Update: Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 on the Wii U eShop has now been officially added to this week's set of downloadable delights.
It's a dreary Monday morning, but we at least have some Nintendo Download news to keep Europeans happy. There's a range of content on 3DS, from freebies to a retail download, while Wii's Virtual Console returns with, yep, more Neo Geo goodness. DSi misses out this week, but let's look at what we do have to look forward to this week.
Wii U eShop
Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 (TECMO KOEI GAMES, €59.99 / £49.99) - This is the first download-only retail game on Wii U. Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 is a collaboration between the popular manga "Fist of the North Star" and the "Warriors" video game series, which is known for its action-packed gameplay. Various episodes have been included from the original manga in addition to the Raoh storyline and the final story revolving around Bat and Rin. The game's Legend Mode follows the overall story of the original manga, while Dream Mode focuses on events that take place between episodes in the original story. Watch out for our upcoming review.
3DS download software
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix, €9.99 / £8.99) — Having originally arrived as a retail title late last year, Zordix AB has taken over publishing duties for this Download Version, in which your goal is still to rise from being a rookie to a hero firefighter. We weren't at all impressed with the retail version in our Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D review, but will nevertheless douse any flames of curiosity and see whether the reduced price means any reduction in content.
3DS Virtual Console
Mega Man 2 (Capcom, €4.99 / £4.49) — Capcom is bringing the first six NES Mega Man titles to the 3DS Virtual Console, and now eager fans of the Blue Bomber can get their hands on the first sequel and, arguably, the beginnings of the series at its best. Some even regard this as the best in the original series, but wherever you stand in the argument this is classic Mega Man fare; we're more than happy to review it again in its 3DS guise, but until then you can always check out our Wii Virtual Console Mega Man 2 review.
3DS retail download
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (SEGA, €39.99 / £29.99) — This handheld version of the excellent Wii U title hit European stores on 1st February, and isn't taking long to speed onto the eShop for those that prefer downloading their retail games. Expect a lot of fast action and fan-service in this one.
3DS download demo
Fractured Soul (Endgame Studios, free) — A title with a long and torturous development history, its arrival brought us a hard-as-nails dual screen action platformer, with puzzle elements also thrown in. Clearing levels is one concern, while perfectionists can tackle the various collectibles in each stage; now you can see whether it appeals to you with this free sample.
Wii Virtual Console
Sengoku 2 (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — It seems that whenever a Neo Geo title arrives, it involves one-on-one fighting to the death, or one vs many side-scrolling fighting to the death. This one's the latter, an action brawler where you play as "warriors that have been summoned by a sorceress princess to take down a dark lord while battling through various epochs"; no pressure, then. Despite some repetition, this battered its way to a solid recommendation in our Sengoku 2 review.
The Beet Party: Jurassic Fridge (Redrover, €0.99 / £0.89) — The Beet Party: Jurassic Fridge is the second in a series of 3D short videos available for download on Nintendo eShop. The two-minute interstitials target four to six year olds and follow the adventures of the five coolest beets around as they explore, experiment, celebrate and communicate with beat-boxing sounds when something new arrives in their fridge.
So there you have it, heroes of various kinds waiting for you to guide them to various glories, of sorts. Let us know which will empty your accounts of funds in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (125 votes)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (3DS eShop)
Mega Man 2 (3DS Virtual Console)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (3DS retail download)
Sengoku 2 (Wii Virtual Console
Nothing for me this week
Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 (Wii U eShop)
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