to Popoloquois for me.
Nothing for me this week! I already own Blue and Yellow in cart form, but it's nice to see that these will finally be available come Saturday.
Whao, i wasn't going to get it since i usually suck at the games, but 15 bucks for 6 Mega Man games and some extras?? Now it's tempting again...as long as I don't get frustrated
All the Pokémons! Oh yeah, also got that Gold Mega Man.
@Gunplagamer Ahhh so that's why it took longer. Good to know, thanks.
Btw @Ryu_Niiyama How you been feeling since the news broke that the girls are coming back this summer? I'm freaking because I was going to Cali to visit a friend this summer anyway and now I can line up my trip so I can see them too
I didnt realize the Mega Man thing was cross platform with at least PS4...
Minecraft update 4 me!!! I have been waiting like you wouldn't believe!!!!!
Wonder if enough of us shell out $10 for Gen I they'll let us shell out $10 or $12 for Gen II (rip the battery life on my silver cart that's been dead for a decade)
Aw, was hoping for the Bravely Second Prelude.
Also, did not expect Sadame to be $15.
Oops, I accidentally selected MMLC, when I meant to put Pokemon Yellow...
Glad to see 6180 not launching at a prohibitive price. Swamped with new games, but grabbing that one for the unique premise and solid pricing. Good stuff! That and the Minecraft update will do it for me this week. I was gonna get Pokemon Yellow, but I have FE Fates, Mega Man Legacy, and soon will have TP HD.... Shockingly busy release schedule at the moment!
Is there any reason to buy Red or Blue when Yellow is available at the same price?
Poke'mon Blue! Woohoo! And guess who's getting paid tomorrow!
Contrary to popular belief, there is a handful of Poke'mon that you can't catch in Yellow. So really it can be thought of as its own separate version.
Just got Mega Man Legacy Collection physically.
Got Map Pack 1 in Fire Emblem Fates so I'll be downloading those 2 maps on both my 3DS I use, also have all 3 Pokemon VC games preordered.
Makin' it rain!
@JaxonH UPDATE. If the dlc says it isnt out yet when you go to play it, go back to purchase dlc, this forces it to check each map individually, THEN they show up as Downloaded and are available.
Balls that was awkward.
Oh ok, thanks!
It even allows you to pick between English, Spanish and French versions in the NA eShop. Cool. Not sure what I expected there
I'll buy pokemon only if it ever goes on sale.
Busy with FE Fates, so I'll probably just pick up the DLC for that and possibly one of the Pokemon games. Not sure when I would get around to actually playing, but it would be nice to have.
Twilight Princess HD next week!
Was not very excited for this week (I've played all three G1 Pokemon games multiple times) until I saw that Mega Man Legacy was only $15.
Nothing for me this week.
Sadame and Fire Emblem stuff!
I'll probably get all three Pokemon games on VC, I have the extra cash. The one I'll play the most is probably Red or Yellow. I really hope they rerelease Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal on VC, those are games I'd really enjoy playing again.
World returns back to the awesome games already out currently
Nothing for me this week which is good news since I need to save my cash for next month's releases.
Fire Emblem DLC is just taking my money. I'm also going to pick up yellow.
Heads up, Pokemon Yellow is also in color. Red and Blue are black and white. Saw nobody mentioning that. I might get yellow, because I never really played a Pokemon game. Ever. I thought it was really stupid when I was a kid. I was way more interested in Zelda and Final Fantasy. I've lightened up a lot in my adulthood. (30 years old.) I'd love to have Legacy Collection, but I own every Mega Man Virtual Console release on my 3DS. That must be why they made it so cheap, for guys like me. If they ever release it on Wii U with the gold amiibo, then I'll be happy to partake. I've only bought the SNES Mega Man games, and the GBA Mega Man and Bass. I have Zero Collection and both ZX games on DS. The Mega Man RPGs never appealed to me. I've got Twilight Princess HD preordered, and I uploaded VR32 Land 2-2 on Mario Maker last night. Nothing else for me this week, I reckon.
Meh, the only good thing to the old Pokemon games is nostalgia. The game is fundamentally broken on so many levels.
I'm still wondering when we are going to get the Bravely Second demo.
Witch & Hero is such a fun game. The levels are pretty short too, so it's a great game to play if you're waiting for a car ride or just have a couple of minutes to kill. (^_^ )/
I like the older Pokemon games because there's less clutter and distraction within the game. I'm very excited to get Pokemon yellow. Up to this point, my oldest Pokemon game was FireRed which I beat in 2005, after roughly 100 hours of gameplay.
.. think I'll finally get Angry Nerds..
Getting Pokemon Yellow and buying the $17 Fates DLC bundle. Seriously, that game has been fantastic so far. =)
@mystman12 still waiting on pinball arcade myself!! 90s arcade racer too!! Hopefully soon!!
@LoveSugoi Well I know what my tax return is going to! I was going to buy a new taiko but this is more important. I'm more stoked about the new album(and the poster that comes with it!!!!). Once they give out some dates/locations and I have a hotel room on lockdown then I will commence with the spazing and tears.
Oh word of advice...if you are below 5 foot 5 get seats rather than general standing tickets... girls with their tall boyfriends WILL push you out of the way. Or prepare to camp out for the door opening...which ever you prefer. lol!
@VR32F1END I thought the same thing, Pokémon, that looks childish. Then I got the blue Pokemon game for my GBA dirt cheap (it was a used copy) and I was addicted. I am going to get the yellow version this weekend.
The recent Wii U VC releases have been made up of NES and GBA games that no one really cares about. North America needs Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii U eshop! I want that so badly, Europe has it! I've been playing Xenoblade Chronicles X a lot lately and I want to experience the original one but I don't want to buy the disc. Maybe next week...
Yellow, as its basically the only main series game i never played
I hope the popularity of pokemon sparks a little more revival of the 3DS VC...I'd love to see more GB and GG games!
OK, 3DS virtual console back!! but is there any other game in future? I think this is the last game.
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