Advance Wars

It's Monday, which means Download Update news in Europe. This Thursday's treats include the first three Game Boy Advance games on the Wii U Virtual Console, an AR title on 3DS, a very late retail arrival and a number of tempting discounts. Without further pre-amble, let's get to it.

Wii U Virtual Console

Advance Wars (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) — While those that joined the world of portable gaming relatively recently may have enjoyed two entries in this series on the DS, this GBA original now arrives on the Wii U to give all newcomers a chance. It's turn-based strategic war action, and this is the beginning of a franchise with a loyal following no doubt hoping to see more. We gave this a hearty recommendation in our Advance Wars review.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) — A series most recently graced with the brilliant Mario & Luigi: Dream Team on 3DS, Superstar Saga is the début of AlphaDream's quirky, humorous and engrossing RPG series. With turn-based rhythmic combat and an imaginative recreation of the Bros.' world and characters, this is rightly considered by many to be a classic — we'll give this one another playthrough, but in the meantime you can check out our Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga retro review.

Metroid Fusion (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) — With the DS receiving Metroid Prime: Hunters, that makes this the last 2D portable Metroid that we've enjoyed. Relatively linear in design and with a focus on storytelling, this is also one of the most tense, panic-inducing entries in the series, while throwing in the standard combat and elements of exploration and upgrades. SA-X remains one of the most intimidating enemies in the series, and we were big fans in our review of the 3DS Ambassador version — we'll have no complaints about playing through this again.

Wii U eShop Permanent Discounts

RUSH (Two Tribes, €1.99 / £1.79, was €3.99 / £3.59)

Toki Tori (Two Tribes, €1.99 / £1.79, was €3.99 / £3.59)

EDGE (Two Tribes, €1.99 / £1.79, was €3.99 / £3.59)

3DS eShop

Bubble Pop World (Cypronia, €4.99 / £4.49) — AR (augmented reality) is one of the most underused features of the 3DS, so this title deserves some credit for attempting to make it relevant once again. Its brand of 3D shape match-3 puzzling is nice in principle, with some mini-games working as extra diversions, but occasionally jittery visuals and some game design misfires hold it back from its full potential. We nevertheless gave it a reasonable recommendation in our Bubble Pop World review.

3DS Retail Download

Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega, €19.99 / £14.99) — The 3DS launch title from way back in March 2011 is finally available for download; we were fans at the time in our Super Monkey Ball 3D review.

3DS eShop Permanent Discounts

EDGE (Two Tribes, €1.99 / £1.79, was €3.99 / £3.59)

Monster Shooter (Gamelion, €4.00 / £3.20, was €6.99 / £6.29)

That's the line-up for this week, Europe. Let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (255 votes)

  1. Advance Wars (Wii U Virtual Console)31%
  2. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Wii U Virtual Console)22%
  3. Metroid Fusion (Wii U Virtual Console)15%
  4. RUSH (Wii U eShop permanent discount)  0.4%
  5. Toki Tori (Wii U eShop permanent discount)2%
  6. EDGE (Wii U eShop permanent discount)2%
  7. Bubble Pop World (3DS eShop)1%
  8. EDGE (3DS eShop permanent discount)  0.8%
  9. Monster Shooter (3DS eShop permanent discount)  0.4%
  10. Nothing for me this week25%

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