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Nintendo Download: 14th August (Europe)

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

More Mega Man, Pets and a whole load of discounts

It's time for our regular Monday fix of Nintendo Download Update news for Europe, with this week's releases not bursting at the seams with new content. We do have a particularly good Game Boy title on offer, however, while there are some tasty discounts including some of the best games for Wii U and one of the all-time NES greats. Let's get to it.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 until 28th August, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, €14.99 / £9.99 until 28th August, normally €29.99 / £19.99)

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 until 28th August, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Rabbids Land (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 until 28th August, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Rayman Legends (Ubisoft, €14.99 / £11.99 until 28th August, normally €29.99 / £23.99)

The Smurfs 2 (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £15.99 until 28th August, normally €39.99 / £31.99)

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist (Ubisoft, €14.99 / £9.99 until 28th August, normally €29.99 / £19.99)

ZombiU (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 until 28th August, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft, €14.99 / £9.99 until 28th August, normally €29.99 / £19.99)

Child of Light (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 until 28th August, normally €14.99 / £11.99)

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games, €8.99 / £7.79 until 21st August, normally €14.99 / £12.99)

Gravity Badgers (Wales Interactive, €3.49 / £3.49 until 28th August, normally €4.99 / £4.99)

Wii U Virtual Console Promotion

The following discounts are available if either NES Remix or NES Remix 2 have been purchased on the same Wii U system.

Super Mario Bros. 3 (Nintendo, €3.49 / £2.44 until 21st August, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

Donkey Kong 3 (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 21st August, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

Metroid (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 21st August, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

NES Open Tournament Golf (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 21st August, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

Balloon Fight (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 21st August, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

Pinball (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 21st August, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

Wrecking Crew (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 21st August, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

3DS Virtual Console

Mega Man III (Capcom, €3.99 / £3.59) — The run of Mega Man games in Europe continues with the third Game Boy entry, with Dr. Wily's latest masterplan involving the capture of an oil rig. Drawing elements from the third and fourth in the series on NES, this is a strong entry on the beloved portable, as we explained in our Mega Man III review.

3DS Retail Download

Me & My Pets 3D (TREVA Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99) — Yet another pet-sim for the 3DS, this one with a hefty price and a physical retail version apparently available. We were scathing of this game, however, in our Me & My Pets 3D review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discount

Hotel Transylvania (Avanquest, €12.99 / £9.99 until 28th August, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

That's it for this week, European gamers. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (216 votes)

Assassin's Creed III (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


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


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


Rabbids Land (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Rayman Legends (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


The Smurfs 2 (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


ZombiU (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Just Dance 2014 (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Child of Light (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Gravity Badgers (Wii U eShop temporary discount)


Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii U Virtual Console promotion)


Donkey Kong 3 (Wii U Virtual Console promotion)


Metroid (Wii U Virtual Console promotion)


NES Open Tournament Golf (Wii U Virtual Console promotion)


Balloon Fight (Wii U Virtual Console promotion)


Pinball (Wii U Virtual Console promotion)


Wrecking Crew (Wii U Virtual Console promotion)


Mega Man III (3DS Virtual Console)


Me & My Pets 3D (3DS retail download)


Hotel Transylvania (3DS eShop temporary discount)


Nothing for me this week


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User Comments (93)



0utburst said:

Already bought rayman physical but going to buy digitally. I knew it was a mistake buying it just last month. I'm gonna buy Child of Light too.

Also NO WiiU VC?!? Unacceptable! Castlevania 3? Megaman X3???



EverythingAmiibo said:

Man, if I had some spare cash I'd tottaly be grabbing AC and Zombie U! But alas, I have to save for comic con Scotland.



shibbyduckegg said:

I'd get the Assassin's Creed games on Wii U if we had guarantee of all the DLC, and the upcoming games... no point getting used to playing them on Wii U. May try Splinter Cell Blacklist but I'm not exactly starved of something to play right now so I probably won't bother.

If you don't own Rayman Legends and Child of Light though, this is your week.



polarbear said:

I hope there are no strings attached to the discounts this time. Last week, to get Abyss for €.5 it turned out that you must own Unepic.



