February has arrived and it's brought with it the very first Nintendo Download update of the month. And it's a huge haul too, with all sorts of new digital editions being uploaded across Nintendo's various eShops. As usual, your friends at Nintendo Life have gathered together every new game, piece of DLC and fresh deal on the European store fronts.
This week, we've got a gravity defying platformer, a mysterious trip into the woods, a modern throwback to shmups of old, a trip into space to escape Brexit, a showdown on ACA Neo Geo and many more. There's demos, DLC and digital versions galore. Your bank balance is not going to be happy...
Dandara (Long Hat House, €19.99 / £17.99) - Welcome to a unique 2D platformer full of mystical creatures and boundless exploration. Defy gravity as you jump across floors, walls and ceilings alike. Discover the mysteries and secrets hidden throughout the world of Salt and its diverse array of characters. Empower Dandara for combat and survival against enemies bent on oppression. Dandara will be available on Feb. 6.
Night In The Woods (Infinite Fall, €18.99 / £17.09) - College dropout Mae Borowski returns home to the crumbling former mining town of Possum Springs seeking to resume her aimless former life and reconnect with the friends she left behind. But things aren't the same...
Sky Force Reloaded (Infinite Dreams, €9.99 / £8.99) - Sky Force Reloaded is the spirit of the classic arcade shoot ‘em ups, captured with modern visuals and design. New entry in the series will keep you entertained with all the things you’ve came to love in scrolling shooters. Meaty explosions, incinerating lasers, colossal bosses and diverse aircrafts to pilot. Read our review.
SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form, €9.99 / £8.99) - SteamWorld Dig is a platform mining adventure with strong Metroidvanian influences. Take the role of Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Dig your way through the old earth, gaining riches while uncovering the ancient threat that lurks below... Read our review.
Her Majesty's SPIFFING (Billy Goat, $9.99) - Assuming command of the near futuristic space ship HMSS Imperialise and her crew YOU will venture into the cosmos, solving puzzles, engaging in witty banter, deal with crippling claustrophobia, gradually succumb to the sustained exposure of cosmic radiation and so on, all for Queen and Country. Read our review.
Island Flight Simulator (Caipirinha Games, €9.99 / £9.99) - Enjoy fantastic open-ended gameplay, touch down in the tropics and transport freight between twelve exotic islands in more than a hundred exciting missions. Only the most daring pilots will take the risk of accepting both highly lucrative and illegal missions from shifty clients.
Shiftlings - Enhanced Edition (Rock Pockets, €9.36 / £8.46 until 15/02/2018, 23:59 local time - regular price €12.49 / £11.29) - Shiftlings is a colorful puzzle platformer with a twist! You're controlling two quirky custodians who are tethered together; one large and one small. Play alone or work together with a friend to run, bounce and swap size through 55 challenging levels.
ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHODOWN II (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - The game features 12 swordmasters, each with their own unique personality. They will battle it out among each other before taking on Shiro Tokisada Amakusa in the game's climax. One of the unique characteristics of this game is the Rage Gauge which fills up as the player takes damage. Once that gauge is full the character's attacks do more damage, keeping the battles tense and exciting. Read our review.
AeternoBlade (Corecell Technology, €14.99 / £13.49) - In the region of Awelsia, vengeful Freyja travels with an unknown weapon called 'AeternoBlade'. Freyja looks to take revenge on Beladim, the Lord of the Mist who destroyed her village, Ridgerode, and killed her tribe. Her vengeance is helped by Vernia, who has as much merit as Beladim. Vernia taught Freya about the abilities of AeternoBlade. Freya has to venture into many different world dimensions to discover how to annihilate Beladim. Demo version also available now.
Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back (Forever Entertainment, €4.49 / £3.59 / until 15/02/2018, 23:59 local time - regular price €4.99 / £3.99) - Defeat famous opponents in musical duels. Immense yourself in fantastic story of Frederic's endeavors. Catch all the Easter Eggs and subtle parodies hidden in the background. Practice your skills until perfection and become the Master of the Piano.
Mad Carnage (QubicGames, €4.99 / £4.49) - In the world after the Great War, you will take control of intimidating petrol beasts, each with their own unique weapons and gameplay mechanics. Upgrade your cars, then battle it out in Campaign mode or on one of the 8 Custom Game maps! Invite a friend for local Multiplayer versus! Available Feb. 2
The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya (D3 Publisher, €19.99 / £15.99) - A closed island where baby boys are not born… A unique culture that is completely different from the mainland has been flourishing on the island. In the middle of the island, there is a district where men are gathered...
