Nintendo Download: 27th December 2012 (Europe)

Mario returns, chess galore and heroes of the world

Most of the world is currently in a vague fuzz of lazy relaxation, but not the download team at Nintendo. It's the usual update, this time incorporating every system with the exception of Wii U, so barring a surprise a certain pinball series isn't going to make it to the new system this year. Still, let's look at what we do have this week in Europe, shall we?

3DS Virtual Console

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) — The original Super Mario Bros. sequel from Japan has arrived elsewhere in this guise in various formats and platforms, and the 3DS eShop can be added to the list (it hit the Japanese store in July). A notoriously challenging slice of retro Mario action, this one is for those with some ninja skills. If you want to know more before we review this particular version, check out our Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels review for the Wii Virtual Console.

3DS demo

LEGO Lord of the Rings (Warner Bros, free) — Carrying on the long tradition of LEGO titles to cover every blockbuster franchise, this one now arrives with the demo to bind them all. Actually, it probably won't, but it's free so you have nothing to lose.

DSiWare

Rabi Lady (Agetec Inc, 200 Nintendo Points) — This is a surprise addition — known as Rabi Labi in North America — as this was released in other parts of the world last year, with a sequel having arrived since. Nevertheless, it hits Europe at a lower cost and offers up a number of puzzle platform stages to take on. We had some positive things to say about this in our Rabi Laby review, so this one's worth considering.

Academy Chess Puzzles (Gamelion Studios, 200 Nintendo Points) — This is exactly what the title suggests, which actually means you can't play full games of chess. That may seem peculiar, but the puzzles on offer will help you improve your game and keep puzzle fans amused for quite a long time; you can check out our Academy Chess Puzzles review for more details.

Wii Virtual Console

World Heroes 2 (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — It's Neo Geo, it's a 2D fighting game. This sequel promises new characters and stages, and we expect plenty of fun combos to be thrown in for good measure. We'll get in some training and fight our way towards a review, soon.

So there you have it, a mix of old and new content to consider. Let us know what you'll be spending money on in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (101 votes)

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (3DS Virtual Console)

36%

Raby Lady (DSiWare)

5%

Academy Chess Puzzles (DSiWare)

2%

World Heroes 2 (Wii Virtual Console)

4%

Nothing for me this week

53%

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