Nintendo Download: 19th December (Europe)

Knytt Underground, more 3D Sega goodness, discounts galore and more

It's the start of another week as 2013 draws to a close, dear readers, and it seems that various download publishers have decided to get into the festive spirit with a lot of discounts available on both the Wii U and 3DS stores. We have new games, too, with Knytt Underground on Wii U, two more 3D Sega titles and more besides; let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

Knytt Underground (Ripstone, €8.99 / £7.99) — The work of well-known Indie developer Nifflas, this title makes the jump from various other platforms onto the Wii U. Perhaps unlike any other download game on the system to date, it looks set to be an atmospheric experience that requires exploration and curiosity, as well as manipulation of various abilities — including a ball form. This also includes extra 'Hype Infinity' content that was previously PC-only; until our review is ready you can check out our extended developer interview in part one and part two.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games, €12.99 / £10.00 until 26th December, normally €14.99 / £12.99)

Toki Tori 2+ (Two Tribes, €8.99 / £7.79 until 2nd January, normally €14.99 / £12.99)

Toki Tori (Two Tribes, €1.99 / £1.79 until 2nd January, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation, €4.99 / £4.49 until 2nd January, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.79 until 2nd January, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Puddle (Neko Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.59 until 2nd January, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Keen Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 2nd January, normally €7.99 / £6.99)

Star Wars Pinball (Zen Studios, €4.99 / £3.99 until 2nd January,
normally €9.99 / £7.99)

Zen Pinball 2 Multi-Table Packs (Zen Studios, €4.99 / £3.99) until 2nd January, normally €9.99 / £7.99)

Zen Pinball 2 Single Table Packs (Zen Studios, €1.49 / £1.19) until 2nd January, normally €2.99 / £2.39)

Nano Assault Neo (Shin'en Multimedia, €7.99 / £6.99) until 5th January, normally €9.99 (£8.99)

Wii U eShop Conditional Discounts

Toki Tori 2+ (Two Tribes, €7.49 / £6.49 if one of EDGE, RUSH or Toki Tori have been downloaded)

Toki Tori 2+ (Two Tribes, €5.99 / £5.19 if two of EDGE, RUSH or Toki Tori have been downloaded)

Toki Tori 2+ (Two Tribes, €4.49 / £3.89 if EDGE, RUSH and Toki Tori have been downloaded)

Wii U eShop Demo

Nano Assault Neo (Shin'en Multimedia, free)

3DS eShop

3D Streets of Rage (SEGA, €4.99 / £4.49) — This sidescrolling beat-'em-up is likely to be familiar to many gamers of the early '90s, with its sequel also being memorable. The act of walking the streets and beating up any and all thugs in the way is self explanatory but can certainly be fun; we'll see whether this does the original justice in our review.

3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (SEGA, €4.99 / £4.49) — It's more sidescrolling action, but this time around with some jumping and ninja moves thrown in. The Shinobi franchise is certainly a retro favourite for Sega fans in the Nintendo Life team, and the company opts to bring us the third in the series for this 3D remake. We'll summon our inner ninja to bring you a review.

Akari by Nikoli (HAMSTER, €4.99 / £4.49) — Rather like Sudoku, yet rather than fill grids with numbers it's all about creating rows of light. This arrived in North America in July 2012, so if you need to know more you can check out the recommendation in our Akari by Nikoli review

Banana Bliss: Jungle Puzzles (Teyon, €3.99 / £3.59) — This looks like a rather cheerful puzzle game in which you navigate your character (Morris the monkey) through plenty of quick-fire, short levels to rescue his "beloved sweetheart" Molly. There are apparently over 300 levels, so we'll swing into action with our review.

Winter Sports 2012: Feel the Spirit (Teyon, €9.99 / £8.99) — Originally released way back in January 2012 as a retail title, this arrives on the download store still sporting its original 2012 name. No doubt released to capitalise on buzz for the Winter Olympics early next year, this lands at a reduced price and earned a reasonable recommendation in our original Winter Sports 2012: Feel the Spirit review.

101 Penguin Pets 3D (Selectsoft, €4.00 / £3.59) — Having pet penguins is never really a possibility unless you happen to be an eskimo, and even then it's tricky and morally dubious. Thankfully the wacky world of 3DS eShop pet sims has got you covered, though we considered this to be fairly average — considering the fun premise — in our 101 Penguin Pets 3D review.

3DS Virtual Console

Life Force (Konami, €4.99 / £4.49) — The fondly remembered Konami shooter arrives on the 3DS Virtual Console, so you can now take this slice of classic NES action on the go. We'll blast through the enemies to bring you a new review, but in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Life Force review.

3DS Retail Download

Nintendogs + Cats (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) — The launch game finally hits the eShop in three varieties: Golden Retriever, French Bulldog and Toy Poodle.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Rising Board 3D (Odenis Studio, €1.49 / £1.29 until 2nd January, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia, €5.99 / £5.45 until 2nd January, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid, €4.49 / £4.00 until 2nd January, normally €8.99 / £8.09)

Sweet Memories: Blackjack (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.69 until 9th January, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.69) until 9th January, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Swords & Soldiers 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €4.99 / £4.49 until 9th January, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

Wakedas (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.79) until 9th January, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.79) until 9th January, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

World Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.59 until 9th January, normally €4.99 / £4.29)

Real Heroes Firefighter 3D (Zordix AB, €4.99 / £4.49) until 30th January, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

3DS eShop Demo

Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)

World Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)


Lots to choose from this week, Europe. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (183 votes)

Knytt Underground (Wii U eShop)

16%

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

4%

Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

1%

Toki Tori (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

1%

Little Inferno (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

1%

Kung Fu Rabbit (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

1%

Puddle (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

1%

TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

1%

Star Wars Pinball (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

2%

Zen Pinball 2 Content (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

3%

Nano Assault Neo

3%

3D Streets of Rage (3DS eShop)

11%

3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (3DS eShop)

5%

Akari by Nikoli (3DS eShop)

  0%

Banana Bliss: Jungle Puzzles (3DS eShop)

  0%

Winter Sports 2012: Feel the Spirit (3DS eShop)

  0%

101 Penguin Pets 3D (3DS eShop)

  0%

Life Force (3DS Virtual Console)

4%

Nintendogs + Cats (3DS retail download)

3%

Rising Board 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Art of Balance TOUCH! (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Mutant Mudds (3DS eShop temporary discount)

3%

Sweet Memories: Blackjack (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Brunch Panic (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Swords & Soldiers 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Wakedas (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Witch & Hero (3DS eShop temporary discount)

3%

World Conqueror 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Real Heroes Firefighter 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)

1%

Just some demo content for me

8%

Nothing for me this week

30%

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