It's Monday, which means that the European Nintendo Download will give us a pleasing start to the week. On the way, most notably, is Mario's critically acclaimed 3D début on the Wii U, while the 3D classics from SEGA finally arrive in the West for the first time; in addition we also have Virtual Console offerings, lots on the 3DS eShop and the return of WiiWare. Let's get on with it.
Wii U Retail Download
Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, €59.99 / £49.99) — With each passing reveal and trailer in recent weeks the hype has increased for this latest 3D Mario title; it's bursting with creative level design, new power-ups, fun mechanics and the best multiplayer yet seen in a Mario platformer. It's been critically acclaimed and could be the definitive Wii U title of 2013 — we awarded 10/10 in our Super Mario 3D World review. Available from 29th November.
Wii U Virtual Console
Uncharted Waters: New Horizons (Tecmo Koei Games, €7.99 / £5.49) — This title blends RPG elements with intricate strategy and does so with great skill. It has a solid storyline and micromanagement for days, earning plenty of praise in our Uncharted Waters: New Horizons review. This is the US version of the game.
3D Super Hang-On (SEGA, €4.99 / £4.49) — SEGA's 3D series of classic games finally kicks off, and this bike racing title may be well known to early Mega Drive adopters in Europe; this also featured on a 'Mega' compilation cartridge. This promises some classic racing action, and we'll see how it revs up — alongside that 3D effect — in our upcoming review.
3D Space Harrier (SEGA, €4.99 / £4.49) — This third-person on-rails shooter was an arcade classic that appeared on many consoles originally, blending intense action with some lovely sprite work. This certainly has the potential to look terrific in 3D, yet we'll see whether it lives up to rose-tinted reminiscences in our review, soon.
Angry Bunnies (Cypronia, €6.49 / £5.99) — This title draws many ideas from the hugely successful and iconic Angry Birds, throwing in 150 levels for gamers to take on. We weren't fans, however, criticising its level of quality and awarding just 2/10 in our Angry Bunnies review.
World Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €4.99 / £4.29) — This is an in-depth strategy title set during World War 2, which can roughly be equated to a new version of Risk. We were critical in our World Conqueror 3D review, however, due to its complex and tough to decipher interface, plodding progress and long wait times.
Mystery Murders: The Sleeping Palace (Microvalue, €4.99 / £4.49) — This one joins the range of hidden-object games available on the 3DS eShop, though does add a light element of storytelling and puzzle solving into the mix. It's not memorable but is, nevertheless, a reasonable effort; we awarded 6/10 in our Mystery Murders: The Sleeping Palace review.
3DS Virtual Console
Crash'n The Boys Street Challenge (Arcsystem Works, €3.99 / £3.59) — This is actually the first time this game has had the Virtual Console treatment in Europe, and could turn heads with its peculiar premise. It takes sporting events and adds a "street" twist for the competing teams, which seems to be that they fight a lot. We'll take another look, but we were left underwhelmed in our Wii Virtual Console Crash'n The Boys Street Challenge review.
3DS Retail Download
One Piece Romance Dawn (Namco Bandai Games, €34.99 / £28.49)
Doodle Jump Adventures (Avanquest, €24.99 / £19.99) — This is a thoroughly playable version of the popular mobile game, even if the pricing and retail release is questionable; check out our Doodle Jump Adventures review for the lowdown.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
3D Game Collection (Joindots, €5.99 / £5.99 until 8th December, was €13.99 / £11.99)
Funfair Party Games (Joindots, €9.99 / £8.99 until 8th December, was €19.99 / £17.99)
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, €6.99 / £7.49 until 8th December, was €14.99 / £14.99)
Gardenscapes (Joindots, €6.99 / £7.49 until 8th December, was €14.99 / £14.99)
Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D (Teyon, €3.99 / £3.59 until 12th December, was €4.99 / £4.49)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 2nd January, was €2.99 / £2.69)
Deer Drive Legends (Maximum Games, 500 Nintendo Points) — WiiWare makes its triumphant return with this new release of a shooter where, unsurprisingly, you shoot deer. We're dusting off our Wii Shop account to bring you a review.
Plenty of options for European gamers this week. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (204 votes)
Super Mario 3D World (Wii U retail download)
Uncharted Waters: New Horizons (Wii U Virtual Console)
3D Super Hang-On (3DS eShop)
3D Space Harrier (3DS eShop)
Angry Bunnies (3DS eShop)
World Conqueror 3D (3DS eShop)
Mystery Murders: The Sleeping Palace (3DS eShop)
Crash'n The Boys Street Challenge (3DS Virtual Console)
One Piece Romance Dawn (3DS retail download)
Doodle Jump Adventures (3DS retail download)
Power Rangers Megaforce (3DS retail download)
My Baby Pet Hotel 3D (3DS retail download)
3D Game Collection (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Funfair Party Games (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Murder on the Titanic (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Gardenscapes (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Darts Up 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Deer Drive Legends (WiiWare)
Nothing for me this week
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