It's another Monday morning, which means we have Nintendo Download news for European gamers. It's a packed week with a major retail release, eagerly anticipated DLC, some high-profile Virtual Console games and enticing download-only titles to consider. There's a lot to get through, so let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
Tengami (Nyamyam, €7.99 / £6.99) — A console exclusive on Wii U following its iOS release, this is a rather relaxing yet immersive experience that creates a Japanese tale through a virtual pop-up book; you turn pages while folding and manipulating paper to solve puzzles. This boasts a unique art style and music by David Wise, and we'll let you know what we think in our upcoming review.
Paper Monsters Recut (Mobot Studios, €6.49 / £5.49) — Continuing the paper theme, this is a platformer that originated on smart devices but has graduated to the Wii U with a number of improvements and enhancements. It's a charming and entertaining platformer, earning a strong recommendation in our Paper Monsters Recut review.
Meine Ersten Mitsing-Lieder (Ringzero Games, €9.99) — A karaoke title that appears to be a Germany-only release.
Wii U Virtual Console
Castlevania: Dracula X (Konami, €7.99 / £5.49) — This is the SNES port of the PC Engine's Castlevania: Rondo of Blood; this is the first arrival of this version on the Virtual Console in Europe. It doesn't stand up to many of its series contemporaries, unfortuately, as we explain in our Castlevania: Dracula X review.
Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) — This sequel to the much-loved predecessor tackles the same world and events and its predecessor from new perspectives; this is another exciting Game Boy Advance arrival on Wii U. The continuation of this series on the system will no doubt please fans, and those that have completed the first game can transfer their data to this entry to unlock items and more; we'll get cracking on a review.
Wii U Retail Download
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (WB Games, €49.99 / £44.99) — The LEGO series remains hugely popular while the Batman series, arguably, represents the best of the franchise. Thies third entry heads into outer space and serves up a mind-boggling number of characters, promising one of the most polished and expansive experiences we've seen in the blocky world. We'll work on a review but, in the meantime, you can see what we thought in our LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham preview. Available from 14th November.
Wii U DLC
Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 (Nintendo, £7.00 / €7.99 or £11.00 / €11.99 for the DLC bundle) — Not actually listed in Nintendo's press release, but confirmed nevertheless for this week's update, this is the first of two DLC packs coming to Nintendo's iconic racing series. It introduces new franchises in exciting new tracks, vehicles and Link as a character; we spoke highly of the content on offer in our The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 preview.
Wii U Demo
Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure (Nocturnal, free)
Picross e5 (Jupiter, €5.00 / £4.50) — This franchise is well-established as it goes into its 5th entry, with this addition including the Micross, Mega Picross and 20×15 Picross see previously; a Navigation feature is cited as something new this time around. We've always enjoyed these titles, and will give this one a whirl for review.
Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger 2 (Microvalue, €4.99 / £4.49) — Possibly not the most eagerly anticipated sequel of all time, though fans of hidden object games do nevertheless have yet another to choose from. Its predecessor did a decent job by the standards of its genre, and we'll head out into the wild again for a revew.
3DS Virtual Console
Bionic Commando: Elite Forces (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) — A Game Boy Color sequel to its monochrome predecessor, this new entry combines run-and-gun action with some new elements such as a first-person sniper mode and listening in on enemy communications. We'll see whether it's still ultimately just about shooting everything in sight in our upcoming review.
3DS Retail Downloads
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (WB Games, €39.99 / £39.99) — It's often the portable version of LEGO games that sells best on Nintendo hardware, though this entry may just provide an experience closer to matching its HD brethren; rather like LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins this forgoes the linear approach to offer an open world experience on the 3DS. We'll see how it stacks up in a review. Available from 14th November.
Top Model 3D (Treva Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
AiRace Xeno (Qubic Games, €1.69 / £1.59 until 11th December, normally €2.49 / £2.29)
Van Helsing sniper Zx100 (EnjoyUp Games, €2.99 / £2.99 until 26th November, normally €6.66 / £6.66)
Johnny Hotshot (UFO Interactive, €4.19 / £3.77 until 8th January, normally €5.99 / £5.39)
Balloon Pop Remix (UFO Interactive, €5.59 / £4.99 until 8th January, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Johnny Kung Fu (UFO Interactive, €4.19 / £3.77 until 8th January, normally €5.99 / £5.39)
Samurai Sword Destiny (UFO Interactive, €4.19 / £3.77 until 8th January, normally €5.99 / £5.39)
Zombie Slayer Diox (UFO Interactive, €4.19 / £3.77 until 8th January, normally €5.99 / £5.39)
3DS eShop Permanent Discount
AiRace Speed (Qubic Games, €3.49 / £3.10, was €4.99 / £4.49)[/strong]
AiRace Xeno (Qubic Games, free)
3DS HOME Themes
Polka Dots — Yellow & Blue (Nintendo, €0.99 / £0.89)
Dots & Stripes — Pink & Green (Nintendo, €0.99 / £0.89)
Stars — Purple & Yellow (Nintendo, €0.99 / £0.89)
Gingham — Aqua Blue (Nintendo, €0.99 / £0.89)
Stripes — Pink & White Diagonal (Nintendo, €0.99 / £0.89)
Fishdom (Joindots, 500 Nintendo Points) — DSiWare is back, again, with a match-three puzzle game. These games can be undeniably fun, though we'll see whether this is a bit fishy in our review.
That's you lot this week, Europe. Let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (268 votes)
Tengami (Wii U eShop)
Paper Monsters Recut (Wii U eShop)
Meine Ersten Mitsing-Lieder (Wii U eShop)
Castlevania: Dracula X (Wii U Virtual Console)
Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Wii U Virtual Console)
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Wii U retail download)
Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 (Wii U DLC)
Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure (Wii U demo)
Picross e5 (3DS eShop)
Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger 2 (3DS eShop)
Bionic Commando: Elite Forces (3DS Virtual Console)
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (3DS retail download)
Top Model 3D (3DS retail download)
AiRace Xeno (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Van Helsing sniper Zx100 (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Johnny Hotshot (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Balloon Pop Remix (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Johnny Kung Fu (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Samurai Sword Destiny (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Zombie Slayer Diox (3DS eShop temporary discount)
AiRace Speed (3DS eShop permanent discount)
AiRace Xeno (3DS demo)
One or more 3DS HOME theme
Nothing for me this week
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