Another week begins, and that means Nintendo Download Update news for European gamers. This week has plenty to offer, with Super Smash Bros. DLC arriving on 3DS and Wii U, a high profile indie effort on the home console, a SEGA 3D Classic, demos, another Wii title and much more besides. It's a packed line-up, so let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

Pandora's Tower (Nintendo, €14.99 / £13.49 until 23rd April, then €19.99 / £17.99) - One of the infamous 'Operation Rainfall' titles from late in the Wii's lifespan, this is a dark adventure in which you race against the clock to clear increasingly difficult tower labyrinths to save Elena from transforming into a monster. A grim tale with a moody aesthetic, despite some flaws we gave it a recommendation in our Pandora's Tower review.

Elliot Quest (PlayEveryWare, €12.99 / £9.49) - Nintendo has been keen to promote this retro-styled adventure, which features an open world, five dungeons, 16 'unique bosses' and multiple endings. With a core concept being a storyline that seems surprisingly dark, this one delivers a strong experience on the Wii U - check out our Elliot Quest review for the full lowdown.

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, €7.99 / £5.99) - Promising more than 300 puzzles and 27 categories, this word search game utilises the GamePad for touch controls, while another four players can join in using Wii Remotes. We'll see how this word game defines itself for our review.

TABLETOP GALLERY (RCMADIAX, €4.49 / £4.09) - This is a compilation of three RCMADIAX games previously released in North America, POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE, SHUT THE BOX and TOSS N GO.

Wii U Demo

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, free)

Wii U and 3DS Super Smash Bros. DLC

The first batch of paid-DLC arrives for Super Smash Bros., with the following options all available on a single copy or across both versions. If you buy a pack for both versions, you receive a download code for the second copy - available from 15th April.

Mii Fighter Costume - Bundle #1 (Nintendo, €6.32 / £5.52 single platform or €9.52 / £8.72 for both)

Mii Fighter Costume - Cat Suit Set (Nintendo, €0.79 / £0.69 single platform or €1.19 / £1.09 for both)

Mii Fighter Costume - Dunban Set (Nintendo, €0.79 / £0.69 single platform or €1.19 / £1.09 for both)

Mii Fighter Costume - Link Set (Nintendo, €0.79 / £0.69 single platform or €1.19 / £1.09 for both)

Mii Fighter Costume - Majora's Mask (Nintendo, €0.79 / £0.69 single platform or €1.19 / £1.09 for both)

Mii Fighter Costume - Mega Man X Set (Nintendo, €0.79 / £0.69 single platform or €1.19 / £1.09 for both)

Mii Fighter Costume - Monkey Suit Set (Nintendo, €0.79 / £0.69 single platform or €1.19 / £1.09 for both)

Mii Fighter Costume - Proto Man Set (Nintendo, €0.79 / £0.69 single platform or €1.19 / £1.09 for both)

Mii Fighter Costume - SSB T-Shirt (Nintendo, €0.79 / £0.69 single platform or €1.19 / £1.09 for both)

3DS eShop

3D Fantasy Zone II (SEGA, €4.99 / £4.49) - This is a remaster (up to arcade standards) of the Master System title that followed the iconic arcade original. We're big fans of this one's predecessor and M2's work, and this'll have the usual stereoscopic 3D and extras, including an endless mode. We'll blast away some foes for a review.

A-Train: City Simulator (Natsume, €24.99 / £19.99) - If it's your dream to become CEO of a public transportation company, this may be the game for you. This one's all about resource and city management as you try to keep services running smoothly, while a map editor allows you to create your own challenges. We'll try to keep the trains running on time for our review.

Iron Combat: War in the Air (Teyon, €6.99 / £6.29) - Developed by Japanese studio Amzy, this brings to mind titles such as Liberation Maiden as you embark on high-action battles in the skies, using a mix of range and melee attacks. It fits this action shooter niche fairly well, and despite a few reservations we gave this a decent recommendation in our Iron Combat: War in the Air review.

