It's Monday morning, European Nintendo gamers, which means happy download news to bring smiles to our faces. This week is dominated by a game where you collect creatures and explore a vast land, which has had a teensy bit of hype in recent months. There are also a couple of retro goodies on the Wii U Virtual Console, alongside a lot of discounts, so let's get right to it.
Wii U Virtual Console
GOLF (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — Oddly, this original golf title from the NES doesn't appear to have been released on the Wii Virtual Console, so it makes its — much anticipated? — return on the Wii U Virtual Console. It has two player options and delivers what the title promises: it's golf. We'll hit the Links while wearing some tartan trousers and let you know what we think. This is the US version of the game.
Tennis (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — This is a title that did arrive on the Wii Virtual Console, and like its golfing brethren serves up a simple, uncomplicated 8-bit version of the sport; we'll hit the courts once again, while you can check out our original Wii Virtual Console Tennis review. This is the US version of the game.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation, €4.99 / £4.49 until 10th November, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
3DS Retail Downloads
Pokémon X & Y (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) — It finally arrives on 12th October, a title about gathering creatures and exploring a vast land that's been accumulating a lot of hype in recent months. A new generation in one of the game industry's most popular franchises, gamers will first have to choose whether to pick up X or Y — or both, potentially — before the serious business begins of picking starters (new and first-gen) for the journey. We imagine many will be very tempted by these titles, and we feel that the new features and ideas, alongside established norms for the series, make it a must have for fans and newcomers. Check out our Pokémon X & Y review for the full lowdown.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Ghostlight, €34.99 / £29.99) — Released at physical retail in Europe earlier in the year, this title's arrival on the 3DS eShop may make it more immediately accessible and tempting to more gamers. It deserves the attention, too, as our recommendation in our Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked review makes clear.
Hot Wheels World's Best Driver (WB Games, €29.99 / £24.99)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 10th November, normally €3.99 / £3.59)
3D Game Collection (Joindots, €2.00 / £2.00 until 25th October, normally €24.99 / £11.99)
3D Mahjongg (Joindots, €2.00 / £2.00 until 25th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Gardenscapes (Joindots, €2.00 / £2.00 until 25th October, normally €29.99 / £14.99)
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, €2.00 / £2.00 until 25th October, normally €29.99 / £14.99)
3DS eShop Permanent Discount
Block Factory (Enjoy Gaming, €2.79 / £2.49, was €3.99 / £3.59)
Viking Invasion 2: Tower Defense (Big Ben, €6.99 / £6.29, was €7.99 / £6.99)
That's all, Europe. There are two obvious stand-out releases, and plenty of discounts to consider. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (201 votes)
GOLF (Wii U Virtual Console)
Tennis (Wii U Virtual Console)
Little Inferno (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Pokémon X (3DS retail download)
Pokémon Y (3DS retail download)
Both Pokémon X and Y (3DS retail download)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS retail download)
Hot Wheels World's Best Driver (3DS retail download)
Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles (3DS eShop temporary discount)
3D Game Collection (3DS eShop temporary discount)
3D Mahjongg (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Gardenscapes (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Murder on the Titanic (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Block Factory (3DS eShop permanent discount)
Viking Invasion 2: Tower Defense (3DS eShop permanent discount)
Nothing for me this week
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