With another week underway we kick off with the European Nintendo Download Update details. This week has a lot to offer, with the 3DS benefiting from highly anticipated Virtual Console arrivals, a neat collection, a retail release, a particularly promising download-only arrival and more. There are also various options - including more Pokémon) on the Wii U to consider, so let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
6180 the moon (Turtle Cream, €3.99/ £3.59) - A platformer that'll see players take control of the moon on a journey to find the sun. It'll use two screens (TV and GamePad) for the playing field, requiring players to look between the two as the moon bounces high and low. We'll lasso the moon and then work on a review.
Inside My Radio (Seaven Studio, €14.99/ £12.99) - This one sounds intriguing on paper, as it's a rhythm music game in which you have the ability to compose music by remixing music into your own arrangements, with electro, disco and dub flavours included. We'll find our rhythm and bring you a review.
REPLAY: VHS is Not Dead (Neko Entertainment, €9.99/ £7.49) - The premise sounds intriguing, with this being a platformer in which you manipulate time and move up to five characters through stages all at once; there's an overriding theme of a film director filming and making 'cuts', too. We'll rewind and work on a review.
SMART Adventures Mission Math: Sabotage at the Space Station (Engine Software, €2.99/ £2.69) - This certainly sounds like an educational title, as you try to save a space station through solving mathematical puzzles. We'll wrap our heads around the challenge for a review.
Defense Dome (HullBreach Studios, €2.99/ £2.29) - A throwback to classic arcade-style shooters of the 1990s. Players target an onslaught of enemy missiles by using the Wii U GamePad as a zoomable, gyroscope-controlled scope, and launch countermeasures to defend the nation. It sounds fine in theory, but we were far from impressed in our Defense Dome review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Pokémon Ranger (Nintendo, €9.99/ £8.99) - A DS game that launched a sub series, this has you play as a Pokémon Ranger who uses wild Pokémon to help overcome various obstacles and protect the Fiore Region, and Pokémon within it, from the Go-Rock Squad. Temporary capture of these Pokémon is done by circling them on the DS's touch screen, or in this case the GamePad touch screen. We'll round 'em up for a review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Joe's Diner (Joindots, €7.19 / £5.39 until 10th March, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
SDK Paint (HullBreach Studios, €3.35 / £2.99 until 3rd March, normally €4.49 / £3.99)
Wii U eShop Demo
SDK Spriter (HullBreach Studios, free)
Mega Man Legacy Collection (Capcom, €14.99/ £11.99) - Though the included games (Mega Man through to Mega Man 6) have previously arrived on the Virtual Console, the download-only release of this collection in Europe brings a cut price to make it rather tempting. In addition to six classic games there are Challenge stages, along with plenty of digital memorabilia and extras to enjoy. We gave this a hearty recommendation in our Mega Man Legacy Collection review. Available from 23rd February.
Sadame (Rising Star Games, €14.99/ £12.99) - Developed by Mebius, this action RPG has four character types with four different gameplay styles, and each levels up as you progress through the game. In typical RPG style it's possible to customize your character with new weapons and upgrades, while replay value comes from the fact that certain events are only accessible by certain characters. It sounds and looks intriguing, and we'll bring you a review soon.
Excave III: Tower of Destiny (Bergsala Lightweight, €7.99 / £7.19) - This series offers randomised dungeon crawling of the old-school variety, albeit with some modern features thrown in. This new entry boasts of online leaderboards in addition to special unlocks available if you have save data for its predecessor. We gave Excave II a solid recommendation and will jump into this new entry for a review.
Toy Defence (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.19) - CIRCLE continues its prolific run of releases, in this case with a tower defence title in which you do battle with toys. We'll see whether this is fun play time or a war of attrition in our review.
3DS Virtual Console
Pokémon Red (Nintendo, €9.99/ £8.99) - The first generation Pokémon titles finally arrive as legitimate purchases on modern hardware, rather appropriately right in time for the 20th Anniversary of the series. Trading is possible in these fresh releases via local wireless, too. Our review is in the works. Available from 27th February.
Pokémon Blue (Nintendo, €9.99/ £8.99) - The other half of the first ever release which features its own unique Pokémon. Available from 27th February.
Pokémon Yellow (Nintendo, €9.99/ £8.99) - An enhanced re-release of Red & Blue, this game made a star out of Pikachu by giving it greater personality traits, making this one another intriguing option out of the three gen 1 arrivals. Available from 27th February.
3DS Retail Download
Bravely Second: End Layer (Nintendo/Square Enix, €40.49 / £35.99 until 10th March for those with the demo, normally €44.99 / £39.99) - Following the strong commercial performance of the first entry in this series, this sequel aims to take the building blocks of that original RPG and make improvements across the board. A variety of adjustments, lovely visuals and excellent writing help this one shine - you can get the full lowdown in our detailed Bravely Second: End Layer review. Available from 26th February)
Bravely Second: End Layer: SP Drink (Nintendo/Square Enix, €0.50 / £0.50 for the first purchase, then €0.99 / £0.89)
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight: Thunder Queen's Legacy (NIS America, free until 3rd March, then €1.99/ £1.79)
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight: The Eldritch Hound (NIS America, €1.99/ £1.79)
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight:Wanted: Blessed Clover (NIS America, €1.99/ £1.79)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Atlus, €9.99 / £7.40 until 10th March, normally €29.99 / £24.99)
Fun! Fun! Minigolf Touch! (Shin'en Multimedia, €2.24 / £1.85 until 17th March, normally €2.99 / £2.50)
Bloo Kid 2 (Winterworks, €1.99 / £1.69 until 17th March, normally €3.99 / £3.49)
KAMI (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.59 until 10th March, normally €2.99 / £2.39)
Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.59 until 10th March, normally €3.99 / £3.19)
Crazy Construction (Joindots, €5.59 / £3.99 until 10th March, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Funfair Party Games (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.69 until 10th March, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, €4.99/ £3.99 until 10th March, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Pazuru (Joindots, €4.49 / £2.99 until 10th March, normally €5.99 / £3.99)
Undead Bowling (Joindots, €5.59/ £3.99 until 10th March, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
3DS HOME Themes
Mega Man "Stage Select!" (Capcom, €1.99/ £1.79)
Mega Man vs Dr. Wily! (Capcom, €1.99/ £1.79)
So there you have it, the full line-up for this week's Nintendo Download Update. Let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.