Heart Beaten (Springloaded, €3.49 / £2.99) - This sounds like a peculiar action game in which you fend of romantic advances in ludicrous ways, which could be fun. We'll work on a review, but this official description says it all: "Crush their heart in a series of 15 epic challenges. Take to the skies in a spaceship, drive a car, or take on the role of a Shotokan Karate master! All in the name of crushing someone whose only desire is to make you feel loved." Erm...

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, €7.99 / £5.99) - The portable iteration of the same release, albeit with differences in categories and an absence of multiplayer. We'll bring you a review soon.

3DS DLC

We will produce an impressions feature on these new StreetPass DLC games following release.

StreetPass Mii Plaza – StreetPass Fishing (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) - Each StreetPass hit earns you bait with which to fish, and you then set about catching more that 150 types of fish, buying new upgrades with money earned in the process.

StreetPass Mii Plaza – StreetPass Zombies (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) - Fellow 3DS owners give you weapons with a StreetPass hit, and you then set off to kill hoards of zombies. Naturally they'll be relatively cute zombies, but they're undead nevertheless.

StreetPass Mii Plaza – Pack 2: StreetPass Fishing + StreetPass Zombies (Nintendo, €7.99 / £7.19)

StreetPass Mii Plaza – StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) - On the surface this seems like a rather superficial purchase, opening up options such as recording birthdays and a 'VIP' area for up to 100 Mii characters. Like with all the StreetPass extras we'll take a look.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Parking Star 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.25 until 7th May, normally €2.99 / £2.49)

Fairune (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.59 until 7th May, normally €2.99 / £2.39)

Castle Conqueror EX (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 7th May, normally €3.99 / £3.19)

Best of Board Games - Mahjong (Bigben Interactive, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th April, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Best of Arcade Games - Brick Breaker (Bigben Interactive, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th April, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Best of Arcade Games - Bubble Buster (Bigben Interactive, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th April, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Best of Board Games - Solitaire (Bigben Interactive, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th April, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Best of Arcade Games - Air Hockey (Bigben Interactive, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th April, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Best of Board Games - Chess (Bigben Interactive, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th April, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Best of Arcade Games - Tetraminos (Bigben Interactive, €2.99 / £2.69 until 30th April, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Best of Board Games (Bigben Interactive, €9.99 / £7.99 until 30th April, normally €24.99 / £19.99)

Best of Arcade Games (Bigben Interactive, €9.99 / £7.99 until 30th April, normally €24.99 / £19.99)

Best of Casual Games (Bigben Interactive, €9.99 / £7.99 until 30th April, normally €24.99 / £19.99)

3DS Demos

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Special Demo (Nintendo, free)

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, free)


Plenty on offer this week in Europe. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (333 votes)

Pandora's Tower (Wii U eShop / Wii download)

10%

Elliot Quest (Wii U eShop)

5%

Word Search by POWGI (Wii U eShop)

1%

TABLETOP GALLERY

  0%

Word Search by POWGI (Wii U eShop demo)

  0%

Super Smash Bros. DLC (Wii U & 3DS)

21%

3D Fantasy Zone II (3DS eShop)

2%

A-Train: City Simulator (3DS eShop)

2%

Iron Combat: War in the Air (3DS eShop)

  0%

Heart Beaten (3DS eShop)

  0%

Word Search by POWGI (3DS eShop)

  0%

StreetPass Mii Plaza – StreetPass Fishing (3DS DLC)

  0%

StreetPass Mii Plaza – StreetPass Zombies (3DS DLC)

2%

StreetPass Mii Plaza – Pack 2: StreetPass Fishing + StreetPass Zombies (3DS DLC)

17%

StreetPass Mii Plaza – StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium (3DS DLC)

2%

One of the 3DS eShop temporary discounts

1%

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Special Demo (3DS demo)

19%

Word Search by POWGI (3DS eShop demo)

  0%

Nothing for me this week

20%

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