Switch eShop DLC
Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack: Wave 1 – The Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack grants immediate access to Avatar items upon purchase and two waves of DLC as they are released. (The full game is required to access the DLC.) The Battle Pack contains two new Battle Pokémon and two new Support Pokémon Sets. With these Pokémon joining the fray, the battle is just getting started.
- Wave 1 launched on Jan. 31 and contains Battle Pokémon Aegislash, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu, and additional Avatar items.
- Wave 2 releases on March 23 and contains Battle Pokémon Blastoise, a new Support Pokémon set featuring Mew and Celebi, and additional Avatar items.
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition: Moana Character Pack (Mojang, €2.99 / £2.39) - Set sail with Moana, Maui and all the crew from Motunui. How far will you go in Minecraft with this adventurous character set? You’re welcome!
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition: Skin Pack 1 (Mojang, €1.99 / £1.59) - Customize your character with this selection of stunning skins!
- AeternoBlade: Arena Mode (CORECELL, €1.99 / £1.79) - Allows you to play Arena mode.
- AeternoBlade: Agent Costume (CORECELL, €0.99 / £0.89) - Agent costume for Freyja.
- AeternoBlade: Assassin Costume (CORECELL, €0.99 / £0.89) - Assassin costume for Freyja.
- AeternoBlade: Bikini Costume (CORECELL, €0.99 / £0.89) - Bikini costume for Freyja.
- AeternoBlade: Ninja Costume (CORECELL, €0.99 / £0.89) - Ninja costume for Freyja.
- AeternoBlade: Time Guardian Costume (CORECELL, €0.99 / £0.89) - Time Guardian costume for Freyja.
- AeternoBlade: Vernia Costume (CORECELL, €0.99 / £0.89) - Vernia costume for Freyja.
Wii U eShop
NECROMANCER (Konami, €5.99 / £5.39) - Necromancer is a horror RPG released for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1988. You are a hero who heads out on an adventure with two other allies in order to search for the Evil Holy Sword "Necromancer" to defeat an evil force that is about to take over the Kingdom of Ishmaelia.
Battle Chopper (Konami, €5.99 / £5.39) - Fly through each stage and destroy enemies in your path. Shoot the "bricks" located throughout each stage, to reveal crystals. Pick-up the crystals to get money for different weapons and power-ups. Spend wisely! A boss awaits you at the end of each stage. Defeat the boss to move on to the next stage.
ImageFight (IREM SOFT, €5.99 / £5.39) - Irem's shoot 'em up game is back! First, clear the five battle simulation stages created by the Image Projector and master the advanced techniques of piloting the Daedalus. To pass the training courses, clear the levels with a score over 90%. Passing means you can get out there for the real thing: three stages of real combat in space! Make good use of the Pod system, too, with original techniques like the Pod Shot and Rocket Fire in your arsenal to challenge any aliens who think Earth is going to be easy prey!
ImageFight II (IREM SOFT, €7.99 / £7.19) - This vertically scrolling shoot 'em up is the sequel to Image Fight, originally released on PC Engine. Three years after the Moon War, an alien force has come out of the Sagittarius sector of space and has turned its gaze on Earth. It's up to ace pilot Show Sawamura to take control of the OF-1 Daedalus and the OF-3 Garuda and take this new threat head on, training in fierce "image fights" conducted in the virtual world.
ZIG ZAG GO (RCMADIAX, €1.49 / £1.39) - Shapes on the go with ZIG ZAG GO! Use the touch screen to switch directions quickly and avoid oncoming shapes. Endless fun for everyone!
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology – Demo Version - Unlock the time traveling power of the White Chronicle once again in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. This beloved classic is an expanded from the original Nintendo 3DS™ game and contains a great deal of added gameplay/story content, updated presentation, and new ways to experience the adventure!
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What will you be downloading this week? (136 votes)
Night In The Woods
Sky Force Reloaded
Her Majesty's SPIFFING
Island Flight Simulator
Shiftlings - Enhanced Edition
ACA NEOGEO SAMURAI SHODOWN II
Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back
The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya
Pokkén Tournament DX
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
ZIG ZAG GO
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology – Demo Version
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That's your lot for today's Nintendo Download update for the EU eShop. Don't forget to let us know what you're going to be picking up this week...