Although the eyes of many European Nintendo fans may be fixed on this Friday - we hear that there's a big hardware launch, apparently - the crazy world of downloadable software trundles along regardless. We've got a handheld-focused selection for you this week, with games for your 3DS and DSi consoles but nothing for the soon-to-be-replaced Wii.
3DS Download Software
Aero Porter (Level-5, €4.99 / £4.49) - Part puzzle game, part airport management simulation, this game was released as part of the Guild01 collection in Japan (along with Liberation Maiden) and is being published in the west as a stand-alone download. "While this might not be a first class experience, upgrades and StreetPass features keep this from being an economy flight," sayeth our Aero Porter review.
DotMan (Agetec, €1.99 / £1.79) - Released in North America over a year ago, DotMan has taken his time coming to European shores. "The simplistic DotMan definitely isn't for everyone, and the repetitive gameplay and confusing, ineffective power-ups as well as the ugly visuals and audio don't help," we said back in our September 2011 DotMan review. Simply put, the wait hasn't been worth it.
The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (Genius Sonority, Free) - If you've already consulted our The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave review then you'll know how big a deal this game is. North American players have been enjoying its charms for a few weeks now, and the release of this demo in Europe suggests that it won't be long before The Denpa Men expand their influence even further.
New Style Boutique (Nintendo, Free) - Also known as Style Savvy: Trendsetters, this game allows you to open your own clothing store and quite literally go wild with fashion. Check out our glowing review of Style Savvy: Trendsetters here.
3DS Retail Software
Super Pokémon Rumble (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) - Another case of Europe getting a title change - this was released in North America as Pokémon Rumble Blast. "We feel comfortable recommending it, but we also feel compelled to remind you that a very similar game is already available through WiiWare, and it's less expensive as well. The choice is yours," was our verdict when we reviewed it back in 2011. Wise words indeed!
Anything from that little lot take your fancy, or are you counting down the days until the European Wii U launch instead?
What will you be downloading first this week? (88 votes)
Aero Porter (3DS eShop)
Super Pokémon Rumble (3DS Retail Download)
Nothing for me this week
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