Nintendo Download: 25th April 2013 (Europe)
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
A legendary Rayman freebie, brawling gods, Mega Man and more
A little later than normal this week, Nintendo of Europe has told us what to expect in this week's Nintendo Download update. No news of any Wii U Virtual Console games — though that doesn't necessarily mean they're not coming — but plenty of titles to choose from including some free, and probably awesome, Rayman platforming. Let's get to the details.
Wii U eShop
Rayman Legends Challenges App (Ubisoft, free) — The most substantial part of operation Legends Damage Limitation, as we like to pretend it's called, is this online challenge mode that gives you the chance to tackle a variety of levels and battle your way up leaderboards, either in co-op or single player. There'll be daily and weekly challenges to take on until the full game launches later this year; we'll check it out for a review, and if you want more details you should have a read of our interview with Rayman Legends Lead Game Designer Emile Morel.
Wii U Retail Download
Injustice: Gods Among Us (Warner Bros, €59.99 / £49.99) — Available from 26th April, one week later than originally expected, this brawler is developed by the team that successfully revamped Mortal Kombat, and has various DC Universe heroes and villains duking it out. We're currently fighting our way through the game to bring you a review.
Lola's Math Train (BeiZ, €2.99 / £2.69) — Arriving at a lower price than its previous North American release, this is the third entry in the Lola edutainment franchise and the first on the 3DS eShop. Once again it succeeds in delivering a quality experience for young gamers that are keen to combine learning and playing; you can see our recommendation in our Lola's Math Train review.
3DS Virtual Console
Mega Man 4 (Capcom, €4.99 / £4.49) — The roll-out of Capcom's classic NES Mega Man titles continues this week with the fourth entry, and perhaps one that gets aficionados of the series into some of their fiercest debates. It continues on in some respects from the widely-loved second and third entries, but some — including us in our Wii Virtual Console Mega Man 4 review — feel that it doesn't quite hit the expected heights. We'll give it another blast for a 3DS VC review soon.
3DS Retail Downloads
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) — Arriving a little while after the Wii U title and available from 26th April, this prequel gives us an origin story for Chase McCain and explains some valuable back-story that's referenced in the home console title. Ambitious in scope and squeezing the large city into a 3DS game, we felt that technical limitations held this one back in our LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins review.
BIT.TRIP SAGA (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £17.99) — This one has been around at retail for a good amount of time, but arrives as an eShop download with a thoroughly reasonable discounted price. This bundle takes all six of the original WiiWare titles and gives them a stereoscopic spit and polish, presenting a unique opportunity to enjoy the full series on the go. The absence of leaderboards and the occasional frame-rate dip didn't stop this from earning a recommendation in our BIT.TRIP SAGA review.
Riding Stables 3D (Treva Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99) — Pet-sims are perfectly suited to handhelds, it must be said, and this horse-caring title arrives in Europe to expand the genre's offering. It has some promising aspects, such as its use of StreetPass and a storyline, but it has limitations and and examples of mediocrity elsewhere and throughout the experience; check out our Riding Stables 3D review for full details.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (Nintendo, free) — This title is still a little under a month away in Europe, unfortunately, but the region is being thrown a bone with this free demo. We rated this latest title in the 'mon spin-off series highly in our Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, so those of us in Europe can try the demo to see for ourselves while we wait.
Wii Virtual Console
Real Bout Fatal Fury (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points — Neo Geo makes its return to the Wii Virtual Console with, you guessed it, a 2D fighting game. This was the first of the series of Fatal Fury spin-offs, and though it's a solid fighter we feel it's outshone by its sequels — which are already available — Real Bout Fatal Fury Special and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers. You can read all about it in our Real Bout Fatal Fury review.
So, a decent range to choose from this week. Let us know your download plans in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (255 votes)
Rayman Legends Challenges App (Wii U eShop)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (Wii U retail download)
Lola's Math Train (3DS eShop)
Mega Man 4 (3DS Virtual Console)
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS retail download)
BIT.TRIP SAGA (3DS retail download)
Riding Stables 3D (3DS retail download)
Real Bout Fatal Fury (Wii Virtual Console)
Just the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity demo for me
Nothing for me this week
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