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The timings of Nintendo's Download Updates have certainly been festive this year, with the next batch of download treats set to arrive on New Year's Day to give us a perfect start to 2015. The European update confirms the arrival of Captain Toad's starring début, in addition to some Game Boy Advance treats on Wii U and some tempting discounts. Let's get to the details.

Wii U Retail Download

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - Although this had a soft launch at retail in the UK it's now set to roll out officially throughout most of Europe. The diminutive captain is joined by Toadette in this immensely charming and innovative puzzle game, in which you guide the heroes through diorama stages to collect gems and retrieve power stars. We were thoroughly charmed by this unique experience in our Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker review. Available from 2nd January.

Wii U Virtual Console

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) - While this was the eighth title in the overall franchise, it was just the second release to make it outside of Japan. This particular Game Boy Advance turn-based strategy challenge should be well known to 3DS early adopters as a result of the Ambassador Programme of 2011, but now joins its impressive predecessor on the Wii U. We were big fans when we reviewed this on 3DS.

F-Zero: GP Legend (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) - This is the odd-one-out of the limited F-Zero franchise entries, as it was based on an anime series of the same name and developed externally. With a different visual style and narrative driving some of the challenges it's certainly a unique offering compared to the other entries; we'll get up to full speed to bring you a review.

Wii U eShop Promotion

New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U (Nintendo, €59.99 / £49.99 until 8th January, regular combined price if both games are purchased separately is €79.98 / £67.98) - New Super Luigi U is provided as a free download code if New Super Mario Bros. U is purchase on the eShop between 1st and 8th January.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom, €29.99 / £24.99 until 8th January, normally €59.99 / £49.99)

Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games, €9.99 / £8.66 until 8th January, normally €14.99 / £12.99)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom, €22.49 / £19.99 until 8th January, normally €44.99 / £39.99)

Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games, €9.99 / £8.66 until 8th January, normally €14.99 / £12.99)

3DS HOME Themes

Pokémon: Slowpoke (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

NES Fire-Breathing Bowser (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)


That's the line-up that'll kick off 2015 in Europe. Let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (260 votes)

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U retail download)

17%

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (Wii U Virtual Console)

14%

F-Zero: GP Legend

9%

New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U (Wii U promotion)

1%

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

2%

Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop temporary discount)

10%

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS eShop temporary discount)

1%

Shovel Knight (3DS eShop temporary discount)

9%

Pokémon: Slowpoke (3DS HOME Theme)

6%

NES Fire-Breathing Bowser (3DS HOME Theme)

2%

Nothing for me this week

30%

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