This week’s Nintendo downloads for Europe have been confirmed. Leading the pack is the highly regarded Super Nintendo classic, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the Wii U eShop. The acclaimed Zelda adventure will retail for €7.99 / £5.49. You can see the rest of the downloads and sales available, below.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Virtual Console) – €7.99 / £5.49
- Wii Party U – €44.99 / £34.99
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! – €44.99 / £36.99
- RUSH – €1.99 / £1.79 until 9/01/14, then €3.99 / £3.59
- Wii Fit U Quick Check – Free
- Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! – €34.99 / £28.49
- Donkey Kong 3 (Virtual Console) – €4.99 / £4.49
- 3D Ecco the Dolphin – €4.49 / £4.09
- 3D Galaxy Force II – €4.99 / £4.49
- Cocoto Alien Brick Breaker – €19.99 / £17.99
- Girl’s Fashion Shoot – €29.99 / £29.99
- Nano Assault EX Demo – Free
- AeternoBlade Demo – Free
- Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (3DS) – Now: €19.99 / £14.99 until 9/1/14, Was: €29.99 / £24.99
- Snow Moto Racing 3D (3DS) – €5.99 / £5.39 until 9/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
- Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale (3DS) – €4.99 / £4.49 until 2/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
- Bugs Vs Tanks (3DS) – €4.99 / £4.49 until 2/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
- Crimson Shroud (3DS) – €4.99 / £4.49 until 2/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
- Liberation Maiden (3DS) – €4.99 / £4.49 until 2/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
- The Starship Damrey (3DS) – €4.99 / £4.49 until 2/1/14, Was: €7.99 / £7.19
Permanent Price Reductions
- Nano Assault EX (Wii U) – Now: €9.99 / £8.74, Was: €14.99 / £12.49
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has tried to explain to investors why its digital offering aren’t cheaper than fully fledged retail copies. Iwata says that as the content is exactly the same as what is offered in a retail version of a game then there should be no reduction taken into account. Iwata says that he ultimately doesn’t want to devalue software.
“Although the mainstream idea regarding the digital business in the industry before we actually started selling software in both digital and packaged formats last year was that the digital version should or must be priced lower than its packaged counterpart, we decided that, since the contents are the same, the company would offer the software at the same price, be it the packaged version or the digital version. This is because we want consumers to value software as highly as possible and because we have been trying to heighten the value of our software whenever we produce it.”
Watch out Mario, Donkey Kong’s here to squash you! Luckily for fans, Nintendo’s Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move for the 3DS eShop is slated for a possible release on May 9. The action-puzzler, intended to stretch your brain as you race against the clock, will feature a level editor much like its predecessor Mario VS Donkey Kong: Minis March Again, and multiple puzzles modes as well as unlockable mini-games. In the downloadable title, Donkey Kong has set up his own carnival with Pauline, where you can also play as mini Peach, Mario and Toad in 180 different levels. Here’s the trailer to join in on the mini Mario and Donkey Kong action.
Nintendo has announced that it will share the download numbers of New Super Mario Bros 2 when it hits the Nintendo 3DS eShop next month. The numbers will be made public so that the industry ‘can better understand’ the market. Will you be purchasing the retail copy of New Super Mario Bros 2, or the digital copy?
“We would like to show the public the number of New Super Mario Bros. 2 or Onitore that have been sold by download so that those in this industry can make the next move after finding out the consumer behaviour toward download version”
“When they know the size of the digital distribution market, they might be inclined to accept a certain inventory risk to try the download sales with special features.”
Nintendo have spoken to online gaming publication MCV regarding their personal stance on digital downloads and digital distribution, claiming physical media will be around for a long time.
“WiiWare and DSiWare are not threats to retail. We don’t believe today’s packaged business will simply be replaced by electronic distribution.
Titles like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart and Wii Fit will always work best with the big launch presence that only a retail environment can provide. WiiWare will work alongside retail. It is not a replacement.”
- Nintendo online manager, Polly Sherrard
Nintendo has finally delivered and is offering free downloadable demo’s of select WiiWare titles on the Nintendo Wii via the Wii Shop Channel. To gain access to these demos you will need to do the following:
- At the start of this service, all demos are directly available from the main entry point of the Wii Shop Channel, the recommendation page. Alternatively you simply need to visit the WiiWare section of the Wii Shop Channel and select “Search by Genre”.
- Next you choose the “Demo” genre to get a list of all demos currently available. Every demo can be downloaded to your Wii console or to an SD Card free of charge, so feel free to try as many as you like!
- Just pick the title of your choice, select “Download” and you will be playing before you know it!
New games will be appearing on the Nintendo DSi shop on a weekly basis Nintendo of America have confirmed.
Much like the Wii Shopping Channel, the Nintendo DSi shop will allows consumers to access a large amount of downloadable content for their hand-held, including applications and downloadable games. New content will be available on a weekly basis, with customers in the UK most likely to see new downloads appear on a Friday.