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Free Donkey Kong Special Edition for Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console with purchase of eligible game.
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October 23, 2012, 21:48:28
 

Nintendo is giving away the full, never before released in the U.S. (except for Donkey Kong Country 64) version of the NES Donkey Kong for 3DS Virtual Console. All you have to do to get a download code is buy and register an eligible game from the Nintendo eShop (listed in the picture) on or before 1/6/2013.

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Posted: 10/23/12, 21:48:28    
 
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You know I was about to say thank god it was only one title instead of two, as I didn't care about anything else on that list except Paper Mario...

Then I realised that I was looking at the next Professor Layton title too. How the heck did I miss that?

Whoo!


Posted by 
 on: 10/23/12, 22:32:20
I got my copy sometime last week for registering Crosswords Plus.


Posted by 
 on: 10/23/12, 22:34:00
I really wish they would sell it separately. The only title that would interest me is Layton and I'm still playing through the first one. It's been so long, I should just restart it.


Posted by 
 on: 10/23/12, 22:35:58
It's funny how they say the game has content that's never-before-seen in North America, which is technically true, but still misleading. This is actually the NES game with the cement factory level hacked back into it, so it still differs slightly from the original arcade version.


Posted by 
 on: 10/23/12, 23:15:11
@Mop it up

It doesn't look misleading to me. They call it a "special version of the all-time NES classic." I don't see any mention of the arcade version.


Posted by 
 on: 10/23/12, 23:20:55
ludist210 said:
I got my copy sometime last week for registering Crosswords Plus.

Same

Mop it up said:
It's funny how they say the game has content that's never-before-seen in North America, which is technically true, but still misleading. This is actually the NES game with the cement factory level hacked back into it, so it still differs slightly from the original arcade version.

It also has the animation of Donkey Kong climbing the ladders inbetween each stage (with Pauline in tow) as he runs away from Mario (er, Jumpman?).


Posted by 
 on: 10/23/12, 23:22:48  - Edited by 
 on: 10/23/12, 23:24:40
@gojira Hm, looks like it doesn't say it here, but the press release said "content never before seen in the US."


Posted by 
 on: 10/23/12, 23:37:27
Hey, if anyone doesn't want the game and has an unused code, I'll buy it off of you for $5 (Paypal). I searched eBay and amazon but I didn't find any codes for sale.


Posted by 
 on: 10/23/12, 23:43:51
Mop it up said:
@gojira Hm, looks like it doesn't say it here, but the press release said "content never before seen in the US."

In the image, in the box labeled "Special Version", it says "Donkey Kong: Original Edition has never been seen in the US and is not available for purchase."

Wasn't this promotion announced like a month ago?


Posted by 
 on: 10/24/12, 00:08:21
@rebonack Yes. But nobody announced it here, so I thought I'd announce it.


Posted by 
 on: 10/24/12, 00:15:17
@Mop it up

Maybe they've been corrected since the original press release.

My only problem with this promotion is that you have to buy the games digitally. I'm going to get Paper Mario and Professor Layton, but I wasn't planning on getting the digital versions. I would get the digital version of Crosswords, but $40 is way too much money considering I still have plenty of puzzles left to do in the the original Crosswords for DS.

Maybe this promotion will apply to Animal Crossing when that comes out. Because I am definitely buying that game digitally.


Posted by 
 on: 10/24/12, 06:37:14
Nintendo is being an ass for using tactics like this, just so people will use the digital download service. I'm not caving in, I will still buy the physical copies of the games I want from that list. Sorry Nintendo, until you lower the price of the digital versions, I will stick with the physical version. Digital versions should be at least $10 less than the physical versions. Even then, I will still stick with the physical version, cause that way, if I want to sell the game or trade it in, I still will have that option.


Posted by 
 on: 10/24/12, 08:01:37
@gojira

For what it's worth (no pun intended), Crosswords Plus is $30, not $40. From personal experience, it's a great game to have digitally.


Posted by 
 on: 10/24/12, 18:25:31
That makes it a more likely purchase. But I still have that darn Crosswords DS. And I just can't buy another crosswords game when I already have one that still has plenty of puzzles left to do.


Posted by 
 on: 10/24/12, 20:02:28
gamewizard65 said:
Nintendo is being an ass for using tactics like this, just so people will use the digital download service. I'm not caving in, I will still buy the physical copies of the games I want from that list.

Damn you Nintendo! How dare you try to get more sales!



In all seriousness, yes, digital versions should be cheaper since they're cheaper to produce. But on the whole, digital games are usually the same price. If you look at PS3 and 360, they cost the same as retail -- only the Vita offers a discounted price when buying digitally, and even then it's only 10% (usually $4 off of a $40 game). Nintendo doesn't want to piss off retailers, which is understandable.

I understand why you're not interested in buying your games digitally -- generally I'm not either. I think a lot of people feel the same way, and that's exactly why they're doing this promotion -- to make the digital version more appealing. If you assume that Donkey Kong would cost $5 on the eShop, and that the eligible games are $30-40, that's a better discount than you'll get on digital games on Vita or one of the other consoles.

Also, I might pick up Crosswords Plus, and if I do I'll probably do it digitally. Seems like a good game to have always in the system, and the DK bonus is a nice extra.


Posted by 
 on: 10/24/12, 20:37:08
rebonack said:
Also, I might pick up Crosswords Plus, and if I do I'll probably do it digitally. Seems like a good game to have always in the system, and the DK bonus is a nice extra.
I recommend it if you want word games on the go. I think I like Anagrams more than Crosswords, and there are also Word Searches, weekly Crossword Puzzles, and the Word of the Day. Pretty good package for $30, and I went digitally. It won't break your SD card for space either (only 128 blocks for the initial download...not sure how much space the extra puzzles tie up, but I can't image them taking up too much space).


Posted by 
 on: 10/24/12, 21:18:34
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