Monday mornings are, perhaps strangely, relatively happy times for some Nintendo gamers in Europe. The download delights due this week have been revealed, and this time around there are two new Wii U download-only games, a long awaited 3DS RPG and much more. Let's get right to the details, shall we?
Wii U eShop
TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (keen games, €7.99 / £6.99) — The original TNT Racers on WiiWare was a relatively fun racing game, and Keen Games has now stepped up to try and bring that and more to the Wii U; enhancements apparently include new items to shake up races, additional modes, cars and tracks as well as online leaderboards. There's also likely to be a strong emphasis on local multiplayer, so we'll rev up our engines and bring you a review soon.
Spot the Differences: Party! (Sanuk Games, €5.00 / £4.49) — Continuing the trend of WiiWare games coming to the Wii U eShop in enhanced form, we have a new entry in this series that'll have you poring over near identical images for fun. This will apparently have 360 pictures and 3,600 differences to find, and considering the fact our main complaint with the original was the fuzzy image quality on display, this may strike a positive blow for the genre. We'll dig out our magnifying glass and hurt our eyes by staring too closely at the TV for a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Breath of Fire II (Capcom, €7.99 / £5.49) — Nintendo's classic 16-bit console is revered for many things, but one of its strengths was surely the abundance of RPG adventures that it brought gamers keen for an adventure. This may be a sequel on the Super NES, but it offers up just that kind of experience while being undoubtedly old-school — and harsh — in its approach. We'll take this on for a fresh review, but until then you can check out our original Wii Virtual Console Breath of Fire II review.
Permanent Wii U Retail Download Discount
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Disney, €34.99 / £29.99, originally €59.99 / £49.99)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €2.99 / £2.69) — Looking to hit its doubles when under pressure, this is the first darts title to come to the 3DS eShop, so at least it's not a crowded market. With Mii Support, the option for friends to temporarily access the whole game via Download Play and some motion sensing thrown in for accurate aiming, this could be a fun recreation of the pub pastime. We'll put on a bright shirt and a lot of weight and let you know where this is a bullseye.
Mahjong 3D - Essentials (Treva Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.99) — If you like Mahjong, then the 3DS is becoming the system to have, as more and more games in this genre continue to appear. Treva Entertainment is billing this as basic Mahjong without the story elements thrown into the likes of Mahjong 3D: Warriors of the Emperor, a title we rated highly. We'll see whether this is fun enough without the extra story elements in our upcoming review.
3DS Virtual Console
Pinball: Revenge of the Gator (Nintendo, €2.99 / £2.69) — A blast from pinball past, this Nintendo-published title adds some story elements to what is, ultimately, just some good old-fashioned pinball. These games can be flippin' fun, of course, so we'll see how this one stacks up in our upcoming review.
3DS Retail Download
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (NIS America, €39.99 / £34.99) — Just under a week after the retail release hit stores it lands on the 3DS eShop as an extra option. A series with a loyal, dedicated following, this 3DS sequel hits its marks in delivering a deep, challenging experience, and is well worth consideration. There's still a free demo to try out, and you can also read our strong recommendation in our Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan review.
Myst (Funbox Media, €19.99 / £17.99)
Permanent 3DS Retail Download Discount
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney, €19.99 / £17.99, originally €44.99 / £39.99)
Wii Virtual Console
Sengoku 3 (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — The Neo Geo may be known in particular for its wide range of fighting games, but the Sengoku series did serve up some side-scrolling beat 'em ups, too. This third entry takes the foundations of the first two and combines the best elements for a rather fun, well-rounded experience, as our Sengoku 3 review explains.
There's quite a lot to choose from this week, so let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (192 votes)
TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Wii U eShop)
Spot the Differences: Party! (Wii U eShop)
Breath of Fire II (Wii U Virtual Console)
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii U retail download permanent discount)
Darts Up 3D (3DS eShop)
Mahjong 3D - Essentials (3DS eShop)
Pinball: Revenge of the Gator (3DS Virtual Console)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS retail download)
Myst (3DS retail download)
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS retail download permanent discount)
Sengoku 3 (Wii Virtual Console)
Nothing for me this week
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