Nintendo Download: 26th July 2012 (Europe)

Crashing, pinball, candles and athletics

It's another Monday, so let's cheer ourselves up in Europe with news of what downloads are coming this week. This week almost every platform is catered for, so let's get to it.

3DS Download Software

Planet Crashers (Ignition, £9/€10) — Planet Crashers is the latest title developed by Renegade Kid, of Mutant Mudds fame, and is an adventure RPG where you must defeat an evil trying to snuff out the sun: no pressure then. With dungeons, multiple planets, levelling up and the ability to customise your character, we'll bring you our review later this week to see whether it lives up to its potential.

3DS Virtual Console

Kirby's Pinball Land (Game Boy, Nintendo, £2.70/€3) — Considering Kirby's natural body shape, it's hardly surprising that it was decided he'd make a decent pinball back in the Game Boy days. While it may sound like a dream combination, it arguably doesn't achieve its potential, as our Kirby's Pinball Land review explains.

3DS Add-On Content

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy — £0.90/€1 each:

  • Tower of the Magi (FF02 - FMS)
  • The Darkness of Eternity (FF09 - BMS)
  • Desperate Fight (FF12 - BMS)
  • Battle 1 (FF05 - BMS)

DSiWare

Candle Route (Teyon, 200 pts) — There have been some budget DSiWare titles that are superior to many pricier downloads, and this certainly qualifies as a good example. A puzzle game with two distinctive modes, 160 stages, clever puzzles and utterly charming art design, check out our Candle Route review for full details of our recommendation.

Decathlon 2012 (Cinemax, 500 pts) — With the Olympic Games imminent, it seems only appropriate that an athletics title arrives, in this case one covering the most challenging of events. Covering the ten disciplines of the decathlon, this title promises intuitive stylus controls and multiplayer options, but we'll see whether it's worthy of the podium in our review later this week.

WiiWare

Horizon Riders (Sabarasa, 800 pts) — This on-rails action shooter arrived in North America last October, so it's been a bit of a wait for European gamers. It may be worth a try, assuming you have a Balance Board to dust off, as the alternative control scheme can be awkward. It's a fun, well-produced title despite that, and you can check out our Horizon Riders review to learn more.

3DS Video Downloads

The Incredible Barbazan: The Human Cannonball 2 (£1.40/€1.50) — See the world’s worst magician performing tricks and stunts that always fail! Created using innovative stop motion animation these hilarious shorts featuring everyone’s favourite magician are available exclusively in 3D.

Kingdom of Plants 3D (Free) — The exclusive clip offers an astonishing look at the secret lives of plants filmed at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, revealing a dramatic world otherwise invisible to the human eye. Filmed over the course of a year, the clip is a revealing and fascinating new look at plant life through the use of stunning 3D time-lapse filming techniques.

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