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A day later than normal — probably due to a public Holiday in Nintendo of Europe's homeland in Germany — we now have details of what will be gracing the Nintendo download platforms this week. There are some retail options on both Wii U and 3DS, the latest title from Goodbye Galaxy Games, the return of DSiWare and a lengthy list of discounts. Let's get to it.

Wii U Retail Download

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Namco Bandai, €44.99 / £36.99) — Accompanying the TV show starring the iconic character, this title finally arrives in Europe. It's a bright, colourful and charming 3D platformer that can also feel like a throwback to the earlier days of the genre, for better and worse. It's certainly worth consideration for children or enthusiastic grown-ups, however, as we explain in our Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Renegade (Arc System Works, €4.99 / £3.49) — We may think games are violent today, but they weren't exactly hugs with teddy bears in the NES era. The beat'em up genre was rather popular, though this is perhaps one of the weakest of the best known button mashers of the 8-bit era. You can see what we thought in our 3DS Virtual Console Renegade review.

"Luigi" Special Offers

Wii U:

New Super Luigi U (Nintendo, €14.99 / £13.49 until 13th March, normally €19.99 / £17.99) — This is add-on content for New Super Mario Bros. U.

Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 13th March, normally €4.99 / £3.49)


Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. (Nintendo, €31.99 / £27.99 until 13th March, normally €39.99 / £34.99)

Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, €2.49 / £1.74 until 13th March, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

3DS eShop

Tappingo (Goodbye Galaxy Games, €2.99 / £2.49) — This is the studio's 3DS eShop début after its role providing some of the best experiences on DSiWare. A puzzler that has a hint of Picross in its approach, it nevertheless provides an enjoyable experience over its 100+ levels. Though a little lacking in variety we awarded this a solid 7/10 in our Tappingo review.

Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger (Microvalue, €4.99 / £4.49) — It seems that the 'adventure' part is for others, as you play a park Ranger with tasks such as visiting log cabins and setting up "outdoor activities like boating, rock climbing, horse riding and mountain biking". We'll take in the views and see what this is all about in our upcoming review.

3DS Retail Download

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Namco Bandai, €34.99 / £28.49) — This 3DS version of the title seems to, perhaps unsurprisingly, take on a 2D perspective, giving an alternative for those unable to pick up the Wii U version.

Life With Horses 3D (Treva Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99) — If you've wanted to own a stud farm then this is potentially one for you. Actually, scrub that, because in our view it's not very good; check out our Life With Horses 3D review for the full lowdown.

3DS eShop Temporary Discount

The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves (Genius Sonority, €6.99 / £6.29 until 13th March, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €3.49 / £2.99 until 3rd April, normally €6.99 / £5.99)

SpeedX 3D (Gamelion, €2.10 / £1.89 until 1st May, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

Monster Shooter (Gamelion, €2.10 / £1.99 until 3rd April, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

3D Game Collection (Joindots, €5.99 / £5.99 until 27th March, normally €13.99 / £11.99)

Funfair Party Games (Joindots, €6.99 / £6.99 until 27th March, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

Gardenscapes (Joindots, €5.99 / £5.99) until 27th March, normally €14.99 / £14.99)

3D Mahjongg (Joindots, €3.99 / £3.29 until 27th March, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.99 until 27th March, normally €6.99 / £5.99)

Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.99 until 27th March, normally €14.99 / £14.99)

Secret Agent Files: Miami (Joindots, €6.99 / £5.79 until 27th March, normally €7.99 / £6.99)

3DS eShop Permanent Discounts

Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £17.99, was €29.99 / £24.99)

Beyblade: Evolution (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £19.99, was €29.99 / £29.99)

Girls' Fashion Shoot (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £19.99, was €29.99 / £29.99)

Crazy Kangaroo (Gamelion, €1.99 / £1.89, was €2.99 / £2.69)


Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (1st Playable Productions, 800 Nintendo Points) — DSiWare is back, rather oddly, as this game was released in North America way back in May 2011. This title combines the diverse ideas of turn-based RPGs and match-three puzzles, and does so rather successfully; we gave this a strong recommendation in our Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords review.

Plenty of options 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? (169 votes)

  1. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Wii U retail download)4%
  2. Renegade (Wii U Virtual Console)1%
  3. New Super Luigi U (Wii U eShop temporary discount)7%
  4. Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop temporary discount)5%
  5. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. (3DS eShop temporary discount)3%
  6. Super Mario Bros. (3DS eShop temporary discount)2%
  7. Tappingo (3DS eShop)9%
  8. Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger (3DS eShop)  0%
  9. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (3DS retail download)  0%
  10. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (3DS retail download)  0%
  11. The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves (3DS eShop temporary discount)4%
  12. Football Up 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  13. SpeedX 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  14. Monster Shooter (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  15. 3D Game Collection (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  16. Funfair Party Games (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  17. Gardenscapes (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  18. 3D Mahjongg (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  19. Jewel Match 3 (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  20. Murder on the Titanic (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  21. Secret Agent Files: Miami (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  22. Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns (3DS eShop permanent discount)2%
  23. Beyblade: Evolution (3DS eShop permanent discount)  0%
  24. Girls' Fashion Shoot (3DS eShop permanent discount)1%
  25. Crazy Kangaroo (3DS eShop permanent discount)  0%
  26. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (DSiWare)5%
  27. Nothing for me this week57%

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