So, it's finally time for this week's Nintendo Download update for Europe. We have a crack team currently investigating what happened to the official press release, but we'll go ahead and let you know what download delights are on the way based on what was revealed during last week's Nintendo Direct. Both the 3DS and DSi are well served this week, but poor old Wii misses out.

3DS eShop

Pokémon Dream Radar (Nintendo, £2.69/€2.99) — Arriving a day after the standard update to coincide with the release of Pokémon Black & White 2, this title will allow you to capture 'mon by using the AR capabilities of 3DS, and look silly if playing in a public place. The feature that's sure to please, however, is the quick and simple means of transferring captured Pokémon and items into your copy of Black & White 2. It's a fun concept at a budget price ($2.99 in North America, we'll update the European prices as soon as possible), even if it's not the perfect package. Check out our Pokémon Dream Radar review for all of the details.

Hana Samurai: Art of the Sword (Nintendo, £6.29/€6.99) — Released in North America as Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword back in February, this is a title that's often been requested in each successive week when it hasn't arrived in Europe. Rather than encouraging mindless hacking and slashing, the combat and sword-play is all about precision and timing, with a thoroughly decent amount of content to enjoy. We suspect that the change of name to Hana Samurai in Europe is due to a copyright issue or something equally dull, but the game itself has arrived, which is what matters. If you want to know why this should be on your eShop wishlist, check out our Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword review.

eShop Discount

Colors! 3D (Reduced from £5.40 to £4.49 for one week) — As part of the current batch of 3DS download software promotions, Colors! 3D is reduced to £4.49 until next week's update. While it may not be ideal for teaching you how to draw, it's an exceptional 3D tool for artists of all abilities, as our Colors! 3D review explains.


Robot Rescue 2 (Teyon, 200 Points) — This title is, unsurprisingly, a sequel to Robot Rescue on DSiWare, and features the same tile-based puzzling where you move robots through dangerous areas to safety. The catch is that movements are linked, so you have to worry about multiple characters and use various tricks to make it out safely. This one promises 60 levels and three difficulty settings, and we gave the first title 6/10 in our Robot Rescue review. We'll have a verdict on the sequel for you as soon as possible.

There's certainly variety this week, whether you're after AR shooting, samurai combat or some old-fashioned puzzling. Will any of these tempt you to part with your hard-earned funds or Nintendo Points? Let us know in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (112 votes)

  1. Pokémon Dream Radar (3DS eShop)29%
  2. Hana Samurai: Art of the Sword (3DS eShop)37%
  3. Robot Rescue 2 (DSiWare)1%
  4. Nothing this week34%

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