Super Mario 3D Land, Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Arrive On Nintendo eShop

By Ishaan . October 18, 2012 . 8:30am

This week’s original Nintendo eShop games are Sparkle Snapshots 3D ($6.99)—the Atlus-developed photo-editing app—and a free demo for a retail game titled Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park.


The real highlights of the week, however, are download versions of older Nintendo 3DS games: Super Mario 3D Land, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Star Fox 64 3D, and Mario Kart 7 are now available for download at $39.99 each.


Later this week, they’ll be joined by Style Savvy: Trendsetters on October 22nd.


Finally, the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console gets another surprise game this week—Gradius for the NES, which costs $4.99—and on the WiiWare front, Natsume released Reel Fishing Ocean Challenge for 500 Wii Points ($5).


Europe update:

Europe gets Mega Man on the 3DS Virtual Console and a demo for Art of Balance Touch!, along with the free Mutant Mudds update that adds 20 new levels to the game. You can view the full European update here.

  • kylehyde

    Too bad that the demo of this week weren’t adventure time or Epic mickey.

    •  I really wanna get the Epic Mickey demo. I wanna buy it but it looks so slow, I’m hoping the demo will convince me that its fun that way.

      • kylehyde

         Same here.

  • malek86

    Weirdly enough, unlike most other Nintendo games, OOT3D and Starfox 3D did drop in price here. I guess they don’t have the same staying power as Mario.

    Anyway, dunno if it’s just for Europe, but there’s also a 25% discount for Ketzal’s Corridor. Got it today.

    • I think sale price fluctuation is just because of the nature of the European games market.  In the US, many Nintendo games strictly adhere to the MSRP almost no matter how old they get.

      • malek86

        That happens here too, especially for Mario games.

  • Anyone know if Gradius is actually multiplayer on the 3ds version?  I know it’s a 1-2 player game, but I am not sure if it’s possible to play it with someone else on the 3ds.

    It would be awesome if multiplayer virtual console games were download play.

    • The eShop page lists it for 2 players simultaneous, so I think it does have local play.

      • I guess my question is, do you need two copies of the game, or is it 1 copy with download play?

        • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

          I am more or less sure that you will need two copies there as adding DL play will actually need more effort there and i don’t think Nintendo would actually do that there.T_T

          • I hope that’s not true, but I at least know Ice Climbers in Japan has multiplayer download play (if nothing else), so it can’t be that inconvenient to add.  Seems like a no brainer to me to have it in every multiplayer virtual console game.  No way I’m gonna buy Gradius twice so I can play it with my girlfriend.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Hmm, i don’t know here but after hearing about Ice Climbers there, we can hope for the best then.^_^

        • WarioFan63

          I remember asking around about this when co-op NES games started showing up on Japan 3DS and the response was you only need one copy between two 3DS systems.

          However, is Gradius co-op or alternating? Because if it’s alternating then you can only use one copy and one 3DS.

          • I’d imagine a shoot em up game would be co-op, which is why I’m so interested in what the answer is.  I can’t find any official answer anywhere!

          • WarioFan63

            Wikipedia is saying 2 players alternating.

            So you won’t need to buy a second copy but you will have to share a system

          • @ WarioFan63
            Hmm, I see.  Seems odd for a shoot em up to alternate like that.  Would like to see more shoot em ups with co-op then!

          • Zefiro Torna

            The (overall) franchise didn’t start venturing into simultaneous co-op until Life Force/Salamander. If you want co-op, I recommend waiting for Life Force.

        • Yeah, I’m not sure, unfortunately. I would imagine you’d need to have two separate copies of the game, but again, I have no actual info. Sorry I can’t be of more help. Maybe write in to NOA support and ask? They should get back to you in the next day or so. They’re pretty speedy.

          • Ferofax

            I don’t think we’ve had a VC title (on the 3DS) that supports multi-play yet. AFAIK, VC titles are sandboxed and have access to none of the 3DS’ hardware, wifi chip included. You can change controllers (like swap to 2P instead of 1P), but no multiplay.

  • Bendergamer91

    They really need to change the price maybe $29, it doesn’t come with a case or anything and if you lose your 3DS it’s gone for good. The eShop desperately need’s to be redesigned we need some sort of account and Wii Shop Channel need’s to connect to the eShop somehow. Nintendo should look at the Playstation Store as an example of what they should do.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      I don’t think Nintendo would consider that thought. If you check Nintendo retail game there, Nintendo titles rarely drop their price even after years.

      If they put the digital price much cheaper there, they will had no choice but to also decrease their retail game price which i am sure Nintendo wanted to avoid there.

      • Bendergamer91

        Yeah you are correct, I still can’t believe Mario Kart DS sell’s for the same price as Mario Kart 7.

  • Has Liberation Maiden come out? I haven’t had the time to check.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Not yet.T_T

    • WarioFan63

      Scheduled for next week!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Nothing like retail copy of games but I hope it gets cheaper……

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