Another Monday has arrived, dear gamers, and Nintendo of Europe is trying to cheer us up with its Download Update details. Let's get started!
Wii U eShop
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Drinkbox Studios, €13.99 / £11.99) - Guacamelee! STCE is a Metroidvania-style action-platformer set in a magical world inspired by traditional Mexican culture and folklore. The game features melee combat, parallel dimensions and same-screen co-op. This new Super Turbo Championship Edition also includes extra abilities, more level content and enhanced graphics. Also chickens. We gave this two thumbs up in our preview. Watch out for our upcoming review if you are still on the fence about this colourful action game.
Armillo (Fuzzy Wuzzy Games, €6.00 / £5.50 - Special introductory price: €4.50 / £4.00 until 24/07/14) - Armillo is a rolling platforming game with a sci-fi parallel universe theme. Roll around in spherical 3D worlds. Then enter a bonus stage on the moon. There's also the evil parallel universe and special 2D speed-run inspired levels. Lots of unexpected deadly twists, and surprises await! This certainly looks like a promising game and has been in development for ages. While you wait for our review, check out our interview with Fuzzy Wuzzy Games.
Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure (NOCTURNAL, €5.00 / £4.00 - Special introductory price: €2.50 / £2.00 until 31/07/14) - During a routine space trip, Follie's ship mysteriously malfunctions and crash lands on Elilia, losing all her precious Flowerwork seeds. Before long, her very sanity is threatened by drab surroundings and uncooperative gnomes. Help Follie find her seeds, use Flowerworks to transform her surroundings and show those gnomes who is boss on the way to unlocking the secret of Elilia. Flowerworks HD has 5 difficulty levels to cater to all skill levels, but beware - becoming a Flowerworks master in this 20hr puzzle/adventure game is not for the faint of heart! We felt this was a few carnations short of a full bouquet in our Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Adventure Island (NES) (KONAMI, €4.99 / £3.49) - An evil witch doctor has kidnapped Master Higgins’ true love, Tina! You must venture through eight perilous areas filled with enemies determined to stop you. As if that wasn't tough enough, Master Higgins loses vitality over time; so he must grab fruit, milk and whatever other goodies he can as he races towards his goal. Smash eggs to find useful items like the axe and skateboard to help you progress. At the end of each stage, face off against the witch doctor’s various guises. Go, Master Higgins, go! We reviewed this classic NES platformer back in 2007 when it hit the old Wii Virtual Console and found it was still good fun. Watch out for our 2014 verdict on Master Higgins coming up soon.
Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo! (Nintendo, €12.99 / £11.69) - Also known as Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder in the US. The Curator dreams of immortalising real-world objects as NostalJunk to put on display, and it’s your job as Chibi-Robo to help him fill his Exhibition rooms with your very own photographs! Using your Nintendo 3DS or 2DS cameras, line up in-game shapes with real-life objects, take a snap, then watch them be transformed into the coveted NostalJunk! Explore the human world as the helpful robot hero and see things from a new – and Chibi – perspective, as you meet a cast of colourful and hilarious characters, including a sushi-slinging squid, a high-flying super hero, and an eccentric pair of chefs. Solve their problems and clean up the world to earn Happy points to buy Silhouette films for your camera. The more happiness you spread, the faster you can realise The Curator’s dream of having as many NostalJunk aficionados admire his exhibits as possible. We found the experience to be quirky and fun, but not without some issues. Find out more in our Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo! review.
Quell Reflect (CIRCLE Ent., €3.99 / £3.49) - Quell Reflect is an enchanting game of logic, which has taken the puzzle world by storm. Put your brain to the test with this charming puzzle game that features over 100 levels of addictive, lateral thinking. Featuring a beautiful exclusive soundtrack by Steven Cravis, Quell Reflect is a deceptively simple, and easy to pickup game that will test your brain in new ways. Be prepared to lose yourself in this entrancing Zen classic! Fall in love with Quell today! We found this to be a thoughtful and sophisticated experience in our Quell Reflect review.
Squids Odyssey (The Game Bakers, €12.99 / £9.99) - Squids Odyssey is a unique mix of action strategy and RPG: build your team of Squid heroes for epic turn-based battles against corrupted crabs and shrimps! Steev and the rest of the Squids are in danger! An infectious black ooze is corrupting their world. The band of unlikely heroes need to fight back to save their kingdoms! (Bonus: If you downloaded Squids Odyssey on Nintendo 3DS, you can download Squids Odyssey from Nintendo eShop on Wii U for free! - Consoles must both use the same NNID). We'll bring you a review of the 3DS version of the game soon, we liked the Wii U eShop version so this could be one to watch out for.
3DS Retail Download
Pokémon Art Academy (Nintendo, €34.99/ £29.99) - Grab your stylus and start your Pokémon-drawing journey in Pokémon Art Academy, only on Nintendo 3DS family systems! This Pokémon-themed iteration of the Art Academy series offers budding illustrators and Pokémon fans alike 40 lessons to learn how to paint, sketch and draw with beloved Pokémon characters. We approved in our Pokémon Art Academy review.
Tappingo (CIRCLE Ent.), 3DS eShop - €1.99 / £1.69 until 17/07/14. Regular price is €2.99 / £2.49
Doodle Jump Adventures (Avanquest), 3DS retail - €12.99 / £9.99 until 17/07/14. Regular price is €24.99 / £19.99
Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko Entertainment), Wii U eShop - €2.49 / £2.19 until 10/07/14. Regular price is €4.99 / £4.49
Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko Entertainment), 3DS eShop - €2.49 / £2.19 until 10/07/14. Regular price is €4.99 / £4.49
Another week down, 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? (203 votes)
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Wii U eShop)
Armillo (Wii U eShop)
Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure (Wii U eShop)
Adventure Island (Wii U Virtual Console)
Chibi-Robo! Let's Go, Photo! (3DS eShop)
Quell Reflect (3DS eShop)
Squids Odyssey (3DS eShop)
Pokémon Art Academy (3DS retail)
One of the special offers
Nothing for me this week guvnor
Please login to vote in this poll.