With the start of another week we have the European Nintendo Download Update, letting us know what download goodies are on the way this week; it's a corker, too. The most high-profile arrival is likely to be a freebie on 3DS, though there's also a retail release on the portable that'll be worth a look. There are also some 'Nindie' gems to consider, and a huge number of discounts both Halloween themed and otherwise; let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

Pirate Pop Plus (13AM Games, €4.49 / £4.09 or free if you own the New 3DS version on the same Nintendo Account) - The title takes inspiration from Mitchell Corp's classic bubble-popping title Pang; with Game Boy-style visuals and an excellent chiptune soundtrack, it certainly looks the part. The gameplay involves popping bubbles and blasting enemies, but at certain points the gravity changes, placing you on the sides of the screen or even upside down on the ceiling. We enjoyed this in our hands on impressions and will get working on a review right away.

Fire: Ungh's Quest (Daedalic, €9.99 / £8.99) - From a developer and publisher revered for its puzzle adventure games in Germany, particularly, this 'puzzleventure' promises plenty of personality and quirky environments and puzzles; we'll get cracking on a review.

Super Destronaut 2: Go Duck Yourself (Petite Games, €1.99 / £1.79) - Looking very much like a clone of Taito's seminal Space Invaders, the game involves blasting oncoming enemies, collecting power-ups and grabbing coins to boost your score multiplier. Classic, Time Attack, Hardcore and "Invaders" modes are promised, and there's a multiplayer option as well.

Wii U Virtual Console

Project Zero 2: Wii Edition (Nintendo, €19.99 / £17.99) - A Wii retail title that was at the heart of a North American localisation storm in the last generation, this sees twins Mio and Mayu Amakura exploring a creepy village full of poltergeists, all waiting to be snapped on camera. We gave this a recommendation in our Project Zero 2: Wii Edition review.

Wii U eShop Halloween Deals

Bayonetta 2 (Nintendo, €34.99 / £27.99 until 3rd November, normally €49.99 / £39.99)

Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water full game (Nintendo, 34.99 / £27.99 until 3rd November, normally €49.99 / £39.99)

ZombiU (Ubisoft, €7.99 / £6.39 until 3rd November, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Darksiders II (Nordic Games, €12.49 / £9.99 until 3rd November, normally €49.99 / £39.99)

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €9.99 / £7.99 until 3rd November, normally €49.99 / £39.99)

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Capcom, €13.99 / £12.59 until 3rd November, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Capcom, €4.90 / £3.95 until 3rd November, normally €14.99 / £11.99)

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Bandai Namco, €9.99 / £9.00 until 3rd November, normally €39.99 / £36.99)

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Bandai Namco, €8.70 / £6.19 until 3rd November, normally €34.99 / £24.99)

Don't Starve: Giant Edition (Klei Entertainment, €6.99 / £6.29 until 3rd November, normally €13.99 / £12.59)

Super Meat Boy (Blitworks, €11.20 / £10.40 until 3rd November, normally €14.00 / £13.00)

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Nicalis, €8.99 / £8.00 until 3rd November, normally €14.99 / £13.49)

Year Walk (Simogo, €3.49 / £3.14 until 3rd November, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut (Curve Digital, €2.99 / £2.49 until 3rd November, normally €11.99 / £9.99)

Costume Quest 2 (Midnight City, €7.49 / £6.74 until 3rd November, normally €14.99 / £13.49)

Extreme Exorcism (Ripstone, €5.99 / £4.49 until 3rd November, normally €12.99 / £9.99)

Nihilumbra (BeautiFun Games, €2.65 / £1.99 until 3rd November, normally €8.99 / £6.99)

Shadow Puppeteer (Snow Cannon Games, €7.49 / £6.74 until 3rd November, normally €14.99 / £13.49)

Ziggurat (Milkstone Studios, €9.00 / £7.00 until 3rd November, normally €15.00 / £12.00)

Slender: The Arrival (Blue Isle Studios, €4.49 / £3.19 until 3rd November, normally €8.99 / £6.39)

