Nintendo Download: 27th March (Europe)

Mario's karting début, a puzzling court crossover, a skating cat and more

Monday morning can be a time for despair and gnashing of teeth, but not for Nintendo Download gamers. As usual Nintendo has issued its update for the treats on the way to Europe later this week — this includes a classic Super NES kart racer, a skating cat, a delightful retail cross-over and some additional retro goodies and discounts. Let's get to it.

Wii U Virtual Console

Super Mario Kart (Nintendo, €7.99 / £5.49) — The original karting extravaganza that started it all lands on the Wii U, with this Super NES release set to build out hype that little bit more ahead of the eighth entry arriving in May. Those diving in will notice how different the controls feel, but this still undoubtedly stands up as a hugely fun game in the modern day. We'll hit the track for a fresh look soon, while in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Super Mario Kart review. This is the US version of the game.

Mighty Bomb Jack (Tecmo, €4.99 / £3.49) — Another NES title joins the Wii U VC library, this time in the form of Tecmo's arcade platformer. This is a rather difficult game with secrets to discover; it won't be for everyone, but we suggested it should interest some in our Mighty Bomb Jack review. This is the US version of the game.

Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo, €4.99 / £3.49) — More Tecmo NES goodness, this time in the form of the iconic and outrageously difficult action game. Respawning enemies, tricky jumps and the classic 'bounce-back-when-hit' mechanic will test skills and patience. That said, if you're up for a challenge this is a treat, as we explained in our Ninja Gaiden review. This is the US version of the game.

Wii U eShop Special Offer

Purchase Super Mario Kart between 27/03/2014 and 30/06/2014 and receive a £5.49 / €7.99 discount off the Wii U eShop release of Mario Kart 8. Purchases of Super Mario Kart using the Virtual Console loyalty offer qualify, and Mario Kart 8 must be purchased between 30/05/2014 until 30/06/2014; both downloads must be made on the same Wii U system.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition (Codemasters, €12.49 / £9.99 until 3rd April, normally €24.99 / £19.99)

3DS eShop

Skater Cat (Teyon, €4.99 / £4.49) — If you like happy looking cats, this may be a game for you. Developed by FUN UNIT, this looks like a side-scrolling runner with 25 levels to take on; you can also exchange and race Ghost times through StreetPass and SpotPass, as well as race with your Mii. We'll see if it leaves us feline good (apologies) in our review.

3DS Virtual Console

Adventure Island II (Konami, €4.99 / £4.49) — This sequel in the somewhat iconic series improves on the controls and overall gameplay of the original, as should surely be the case, while you can also ride dinosaurs for an easier trek through the levels. We gave this a strong recommendation in our 3DS eShop Virtual Console Adventure Island II review.

3DS Retail Download

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) — Available from 28th March. This cross-over between the popular Level-5 and Capcom franchises has taken a while to make it to the West, and delivers an enjoyable mix of the Professor's gentlemanly puzzle solving and Phoenix Wright's humorous, over-the-top courtroom battles. This is a lengthy adventure that shouldn't raise many objections for fans of either series, as we explain in detail in our Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €5.99 / £5.39 until 17th April, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Real Heroes Firefighter 3D: Download Edition (Zordix AB, €4.99 / £4.49 until 17th April, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

3DS eShop Demo

Wakedas (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)


So there you go, European gamers. Let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (211 votes)

Super Mario Kart (Wii U Virtual Console)

37%

Mighty Bomb Jack (Wii U Virtual Console)

1%

Ninja Gaiden (Wii U Virtual Console)

5%

F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

4%

Skater Cat (3DS eShop)

2%

Adventure Island II (3DS Virtual Console)

3%

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS retail download)

14%

Snow Moto Racing 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Real Heroes Firefighter 3D: Download Edition (3DS eShop temporary discount)

1%

Just the Wakedas demo for me

4%

Nothing for me this week

27%

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