With the start of another week we have the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe, and this week is full of enticing options. We have a range of new downloads on the Wii U, along with some 'Nindie' DLC and upcoming Nintendo Selects price-drops. In addition to that we have a free beta, discounts and more besides, so there's plenty to consider - let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
Olympia Rising (PlayEveryWare, €4.99 / £4.49) - This is an adventure platformer with some rather stylish pixel-based visuals, as expected revolving around climbing up Mount Olympus. This looks impressive on other platforms, so we'll see how it stacks up on Wii U in a review.
Paranautical Activity (Digerati, €9.99 / £8.99) - A game with a somewhat unique and controversial history, it features procedurally-generated levels and permadeath - two common Roguelike elements - as well as hordes of enemies and bosses to fight. Upgrades are available to make things a bit easier, and there are plenty of hidden items to seek out. We'll tackle a review soon.
COLOR BOMBS (RCMADIAX, €1.49/ £1.39 ) - A chain-reaction title in which players must collect a predetermined amount of the aforementioned bombs to complete a stage. We were very critical of this in our COLOR BOMBS review.
Star Sky 2 (JMJ Interactive, €4.00/ £3.60) - A follow-up to a previous Wii U arrival, this is designed to be a relaxing, meditative experience in which you explore and soak in the atmosphere. We didn't think the first game hit the mark, but will find our inner peace to give this one a try.
Wii U Virtual Console
Yoshi's Story (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99 ) - Known as Yoshi's Island 64 in the early stages of its development, this entry into the Yoshi canon finally makes its Virtual Console debut. The platforming action here takes place within a pop-up storybook and has an interesting visual style, with pre-rendered 3D graphics used to craft worlds made from materials such as wood, fabrics and cardboard. We gave this a modest recommendation in our review.
Wii U eShop DLC
Runbow will receive a range of DLC options this week, as follows:
Satura's Space Adventure (13AM Games, €6.49/ £5.89) - Teased by 13AM Games recently, stay tuned for an exclusive reveal on Nintendo Life later today.
Lilac (13AM Games, free)
Professionals Pack (13AM Games, €1.99/ £1.79)
Winter Pack (13AM Games, €2.99/ £2.69)
Anime Pack (13AM Games, €1.99/ £1.79)
SteamPunk Pack (13AM Games, €1.99/ £1.79)
New Costumes and Music Bundle (13AM Games, €6.49/ £5.89)
Extra Value Bundle (13AM Games, €11.99/ £10.79)
Wii U Open Beta
Lost Reavers (Bandai Namco, free) - You can put this free-to-play online co-op shooter to the test in this beta until 26th April.
Wii U Nintendo Selects on the eShop (from 15/04)
New Super Luigi U (Nintendo, €9.99/ £8.99)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Nintendo, €24.99/ £19.99)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo, €24.99/ £19.99)
LEGO City: Undercover (Nintendo, €24.99/ £19.99)
Nintendo Land (Nintendo, €24.99/ £19.99)
Wii Party U (Nintendo, €24.99/ £19.99)
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Runbow (13AM Games, €10.49/ £8.24 until 28th April, normally €13.99 / £10.99)
Wicked Monsters Blast! HD Plus (Corecell, €2.99/ £2.69 until 28th April, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Stone Shire (Finger Gun Games, €1.00/ £1.00 until 14th May, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
Super Strike Beach Volleyball (Natsume, €4.99 / £4.49) - Promising 'high-octane' beach volleyball, you have the choice of eight characters (with different abilities) and a campaign mode to take on, though free-play is an option too. This could undoubtedly be fun, so we'll dig out a beach towel and let you know what we think.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Pilotwings (Nintendo, €7.99 / £7.19) — This flying game was a trailblazer when first released, combining different vehicles and challenges with the goal of flying your way to a surprising and epic final mission. Not exactly a detailed flight sim, but under the right circumstances still laid back, this one certainly has a loyal group of fans that we suspect will eagerly pick it up on Wii U. We gave this a modest recommendation in our Wii U Virtual Console Pilotwings review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
AeternoBlade (Corecell, €10.99/ £9.99 until 28th April, normally €14.99 / £13.50)
Karous: The Beast of RE: Eden (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99/ £3.29 until 28th April, normally €5.99 / £4.79)
Samurai Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99/ £1.59 until 28th April, normally €2.99 / £2.39)
Snow Moto Racing 3D(Zordix AB, €3.99/ £3.59 until 21st April, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
3DS HOME Themes
Hatsune Miku: Carton Box Theme (SEGA, €1.79/ £1.59)
Hatsune Miku: Deluxe Theme (SEGA, €1.79/ £1.59)
Elves and Unicorns: A special friendship (Rainbow, €1.99/ £1.79)
Bloom and Stella Tynix A magical transformation (Rainbow, €1.99/ £1.79)
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: Shadow & Light (Nintendo, €1.99/ £1.79)
3DS HOME Theme Permanent Discounts
Mia and Me main characters: Mia, Mo, Yuko and Onchao (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)
Mia and Me: Mia in Centopia (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)
Mia and the Unicorns (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)
The Winx at Alfea (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)
Winter in Centopia (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)
Winx Club Fashion Style: Flora and Bloom (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)
Winx Club Mythix: Bloom, Stella and Flora (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)
Winx Music & Magic:Dancing to the rhythm of magic (Rainbow, €0.99/ £0.89, was €1.99 / £1.79)
That's your lot for the European Nintendo Download Update this week; let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.