Nintendo is once again brightening our Monday morning with the European Nintendo Download update, which this week includes a variety of genres covering three systems — yep, DSiWare is back. There are some promotions — present and future — to consider, new games and Virtual Console offerings on both Wii U and 3DS. Let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
My Exotic Farm (BIP Media, €4.99 / £4.49) — This is the second remake from this series to arrive on the Wii U, giving you the task of running, maintaining and expanding your farm and its profits. Like its predecessor this has left us unimpressed, being more chore-sim than enjoyable game; our My Exotic Farm review has the details.
Wii U Virtual Console
Golden Sun (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) — An RPG series that plenty of people are keen to see return to the current generation of systems, after two GBA titles and one on DS; this is the first of those entries that may just draw in a new group of fans while providing nostalgia for others. We'll try to save the world again for our upcoming review.
F-Zero Maximum Velocity (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) — While we may impatiently await the day that the F-Zero franchise returns, this arrives to help soften the blow. This Game Boy Advance entry certainly prompts some debate among fans due to the differences in its handling from its predecessors. Despite that ability to divide opinion, it has some enthusiastic advocates, and earned a recommendation in our 3DS Ambassador F-Zero Maximum Velocity review; we'll take to the track for another race on Wii U.
Wii U eShop Promotion
If you already own My Farm on Wii U, you can download My Exotic Farm on the same system for €3.49 / £3.14.
Wii U eShop Permanent Discount
My Farm (BIP Media, €4.99 / £4.49, was €7.99 / £7.19)
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Disney, €17.49 / £14.99 until 24th April, normally €34.99 / £29.99)
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games, €8.99 / £7.79 until 24th April, normally €14.99 / £12.99)
Nintendo Pocket Football Club (Nintendo, €11.99 / £10.79 until 1st May, will be €14.99 / £13.49) — A sequel to a little-known Game Boy Advance title released in Japan, this takes its own distinctive approach to football management. It may not have the depth of PC-based football-sim titles, but it's well put together and has charm in abundance. You can read all about it and why we gave it a recommendation in our Nintendo Pocket Football Club review.
Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons (Reactor, €2.99 / £2.49) — Very little detail is given for this one aside from the fact it's the first of a series of mini-game collection aimed at young gamers. We'll let you know what it's like soon.
3DS Virtual Console
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Konami, €4.99 / £4.49) — The final part of the original NES trilogy, this returned to the linear action platforming of the original but threw in its own fresh ideas, including three playable characters with different abilities. It's another game where restore point abuse will be the norm, but we were big fans in our Wii Virtual Console Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse review; we'll defeat Dracula once again on 3DS.
3DS Retail Download
Putty Squad (System 3 Software, €19.99 / £17.99)
3DS Retail Demos
Mario Golf: World Tour (Nintendo, free)
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (NIS America, free)
3DS eShop Promotion
If you purchase Mario Golf: World Tour on the eShop from 2nd May until 29th May, you will receive a free download of the Game Boy Color Mario Golf for free — the download code will have to be redeemed by 30th June. The Game Boy Color title will then be available to purchase from the European eShop for €4.99 / £4.49 from 29th May.
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney, €9.99 / £8.99 until 24th April, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
I Am In The Movie (CIRCLE Entertainment, 200 Nintendo Points) — Billed as a video app that allows you to create neat mini movies using your DSi camera, this title fails to deliver. Low quality images on the struggling DSi tech, clips limited to 5-10 seconds and obtuse layouts all contributed to this being heavily criticised in our I Am In The Movie review.
Those are the choices this week, Europe. Let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (213 votes)
My Exotic Farm (Wii U eShop)
Golden Sun (Wii U Virtual Console)
F-Zero Maximum Velocity (Wii U Virtual Console)
My Farm (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Nintendo Pocket Football Club (3DS eShop)
Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons (3DS eShop)
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (3DS Virtual Console)
Putty Squad (3DS retail download)
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS eShop temporary discount)
I Am In The Movie (DSiWare)
Just the Mario Golf: World Tour and/or Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl demo for me
Nothing for me this week
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