It's the start of another week, which means it's time for those of us in Europe to dive into this week's Nintendo Download update. We have the most iconic puzzle game of all, as well as some alternative puzzling and strategy titles joining in. Only the Wii misses out this week, with its successor having some discounts — both permanent and temporary — and another NES title to add to its Virtual Console library.
Wii U Virtual Console
Spelunker (Tozai Games, €4.99 / £3.49) — Another retro NES platformer, with this one placing an emphasis on exploration and quick puzzle solving. We'll be taking a fresh look, but we did feel that an absurd level of difficulty and frustrating design — perhaps linking back to its days on pre-NES systems — made this one very hard to recommend; you can see why in our Wii Virtual Console Spelunker review; on the plus side it is available at a promotion price — below — should you choose to try it anyway.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Spelunker (Tozai Games, €3.49 / £2.39 until 13th June, normally €4.99 / £3.49)
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Forzenbyte, €8.49 / £6.99 until 27th June, normally €16.99 / £13.99)
Wii U Permanent Discounts
ZombiU (Ubisoft, €29.99 / £24.99, was €69.99 / £54.99)
Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft, €39.99 / £29.99, was €49.99 / £39.99)
Ben 10: Omniverse (D3 Publisher, €29.99 / £29.99, was €44.99 / £35.99)
3DS Retail Download
Tetris (Tetris Online, €9.99 / £8.99) — Also known as Tetris Axis in North America, this 2011 3DS release arrives on the 3DS eShop with a tempting price; it offers over 20 modes, as well as local, download and online multiplayer. Here's our Tetris review if you're on the fence.
Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (MSL, 800 Nintendo Points) — This title's predecessors were released as boxed retail games on DS, but as a sign of the times this new entry opts for the download platform. We expect typical jewel swapping puzzling, and with over 170 jewel boards promised this could have a lot to offer. We'll set off on a quest to bring you our review.
Break Tactics (Agetec, 500 Nintendo Points) — This one was released in North America way back in September 2011, and finally makes its appearance in Europe. It's perhaps attempting to tap into the current trend for turn-based strategy experiences, and does a competent job despite uninspiring design and slow pacing. You can read all about it in our Break Tactics review.
That's your lot this week, Europe. We've got new Tetris and some DSiWare options, as well as quite a few notable Wii U discounts, so let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (192 votes)
Spelunker (Wii U Virtual Console and temporary discount)
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop discount)
ZombiU (Wii U permanent discount)
Just Dance 4 (Wii U permanent discount)
Ben 10: Omniverse (Wii U permanent discount)
Tetris (3DS retail download)
Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (DSiWare)
Break Tactics (DSiWare)
Nothing for me this week
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