Another week begins, and on this occasion delivers a corker of a Nintendo Download Update for Europe. There are a total of five high quality Virtual Console releases across the Wii U and New 3DS, along with a retail arrival on 3DS and a variety of promising download-only releases on both eShop stores. Throw in a load of discounts and there's plenty to consider, so let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
Star Ghost (Squarehead Studios, €8.99/ £7.99) - A procedurally generated shoot-em-up "inspired by the arcade classics", Star Ghost is the work of Rhys Lewis, former A.I Lead at Retro Studios. This utilises the control scheme seen in the rocket barrel stages of Retro's Donkey Kong titles, while Rare alumni David Wise provides the soundtrack. We'll launch into a review soon.
Bird Mania Party (Teyon, €1.99/ £1.79) - A follow-on to the budget runner (or 'flyer') games on 3DS, the party aspect for this HD version comes from some multiplayer options. Two players can tackle the game together in co-op or there's a party competitive mode for five players, with extra competitors using Wii Remotes. We'll fly into a review.
Steel Rivals (nuGAME, €6.99 / £5.99) - This is a fighting game, which isn't exactly the most common genre on Wii U, at least not yet. At a budget price the screenshots do suggest budget visuals, yet with a Tournament Mode, unlockable outfits and local multiplayer we should at least give it a fighting chance. We'll get some sparring in as preparation for our review.
Dreamals (XINESS, €4.99/ £4.49) - Conceptually this sounds like a puzzle game, as you guide three animals restricted to one direction each to safety. We'll get started on a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Super Mario Advance (Nintendo, €6.99/ £6.29) - The first in the series of enhanced re-releases that graced the Game Boy Advance, this one includes a spruced up Super Mario Bros. 2 and a version of the original Mario Bros.. As explained in our review it's a solid option for those looking to experience these titles for the first time or with a slightly different feel.
Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World (Nintendo, €6.99/ £6.29) - Yet another way to play this 16-bit classic if you're not tempted by the Wii U or New 3DS Virtual Console versions. This GBA iteration does offer some tweaks to the formula, as explained in our review, and is a faithful recreation beyond those changes it does a solid job.
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo, €6.99/ £6.29). As the name states this is the Game Boy Advance port / remaster of the third NES entry in the series. In addition to the '16-bit' look for the 8-bit classic this also includes extra stages that were originally accessed with e-Reader cards; those extras and this one's overall quality earned it a glowing recommendation from us.
Wii U Virtual Console Promotion
Super Mario Advance Special: You can get the third game for free if you buy two of Super Mario Advance, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 or Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 with the same NNID on Wii U until 24/03/2016.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Art of Balance (Shin'en Multimedia, €6.70/ £5.36 until 31st March, normally €8.99 / £7.15)
Never Alone (E-line Media, €4.89/ £4.29 until 23rd March, normally €14.99 / £12.99)
VoxelMaker (Nostatic Software, €3.59/ £2.79 untl 17th March, normally €4.49 / £3.49)
99Moves (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49/ £1.34 until 7th April, normally €2.49 / £2.29)
Abyss (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49/ £1.34 until 7th April, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
Rock 'n Racing Off Road DX (EnjoyUp Games, €4.95/ £4.45 until 7th April, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Spy Chameleon (EnjoyUp Games, €3.99/ £3.59 until 7th April, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Jones on Fire (Joindots, €2.99/ £2.29 until 24th March, normally €5.99 / £4.59)
Wii U eShop Demo
Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games, free)
Blast 'em Bunnies (Nnooo, €4.99/ £2.99) The objective here is to take down as many bunny enemies as possible and collect coins, which can be used to purchase new items in-game. 50 medals are waiting to be unlocked, and the title's Survival and Slaughter modes feature varying difficulty levels. We'll inform PETA of our plans and then start work on a review.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Super Metroid (Nintendo, €3.99/ £3.59 until 17th March if Link to the Past has been downloaded on New 3DS, normally €7.99/ £7.19) - A true classic of the 16-bit age, this took the ideas and concepts of its predecessors on NES and Game Boy and took them forward in rather bold ways. An experience that has inspired so many modern games, it stands up beautifully in the modern day and should be perfectly suited to portable gaming. We gave this our highest marks in our Super Metroid review.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, €3.99/ £3.59 until 17th March if Super Metroid has been downloaded on New 3DS, normally €7.99/ £7.19) - Another definitive entry in its franchises' history, this is an adventure that's always in the running when fans debate the greatest Zelda games. Full of iconic moments and items, like many of the best SNES games this still holds up beautifully for modern-day gaming. Naturally we loved it in our most recent review.
