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It's Monday morning, and Nintendo clearly wants this to be a particularly awesome week for its fans. This week's download update is packed full of options, including one of the biggest releases of the year, some exciting new download options and a whole load of tempting discounts. There's a lot to get through, so let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

Gravity Badgers (Wales Interactive, €4.99 / £4.99) — The first of three confirmed titles from this developer, here we have a gravity physics puzzler somewhat reminiscent of Angry Birds Space, but with a whole load of attitude, mullet rock and even boss fights. It sounds like it could be fun and we'll find out soon in our review, until then you can check out our interview with Wales Interactive.

Wii U Virtual Console

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) — The Game Boy Advance collection on the home console continues with this charming Capcom-developed Zelda adventure. This quest sees Link shrink down to tiny proportions and 'wear' a rather unique hat; we'll have a look for a fresh review, but in the meantime you can always check out our The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap review from the 3DS ambassador promotion release.

Wii U Retail Download

Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, €59.99 / £49.99) — Available from 30th May, the wait finally ends this week. A new Mario Kart is always a big event on any Nintendo hardware, and this Wii U entry is no exception. Gorgeous visuals and presentation are accompanied by refined, exceptional racing, with exciting tracks and new ideas such as Mario Kart TV and anti-gravity thrown in; the online's pretty sweet, too. You can read our recommendation in our Mario Kart 8 review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Batman: Arkham City - Armoured Edition (WB Games, €14.99 / £12.49 until 5th June, normally €59.99 / £49.99)

Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games, €14.99 / £12.49 until 5th June, normally €59.99 / £49.99)

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (WB Games, €12.49 / £9.99 until 5th June, normally €49.99 / £39.99)

Injustice: Gods Among Us (WB Games, €14.99 / £12.49 until 5th June, normally €59.99 / £49.99)

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Capcom, €8.99 / £7.19 until 8th June, normally €14.99 / £11.99)

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €29.99 / £23.99 until 8th June, normally €49.99 / £39.99)

3DS eShop

Coaster Creator 3D (Big John Games, €7.25 / £6.00) — A title where the name truly does say it all, as you create your own rollercoasters. That said, it's done well, with a host of features including challenges, QR code swapping and solid creation tools — we gave this a strong recommendation in our Coaster Creator 3D review.

Castle Clout 3D (Selectsoft, €4.00 / £3.59) — This one incorporates gravity based destruction as you hurl projectiles at enemy castles and troops; there's also local multiplayer and the option to create your own castles, too. We appreciated this one as uncomplicated fun and gave it a solid recommendation in our Castle Cloud 3D review.

Blue Exorcist Manga VOL. 3 (Daipen, €4.49) — Not available in the UK.

3DS Virtual Console

The Mysterious Murasame Castle (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) — The likely winner of this week's 'random download' prize, this is the first time that this NES title has ever been released outside of Japan; it's not entirely unfamiliar, as it was that IP hardly anyone knew in Nintendo Land — remember the star throwing game? Yep, that one; we'll explore this mysterious arrival in our review.

Mario Golf (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) — Previously available as a download extra for those that picked up Mario Golf: World Tour on the 3DS eShop, this classic Game Boy Color entry will soon be available in it own right. Regarded as a stand-out title in the series by some, we gave it a solid recommendation in our Mario Golf review.

3DS Retail Download

Me & My Furry Patients 3D (Treva Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99) — A vet sim, of sorts, we thought this was somewhat average in our Me & My Furry Patients 3D review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €17.99 / £14.99 until 8th June, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom, €5.99 / £5.39 until 8th June, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom, €11.99 / £10.79 until 8th June, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (WB Games, €9.99 / £8.74 until 5th June, normally €39.99 / £34.99)

Real Heroes Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB, €4.99 / £4.49 until 19th June, normally €9.99 / £8.99)

Funfair Party Games (Joindots, €6.99 / £6.99 until 12th June, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

Gardenscapes (Joindots, €5.99 / £5.99 until 12th June, normally €14.99 / £14.99)

3D Mahjongg (Joindots, €3.99 / £3.29 until 12th June, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Secret Agent Files: Miami (Joindots, €6.99 / £5.79 until 12th June, normally €7.99 / £6.99)

SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (Gamelion, €0.99 / £0.89 until 19th June, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

10-in-1 Arcade Collection (Gamelion, €0.99 / £0.89 until 19th June, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

Rage of the Gladiator (Gamelion, €3.49 / £3.09 until 19th June, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

PIX3D (Gamelion, €1.99 / £1.79 until 19th June, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Angry Bunnies (Cypronia, €4.85 / £4.49 until 31st June, normally €6.49 / £5.99)

Bubble Pop World (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35 until 31st June, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cypronia, €3.74 / £3.35) until 31st June, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Some great options this week, European gamers. Let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (252 votes)

  1. Gravity Badgers (Wii U eShop)2%
  2. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Wii U Virtual Console)15%
  3. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U retail download)46%
  4. Coaster Creator 3D (3DS eShop)1%
  5. Castle Clout 3D (3DS eShop)  0.4%
  6. Blue Exorcist Manga VOL. 3 (3DS eShop)  0.4%
  7. The Mysterious Murasame Castle (3DS Virtual Console)4%
  8. Mario Golf (3DS Virtual Console)  0.8%
  9. Me & My Furry Patients 3D (3DS retail download)  0%
  10. One of the Wii U eShop discounts8%
  11. One of the 3DS eShop discounts4%
  12. Nothing for me this week18%

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