It's the start of another week, and that means we can check out details on the Nintendo Download Update goodies heading to Europe in the coming days. The stand-out is a long awaiting localisation coming to retail on 3DS, while the Wii U Virtual Console adds a first-party DS game to its line-up. There are a number of interesting download-only titles up for grabs too, along with the usual batch of discounts and 3DS HOME Themes. Let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

Gear Gauntlet (Crystalline Green, €9.99 / £7.99) - Originally released on Xbox One, the aim here is to rush through courses while also quickly pushing face buttons when hit by a colour-coded dead end. It's fast-paced and rather tricky, but could well be worth a look; we'll get into gear and bring you a review.

Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing (EnjoyUp Games, €4.95 / £4.45 until 22nd September, then €7.99 / £7.19) - The latest in the Rock 'N Racing series, this time around focusing on F1-style cars; you'll be able to customise your car, tackle local multiplayer and compare times through online leaderboards. We'll see whether this deserves a podium place in our review.

Aenigma Os (Akies Games, €6.49 / £4.99) - A match-3 puzzle game, at least on the surface, this one promises a relatively lengthy campaign, challenge levels and local multiplayer. We'll bring you a review soon.

Brick Breaker (Sanuk Games, €4.99 / £4.49) - It's a classic formula, which Sanuk Games doesn't deny is at the core of its offering. It does boast of a 100 level campaign, the usual blend of bonuses and traps, and local multiplayer options. We'll see whether it breaks our will or brings a welcome dose of nostalgia in our review.

MikroGame: Rotator (Studio de la Torre, €1.99 / £1.89) - A quickfire rhythm-style game in which you rapidly follow button prompts to progress through a tunnel-like course of platforms. We're still working on a review for this one and will share it with you as soon as possible.

SHOOTY SPACE (RCMADIAX, €2.99 / £2.69) - A shmup in which you try to accumulate as high a score as possible, with the option to jump right back in when you see the Game Over screen. We'll blast some foes and bring you a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Metroid Prime: Hunters (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) - The Wii U eShop already has the outstanding Metroid Prime Trilogy available to download, and now we can complete the set with this DS release. It was a tentpole reveal and release for the DS hardware, even if the end result didn't quite have the scope that the developers at NST initially planned. Nevertheless it's a DS Metroid game, and one we gave a modest recommendation in our Wii U Virtual Console Metroid Prime: Hunters review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Citizens of Earth (Atlus, €4.99 / £4.00 until 29th September, normally €11.99 / £9.99)

Futuridium EP Deluxe (MixedBag Games, €7.99 / £5.99 until 22nd September, normally €9.99/ £7.99)

Master Reboot (Wales Interactive, €4.59 / £3.99 until 13th October, normally €11.99 / £9.99)

The Quiet Collection (Nostatic Games, €2.69 / £1.79 until 22nd September, normally €4.49 / £2.99)

Tachyon Project (Eclipse Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 22nd September, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

STEEL LORDS (nuGAME, €7.50 / £6.00 until 12th October, normally €14.99 / £10.99)

Wii U eShop Permanent Discount

Puzzle Monkeys (Log Games, €1.49 / £1.49, was €2.99 / £2.99)

3DS Retail Download

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (Square Enix / Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - A much anticipated localisation, this remaster overhauls the visuals of the original while still offering the same enormous adventure. In the coming week we'll have a review and more to share with you, but until then you can check out our first impressions from earlier in the year. Available from 16th September. Download purchases include free DRAGON QUEST VII Bonus Theme until 31st March 2017.

3DS eShop

Splat the Difference (Lightwood Games, €5.00 / £4.50) - Often associated with word games, this time around Lightwood Games is sharing its own colourful twist on 'spot the difference', where you mark the screen with splats of paint. Also supports local multiplayer for four with Download Play, we'll see whether it's an artful release or otherwise in our review.

New Nintendo 3DS eShop

Futuridium EP Deluxe (MixedBag Games, €7.99 / £5.99 until 22nd September, free if already owned on the Wii U eShop under the same Nintendo Account, otherwise €9.99 / £7.99) - This futuristic and high-speed title has you flying and shooting through a variety of colourful environments, with the promise of 60fps with 3D enabled. Think of a faster Star Fox with elements of the Death Star run from the first Star Wars movie, and you're going in the right direction; we liked this in our Futuridium EP Deluxe Wii U review, but will take a separate look at the New 3DS version.

3DS DLC

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice add-on content (Capcom, €3.99 / £3.59)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Yo-kai Watch (Nintendo, on discount until 1st October)

Citizens of Earth (Atlus, €4.99 / £4.00 until 29th September, normally €11.99 / £9.99)

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (Marvelous Europe, €17.99 / £14.99 until 29th September, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Alphadia (KEMCO, €4.99 / £4.49 until 29th September, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Chronus Arc (KEMCO, €4.99 / £4.49 until 29th September, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Conveni Dream (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.59 until 6th October, normally €5.00 / £4.50)

Puzzle Labyrinth (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.39 until 6th October, normally €5.00 / £4.29)

Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 6th October, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 6th October, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Johnny's Payday Panic (Office Create, €1.99 / £1.49 until 29th September, normally €3.99 / £2.99)

3DS HOME Themes

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice Bonus Theme (Capcom, €3.99 / £3.59) - Bonus for clicking on "Go to the Theme Shop" button in the AOC, free download code for the theme "Phoenix Wright: Asinine Attorney".

YO-KAI WATCH Komasan (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

YO-KAI WATCHKomajiro (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

YO-KAI WATCH Robonyan (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)


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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