Another week begins and brings with it news of the upcoming European Nintendo Download Update, and this time around there's plenty to look forward to. One of the year's biggest retail releases on Wii U is joined by a much-anticipated download release published by Curve Digital, alongside another intriguing arrival. Two highly rated retail titles also arrive on 3DS along with discounts across both systems - let's get to the details.
Wii U eShop
The Swindle (Curve Digital, €12.49 / £9.99 until 24th September, then €14.99 / £11.99) - The first game led by UK designer Dan Marshall to arrive on Nintendo hardware, this employs a quirky cyberpunk London of 1849 setting with randomly generated stages from which to steal cash. There's an overlying 100 day time-limit as you scheme your way around settings to hack computers and make off with the establishment's money, using those funds to buy abilities and unlock new areas. You can check out the recommendation in our review of The Swindle, if you like.
Star Sky (JMJ Interactive, €4.00 / £3.60) - This is supposed to be a relaxing game (with several endings) about a man walking through a starlit field, described by the developer as "similar to an interactive poem". We expect it to be pretty chilled out, then, and we'll stroll along towards a review.
Wii U Retail Download
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - One of the year's biggest Wii U releases and the showcase for Nintendo's Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations, this allows you to create and share 2D Mario levels across four game styles. Packed with clever touches, tools and the ability to produce levels beyond the scope of standard Mario games, along with potentially endless levels to play, we loved this so much that we described it as the "definitive Wii U game" in our Super Mario Maker review. Available from 11th September.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte, €6.49 / £5.49 until 10th October, normally €12.99 / £10.99)
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, €8.49 / £6.99 until 10th October, normally €16.99 / £13.99)
TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Keen Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 1st October, normally €7.99 / £6.99)
3DS Retail Downloads
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (SEGA, €39.99 / £29.99) - An Vocaloid-driven IP that's an enormous success in Japan and certainly has fans in the West, it makes its debut on a Nintendo portable. There's a lot to do in this game, from the core experience of rhythm gaming across plenty of entertaining tracks, to outfit and house customisation, and even a terrific Puyo Puyo mode. We gave this a glowing recommendation in our Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX review. Available from 11th September.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon (NIS America, €39.99 / £34.99) - Co-developed by Atlus and Spike Chunsoft, this combines the Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon concepts into one package; there's the squad-based approach and game world of the Atlus franchise combined with randomly-generated dungeons to explore. We gave this a strong recommendation in our Etrian Mystery Dungeon review.
3DS Retail DLC
Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Find a wanderer for me (NIS America, free until 11th October, then €1.79 / £1.59)
Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Know the Red Pookas (NIS America, free until 11th October, €1.79 / £1.59)
Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Find a princess for me (NIS America, free until 11th October, €1.79 / £1.59)
Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Find a landsknecht for me (NIS America, free until 11th October, €1.34 / £1.19)
Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Slay the Gold Guardians (NIS America, free until 11th October, €1.34 / £1.19)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
AeternoBlade (Corecell, €7.99 / £7.19 until 8th October, normally €14.99 / £13.50)
AiRace Speed (QubicGames, €2.39 / £2.10until 8th October, normally €3.49 / £3.10)
AiRace Xeno (QubicGames, €1.69 / £1.59until 8th October, normally €2.49 / £2.29)
escapeVektor (Nnooo, €3.49 / £ 2.99 until 24th September, normally €6.99 / £5.99)
3DS eShop Demo
Samurai Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)
That's everything coming to Europe this week - let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.