It's another Monday morning, but it's also another Nintendo Download update for Europe. The star of this week's show is undoubtedly an eagerly anticipated Wii U retail release, but we also have a variety of titles — old and new — covering every Nintendo platform. Without further ado, let's get to it.
Wii U Retail Download
Pikmin 3 (Nintendo, €49.99 / £39.99) — After years of waiting since the GameCube era, the third entry in this franchise is finally arriving on the Wii U. With lush visuals and the usual super-cute minions, the single player campaign is joined by multiplayer content and a variety of control schemes to suit any player. With the GamePad opening up new possibilities and plenty of little Pikmin to control, you can expect to read our detailed Pikmin 3 review very soon. Available from 26th July.
Wii U Virtual Console
Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Nintendo, €7.99 / £5.49) — Kirby was a rather busy mascot back in the day, but this was the first time his Dream Land shenanigans moved onto the bigger screen, with the original two entries being on Game Boy. This one delivers buckets of charm, variety and fun, but perhaps doesn't match the excitement and gameplay of the pink ball's other major platformer on the 16-bit machine. This one does earn a recommendation, however, as you can see in our Wii U Virtual Console Kirby's Dream Land 3 review.
Wii U Temporary Offer
Buy three Wii U Panorama View tours (from View Birds in Flight, Carnival!, Double-Decker Tour, Rickshaw Around Kyoto) and get the fourth free — offer valid from 25th July to 8th August 2013.
3DS Virtual Console
Street Gangs (Arc System Works, €4.99 / £4.49) — Known as River City Ransom in North America, this attempts to blend basic beat 'em up action with some simple RPG elements, as you bash in faces while buying items to help you on your way. It's basic and linear, but also a lot of fun, while this 3DS version includes two-player multiplayer using Download Play; we'll take to the streets on 3DS, but until then you can read our Wii Virtual Console Street Gangs review.
3DS Retail Downloads
Super Black Bass 3D (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £17.99)
I Love My Pets (Big Ben, €29.99 / £24.99)
Petit Computer (Gamebridge, 800 Nintendo Points) — After a good while in the Japanese and North American markets, this game programming software finally arrives in Europe. It may be surprising to think that it's possible to create your own BASIC games on a DSi, yet that's exactly what this download offers. With sharing options included, this is nevertheless there for those willing to put in real work; despite some interface issues this is a powerful tool, as our Petit Computer review explains. Also why not check out our interview with Smileboom to learn more about this innovative application?
Wii Virtual Console
Sengoku (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — The Neo Geo makes its return to the Wii Virtual Console, this time bringing a side-scrolling brawler to the party. It's fairly standard beat 'em up fare, but with some weapons and transformations adding to the fun; it may be worth a look for genre fans, as explained in our Wii Virtual Console Sengoku review.
So that's your lot this week, we assume, unless Nintendo pulls any more shocks out of the hat. Let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (205 votes)
Pikmin 3 (Wii U retail download)
Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Wii U Panorama View Tours (Wii U eShop offer)
Street Gangs (3DS Virtual Console)
Super Black Bass 3D (3DS retail download)
I Love My Pets (3DS retail download)
Petit Computer (DSiWare)
Sengoku (Wii Virtual Console)
Nothing for me this week
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