It's the beginning of another week, which means we have Nintendo Download Update details for Europe to consider; this week brings 3DS retail treats, a long awaited download game across both systems and even Virtual Console options. On top of that there are more download-only games and discounts to consider, so let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
1001 Spikes (Nicalis, €14.99 / £13.49) — It finally arrives after a long wait in Europe, this is a fiendishly challenging platformer in which you have to grab a key and make it to the exit as the difficulty ramps up. This Wii U version features competitive and co-operative multiplayer; we gave this a strong recommendation in our Wii U 1001 Spikes review.
Pumped BMX+ (Curve Digital, €8.49 / £6.49 until 15th October, then €9.99 / £7.99) - Originally developed by Yeah Us! - a one-man indie studio - this is a title that draws much of its inspiration from that studio's smartphone title Pumped BMX 2. It challenges gamers to tackle a whole load of courses and pull off plenty of stunts - it looks rather like a blend of Joe Danger and Trials. We'll get working on a review but until then you can check out our hands on impressions.
Toto Temple Deluxe (Juicy Beast Studio, €8.99 / £6.99) - A frantic local multiplayer game, in this one you take on three friends in a host of arenas and try to hang onto a goat while the others attempt to steal it. By the looks of it this one's manic and very colourful, and we'll check it out in a review.
Race the Sun (Flippfly, €9.99 / £6.99) - Update - this release has now been pushed back to 8th October. With a behind-craft perspective, you fly through varied environments (which randomise daily) and try to avoid obstacles while keeping on track with the Sun. This one's certainly had some critical acclaim on previous versions and is one to watch.
Wii U Virtual Console
Medabots: Metabee & Rokusho (Natsume, €6.99 / £6.29) - Great news for Medabot fans as both versions of this Game Boy Advance release arrive, in which you customise your own Medabots and battle villains. We'll bring you a review as soon as we can.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Gravity Badgers (Wales Interactive, €2.49 / £2.49 until 19th October, normally €4.99 / £4.99)
Spy Chameleon (EnjoyUp Games, €3.99 / £3.59 until 29th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 29th October, normally €2.49 / £2.29)
99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 29th October, normally €2.49 / £2.29)
Puzzle Monkeys (Log Games, €0.99 / £0.99 /until 22nd October, normally €2.99 / £2.99)
1001 Spikes (Nicalis, €14.99 / £13.49) — As per the Wii U release above, though this version trades in on-the-go convenience with an absence of multiplayer modes. We gave a hearty recommendation to the 3DS version in our 1001 Spikes review.
3DS Retail Download
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - This spin-off in the hugely popular franchise tasks you with designing properties and their interiors, along with some 'God-like' management abilities with the town. This game also brings the début of amiibo cards, though this download version does come with a free 'Office' HOME Theme. We enjoyed this one's charms despite some shortcomings, and gave it a recommendation in our Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer review. Available from 2nd October.
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, €39.99 / £29.99) - There's been a demo for this one, but the game won't actually be available until 16th October; Nintendo is launching pre-purchases for this on 1st October, allowing you to download most of the game so that you're ready to play at launch. This comes with a download copy of SNES title Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden 2 for your 3DS and a HOME theme, which will also arrive on 16th October.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus, €9.99 / £8.99 until 8th October, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
Toys vs. Monsters (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.99 until 29th October, normally €3.99 / £3.99)
Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 29th October, normally €3.99 / £3.59)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.89 until 29th October, normally €2.99 / £2.69)
Tappingo (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.69 until 22nd October, normally €2.99 / £2.49)
The Legend of Dark Witch (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.99 until 22nd October, normally €3.99 / £3.49)
European Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.19 until 22nd October, normally €3.99 / £2.99)
Crazy Construction (Joindots, €5.59 / £3.99 until 15th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Safari Quest (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.99 until 15th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (ZordixAB, €3.99 / £3.59 until 8th October, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (ZordixAB, €5.99 / £5.39 until 8th October, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
3DS eShop Permanent Discount
Battleminer (Wobbly Tooth, €4.99 / £4.49, was €7.99 / £5.99)
3DS Retail DLC
Senran Kagura 2: Burst (Marvelous Europe, €4.99 / £4.49)
3DS HOME Theme
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – My Town (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
That's everything in this week's update for Europe. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.