With this coming weekend being the spookiest of the year, the latest Nintendo Download Update details for Europe show us that the big N's keen to keep us all entertained in the safety of our own homes, avoiding the ghouls outside. This week is packed with new titles on Wii U and 3DS, some appealing retro games and even a long awaited Wii Virtual Console return for a classic Rare trilogy. Lots to cover, so let's get started.

Wii U eShop

Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Curve Studios, €13.99 / £12.99) — The announcement that this series sequel was a Wii U exclusive certainly surprised those that had played the original on non-Nintendo systems, though Curve Studios has a history of working on Nintendo platforms. This tough platformer combines Metroidvania-style exploration with challenging Test Chambers, with various items and power-ups to control; we'll bring you our review alongside its release this week.

Cosmophony (Moving Player, €3.99 / £3.59) — Fans of music rhythm games should certainly take note of this one, as it's a DrumAndBass rhythmic shooter in which the music is integral to gameplay. It's colourful and action packed; we'll bring you our review soon.

Falling Skies: The Game (Little Orbit, €39.99/ £34.99) — A retail title coming to Wii U as an eShop-only release, this is a 'tactical strategy RPG' in which you resist the invading alien forces that have overwhelmed the world. Based on the TV show of the first name, we can only hope that it's not a sloppy tie-in.

Tetrobot & Co. (Neko Entertainment, €9.99 / £7.49) — Neko continues its run of smart device game ports to Wii U with this puzzler, in which you explore puzzles, absorb parts of the environment and try to escape. This looks relatively promising, and supports a variety of control schemes, so we'll check it out and let you know what we think.

Wii U Virtual Console

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (Nintendo, €7.99 / £5.49) — The final game of this series on the Super NES, now the Kremlings have managed to kidnap both DK and Diddy, leaving the rescuing down to Dixie and Kiddy. Aside from expanding the cast once again, this also throws in two-player team play and contests; we'll swing into it again, but in the meantime you can check out the glowing recommendation in our Wii Virtual Console Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble review. This is the US version of the game.

Devil World (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — A less-heralded early effort by Shigeru Miyamoto. This arcade-style action game shows a strong influence from Pac-Man, but somewhat confuses the simple concept and struggles to be wholly entertaining; you can read more about it in our 3DS Virtual Console Devil World review.

Wii U Retail Download

Jett Tailfin (Funbox, €19.99/ £17.99) — This aquatic racer swims across to Wii U from smart device platforms and is a hugely disappointing experience, as we explain in our Jett Tailfin review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

Zen Pinball 2: Doctor Strange Table (Zen Studios, €1.49 / £1.19 until 3rd November, normally €2.99 / £2.39)

Zen Pinball 2: The Walking Dead Table (Zen Studios, €1.49 / £1.19 until 3rd November, normally €2.99 / £2.39)

Wii U eShop Demo

Color Zen (Cypronia, free)

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.

3DS eShop

Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus, €19.99 / £17.99) — It's taken some time but this terrific dungeon crawling RPG, which has non-linear story elements and excellent writing, finally arrives in Europe. It's download-only in the region but does also come at a lower-than-standard price point, making this a tempting proposition this Halloween. You can read our glowing assessment in this Shin Megami Tensei IV review.

Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (Akaoni Studio, €5.00 / £4.50) — With a charming approach to utilising familiar fairytale characters in a quirky setting, this is an action gallery shooter that was originally released on WiiWare. We'll see whether this is perfect for some Halloween gaming in our upcoming review.

ARC STYLE: Baseball 3D (ARC System Works, €1.99 / £1.79) — This budget-priced sports game delivers a decent pitch of content with three modes and local play — including Download Play — though, in our experience, throws a Foul Ball. Repetitive gameplay and some odd structure issues meant we only gave this 5/10 in our ARC STYLE: Baseball 3D review.

Undead Bowling (Joindots, €6.99 / £5.99) — The name rather says it all, here, as you bowl at zombies to stop them from reaching you and feasting on your flesh, which could happen in any bowling alley at this time of year. Though not perfect, we still gave this a respectable 6/10 in our Undead Bowling review.

3DS Virtual Console

Donkey Kong Land III (Nintendo, €3.99 / £3.59) — The concluding part of the trilogy on Game Boy, Dixie and Kiddy go off in search of the Lost World ahead of DK and Diddy. We'll bring you a review of this soon.

Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Capcom, €4.99 / £4.39) — A NES prequel to the Game Boy original, in this entry you play as Firebrand in a mixture of overworld and side-scrolling environments. We were big fans of this in our Wii U Virtual Console Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Sweet Memories Blackjack (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.69 until 20th November, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.69 until 20th November, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Swords & Soldiers 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €4.99 / £4.49 until 20th November, normally €7.00 / £5.90)

3DS eShop Permanent Discount

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival (Konami, €19.99 / £17.99, was €39.95 / £34.99)

3DS eShop Promotion

Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games, €1.99 / £1.65 if you own Turtle Tale for Wii U on the same Nintendo Network ID, normally €2.99 / £2.49)

3DS eShop Demo

Color Zen (Cypronia, free)

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 HOME Themes

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Isabelle in the Town Hall (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Mabel Able (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Sable Able (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Timmy & Tommy Nook (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Colourful Pattern (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Bulletin Board (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

Halloween: Spooky Black Cat (Nintendo, €1.49 / £1.39)

Wii Virtual Console Re-Release

Donkey Kong Country (Nintendo, 800 Nintendo Points)

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo, 800 Nintendo Points)

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (Nintendo, 800 Nintendo Points)


Plenty to choose from this Halloween weekend, European gamers. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (174 votes)

Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Wii U eShop)

24%

Cosmophony (Wii U eShop)

  0%

Falling Skies: The Game (Wii U eShop)

1%

Tetrobot & Co. (Wii U eShop)

1%

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (Wii U Virtual Console)

9%

Devil World (Wii U Virtual Console)

2%

Jett Tailfin (Wii U eShop retail download)

  0%

Zen Pinball 2: Doctor Strange Table (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

2%

Zen Pinball 2: The Walking Dead Table (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

2%

Color Zen (Wii U eShop demo)

  0%

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

1%

Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS eShop)

21%

Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (3DS eShop)

1%

ARC STYLE: Baseball 3D (3DS eShop)

  0%

Undead Bowling (3DS eShop)

1%

Donkey Kong Land III (3DS Virtual Console)

5%

Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (3DS Virtual Console)

1%

Sweet Memories Blackjack (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Brunch Panic (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Swords & Soldiers 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)

  0%

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival (3DS eShop permanent discount)

1%

Turtle Tale (3DS eShop promotion)

  0%

Color Zen (3DS eShop demo)

1%

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

  0%

One of the 3DS HOME themes

5%

Donkey Kong Country (Wii Virtual Console)

1%

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

1%

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (Wii Virtual Console)

  0%

Nothing for me this week

22%

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