A little later than normal this week, Nintendo of Europe has told us what to expect in this week's Nintendo Download update. No news of any Wii U Virtual Console games — though that doesn't necessarily mean they're not coming — but plenty of titles to choose from including some free, and probably awesome, Rayman platforming. Let's get to the details.
Wii U eShop
Rayman Legends Challenges App (Ubisoft, free) — The most substantial part of operation Legends Damage Limitation, as we like to pretend it's called, is this online challenge mode that gives you the chance to tackle a variety of levels and battle your way up leaderboards, either in co-op or single player. There'll be daily and weekly challenges to take on until the full game launches later this year; we'll check it out for a review, and if you want more details you should have a read of our interview with Rayman Legends Lead Game Designer Emile Morel.
Wii U Retail Download
Injustice: Gods Among Us (Warner Bros, €59.99 / £49.99) — Available from 26th April, one week later than originally expected, this brawler is developed by the team that successfully revamped Mortal Kombat, and has various DC Universe heroes and villains duking it out. We're currently fighting our way through the game to bring you a review.
Lola's Math Train (BeiZ, €2.99 / £2.69) — Arriving at a lower price than its previous North American release, this is the third entry in the Lola edutainment franchise and the first on the 3DS eShop. Once again it succeeds in delivering a quality experience for young gamers that are keen to combine learning and playing; you can see our recommendation in our Lola's Math Train review.
3DS Virtual Console
Mega Man 4 (Capcom, €4.99 / £4.49) — The roll-out of Capcom's classic NES Mega Man titles continues this week with the fourth entry, and perhaps one that gets aficionados of the series into some of their fiercest debates. It continues on in some respects from the widely-loved second and third entries, but some — including us in our Wii Virtual Console Mega Man 4 review — feel that it doesn't quite hit the expected heights. We'll give it another blast for a 3DS VC review soon.
3DS Retail Downloads
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) — Arriving a little while after the Wii U title and available from 26th April, this prequel gives us an origin story for Chase McCain and explains some valuable back-story that's referenced in the home console title. Ambitious in scope and squeezing the large city into a 3DS game, we felt that technical limitations held this one back in our LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins review.
BIT.TRIP SAGA (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £17.99) — This one has been around at retail for a good amount of time, but arrives as an eShop download with a thoroughly reasonable discounted price. This bundle takes all six of the original WiiWare titles and gives them a stereoscopic spit and polish, presenting a unique opportunity to enjoy the full series on the go. The absence of leaderboards and the occasional frame-rate dip didn't stop this from earning a recommendation in our BIT.TRIP SAGA review.
Riding Stables 3D (Treva Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99) — Pet-sims are perfectly suited to handhelds, it must be said, and this horse-caring title arrives in Europe to expand the genre's offering. It has some promising aspects, such as its use of StreetPass and a storyline, but it has limitations and and examples of mediocrity elsewhere and throughout the experience; check out our Riding Stables 3D review for full details.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (Nintendo, free) — This title is still a little under a month away in Europe, unfortunately, but the region is being thrown a bone with this free demo. We rated this latest title in the 'mon spin-off series highly in our Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, so those of us in Europe can try the demo to see for ourselves while we wait.
Wii Virtual Console
Real Bout Fatal Fury (D4 Enterprise, 900 Nintendo Points — Neo Geo makes its return to the Wii Virtual Console with, you guessed it, a 2D fighting game. This was the first of the series of Fatal Fury spin-offs, and though it's a solid fighter we feel it's outshone by its sequels — which are already available — Real Bout Fatal Fury Special and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers. You can read all about it in our Real Bout Fatal Fury review.
So, a decent range to choose from this week. Let us know your download plans in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (251 votes)
- Rayman Legends Challenges App (Wii U eShop)55%
- Injustice: Gods Among Us (Wii U retail download)2%
- Lola's Math Train (3DS eShop) 0%
- Mega Man 4 (3DS Virtual Console)6%
- LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS retail download)2%
- BIT.TRIP SAGA (3DS retail download)2%
- Riding Stables 3D (3DS retail download) 0%
- Real Bout Fatal Fury (Wii Virtual Console)1%
- Just the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity demo for me18%
- Nothing for me this week14%
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Rayman here I come... so long as I can stop playing Fire Emblem.
Wow there's alot there for you guys indeed a hard to pick if you ask me.
I ticked the hidden WiiU VC box
I'm expecting the Wii U VC, but I might just get myself Bit Trip Saga, as I can't seem to find it anywhere in stores here in the Netherlands.
Only Rayman for me. I see Rayman is the single most popular choice this week. So people should shut up about boycotting the game, as there's clearly still a lot of interest in it.
