The European Nintendo Download Update is live, and this week includes two Switch retail titles and the same number of download-only releases; tempting options all-round. The New 3DS gets a port of a previous Wii U title, while multiplayer shenanigans come to the now last-gen home console. On top of that we have some DLC, discounts and a couple of 3DS HOME Themes, so let's get to it.

Nintendo Switch Retail Downloads

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, €59.99 / £49.99) - Nintendo's latest major retail arrival on Switch lands on 28th April, combining all of the original's content - including free updates and DLC - with an all-new Battle Mode. What we're left with, ultimately, is an outstanding version of an already excellent game, and a contender for best-in-class within the franchise. We awarded it top marks in our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review.

Puyo Puyo Tetris (SEGA, €39.99 / £34.99) - This is a stylish and enjoyable mash-up of two iconic puzzle styles, with a wide range of modes and variations on each game to enjoy. Throw in decent local and online multiplayer options and you've got an enjoyable title, as we explain in our Puyo Puyo Tetris review

Nintendo Switch eShop

Kamiko (CIRCLE Entertainment, €4.99 / £4.49) - CIRCLE makes its publishing debut on Switch, this is a retro-style release from Flyhigh Works; the game is based around Japanese Shinto beliefs and promises puzzles and demon encounters on the journey through various stages. We'll let you know what we think in a review.

Over Top (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - Another entry in the ACA Neo Geo series, in this case a top down racer that builds on the groundwork laid out by developer ADK's previous racer, Thrash Rally. You can expect various features and goodies as normal for an ACA title, and we'll let you know whether this gets into top gear in a review.

New Nintendo 3DS eShop

Ascent of Kings (Nostatic Software, €2.25 / £1.99) - This one is a platforming adventure in which a young brother sets off on an adventure to become a King; with exploration and discovery there are ability boosts to be found, too. Previously released on Wii U, so you can check out our Ascent of Kings review for that version.

3DS eShop DLC

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Mixed Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Large Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

3DS HOME Themes

Hello Kitty 3D toy (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

Hello Kitty runs (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Ambition of the Slimes (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.87 until 18th May, normally €5.00 / £4.79)

Castle Conqueror Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.93 until 18th May, normally €4.99 / £4.89)

Puzzle Labyrinth (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.57 until 18th May, normally €5.00 / £4.29)

Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €5.99 / £5.39 until 4th May, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Mini Sports Collection (Rainy Frog, €3.99 / £3.59 until 18th May, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Wii U eShop

Use Your Words (Smiling Buddha Games, €14.99 / £14.99) - This is a collection of four adult-centric minigames (though there is a 'family filter') that, rather like The Jackbox Party Pack 3 on Switch utilises phones and tablets as controllers. It's all about multiplayer and others can apparently stream and watch games in action, the idea sounds promising; we'll see whether the execution delivers.

Wii U eShop DLC

Minecraft: Wii U Edition - Glide Beasts Track Pack (Mojang, €2.99 / £2.39)

Minecraft: Wii U Edition - Glide Track Pack Season Pass (Mojang, €9.99 / £7.99)

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Large Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Mixed Puzzles 3 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Nano Assault NEO (Shin'en Multimedia, €7.49 / £6.70 until 18th May, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Twin Robots (Ratalaika Games, €3.74 / £3.36 until 4th May, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Back to Bed (Bedtime Digital, €4.99 / £4.49 until 24th May, normally €9.99 / £8.99)


Plenty to choose from this week, so let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.

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