3DS Retail Download
Stella Glow (NIS America, €39.99 / £34.99) - Developed be Imageepoch, your world-saving quest tasks you with earning the trust and help of musical witches, which is as good a job as any. Blending traditional RPG ideas with a musical focus gives this one a bit of a unique twist, and we gave it a hearty recommendation in our Stella Glow review. Available from 11th March. Download code for the theme "Stella Glow: The Witches and Bubu" for Nintendo 3DS included with every purchase.
3DS eShop DLC
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Clown Skin Pack (Nnooo, €1.99/ £1.29)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Luchador Skin Pack (Nnooo, €1.99/ £1.29)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Ninja Skin Pack (Nnooo, €1.99/ £1.29)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Urban Army Skin Pack (Nnooo, €1.99/ £1.29)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Zombie Skin Pack (Nnooo, €1.99/ £1.29)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Clown Arena Pack (Nnooo, €2.99/ £1.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Luchador Arena Pack (Nnooo, €2.99/ £1.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Ninja Arena Pack (Nnooo, €2.99/ £1.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Urban Army Arena Pack (Nnooo, €2.99/ £1.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Zombie ArenaPack (Nnooo, €2.99/ £1.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: 2x Multiplier (Nnooo, free)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: 5x Multiplier (Nnooo, €4.99/ £2.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: 10x Multiplier (Nnooo, €9.99/ £6.49)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Carrot Rifle (Nnooo, €2.99/ £1.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Turnip Mortar (Nnooo, €4.99/ £2.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Watermelon Machine Gun (Nnooo, €4.99/ £2.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Runner Bean Laser (Nnooo, €4.99/ £2.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Clown Bundle (Nnooo, €3.99/ £2.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Luchador Bundle (Nnooo, €3.99/ £2.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Ninja Bundle (Nnooo, €3.99/ £2.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Urban Army Bundle (Nnooo, €3.99/ £2.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Zombie Bundle (Nnooo, €3.99/ £2.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: All Skin & Arena Bundle (Nnooo, €9.99/ £6.49)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Mega Bundle (Nnooo, €14.99/ £9.99)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Rune Factory 4 (XSEED Games, €19.99/ £17.49 until 17th March, normally €29.99 / £24.99)
The Delusions of Von Sottendorff and His Square Mind (Delirium Studios, €7.99/ £7.19 until 24th March, normally €12.99 / £11.69)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (ZordixAB, €3.99/ £3.59 until 17th March, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
The Keep (Cinemax, €4.99/ £4.49 until 24th March, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99/ £0.99 until 7th April, normally €4.50 / £4.50)
Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99/ £1.79 until 7th April, normally €2.99 / £2.36)
Toys vs. Monsters (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99/ £0.99 until 7th April, normally €3.99 / £3.99)
Van Helsing Sniper Zx100 (EnjoyUp Games, €2.99/ £2.99 until 7th April, normally €6.66 / £6.66)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99/ £0.89 until 7th April, normally €2.99 / £2.69)
3D MahJongg (Joindots, €3.99/ £3.59 until 24th March, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Gardenscapes (Joindots, €5.99/ £4.49 until 24th March, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, €5.99/ £4.49 until 24th March, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Safari Quest (Joindots, €4.99/ £3.99 until 24th March, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
3DS eShop Demo
Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games, free)
That's your lot for the European Download Update this week; let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.
Are we definitely getting the e-reader levels? My purchase depends solely on this.
I'm currently playing Star Ghost. I'm so terrible at shooters.
"Rune Factory 4 (XSEED Games, €19.99/ £17.49 until 17th March, normally €29.99 / £24.99)"
Finally!! It goes on sale at last. Still a shame we can't get it physical, but £17.50 seems a bit more reasonable.
LTTP MY CHILDHOOD LOVE! I've been too cheap trying to find it online for my SNES (And I do not want NTSC or German version) so this will do it... I love, love, love, love, love the game. Despite of Moldrom.
Which I hate. The most of the all Zeldabosses.
WiiU is getting GBA games, and 3DS is getting SNES games. Somebody at Nintendo likes to watch the world burn, haha Nothing to complain really, but I whish some of the VC stuff was a cross-buy. I already have Super Metroid and Super Mario World on WiiU, but would love to get them on the go.
