The European Nintendo Download Update is live, and features new releases across the Switch, 3DS and Wii U. There are some interesting choices, and a lot of discounts to also consider (along with some weird HOME Themes on 3DS). Let's get to it.

Nintendo Switch eShop

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (WayForward, €16.99 / £15.99) - The HD debut of this iconic franchise arrived on various systems including the Wii U last year, and now gets its chance to impress on the Switch. Stylish and full of flair, we enjoyed this a lot in our original Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Wii U eShop review.

Shock Troopers 2nd Squad (Hamster, €6.99 / £6.29) - An overhead run-and-gun title that shakes things up a little in comparison to the original, including the option to jump into vehicles and go through levels with increased firepower. As an ACA release this will also have extras such as screen filters, game customisation options and global leaderboards.

3DS eShop

I am an Air Traffic Controller Airport Hero Hawaii (Sonic Powered Co., €14.99 / £13.49) — There's a proper game title for you, seizing the crown as possibly the longest on the 3DS eShop. As it explains, you are an air traffic controller, and a hero, in Hawaii. We gave this a modest recommendation in our review.

Of Mice and Sand (CIRCLE Entertainment, €7.99 / £7.89) - Developed by Arc System Works, this seems like a quirky real-time management sim where you try to support mice working within a 'mobile fortress', improving facilities and capabilities to attract more mice to the vessel.

Mysterious Stars 3D: A Fairy Tale (Collavier, €6.99 / £6.29) - Previously released on DSiWare, we gave it 3/10, so have our doubts that it's the next big thing on 3DS. 

3DS Retail Download

Farming Simulator 18 (Focus Home Interactive, €29.99 / £24.99)

3DS eShop DLC

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 6 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Mixed Puzzles 6 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Large Puzzles 6 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

3DS HOME Themes

Pic-a-Pix Colour Theme (Lightwood Consultancy, €0.99 / £0.99)

Hello Kitty Street Art style (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

Hello Kitty is a mermaid (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

Mister Men - Little Miss taking a bath (Mister Men, €0.99 / £0.89)

Mister Men - Little Miss camping (Mister Men, €0.99 / £0.89)

Nunzy and smoke signals (Animundi, €0.99 / £0.89)

Stego and Ranu in the Far-West (Animundi, €0.99 / £0.89)

Jurassic Cubs the rain dance (Animundi, €1.49 / £1.39)

JC 3pack Number 6 (Animundi, €2.49 / £2.29)

Nunzy e i segnali di fumo (Animundi, €0.99)

Stego e Ranu nel Far-West (Animundi, €0.99)

I Saurini e la danza indiana (Animundi, €1.49)

I Saurini 3pack Numero 6 (Animundi, €2.49)

TEO PLAYA (Teo Jasmin, €0.99 / £0.89) 

JASMINE HMONG (Teo Jasmin, €0.99 / £0.89) 

TEO STARDUST (Teo Jasmin, €0.99 / £0.89) 

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

AeternoBlade (Corecell, €7.49 / £6.75 until 29th June, normally €14.99 / £13.50)

Cubit the Hardcore Platformer Robot (Coderchild, free if you own the Wii U version or €2.99 / £2.69)

The Keep (Cinemax, €4.99 / £4.49 until 6th July, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €5.99 / £5.39 until 15th June, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games, €7.19 / £6.39 until 22nd June, normally €8.99 / £7.99)

Alphadia (Kemco, €4.99 / £4.49 until 29th June, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Color Zen (Cypronia, €2.09 / £2.09 until 8th July, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Color Zen Kids (Cypronia, €2.09 / £2.09 until 8th July, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cypronia, €3.49 / £3.14 until 8th July, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Bubble Pop World (Cypronia, €3.49 / £3.14 until 8th July, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Rubik's Cube (Cypronia, €3.49 / £3.14 until 8th July, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia, €3.49 / £3.14 until 8th July, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons (Reactor, €1.49 / £1.24 until 22nd June, normally €2.99 / £2.49)

