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It's that time, Europe, and after two weeks of being delayed by a day the Download Update information has been unleashed promptly to kickstart our week. It includes an intriguing cross-platform release on Wii U and 3DS that could fill a nice gap in the eShop library, two NES titles and a host of discounts including some excellent games from Shin'en Multimedia and Renegade Kid. Without further pre-amble let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

Pure Chess (Ripstone, €5.99 / £4.99) — Arriving perhaps a little later than expected, this title — developed by VooFoo — arrives with some attractive HD visuals on the Wii U, as well as multiple control schemes, modes and tutorials. Most exciting is the news that online matches will be cross-platform between Wii U, 3DS, Android and iOS players, greatly opening up a world of opponents. Keep an eye out for our extensive coverage later this week, while in the meantime you can check out our Pure Chess hands-on impressions from last year.

Wii U Virtual Console

Castlevania (Konami, €4.99 / £3.49) — This is where Konami's iconic series began on NES, and now completes its quest across all currently available Virtual Console platforms. Full of classic moments, this action platformer is also pretty darn challenging and certainly a test for gaming veterans — we were still fans in our most recent Castlevania review. This is the US version of the game.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

Nano Assault Neo (Shin'en Multimedia, €7.49 / £6.70 until 10th April, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

3DS eShop

Pure Chess (Ripstone, €5.99 / £4.99) — This is the same title as that on the Wii U, albeit substituting HD visuals for autostereoscopic 3D. We'll provide coverage of both versions later this week.

3DS Virtual Console

Devil World (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — One of the lesser known early NES games from Shigeru Miyamoto, on the surface some may consider this a Pac-Man clone; that would be a tad inaccurate, as it stretches out the core idea of dashing around a maze with alternative objectives and clever twists to the environments. This may be fun on the go, and we were fans in our Wii Virtual Console Devil World review; we'll give this another whirl.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Nano Assault EX (Shin'en Multimedia, €7.49 / £6.35 until 10th April, normally €9.99 / £8.49)

Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia, €5.20 / £4.70 until 10th April, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (Shin'en Multimedia, €6.70 / £5.70 until 10th April, normally €8.99 / £7.66)

Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid, €5.99 / £5.39 until 3rd April, normally €8.99 / £8.09)

Angry Bunnies (Cypronia, €4.85 / £4.49 until 17th April, normally €6.49 / £5.99)

Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35 until 17th April, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

3DS eShop Permanent Discount

My Exotic Farm (Bigben Interactive, €6.99 / £6.29, was €24.99 / £19.99)

Plenty to choose from this week. Let us know if you're planning to pick any of these up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (196 votes)

  1. Pure Chess (Wii U eShop)22%
  2. Castlevania (Wii U Virtual Console)9%
  3. Nano Assault NEO (Wii U eShop temporary discount)3%
  4. Pure Chess (3DS eShop)4%
  5. Devil World (3DS Virtual Console)3%
  6. Nano Assault EX (3DS eShop temporary discount)2%
  7. Art of Balance TOUCH! (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  8. Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (3DS eShop temporary discount)4%
  9. Mutant Mudds (3DS eShop temporary discount)2%
  10. Angry Bunnies (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  11. Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  12. My Exotic Farm (3DS eShop permanent discount)2%
  13. Both Pure Chess games (separate purchases)  0%
  14. Nothing for me this week50%

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