@Grumblevolcano last I read, yeah, they were all being bundled in.
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 because we finally get the e-reader levels.
I'm gutted, because I'm upgrading to a New 3ds XL at the end of the month (the new Zelda model) and I'm missing out on all these timed SNES VC discounts. This is why we need an account system similar to Sony, so I can make digital purchases prior to owning the hardware
My Wii U is linked to my NNID.
My N3DS is also linked to my NNID.
I would like the SNES VC games I purchased on my Wii U to be transferred (not copied, just transferred) to my N3DS.
You sort it out, yeh?
@AhabSpampurse Well if it was a Sony style account system you'd also be getting those games for free if you owned them on Wii U.
@AhabSpampurse you can i imagine still buy the games on your old model. It will download the rom to the sd card. It just wont load. Then you just system transfer the games over and play them later this month. I may be wrong but the file itself can exist on the sd card so guessing it will be fine. U'd have to check though. Nintendo might have some lock on it to stop people downloading
Not bad at all! Super Mario Advance 4 for me.We've waited a while,I didn't expect all 3 to come in the same week.I'm interested in Star Ghost but I'll wait to see how it reviews first.Just watched some gameplay of Steel Rivals,horrific!
But this is Nintendo we´re talking about. They make great games and stuff but are behind the competetion in some other things.
Also not sure why they need to be free. Nintendo has to create a new VC for the 3ds to run them. It costs them money. A discount i can understand. But there is no business sense in them giving you free games. Wii u and 3ds are very different internally.
Am I right in saying this will be the first time Super Metroid has been available to play on handheld?
Whats up with all that blast em bunnies DLC? o.0
This is what I want as well.
Unfortunately when I contacted Nintendo UK support about this, their only reply was that they have no official announcement about such a matter at the time.
So yeah, I have Super Metroid, Earthbound and a few others on Wii U VC, but I'd much rather be able to play these on my N3DS without effectively having to re-purchase them. I do really want Super Metroid on my N3DS ASAP because it's glorious with no end of replay value, but on the other hand I could wait and see how the My Nintendo program works with potentially unified purchases.
Super Metroid on 3DS! Hope it doesn't have text in German...
The torrent of Mario Advance games is most certainly on my list and so are the two N3DS SNES games.
A very good VC week ^^
I do not have a 'new' 3DS console as I am perfectly happy with my Fire Emblem special edition 3DS XL.
I am getting a bit cheesed off to say the least how Nintendo are treating eShop games by making some old games only available on 'new' 3DS.
Surely, there is no reason that Super Metroid will not run on my 3DS.
I feel like I am being rail roaded into buying a new console.
Where's majoras mask VC!!!!????
@JohnG Words of wisdom. I have also complained about the prices so many times and will continue to do so until the prices are reasonable. I would like to have a collection of retro games on my Wii U but 10 SNES games 80 euros? No thanks. 10 NES games 50 euros? No thanks. I can get physical copies of contemporary games for a cheaper price.
I had a long hard think about the SNES VC announcement last week and decided that I'm not going to pay again (outside of maybe a nominal fee akin to the Wii > WiiU upgrade) for any titles on my New 3ds that I already own (and paid for!) on either Wii or WiiU. As much as I'd love to play Earthbound portably, I'm not gonna pay £8.99 again to do so. And the fact that other SNES titles are £7.19 on 3ds when they cost less on WiiU makes double-dipping even less appealing. Was considering A Link To The Past this week as I don't already own that on VC...
@Antray1984 thanks for the suggestion but you can't, I tried with last week's releases. The purchase button that's normally at the bottom of the screen is greyed out and says "For New 3DS systems only."
@Grumblevolcano cheeky! But yeah, hopefully this will be something that's addressed with the new My Nintendo account system, fingers crossed!
I'm sure someone will explain to me why we don't have the DS games that you can buy on the Wii U - why aren't they being sold on the 3DS eShop??
@vitalemrecords Because Nintendo.
Nothing for me this week. Hopefully I'll receive Twilight Princess HD in the mail soon.
I've had the harvest moon games (from both publishers) on my watch list, but Rune Factory 4 looks interesting and possibly has a bit more to do.