OrangeCluster said:

I already have Rayman Legends but I might get the digital copy just for the sake of having it available on the system at any time. Child of Light is teasing me as well but for some reason I never felt as 'charmed' by it as a lot of people who seem to love the game, would appreciate if someone could give me some insight.



0utburst said:

I'm undecided if I'll get ZombiU and Splinter Cell too to go along with CoL and Rayman..



chrisy said:

@OrangeCluster Child of Light is ace. It's a platform-RPG, with gorgeous artwork, a haunting soundtrack and characters that insist on talking in rhyme. It has an interesting cast-interrupt mechanism with the fighting. It's really good, just buy it



Noelemahc said:

Why are they releasing Megaman piecemeal instead of all at once and spending the update slots on the 3DS for something genuinely NEW in the remaining weeks? This is all stuff the NA region has had for a while now, after all.



kobashi100 said:

I would have actually download splinter cell as that's a good price.

Wii U pathetic storage capacity means I can't though.



chrisy said:

@OrangeCluster There is some DLC, Oculi packs and things that aren't necessary. There's a Golem pack which is part of the deluxe version, which gives an extra character and a bit more story. That's quite nice, but not essential.



0utburst said:

Dam, I realized that these Ubisoft games are expensive. It will come with a 500GB or 1TB hard drive price tag.



Finntendo said:


Well, the external drives aren't that expensive. I bought my 1TB WD Elements for 78e for WiiU. There it sits, quietly and ready for the games.
The crappy thing for the games are that you cannot buy and then download later, you cannot buy a big game if you don't have the space.

So Ubi is having a sale again. Too bad I own AV 3 and 4, ZombiU and Rayman Legends. Legends is such a great game!

Also, Child of Light - it's just wonderful!

(ps. lower the price of Ken's Rage!)



AJWolfTill said:

Well I just sacrificed a hard drive to be able to download W101 so space is no longer an issue....
Jeeez, tough call between Child of Light, Blacklist and Black Flag... I really should be saving my cash but ...VALUE
At least the deal is active for two weeks rather than the usual 1 week.



0utburst said:

What, you can't buy and download later without having enough space? CoL and maybe Rayman only then if I could free up some space. I hope my 128GB SSD with only 1 USB connector will work.



Sakura said:

Going to get a few of the Ubisoft games. Hopefully they'll release more for the WiiU if we buy their existing games...maybe..please?



WiiLovePeace said:

Might get DK3, Metroid, Wrecking Crew, Gravity Badgers &/or Blacklist. Everything else I'm interested in I already own. Lots of discounts!!



Finntendo said:


Yup, I noticed this on Christmas while I tried to download RE:R Thankfully local store and 30% off everything between Christmas and New Year and hubby bought external drive before the offer ended

I think it's the only time I've yelled at my console and Ninty.



Desy64 said:

@OrangeCluster Child of Light is boring and repetitive game with loads of charm and amazing artwork. It is also on the short side and has no replay value once you end it. It's only compelling if you play on the hard mode



Desy64 said:

On topic: the ****? Nintendo, we needs game you know? VC would be cool are no games? so...oh, I see, you don't want my money, that's fine!



S3OL said:

I think it's ridiculous that people are buying Rayman Legends physically and digitally. It just seems like a TOTAL waste of money to me, but okay.

Upset with this weeks eShop news. I'm waiting for a Guacamelee sale and at least some new VC games. I'll just have to do with CoL.



Kolzig said:

Child of Light and AssCreed 4 look the most interesting in that list.

Also of course if some have not yet got ZombiU or Rayman Legends, with these prices you definitely should.



conman2012 said:

The Ubisoft sale could be compelling and for me is an acceptable replacement for VC this week.

AC4, Splinter Cell, Rayman and Zombie U are of interest and yet to be played or purchased. Perhaps this week will be the week for one or more of them.

Lets see on thursday.



DrJoson said:

ZombiU and Rayman Legends are must buys at those prices! I'm seriously considering getting digital copies as well



kukabuksilaks said:

the Virtual Console Promotion really makes me want SNES Remix games so we can get SNES Virtual Console Promotion and I can buy my favourite SNES games for the umpteenth time, without paying silly prices..