Kutar Concert Staff (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.69 / £0.69 until 22nd June, normally €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Jump Rope (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.69 / £0.69 until 22nd June, normally €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Magic Ball (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.69 / £0.69 until 22nd June, normally €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Quiz (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.69 / £0.69 until 22nd June, normally €0.99 / £0.99)

Kutar Tube Rider (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.69 / £0.69 until 22nd June, normally €0.99 / £0.99)

New 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Double Breakout (nuGAME, €4.90 / £4.20 until 6th July, normally €7.00 / £6.00)

Triple Breakout (nuGAME, €3.49 / £3.49 until 6th July, normally €4.99 / £4.99)

Wii U eShop

Cubit the Hardcore Platformer Robot HD (Coderchild, €1.99 / £1.79 if you own the 3DS version, otherwise €4.99 / £4.49) - This is challenging platforming where music plays a prominent part. This title previously arrived on 3DS and was quite good, and this HD version promises alternate endings and guest characters among its selling points.

Block Zombies! (Nostatic Software, €5.49 / £4.59) - As the name suggests this one has blocky visuals, and adopts a top down view as you use a whole lot of weapons to resist zombie hoards.

SPHERE SLICE (RCMADIAX, €1.49 / £1.39) - This utilises the GamePad touchscreen as you slice spheres (it's all in the name) by swiping your finger across the screen, an idea popularised by Fruit Ninja on mobile devices.

Wii U Virtual Console

Blazing Lazers (Konami, €5.99 / £5.39) - In the TurboGrafx-16 era this was held up as a top-of-class vertical-scrolling shooter, a visual showcase when released in 1989. That will sell the game to some already, and we did enjoy it back in the day in our 2007(!) review for the Wii Virtual Console version.

Wii U eShop DLC

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Small Puzzles 6 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Mixed Puzzles 6 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

Pic-a-Pix Colour - Large Puzzles 6 (Lightwood Games, €1.99 / £1.99)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Never Alone (E-Line Media, €2.99 / £2.59 until 21st June, normally €14.99 / £12.99)

Family Tennis SP (Shin'en Multimedia, €3.70 / £2.99 until 29th June, normally €4.99 / £3.99)

Wicked Monsters Blast! HD Plus (Corecell, €3.99 / £3.59 until 29th June, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games, €7.19 / £6.39 until 22nd June, normally €8.99 / £7.99)

Cube Life: Island Survival (Cypronia, €6.99 / £5.59 until 7th July, normally €9.99 / £7.99)

Cube Life: Pixel Action Heroes (Cypronia, €5.94 / £5.34 until 8th July, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

My Style Studio: Hair Salon (Cypronia, €3.49 / £3.14 until 8th July, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

My Style Studio: Notebook (Cypronia, €2.09 / £1.88 until 8th July, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (Cypronia, €3.49 / £3.14 until 8th July, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Rubik's Cube (Cypronia, €3.49 / £3.14 until 8th July, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Color Zen (Cypronia, €2.09 / £2.09 until 8th July, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Color Zen Kids (Cypronia, €2.09 / £2.09 until 8th July, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Ohayou! Beginner's Japanese (Finger Gun Games, €3.99 / £3.59 until 29th June, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing (EnjoyUp Games, €3.99 / £3.59 until 6th July, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Job the Leprechaun (Herrero, €2.00 / £1.80 until 6th July, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

Reptilian Rebellion (Herrero, €2.00 / £1.80 until 6th July, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

PING 1.5+ (Nami Tentou, €1.34 / £1.19 until 15th June, normally €4.49 / £3.99)

PSIBO (Nami Tentou, €1.34 / £1.19 until 15th June, normally €4.49 / £3.99)

Double Breakout (nuGAME, €4.90 / £4.20 until 6th July, normally €7.00 / £6.00)

Double Breakout II (nuGAME, €4.90 / £4.20 until 6th July, normally €7.00 / £6.00)

Triple Breakout (nuGAME, €3.49 / £3.49 until 6th July, normally €4.99 / £4.99)

Wii U eShop Demo

Cubit the Hardcore Platformer Robot HD (Coderchild, free)


There are plenty of choices in this week's update - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.

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