A day later than normal, we have the European download news to enjoy, and it's a packed lineup this week. We have various new and old goodies on Wii U and 3DS, even if the Wii and DSi miss out once again. Whatever your budget or favoured genre, you have decent odds of finding something this week, so let's get to it.
Wii U Retail Downloads
Game & Wario (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) — This may not have as much zaniness as the WarioWare series, but it nevertheless offers up some fun single and multiplayer games that utilise the GamePad. Check out our Game & Wario review for the full breakdown; this is available from 28th June.
F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition (Codemasters, €49.99 / £39.99)
Wii U Virtual Console
Balloon Fight (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — The first Famicom Anniversary promotion game now arrives at full price, bringing its simple button tapping formula formally to the Virtual Console. You can see what we thought in our Balloon Fight review. This is an optimised release of the EU version to reflect the speed of the US title.
Vegas Stakes (Nintendo, €7.99 / £5.49) — An opportunity to hit the 16-bit casino, which is something we don't get to type often here on Nintendo Life. In that sense it's unique, and earned a decent recommendation in our Wii Virtual Console Vegas Stakes review. This does include multiplayer and is the US version of the game.
Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29 until 4th July, then will be €9.99 / £8.99) — Coming in at a special initial discount, fans of this eShop IP in Europe can finally jump into the armadillo's sequel. Once again it brings real-time action tower defence with stylus controls, though we were disappointed with the lack of evolution from the original in our Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger review.
Mighty Switch Force! 2 (WayForward, €5.00 / £5.00) — WayForward's long awaited sequel finally hits the eShop in Europe, as Patricia Wagon sets off with a hose to douse flames and rescue ugly babies. Fans of the original will be eager, though as we explained in our Mighty Switch Force! 2 review, this one feels a little too familiar to the original, but is still worth considering.
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €9.99 / £8.99) — Zordix AB makes its 3DS eShop debut with a series that has served it very well on smartphones. It'll attempt to replicate that success, and with local multiplayer joining a career mode, fans of the Wave Race titles may be tempted; we'll see whether it makes good waves in our upcoming review.
Urban Trial Freestyle (Tate Multimedia, €5.99 / £4.99 until 4th July, then €6.99 / £6.29) — A title aiming for a similar market as the Trials franchise, this bike stunt game has also appeared on PS3 and the PS Vita, but in this case includes a level editor exclusive to the 3DS version. We'll see whether its stunts are suitably impressive and bring you a review soon.
3D MahJongg (JoinDots, €9.99 / £9.79) — This is the solitaire variant of Mahjongg, matchmaking in other words, and is a thoroughly competent version, too. With lots of content and levels, this is worth considering; check out our 3D Mahjongg review for the lowdown.
3DS Virtual Console
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA, €4.99 / £4.49) — The Game Gear bonanza continues with the second portable appearance of the famous mascot. We'll get our speed boots on to let you know whether, like the first title, this is worth picking up on the 3DS.
Crystal Warriors, (€3.99 / £3.59) — It's another Game Gear strategy title, and once again you're saving a kingdom from doom. This title does give you the option to tame beasts to fight on your side, while friends can challenge each other in local multiplayer; we'll let you know what we think in our upcoming review.
3DS Retail Download
Mon Haras 3D – Au gallop vers l’aventure (Treva Entertainment, €39.99) — This is an exciting 3D horse adventure, apparently.
3DS Retail Demo
Project X Zone (Namco Bandai, free) — The second demo for this title to hit Europe; this one's called Dark Hours. It's free, so why not? Keep an eye out for our review of the full game later today.
Plenty to choose from, so let us know what you'll be picking up in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (187 votes)
Game & Wario (Wii U retail download)
F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition (Wii U retail download)
Balloon Fight (Wii U Virtual Console)
Vegas Stakes (Wii U Virtual Console)
Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (3DS eShop)
Mighty Switch Force! 2 (3DS eShop)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (3DS eShop)
Urban Trial Freestyle (3DS eShop)
3D MahJongg (3DS eShop)
Sonic the Hedgehog II (3DS Virtual Console)
Crystal Warriors (3DS Virtual Console)
Mon Haras 3D – Au gallop vers l’aventure (3DS retail download)
Just the Project X Zone demo for me
Nothing for me this week
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