SKTTR said:

I just paid full price for Child of Light, but I'll get Rayman Legends and Assassin's Creed IV. And maybe Splinter Cell. So still money saved.



Grumblevolcano said:

No Wii U Virtual Console listed. I wonder if there'll actually be a surprise release that hasn't been found kind of like Super Mario Kart's release on NA Wii U VC, if not then extremely disappointing.



Late said:

I've been waiting for Child of Light discount. I'll probably pick up Assassin's Creed IV too.



Boshar said:

Oh dear. My external 2TB HDD was just waiting for these discounts. I have the disc versions for a lot of these but at these prices! You can't beat the convenience of having it al available in the Wii U menu.

Going to need a Wii U menu update soon. Bring us folders! The menu is getting too cramped.



Emblem said:

That's very strange, no Wii U Eshop or VC games? I'm sure this is the first time this has happened.

The discounts are very nice though but i already own all the games i care about on that list.

Edit: Remembered its Gamescom this week, i'm hoping they have a surprise download for us this week.



erv said:

So I'm really thinking about ac4, but not sure yet. Is it far less boring than ac3 was? The reviews seem to imply that it is much better than ac3 for all the right reasons but I'm unsure whether or not this is still the case.



0utburst said:

Thanks. I just tried connecting my 128gig SSD without Y cable and I was able to format it. I guess I'll use that one just to buy the ones I'm interested in and get a proper hard disk later with higher capacity.

On topic, I'll get DK3 and Wrecking Crew as well since I already have SMB3 and Metroid. Not interested on Baloon Fight and the rest. Still, WHY NO WII U VC NINTENDO?!? HOW COULD YOU ALLOW NOT RELEASING ONE?!?



Desy64 said:

@erv It IS better than ACIII but it doesn't make it a good game either. You'll get awe at the first 15 hours but then it gets repetitive and boring as the flaws in the mechanics are very evident. I'd go for Deus Ex or Splintercell (if you like stealth games)



Pahvi said:

Metroid and Balloon Fight for me, maybe Wrecking Crew as well. If anything, these NES Remix discounts have made me buy half a dozen NES games on Wii U VC I otherwise wouldn't have bothered with. (Clu Clu Land, Kid Icarus, Punch-Out, Ice Climber, Ice Hockey off the top of my head). Even those are 5 sales as opposed to 0 sales.



Emblem said:

@erv Personally i loved the sea combat and boarding ships but hated the insta fail stealth/follow missions. I don't get hung up on visuals but AC4 is technically terrible it was actually giving me headaches due to the frame drops and scaled back textures. Its hard to explain but when you play it you'll likely notice it, when your at sea however the issue clears up for the most part.



RIC616 said:

Just went and bought both AC games on Friday as physical copies. Never mind, at least they won't take up the precious disk space.



emeyece said:

What about Shovel Knight and all the other shiny Games like Pier Solar n'stuff?! Man, I am very angry right now. ((



Porky said:

Double dipping on these Ubisoft titles.. fools with money here seriously.



Barbiegurl777 said:

Will pick up Me & My Pets 3DS when it goes on sale in the US 3DS e-shop... Not paying $20 when most of treva games usually go on sale at some point in the 3ds e-shop.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



SilentHunter382 said:

My money is safe for another week (until SMT IV) though I will say that €15 for AC IV is very good at that price and would be equal to a steam sale price.



Shambo said:

To anyone who didn't play ZombiU or Rayman Legends yet, DO IT! Both games are great for Wii U, and they both prove a lot of fun when playing local multiplayer, with both players doing different stuff. Single player for both is full of great moments that will last in your gamer's memory forever. And they're both pretty friggin' "hardcore" when played to the fullest.



whodatninja said:

Literally nothing for Wii U, except for some pretty great discounts. I would be all over Rayman Legends, if it wasn't 12 gigabytes! I'll just take Giana Sisters as a consolation.



Cosats said:

@S3OL Why on Earth do you think it's ridiculous that people are buying Rayman Legends physically or digitally? I think it is ridiculous that YOU think it is ridiculous that people are buying this awesome game.



Zach said:

AC4 is incredible, this is an amazing value for it. Get it if you don't have it already!



