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Nintendo Download for July 5, 2012 (begin 8-Bit Summer).
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July 05, 2012, 16:34:30
Paid DLC and the 8-Bit Summer begins on the eShop in this week's Nintendo Download!

eShop Exclusives
Akari by Nikoli (3DS Digital Download - Hamster Corporation, $4.99)
Family Tennis 3D (3DS Digital Download - Arc System Works, $6.99)
Heroes of Ruin (Retail Demo - Square Enix)
The Legend of Zelda (3DS Virtual Console - Nintendo, $4.99 (Ambassador update available now)
NES Open Tournament Golf (3DS Virtual Console - Nintendo, $4.99 (Ambassador update available now)

DSiWare (also available in the eShop)
3, 2, 1...WordsUp! (EnjoyUp Games, 200 points/$1.99)
Topoloco (Abstraction Games, 500 points/$4.99)

Wii Shop Channel
2020 Super Baseball (Wii Virtual Console - D4 Enterprise, 900 points)
Let's Create! Pottery (WiiWare - Infinite Dreams, 500 points)

Game of the Weekend (July 6 at 9:00 a.m. PST until July 8 at 9:00 p.m. PST)
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (3DS Digital Download - Nintendo, $4.99)

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (songs cost $0.99 each)
  • Battle Theme 1 (Final Fantasy II)
  • The Final Battle (Final Fantasy IV)
  • Fighters of the Crystal (Final Fantasy XI)
  • Fighting Fate (Final Fantasy XIII)
  • In Search of Light (Final Fantasy V)
  • Cosmo Canyon (Final Fantasy VII)
  • Ride On (Final Fantasy VIII)
  • A Fleeting Dream (Final Fantasy X)

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    Posted: 07/05/12, 16:34:30  - Edited by 
     on: 07/05/12, 16:37:34    
    Why not sign up for a (free) account and create your own content?
    I'm all over the Heroes of Ruin demo, 2020 Super Baseball (if that's the game I'm thinking of) and Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword. Woo! Good week, even if ambassadors already have the two NES games!

    edit - 2020 Super Baseball is NOT the game I was thinking of. Oh well, still a good week!

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 16:41:06  - Edited by 
     on: 07/05/12, 16:43:22
    As much as I've been clamoring for Virtual Console games on the eShop, I'm so glad that 8-Bit Summer doesn't mean that we're ONLY getting Virtual Console games. This is what they need to do -- release games in al of their downloadable "formats". Look at that list -- two NES games, two 3D games, two DSiWare games, a demo, a WiiWare title, and a Wii VC game, plus the sale and all those DLC songs. I think they're finally getting it.

    I'll definitely check out Heroes of Ruin, and I still haven't bought Bomb Monkey, so I might download that this weekend.

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 16:45:18

    From what I gather, the Heroes of Ruin demo is online enabled as well. That is a strong selling point for me, and this demo really will help influence a purchase...could have a ton of replayability ala PSO. What I wouldn't give for a proper PSO on 3DS...

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 17:04:04  - Edited by 
     on: 07/05/12, 17:08:05
    I'd like those Theatrhythm songs but they really should be cheaper than that. I'm hoping for future bundles or something. It's just that you're already paying 40$ for a game that has a bit over 70 songs. Buying less songs than that as DLC will end up costing you more than the game itself.

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 17:11:29

    Eh, I don't have an issue with the song prices. They're optional content on top of the already packed-to-the-brim game, so it's just added fun. I already bought four of them.

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 17:29:29
    @VofEscaflowne That's how Guitar Hero / Rock Band worked! Though I was never a fan of that.

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 17:34:10
    Sakura Samurai on sale? Fuck yeah!

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 17:34:33

    Has anyone ever gotten into it before? I have seen the trailer and it does look very attractive, in terms of gameplay. I may pick it up, if enough positive feedback is seen.


    Also, The Legend of Zelda. Oh Yeah, baby.

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 18:12:06  - Edited by 
     on: 07/05/12, 18:13:00
    Will download that demo of Heroes of Ruin! DO WANT!

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 18:32:28
    I'm pretty excited about Nintendo actually doing things with the eShop. With that said, nothing this week in particular excites me. I might try out Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword.

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 18:54:20
    I've seen a lot of praise for Sakura Samurai. IGN called it "the best thing to hit the eShop since Pushmo" in their review.

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 19:03:56

    Yeah I suppose I'd only buy those that interest me once I'm finished with the main stuff.

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 19:21:20
    Can anyone confirm that the Heroes of Ruin demo has online multiplayer?

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 20:30:44

    If it's the same as the European demo, then it does.

    EDIT: There's also a Swapnote update that adds colors.

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 21:18:56  - Edited by 
     on: 07/05/12, 21:20:10
    I'm gettin' Sakura Samurai.

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 21:50:27
    BTW guys, the Ice Climbers (NES) that released on the eShop in Japan this week has a download play option, and it updates for ambassadors. Bodes well for future VC games

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 22:00:28
    Sakura Samurai is a hella fun title. I'm surprised y'all don't have it yet. Seriously, it was Pushmo before Pushmo was Pushmo (as in, it is worth the creation of the eShop for this game to exist).

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 22:03:27

    Woah. Man it would be sweet if we could get Mario Tennis GBA with download play added someday.

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 22:08:25

    So multiplayer action? Very cool!

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 22:19:05

    Interesting! In that case, maybe it will make sense for Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow and Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal to show up on the 3DS VC now. Since multiplayer is a thing that can happen, having the old-school Pokémon games available for download makes sense.

    Kind of. I still don't see the need for those old games when we've got far better sequels that pretty much do the exact same thing as the old games, but...whatever. I'm certainly a minority when it comes to releasing those games on the eShop, so what do I know?

    Posted by 
     on: 07/05/12, 22:26:10
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