The European Nintendo Download Update details arrived a little later than normal, giving us a look at what to expect this week. It's a packed line-up, with lots of Minecraft storytelling, a well-regarded Wii re-release of a GameCube sequel, a number of 'Nindie' titles, discounts galore and more. It's a hefty list, so let's just get on with it.

Wii U eShop

Teslapunk (klutzGames, €9.99 / £8.99) - This has the look of an old-school vertical shoot 'em up, as you fight off an invasion from Mars "led by Emperor Zangórax, who back on Mars is a popular DJ by night and a frantic invader by day". Fair enough. It looks rather promising, and beyond a six stage campaign it has a survival mode; we'll blast away for a review.

Scribble (Bear Box Media, €2.99 / £2.99) - This takes the core aspect of the equivalent Pictionary-based minigame in U Host and expands it across multiple modes. There are five modes and over 1500 words from 17 categories, with the option to also create your own words and contests; it's potentially ideal for the festive season.

Breakout Defense (nuGAME, €7.00 / £7.00) - Based off the classic Breakout formula, this seems focused on two paddles competing against each other, as you take on the AI or a friend locally. That seems to be the overall selling point here.

Test Your Mind (XenoHorizon, €1.99 / £1.99) - As the name suggests this is a compilation of puzzles and minigames to put your brain to the test, and naturally it supports two player action for some couch multiplayer. Ultimately we were rather unimpressed in our Test Your Mind review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Pikmin 2 (Nintendo, €19.99 / £17.99) - This is the 'New Play Control' Wii version, utilising the Wii Remote's pointer capabilities. This release does now mean that the entire trilogy is available and playable on Wii U, which is a rather pleasing thing - we enjoyed this Wii version a lot in our original review.

Wii U Retail Download

Minecraft: Story Mode - The Complete Adventure (Telltale Games, €34.99 / £28.99) - The chapters for this eventually made their way to the eShop in North America, though Europeans missed out; now the 'complete' adventure is arriving as a retail release in the region. Available from 16th December.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft, €14.99 / £9.99 until 29th December, normally €29.99 / £19.99)

Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 until 29th December, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Just Dance 2017 (Ubisoft, €29.99 / £23.99 until 29th December, normally €49.99 / £39.99)

Rabbids Land (Ubisoft, €9.99 / £7.99 until 29th December, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Rayman Legends (Ubisoft, €14.99 / £11.99 until 29th December, normally €29.99 / £23.99)

Sports Connection (Ubisoft, €7.99 / £6.39 until 29th December, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist (Ubisoft, €9.89 / £6.59 until 29th December, normally €29.99 / £19.99)

Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, €14.99 / £12.49 until 29th December, normally €59.99 / £49.99)

ZombiU (Ubisoft, €7.99 / £6.39 until 29th December, normally €19.99 / £15.99)

Child of Light (Ubisoft, €4.94 / £3.95 until 29th December, normally €14.99 / £11.99)

Darksiders II (Nordic Games, €9.99 / £7.99 until 29th December, normally €49.99 / £39.99)

Legend of Kay Anniversary (Nordic Games, €5.99 / £3.99 until 29th December, normally €29.99 / £19.99)

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (Nordic Games, €3.99 / £3.59 until 29th December, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

Shadow Puppeteer (Snow Cannon, €10.49 / £9.44 until 5th January, normally €14.99 / £13.49)

Soul Axiom (Wales Interactive, €7.49 / £5.99 until 12th January, normally €14.99 / £11.99)

Beatbuddy (Threaks, €1.79 / £1.61 until 5th January, normally €8.99 / £8.09)

Alphadia Genesis (Natsume, €7.49 / £5.99 until 29th December, normally €14.99 / £11.99)

Brave Tank Hero (Natsume, €2.99 / £2.49 until 29th December, normally €5.99 / £4.99)

Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash (Natsume, €2.99 / £2.49 until 29th December, normally €5.99 / £4.99)

3Souls (Red Column, €1.80 / £1.60 until 8th January, normally €3.60 / £3.20)

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Screwattack Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 29th December, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Inside My Radio (Seaven Studio, €5.99 / £5.19 until 5th January, normally €14.99 / £12.99)

The Quiet Collection (Nostatic Software, €3.59 / £2.39 until 22nd December, normally €4.49 / £2.99)

Stone Shire (Finger Gun Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 31st December, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

Dracula's Legacy (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.49 until 29th December, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Island Flight Simulator (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.49 until 29th December, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing (EnjoyUp Games, €4.95 / £4.45 until 12th January, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Gravity+ (Nitrolic Games, €3.24 / £2.94 until 5th January, normally €6.49 / £5.89)

Mahjong (Sanuk Games, €3.99 / £3.59 until 29th December, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Solitaire (Sanuk Games, €3.99 / £3.59 until 29th December, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Super Destronaut 2: Go Duck Yourself (Petite Games, €1.59 / £1.49 until 29th December, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

PictoParty (Retroid Interactive, €3.99 / £3.50 until 5th January, normally €7.99 / £7.00)

Puzzle Monkeys (Log Games, €0.74 / £0.74 until 11th January, normally €1.49 / £1.49)

Wii U eShop DLC Permanent Price Drop

Gravity+ Level Editor (Nitrolic Games, €1.99 / £1.79, previously €3.99 / £3.59)

3DS eShop

Johnny Dynamite (Twofivesix, €1.49 / £1.29 until 5th January, normally €1.99 / £1.29) - This is a platformer with some retro style (courtesy of vertical levels) in which you collect and use dynamite to clear 54 stages. It also has a level creator with QR code distribution; it got a big 'meh, it's alright' from us in our Johnny Dynamite review.

