Another week begins, and depending on where you are it's the start of Spring with blue skies, chirping birds and the emergence of unholy insects back into our lives. The Nintendo Download has a sense of freshness to it with a major retail arrival on 3DS, some more SNES 3DS goodness on the New portable and more intriguing options across the handheld and Wii U. Let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
Infinity Runner (Wales Interactive, €6.49/ £5.89) - This is a first-person runner title set on a large spaceship that's descended into a nightmare, and you try to escape by running quickly and occasionally turning into a werewolf - with 14 levels it could be rather fun. Our review will be with you this week.
Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut (WayForward, €9.99/ £6.99) - A re-release of the popular DSiWare title, this aims to recreate the original in HD with some helpful new additions like a warp system for getting around the sizeable map. It'll also look rather shiny in HD; we'll get whipped into shape for a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Star Fox 64 (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49 until 21st April, then €9.99/ £8.99) - A classic of the Nintendo 64 era and, arguably, the definitive entry in this franchise. It's providing plenty of inspiration - it seems - for the upcoming Star Fox Zero on Wii U, and now lands on the Virtual Console as a warm-up for the new launch.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Ascent of Kings (Nostatic Software, €1.49 / £1.11 until 31st March, normally €1.99 / £1.49)
Word Party (Lightwood Games, €11.99 / £11.19 until 7th April, normally €15.99 / £14.99)
Suspension Railroad Simulator (Joindots, €7.19 / £5.39 until 7th April, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Donkey Kong Country (Nintendo, €7.99/ £7.19, or €3.99/ £3.59 for users who've downloaded Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest on New 3DS using the same NNID) — One of the all-time classic platformers, this title from Rare made stars of DK, Diddy Kong and Cranky Kong, while using graphical technology that was mind-blowing in the 16-bit era. We argue that it's barely aged a day, as a gaming experience, in our Wii U VC Donkey Kong Country review.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Nintendo, €7.99/ £7.19, or €3.99/ £3.59 for users who've downloaded Donkey Kong Country on New 3DS using the same NNID) — The second home console DK entry from Rare, this one puts you in charge of Diddy Kong as you seek to rescue the captured DK; it provides more of the attractive visuals and gameplay that made the first title so hugely popular. We couldn't say enough positive things about this in our Wii U VC Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest review.
3DS Retail Download
Hyrule Warriors Legends (Nintendo, €39.99/ £34.99) - A game that caused quite a stir when it originally arrived on Wii U, Koei Tecmo has now brought its Warriors / Legend of Zelda mash-up to the portable with extra characters and a new Linkle storyline included; naturally there'll also be a lot of DLC. Our review will be with you later today. Free 3DS HOME Theme with eShop purchases.
3DS / Wii U Retail DLC
Hyrule Warriors: Legends: Legends of Hyrule Pack: 3DS only (Nintendo, €14.99/ £13.49) - Get four AOC packs as they are released, and a costume for Ganondorf to enjoy now! (Nintendo 3DS only.) This includes the Master Wind Waker Pack (exclusive to Nintendo 3DS), the Link's Awakening Pack, the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack, and the A Link Between Worlds Pack. Plus, you'll receive the "Wind Waker Robes" costume for Ganondorf as soon as you purchase.
Hyrule Warriors: Legends: Legends of Hyrule Pack: 3DS / Wii U Bundle (Nintendo, €16.99/ £15.29) - Get a full breakdown of the Hyrule Warriors DLC here.
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3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Beyblade Evolution (Rising Star Games, €4.99 / £4.99 until 31st March, normally €19.99 / £19.99)
BIT.TRIP SAGA (Rising Star Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 31st March, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
Girls' Fashion Shoot (Rising Star Games, €4.99 / £4.99 until 31st March, normally €19.99 / £19.99)
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (Rising Star Games, €9.99 / £8.99 until 31st March, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
Hometown Story (Rising Star Games, €7.49 / £7.49until 31st March, normally €29.99 / £29.99)
Jewel Master Cradle Of Egypt 2 3D (Rising Star Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 31st March, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
Jewel Master Cradle Of Rome 2 (Rising Star Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 31st March, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
Super Black Bass 3D (Rising Star Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 31st March, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
Virtue's Last Reward (Rising Star Games, €12.49 / £9.99 until 31st March, normally €24.99 / £19.99)
Sadame (Rising Star Games, €10.99 / £9.49 until 31st March, normally €14.99 / £12.99)
Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (Shin'en Multimedia, €6.70 / £5.70 until 14th April, normally €8.99 / £7.66)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €3.99 / £3.59 until 31st March, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Epic Word Search Collection (Lightwood Games, €5.99 / £4.49 until 7th April, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Johnny's Payday Panic (Office Create, €1.99/ £1.49 until 31st March, normally €3.99 / £2.99)
That's your lot for the European Download Update this week; let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.