F1 Race Stars

Monday means one thing, European gamers, Nintendo Download update time. News of what to expect on Thursday has arrived promptly this week and delivers a first-party puzzle game, a mini-game extravaganza on 3DS and a variety of racing, retro and discounted treats elsewhere. Let's get to the details.

Wii U eShop

Dr. Luigi (Nintendo, €14.99 / £13.49) — Announced in Nintendo Direct late 2013, this Luigi-themed new version of the iconic Dr. Mario franchise includes new modes as well as online multiplayer and leaderboards. It delivers another solid Dr. title in the puzzle series, which we gave a solid recommendation in our Dr. Luigi review. Available from 15th January.

F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition (Codemasters, €24.99 / £19.99) — This was originally set to be an early retail release on Wii U, before eventually re-emerging as an eShop-only title due late last year. It now arrives on the grid a little later than expected and promises a light-hearted kart-racing take on the world's richest motor-sport event — the spiel for this promises four extra tracks and bonus accessory packs for this Wii U version. We'll get into gear and bring you a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Konami, €7.99 / £5.49) — When you mention Goemon to fans of retro games, especially Konami enthusiasts, you're likely to prompt a wave of nostalgia. This Super NES title is certainly well loved, an action game full of creativity that can also be enjoyed in co-op; we gave this a strong recommendation in our recent The Legend of the Mystical Ninja review. This is the European version of the game.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, €6.79 / £5.49 until 30th January, normally €16.99 / £13.99)

3DS Virtual Console

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Konami, €3.99 / £3.59) — When this sequel was released it was a fairly dramatic departure from the original, aiming for a greater sense of adventure and discovery rather than linear stages. To this day it's divisive, and anyone stepping in will likely need to consult Miiverse and online guides to get past some of the more peculiar puzzles; we'll embark on the quest once again, but in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Castlevania II: Simon's Quest review.

3DS Retail Download

Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) — The latest in the Mario Party series brings us the franchise début on 3DS; it includes seven boards, 80 minigames, a single player minigame tower, AR card features and local and Download Play multiplayer. There are some disappointments and forgettable modes, yet a core of fun mini-games helped this to a 6/10 in our Mario Party: Island Tour review. Available from 17th January.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.89 until 6th February, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games, €0.99 / £0.89 until 6th February, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

That's it for this week's update, Europe. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (226 votes)

  1. Dr. Luigi (Wii U eShop)17%
  2. F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition (Wii U eShop)10%
  3. The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Wii U Virtual Console)8%
  4. Trine 2: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop Temporary Discount)5%
  5. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (3DS Virtual Console)5%
  6. Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS retail download)3%
  7. Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  8. Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  9. Nothing for me this week50%

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