Is your Monday feeling a little gloomy? Well cheer up, because Nintendo has served up one of its largest Download Updates in a fair while, courtesy of a huge number of discounts from Bandai Namco and others. There are new games on Wii U, 3DS and even DSiWare, too, with a quirky Mii-sim stealing the headlines. Let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
How to Survive (505 Games, €13.99 / £12.59) — Zombies are everywhere on most platforms, though Wii U has somewhat missed out aside from the excellent ZombiU. 505 Games won't let that stand, and its isometric survival game — set on an island — in which you forage for items and fight off the undead is here to fill the void. We'll pack our cricket bat and head off to the island for our review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Wario Land 4 (Nintendo, €6.99 / £6.29) — The Game Boy Advance range picks up once again on the Wii U, this time with a terrific platformer starring the somewhat overweight and greedy villain. In addition to his impressively varied move-set, Wario can undergo transformations when attacked by certain enemies, while some mini-games are thrown in for good measure. You can check out our glowing recommendation in our Wario Land 4 review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (Bandai Namco, €14.49 / £12.19 until 29th June, normally €44.99 / £36.99)
Ben 10: Omniverse (Bandai Namco, €9.99 / £6.69 until 29th June, normally €29.99 / £19.99)
Ben 10: Omniverse 2 (Bandai Namco, €14.99 / £13.69 until 29th June, normally €39.99 / £36.99)
Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade (Bandai Namco, €9.99 / £9.99 until 29th June, normally €19.99 / £19.99)
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Bandai Namco, €19.99 / £16.29 until 29th June, normally €44.99 / £36.99)
Rise of the Guardians (Bandai Namco, €15.49 / £11.99 until 29th June, normally €44.99 / £35.99)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Bandai Namco, €14.99 / £9.99 until 29th June, normally €29.99 / £19.99)
The Croods: Prehistoric Party (Bandai Namco, €9.99 / £6.59 until 29th June, normally €29.99 / £19.99)
Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (Bandai Namco, €14.49 / £12.19 until 29th June, normally €44.99 / £36.99)
TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Keen Games, €4.99 / £4.49 until 19th June, normally €7.99 / £6.99)
Color Zen (Cypronia, €2.99 / £2.99) — After a fairly impressive showing on the Wii U eShop, this soothing and aesthetically pleasing puzzle title makes its way to the portable. It's a formula that we enjoyed after a long day at work in our Wii U eShop Color Zen review, and we'll see how well it stands up on 3DS.
3DS Virtual Console
Super Dodge Ball (Aksys Systems, €3.99 / £3.59) — A quirky spin-off from the River City Ransom world, this is a bizarre and violent take on the sport best known in schools and for a peculiar comedy movie. You run, you jump, you dodge,but it's actually a surprising amount of fun — check out our Wii U Virtual Console Super Dodge Ball review for the lowdown.
3DS Retail Download
Tomodachi Life (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) — Available from 6th June. This is sometimes, somewhat inaccurately, compared to Nintendo's 3DS blockbuster of summer 2013, Animal Crossing: New Leaf; yet in reality it is rather different. This Mii-sim is a particularly quirky experience, as you prompt and observe all-manner of peculiar scenarios and games unfold, and is ideally suited to short bursts of play. It's certainly unique, and we'll bring you our review soon.
Farming Simulator 14 (Focus Home Interactive, €34.99 / £29.99)
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! (Bandai Namco, €9.99 / £8.29 until 29th June, normally €34.99 / £28.49)
Ben 10: Omniverse 2 (Bandai Namco, €14.99 / £12.19 until 29th June, normally €34.99 / £28.49)
Madagascar 3 & The Croods: COMBO PACK (Bandai Namco, €14.99 / £12.19 until 29th June, normally €34.99 / £28.49)
One Piece Romance Dawn (Bandai Namco, €14.99 / £12.19 until 29th June, normally €34.99 / £28.49)
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Bandai Namco, €17.49 / £14.19 until 29th June, normally €34.99 / £28.49)
Power Rangers Megaforce (Bandai Namco, €9.99 / £8.29 until 29th June, normally €34.99 / £28.49)
Project X Zone (Bandai Namco, €17.49 / £13.99 until 29th June, normally €34.99 / £27.99)
Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land (Bandai Namco, €9.99 / £8.29 until 29th June, normally €34.99 / £28.49)
Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (Bandai Namco, €9.99 / £8.29 until 29th June, normally €34.99 / £28.49)
The Croods: Prehistoric Party (Bandai Namco, €9.99 / £8.29 until 29th June, normally €34.99 / £28.49)
Hometown Story (Rising Star Games, €19.99 / £19.99 until 12th June, normally €29.99 / £29.99)
Monster Shooter (Gamelion, €2.10 / £1.99 until 3rd July, normally €4.00 / £3.20)
Wakeda (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.79 until 26th June, normally €2.99 / £2.50)
Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.79 until 26th June, normally €4.00 / £3.60)
World Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.59 until 26th June, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Jewel Match (Joindots, 500 Nintendo Points) — It's Match 3! On DSiWare! We're not sure of much else to say, aside from the fact that it suffers from painful mediocrity; you can learn why in our Jewel Match review.