Whispering Willows (Abstraction Games, €4.99 / £3.99 until 3rd November, normally €9.99 / £7.99)

How to Survive (505 Games, €6.99 / £6.29 until 3rd November, normally €13.99 / £12.59)

Unepic (Unepic Fran, €4.99 / £4.40 until 3rd November, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Wii U Virtual Console Halloween Deals

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29 until 3rd November, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Devil World (Nintendo, €3.49 / £2.44 until 3rd November, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

Pandora's Tower (Nintendo, €13.99 / £12.59 until 3rd November, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

Castlevania (Konami, €3.49 / £2.44 until 3rd November, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Konami, €3.49 / £2.44 until 3rd November, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Konami, €3.49 / £2.44 until 3rd November, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (Konami, €4.89 / £4.40 until 3rd November, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (Konami, €4.89 / £4.40 until 3rd November, normally €6.99 / £6.69)

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Konami, €4.89 / £4.40 until 3rd November, normally €6.99 / £6.69)

Castlevania: Dracula X (Konami, €5.59 / £3.84 until 3rd November, normally €7.99 / £5.49)

Super Castlevania IV (Konami, €5.59 / £3.84 until 3rd November, normally €7.99 / £5.49)

Ghosts 'n Goblins (Capcom, €3.49 / £2.44 until 3rd November, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Capcom, €5.59 / £3.84 until 3rd November, normally €7.99 / £5.49)

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts - GBA version (Capcom, €4.89 / £4.40 until 3rd November, normally €6.99 / £6.69)

Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Capcom, €3.49 / £2.44 until 3rd November, normally €4.99 / £3.49)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Tumblestone (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, €19.99 / £15.99 until 27th October, normally €24.99 / £19.99)

Gunman Clive HD Collection (Hörberg Productions, €2.39 / £2.15 until 3rd November, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Human Resource Machine (Tomorrow Corporation, €6.99 / £6.29 until 27th October, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation, €4.99 / £4.49 until 27th October, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Hurry Up! Bird Hunter (EnjoyUp Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 10th November, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Dragon Skills (Joindots, €6.39 / £5.43 until 3rd November, normally €7.99 / £6.79)

Island Flight Simulator (Joindots, €6.39 / £4.79 until 3rd November, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Sweetest Thing (Joindots, €5.59 / £4.39 until 3rd November, normally €6.99 / £5.49)

Super Toy Cars (Eclipse Games, €3.99 / £3.49 until 27th October, normally €7.99 / £6.99)

Toon Tanks (Petite Games, €1.59 / £1.43 until 10th November, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

3DS Retail Download

Rhythm Paradise Megamix (Nintendo, €29.99 / £24.99) - It's taken a while to get to Europe, but the region will finally have the latest entry in the wacky rhythm-based series. This incorporates some minigames and content from past entries on GBA and DS, along with some all-new levels; it's a 'greatest hits' or sorts, as a result. We gave it a strong recommendation in our Rhythm Paradise Megamix review.

3DS eShop

Ping Pong Trick Shot (Starsign, €1.99 / £1.99) - Slightly odd, as this is a video game version of throwing a ball into a cup. There are different modes (Score Attack, Time Attack and so on) and promises of wacky things like portals that'll shake this up.

New Nintendo 3DS eShop

Pirate Pop Plus (13AM Games, €4.49 / £4.09 or free if you own the Wii U version on the same Nintendo Account) - As per the Wii U iteration, but handily on the go and perhaps fitting the Game Boy aesthetic even better.

New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console

Super Castlevania IV (Konami, €5.59 / £5.00 until 3rd November, normally €7.99 / £7.19) - Some would argue that this is near the peak of the Castlevania franchise. This Super NES title is held in particularly high esteem for good reason, and is sure to tempt some download fans on the portable; you can see what we thought in our Super Castlevania IV review.

