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It's the start of another week, and Nintendo of Europe has served up what must be one of the lengthiest download updates we've seen to date. There are some new titles, including a couple of big hitters on the 3DS, while there's plenty of pinball of various types gracing the Wii U. We also have a slightly ludicrous number of discounts, so let's just get to the details.

Wii U eShop

Tested With Robots! (M.R. Games, €10.00 / £9.00) — This one has the somewhat 'meta' concept of you playing levels in which you're a robot designed to test video game levels. Once you get past the nudging and winking this sounds rather like a puzzle platformer, which also includes "extreme" and "against the clock" modes for extra variety; we'll put this to the test for a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.79) — With the recent release and extraordinary sales success of the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire remasters, it should come as no surprise that that Game Boy Advance pinball spin-off is arriving on Wii U. Play pinball while collecting 'mon and prompting them to evolve; it sounds simple and perhaps fun, but we'll put it to the test in a review.

Wii U DLC

Zen Pinball 2 (Zen Studios, app is a free download)

South Park (€4.99 / £3.99) — It’s South Park, pinball style! Join Cartman, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Butters in these totally sweet pinball adventures!

Core Collection (€9.99 / £7.99) — A package of four pinball tables including Secrets of the Deep, Biolab, Rome and Pasha.

Venom (€2.99 / £2.39) — Spider-Man’s greatest enemy is ready for a fight. After Spidey rejected an alien Symbiote, it needed another host to survive and chose Eddie Brock, sensing that they have one thing in common: an intense hatred of Spider-Man. Together, they are Venom.

Wii U Demos

Zen Pinball 2 (Zen Studios, trials within free app)

South Park (Free)

Core Collection (Free)

Venom (Free)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Cypronia, €4.85 / £4.49 until 2nd February, normally €6.99 / £5.99)

Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Little Orbit, €15.00 / £13.50 until 30th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

BLOK DROP U (RCMADIAX, €0.99 / £0.79 until 7th January, normally €1.49 / £1.29)

Color Zen (Cypronia, €2.24 / £2.24 until 2nd February, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Color Zen Kids (Cypronia, 2.24 / £2.24 until 2nd February, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Monster High: 13 Wishes (Little Orbit, €15.00 / £13.50 until 30th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35 until 2nd February, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €14.99 / £11.99 until 18th December, normally €49.99 / £39.99)

Wii U eShop Permanent Discounts

Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (Bandai Namco Games, £19.99, was £24.99)

Rise of the Guardians (Bandai Namco Games, €19.99 / £19.99, was €44.99 / £35.99)

3DS eShop

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Capcom, €29.99 / £24.99) — In a year of high-quality remakes and remasters, Capcom is now weighing in with this original trilogy of Ace Attorney games, which is download-only in the West following a retail release in Japan. The Game Boy Advance / DS entries have had their visuals remastered, which should help with investigation scenes and add some extra intensity to court proceedings. We certainly enjoyed these games when first released, and will see whether this remastered download release is innocent or guilty in our review.

Rune Factory 4 (XSEED Games, €29.99 / £24.99) — This localisation to Europe has taken a very long time, having graced North America as a retail release in October 2013. This latest entry in the popular series contains more of the franchises blend of land management, relationships and old-fashioned battling. It's a peculiar mix that actually works, and we were utterly charmed in our Rune Factory 4 review.

Battleminer (Wobbly Tooth, €7.99 / £5.99) — With a visual style clearly inspired by Minecraft, this tasks you with exploring the world, collecting and crafting items and then taking on deadly giant ants to rescue 'survivors'. That's all rather dramatic, though a Creation tool will allow you to mess about and create worlds if you need a change of pace; we're working on a review to see whether this is worth a punt or simply mining the depths of our patience.

Fairune (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39) — A budget adventure RPG, in which you save the world from an evil menace by unlocking three statues, fighting monsters, solving puzzles and collecting items along the way. We'll let you know what we think in a review.

Pyramids 2 (Enjoy Gaming, €4.99 / £3.96) — This one's predecessor (heavily influenced by Solomon's Key) had the honour of being the first new download-only game on the 3DS eShop, offering plenty of puzzles and a level creation tool. This sequel does much the same thing, and earned a decent recommendation in our review.

My First Songs 2 (Ringzero Games, €4.99 / £4.49) — The series of nursery rhymes accompanied by cute visuals continues, with this likely to follow its predecessor in providing a rhythm-based experience as opposed to the karaoke found on Wii U. It includes 14 songs, and we'll bring you a review on its merits.

