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Monday morning doesn't have to be a time of gloom, European gamers, as Nintendo brings us details of this week's Download Update to enjoy. This week's pretty hot, it must be said, with major retail releases on Wii U and 3DS, some promising download-only games and more discounts than you could shake a Deku stick at. Let's get to it.


Wii U Retail Download

Hyrule Warriors (Nintendo, €49.99 / £39.99) — The first of this period's wave of big-hitting Wii U retail titles arrives, with a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Tecmo Koei and Nintendo to bring us a combination of Dynasty Warriors and The Legend of Zelda. With an impressive cast and adventure that travels across Hyrule, local co-op play and a retro-infused Adventure mode, this could potentially give Zelda fans the nostalgia and hack 'n slash combo they never knew they needed. Our assessment of this in our review will be with you soon. Available from 19th September.

Wii U eShop

KickBeat: Special Edition (Zen Studios, €9.99 / £8.99) — This is an action rhythm game in which you pull off impressive Kung-Fu moves while keeping to the beat; it features bands such as Pendulum, P.O.D, Celldweller and Blue Stahli. We'll get our Kung Fu Funk on for our review. Available from 16th September.

Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games, €2.49 / £2.29 ) — The 3DS eShop title makes its way to the Wii U's oche with some notable enhancements, including a combo feature and a new arcade mode with online leaderboards. We'll see whether this hits a bullseye or a double 1 in our review.

Chimpuzzle Pro (CW Games, €1.99 / £1.79) — This tasks you with guiding an always-walking chimp to its bananas by placing blocks and obstacles in the right spot. It seems simple enough, and we'll swing into our review right away.

Mon Premier Karaoké (Ring Zero, €9.99 / £8.99) — A karaoke game with "some of the most popular children’s songs of all time". There's not much more to say at this time, so we'll find some young singers and, we guess, ask them whether the songs are some of their favourites or all time; then write a review for you to read. That's the Circle of Life, which we doubt is in there.

Wii U Virtual Console

Life Force (Konami, €4.99 / £3.49) — An iconic shooter from Konami, this title alternates from horizontal to vertical stages and hits plenty of its marks — attractive 8-bit visuals, memorable tunes, tight gameplay and the option for two-player co-op. It's aged but still has its charms, earning a 7/10 in our Life Force review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €19.99 / £15.99 until 2nd October, normally €49.99 / £39.99)

DuckTales: Remastered (Capcom, €6.74 / £5.39 until 2nd October, normally €14.99 / £11.99)

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Capcom, €6.74 / £5.39 until 2nd October, €14.99 / £11.99)

Wii U eShop Permanent Discounts

One Piece Unlimited World Red (Bandai Namco, €39.99, was €43.99)

Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (Bandai Namco, €39.99 / £19.99, was €44.99 / £36.99)

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (Bandai Namco, €29.99 / £19.99, was €44.99 / £36.99)

Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (Bandai Namco, €29.99 / £24.99, was €39.99 / £36.99)

3DS Retail Download

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (Square Enix, €39.99 / £29.99) — A definitive expansion on the original release from 2012, this title takes the library of songs to over 200 but, most importantly, shakes up the modes for a fresh take on the rhythm music mechanics. Quests add some grandeur to the occasion while VS mode throws in some variations and even worldwide online play; we gave this a glowing recommendation in our Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call review. Available from 19th September.

3DS eShop

Glory of Generals (CIRCLE Entertainment, €9.99 / £7.99) — If you like strategy games and anything related to World War II, this tries to reel you in with its sheer volume of content; it offers 64 campaigns covering both sides of the conflict. Unfortunately it's a disappointment, and we explain why in our Glory of Generals review.

The Keep (Cinemax, €9.99 / £8.99) — An ambitious first-person dungeon-crawling RPG, you take on puzzles and battles as you seek to unravel the mystery around a rather daunting tower; this'll also include multiple difficulty settings with permadeath options. We'll explore the depths of this game for our review.

3DS Virtual Console

Donkey Kong: Original Edition (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) — This "definitive home version" of the original arcade classic arrives on the 3DS; this iteration includes content and small touches that were missing from the original NES port. This is sure to have retro DK fans rather happy, and we'll bring you our review soon.

3DS eShop — The Legend of Zelda Promotion

There has been a series of discounts to celebrate the upcoming release of Hyrule Warriors, and if any Zelda title (download) is owned on a Nintendo Network account before its release there'll be a 10% discount on the download version of the new game in its first week of release, priced €44.99 / £35.99 instead of €49.99 / £39.99.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo, €34.99 / £30.99 until 26th September, normally €44.99 / 39.99)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €13.49 / £11.24 until 2nd October, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom, €4.49 / £4.04 / until 2nd October, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom, €9.99 / £8.99 until 2nd October, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (Capcom, €14.99 / £11.99 until 2nd October, normally €24.99 / £19.99)

Real Heroes Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB, €4.99 / £4.49 until 16th October, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Parking Star 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.79 until 9th October, normally €2.99 / £2.49)

Quell Reflect (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.69 until 9th October, normally €3.99 / £3.49)

3D Game Collection (Joindots, €5.99 / £5.99 until 9th October, normally €13.99 / £11.99)

Funfair Party Games (Joindots, €6.99 / £6.99 until 9th October, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

Gardenscapes (Joindots, €5.99 / £5.99 until 9th October, normally €14.99 / £14.99)

Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.99 until 9th October, normally €6.99 / £5.99)

3DS eShop Permanent Discounts

One Piece Unlimited World Red (Bandai Namco, €24.99, was €28.49)

Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (Bandai Namco, €29.99 / £19.99, was €34.99 / £28.49)

Project X Zone (Bandai Namco, €29.99 / £19.99, was €34.99 / £27.99)

Madagascar 3 & The Croods: COMBO PACK (Bandai Namco, €19.99 / £19.99, was €34.99 / £28.49)


A demo is also expected for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS on 19th September, but it wasn't listed in Nintendo's download update press release.

Lots to choose from 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? (223 votes)

Hyrule Warriors (Wii U eShop retail download)

28%

KickBeat: Special Edition (Wii U eShop)

3%

Darts Up (Wii U eShop)

  0%

Chimpuzzle Pro (Wii U eShop)

1%

Mon Premier Karaoké (Wii U eShop)

  0%

Life Force (Wii U Virtual Console)

2%

Resident Evil Revelations (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

2%

DuckTales: Remastered (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

9%

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

2%

One Piece Unlimited World Red (Wii U eShop permanent discount)

  0%

Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (Wii U eShop permanent discount)

  0%

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (Wii U eShop permanent discount)

  0%

Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (Wii U eShop permanent discount)

  0%

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS eShop retail download)

4%

Glory of Generals (3DS eShop)

  0%

The Keep (3DS eShop)

7%

Donkey Kong: Original Edition (3DS Virtual Console)

4%

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Resident Evil Revelations (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)

1%

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (3DS eShop temporary discount)

1%

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (3DS eShop temporary discount)

5%

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

  0%

Parking Star 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Quell Reflect (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

3D Game Collection (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Funfair Party Games (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Gardenscapes (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Jewel Match 3 (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

One Piece Unlimited World Red (3DS eShop permanent discount)

  0%

Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (3DS eShop permanent discount)

  0%

Project X Zone (3DS eShop permanent discount)

1%

Madagascar 3 & The Croods: COMBO PACK (3DS eShop permanent discount)

  0%

Nothing for me this week

27%

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