It's that time again, Europe, with Nintendo confirming details for this week's download update on its online platforms. 3DS, DSi and Wii are all catered for with a mixture of long awaited releases and some unexpected arrivals, while all is quiet — apart from a demo — on the Wii U front. Let's get to the details.
3DS download software
Fractured Soul (Endgame Studios, €7.99 / £7.19) — Arriving in Europe at a reduced rate as part of a stand against game prices in Australia and New Zealand, in particular, this is a dual-screen action platformer that was years in the making. A clever experience that tests your skills while bombarding you with attractive visuals and a pulsing soundtrack, this was originally developed with a retail release in mind. You can learn more about the game in our interview with Endgame Studios from last year, and read our strong recommendation in our Fractured Soul review.
3DS Virtual Console
Blaster Master (Sunsoft, €4.99 / £4.49) — Set in New York, this is a fondly remembered NES action title that blends top-down 2D play with sidescrolling action stages; you get to use Sophia the 3rd, a rather powerful "heavily armed multi-purpose vehicle". A favourite among plenty of retro gamers, we'll see how this one's blasting action fares on the handheld platform — until then you can always check out our Master Blaster review for the Wii Virtual Console.
Wii U retail demo
ZombiU (Ubisoft, free) — Originally thought to be on the way in December last year, the ZombiU demo has finally arrived on the European eShop. Unfortunately its 18 rating means that you'll have to wait for a four hour window late tonight to download it — at least it'll be appropriately dark and spooky when you give it a try and bash some zombie heads.
Kung Fu Dragon (Agetec Inc, 200 Nintendo Points) — This one's a bit of a surprise arrival in Europe, sneaking onto DSiWare 18 months after it landed Stateside. While the name may suggest something along the lines of Ninja Gaiden, what you actually get is a challenge to climb and jump up the Mystical Waterfall to prove your credentials. An incredibly simplistic but addictive experience where you simply move and jump up a vertical stage until you eventually perish, we had some positive words to share in our Kung Fu Dragon review.
Wii Virtual Console
Ninja Master’s Haoh-Ninpo-Cho (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points) — Re-arrange these words: game, fighting, Neo Geo. While it's tempting to make fun of the constant stream of fighting games — the run and gun genre also gets a look in — from one of retro gaming's coolest machines, we ultimately have to also acknowledge that a lot of these titles are fantastic; we should be grateful to have a chance to add a lot of these to our collection. With the choice of 10 different ninjas or warriors and moves with names such as "Super Death Blow", this sounds like a promising addition. The twist here is the ability to quickly switch between fighting with weapons or hand-to-hand, and we gave it a solid recommendation in our Ninja Master’s Haoh-Ninpo-Cho review.
So there you have it, a mix of long awaited 3DS releases, some retro goodies and an addictive budget DSiWare game. Let us know which of these could devour your funds in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (109 votes)
- Fractured Soul (3DS eShop)33%
- Blaster Master (3DS Virtual Console)11%
- Kung Fu Dragon (DSiWare)2%
- Ninja Master’s Haoh-Ninpo-Cho (Wii Virtual Console)5%
- Nothing for me this week50%
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Nout for me this week.
Fractured Soul for me this week.
Still nothing for Wii U. D:
Yet again nothing for the Wii U... so disappointing.
Ill definately get Fractured Soul, been waiti for that for a while, but where's Mighty Switch Force H.D.E, Trine 2 (which both arent out in australia yet) and Zen Pinball 2 on Wii U?!?!
Wii U update tomorrow with Ninja Gaiden launching?
Finally Fractured Soul! And without 1to 1 $/€ conversion! Awesome.
"Arriving in Europe at a reduced rate"
Can someone please explain to me how this is a reduced rate? In the US this game is $11.99 which is about £7.47 at today's exchange rate... If anything it's a little more expensive!
I must be missing something here...
Going to get Fractured Soul.
Disappointed that there is nothing new for the WiiU again.
The ZombiU demo went up on the Europ eShop last night
Obviously can only be downloaded between 11pm and 3am...
Where is nano assault ?
Cave story for european?
Nice to know the Zombi U demo is available, I'll have to get that tonight. Any new retail downloads - Ninja Gaiden 3, perhaps?