That's the line-up 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? (173 votes)
- How to Survive (Wii U eShop)11%
- Wario Land 4 (Wii U Virtual Console)12%
- One of the Wii U eShop discounts8%
- Color Zen (3DS eShop)1%
- Super Dodge Ball (3DS Virtual Console)1%
- Tomodachi Life (3DS retail download)23%
- Farming Simulator 14 (3DS retail download) 0%
- One of the 3DS eShop discounts6%
- Jewel Match (DSiWare) 0%
- Nothing for me this week39%
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How to survive looks interestin, but the price is quite steep. Probably will not get it at that price.
Pac Man on the Wii U for me as I have never seen the physical game go for less than £20. Yes the reviews are so so but it looks like a game I'll enjoy.
Won't be tempted by How to Survive at that price.
Already have wario on 3ds so nothing for me this week.hope e3 week brings the rain but probably not to be honest..
Wow, how to survive came out of nowhere. I've been waiting for that one a while as I LOVE zombie games and us Nintendo fans don't get many. I'll have to wait a while before I can buy it though as I'd imagine it will need left analog stick movement and I still have a cast on my thumb.
I was thinking I MIGHT be able to play child of light with only light left stick usage.......anyone???
That Nintendo life family photo is way too adorable
That is one cheap price for Tekken Tag 2! Much recommended. I have the physical copy for more than a year and it's nice that a lot more newcomers can be expected for fights online.
Huh, I thought the Wii U version of How to Survive was cancelled since the other versions came out months ago and we've heard nothing about the Wii U version for ages. I don't even remember seeing the Wii U logo on the official website last time I was there. Might get it then depending on NL's review.
I voted Tomodachi Life. Not sure if I'll get it right away since Mario Kart 8, but it's definitely on my radar.
@ULTRA-64 No don't get COL yet it is quite boring unless you play on hard difficulty as the combat system is easy to bypass and cheat otherwise. On hard however you need to use the fairy to slow foes regularly and often timing is crucial and this brings the real excitement. You can swap difficulty mid game to see the glaring difference.
In anycase you'll need both thumbs to get the most out of it.
Edit: Good game but it has been over hyped so manage your expectations.
When I read "zombies attack" i was hoping for Zombies Ate My Neighbours:/
I have a strange feeling the £ and € are the wrong way round for Tekken tag. Anyone like to check? In any case the download size is an absolute killer...
Disappointed the press release did not remind people about the pullblox/fallblox sale (as the sale was announced after last weeks one so for people who only check the weekly news would miss it).
How to Survive looks a lot better than I would have expected given 505's past pedigree. The XBOX let's play video attached to last year's article did a pretty good job of selling the game, which looks more accessible than Zombie U.
Wario Land 4 is insta-buy for me, since I haven't played it before. I love that they're keeping up the GBA releases so far.
@Starwolf_UK Yeah, I check the eShop and switched them around. Cheers!
Tekken for that price is an absolute steal I recommend it to every one who hasn't got it great game.
When I saw the "Super" in Super Dodge Ball, I thought SNES was coming to 3DS VC... Then, I thought, Oh yeah, Nintendo+NES=Only NES games on VC.
Wario Land 4, although I don't think I'll be playing it that much because of Mario Kart 8.
Tekken Tag 2 is on sale on PSN too at the moment, for £5.49 - its a big file size though!
I'm waiting on the next run of SEGA classics, bring on Afterburner and Outrun!
I've been waiting for How to survive but I'm not sure I have the money right now and I'll get Mario Kart in few hours so...
For now MK8 and Pikman 3 (for free) are enough for me. Waiting for Shovel Knight, Teslagrad and hopefully some VC NES en SNES games.
@ULTRA-64 Great game, but you use both sticks a lot. Definitely go for hard difficulty though.
This will be the week I finally get X Zone, can't resist a discount (wish I could - I'll never get round to playing it!)
Nothing really interests me. Maybe Project X Zone but the demos weren't very fun.
Some interesting titles, but most are too expensive for a download, or I own them already - physical when possible. Tomodachi for me, again, retail copy!
@RIC616 @Emblem thanks for the feedback, I always play on hard anyway so I'll avoid Col for now. I want to enjoy that one as it looks very 'artsie'...... I'm probably going to pick up swords and soldiers as it is touch based, although I don't fancy it much for some reason. I get my copy of mk8 in a few days but I'm not a fan of motion controls normally and the wheel is my only option so fingers crossed I can adapt ok, I do NOT want to ruin that!
I may get Project X Zone but at the same time I could just pay an extra euro and get the boxed version from amazon.
Might get Project X Zone, or Tomodachi Life.
Shantae next week please.
I'm pretty occupied in the field of gaming ATM, but I guess I could pick up tekken for that price... I mean, after smash there is no room for fighters anymore
Have had Tomodachi Life on pre-order for ages. Want...so...bad... Also might pick up Adventure Time if I like the review to save for later. So many games at the moment - Animal Crossing, Pocket Football, Mario Kart 8. Pikmin...so many...
