It's a dreary Monday morning but fear not, Europe, Nintendo Download salvation is at hand. We now know what treats are coming this week and, we hope you'll agree, it's a pretty strong lineup. Only Wii misses out, and there are new, old and discounted offerings to chew over; let's get to it.
Wii U Virtual Console
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — This is the US version of the game, with a 60Hz refresh rate. As is well known now, when it comes to the first Super Mario sequel, the West got an entirely different deal than those in Japan. Despite its style being an oddity in the series, this is still a lot of fun and, arguably, provides a template for how Mario can shake things up in the future. Running and jumping is still there, but some levels take plenty of exploring to figure out, while the four playable characters — each with different abilities — and the enemy tossing mechanics stand up rather well. We'll be adventuring through this again on Wii U, but in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Super Mario Bros. 2 review.
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Capcom, €7.99 / £5.49) — This is the US version of the game, with a 60Hz refresh rate. Capcom's recent promise of 16-bit goodness on the Wii U begins here, with this classic and gruelling action game ready to test your skills and patience in the best possible way. With terrific sprite graphics and classic music to help you along, we suspect this one will make liberal use of the Wii U save state and restore point functionality. We'll review this version, but in the meantime you can check out our glowing recommendation in the Wii Virtual Console Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts review.
Wii U Virtual Console Promotion
Super Metroid (Nintendo, €0.30 / £0.30) — This is the European version of the game, which was optimised originally by the developer to offer gameplay and music speed similar to the US version. The aspect ratio has been corrected for this release. We suspect that this is the Famicom Anniversary promotion that many have been waiting for, as you can pick up one of the finest games to grace the Super NES for less than a packets of crisps. Even if you have this one already, this price is still only one fifth of the normal "upgrade price" from the Wii edition, and is still considered by some to be the definitive Samus Aran adventure. You can read why we think it's a true classic in our Wii Virtual Console Super Metroid review while we work on an updated assessment.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games, €8.99 / £8.00 until 30th May, normally €11.99 / £10.79)
Wii U Retail Permanent Reduction
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Namco Bandai, €29.99 / £23.99, was €54.99 / £37.49)
Wii U Retail Demo
Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, free) — This HD re-release of the highly regarded 3DS title is now just two weeks away, so Capcom's providing a free demo to get you in the mood. This'll take you through the early — and eerie — stages on an abandoned cruise-liner. They're free scares, what's not to like?
The Starship Damrey (Level-5, €7.99 / £7.19) — After last week's epic psyche-out, the first of the Guild02 titles arrives this week, and it's the adventure/exploration title from Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Abiko. You awaken on the named starship with no memory of who you are or how you came to be there, and you have to explore and figure out your environment without any hints or tips to guide you. It sounds intriguing, and we'll try to remember how to find it on the eShop to bring you our review, soon.
3DS Retail Download
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) — Available from 17th May, this Pokémon spin-off series makes its debut on 3DS, giving fans an alternative from catching 'em all or flat out brawling. In parts simplified for a new audience, but in other parts endlessly fulfilling, we gave a strong recommendation to find this one and catch it in our Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity review.
3DS Virtual Console
Mega Man 5 (Capcom, €4.99 / £4.49) — Isn't it about time you buy another NES Mega Man re-release? With the Blue Bomber now starting his assault on the Wii U eShop, we still have the completion of his 3DS roll-out to finish, and we're now approaching the end of this particular run. While fans will argue over the best of the NES classics, we still believe this is a thoroughly excellent game in our Wii Virtual Console Mega Man review. We'll be giving a fresh take on this one on its new portable home very soon.
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
Planet Crashers (UTV Ignition. €6.99 / £6.29 until 30th May, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
Retro Pocket (UFO Interactive, 500 Nintendo Points) — UFO's intention with this title is to provide eight Game & Watch-style games and cause a nostalgia overload. The visuals are right on the money, but in our view the all-important gameplay and addictive nature of the classic Nintendo handhelds is lost; check out our Retro Pocket review for the full lowdown.
A diverse set of downloads this week, and we imagine some retro gamers are particularly happy. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (251 votes)
- Super Mario Bros. 2 (Wii U Virtual Console)4%
- Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii U Virtual Console)6%
- Super Metroid (Wii U Virtual Console Famicom Promotion)59%
- BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U eShop temporary discount)4%
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Wii U retail download permanent reduction) 0%
- The Starship Damrey (3DS eShop)10%
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (3DS retail download)1%
- Mega Man 5 (3DS Virtual Console)3%
- Planet Crashers (3DS eShop temporary discount) 0%
- Retro Pocket (DSiWare) 0%
- Just the free demo for me3%
- Nothing for me this week10%
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