As 2017 draws to a close there's one final Nintendo Download Update, with the European line-up offering some intriguing options on the Switch eShop, in particular. In addition there's some DLC and a nice batch of discounts to consider, so let's get to it.

Switch eShop

SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (Image & Form, €19.99 / £14.99) - A fantastic title that previously graced the 3DS and Wii U, it offers a twist for the series with turn-based strategy that's combined with manual shooting and skillshots. It's unique and an excellent game all around, with this Switch version including all of the previous DLC; we sang its praises in our SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition review.

Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure Deluxe (Reign Bros, €15.99 / £14.39 until 12th January, then €19.99 / £17.99) - The wacky hybird of sports and action adventure features a wide range of game modes, including a co-op story campaign packed with epic boss fights and a rather silly plot. More interesting is the 6-player multiplayer mode where you and five other friends can each grab a Joy-Con and enter one of six different arenas to do battle. We'll jump in and bring you a review soon. Available from 29th December.

Mecho Tales (Arcade Distillery, €6.79 / £5.99 /until 4th January, then €8.49 / £7.49) - Another Luc Bernard-directed title on the Switch, in this case a colourful action platformer with a distinct visual style. It supports co-op for up to four players and was only a recent arrival on the PS4; unfortunately we weren't particularly impressed with it in our Mecho Tales review. Available from 28th December.

DragonFangZ - The Rose & Dungeon of Time (toydea, €19.99 / £17.99) - This is a turn-based dungeon-crawling roguelike, that's eager to tap into nostalgia with its marketing. A neat twist is that you can 'wear fangs of monsters and gain that ability, with 'more than 200' monster types promised. We'll see whether this is worth an adventure in a review.

The King of Fighters '96 (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - The third entry in SNK's lead fighting series saw some major improvements, namely the ability to fake smaller jumps, a perfect way to trick your opponents and avoid committing your fighter to a precarious situation. You can also charge up your POW bar and execute dodge rolls, nice touches and quite different for the time; naturally this ACA release will have the usual extra options and goodies, too.

Arcade Archives Double Dragon (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - As part of the Arcade Archives series this is the original coin-op that revolutionised the side scrolling beat'em up genre by offering two player cooperative gameplay. A fun fact: this is the first Technōs Japan-developed / Taito-published title to be released as part of HAMSTER's archives series on the Switch.

Sparkle Unleashed (10tons, €7.99 / £6.99) - The second in this series to arrive on the Switch, it's a match-3 marble shooter; it promises 23 power-ups, 108 levels and a survival mode.

Tactical Mind (QubicGames, €2.99 / £2.69) - It looks rather crude, but this tactical board game (that seems to be a blend of checkers and chess) may have some appeal in its gameplay and strategy. It has a single player campaign and 14 different maps for multiplayer.

Energy Cycle (Evgeniy Kolpakov, €2.99 / £2.69) - Rather simple visually, this is all about changing cell colours to force matches, though every time you change a cell it also affects those around it.

Nintendo Switch DLC

MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Ray (Inti Creates, €1.99 / £1.79)

MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Copen (Inti Creates, €1.99 / £1.79)

MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Kurona (Inti Creates, €1.99 / £1.79)

Switch eShop Temporary Discounts

NBA 2K18 (2K Games, €45.49 / £35.74 until 4th January, normally €69.99 / £54.99)

NBA 2K18 Legend Edition (2K Games, €59.99 / £50.99 until 4th January, normally €99.99 / £84.99)

NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold (2K Games, €89.99 / £71.99 until 4th January, normally €149.99 / £119.99)

The Jackbox Party Pack 4 (Jackbox Games, €16.49 / £14.99 until 4th January, normally €21.99 / £19.99)

Tumblestone (QuantumAstroGuild, €8.44 / £7.79 until 18th January, normally €12.99 / £11.99)

Volgarr The Viking (Crazy Viking, €4.99 / £4.49 until 4th January, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Letter Quest Remastered (Digerati, €8.70 / £7.83 until 1st January, normally €12.99 / £11.69)

Slain: Back From Hell (Digerati, €17.99 / £16.19 until 1st January, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

