Bayonetta 2

It's time to brighten up our Monday with the European Nintendo Download Update, and this week's line-up is full of fantastic titles. We have a double-helping of Platinum Games action on Wii U, some Disney magic on 3DS, some classic retro games across both systems, a new 3DS HOME theme and more besides. Enough preamble, let's get on with it.

Wii U Retail Downloads

Bayonetta 2 (Nintendo, €49.99 / £39.99, or €29.99 / £24.99 if Bayonetta is downloaded on the same Wii U) — The Platinum Games Wii U exclusive finally arrives, continuing Bayonetta's story and delivering its own brand of tight action gameplay, over-the-top set pieces and some of the system's best visuals. This is, simply, a fantastic action game, as explained in our Bayonetta 2 review. Available from 24th October.

Bayonetta (Nintendo, €29.99 / £24.99, or €9.99 / £9.99 if Bayonetta 2 is downloaded on the same Wii U) — This port of the original title serves up an excellent version of the cult classic, throwing in some Nintendo-themed outfits and touch-based GamePad controls as extras. It sets the template for the sequel and establishes the entertaining lore and cast, so is definitely worth picking up; you can read more about it in our Bayonetta review. Available from 24th October.

Just Dance 2015 (Ubisoft, Price TBC) — It's more contemporary pop dancing from Ubisoft, with another 40 tracks to jump into; this is for those of you that own snazzy dancing shoes.

Wii U eShop

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia, €4.99 / £4.49) — As the title makes clear, this title could be one for budding hairdressers / stylists that are also handy with a stylus. We've previously been unimpressed with the 3DS equivalent, but we'll get the straighteners out again for this one.

Wii U Virtual Console

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo, €7.99 / £5.49) — The second home console DK entry from Rare, this one puts you in charge of Diddy Kong as you seek to rescue the captured DK; it provides more of the attractive visuals and gameplay that made the first title so hugely popular. We'll swing into a new review, but you can go really retro and check out our succinct Wii Virtual Console Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest review.

Namco Museum — A release that, in its own peculiar way, points to an alternative way to price Virtual Console games, this Game Boy Advance title delivers 5 retro arcade games with their original visuals — Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Galaga, Pole Position and Dig Dug — and some fun customisation options.

Donkey Kong Promotion — Wii U

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo, €33.49 / £26.79, normally €49.99 / £39.99) — To take advantage of this offer you must buy a classic Donkey Kong game from the eShop on the same Wii U. This includes Donkey Kong Country on 16th October, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest on 23rd October and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble on 30th October.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Master Reboot (Wales Interactive, €5.99 / £4.99 until 6th November, normally €11.99 / £9.99)

Color Zen (Cypronia, €2.24 / £2.24 until 30th November, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Color Zen Kids (Cypronia, €2.24 / £2.24 until 30th November, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Cypronia, free until 30th November if you already own Angry Bunnies on the 3DS eShop and have linked both systems with the same Nintendo Network ID. Regular price is €6.99 / £5.99)

3DS eShop

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia, €4.99 / £4.49) — This portable version actually arrived in North America late last year, and likely lays the groundwork for its Wii U twin. We felt it lacked any style however, awarding it just 3/10 in our My Style Studio: Hair Salon review.

3DS Virtual Console

Donkey Kong Land 2 (Nintendo, €3.99 / £3.59) — This has the same storyline as the second Donkey Kong Country title arriving on Wii U this week, but (like its predecessor) provided all new levels in its Game Boy guise. We'll jump into a review right away.

Legend of the River King 2 (Natsume, €4.99 / £4.49) — This entertaining blend of RPG and fishing returns, once again full of character and bright Game Boy Color visuals. It's a surprisingly deep adventure with plenty to do, and you can read all about it in our Legend of the River King 2 review.

3DS Retail Download

Disney Magical World (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) — It's taken a while, but this slice of the famous Disney world now arrives in Europe, in which you can interact with and help a host of the company's famous characters while setting off on an adventure with your avatar. We were rather charmed and impressed by this in our Disney Magical World review. Available from 24th October.

Power Rangers Super Megaforce (Bandai Namco, €34.99 / £24.99) — In theory this should be fun for the show's fans, an action game that also scans QR codes from some of the franchises' toys. Our fingers are crossed, though the last game for the brand was rather poor; will this go go a lot better?

3DS Retail DLC

Disney Magical World: Seasonal Set – Halloween (Nintendo, €0.99 / £0.89)

Disney Magical World: Witches Pumpkin Lantern (Nintendo, free)

Disney Magical World: Casual Skull T-Shirt (Nintendo, free)

Disney Magical World: Shiny Mickey Headband (Nintendo, free)

Disney Magical World: Shiny Minnie Headband (Nintendo, free)

3DS HOME Themes

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Jack, the Czar of Halloween (Nintendo, €1.49 / £1.39)

NES Halloween Link (Nintendo, €1.49 / £1.39)

Donkey Kong Promotion — 3DS

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo, €26.79 / £23.44, normally €39.99 / £34.99) — To take advantage of this offer you must buy a classic Donkey Kong game from the eShop on the same 3DS. This includes Donkey Kong Land on 16th October, Donkey Kong Land 2 on 23rd October and Donkey Kong Land 3 on 30th October.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Color Zen (Cypronia, €2.24 / £2.24 until 30th November, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Color Zen Kids (Cypronia, €2.24 / £2.24 until 30th November, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Angry Bunnies (Cypronia, free until 30th November if you already own Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade on the Wii U eShop and have linked both systems with the same Nintendo Network ID. Regular price is €6.49 / £5.99)

Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35 until 30th November, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Bubble Pop World (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35 until 30th November, normally €4.99 / £4.49)


Lots of options 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? (175 votes)

Bayonetta 2 (Wii U retail download)

24%

Bayonetta (Wii U retail download)

5%

Just Dance 2015 (Wii U retail download)

1%

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Wii U eShop)

  0%

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Wii U Virtual Console)

19%

Namco Museum (Wii U Virtual Console)

4%

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U eShop Donkey Kong Promotion)

1%

Master Reboot (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

5%

Color Zen (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Color Zen Kids (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

  0%

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (3DS eShop)

  0%

Donkey Kong Land 2 (3DS Virtual Console)

2%

Legend of the River King 2 (3DS Virtual Console)

2%

Disney Magical World (3DS retail download)

2%

Power Rangers Super Megaforce (3DS retail download)

  0%

Disney Magical World DLC (3DS DLC)

  0%

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Jack, the Czar of Halloween (3DS HOME Theme)

4%

NES Halloween Link (3DS HOME Theme)

3%

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS eShop Donkey Kong Promotion)

1%

Color Zen (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Color Zen Kids (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Angry Bunnies (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Fishdom H2O: Hiddey Odyssey (3DS eShop temporary discount)

1%

Bubble Pop World (3DS eShop temporary discount)

1%

Nothing for me this week

25%

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