Another week begins, and we have the Nintendo Download Update details of the goodies coming to Europe later this week. Wii U and 3DS are sharing a couple of big name 'Nindie' titles, while there are also a number of other download-only arrivals to consider. There are some discounts, DLC and a 3DS HOME Theme to also check out, so let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
SEVERED (Drinkbox Studios, €13.49 / £10.79 until 29th September, normally €14.99 / £11.99, cross-buy available on 3DS with same Nintendo Network ID) - A title previously released on Vita, it offers a twist on first-person dungeon crawling with touchscreen-based combat. You swipe at enemy limbs and weakspots with the stylus, and outside of combat there's character customisation to consider. We'll get working on a review, but in the meantime your can see our hands on impressions from earlier in the year.
Noitu Love: Devolution (MP2 Games, €7.99 / £6.99 until 29th September, €4.49 / £3.99 if you also own the 3DS version, normally €8.99 / £7.99) - Part of the Nindie 'Summer Jam' promotion, this colourful action title (which may remind players of classics like Gunstar Heroes, Metal Slug or Contra) arrives on the eShop after making a positive impact on Steam. The twist is that you move your character with the left stick and aim a crosshair to attack; this Wii U version supports the GamePad + stylus or Wii Remote + Nunchuk, and we certainly enjoyed it in our Noitu Love: Devolution review.
Dreamals: Dream Quest (XINESS, €9.99 / £8.99) - Three cute animals return for more puzzle platforming after a thoroughly decent debut release. In this sequel the animals can combine together while trying to make it through a promised 100 stages.
Laser Blaster (Petite Games, €1.99 / £1.79) - This sounds like a modern take on an '80s arcade classic, as you aim and fire rockets from the ground to take out waves of enemy lasers coming down from the sky, in this case using the GamePad.
Mahjong (Sanuk Games, €4.99 / £4.49) - We seem to have had a lot of variations and releases in this genre across DS, 3DS and even Wii. Now it's the turn of the Wii U for some tile matching action.
Double Breakout (nuGAME, €7.00 / £6.00) - It seems we're seeing a mini-revival of Breakout games, with this being the second in as many weeks; this effort from nuGAME promises to blend elements of Breakout and Pong over 20 stages (with support for two players).
TITANS TOWER (RCMADIAX, €1.49 / £1.39) - This one seems to be all about jumping your way up a tower, grabbing loot and power-ups to accumulate a big high score.
Wii U DLC
Minecraft: Wii U Edition - Minecon 2016 Skin Pack (Mojang, free)
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Word Party (Lightwood Games, €7.99 / £7.49 until 6th October, normally €15.99 / £14.99)
3Souls (Red Column, €2.70 / £2.40 until 29th September, normally €3.60 / £3.20)
Stone Shire (Finger Gun Games, €1.49 / £1.39 until 13th October, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
Frankenstein - Master of Death (Joindots, €7.19 / £5.39 until 7th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Joe's Diner (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.75 until 7th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Suspension Railroad Simulator (Joindots, €6.39 / £4.79 until 7th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Paranautical Activity (Digerati, €4.99 / £3.99 until 6th October, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
Wii U eShop 'Loyalty Offer'
Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing (EnjoyUp Games, €4.95 / £4.45 for users who downloaded Rock'n Racing Off Road or Rock'n Racing Off Road DX on the same Wii U, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
SEVERED (Drinkbox Studios, €13.49 / £10.79 until 29th September, normally €14.99 / £11.99, cross-buy available on Wii U with same Nintendo Network ID) - As per the Wii U version, but playable on the go.
Noitu Love: Devolution (MP2 Games, €7.99 / £6.99 until 29th September, €4.49 / £3.99 if you also own the Wii U version, normally €8.99 / £7.99) - As per the Wii U version, but naturally available to play on the go; we break down the differences with the portable version in our review.
Polara (CIRCLE Entertainment, €5.00 / £4.99) - This one looks promising in terms of its concept, as it's a pacy runner in which you have to jump and 'change' your character's colour, matching the environmental dangers with twitch reflexes. We'll give it a run for its money in a review.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice: Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney (Capcom, €3.99 / £3.59) - A short scenario, which is a non-canonical 'what if' according to the Ace Attorney wiki. Download this add-on content and get the HOME menu theme "AA:Spirit of Justice Apollo Justice Pixel Art" for free.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Real Heroes Firefighter 3D - Download Version (Zordix AB, €4.99 / £4.49 until 29th September, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
Dan McFox: Head Hunter (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.49 until 29th September, normally €2.49 / £1.99)
Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.99 until 20th October, normally €4.50 / £4.50)
RV-7 My Drone (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.99 until 20th October, normally €2.99 / £2.99)
Toys vs. Monsters (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.99 until 20th October, normally €3.99 / £3.99)
Van Helsing sniper Zx100 (EnjoyUp Games, €2.99 / £2.99 until 20th October, normally €6.66 / £6.66)
Funfair Party Games (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.69 until 7th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, €3.99 / £2.85 until 7th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Pazuru (Joindots, €4.49 / £2.99 until 7th October, normally €5.99 / £3.99)
3DS HOME Themes
Ashley's Recipe (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.