So E3 is now but a fading memory, but at least we have a lot of Wii U and 3DS games on the way to keep us entertained for the rest of the year. One of those lands as Wii U DLC today, while the 3DS is pretty much overflowing with varied offerings, including the second entry from the Guild02 series. Let's get to it.
Wii U Retail DLC
New Super Luigi U (Nintendo, €19.99 / £17.99) — A significant "Year of Luigi" arrival and, perhaps more importantly, a big release to tide over Wii U owners. This eShop release will function as DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U before arriving as a standalone retail release next month, providing over 80 levels with Luigi as the star and the inclusion of a practically invincible Nabbit in multiplayer. It'll feature redesigned stages to suit Luigi's abilities — including a flutter jump — and looks like typical 2D platforming fun. We'll wear some green and check this out for a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Mario Bros. (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — Now we're really kicking it old school, as this NES port of the original Mario Bros. arcade makes its appearance on the Wii U Virtual Console. Luigi fans should know that this one was the green one's first appearance, offering up single screen challenges to flip over and kick plenty of foes. This one's perhaps a little dated now, but we'll get kitted out for a trip into the pipes for an updated review; until then, you can see what we said in our Wii Virtual Console Mario Bros. review.
Wrecking Crew (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — This NES platform puzzler makes its third Virtual Console appearance, as it recently landed on the 3DS eShop's platform. It provides fairly standard 8-bit fare, but multiplayer and a level editor — which includes the option to save your creations on the VC — add a little extra depth. We'll see how the Wii U version stacks up, but until then you can check out our 3DS Virtual Console Wrecking Crew review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation, €4.99 / £4.49 until 26th June, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
BUGS vs. TANKS! (Level-5, €7.99 / £7.19) — The second of three Guild02 titles coming to the 3DS eShop, this contribution comes from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune. Footage to date has shown what looks like a basic action game as tanks fight — you guessed it — big bugs, but the official blurb promises local wireless co-op for up to four players, StreetPass implementation and a large variety of tank parts for customisation. We'll don our helmets and charge into battle for a review.
3D Game Collection (Joindots, €24.99 / £11.99) — This title comes with an extraordinary price discrepancy between mainland Europe and the UK, with the latter still being a fair bit more expensive than the North American release. As a collection of small games, meanwhile, it's hit and miss for a mediocre overall experience; check out our 3D Game Collection review for more details.
Gardenscapes (Joindots, €24.99 / £14.99) — Rather like 3D Game Collection, this title has had a price bump on its way to Europe. This one is partly about maintaining and designing a desirable garden space, while there's also some hidden object gameplay included; it may appeal to any horticulturally-minded 3DS owners out there. Not perfect by any means, we nevertheless had some positive things to say in our Gardenscapes review.
The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels (Agetec, €4.99 / £4.49) — This won't win many prizes for its less-than-snappy title, but its concept of stealing jewels or alternatively chasing the thief promises much. It doesn't quite deliver on its potential, in our view, and you can see why in our The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels review.
Witch's Cat (Agetec, €4.99 / £4.49) — A spin-off from the Rabi Laby titles on DSiWare, this is a challenging puzzle game that sees you make use of magic abilities to progress. This offers plenty of challenge, nf some occasions with too much of a difficulty spike, but it still earned a solid recommendation in our Witch's Cat review.
101 DinoPets 3D (Selectsoft, €4.00 / £3.59) — Pet sims are common on the DS family of systems and, gradually, on the 3DS, but this one is undoubtedly unique in making you look after and dress up dinosaurs. What could possibly go wrong? According to our 101 DinoPets 3D review, quite a lot.
3DS Virtual Console
Defenders of Oasis (SEGA, €3.99 / £3.59) — The collection of Game Gear titles on the 3DS eShop continues to grow with this Japanese-style RPG, where you're tasked with recruiting allies and taking down an evil wizard. Sounds like a normal day in the office, and we'll let you know how the quest goes in a review, soon.
Tails Adventure (SEGA, €4.99 / £4.49) — It's inevitable that sidekicks get spin-off games of their own, and this Game Gear example sees Sonic's trusty assistant embark on 12 missions to gather mechanical parts for a mysterious machine. We'll see whether Tails is up to going solo in our upcoming review.
3DS Retail Demo
LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey (Warner Bros., free) — It's yet another LEGO franchise coming to the DS and 3DS, and this free 3DS demo will help you decide whether it's worth your money.
3DS Retail Downloads
LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey (Warner Bros., €39.99 / £34.99) — Available from 21st June.
Rayman Origins (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £17.99)
Luxor (MSL, €11.99 / £10.79)
3DS eShop Discount
Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (Pixel Toys, €2.49 / £2.49 until 4th July, normally €4.99 / £4.99)
Armageddon Operation Dragon (EnjoyUp Games, 500 Nintendo Points) — With a storyline of saving the world while riding on top of a dragon, this one undoubtedly has the potential to be a lot of fun. However, it joins a list of vertical overhead runners from this development studio that have been largely panned by the Nintendo Life team; this one is no exception in our Armageddon Operation Dragon review.
Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleepless Star (MSL, 800 Nintendo Points) — No sooner has Jewel Quest 4 arrived and disappointed us, Jewel Quest 5 now arrives on DSiWare. Expect more match-three puzzling with a loose storyline applied, and we'll see whether this fifth entry fares better in our upcoming review.
A lot of downloads to choose from this week, Europe. As always you can let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (218 votes)
- New Super Luigi U (Wii U DLC)47%
- Mario Bros. (Wii U Virtual Console)2%
- Wrecking Crew (Wii U Virtual Console) 0%
- Little Inferno (Wii U Temporary Discount)2%
- BUGS vs. TANKS! (3DS eShop)4%
- 3D Game Collection (3DS eShop) 0%
- Gardenscapes (3DS eShop) 0%
- The Phantom Thief Stina and 30 Jewels (3DS eShop) 0%
- Witch's Cat (3DS eShop) 0%
- 101 DinoPets 3D (3DS eShop) 0%
- Defenders of Oasis (3DS Virtual Console)6%
- Tails Adventure (3DS Virtual Console)6%
- LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey (3DS retail download) 0%
- Rayman Origins (3DS retail download)1%
- Luxor (3DS retail download) 0%
- Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (3DS eShop temporary discount)6%
- Armageddon Operation Dragon (DSiWare) 0%
- Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleepless Star (DSiWare) 0%
- Just the free demo for me7%
- Nothing for me this week18%
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