It's Monday morning, so it's Nintendo Download news time in Europe. This week brings us one of the most unique Wii U eShop titles to date, some retro goodies, and quite a mix of new titles and price cuts on the 3DS eShop. Without further ado, let's get to the details.
Wii U eShop
Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (KnapNok Games, €6.99 / £5.99) — This has stood out as one of the quirkiest Wii U exclusives since it was announced, as it's a TV-free game that focuses players around the GamePad screen and has them commit a number of humorous, physical challenges with Wii Remotes. Perhaps also set apart by its peculiar branding, we'll gather some friends, spin the bottle and let you know whether this is as entertaining as it is intriguing.
Wii U Virtual Console
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV (KOEI, €7.99 / £5.49) — Quite possibly one of the most in-depth games on the Super NES, a simulation strategy title that incorporates real history of ancient China with a befuddling level of complexity. In that respect it may be heaven to some, but inaccessible to plenty of others. While we wrap our heads around it once again you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Romance of the Three Kingdoms review. This is the US version of the game.
Galaga (NAMCO BANDAI Games, €4.99 / £3.49) — If you like retro arcade shmups, there's every chance that this is already on your download list for the week. You fly and shoot, and this NES version of the arcade title has iconic sound effects and gameplay to suit the rosiest of tinted lenses. Whether it still stands up well today is something we'll consider, but we thought it merited a solid recommendation in our Wii Virtual Console Galaga review. This is the US version of the game.
SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form, €8.99 / £7.99) — The second entry in this series, following DSiWare release SteamWorld: Tower Defense, this is a "platform mining adventure" that promises plenty of content and challenge as you dig for treasure with Rusty the 'cowbot'. The steampunk style is certainly attractive, and some encouraging noise has been made about a good level of challenge to keep 3DS gamers happy; we'll put on a cool hat and work on a review, and in the meantime you can learn more from our interview with Image & Form.
Tangram Style (Moving Player, €5.99 / £5.39) — With a name like Tangram Style, this may be trying to tap into a certain YouTube music phenomenon — you know the one — but it's unrelated. With four modes and more than 600 tangram puzzles said to be included, as well as a probably-superfluous story, this may be good value for fans of the genre. We'll get busy and puzzle out a review soon.
Deer Drive Legends (Maximum Games, €4.99 / £4.49) — Originally released as a retail title in North America, this arrives as a download-only game in Europe at a reduced price. It's yet another gallery shooting game where you hunt wild animals, in what's becoming a surprisingly crowded market on the 3DS eShop. We'll dig out our rather well-worn hunting gear and set out to bring you a review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
escapeVektor (Nnooo, €5 / £4.49 until 22nd August, normally €10.00 / £8.99)
Crash City Mayhem (Ghostlight, €9.99 / £8.99 until 22nd August, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
Rising Board 3D (Odenis Studio, €1.49 / £1.29 until 22nd August, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
So there's a variety of content either new or reduced on both Wii U and 3DS this week. Let us know what you plan to pick up in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (190 votes)
- Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (Wii U eShop)16%
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV (Wii U Virtual Console)10%
- Galaga (Wii U Virtual Console)3%
- SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop)11%
- Tangram Style (3DS eShop)1%
- Deer Drive Legends (3DS eShop)1%
- escapeVektor (3DS eShop temporary discount)3%
- Crash City Mayhem (3DS eShop temporary discount)2%
- Rising Board 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
- Nothing for me this week53%
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