XyVoX said:

Child of Light looks like a good deal as i dont think ive seen a review less than 9/10 for it plus it hasn't been out that long, for me though i'll wait for it to be discounted on PSN as its cross buy and i'd like the free PS4 copy for when i eventually pick one up, but if i didn't have a PS3 i'd be all over Child of Light on Thursday that for sure.



Vriess said:

Wished for more Wii U VC games but I'll go for Child of Light this week. Why is the ACIII DLC never discounted?



Ootfan98 said:

The reason there is no new Wii U VC this week, is that there is going to be N64 VC released this week for Wii U with a special late announcement, the 1st 3 games will release this week: Super Mario 64, Wave Race, and Pilot Wings 64



datamonkey said:

That's a good price for AC: Black Flag! Shame about the lack of 3DS discounts though...



Sean_Aaron said:

Metroid seems like a title I should pick up with that discount. Slowly but surely getting the original franchise entries!



C-Olimar said:

Ass Creed IV, Gravity Badgers and Child of Light for me!
Edit: And Rayman Legends!



MussakkuLaden said:

Wow, those Ubisoft-Discounts are really damn nice and with only a few exceptions indeed below the retail-prices! At the moment I have neither time nor space for those games, but surely some great offers are among them.



S3OL said:

@Cosats: You think that I'm ridiculous? Ridiculous that I don't want to spend my money on a game that I already have? That makes no sense. I'm perfectly fine with saving £11.99 on a game that I already own and enjoy VERY much.

I'm not doubting that the game is great, I just don't want to buy it again because as I said, it makes no logical sense to buy a game twice.



simonhwsn said:

Just another week in which I'll be waitiing for those discounts to come to NA and thrusday morning I'll be disappointed.



Pillowpants said:

Nothing for me this week, guess that gives me some time to play something from my back log.



burninmylight said:


As long as the console sees that you have enough space somewhere, you can buy and then download later. So if you wanted, you can plug in your SSD, buy the games, cancel the downloads, and then download them to your console or another storage device at your own convenience.



burninmylight said:


I will never buy a Ubisoft game at launch, because you know every game it publishes will go on sale within a couple months afterward, then clearance sale within four or five months.



0utburst said:

Yeah thanks for the info. I'll do that. Anyway, same for me. I don't buy Ubisoft games at launch especially those with Season Passes and DLCs. I bought ZombiU for 6 bucks new. Rayman for 30€ which I regret now. I'll buy Child of Light and Rayman on Thursday and sell the physical copy but I don't think I'll buy ZombiU.



Grumblevolcano said:

@Ootfan98 We don't even properly have DS VC yet (Brain Training was removed from the eshop after the free period) so if anything it would be something like LoZ Spirit Tracks, NSMB and Metroid Prime Hunters



Hy8ogen said:

Man I really hope this discounts comes to NA.... I really want to get alot of games on there.



tovare said:

Funny thing, I looked at Zombi U yesterday. It's allready a pretty awesome deal, now I absolutely need to get it.



Omenapoika said:

Dang, I just bought Child of Light!
I love these promotions but sometimes they just teach you hard handedly to wait for the promotions to come before buying...
I could consider the Assassin's Creed 4, but I dont have the hard drive for it, and I bet you could soon buy a used disc for the price. Now as for that Mario bros. 3...



edhe said:

Wow! I'm really beginning to wish I never spent £50 on Assassin's Creed IV on launch. It's not that I don't want to support Ubisoft, but that price would have been very tempting. I wouldn't have thought twice.



xxAcesHighxx said:

Having only recently bought a 2TB HDD (£59.99, Dixon's) in order to liberate enough space to take advantage of the free game offer with MK8, I'm finally spoilt for choice and not confined to 'just' physical retail purchases. With that in mind, I'll certainly be picking up ACIV (maybe ACIII too), Splinter Cell and ZombiU on Thursday. I already have the fabulous Rayman Legends and Child of Light.



Boshar said:

I sold 4 of my disc versions. When I include the Premium points 'cash back'. My switch to digital costs me 11 Euro for 4 games (AC III, AC IV, Rayman and Splinter Cel). Feels good.



GhotiH said:

If Nintendo had been giving discounts like this every week, I'd be more willing to excuse the lack of games.

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