As we head towards the end of 2016 we still have a number of Nintendo Download Updates to enjoy on Wii U and 3DS. The European details for later in the week are here, and include some top-notch retro gaming, much-anticipated DLC and some intriguing Nindie downloads. Let's get to the details.
Wii U eShop
Twisted Fusion (Leuvsion, €5.00 / £4.00) - This Wii U-exclusive adventure / platformer has been long in the making, having been successfully funded on Kickstarter back in Spring 2014. It utilises the GamePad for a second display for those that want it (but also supports single-screen gaming), and offers a fair bit of freedom in approach, with added extras like monster breeding also included. Keep an eye out for our interview with the developer before the game launches, and we'll also get working on a review.
Gravity+ (Nitrolic Games, €6.49 / £5.89) - A puzzle game 'suitable for all ages', you guide a robot through over 20 stages while manipulating gravity to avoid traps and obstacles; it also includes challenges and online leaderboards.
Pinball Breakout (nuGAME, €7.00 / £6.00) - As the name suggests this one combines block-breaking gameplay with pinball mechanics, throwing in a multiplayer mode for good measure.
Wii U Virtual Console
F-Zero X (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) - It seems slightly surprising that this has evaded the current-gen Virtual Console up to now, but that's the case. It's a welcome addition now, with exciting speed, some memorable track designs and all-round fun racing to be found. You can check out our retro Wii Virtual Console F-Zero X review if you want a blast from the past; it's also worth noting that this will be the 60Hz version, too.
Wii U DLC
Hyrule Warriors: A Link Between Worlds Pack (Nintendo, included with season pass, €4.99 / £4.49 Wii U only or €8.99 / £8.09 with 3DS version) - Available from 1pm UK / 2pm CET on 31st October.
Gravity+ Level Editor (Nitrolic Games, €3.99 / £3.59)
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
Gear Gauntlet (Crystalline Green, €4.99 / £3.99 until 10th November, normally €9.99 / £7.99)
Frankenstein - Master of Death (Joindots, €6.39 / £4.79 until 17th November, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Joe's Diner (Joindots, €6.39 / £4.79 until 17th November, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Suspension Railroad Simulator (Joindots, €6.39 / £4.79 until 17th November, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
360 Breakout (nuGAME, €5.00 / £4.50 until 30th November, normally €7.00 / £6.00)
Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers (GameMill Entertainment, €29.99 / £19.99) - A retail title only arriving as a download on 3DS in Europe, this is a multi-platform side-scrolling brawler that mashes up a range of popular IPs, including characters like Finn, Mordecai and Clarence.
Collide-a-Ball (Starsign, €1.99 / £1.99) - Essentially a puzzle game that adopts a 3D isometric view, you need to manipulate ramps, blocks and more before setting balls loose; the goal is to have both reach the level-end flag at the same time.
Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth, €2.99 / £2.99) - A survival game set in the Arctic, this surprisingly budget-priced game seems ambitious in concept, setting you the task of scavenging and surviving in a dangerous location. It seems interesting, and we'll be sure to check it out in a review.
Unlucky Mage (KEMCO, €9.99 / £8.99) - Based upon the description of this one, which features kingdoms in conflict and a mysterious loner who can save the world, and considering KEMCO's modus operandi on 3DS, we expect this one to be a retro-inspired RPG. We shall see, and that doesn't necessarily have to be considered a bad thing, either.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Mario's Super Picross (Nintendo, €7.99 / £7.19) - The 3DS has a lot of Picross options, and now this rather enjoyable SNES entry in the genre joins the list. This one does nothing wrong, as we pointed out in our Wii U Virtual Console Mario's Super Picross review, but are D-Pad and button inputs in this retro entry worth dealing with in light of the substantial range of current-gen Picross games already on 3DS? That's up to you.
3DS Retail Download
SEGA 3D Classics Collection (SEGA, €29.99 / £24.99) - This includes nine terrific 3D Classics, four of which are coming outside of Japan for the first time; that's a lot of wonderful retro gaming at its best on 3DS. We go through the key games and explain why it's a must-have in our SEGA 3D Classics Collection review. Available from 4th November.
Hyrule Warriors Legends: A Link Between Worlds Pack (Nintendo, included with season pass, €6.99 / £6.29 3DS only or €8.99 / £8.09 with Wii U version) - Available from 1pm UK / 2pm CET on 31st October.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Funfair Party Games (Joindots, €5.59 / £3.99 until 17th November, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, €5.59 / £3.99 until 17th November, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Pazuru (Joindots, €4.79 / £3.19 until 17th November, normally €5.99 / £3.99)
3DS HOME Themes
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Autumn Leaves (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
Sonic Bundle #3 (SEGA, €4.99 / £4.49) - Includes Sonic series: Cute Style, Sonic series: Shadow Style and Sonic series: Silver Style.
Sonic series: Cute Style (SEGA, €1.99 / £1.79)
Sonic series: Shadow Style (SEGA, €1.99 / £1.79)
Sonic series: Silver Style (SEGA, €1.99 / £1.79)
Hello Kitty Birthday (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)
Mimmy gives a present to Kitty (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)
Kitty takes a selfie with friends (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)
Hello Kitty plays with origami (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)
Hello Kitty Thanksgiving Day (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)
Go MIFFY by Mercis (Mercis / CPLG, €0.99 / £0.89)
Miffy with stripes or spots? by Mercis (Mercis / CPLG, €0.99 / £0.89)
That's everything for this week's Nintendo Download Update in Europe, though remember a special Nintendo Direct and update are also expected for Animal Crossing: New Leaf on 2nd November; naturally we'll live blog and cover the Direct when it comes.
Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.