The following are a series of small games released as inexpensive downloads, seemingly targeting a young audience. Kutar is a mascot that's "not a dog, cat or bear", with each short 'quest' supposed to be easy to play for young gamers:

Kutar Apple (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Burger Factory (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Concert Staff (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar End Credits (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Jump Rope (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Magic Ball (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Powder Factory (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Quiz (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Ski Lift (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Tube Rider (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.99)

New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console

Demon's Crest (Capcom, €7.99 / £7.19) - Firebrand the Gargoyle features here, and needs to recover elemental stones before his enemy, Phalanx. It's dramatic stuff, and this SNES action platformer also gives you freedom in stage order along with some ability to explore. We liked it a lot in our review.

3DS DLC

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - Lore 1: Parellel Universes (Deep Silver, free)

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - Lore 2: Observation Explained (Deep Silver, free)

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - Extra Difficulty Levels (Deep Silver, free)

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - The Inverted Pyramid (Deep Silver, €1.99 / £1.49)

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - A Godslayer Needs Jewels (Deep Silver, €2.99 / £1.99)

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - A Trip to Hawaii (Deep Silver, €2.49 / £1.79)

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - Explosive Epidemic in Mikado (Deep Silver, €1.99 / £1.49)

7th Dragon III Code: VFD Quest: Code: Lucifer! (Deep Silver, Free until 22nd December, then €1.99 / £1.49)

7th Dragon III Code: VFD Quest: To My Beloved Unit 13 (Deep Silver, Free until 22nd December, then €1.49 / £0.99)

7th Dragon III Code: VFD Quest: Allie's Death March (Deep Silver, Free until 22nd December, then €1.49 / £0.99)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Farming Simulator 14 (Focus Home Interactive, €7.50 / £5.00 until 29th December, normally €29.99 / £19.99)

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Screwattack Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 29th December, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

A-Train 3D: City Simulator (Natsume, €12.49 / £9.99 until 29th December, normally €24.99 / £19.99)

Brave Tank Hero (Natsume, €2.49 / £2.24 until 29th December, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Gotcha Racing (Natsume, €2.99 / £2.49 until 29th December, normally €5.99 / £4.99)

Reel Fishing 3D Paradise Mini (Natsume, €1.99 / £1.79 until 29th December, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Super Strike Beach Volleyball (Natsume, €2.49 / £2.24 until 29th December, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Adventure Bar Story (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.89 until 5th January, normally €4.99 / £4.89)

Ambition of the Slimes (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.89 until 5th January, normally €5.00 / £4.79)

Swords & Soldiers 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.99 until 5th January, normally €6.99 / £6.89)

Witch & Hero 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 5th January, normally €3.99 / £3.19)

World Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.99 until 5th January, normally €4.99 / £4.89)

Kingdom's Item Shop (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.89 until 5th January, normally €5.00 / £4.79)

Castle Conqueror EX (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.79 until 5th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

Demon King Box (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.79 until 5th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

Sssnakes (EnjoyUp Games, €1.97 / £1.77 until 12th January, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

Goosebumps: The Game (GameMill, €9.99 / £7.49 until 12th January, normally €19.99 / £14.99)

3D Game Collection (Joindots, €5.24 / £3.74 until 29th December, normally €6.99 / £4.99)

3D MahJongg (Joindots, €3.74 / £3.33 until 29th December, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Gardenscapes (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.49 until 29th December, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Cats and Dogs 3D: Pets at Play (Treva Entertainment, €11.99 / £9.99 until 5th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Life With Horses 3D (Treva Entertainment, €14.99 / £13.49 until 5th January, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

My Pet School 3D (Treva Entertainment, €9.99 / £8.33 until 5th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Pets Resort 3D (Treva Entertainment, €14.99 / £8.99 until 5th January, normally €29.99 / £17.99)

Infinite Dunamis (KEMCO, €4.99 / £4.49 until 29th December, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Journey to Kreisia (KEMCO, €4.99 / £4.49 until 29th December, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Heart Beaten (Springloaded, €2.33 / £2.00 or €1.09 / £1.00 if you own Space Lift Danger Panic! until until 29th December, normally €3.49 / £2.99)

Space Lift Danger Panic! (Springloaded, €1.65 / £1.29 or €0.80 / £0.65 if you own Heart Beaten until until 29th December, normally €2.49 / 1.99)

3DS HOME Themes

Amanojaku (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

Bad∞End∞Night (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

Karakuri Pierrot (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

Aa, Subarashiki Nyan-Sei (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

Tale of the Deep-sea Lily (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)


That's the line-up for this week's Nintendo Download Update in Europe. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading this week?

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