It's Monday again, but this week's Nintendo Download Update for Europe has certainly put a spring in our step. Arguably one of the greatest gaming trilogies is available at a ridiculous introductory price, while we have more treats including a top notch Game Boy Advance Castlevania title and a much anticipated budget download sequel. Let's get to the details.
Wii U eShop
Metroid Prime Trilogy (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99 until 5th February, then €19.99 / £17.99) - The trilogy of games that established Retro Studios as one of Nintendo's finest developers and defied the odds in re-imagining the Metroid franchise as a first-person adventure. All three entries - two for GameCube, one for Wii - come in this one download, with Wii Remote pointer controls providing precision aiming. An outstanding trilogy at a terrific price, you can read our glowing Metroid Prime Trilogy review if you're still on the fence.
Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games, €5.99 / £5.39) - Potentially tapping into the current popularity for real-life toy racing cars, this game offers up top-down racing that brings to mind the classic Super Off-Road. It includes local multiplayer for up to five racers and online leaderboards, and we'll drift around some bends to bring you a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (Konami, €6.99 / £6.29) - It's taken some time, considering the fact the whole Game Boy Advance trilogy was available in North America in time for Halloween 2014, but the first entry of this trilogy finally arrives in Europe. With a 'Metroidvania' approach and RPG elements that allow you to collect new abilities, this is a strong start to the excellent mini-series on GBA - you can learn more about it in our Castlevania: Circle of the Moon review.
Wii U DLC
Hyrule Warriors: Majora's Mask Pack (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29 or free with Season Pass) - Contents include:
- A new Adventure Mode map (Termina) with six new 8-bit weapons and sixteen new mask-inspired costumes as rewards
- Two new playable characters (Young Link and Tingle)
- Three new costumes (Skull Kid's Clothes for Lana, and Era of the Hero of Time Outfits for Sheik and Impa)
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Cypronia, €3.69 / £3.33 until 5th February, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Wii U eShop Promotion
Gunman Clive 2 (Horberg Productions, €2.99 / £2.50) - A sequel to the surprise hit of late 2012, this promises to recreate the excellent action platforming but with additions of stylised colour, more set-pieces, bigger bosses and more dynamic stages. We were big fans of the first title and hold high hopes that this will continue its good work; we'll let you know what we think in a review.
3DS Retail Downloads
Best of Board Games (Bigben Interactive, €24.99 / £19.99)
Best of Arcade Games (BigBen Interactive, €24.99 / £19.99)
3DS HOME Themes
[Update: Nintendo of Europe has issued a correction to its original download update details, advising that the NES Sword-swinging Link and NES Samus Aran themes will no longer arrive this week, but will be releasing very soon.]
NES Balloon Fighter (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79) - Available from 30th January
NES Fire Mario (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79) - Available from 30th January
That's the full line-up for this week in Europe. Let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (459 votes)
Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii U eShop)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road (Wii U eShop)
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (Wii U Virtual Console)
Hyrule Warriors: Majora's Mask Pack (Wii U DLC)
Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Gunman Clive 2 (3DS eShop)
Best of Board Games (3DS retail download)
Best of Arcade Games (3DS retail download)
NES Sword-swinging Link (3DS HOME theme)
NES Samus Aran (3DS HOME theme)
NES Balloon Fighter (3DS HOME Theme)
NES Fire Mario (3DS HOME Theme)
Nothing for me this week
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