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Nintendo Downloads - May 19, 2016

by Donald Theriault - May 19, 2016, 6:33 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Nintendo

Light the fire up in the night.

It’s another week where the biggest release is already out in North America with the Minecraft Super Mario Pack update hitting late Tuesday evening. But for those who are looking to spend a little money this week, you’ve got options as well, including a game long thought of as a PlayStation exclusive crossing the aisle to Wii U with PixelJunk Monsters. The legendary tower defense title might actually be regarded as a retro title given it came out on PS3 an entire (US) presidential administration ago.

Smaller releases this week include the long awaited (citation needed) North American debut of Chompy Chomp Chomp Party. On the Virtual Console, Konami brings back future pachislot legend Contra III: The Alien Wars for New 3DS (first 3rd party SNES title on that platform), while the Wii U visits the PokéPark.

For Europe, it’s all Fire Emblem all the time this week as the massive 3DS strategy RPG(s) land across the ocean, with only Revelations and the second map pack still to come. Bust out your Lucina amiibo and prepare for months upon months of strategy RPG and eugenics.

North America

Wii U eShop

Minecraft: Super Mario Mash-Up Pack (free update)

Chompy Chomp Chomp Party (US$11.99/C$15.99)

PixelJunk Monsters ($9.99)

Sweetest Thing ($6.99/$8.99)

3DS eShop

Digger Dan DX ($1.99/$2.49: $0.99/$1.24 until June 2)

Hyrule Warriors Legends: Master Wind Waker Pack (DLC, $1.99/$2.49)

Wii U Virtual Console

PokéPark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure (Wii) ($19.99/$28.19)

New 3DS Virtual Console

Contra III: The Alien Wars ($7.99/$11.29)

Sales and Price Drops

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker is $24.99/$30.29 (from $39.99/$40.29) until May 30.

Nano Assault EX is $7.49 (from $9.99) until June 9.

Shadow Puppeteer is $9.99 (from $14.99) until June 8.

Steel Rivals is $4.99 (from $6.99) until May 26.

Classic Games Overload: Card and Puzzle Edition is $14.99 (from $29.99) until June 6.

Epic Word Search Collection is $5.99 (from $7.99) until June 2.

Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons is $1.99 (from $2.99) until June 2.

Snow Moto Racing 3D is $3.99 (from $7.99) until May 26.

CIRCLE Entertainment titles are on sale until June 9.

Joindots titles are on sale until May 26.

Europe

3DS Retail

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest (€44.99/£39.99 for first version, €19.99/£17.99 for second as ingame purchase, DLC Map Pack 1 available for €17.99/£16.19, 1st map free, free theme with purchase through 16 June)

Wii U eShop

PixelJunk Monsters (€8.99/£6.99)

Minecraft: Super Mario Mash-Up Pack (free update)

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Pack (€2.99/£2.50)

3DS eShop

Digger Dan DX (€1.99/£1.79, €0.99/£0.89 through 2 June)

Hyrule Warriors Legends: Master Wind Waker Pack (€1.99/£1.79)

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Pack (€1.99/£1.69)

3DS Themes

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, Conquest, Two Kingdoms (€1.99/£1.79ea, Friday: Two Kingdoms free with digital purchase of Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or Conquest through 16 June)

Sales and Price Drops

Nano Assault EX is €7.49/£6.35 (regular €9.99/£8.49) until 9 June.

Snow Moto Racing 3D Is €3.99/£3.59 (regular €7.99/£7.19) until 26 May.

Epic Word Search Collection is €5.99/£4.49 (regular €7.99/£5.99) until 2 June.

Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons is €1.99/£1.69 (regular €2.99/£2.49) until 2 June.

Hullbreach Studios titles are on sale until 2 June.

Anuman Interactive titles are on sale until 18 June.

Joindots titles are on sale until 2 June.

CIRCLE Entertainment titles are on sale until 9 June.

Talkback

ClexYoshiMay 19, 2016

enjoy the 60 quid pocket jostle, kids across the pond!

also, it still makes me do a double take whenever I see a Konami VC release.

MythtendoMay 19, 2016

Has there ever been an official explanation for why the original Contra doesn't get re-released? The other NES/SNES entries have been released on multiple Virtual Consoles, but never the original game.

Luigi DudeMay 19, 2016

Quote from: Mythtendo

Has there ever been an official explanation for why the original Contra doesn't get re-released? The other NES/SNES entries have been released on multiple Virtual Consoles, but never the original game.

What makes it even more baffling is the MSX2 version of the original Contra was released on the Japanese Wii and Wii U Virtual Console, but not the Famicom version.  It makes you wonder if there's some kind of weird license issue with the NES/Famicom version of the original which is why it never gets released.  Like some line of code or piece of music isn't offically owned by Konami for some reason in that version.  That's the only thing I can think of since the original NES version of Contra is by far the most popular game in that entire series and would certainly get better sales then Super C and Contra III.

jarodeaMay 19, 2016

Quote from: Mythtendo

Has there ever been an official explanation for why the original Contra doesn't get re-released? The other NES/SNES entries have been released on multiple Virtual Consoles, but never the original game.

Not that I know of.  I've always heard "licensing issues" as the reason, but I'm not sure what.  My best guess would be the game nakedly rips off the likenesses of Schwarzenegger and Stallone.  That doesn't explain Japan, or Probotector in Europe, nor why it was rereleased twice by Konami on PC and DS.  Maybe they figure no one cares in Japan, who the heck wants Probotector, and they did pay a license when they rereleased it but that would make a VC NES game either too expensive or a loss maker. 

Another possibility, MS secured the download rights to all versions of Contra (they are quite different) for a time when it was put on the 360 in 2006.  Konami put it on the VC when the deal expired in Japan since I would assume they get a bigger cut from MSX games and another reason as to the above, why put out a competitor with a smaller cut. 

jarodeaMay 19, 2016

A further note, if it is because they used the likenesses of Schwarzenegger and Stallone without permission I wouldn't expect it to ever be officially confirmed. 

Another thought I just had, assuming MS bought the download rights they would have run out in 2010.  At that point in time Nintendo was aware of licensing issues with TMNT and the DKC series, so maybe Nintendo decided no more games with licensing issues.  I don't have the encyclopedic knowledge of VC games to disprove that so just a thought.

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