We're a little later than normal with the European Nintendo Download Update details today thanks to a bit of confusion, but in any case our pals at Nintendo Insider have helped us out, so a big hat-tip to them. This week brings plenty of Virtual Console goodness across both Wii U and New 3DS, along with some promising download-only releases, discounts and DLC. Let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

Secret Files: Tunguska (Deep Silver, €4.99 / £4.49 until 4th August, normally €9.99/ £8.99) - This one actually arrived at retail in Germany quite some time ago, and finally makes its way to the rest of the continent at a tempting price point on the eShop. A fondly regarded point-and-click puzzle adventure that's previously been on multiple past-gen Nintendo systems, we'll find some warm clothes and take this on for a review.

3Souls (Red Column, €3.60 / £3.20) - An intriguing release that aims to put the GamePad to work, utilising the second screen to show a character's emotions along with some other uses. This title also includes co-op, and we'll see how well it delivers on its ambition in a review.

Letter Quest Remastered (Digerati, €7.99 / £7.19 until 11th August, normally €9.99 / £8.99) - A word-based game which employs turn-based RPG elements, this certainly has the potential to deliver some thrills for wordy gamers. We'll dig out a Thesaurus and let you know what we think.

Dragon Skills (Joindots, €7.99 / £6.79) - A title that takes its inspiration from the classic Brick Breaker formula, in this case you paddle a ball back and forth that has an ever-growing tail, with bonuses piling up the longer you survive. We'll break out our rose-tinted specs and bring you a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

R-Type (Konami, €7.99 / £7.19) - The first of a triple arrival of TurboGrafx-16 titles on the Wii U Virtual Console, having previously been part of the extensive VC on Wii. This is a very decent port of the classic arcade shoot 'em up, which is regarded both as one of the greats of its genre and as an extremely challenging title. You can check out our Wii Virtual Console R-Type review while we work on a fresh perspective on Wii U.

New Adventure Island (Konami, €5.99 / £5.39) - Another TurboGrafx-16 title, and another good 'un. It can be argued that this is one of the best titles featuring Master Higgins; it has bright visuals and smooth controls, along with a clever mechanic in which your health depletes with the passing of time, making every move count. We praised this a great deal in our Wii Virtual Console New Adventure Island review.

Bonk's Adventure (Konami, €5.99 / £5.39) - A third TurboGrafx-16 release, originally brought to the Wii VC by the now defunct Hudson. A rather colourful and conventional platformer in which you headbutt enemies, it also has some humour for extra flavour. We gave it a modest recommendation in our Bonk's Adventure review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (ScrewAttack Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 11th August, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Beatbuddy (Threaks, €3.99 / £3.99 until 8th August, normally €8.99 / £8.09)

Rock 'n Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games, €2.99 / £2.69 until 25th August, normally €5.99 / £5.39)

99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 25th August, normally €2.49 / £2.29)

Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 25th August, normally €2.49 / £2.29)

Island Flight Simulator (Joindots, €7.19 / £5.39until 11th August, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Sweetest Thing (Joindots, €4.89 / £3.84 until 11th August, normally €6.99 / £5.49)

3DS eShop

Power Disc Slam (Chequered Cow Games, €11.99 / £9.99) - This 3DS title is, in spirit at least, a modern take on Neo Geo title Windjammers, albeit with modern features such as online multiplayer and 60fps stereoscopic 3D. It promises quite a lot of content, so we'll throw ourselves into it for a review.

Psycho Pigs (Bergsala Lightweight, €7.99 / £7.19) - A quirky arena brawler that cites a 1987 Jaleco game as its inspiration, you battle it out as pigs while trying to use the environment as an asset. We'll see whether it's tasty like bacon of hammed up nonsense in our review.

New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console

If you buy two of the following on the New 3DS before 11th August, you get the third free:

Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Capcom, €7.99 / £7.19) - Although the original never arrived on Nintendo hardware, this sequel brought a taste of the arcade action to the Super NES. A spin-off from the core franchise, it utilises custom combos along with some fresh characters and a different art style; we were big fans of this in our Street Fighter Alpha 2 review.

Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting (Capcom, €7.99 / £7.19) - This entry is more the typical Street Fighter action that's associated with the 16-bit era; in this one's case it has less flat-out content than its successor below, but does play faster courtesy of the Turbo options. We weighed it all up in our review for the Wii U Virtual Console release.

Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (Capcom, €7.99 / £7.19) - This entry lacks the speed of Turbo Hyper Fighting, but boasts more characters and modes to choose from; on some metrics its better, but those that crave speed will disagree. In any case we gave it a strong recommendation in our review.

3DS DLC

Fire Emblem Fates - IV: Light's Sacrifice (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79 or part of map pack 2) - Part IV of Heirs of Fate.

Fire Emblem Fates: V: Endless Dawn (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79 or part of map pack 2) - Part V of Heirs of Fate.

Fire Emblem Fates: End: Lost in the Waves (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79 or part of map pack 2) - Heirs of Fate finale.

3DS Demo

Crazy Construction (Joindots, free)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (ScrewAttack Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 11th August, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Epic Word Search Collection (Lightwood Games, €5.99 / £4.49 until 4th August, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €3.99 / £3.59 until 4th August, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Escape from Zombie City (Tom Create, €2.10 / £1.90 until 25th August, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

Ninja Battle Heroes (Tom Create, €1.39 / £1.25 until 25th August, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

Runny Egg (Tom Create, €1.40 / £1.25 until 25th August, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

Smash Cat Heroes (Tom Create, €1.75 / £1.39 until 25th August, normally €2.49 / £1.99)

Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 25th August, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

3D Game Collection (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.59 until 11th August, normally €6.99 / £4.99)

Secret Agent Files: Miami (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.75until 11th August, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Crazy Construction (Joindots, €3.49 / £2.49 until 11th August, normally €6.99 / £4.99)

Atlantic Quest (Joindots, €3.49 / £2.49 until 11th August, normally €6.99 / £4.99)

4 Elements (MSL, €1.00 / £1.00 until 25th August, normally €11.99 / £10.79)

Azada (MSL, €1.00 / £1.00 until 25th August, normally €11.99 / £10.79)

Hidden Expedition Titanic (MSL, €1.00 / £1.00 until 25th August, normally €11.99 / £10.79)

Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (MSL, €1.00 / £1.00 until 25th August, normally €11.99 / £10.79)

Jewel Quest Mysteries 3 - The Seventh Gate (MSL, €1.00 / £1.00 until 25th August, normally €11.99 / £10.79)

Jewel Quest: The Sapphire Dragon (MSL, €1.00 / £1.00 until 25th August, normally €11.99 / £10.79)

Luxor (MSL, €1.00 / £1.00 until 25th August, normally €11.99 / £10.79)

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove (MSL, €1.00 / £1.00 until 25th August, normally €11.99 / £10.79)

Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst (MSL, €1.00 / £1.00 until 25th August, normally €11.99 / £10.79)

Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (MSL, €1.00 / £1.00 until 25th August, normally €11.99 / £10.79)

Secret Mysteries in London (MSL, €1.00 / £1.00 until 25th August, normally €11.99 / £10.79)


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.

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