Some weeks can be rather quiet in the Nintendo Download update; this is not one of those weeks. This may well be the longest list of downloads and promotions that we've seen yet, with some anticipated titles and a few that have rather come out of left-field. There's a ridiculous amount to get through, so let's get on with it.
Wii U eShop
Mighty Switch Force! 2 (WayForward, €5.00 / £5.00) — Unlike the revamped Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition, this Wii U release of the 3DS eShop sequel is apparently based directly on the original, retooling the pixel-based visuals for a 16:9 ratio. We gave the eShop version a reasonable recommendation in our Mighty Switch Force! 2 review, even if it didn't quite match our expectations.
Wii U Virtual Console
Donkey Kong 3 (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — The third entry in the original DK series now arrives on the Wii U Virtual Console, adding to its library of NES offerings. This one is quite a departure from its predecessors as you attempt to shoot the big ape with bug spray, which certainly is a change. We'll take another look, but in the meantime you can cast your eyes over our original Wii Virtual Console Donkey Kong 3 review, in which it bugged us rather than made us go ape. This is the US version of the game.
Baseball (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — The NES Sports range continues its route onto the Wii U Virtual Console with this rather popular American sport. You pitch, you bat and you (sort of) field, but we weren't impressed many years ago in our Wii Virtual Console Baseball review. This is the US version of the game.
Pinball (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — It's another one of the earliest NES games, which explains the rather simplistic title. This is a fairly basic game of pinball with a Mario mini-game thrown in, and we gave it a reasonable recommendation in our Wii Virtual Console Pinball review. This is the US version of the game.
Wii U eShop Retail Downloads
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut (Square Enix, €39.99 / £29.99) — Arrives on Wii U alongside other systems as an improved version of a game a little over two years old; it faces a hard time winning attention alongside so many other major releases this season.
Just Dance Kids 2014 (Ubisoft, €39.99 / £29.99) — It's dancing with songs for kids. Yep, that sums it up.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (Capcom, €24.99 / £19.99) — Originally expected as a retail release, Capcom is bringing the much anticipated sequel exclusively to the eShop with a lower price. Fans may object to the absence of a physical retail version, but there is the consolation that a localised version has arrived. We'll bring you a review as soon as we can check all of the available evidence.
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix, €5.99 / £5.39 until 8th November, will then be €7.99 / £7.19) — This is the second Moto Racing title from Zordix to arrive on the 3DS eShop, this time around tackling a theme best suited to Winter. This looks fairly similar to Aqua Moto Racing 3D, with plenty of tournaments, stunts and multiplayer options — including Download Play — to enjoy. We'll see whether this plays well or is on a slippery slope in our review, due today.
Bowling Bonanza 3D (Enjoy Gaming, €2.99 / £2.50 until 14th November, will be €3.99 / £3.30) — It's bowling, basically, thought there are four different modes to choose from. As a bowling sim this isn't bad, but does have control issues and poorly executed 3D — let our Bowling Bonanza 3D review knock you over.
Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut 3D (Teyon, €1.99 / £1.79) — Those crazy chickens return and, once again, you have to gun them down with your stylus and a good aim. We'll see whether this is any improvement over its predecessors in our upcoming review. (There is also a DSiWare version of the game on the DSi store).
Gummy Bears - Mini Golf (Enjoy Gaming, €2.99 / £2.50 until 14th November, will be €3.99 / £3.30) — The Gummy Bears arrive on the 3DS eShop for some golfing shenanigans. It's a minor improvement over the first franchise appearance, but only by a little, and has some issues holding it back; get the lowdown in our Gummy Bears Mini Golf review.
3DS Virtual Console
Wario's Woods (Nintendo, €3.99 / £3.59) — Another NES title lands on the 3DS Virtual Console, this time in the form of Wario's falling block puzzler. Check out our Wii Virtual Console Wario's Woods review while we tackle it once again on the portable system.
3DS Retail Downloads
Beyblade: Evolution (Rising Star Games, €29.99 / £29.99) — Available from 25th October.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Avanquest, €24.99 / £19.99) — Available from 25th October.
Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (Rising Star Games, €29.99 / £29.99)
Animal Hospital (Bigben Interactive, €24.99 / £19.99)
Reel Fishing Paradise 3D (Funbox Media, €13.99 / £12.59)
Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D (Funbox Media, €13.99 / £12.59)
3DS eShop Video
Treasures of the World (Barcelona, Paris, Rome) (D4D Ingenieria visual, €1.99 / £1.79)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Urban Trial Freestyle (Tate Multimedia, €4.89 / £4.29 until 31st October, normally €6.99 / £6.29)
Myst (Funbox Media, €9.99 / £8.99 until 31st October, normally €19.99 / £17.99)
Phew, plenty of options for you, Europe. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (211 votes)
- Mighty Switch Force! 2 (Wii U eShop)3%
- Donkey Kong 3 (Wii U Virtual Console)2%
- Baseball (Wii U Virtual Console) 0%
- Pinball (Wii U Virtual Console)1%
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut (Wii U retail download)9%
- Just Dance Kids 2014 (Wii U retail download) 0%
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (3DS eShop)45%
- Snow Moto Racing 3D (3DS eShop) 0%
- Bowling Bonanza 3D (3DS eShop) 0%
- Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut 3D (3DS eShop) 0%
- Gummy Bears - Mini Golf (3DS eShop) 0%
- Gummy Bears Magical Medallion (3DS eShop) 0%
- Wario's Woods (3DS Virtual Console)4%
- Beyblade: Evolution (3DS retail download) 0%
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (3DS retail download) 0%
- Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (3DS retail download)1%
- Animal Hospital (3DS retail download) 0%
- Reel Fishing Paradise 3D (3DS retail download) 0%
- Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove 3D (3DS retail download)1%
- Treasures of the World (Barcelona, Paris, Rome) (3DS eShop video) 0%
- Urban Trial Freestyle (3DS eShop temporary discount) 0%
- Myst (3DS eShop temporary discount) 0%
- Crazy Chicken: Director's Cut (DSiWare) 0%
- Nothing for me this week31%
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