We're not quite sure why, but the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe have been elusive today; thankfully the ever generous Daan Koopman has forwarded the Dutch press release that finally came through, and Kenneth Jensen then provided UK prices. In any case, this week comes with an enticing animation programme on 3DS, a bit of retro Konami action and more besides - let's get to it.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Dragon Skills (Joindots, €6.39 / £5.43 until 9th February, normally €7.99 / £6.79)
Island Flight Simulator (Joindots, €6.39 / £4.79 until 9th February, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Sweetest Thing (Joindots, €5.59 / £4.39 until 9th February, normally €6.99 / £5.49)
Wii U eShop Permanent Discounts
Hot Rod Racer (ZeNfA Productions, €0.99 / £0.89, previously €2.99 / £2.69)
ZacisA: Defense of the Crayon Dimensions! (ZeNfA Productions, €1.49 / £1.19, previously €2.99 / £2.29)
Butterfly: Inchworm Animation II (Flat Black Films, €7.99 / £7.19) - An impressive-looking follow-on from Inchworm Animation on DSiWare, this entry supports more complex tools and stereoscopic 3D. Whether animating drawings, stop-motion or a mixture of both, it looks to have smart features; you can even record sound effects. Perhaps most impressively it has online sharing linked to butterflyanimation.com.
Mini Golf Resort (Teyon, €4.99 / £4.49) - As this is Mini Golf the focus is on finding the right angles and timing for getting through tricky challenges. Ultimately this promises character customisation, 1001 holes on 56 courses (across four worlds) and plenty of bonuses to collect.
Word Search 10K (Lightwood Games, €7.99 / £5.99) - Another word game from the eShop masters of the genre, this one pitches itself as one enormous word search that covers a lot of topics; it apparently has 10,000 words hidden in a grid of 90,000 letters, split into 100 sections. That's a lot of searching for words...
Candy, Please! (Nostatic Software, €2.25 / £1.99) - Originally a part of The Quiet Collection on Wii U but missing from the Quiet, Please! collection that recently came to 3DS, this one gives you plenty of themed items to find throughout a neighbourhood, naturally while dressed up for the Halloween season.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Castlevania: Dracula X (Konami, €7.99 / £7.19) — The SNES port of the PC Engine's Castlevania: Rondo of Blood makes its way to the portable. It doesn't stand up to many of its series contemporaries, in our opinion, as we explain in our Castlevania: Dracula X review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games, €1.35 / £1.35 until 23rd February, normally €4.50 / £4.50)
RV-7 My Drone (EnjoyUp Games, €0.89 / £0.89 until 2rd February, normally €2.99 / £2.99)
Toys Vs. Monsters (EnjoyUp Games, €1.19 / £1.19 until 23rd February, normally €3.99 / £3.99)
Van Helsing sniper Zx100 (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.99 until 23rd February, normally €6.66 / £6.66)
Kutar Apple (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.69 / £0.69 until 9th February, normally €0.99 / £0.99)
Kutar Burger Factory (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.69 / £0.69 until 9th February, normally €0.99 / £0.99)
Kutar End Credits (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.69 / £0.69 until 9th February, normally €0.99 / £0.99)
Kutar Powder Factory (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.69 / £0.69 until 9th February, normally €0.99 / £0.99)
Kutar Ski Lift (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.69 / £0.69 until 9th February, normally €0.99 / £0.99)
3D Game Collection (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.69 / £0.69 until 9th February, normally €0.99 / £0.99)
Atlantic Quest (Joindots, €5.59 until 9th February, normally €6.99)
Secret Agent Files: Miami (Joindots, €6.39 / £4.79 until 9th February, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
That's the full Nintendo Download Update for Europe this week. Let us know what you plan to download in the comments and poll below.