With the start of another week comes the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe. This week has some promising download-only releases across Wii U and 3DS, while there are also multiple retail titles to choose from including the latest in the LEGO and Zero Escape IPs. Beyond that there are some eagerly awaited DLC options and a handful of discounts; let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
Ziggurat (Milkstone Studios, €15.00 / £12.00) - Previously released on PC, this is a first-person dungeon-crawler / roguelike that promises to bring a different challenge every time you play as its sorcerer protagonist. It has a number of key ingredients for the genre, with lots of items and levelling up to do along with some boss encounters. There aren't many quirky takes on first-person 'shooters' on Wii U, so it'll be interesting to see whether this can cast a spell over us in a review.
Midnight 2 (Petite Games, €1.99 / £1.79) - A second entry in the series that adopts a relaxing aesthetic for some gravity-based puzzles in which you propel the ball-like protagonist around various stages. It continues the solid work of its predecessor, as we explain in our Midnight 2 review.
Wii U Retail Download
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (WB Games, €49.99 / £39.99) - We've had to wait for this one long after the Blu-Ray / DVD release of the film itself, but the comedic and no doubt formulaic LEGO take on the hit movie is finally arriving. It'll include a few story snippets that are new and exclusive, along with the usual slightly off-beat portrayal of the movie's main scenes. Along with puzzle platforming there'll be a bit of flying, and we'll blast through a review to tell you whether the force is with this one. Available from 28th June.
Wii U DLC
Hyrule Warriors: Legends of Hyrule Pack (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99 for Wii U only season pass, £15.29 / €16.99 with 3DS season pass)
Hyrule Warriors: Character Pack (Nintendo, €11.99 / £10.79) - Includes Linkle, Skull Kid, Tetra, Toon Link, King Daphnes and Ganondorf's trident weapon.
Hyrule Warriors: Link's Awakening Pack (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49 or part of Legends of Hyrule Pack) - Includes Marin as a new playable character and new boots for Linkle.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
99Moves (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 28th July, normally €2.49 / £2.29)
Abyss (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 28th July, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX (EnjoyUp Games, €4.95 / £4.45 until 28th July, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
ZaciSa: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (ZeNfA Productions, €0.89 / £0.68 until 28th July, normally €2.99 / £2.29)
Joe's Diner (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.77 until 14th July, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Suspension Railroad Simulator (Joindots, €6.39 / £4.79 until 14th July, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Wii U Demo
Runbow (13AM Games, free)
Zero Time Dilemma (Aksys Games, €39.99 / £32.00) - The third part of this popular narrative / puzzle series arrives, with this entry set to fill in gaps and mysteries left over from Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue's Last Reward. It's a project that was largely made possible by vocal fan support, and it'll be interesting to see how it stacks up; we'll bring you a review as soon as we can. Available from 28th June.
BOXBOXBOY! (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) - Announced during E3 along with a discount for the first entry in this series, HAL Laboratory's cute little box returns with some extra box-based abilities (use two sets at once) and new puzzles to solve. We can expect plenty of charm and quirky collectables along with plenty of puzzle-based stages; we'll see whether all the sides of this one come together in a review.
The Battle Cats POP! (PONOS, €9.99 / £8.99) - A successful smart device title that was given a big push by Nintendo in Japan when it arrived on the eShop, it now makes its way to the West. With a charming visual style this is a 2D tower defence game where the warriors in question are, of course, cats; there's also a multiplayer VS mode, too. We'll scratch out a review and let you know what we think. Available from 27th June.
3DS Retail Downloads
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (WB Games, €39.99 / £29.99) - As is now the norm we expect the portable entry to have a few gameplay changes from the Wii U iteration, with this 3DS entry likely to have a little less grand scale in its level designs and potentially a more linear approach. We'll find out and bring you a review. Available from 28th June.
Teddy Together (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - A friendship game designed particularly for young children, you care for and interact with a teddy bear that's come to life. Available from 1st July.
Fire Emblem Fates - Map 9: Anna on the Run (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79 or part of map pack 1) - This one's all about Anna. You get the privilege of lending her a hand against a bunch of bizarre bandits. If you win, she'll join your army.
Hyrule Warriors Legends: Link's Awakening Pack (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29 or part of season pass) - Includes Marin as a new playable character, boots for Linkle, Koholint Map in Adventure Mode and 15 My Fairy Costume Pieces)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB, €4.99 / £4.49 until 7th July, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
Epic Word Search Collection 2 (Lightwood Games, €5.99 / £4.49 until 7th July, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.89 until 28th July, normally €2.99 / £2.69)
Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 28th July, normally €2.99 / £2.36)
Funfair Party Games (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.69 until 14th July, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, €3.99 / £2.89 until 14th July, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Pazuru (Joindots, €4.49 / £2.99 until 14th July, normally €5.99 / £3.99)
Undead Bowling (Joindots, €2.99 / £2.13 until 14th July, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
3DS Downloadable Video Permanent Discounts
Shaun the Sheep - episodes 1-5 (Nintendo / Aardman Animations Ltd, €1.99 / £1.79, previously
€2.99 / £2.69)
Shaun the Sheep - episodes 6-10 (Nintendo / Aardman Animations Ltd, €1.99 / £1.79, previously
€2.99 / £2.69)
Shaun the Sheep - episodes 11-15 (Nintendo / Aardman Animations Ltd, €1.99 / £1.79, previously
€2.99 / £2.69)
Shaun the Sheep - episode 1-15 + Making of (Nintendo, Aardman Animations Ltd, €3.99 / £3.59, previously
€6.99 / £6.29)
Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom, free)
Wii U and 3DS DLC
Hyrule Warriors Legends: Link's Awakening Pack (Nintendo, €8.99 / £8.09 or part of dual-system season pass)
That's everything for the European Nintendo Download Update this week - let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.