Popular franchises will make an appearance

In the most recent Nintendo Direct broadcasts, it was announced that Zen Pinball 2 was on the way to the Wii U eShop in December. It's set to incorporate a similar setup to that seen on the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms — an initial free download with trial tables, accompanied by a large range available to buy individually or as part of packs.

There'll be plenty of options to choose from, but as many noticed the title was lacking from this week's download updates in both Europe and North America, making the promised appearance this month unlikely bar a special update of its own. No official word was given via a press release or blog post, but Zen Studios has confirmed via Twitter that it now expects the title to be released in January.

A little longer to wait for pinball fans; is this one high on your Wii U eShop wishlists?