Raymans App is obviosuly an insta, but i'd also download the BIT TRIP SAGA game if it wasn't double the price as u can find in stores and if it wasn't so much more expensive (as usual) than the NA DL release!
Rayman Legends Challenges app will be obvious, but first I'll have to snag some VC games if/when they're available.
So why not just announce the VC launch lineup? I don't see what being so secretive gains. I mean, it's not really a surprise is it so what's the point.
I'll get Rayman App and Mystery Dungeon demo. I should also buy all the Bit Trip games (currently have none) but I think I'll buy Bit Trip Complete for Wii instead of Saga since it's said to be better.
Real Bout Fatal Fury, rayman app and mega man 4
In last week's Nintendo Direct for Europe say said the launch lineup is TBD..lol..one week before the launch it's TBD...
Neo Geo VC is still getting support. This needs to come to Wii U asap
Bit trip saga is like £8 from Shopto.net if anyone is desperate for it.
I was under the impression that pretty much every VC game shown during the Nintendo Direct would be launching with the service tomorrow. If they only give us Excitebike tomorrow I'll be disappointed. :c
Where's Cave Story+ already? Nicalis said we could expect this soon, but that was March 28th already.
Ahh well, I'm sure I'm going to load that Pokémon Mystery Dungeon demo.
I'm waiting for Cave story + ?
Will defo pickup the Rayman but I am keeping the €10 I have for the day earthbound is released or if we are given a release day for it.
Hopefully Super Mario World on Wii U VC, and of course the Rayman app-thingy. The Pokémon demo will be the first Mystery Dungeon experience for me.
Rayman of course for me. Might also pick up Bit.Trip, have never seen that around (I didn't even know it got a PAL release!) Not sure what they're doing with the VC so I don't know if I'll be getting anything.
The debate to download Ubicrap's sad excuse for an apology... I guess I have until Thursday to ponder this.
While I am dowling the new Rayman Legends demo, I also plan on purchasing Injustice at retail.
@lebad - Me too. Hopefully it will be here soon!
I'll get Rayman Legends Challenges App if it comes to NA.
Rayman and hopefully virtual console!
Still No Cave Story for Europe Means I'm still on my Nicalis Boycott in the USA. Again just my own little dumb boycott which hurts myself I know. But really Europe should have got Cave Story by now. It's a rediculous situation the game will sell well with all its hype. I personally think the game is way overrated myself but people seem to love it.
No Wii U, so no Rayman Legends for me yet. I'll just have the Pokemon demo. I'll still refuse to buy Rayman new or at all when it comes out though.
@Gavin_Rozee They have been really slow about the VC. They should be bringing out 5 VC games a week but for some reason they just don't want to do it. They pretty much have seemed to drop VC on 3DS other than the megaman games. Just a poor, poor job of VC games and selection of games. Just as well my wallet has been getting hit hard lately with all the great 3DS releases
@Windy If you put 5 games per week, theres bound to be 2 or 3 left in the dust, if you put 2 OR 3, theres a high chance that people would buy those ones, EVEN if they dont want them, its business
@Windy I wonder why they stick only with NES and GB/GBC games on the 3DS VC ?
I wish 3DS VC was like the WII VC with SNES, NeoGeo games, etc... (and why not GBA) but who knows...
Demo for 3ds!! yeah!!
raymans out this week? cool!
What's up with the update? It's well into tuesday in some parts of the world.
Looking forward to more Rayman
Really enjoyed Mega Man 2; up to Wily's castle stage (no save states used...yet). Yet to play #3, so may hold off a while on #4.
Also looking foward to seeing what's happening on Wii U VC. Hoping update hits Wednesday, then some VC games from Thursday.
looks like the days of good 3dsware are over....
@SanderEvers no i meant the challenge mode
Can't wait to try the PKMN Mystery dungeon demo!
That game was out of my radar, but the new NOE promotion changed all ^O^
Rayman Legends app - Yes!
Everything else - No!
I've already got physical copies of BIT.TRIP Saga anyway, on both 3DS and Wii.
@LunaticPandora "looks like the days of good 3dsware are over...."
Yup, how could anything top Lola's Math Train? I'll never need to play anything else ever.
hi all cant wait for rayman.does anyone know when the system update is actually going out
@the-daddy No one knows, except later this week. I vote for tomorrow or friday. Not thursday, because that's eShop day. Wouldn't want to glock those data pipes.
@gurtifus me too If they would Bring the TurboGrafx to the 3DS VC I would be absolutely broke I hope they do Cause I would love to play Adventure island from the tg16 on my 3DS.....Way better than Harmoknight
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