It's the day before Nintendo causes internet meltdown at E3 2014, yes, but that doesn't mean we don't have the normal business of the download update to consider. This week brings another 3DS retail release, some retro treats, discounts and new download titles on both Wii U and 3DS. Let's get to the details.
Wii U eShop
My First Songs (Ringzero Game Studio, €9.99 / £8.99) — As the name suggests this is a karaoke game for young gamers that utilises the GamePad microphone for easy play. Despite its cute exterior this one has some problems, which we outline in our My First Songs review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Super Punch-Out!! (Nintendo, €7.99 / £5.49) — The original title was available for less than a chocolate bar earlier this year, and now the extravagant and popular 16-bit sequel finally arrives. With loud, colourful visuals and wacky opponents, this was a fairly dramatic change from the NES title yet still keeps core ideas and high difficulty in the ring. We were still fans in our recent Super Punch-Out!! review.
Soccer (Nintendo, €4.99 / £3.49) — We're not sure about soccer here in Europe, but we do like a bit of football, and this one arrives with the World Cup just days away. Arguments over naming aside, this is another one of those simple self-named sports games that graced the early years of the NES; unfortunately, we don't think this one is very good. We'll give it another kick, but in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Soccer review.
Wii U eShop Permanent Discounts
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, €29.99 / £19.99, was €69.99 / £55.99)
Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft, €29.99 / £19.99, was €49.99 / £34.99)
Just Dance Kids 2014 (Ubisoft, €19.99 / £15.99, was €39.99 / £29.99)
Puddle (Neko Entertainment, €6.99 / £6.29, was €9.99 / £8.99)
AiRace Xeno (QubicGames, €2.49 / £2.29) — The high-speed flying series makes its second appearance on the 3DS, arriving with a lower price point, nine new levels and three new jets to race. This could be a fun option for some fast pick-up-and-play gaming; we'll accelerate our efforts for a review.
Atlantic Quest (Joindots, €6.99 / £5.99) — The match-three puzzle craze seemingly never ends, but that's probably because they're particularly popular games. This entry does bring an environmental tale on the impact of an oil spill in the sea, while throwing in some "fantasy RPG" elements; despite being part of an over-abundant genre, this earned a recommendation in our Atlantic Quest review.
3DS Virtual Console
Mach Rider (Nintendo, €3.99 / £3.59) – A title from the early days of the NES, in its day this was over-shadowed by high-profile rivals. That's a shame, as it serves up high-tempo and entertaining racing action, four modes, manual gears and even a track creation tool. All rather nifty for 1985, as we explain in our Mach Rider review.
3DS Retail Download
Inazuma Eleven GO: Light & Shadow (Level-5, €39.99 / £34.99) — Available from 13th June. The spin-off series arrives in the West at last, with two variations shooting for your attention. It continues much of the gameplay from the original trilogy on DS and 3DS, though does introduce some new ideas and a fresh cast to join old favourites. The first entry in the series developed ground-up for the 3DS, we gave this a solid recommendation in our Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow & Light review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Nintendo Pocket Football Club (Nintendo, €11.99 / £10.79 until 19th June, normally €14.99 / £13.49)
Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €1.74 / £1.49 until 17th July, normally €6.99 / £5.99)
2 Fast 4 Gnomz (QubicGames, €2.99 / £2.69 until 3rd July, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
AiRace Speed (QubicGames, €2.99 / £2.69 until 3rd July, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Bit Boy!! ARCADE (Bplus, €4.99 / £4.49 until 3rd July, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Those are your download treats for 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? (164 votes)
My First Songs (Wii U eShop)
Super Punch-Out!! (Wii U Virtual Console)
Soccer (Wii U Virtual Console)
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
Just Dance 2014 (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
Just Dance Kids 2014 (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
Puddle (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
AiRace Xeno (3DS eShop)
Atlantic Quest (3DS eShop)
Mach Rider (3DS Virtual Console)
Inazuma Eleven GO: Light & Shadow (3DS retail download)
Nintendo Pocket Football Club (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Football Up 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
2 Fast 4 Gnomz (3DS eShop temporary discount)
AiRace Speed (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Bit Boy!! ARCADE (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Nothing for me this week
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