It's a full on Nintendo Download week, Europe, with the lineup kicking off our Monday with a bewildering range of options. We have some big-name retail titles arriving, three intriguing Wii U eShop download-only releases, a hugely attractive Rayman discount and a lot more besides. It's a long list, so let's get on with it.
Wii U eShop
Coaster Crazy Deluxe (Frontier, €6.70 / £5.99) — Frontier was last seen on Nintendo download platforms with the excellent WiiWare titles LostWinds and LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, and now makes its Wii U eShop debut with this rollercoaster design game. It has some wacky touches, such as the task to keep the "Crazies" happy, while also throwing in online leaderboards and challenges. We'll eat too many sugary snacks and hit the theme park for our upcoming review.
Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths (Ynnis Interactive, €14.99 / £13.49) — Based on a Japanese / French animated series with a loyal following, this project ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to secure English localisation. An adventure in which you control up to three characters, this aims to suit various gaming ages while offering free DLC to expand the story alongside the TV show. We'll try to find our way to a review, soon.
EDGE (Two Tribes, €1.99 / £1.79 until 2nd January 2014, then €3.99 / £3.59) — Originally released on smartphones and PC, this is the second "Two Tribes Classic" to arrive on the Wii U eShop, and in this case the game is making its Nintendo début. It's a stylish retro-infused puzzle platformer in which you manoeuvre a cube through tricky environments. We'll check it out for review, while in the meantime you can learn more from our early access hands-on impressions of EDGE.
Wii U Virtual Console
Brawl Brothers (HAMSTER, €7.99 / £5.49) — The 16-bit era had its share of excellent beat 'em ups, and this one was another contender for the crown. We felt some over-long stage design let this one down — along with other minor annoyances — in our Wii Virtual Console Brawl Brothers review; we'll get ready for action for an updated review, soon.
Wii U Retail Download
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, €69.99 / £55.99) — The latest in Ubisoft's triple-A franchise, this opts for a Pirates in the Caribbean setting (it had to be said) that incorporates a more open world and a greater focus on battles at sea. It's another enjoyable entry in the franchise despite some hiccups, and you can see all of the detail in our Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag review.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (WB Games, €49.99 / £44.99)
Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (NAMCO BANDAI Games, €44.99 / £36.99)
Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Little Orbit, €29.99 / £29.99)
Monster High 13 Wishes (Little Orbit, €29.99 / £24.99)
Wii U Retail Demo
Sonic Lost World (SEGA, free)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (WB Games, free)
Wii U Retail Download Permanent Discount
Rayman Legends (Ubisoft, €29.99 / £23.99, was €44.99 / £36.99)
Word Wizard 3D (Enjoy Gaming, €2.99 / £2.50 until 12th December, will be €3.99 / £3.30) — A collection of eight word games such as Hangman and 'Wordoku', with some 3D flourishes and a promise of "over 100,000 words" from each of the English, French and Spanish dictionaries, without any naughty ones getting through. Plugged as a fun educational experience, our assessment will be with you shortly.
Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride 3D (Enjoy Gaming, €2.99 / £2.50 until 12th December, then €3.99 / £3.30) — This racing game promises to span three continents with 10 different cars to drive, with Challenge, Time Attack and Two Player races. We'll put on our seatbelts and race a review to you.
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, €6.99 / £5.99) — The match-3 genre continues to grow on the 3DS eShop, with this effort promising "100 absolutely huge levels" and including a suitably dramatic storyline. These puzzle games can be rather fun, and this one has three modes to choose from, so we'll see how it stacks up.
Christmas Wonderland 3 (Microvalue, €4.99 / £4.49) — The first two titles in this series were abominations; let's see if this one fares better.
3DS Virtual Console
Donkey Kong (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) — This NES port of the iconic arcade game completes its journey to all regions on the Wii, Wii U and 3DS Virtual Consoles, with its well known running and jumping as DK throws deadly barrels at Mario's face. It's simple but classic, even if its simplicity betrays its age — check out our Donkey Kong review if you want to know more.
3DS Retail Download
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) — It's a new Zelda title on the 3DS, words to give many gamers a thrill. Set in the same world as the iconic SNES title The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, this latest entry shakes up some core aspects of the series formula by allowing players more freedom in choosing the order of playing dungeons. We feel that it's a bold, fresh take on the series that hits its marks, awarding 10/10 in our The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (WB Games, €39.00 / £39.99)
Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (NAMCO BANDAI Games, €34.99 / £28.49)
Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Little Orbit, €29.99 / £24.99)
My Exotic Farm (Bigben Interactive, €24.99 / £19.99)
The Cube (Funbox Media, €7.99 / £7.19)
3DS Retail Demo
Sonic Lost World (SEGA, free)
3DS Retail Download Permanent Discount
Reel Fishing Paradise 3D (Funbox Media, €3.99 / £3.59), was €13.99 / £12.59)
The Legend of Zelda: The Misadventures of Link - Episode 1: Tunnel Vision — This original series of comedic shorts shows Link, the series' star, in a new and humourous light. His surroundings will be familiar to fans of the series, since the shorts are based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD game for the Wii U console. Tunnel Vision is the first episode in the series, with further episodes released in future weeks.
That's your lot Europe. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (248 votes)
- Coaster Crazy Deluxe (Wii U eShop)4%
- Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths (Wii U eShop)3%
- EDGE (Wii U eShop)10%
- Brawl Brothers (Wii U Virtual Console)3%
- Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Wii U retail download)1%
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Wii U retail download)2%
- Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (Wii U retail download) 0%
- Barbie Dreamhouse Party (Wii U retail download)1%
- Rayman Legends (Wii U retail download permanent discount)5%
- Word Wizard 3D (3DS eShop) 0%
- Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride 3D (3DS eShop) 0%
- Jewel Match 3 (3DS eShop) 0%
- Christmas Wonderland 3 (3DS eShop)1%
- Donkey Kong (3DS Virtual Console)1%
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS retail download)25%
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (3DS retail download) 0%
- Ben 10 Omniverse 2 (3DS retail download) 0%
- Barbie Dreamhouse Party (3DS retail download) 0%
- Monster High 13 Wishes (3DS retail download) 0%
- My Exotic Farm (3DS retail download) 0%
- The Cube (3DS retail download) 0%
- Reel Fishing Paradise 3D (3DS retail download permanent discount) 0%
- Just demos and Nintendo Video for me33%
- Nothing for me this week11%
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