Another week begins with the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe, and this batch is certainly promising. We have major retail releases on Wii U and 3DS leading the way, while there are also some highly promising download-only options to consider along with DLC, discounts and even a surprise LEGO season pass; let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

Shadow Puppeteer (Sarepta Studio, €14.99/ £13.49) - This is a platform puzzler designed for intricate solo play or co-op, as both a boy (in a 3D environment) and his shadow (limited to left / right movement) both navigate tricky puzzle areas. With a charming aesthetic and soundtrack this certainly aims to immerse players, and we'll have an interview and review with you before its release.

Level 22 (Moving Player, €6.99 / £6.29) - This sounds like a quirky title, as you play a worker that's a bit rough after a night out but needs to get to his work desk on time to avoid getting the sack. You manoeuvre 22 floors of a building, while avoiding being seen, all the while experiencing a "zany little universe". We'll try to take it easy tonight before getting started on a review.

Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games, €8.99/ £7.99) - The latest word game arrival from this studio, this time around there are six core pen-and-paper style games with hundreds of puzzles between them, all designed to give your brain a workout. This also support all amiibo figures and cards, as scanning them will create puzzles using the name data stored within; we'll get working on a review.

PictoParty (Retroid Interactive, €7.99 / £7.00) - This provides a virtual equivalent to Pictionary, naturally utilising the Wii U GamePad for drawing while team members look at the TV to guess the image. Though simple and streamlined this is fun with a crowd, as we explain in our PictoParty review.

Sense by Play.me (d-mobilelab, free) - This is a subscription based "interactive web radio by Play.me which offers you the right music for the emotions you are living, promising a range of genres in its library.

Wii U Virtual Console

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (Square Enix, €6.99/ £6.29) - A relatively early spin-off in the Final Fantasy franchise for the Game Boy Advance, for which Square and Nintendo co-operated. As the title suggests this is a tactical RPG, and we'll figure out a battle plan for a review.

Wii U Retail Download

LEGO Marvel's Avengers (Warner Bros., €49.99 / £39.99) - This one's going to cover six films in total - Avengers (which was called Avengers Assemble in the UK to avoid confusion with the cult TV show of the same name), Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3. The Wii U version will serve up HD visuals and co-op, and we'll assemble for a review. Available from 29th January.

Wii U DLC

LEGO Marvel's Avengers Season Pass (Warner Bros., €9.99 / £7.99) - It's a season pass! On Wii U!

Skylanders SuperChargers - Boost Kit (Activision, €1.99/ £1.59)

Skylanders SuperChargers - Super Kit (Activision, €4.99/ £3.99)

Skylanders SuperChargers - Mega Kit (Activision, €9.99/ £7.99)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations (Little Orbit, €19.99/ £15.99 until 27th February, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends (Little Orbit, €19.99/ £15.99 until 27th February, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Affordable Space Adventures (KnapNok Games, €13.20/ £11.80 until 4th February, normally €18.99 / £16.99)

Cube Life: Island Survival (Cypronia, €7.99/ £6.39 until 28th February, normally €9.99 / £7.99)

Wii U eShop Permanent Discount

TABLETOP GALLERY (RCMADIAX, €2.99/ £2.69, was €4.49 / £4.09)

Wii U Demo

Cube Life: Island Survival (Cypronia, free)

3DS eShop

Family Fishing (Aksys Games, €5.48 / £3.98) - This includes various locations and opportunities to upgrade gear and generally to "fish like a boss!". Naturally larger fish pose a challenge, though rather disturbingly you can "throw smoke bombs to disrupt your opponents and seize the advantage". We had fun with this one in our Family Fishing review.

Runny Egg (Tom Create, €1.99 / £1.79) - This is about an egg that runs, which explains why it's called Runny Egg. A fast-paced runner / platformer, you dash through stages as fast as possible while levelling up your egg, grabbing chicks for a power-up and even tackling the occasional boss. It's been perfectly poached, too, as we gave this a recommendation in our Runny Egg review.

Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games, €8.99/ £7.99) - We expect this to be effectively identical to the Wii U version, and will also utilise amiibo on New Nintendo 3DS models or using the NFC portal on older systems. We'll think of the right words for a review.

Epic Word Search Collection (Lightwood Games, €7.99) - Previously released in 2015, this entry is likely to be an update for a release in Germany; we gave it a recommendation in our review.

3DS Retail Downloads

Final Fantasy Explorers (Square Enix, €39.99 / £29.99) - This spin-off arrival on the 3DS includes a number of legends from the franchises' history, as you tackle the adventure alone or in co-op with others. The focus is very much on basic exploration and combat, it seems, with some aspects of this one trying to tap into the Monster Hunter craze. We'll have a review with you very soon.

LEGO Marvel's Avengers (Warner Bros., €39.99 / £29.99) - The portable version of this latest LEGO title; a review is on the way. Available from 29th January.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations(Little Orbit, €19.99/ £15.99 until 27th February, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends (Little Orbit, €19.99/ £15.99 until 27th February, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Barbie and her Sisters Puppy Rescue (Little Orbit, €19.99/ £15.99 until 27th February, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Monster High: New Ghoul in School (Little Orbit, €19.99/ £15.99 until 27th February, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia, €5.20/ £4.70 until 18th February, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

3DS HOME Themes

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: Café Theme (NIS America, €0.99 / £0.89)

The Legend of Legacy: The Seven Adventurers Theme (NIS America, €0.99 / £0.89)


That's the lot for this week's update in Europe; let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

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