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Nintendo Download for May 17, 2012 (aka: Return of the 3DS Virtual Console).
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May 17, 2012, 17:03:16
 
Nintendo releases a Game Boy title onto the 3DS Virtual Console for the first time in over two months, and Rayman Origins gets a 3D Demo in this week's Nintendo Download!

eShop Exclusives
Kirby's Block Ball
(Virtual Console - Nintendo, $2.99)
Rayman Origins (Retail Demo - Ubisoft)

DSiWare (also available in the eShop)
Chronicle of Vampires: The Awakening
(Teyon, 500 points/$4.99)

Nintendo Video
Men in Black 3 Trailer
(available at 6:00 a.m. PST on Friday, May 18)

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Posted: 05/17/12, 17:03:16  - Edited by 
 on: 05/17/12, 17:20:19    
 
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I have Kirby's Block Ball on the Game Boy and it's a pretty decent break-the-blocks game. It's been a while so I don't recall much specific about the game, but I remember some levels having paddles on the walls and ceiling that made it a little confusing to control. But that added challenge may appeal to those who find games like Alleyway too simplistic.


Posted by 
 on: 05/17/12, 22:58:45
@rebonack

How about that! Two games I'll be downloading.


Posted by 
 on: 05/17/12, 23:52:30
Kirby's Block Ball is the only Kirby game I haven't played/don't own. Despite my distaste for playing VC games on the 3DS, I'll be downloading this one for sure. Nothing can keep me from a new-to-me Kirby game!


Posted by 
 on: 05/17/12, 23:58:48
Block Ball is one of the few Kirby games I haven't played so I'll definitely pick it up eventually. Probably not right away, though. It might even be a Club Nintendo freebie before too long.


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 00:04:43
Wow the Rayman Origins demo is really challenging! Well, at least one of the stages is. The 'In The Shade' one is insanely hard. Like, Super Meat Boy kind of hard! Not sure if I like that or not.

The other two areas are good fun though so that's encouraging at least. Game looks great, too. The art direction and animation are crazy!


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 13:51:30
@GameDadGrant

Hey, the Rayman Orgins game, is it like the one for the consoles or is it a completely different game? I have Rayman Origins for the Wii, but I really have not played it yet.


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 13:55:16
@gamewizard65

I'm honestly not sure. I've not played the console game.


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 15:54:39
@GameDadGrant

Thats cool. I thought maybe you might have remembered reading somewhere if both versions are the same. I downloaded the demo. Game looks really cool in 3D. Just like yourself, I have not played the console version, so I have no idea if they are the same.


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 16:07:32
Guillaume said:
Griptor said:
So wait...we get to watch Men in Black 3 in full for free, before it's out in theatres?...

Or is this a trailer?

What does your heart tell you?

Perfect. XD


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 16:10:53
gamewizard65 said:
@GameDadGrant

Thats cool. I thought maybe you might have remembered reading somewhere if both versions are the same. I downloaded the demo. Game looks really cool in 3D. Just like yourself, I have not played the console version, so I have no idea if they are the same.

I'm pretty sure they are the same (I finished the game on Vita, which is the same as the console games), but I haven't played the 3DS demo so don't take my word for it.


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 16:21:34
I bought Blaster Master: Enemy Below last night and was pleasantly surprised to find an option to add only the amount of money you need to buy a game rather than in blocks.


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 22:26:32
Kirby's Block Ball is awesome at $3. Fun mini-games, tough bosses, gets really challenging halfway through. Clearly a 2nd generation Game Boy title, very meaty compared to most of the games released so far with the exception of Zelda or DK94.

@Deerock69



Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 22:34:32
@Guillaume

I've only done the first two worlds but I'm enjoying it a lot too. I find though that a lot of the time, Kirby will start going sideways/diagonal for large portions of the stage and I can't seem to get him to head back at a more upward angle. Any ideas, or do I just need to "feel" it and get the physics to work with me?


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 22:53:01
@Guillaume

Agreed. I've only played a world, but I've really enjoyed it. Not a ton of depth, but enough to keep me playing. A real steal at $3.

@TriforceBun

Yeah, the physics aren't great, but those are 1996 physics we're talking about.


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 23:32:08  - Edited by 
 on: 05/18/12, 23:32:48
Yeah, I'm still struggling with the angles and the physics as well. To be honest I think it's the biggest weakness of the game. But maybe we'll get used to it, I don't know.


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 23:33:58
@ludist210

It gets a bit deeper after the first 2-3 worlds. Just a bit.


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 23:45:11
@Guillaume

It's still fun despite its simplicity, and I'm going to play some more tonight. I'm looking forward to the additional depth it will add. The first boss was great since you had to think horizontally and vertically.


Posted by 
 on: 05/18/12, 23:52:43
nate38 said:
I'll definitely pick it up eventually. Probably not right away, though.
I picked it up right away.


Posted by 
 on: 05/19/12, 00:13:44
Rayman demo, cool!


Posted by 
 on: 05/19/12, 00:51:19
Can't say I'm a huge fan of Block Ball. It's okay, but like all Breakout-style games I feel like I don't have enough control. Certainly not enough to make the benchmark scores that unlock the final stage. I finished the ten normal stages in two hours and still am not confident I can get Kirby to go where I want him to. Definitely the weakest Kirby spinoff (though I haven't played Star Stacker yet).


Posted by 
 on: 05/20/12, 21:05:46
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