The download details for Europe arrived a little later than usual this week, possibly because it's a rather lengthy release list. We have high profile retail games on Wii U and 3DS, along with some interesting download-only options and discounts both permanent and temporary. There's plenty to choose from, so let's get on with it.
Wii U eShop
Wii Sports Club (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79 for a day pass, €9.99 / £8.99 for individual sports) — There will be a free initial 24-hour day pass for the available sports, which can also be purchased in full, detailed below. This is the updated HD re-release of the classic Wii Sports, which also includes online play, Miiverse functionality and MotionPlus Controls. Remaining sports will be added in the coming months, and we'll review each download item of DLC individually.
Toki Tori (Two Tribes, €1.99 / £1.79, will be €3.99 / £3.59 from 6th December) — The first of three Two Tribes Classics coming to the Wii U eShop, this is the HD offering (with additional content) that's based on the PC release. Unlike its sequel, this title focuses on single screen fixed puzzles, some of which are exceptionally fiendish in later stages. We'll have a review for you when it launches, and until then you can check out our Toki Tori WiiWare review and our hands on impressions of the new release.
Wii U Retail Download
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Nintendo, €49.99 / £39.99) — The popular series returns as a Wii U exclusive, incorporating the GamePad and MotionPlus controls into the standard fare that the series offers. In some senses this title is a success, but doesn't hit all of its marks or reach its potential, as we explained in our Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games review. Available from 8th November.
Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games, €59.99 / £49.99) — Arriving late (in Europe) and at a premium price, this is the latest in the popular Rocksteady revival of the Dark Knight, though this was developed in-house by WB Games. The Wii U version lacks the new online multiplayer mode, while critical opinion has been mixed. We're current 'being Batman' to swoop in with a review, soon.
Wii U DLC
Pikmin 3 (Nintendo) — Battle Enemies! Stages 7-10, €1.99 / £1.79.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
Toki Tori 2+ (Two Tribes) — There are two separate promotions for this title.
Standalone purchase — €8.99 / £7.79 until 14th November, normally €14.99 / £12.99
With Toki Tori purchased first on the Wii U eShop — €5.99 / £5.19 until 14th November, normally €14.99 / £12.99
Wii U eShop Retail Permanent Discounts
Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £15.99, was €69.99 / £54.99)
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £15.99, was €29.99 / £23.99)
ZombiU (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £15.99, was €29.99 / £23.99)
Rabbids Land (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £15.99, was €29.99 / £23.99)
Sports Connection (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £15.99, was €29.99 / £23.99)
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £15.99, was €29.99 / £23.99)
KORG M01D (DETUNE, €24.99 / £19.99) — This is an app that may have been eagerly anticipated by musicians that fancy a decent creation / composition tool on the go, even if it does come at a premium price. This is an expanded version of a DS title, with 342 "unique sounds" among other features. We'll get our groove on and let you know what we think.
Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.35) — A challenging resource-management title that sees you frantically preparing meals for customers, this is simple, pick-up-and-play gaming with cute presentation. On that level it works quite well, as we argued in our Brunch Panic review.
Arcade Classics 3D (Enjoy Gaming, €2.99 / £2.50, will be €3.99 / £3.30 from 29th November) — We're often cautious of collections that offer multiple 'classics' for the price of one, as they often do poor jobs of multiple games as opposed to one excellent experience. Our review will be live soon, but we will say it's not exactly full of praise...
3DS Retail Downloads
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) — Available from 8th November, this is supposed to be the last adventure in the series starring the tea-drinking Professor of Archaeology, and if it is a finale then it's a fitting one. Incorporating the simplicity of the DS titles with some 3DS flourishes, this earned 9/10 in our Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy review.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (WB Games, €39.99 / £34.99) — Developed by Armature Studios, this is a 2.5D take on the popular franchise, and serves as a continuation of the storyline in the console version. We'll bring you our opinion on it as soon as possible.
Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land (NAMCO BANDAI Games, €34.99 / £28.49) — Available from 8th November.
My Little Baby 3D (Treva Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99)
Plenty of choice this week, European gamers. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (240 votes)
Wii Sports Club: Tennis (Wii U eShop)
Wii Sports Club: Bowling (Wii U eShop)
Toki Tori (Wii U eShop)
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Wii U retail download)
Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U eShop)
Pikmin 3 "Battle Enemies! Stages 7-10" (Wii U DLC)
Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Assassin's Creed III (Wii U retail download permanent discount)
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (Wii U retail download permanent discount)
ZombiU (Wii U retail download permanent discount)
Rabbids Land (Wii U retail download permanent discount)
Sports Connection (Wii U retail download permanent discount)
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
KORG M01D (3DS eShop)
Brunch Panic (3DS eShop)
Arcade Classics 3D (3DS eShop)
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS retail download)
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS retail download)
Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land (3DS retail download)
My Little Baby 3D (3DS retail download)
Just the free 24-hour Wii Sports Club pass for me
Nothing for me this week
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