Tower of Babel (EnjoyUp Games, €5.99 / £5.39 until 25th January, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Switch eShop Demo

Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Inti Creates, free)

3DS DLC

MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Ray (Inti Creates, €1.99 / £1.79)

MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Copen (Inti Creates, €1.99 / £1.79)

MIGHTY GUNVOLT BURST : DLC Character: Kurona (Inti Creates, €1.99 / £1.79)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure (Mastiff, €5.99 / £5.99 until 14th January, normally €14.99 / £14.99)

Carps & Dragons (Abylight, €1.99 / £1.75 until 11th January, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Cursed Castilla EX (Abylight, €9.95 / £9.78 until 11th January, normally €11.99 / £11.79)

Musicverse: Electronic Keyboard (Abylight, €2.99 / £2.75 until 11th January, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Snow Moto Racing 3D (ZordixAB, €5.99 / £5.39 until 4th January, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.99 until 18th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

European Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.99 until 18th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

Quell Memento (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.99 until 18th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

Quell Reflect (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.99 until 18th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

Samurai Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.49 / £1.49 until 18th January, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

SubaraCity (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.99 until 18th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

Sweet Memories Blackjack (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.99 until 18th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

The Legend of Dark Witch - Chronicle 2D Act (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.99 until 18th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.99 until 18th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

Witch & Hero 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 18th January, normally €3.99 / £3.19)

Music On: Electric Guitar (Abylight, €0.99 / £0.99 until 11th January, normally €1.99 / £1.89)

Battleminer (Wobbly Tooth, €2.79 / £2.79 until 11th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

Ice Station Z (Wobbly Tooth, €2.09 / £2.09 until 11th January, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

The Magic Hammer (Wobbly Tooth, €2.09 / £2.09 until 11th January, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Toy Stunt Bike (Wobbly Tooth, €2.09 / £2.09 until 11th January, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games, €1.80 / £1.80 until 25th January, normally €4.50 / £4.50)

RV-7 My Drone (EnjoyUp Games, €1.19 / £1.19 until 25th January, normally €2.99 / £2.99)

Toys Vs. Monsters (EnjoyUp Games, €1.59 / £1.59 until 25th January, normally €3.99 / £3.99)

Van Helsing sniper Zx100 (EnjoyUp Games, €2.66 / £2.66 until 25th January, normally €6.66 / £6.66)

Garfield Kart (Microids, €4.49 / £3.74 until 25th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Paddington: Adventures in London (Microids, €4.49 / £3.74 until 25th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Lucky Luke & the Daltons (Microids, €4.49 / £3.74 until 25th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

YAKARI: The Mystery of Four-Seasons (Microids, €4.49 / £3.74 until 25th January, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Brutus & Futee (Microids, €1.99 / £1.79 until 25th January, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

New 3DS eShop Temporary Discount

Breakout Defense (nuGAME, €4.90 / £4.20 until 25th January, normally €7.00 / £6.00)

3DS eShop Demo

Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Inti Creates, free)

3DS HOME Themes

Hello Kitty hidden by quotes (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

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

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

Hello Kitty super pop style (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

tokidoki's Donutella & Sweet Friends (Tokidoki, €0.99 / £0.89)

tokidoki's Under the Sea (Tokidoki, €0.99 / £0.89)

tokidoki's Unicorno Starry Skies (Tokidoki, €0.99 / £0.89)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Tumblestone (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, €16.24 / £12.99 until 18th January, normally €24.99 / £19.99)

Völgarr the Viking (Crazy Viking, €4.99 / £4.49 until 4th January, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Koi DX (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.99 until 18th January, normally €3.99 / £3.89)

Hurry Up! Bird Hunter (EnjoyUp Games, €3.19 / £2.87 until 25th January, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Star Splash: Shattered Star (Snails Animation, €1.74 / £1.49 until 14th January, normally €3.49 / £2.99)

Double Breakout (nuGAME, €4.90 / £4.20 until 25th January, normally €7.00 / £6.00)

Pinball Breakout (nuGAME, €4.90 / £4.20 until 25th January, normally €7.00 / £6.00)

STEEL RIVALS (nuGAME, €4.89 / £4.19 until 25th January, normally €6.99 / £5.99)


That's everything for this week - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.

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