Nintendo Download: 15th March 2012 (Europe)

UPDATE: Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure Demo arrives

Last week was a bumper Nintendo Download week in Europe, but this week plays catch-up with North America and has some releases that are sure to please retro fans: check out the details below.

3DS Virtual Console

Metroid (NES, Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — Samus' original NES adventure was released on the North American eShop on 1st March, and to 3DS Ambassadors last year. How well does this classic stand-up, and does it play well on 3DS? Check out our eShop Metroid review to find out whether it's a battle worth joining.

Virtual Console

Strider (Mega Drive, SEGA, 800pts) — One of the classics of the SEGA Mega Drive era arrives on Wii in Europe, an all-action arcade game with a plasma sword as a weapon. If that description doesn't convince you, perhaps our Strider review will do the job.

DSiWare

Battle of the Elements (EnjoyUp Games, 500pts) — With a description that mentions the world's destiny but visuals that are cartoony and cute, this puzzle title is certainly interesting. Despite its peculiar style it's a solid, well-produced puzzle game, as our Battle of the Elements review explains.

1st Class Poker & BlackJack (GameOn, 500pts) — This one has emerged from nowhere, but we can safely assume that it's a poker and blackjack title, with the official description also promising local multiplayer as well as integrated voice and text chat. We'll have a review ready shortly after it's released.

3DS Demo

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure (SEGA, free) — This title combines puzzles solving with rhythm-based challenges, with an animated storyline to tie it all together. Due for retail release in Europe on 5th April, there's now a demo available for download: will it help us find the beat?

Nintendo Video

Shaun the Sheep 3D (Free) —This second episode in the series is called Penalty! and sees Shaun and his pals having a friendly game of football in the barn, until the game reaches new heights when a shot goes out of reach.

Flying Steps (Free) — Flying Steps is apparently Germany's most famous breakdance group, having won multiple awards. They'll be busting some moves in 3D for your viewing pleasure.

So, what will you be downloading this week?