@JohnG sure it can be made to run, either with various graphic glitches or running at 5fps.
the (n)3DS lacks the hardware to process complex 2D environments through the GPU, and has to use the CPU to compensate.
for snes emulation this means a lot more power is needed to get graphics to work properly.
power the n3ds barely has, and the old 3ds doesn't come close to.
@vitalemrecords the 3DS isn't powerful enough to emulate DS, and has to resort to "ds mode" which switches the 3DS to use only DS components and firmware with the exact same limitations as the original DS.
since the DS didn't have a memory card, this DS mode also cannot work with a memory card.
without access to the memory card, where are you going to load the games from?
Download "Never alone" guys! A awesome puzzle/platformer game. Very charming, and also good looking. The controls get a bit annoying near the end though. I think I paid a bit more then it costs now.
I myself may go for Von Sottendorf!
As well as other people I wish Nintendo were offering some kind of cross buy discount. I've bought these games already - I'm not buying them again. I understand there is cost involved but charge us £1 like you do with the Wii U.
I'd also like to see different games. Not just the same ones again and again that I've bought on Wii and then Wii U, give us some variety!
I had these SNES games when they originally came out - I bought them on Wii. I bought them again on Wii U. I'm not buying them again on New 3DS, Nintendo. If you can work it out so Wii U owners can "upgrade" from Wii to Wii U for a minimal fee, you can do it again for Wii U to N3DS owners. But you haven't. I'm beyond annoyed.
Not alot for me this week maybe Super Mario Advance games and SNES games on New 3DS is awesome but I'm not buying again.
I kind of see a pattern here - after the cross-discount with SNES titles on New 3DS, they did a similar promotion with GBA games on Wii U eShop. I'll be glad to snatch A Link To The Past AND Super Metroid, but I still refuse to support the GBA VC until it becomes available on both consoles (which might well be never).
Especially since the GBA remaster of Super Mario World is coming out exactly one week after its SNES counterpart became available on 3DS, which seems to be done out of pure spite if you ask me.
Nothing for me, though I may eventually buy the New 3DS SNES VC games at some point.
I only have money to buy one game this month, and that will be Samurai Warriors 4 Empires... so nothing on this list. I'll get Stella Glow eventually once my finances start to balance out and I have nothing with a higher priority to buy.
I too cannot support GBA games only for Wii U.
It just makes no sense to tie 'portable' gaming to a home console.
There are plenty of GBA Virtual Console games I would love to buy if they were avaialble on 3DS but it appears that Nintendo do not want my money. Maybe they have enough already.
High five, another naysayer against GBA on Wii U!
Sure, it's awesome to have Super Metroid as an officially handheld title
outside of smartphone emulators. But, on the other hand, the Wii U has - lemme count - Metroid, Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Other M via backwards compatibility and Metroid Prime Trilogy on the eShop. All that's missing is Metroid Prime Hunters (assuming said title - for yet another handheld, mind you - didn't get on the eShop already), Metroid Prime Pinball and Metroid II, and you can have all Metroid games on the same console. Which is cool and all, but it wouldn't hurt to have the handheld Metroid games (Zero Mission and Fusion) on the 3DS eShop as well, but no, the WiiU is hogging them all.
It would be great if the GBA joined the 3DS eShop, it's a perfect fit and it would be a better system seller on a portable console than it is (not) on a home console.
Remember, technology going portable is a step forward, not the other way around.
Those two words were at the same time hilarious, witty, and sadly wise.
What I and @JohnG said.
Where's Sonic Advance? First all the Mega Man GBA games and then the Mario ones. Lame.
If the e-Reader levels are in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, then I will download.
@Shinnos I'm with you on this one. Have already purchased the games on Wii virtual console and the upgrade on Wii U virtual console. Don't feel I should have to pay again, especially since I've paid to upgrade to a New 3DS.
Nintendo seem to like ripping us off.
Super Mario Advance 4 is a day one purchase because of the extra levels, looking forward to it.
I wish NA got Super Metroid on 3DS this week. But of course, NoA opts for some bizarre, weirdly spaced release schedule instead of what NoE is doing. Seems like if doing something makes sense, NoA just loves doing the opposite.
Bird Mania Party
Super Metroid on 3DS for me. Truly one of the greatest games ever made.
So in 2 straight weeks, Nintendo has rereleased Super Mario World, 3DS VC last week and GBA port on Wii U this week.