More GBA, i thought that their would be more of a demand for more consoles and games to be added preferably home consoles. Game Boy Advance titles have become almost the main download diet, what's next Game Boy Colour and orginal Gameboy titles it would'nt surprise me at this point and it would'nt be a problem if their was plenty of other options every week for download but strangely their isn't.
"There", not "their". And it wouldn't hurt using some punctuation.
@smikey I don't think buying download games counts as being a collector.
@Porky there's a certain precident for collecting hardware with pre installed software for collections.....heard of flappy-bird??
This is such a cool update, but hopefully it's the last week of one VC game per console. Bring on E3!
Buying Tomodachi Life retail. I buy A LOT of games on the e-Shop but if there is a retail version I buy it. Still preferring the box & cartridge, even more so due to Nintendo's way of handling purchases and it not being account based. There's a small fortune installed on my 3DSXL and I can lose it all in case of defect or theft, that is so not 2014...
I'm still satisfied with MK8, so I wont be downloading anything this week, and probably the week after! Some of those games have over £20 discounted from them. Just goes to show how overpriced they are and subsequently how poorly they're selling.
You could always try re-downloading everything in the case you lose your 3DS.
Tomodachi Life... at last! Time to unravel the mysteries behind this oddball game. Can't wait!
Also, How to Survive will probably be second on my list. Could be interesting
KeeperBvk...Thanks for the input, obviously u see more flaws in my spelling and punctuation then the steady flow of GBA and not much else that we are currently getting for download every week. Gameboy Advance titles are great for fans of handheld games and that's fair enough it's a good option but the Wii U is a home console made for HD tv, more home consoles and games should be added.
@ledreppe That's just the problem, software purchased in the store is tied to the hardware, thus that specific 3DS. When you buy another 3DS after the loss or theft, you cannot download the games again.
If Nintendo switches to an account based system (like everyone and there mother e.g. PSP, Vita, iOS, Android, etc) you could log on to brand new hardware and re-download every single game you ever purchased. So yeah, everyone with a 3DS and lots of e-Shop purchases is walking around with a small fortune they could lose forever in seconds.
Why is it that many of the systems and games that where available on the original Wii VC are not available on Wii U VC?. I was looking forward to the prospect of even more systems being added to the Wii U VC but this is looking more and more unlikely. The Wii U VC seems to be just about releasing games that are to be played on the gamepad screen which can only mean a continual focus on the release of handheld systems and games, if this is the case then were probably more likely to see Gameboy Colour titles then Gamecube ones.
The Wii U VC as a whole seems more Nintendo orientated this time around, theirs only Nintendo consoles in the VC and much of the game releases are from Nintendo, this is no terrible thing but their just isn't the same variety that was there with the the original Wii VC, Nintendo seem to be steering away from the other systems this time around. Variety is needed though, why haven't the N64 and Gamecube been added to the Wii U VC yet?.
Tekken for a tenner.
Namco Bandai sure release a lot of premium titles
The first Farming simulator was awesome. I think I might pick up if its in the NA shop this Thursday. My mom bought me Tomadachi Life from Amazon for my birthday today. I probably won't see until Monday or Tuesday but can't wait for that.
@Game-Over Because I fired the guy in charge of the 3ds VC and Wii-U VC. I guess they hadn't hired anyone yet to replace him. Wait a second they kept that guy and he doesn't do anything? Haha
Scratch that farming simulator. There will have to be a bunch of changes for me to shell out 35 or 40 bucks. I will wait and get that used. Or just play my old 9.99 Eshop one to scratch that itch.
One piece is tempting though at half price. I heard it was pretty bad. Anyone out there who had a good time with One piece?
Or save on filling up your system memory and buy it from amazon.co.uk for just £2 more.
Windy...Thanks for providing me with the answer to these burning questions, i knew something was wrong. Hopefully a crack team replaces this individual that was left in charge and puts up the games that i want to download from next week onwards, it's not much to ask.
still waiting for Shantae and the Pirate's Curse...sigh
at least we're getting news at E3.. or rather in that same week
Have H2S on my PS3. Might get it again if it comes to NA this week. Great fun.
I actually thought how to survive will never come out to the wiiu i was wrong and that great.
Tomodachi Life sounded interesting.....but I'm really not sure I want to pay €39.99 just to watch a bunch of Miis do random things. Just doesn't seem to be worth quite that much to me. I've paid less for experiences I immensely enjoyed.
Something like €20-€25 would have been far far more reasonable.
"In addition to his impressively varied move-set, Wario can undergo transformations when attacked by certain enemies"
It's been happening since Wario Land 2, this is nothing new
I want Tomadochi Life, but I'm scared that I shall not like it, being gay and all...
You EU guys get Farming Sim so soon? We NA guys have to wait 'til the 24th or whatever.
@CargoSushiimira Buy it to support the game so that more games in the series are made that will include same-sex relationships.
@CargoSushiimira I wonder if people really buy this game for the "wow I can have a virtual marriage" aspect. There's more to the game then that, I - as a hetero - certainly do not buy it for that "feature". I recommend to not focus to much on that aspect.
In hindsight, 15euro for Tekken, that does not work out to 10pounds at all, Ninty work out your conversion rates.
Lost a sale this week
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