Third week in a row without Wii U content :/
@datamonkey Typically it isn't a straight conversion: for example Super Mario Bros. on the 3DS VC is $4.99 in the US but £4.49 in the UK. Various US states add sales tax, it must be said, but the cost of Fractured Soul was expected to be higher than what's come through.
@Sean_Aaron Wii U didn't get a mention in the press release, so we'll have to check the system itself tomorrow, I suspect, to see if NG3 arrives as a retail download.
I guess I'm gonna support my fellow aussie developer and get Fractured Soul I have only just downloaded NSMBU last night so I still have plenty of WiiU games to finish before the VC rolls into action.
I hate Blaster master a lot... But if it comes to NA I'll get it to conquer my fear
I've added an entry for the ZombiU demo which, by the way, can't be downloaded outside the ludicrous four hour window late at night...
How is £7.19 more expensive than £7.47? Granted, it's not a huge discount, but it's aimed at Australia/NZ more than Europe.
I'd like to try the ZombiU demo but it's a 1.6GB download so I'll have to hold off on downloading it until I can actually spare the extra internet downloads.
@ThomasBW84 - thanks for the explanation...
@Mario_Party_Fan_999 - Ah yes, got my figures the wrong way round, oops!
As for the ZombiU demo, it's great to see another demo on the eshop. In fact I am probably going to now buy all 3 games that I've demoed so far which I probably wouldn't have done without playing them first.
The 4 hour download window is ridiculous though. I was tired and ready for bed at 10pm, yet I had to wait an hour to start the damn download. How this German law affects me in the UK is beyond me. All Nintendo need to do is use geo-location on IP addresses to detect the console location and then the rest of Europe could download 18+ material outside the times of this stupid law...
I might download it. If I can be bothered to stay up and leave my console running all night.
The demos I really want are Darksiders, Sonic and Gaiden. It's a shame that Rayman is the only demo available in Europe up until now and judging by my own and others' reactions to that demo the developers are probably losing out on sales.
Fractured Soul was made in Australia
Definitely getting Fractured Soul. Any word on the release date of Picross e2 yet?
STILL NO Nano Assault EX. Won't buy anything until it releases because I can do that.
Well, Fractured Soul ist a sure buy for me. And Blaster Master ... hm, I liked the Wii-Special-Version Blaster Master Overdrive a lot. Maybe I give it a chance. Lets see how the review of the 3DS-Version will be.
@cornishlee - no need to leave your console running all night mate, just select the "power off when download complete" option and your WiiU will turn off when finished...
I want to try Zombi U,but I'm not downloading it at 11pm.
Nintendo really need to sort this out,heck the next thing it'll be you can only play 18+ games on your Wii U between 11pm and 3am.
Some people say not Wii U content this week when obviously already since yesterday a new demo has been added. It's also funny that this demo is not available at all in Germany!
D'oh! I'm not awake today...
Its good that Fractured soul will finally be releasing in Europe, I'll get that at some point and I might get Blaster master but its also Wii VC so I might get it on there instead.
-Fractured soul-, a perfect title...
Indeed my soul is "fractured" between instabuy it or waiting for now XD
Wow, Blaster Master came out of nowhere. Great, slightly underrated title. Way to go, EU!
Not only your country has higher prices, here in Mexico a game of $40 dlls like NSMB2 is at $800 pesos, it is like $62 dlls. And the same for the Wii U retail downloads.
And the irony is that you go to stores and you find the retail game at $600, it is like $45 dlls.
zombi u demo!!
Why isn't this article in the Wii Virtual Console section? Because nobody wants these NeoGeo fighting games anyways?
Can anyone with both the NES and GBC Blaster Master titles say which is better on the 3DS, and whether the NES version is worth the extra 90p?
The NES game is only £3.50 on the Wii if you buy points from the Wii Shop itself. I find NES games to be overpriced on the 3DS but I have to admit that the restore feature is very useful.
allot of people seem to want to get fractured soul... is the demo out in europe?
its really not as good as it seemed it would be, very clunky.
Where the heck is the ZombiU demo for NA??
Unfortunately I still haven't paid off my WiiU (it pains me to think of a launch WiiU sitting in the back of a store.
That, and a bunch of other stuff stand between me and downloading games
Is the reduced price of Fractured Soul temporary?
I love that extremely difficult NES games like Ghosts 'n Goblins and Blaster Master come out for 3DS so early. With save states they're now beatable, finally.
Wow, a third demo... though I have the full version already.
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