And STILL no discount for having the Wii U SNES version unless you take advantage of the 3 for 2 promotion and pretend you got Advance 2 for free.
They REALLY wanna ensure the NX has that unique selling point of "crossbuy purchases" huh.
@Humphries90 Is Star Ghost good? I'll probably get it, even if it merely becomes a Davide Wise jukebox.
@Finntendo Make sure to download Super Metroid with it as well. Easily one of the best games on the system.
I'm OK with the GBA games on Wii U instead of 3DS as I can't play any of the 3DS's for long due to pain at the base of my thumbs which is really annoying as I want to play a fair few games on them. It would make more sense to release them on both though, no idea why they don't do that.
I wonder if Metroid and Zelda for 3DS are the NTSC or Pal versions of the game.
LttP and Super Metroid for me. Hope I will beat EarthBound as quick as possible to dig into LttP. Yet another Zelda on my N3Ds
@OorWullie "Just watched some gameplay of Steel Rivals, horrific!"
Indeed. Butt ugly Poser characters duking it out in an almost monochrome setting with awkward movements to boot.
I'm looking forward to Stella Glow, but i'm currently in the middle of playing Bravely Second. Then we have Yokai Watch coming out the end of April, then Fire Emblem Fates the 20th of May.
I wish i had the time to play them all, but i find myself with a backlog of games from over 5 years ago.
First World problems.
Physical copy of Stella Glow for me this week, been looking forward to it for ages! Tempted to get the Launch Edition from Nintendo Store but wasn't completely sold on the goodies included for the price tag so went with Zavvi instead, save a bit of money.
Rune Factory 4 is mighty tempting too - thinking about importing a physical copy next few weeks or next month but £40 to do so vs £17.50 digital (which I'm not massively keen on anyway)...decisions decisions.
That Mario promotion is actually pretty good. Nintendo doing something right for a change.
Meh would buy rune factory if it was 15. I really dont want to buy 2 €15,- eshop cards :/
Physical Stella Glow,All the advance games and possibly Rune Factory(Does anyone recommend?)
Thank you NOA for not giving us a Mario Advance game when we buy the other 2, thank you for no promotional discounts of any kind for SNES VC on N3DS and good job being far behind on Wii U VC releases.
Nothing again, thank you My wallet is busting!
@Grumblevolcano You mean just like PS3 customers get their purchased PS2 games on PS4 for free? /s
I'm getting those Super Nintendo games. I've never played Super Metroid, but I've heard many great things. I've got Link to the Past on Wii U, but I'd find it much easier to play on my 3DS.
YES! I've been waiting so long for the Super Mario Advance games to come to the Wii U VC!
Impatiently waits for A Link To The Past GBA version to be released too
Probably gonna get all the Super Mario Advance games.
I wouldn't have downloaded GBA Super Mario World if it hadn't been free as I've downloaded the SNES game. Thanks Nintendo for seeing sense.
I won't be downloading GBA A Link To The Past whenever it comes unless there is a discount.
@jariw Well it's under embargo so I'm not exactly sure what I'm allowed to say right now. I'll just say you won't need to worry about it being a bad game.
If only Ninty remastered their SNES games to be in 3D I'd buy 'em for the umpteenth time.. without hesitation.
Finally Nintendo get their acted together and start releasing SNES games on the new 3Ds we just need more lots more come on Nintendo you know you can do it the list of games is endless
Gonna grab star ghost after reading that interview just now. And sure, €9 is nothing.
@Don What are you talking about? When you buy one SNES game on the 3DS you get 50% off the other one. That's a promotion right there.
Finally! e-Reader levels! That didn't take as long as I thought actually. I will never complain about you again NoE (...for a good while anyway).
Hold up... I'm not actually sure if it does come with the e-Reader levels? I won't buy if it doesn't, but there's no mention of it on Nintendo's UK site. I'll pass if they're not there.
I live in North America, I was directing my frustration at NOA for not giving us any promotions for the VC that Europe and Japan got.
@NekoLarissa I'm not sure if 3DS is the same but on Wii U you can pay the remainder with debit/credit card.
@Bass_X0 Where did it say free if you have the SNES one?
I guess I will get Rune Factory. Talking about GBA on 3DS, it's 3DS should have it. PSP can emulate it perfectly, and even regular 3DS is about as powerful as PSP.
@jimi Miiverse confirmed it for me, so I snapped it up within the first hour of it going online! Great stuff.
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