Another Monday is brightened up by the Nintendo Download Update that brings a mix of Wii U and 3DS titles, while a DSiWare release also sneaks in. It's a true mix of the old and new once again, so let's get to the details.
Wii U Virtual Console
The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — Another classic title arrives on the Wii U Virtual Console, though admittedly yet another that's already been enjoyed on the Wii and 3DS equivalents. Regardless of that, this is where the iconic franchise began, with many hidden solutions and quirks so beloved of the NES era, and undoubtedly a classic. You can see what we thought of its most recent release in our 3DS Virtual Console The Legend of Zelda Review. This is the U.S. version of the game.
Wii U Retail Downloads
Rayman Legends (Ubisoft, €44.99 / £36.99) — It's been a rather long wait for this platformer, but it finally arrives to make its impact on the Wii U software lineup. At one time arguably the most anticipated Wii U game during the launch window, it arrives with some additional content and the same gorgeous gameplay that hyped so many gamers in the first place. We'll bring you our review very soon.
Disney Planes (Disney Interactive, €39.99 / £34.99) — An exclusive to Nintendo systems, this film tie-in delivers pretty much what's to be expected, a content-lite but reasonably well-made package with plenty of aerial tasks to complete. It's lacking in the extra features so needed for games such as this, however, so we only awarded a modest recommendation in our Disney Planes review.
3DS Virtual Console
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (TECMO KOEI GAMES, €4.99 / £4.49) — The second part of the NES series that — in all likelihood — left young gamers curled up in a ball muttering "game over" repeatedly, it now arrives on the 3DS Virtual Console with all important save state functionality. While it is fiendishly difficult, it's also a fun action platformer that arguably brings notable improvements over the original with switched up moves and power ups. We'll summon our inner-Ninja for a review soon.
3DS Retail Downloads
Disney Planes (Disney Interactive, €29.99 / £24.99)
My Western Horse 3D (Treva Entertainment, €39.99 / £34.99)
Treasure Hunter X (Agetec, 200 Nintendo Points) — Although this arrived in North America way back in February 2011, this action puzzle game brings to mind retro titles such as Boulder Dash, yet struggles to bring any notable new ideas to play, or indeed match up to those sources of inspiration. It's not necessarily a bad game, but you can read our Treasure Hunter X review for all of the details.
That's your lot, Europe, a small update with one particularly notable release. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (211 votes)
The Legend of Zelda (Wii U Virtual Console)
Rayman Legends (Wii U retail download)
Disney Planes (Wii U retail download)
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
Disney Planes (3DS retail download)
My Western Horse 3D (3DS retail download)
Treasure Hunter X (DSiWare)
Nothing for me this week
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