3DS Retail Download

Hello Kitty Happy Happy Family (Bigben Interaction, €34.99 / £29.99)

My Life on a Farm 3D (Treva Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99)

I Love My Little Boy (Treva Entertainment, €24.99 / £19.99)

I Love My Little Girl (Treva Entertainment, €24.99 / £19.99)

3DS DLC

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (NIS America):

Navigation: Theodore (€2.99 / £2.69)

Navigation: Elizabeth (€2.99 / £2.69)

Navigation: Margaret (€2.99 / £2.69)

3DS Demo

Hello Kitty Happy Happy Family (Bigben Interaction, free)

I Love My Little Boy (Treva Entertainment, free)

I Love My Little Girl (Treva Entertainment, free)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

10-in-1: Arcade Collection (€0.99 / £0.89 until 8th January, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

Aeternoblade (CORECELL, €5.99 / £5.40 until 1st January, normally €14.99 / £13.50)

Angry Bunnies (Cypronia, €4.85 / £4.49 until 2nd February, normally €6.49 / £5.99)

Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Little Orbit, €15.00 / £13.50 until 30th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Barbie Groom and Glam Pups (Little Orbit, €10.00 / £8.99 until 30th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Bubble Pop World (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35 until 2nd February, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Carps & Dragons (Abylight, €2.99 / £2.49 until 12th January, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Color Zen (Cypronia, €2.24 / £2.24 until 2nd February, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Color Zen Kids (Cypronia, €2.24 / £2.24 until 2nd February, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Atlus, €19.99 / £17.99 until 25th December, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Crazy Kangaroo (Gamelion, €0.99 / £0.89 until 8th January, normally €1.99 / £1.89)

Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35 until 2nd February, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Monster High: 13 Wishes (Little Orbit, €15.00 / £13.50 until 30th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze (Little Orbit, €5.00 / £4.49 until 30th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Monster Shooter (Gamelion, €1.99 / £1.60 until 8th January, normally €4.00 / £3.20)

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35 until 2nd February, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Parking Star 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.79 until 1st January, normally €2.99 / £2.49)

Pick-A-Gem (Gamelion, €1.49 / £1.29 until 8th January, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

PIX3D (Gamelion, €1.99 / £1.79 until 8th January, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Quell Reflect (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.69 until 12th January, normally €3.99 / £3.49)

Rage of the Gladiator (Gamelion, €3.49 / £3.09 until 8th January, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €9.99 / £8.49 until 18th December, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom, €3.99 / £3.59 until 18th December, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

SpeedX 3D (Gamelion, €1.49 / £1.29 until 8th January, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (Gamelion, €0.99 / £0.89 until 8th January, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.79 until 1st January, normally €4.00 / £3.60)

3DS Permanent Discount

Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (Bandai Namco Games, £14.99, was £19.99)

3DS HOME Themes

ACNL K.K. Slider at Club LOL (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

Mario Characters - Green Camouflage (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

Mario Characters - Blue Camo (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

Polka Dots - Yellow & White (Nintendo, €0.99 / £0.89)


Those are the downloads on offer in Europe this week. Let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (173 votes)

Tested With Robots! (Wii U eShop)

1%

Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire (Wii U Virtual Console)

4%

Zen Pinball 2: South Park (Wii U DLC)

3%

Zen Pinball 2: Core Collection (Wii U DLC)

1%

Zen Pinball 2: Venom (Wii U DLC)

2%

Zen Pinball 2 trial tables

3%

One of the Wii U eShop discounts

2%

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (3DS eShop)

31%

Rune Factory 4 (3DS eShop)

12%

Battleminer (3DS eShop)

1%

Fairune (3DS eShop)

1%

Pyramids 2 (3DS eShop)

1%

My First Songs 2 (3DS eShop)

  0%

Hello Kitty Happy Happy Family (3DS retail download)

1%

My Life on a Farm 3D (3DS retail download)

  0%

I Love My Little Boy (3DS retail download)

1%

I Love My Little Girl (3DS retail download)

  0%

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Navigation: Theodore (3DS DLC)

  0%

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Navigation: Elizabeth (3DS DLC)

  0%

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - Navigation: Margaret (3DS DLC)

  0%

One of the 3DS demos

  0%

One of the 3DS discounts

6%

ACNL K.K. Slider at Club LOL (3DS HOME Theme)

1%

Mario Characters - Green Camouflage (3DS HOME Theme)

1%

Mario Characters - Blue Camouflage (3DS HOME Theme)

  0%

Polka Dots - Yellow & White (3DS HOME Theme)

  0%

Nothing for me this week

28%

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