The European Nintendo Download Update is live, and it's a busy line-up this week. The Switch eShop gets seven new downloads along with a couple of discounts, while there's also DLC and new download options up for grabs across 3DS and Wii U. Add in the usual batch of discounts and some 3DS HOME Themes and there's a lot to get through - let's get started.

Switch eShop

Slime-san (Fabraz, €11.99 / £10.00) - A stylish and potentially challenging platformer, with scope for customisation and switching up gameplay. Noteworthy features include unlockable multiplayer mini-games, a whole lot of single player levels, online leaderboards and additional modes. We'll bring you a review soon.

Retro City Rampage DX (Vblank Entertainment, €14.99 / £12.99) - A title that arrived in its original form on WiiWare and then in this DX iteration on 3DS, we now have the latest version for Switch. It's the same excellent game many know, with the option to play the original or DX campaign and also try out various graphical styles and filters. We'll see whether this is the ultimate rampage in a review.

Aero Fighters 2 (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - The steady roll-out of ACA Neo Geo titles continues. While this shmup contains plenty of outlandish bosses and enemies, all of the player-controlled planes are based on real-life jets, such as the F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Strike Eagle and Northrop YF-23. The pilots are totally bonkers, though - one of them is a dolphin.

Strikers 1945 (Zerodiv, €6.99 / £5.99) - A surprise re-release of an arcade game, this is a vertically-scrolling shooter from 1995 which features classic WW2 planes facing off against a host of enemies - including transforming battle engines.

Gunbarich (Zerodiv, €6.99 / £5.99) - Another former Psikyo arcade, this was a more recent release originally launched in 2001. It mixes puzzle and shooting elements.

Puzzle Adventure Blockle (INTENSE, €6.29 / £5.99) - A colourful puzzle game in which you rotate stages to clear challenges across seven worlds. It's aesthetic is certainly bright, and it cites accessibility as a key selling point; we'll give it a spin for a review.

Use Your Words (Smiling Buddha Games, €13.09 / £11.79) - This is a collection of four adult-centric minigames (though there is a 'family filter') that, rather like The Jackbox Party Pack 3, utilises phones and tablets as controllers. It's all about multiplayer and others can apparently stream and watch games in action, so the idea sounds promising; we'll see whether the execution delivers.

Switch eShop DLC

Blaster Master Zero - EX CHARACTER: SHOVEL KNIGHT (Inti Creates, free until 17th August then €1.99 / £1.79)

Switch eShop Temporary Discounts

I am Setsuna (Square Enix, €26.79 / £20.09 until 10th August, normally €39.99 / £29.99)

Tumbleseed (aeiowu, €9.37 / £8.03 until 17th August, normally €13.99 / £11.99)

3DS eShop DLC

Blaster Master Zero - EX CHARACTER: SHOVEL KNIGHT (Inti Creates, free until 17th August then €1.99 / £1.79)

New Nintendo 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Double Breakout (nuGAME, €4.90 / £4.20 until 31st August, normally €7.00 / £6.00)

Triple Breakout (nuGAME, €3.49 / £3.49 until 31st August, normally €4.99 / £4.99)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €5.99 / £5.39 until 10th August, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

PixelMaker (Nostatic Software, €3.36 / £2.99 until 10th August, normally €4.49 / £3.99)

Power Disc Slam (Chequered Cow Games, €1.64 / £1.49 until 17th August, normally €5.49 / £4.99)

Brave Dungeon (INSIDE SYSTEM, €3.99 / £3.59 until 17th August, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Crollors Game Pack (Nvriezen, €0.99 / £0.93 until 2nd September, normally €1.49 / £1.39)

3DS HOME Themes

Hello Kitty with flowers (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

Hello Kitty is really cute (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

Nunzy at the seaside (Animundi, €0.99 / £0.89)

Jurassic Cubs at the seaside (Animundi, €0.99 / £0.89)

Baby Jurassic Cubs on the beach (Animundi, €1.49 / £1.39)

Jurassic Cubs 3pack Number 8 (Animundi, €2.49 / £2.29)

Rose's fairytale bedroom (Rainbow, €0.99 / £0.89)

Astoria's fairytale bedroom (Rainbow, €0.99 / £0.89)

Meeting at LeFrog Castle (Rainbow, €1.99 / £1.79)

Maggie and Bianca super fashion (Rainbow, €0.99 / £0.89)

Bianca and Quinn (Rainbow, €0.99 / £0.89)

A super GO.ZY. Bedroom(Rainbow, €1.99 / £1.79)

Bloom, Stella and Flora Tropical Style (Rainbow, €0.99 / £0.89)

Ghost Rule (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

Delusion Tax (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

39 (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

*Hello, Planet. (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

All I Need Are Things I Like (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

39 Music! (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

Wii U eShop

Flight of Light (Crystalline Green, €8.00 / £7.00) - From a developer with multiple Wii U projects in their background, this is a rhythm music game with nine worlds to tackle, co-op and competitive multiplayer modes amd a soundtrack of unique music.

Wii U Virtual Console

Air Zonk (Konami, €5.99 / £5.39) - A fresh Wii U arrival from the TG-16, this is a "horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up with the cuteness factor cranked up to 10". You can go fully retro with our Wii Virtual Console review if you like.

Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (Konami, €5.99 / £5.39) - The Virtual Console continues to live on with what was the final entry in the original Bonk trilogy. A colourful and fun platformer, in our Wii Virtual Console review we have plenty of praise for this one.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Art of Balance (Shin'en Multimedia, €6.70 / £5.35 until 24th August, normally €8.99 / £7.15)

PixelMaker (Nostatic Software, €3.36 / £2.99 until 10th August, normally €4.49 / £3.99)

Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing (EnjoyUp Games, €2.95 / £2.66 until 31st August, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Twin Robots (Ratalaika Games, €3.34 / £3.00 until 10th August, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Absolutely Unstoppable MineRun (Yappa Pie, €1.97 / £1.59 until 17th August, normally €3.59 / £2.99)

Double Breakout II (nuGAME, €4.90 / £4.20 until 10th August, normally €7.00 / £6.00)

Double Breakout (nuGAME, €4.90 / £4.20 until 10th August, normally €7.00 / £6.00)

Triple Breakout (nuGAME, €3.49 / £3.49 until 10th August, normally €4.99 / £4.99)

STEEL LORDS (nuGAME, €7.49 / £5.49 until 31st August, normally €14.99 / £10.99)


There are also a few new My Nintendo offerings, which we'll cover separately.

Lots to choose from this time around - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.

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