The Nintendo Download information is a day later than normal for the second consecutive week, yet the details are finally here. They bring two Virtual Console releases and a discount for Wii U, some more Luigi-themed discounts, and in addition the 3DS has a variety of new offerings — download-only and retail — arriving alongside a number of discounts. Let's get on with it.
Wii U Virtual Console
Double Dragon (Arc System Works, €4.99 / £3.49) — A fondly regarded 8-bit beat-em-up, this is likely to get quite a few purchases based on memories alone. It's now on Wii U in Europe, and you can check out our Double Dragon review for more details. This is the US version of the game.
Super Dodge Ball (Arc System Works, €4.99 / £3.49) — The NES wasn't short of sports games, so naturally there's one for Dodge Ball. This does have a twist, however, as it features the characters and style from River City Ransom, which means some humour and crazy gameplay. We'll take this on again, but in the meantime you can read our original Wii Virtual Console Super Dodge Ball review. This is the US version of the game.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games, €3.99 / £3.33 until 20th March, normally €11.99 / £9.99)
"Luigi" Special Offers
Dr. Luigi (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99 until 18th March, normally €14.99 / £13.49)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 18th March, normally €4.99 / £3.49)
Luigi's Mansion 2 (Nintendo, €35.99 / £31.99 until 18th March, normally €44.99 / £39.99)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 13th March, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Pokémon Link: Battle! (Nintendo, €7.99 / £7.19) — Known as Pokémon Battle Trozei in North America, this incorporates match-3 puzzling with battles and the age-old activity of collecting pocket monsters. With four player co-op and all of the Pokémon included, including those from X & Y, this could be a hybrid experience perfectly suited to 3DS-owning 'mon fans. We'll collect 'em all and let you know what we think.
Cubit the Hardcore Platformer Robot (CoderChild, €2.99 / £2.69) — As the name makes very clear, this is a hardcore platformer that aims to challenge those with quick thumbs and instincts. The safety of 3DS systems will be endangered, undoubtedly, and though short this game may tempt a number of gamers into score chasing; you can see our recommendation in our Cubit the Hardcore Platforming Robot review.
Cube Tactics (Teyon, €4.99 / £4.49) — This is a tactical war game, with the twist that the battlefield appears to be constructed of destructible cubes that you can place yourself. It includes over 25 single player missions and online play, in which you can take on up to three others. We'll strategise our way to victory and bring you a review soon.
3DS Retail Download
Yoshi's New Island (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) — Available from 14th March. Over 18 years after Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, a direct sequel arrives for the iconic Super NES title — though other releases have perhaps qualified as sequels too. Yoshi has come a long way since those days, and makes his début on Nintendo's latest handheld with various abilities and transformations to aid you in your quest to rescue Baby Luigi. Our review will be with you prior to release, and in the meantime you can check out our interview with producer Takashi Tezuka.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Star Wars Pinball (Zen Studios, €3.49 / £3.14 until 20th March, normally €6.99 / £6.29)
Marvel Pinball 3D (Zen Studios, €3.49 / £3.14 until 20th March, normally €6.99 / £6.29)
Zen Pinball 3D (Zen Studios, €2.49 / £2.24 until 20th March, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Wakedas (CIRCLE Ent, €1.99 / £1.69 until 27th March, normally €2.99 / £2.50)
Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Ent, €1.99 / £1.79 until 27th March, normally €4.00 / £3.60)
World Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Ent, €3.99 / £3.59 until 27th March, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
In addition there is DLC content for Star Wars Pinball and CastleStorm on the Wii U eShop to consider.
Plenty to choose from this week. Let us know if you're planning to pick any of these up in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (194 votes)
Double Dragon (Wii U Virtual Console)
Super Dodge Ball (Wii U Virtual Console)
BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Dr. Luigi (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Wii U Virtual Console temporary discount)
Luigi's Mansion 2 (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS Virtual Console temporary discount)
Pokémon Link: Battle! (3DS eShop)
Cubit the Hardcore Platformer Robot (3DS eShop)
Cube Tactics (3DS eShop)
Yoshi's New Island (3DS retail download)
Star Wars Pinball (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Marvel Pinball 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Zen Pinball 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Wakedas (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Witch & Hero (3DS eShop temporary discount)
World Conqueror 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Nothing for me this week
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