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Capcom, €5.59 / £5.00 until 3rd November, normally €7.99 / £7.19) — A SNES classic arrives on the New 3DS; it's a gruelling action game ready to test your skills and patience in the best possible way. With terrific sprite graphics and excellent music to help you along, we suspect most will make frequent use of save states on the New 3DS. We gave it a big recommendation in our Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts review.

3DS eShop Demo

Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon: Special Demo Version (Nintendo, free) - Pitched as a unique adventure to complement the upcoming games, you can get familiar with the Alola Region alongside a special Ash-Greninja that you'll be able to transfer into the full game. We'll have impressions and coverage of the demo with you soon. Available 'late morning' on 18th October.

New Nintendo 3DS eShop Halloween Deal

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Nicalis, €8.99 / £8.00 until 10th November, normally €14.99 / £13.49)

3DS eShop Halloween Deals

Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon (Nintendo, €31.49 / £27.99 until 3rd November, normally €44.99 / £39.99)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (Nintendo, €31.49 / £27.99 until 3rd November, normally €44.99 / £39.99)

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €8.99 / £7.49 until 3rd November, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom, €3.99 / £3.59 until 3rd November, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Bandai Namco, €6.99 / £5.69 until 3rd November, normally €34.99 / £28.49)

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Bandai Namco, €6.99 / £4.99 until 3rd November, normally €34.99 / £24.99)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (NIS America, €8.99 / £8.09 until 3rd November, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (NIS America, €19.99 / £17.49 until 3rd November, normally €39.99 / £34.99)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (NIS America, €11.99 / £9.99 until 3rd November, normally €34.99 / £29.99)

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (Konami, €22.50 / £19.99 until 3rd November, normally €44.99 / £39.99)

Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (Akaoni Studio, €4.99 / £4.49 until 3rd November, normally €7.00 / £6.30)

Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D (Funbox Media, €1.19 / £0.99 until 3rd November, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Epic Word Search Holiday Special (Lightwood Games, €6.39 / £4.79 until 3rd November, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Escape from Zombie City (Tom Create, €1.49 / £1.34 until 3rd November, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

Undead Bowling (Joindots, €3.49 / £2.49 until 3rd November, normally €6.99 / £4.99)

3DS Virtual Console Halloween Deals

Ghosts 'n Goblins (Capcom, €3.49 / £3.14 until 3rd November, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Castlevania (Konami, €3.49 / £3.14 until 3rd November, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Konami, €2.79 / £2.51 until 3rd November, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Konami, €3.49 / £3.14 until 3rd November, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Castlevania: The Adventure (Konami, €2.09 / £1.88 until 3rd November, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

Gargoyle's Quest (Capcom, €2.79 / £2.51 until 3rd November, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Capcom, €3.49 / £3.14 until 3rd November, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Gunman Clive (Hörberg Productions, €0.99 / £0.99 until 3rd November, normally €1.99 / £1.99)

Gunman Clive 2 (Hörberg Productions, €1.49 / £1.25 until 3rd November, normally €2.99 / £2.50)

AeternoBlade (Corecell, €4.99 / £4.49 until 10th November, normally €14.99 / £13.50)

Heart Beaten (Springloaded, €2.33 / £2.00 until 27th October, or €1.09 / £1.00 if you own Space Lift Danger Panic, normally €3.49 / £2.99)

Space Lift Danger Panic! (Springloaded, €1.65 / £1.29 until 27th October, or €0.80 / £0.65 if you own Heart Beaten, normally €2.49 / £1.99)

3D Game Collection (Joindots, €5.59 / £3.99 until 3rd November, normally €6.99 / £4.99)

Atlantic Quest (Joindots, €5.59 / £3.99 until 3rd November, normally €6.99 / £4.99)

Secret Agent Files: Miami (Joindots, €6.39 / £4.79 until 3rd November, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

3DS HOME Themes

Rhythm Paradise Megamix - Costumed Tibby (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79) - Also a bonus download with eShop purchases of the game until 17th November.

Rhythm Paradise Megamix - Ringside (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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