Another week is underway, and as always we can get up and running with the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe. This week brings an iconic franchise to the Wii U, twice, along with some other download-only options and two retro party games. The 3DS has a major release from Aksys Games along with other options that include a demo and HOME Themes, while both systems have some tempting discounts. Without further ado let's get to the details.

Wii U eShop

Star Fox Guard (Nintendo, €14.99 / £12.99 or €9.99/ £9.99 for those with Star Fox Zero on the same Wii U) - Originally 'Project Guard' and showcased as a demonstration of unique GamePad-based gameplay, this has emerged as an accompaniment to Zero. Your challenge is to place and then monitor 12 camera feeds, spotting incoming robots and destroying them before they take out your base. A relatively simple concept on paper, we nevertheless found it enthralling and surprisingly scary in our Star Fox Guard preview; our review will be with you before launch. Available from 22nd April.

Queens Garden (Joindots, €6.99/ £5.49) - Beyond wondering whether there should be an apostrophe in the name, we do know that this looks like a colourful match-3 title for the eShop. We'll give it the royal treatment for a review.

Paranautical Activity (Digerati, €9.99) - Listed previously for Europe, in this case it seems to be a German release date.

Wii U Virtual Console

Mario Party DS (Nintendo, €9.99/ £8.99) - Though this series is most highly regarding for its home console offerings, portable versions do at least offer some minigames on the go. 'Download Play' multiplayer will be out, so we'll see how much can be done by passing the GamePad back and forth, while a solo campaign is an option; we'll bring you a review soon.

Mario Party 2 (Nintendo, €9.99/ £8.99) - We jump straight to the second N64 entry in the series, which makes sense as it improved on the original and included a number of the same minigames. This one did include more unique game boards, and this Wii U version should also offer standard multiplayer shenanigans; we'll have another party for this one, but until then you can check out our original Wii Virtual Console review.

Wii U Retail Download

Star Fox Zero (Nintendo, €49.99 / £39.99 or €44.99 / £36.99 for those with Star Fox Guard on the same Wii U) - After skipping the Wii entirely we finally have a fresh Star Fox title on a home console, and it's an ambitious effort that incorporates a new GamePad-centric control scheme. In addition to flight levels there are other vehicles and control schemes thrown into the mix, along with plenty of content for players to master. Our review will be with you before launch, but until then you can catch up with our Star Fox Zero preview. Available from 22nd April.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games, €9.99 / £8.66 until 28th April, normally €14.99 / £12.99)

Never Alone (E-Line Media, €3.74 / £3.24 until 4th May, normally €14.99 / £12.99)

Shadow Puppeteer (Snow Cannon, €10.00 / £9.00 until 11th May, normally €14.99 / £13.49)

Family Tennis SP (Shin'en Multimedia, €3.74 / £2.99 until 12th May, normally €4.99 / £3.99)

Jones on Fire (Joindots, €2.99 / £2.29 until 5th May, normally €5.99 / £4.59)

3DS eShop

Langrisser Re:Incarnation Tensei (Aksys Games, €34.99 / £28.00) - Langrisser started on the Sega Mega Drive and had several sequels up through the Sega Saturn, but the only entry to ever make it out of Japan was the first game. With this one heading West on 3DS (eShop only in Europe) it has a chance to win over new fans; it promises branching story paths, plenty of strategic battles and 100+ hours of gameplay. Available from 19th April.

Dan McFox: Head Hunter (Lightwood Games, €2.49 / £1.99) - This isn't just an opportunistic release with the Foxy theme of the week, but is also a rare release from Lightwood Games that isn't a word game. It's a port of a mobile title generally targeting young gamers, as it incorporates elements of the 'Guess Who' board game, challenging the player to frantically pick out faces that fit the right criteria. It'll include online leaderboards, and we'll bring you a review soon.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus, €9.99 / £8.99 until 5th May, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games, €9.99 / £8.66 until 28th April, normally €14.99 / £12.99)

3D MahJongg (Joindots, €3.99 / £3.59 until 5th May, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Safari Quest (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.99 until 5th May, normally €6.99 / £4.99)

Gardenscapes (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.49 until 5th May, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.49 until 5th May, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Carps & Dragons (Abylight, €2.49 / £2.24 until 21st May, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

3DS eShop Demo

Pocket Card Jockey (Nintendo, free)

3DS HOME Themes

Animal Crossing: Gardening Weather (Nintendo, €1.99/ £1.79)

Hatsune Miku: Paper Craft Theme (SEGA, €1.79/ £1.59)


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.

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