Nintendo Download: 26th December and 2nd January (Europe)

Storming castles, classic Mario, Pokémon banking, EDGE and much more

Update:

Nintendo of Europe issued details for two full weeks of downloads previously, so a fresh update isn't expected. Please note that Pokémon Bank has been delayed due to the Nintendo Network server issues encountered during the festive season.

Original Article:

With this being the last Nintendo Download update before the Holiday season, gamers in Europe are treated to two weeks worth of downloads, covering this week and the next. We have a long-awaited Zen Studio title on Wii U, some top-notch Mario action on the Virtual Consoles, in addition to a variety of apps and promising download options on the 3DS; there's also a large batch of tasty discounts to consider, too. Unless otherwise stated releases and offers are available from 26th December, so let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

CastleStorm (Zen Studios, €9.99 / £7.99) — Arriving on the Wii U eShop after a bit of a wait, this is a promising hybrid of tower defence and physics-based destruction, the premise of which seems perfectly suited to the Wii U and its GamePad. There'll be touch screen controls, local multiplayer with one player exclusively using the GamePad's screen, as well as a campaign on online multiplayer to check out. We'll get destructive to bring you our review soon.

Wii U Virtual Console

Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo, £2.79 / €3.99 until 2nd January 2014, then £3.49 / €4.99) — Since confirmation that it's come to the latest Virtual Console earlier in the year, fans have been eagerly awaiting its arrival. It took some time but the iconic NES platformer is finally arriving, a game that's undoubtedly one of the finest platformers ever created and a stand-out in the entire 8-bit library. We'll have an updated look, but until then you can go all retro and check out our Wii Virtual Console Super Mario Bros. 3 review. This is the U.S. version of the game, so will run at 60Hz.

Wii U Retail Download

Cocoto Magic Circus 2 (Bigben Interactive, €29.99 / £24.99)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

DuckTales Remastered — (Capcom, €8.99 / £7.15 from 26th December to 9th January, normally €14.99 / £11.99)

Cloudberry Kingdom — (Ubisoft, €4.99 / £3.99 from 26th December to 2nd January, normally €9.99 / £7.99)

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Capcom, €7.49 / £5.99 until 9th January, normally €14.99 / £11.99)

Wii U Retail Download Temporary Discounts

ZombiU — (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 from 26th December until 2nd January, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Rayman Legends — (Ubisoft, €20.99 / £16.79 from 26th December until 2nd January, normally €29.99 / £23.99)

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag — (Ubisoft, €48.99 / £38.99 from 26th December until 2nd January, normally €69.99 / £55.99)

Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 from 26th December until 2nd January, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist — (Ubisoft, €22.49 / £18.49 from 26th December until 2nd January, normally €44.99 / £36.99)

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 from 26th December until 2nd January, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Rabbids Land (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 from 26th December until 2nd January, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Sports Connection (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 from 26th December until 2nd January, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 from 26th December until 2nd January, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Resident Evil Revelations — (Capcom, €24.99 / £19.99 from 26th December until 9th January, normally €49.99 / £39.99)

3DS eShop

Pokémon Bank + Poké Transporter (Free 30 day trial before 31st January, €4.99 / £4.49 for one year of service) — See update at the beginning of the article.

EDGE (Two Tribes, €1.99 / £1.79 until 23rd January 2014, will be €3.99 / £3.59) — This arrived on Wii U as the second of three Two Tribes Trilogy releases, and will hit the 3DS as a potentially perfect pick-up-and-play title. It's simple action of manoeuvring a cube becomes challenging and complex, with the Wii U version having a terrific audio and visual style. We'll see how this version stacks up, but in the meantime you can check out the strong recommendation in our Wii U eShop EDGE review.

Bird Mania Christmas (Teyon, €1.99 / £1.79) — This is an endless flyer (as opposed to runner) that follows up on the simple, fun and addictive original. The Citizen Kane of games this 'ain't, but we enjoyed the original; we'll get festive and bring you our review of this seasonal sequel soon.

3DS Virtual Console

Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo, €3.99 / £2.79 until 2nd January 2014, then €4.99 / £3.49) — As per the Wii U Virtual Console equivalent, but conveniently on the go with your 3DS. This is the U.S. version of the game, so will run at full speed.

Mario Tennis (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) — Available from 2nd January 2014. When Mario Tennis Open arrived some bemoaned the absence of RPG-like features, so now the Game Boy Color entry in the series arrives to ease that levelling up itch, serving up a challenge to rise up the ranks and defeat Mario on the portable system. We'll let you know whether this is an Ace or a double fault in our review in the New Year.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form, €5.99 / £5.35 until 2nd January, normally €8.99 £7.99)

Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (Pixel Toys, €1.24 / £1.24 until 16th January, normally €5.99 / £4.99)

3DS eShop Retail Download Temporary Discounts

Resident Evil Revelations — (Capcom, €14.99 / £12.48 from 26th December until 9th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D — (Capcom, €4.99 / £4.49 from 26th December until 9th January, normally €9.99 / £8.99)


That's it for Nintendo downloads in 2013, Europe. Let us know what you plan to pick up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (290 votes)

CastleStorm (Wii U eShop)

5%

Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U Virtual Console)

19%

Cocoto Magic Circus 2 (Wii U retail download)

  0%

DuckTales Remastered (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

6%

Cloudberry Kingdom (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

3%

ZombiU (Wii U retail download temporary discount)

3%

Rayman Legends (Wii U retail download temporary discount)

3%

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Wii U retail download temporary discount)

1%

Assassin's Creed III

2%

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Wii U retail download temporary discount)

1%

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (Wii U retail download temporary discount)

  0%

Rabbids Land (Wii U retail download temporary discount)

  0%

Sports Connection (Wii U retail download temporary discount)

  0%

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 (Wii U retail download temporary discount)

  0%

Resident Evil Revelations (Wii U retail download temporary discount)

  0%

Pokémon Bank + Poké Transporter (3DS eShop)

12%

EDGE (3DS eShop)

3%

Bird Mania Christmas (3DS eShop)

  0%

Super Mario Bros. 3 (3DS Virtual Console)

18%

Mario Tennis (3DS Virtual Console)

4%

SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop temporary discount)

6%

Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (3DS eShop temporary discount)

1%

Resident Evil Revelations (3DS retail download temporary discount)

2%

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (3DS retail download temporary discount)

1%

Nothing for me this week

9%

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