Another week begins, but the European Nintendo Download Update should have some exciting titles to cheer anyone up, with two of the year's biggest retail titles arriving on both Wii U and 3DS. Beyond those big contenders we have some enticing download options, so let's get to the details.
Wii U eShop
Thomas Was Alone (Mike Bithell / Curve Studios, €7.99 / £6.99) — This is a puzzle platformer with a focus on storytelling, as UK comedian and actor Danny Wallace narrates a tale of exploration, friendship and survival. A simple art style is a unique foil to a touching soundtrack and plot; our review will be with you very soon, but in the meantime check out our interview with Curve Studios — available from 25th November.
Pier Solar and the Great Architects (WaterMelon, $14.99) — This HD release of WaterMelon's Genesis / Mega Drive RPG took a while to arrive, but it lands with a bold promise of a sizeable adventure to deprive you of tens of hours. It's an admirable labour of love, but some flaws meant we awarded this 6/10 in our Pier Solar and the Great Architects review.
Ittle Dew (Ludosity, €9.99 / £8.99) — Following the adventures of Ittle Dew and her companion Tippsy, this is a top-down adventure with some hints at mature humour. Is draws heavy inspiration from The Legend of Zelda, so much so that the title was once pitched to Nintendo as a game for the iconic series. This does forge its own identity, however, and we were rather impressed in our Ittle Dew review.
Shiny The Firefly (Padaone Games, 6.99 / £6.29) until 31st December, regular price will be €9.99 / £8.99) — This sounds like a rather colourful puzzle adventure that may suit younger gamers, as you help a firefly find and rescue his babies within a crowded and dangerous garden. We'll see if it lights up the eShop in our review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Breath of Fire (Capcom, €7.99 / £5.49) — The Super NES wasn't short of RPG titles, and here's one of Capcom's more prominent efforts from the era; you play as Ryu (and companions) who has the ability to transform into a powerful beast, which must be handy when saving the world. We gave the sequel — which oddly arrived first — 6/10 in our review, but we'll see what this first entry serves up. This is the US version of the game.
Wii U Retail Downloads
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, €59.99 / £49.99) — The time has finally come for eager Smash fans, with the home console version of the fourth generation in the fighting franchise. It boasts an enormous roster, a broad variety of stages and a range of favourite and new modes, along with substantial support for the amiibo range of figures. Thankfully after all the hype it lives up to expectations, as we explain in our Super Smash Bros. for Wii U review which will, don't forget, be updated once we've been able to fully sample the online play.
Penguins of Madagascar (Little Orbit, €39.99 / £34.99)
Wii U DLC
Hyrule Warriors Twilight Princess Pack (Koei Tecmo, €6.99 / £6.29):
- A new Adventure Mode map (Twilight-covered Hyrule) with six new 8-bit weapons and sixteen new alternatively-coloured costumes as rewards
- A new playable character (Midna in her true Twili form)
- A new weapon type for Zelda (Dominion Rod)
- Two new costumes (Ilia's Clothes for Zelda and Postman Uniform for Link)
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games, €8.99 / £7.79 until 4th December, normally €14.99 / £12.99)
BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Choice Provisions, €3.99 / £3.33 until 11th December, normally €11.99 / £9.99)
Castle Conqueror EX (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.49) — A series that's had a long life, it now comes full circle (geddit?!) with a remaster of the first title on the 3DS eShop. This makes modest improvements over the solid original, making it worth a punt for newcomers but potentially disappointing for those that enjoyed it the first time around, as we explain in our Castle Conqueror EX review.
Talking Phrasebook: 7 Languages (Sanuk Games, €4.99 / £4.49) — This is designed to help you with key languages on your travels while also offline; it includes English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch.
My First Songs (Ringzero Games, €4.99 / £4.49) — A singing game for toddlers that includes 15 songs; this seems to be a re-release of the Wii U equivalent, which didn't impress us.
3DS Virtual Console
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (Nintendo, €4.99 / £4.49) — Joining its more illustrious 'mon arrivals, this Game Boy Color title serves up six different modes of tile-related puzzling. We still owe you a review of this, which we'll aim to publish soon.
3DS Retail Downloads
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) — The long awaited remakes of the Game Boy Advance titles, these arrive around a year after Pokémon X & Y and utilise its 3D engine and a number of 3DS features. Far from being simple re-makes, these introduce new Mega Evolutions, the Soar ability and even new story elements; we cover these in detail in our Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire review. Available from 28th November.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus, €39.99 / £34.99) — The first Persona title on Nintendo hardware, this blends the cast of the third and fourth games into a new art style and Etrian Odyssey-style gameplay. A lengthy and relatively complex RPG, we were full of praise as we awarded 9/10 in our Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth review.
Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (Little Orbit, €29.99 / £24.99)
Penguins of Madagascar (Little Orbit, €29.99 / £24.99)
Horse Vet 3D (Treva Entertainment, €29.99 / £24.99) — We were far from impressed with this in our review.
Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus):
- Ancient One of the Sun — €0.99 / £0.75
- Eternal Youth — €1.79 / £1.49
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts)
Farming Simulator 14 (Focus Home Interactive, €19.99 / £12.99 until 11th December, normally €29.99 / £19.99)
The Keep (Cinemax, €5.99 / £5.49 until 11th December, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (Cypronia, free)
Survivor - Heroes (Bigben Interactive, free)
3DS HOME Themes
Pikmin Working Together (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
Pikmin and a Hungry Bulborb (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
Spotlight: Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games, €1.99 / £1.79)
The eShop stores are packed full of options this week in Europe. Let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (173 votes)
- Thomas Was Alone (Wii U eShop)3%
- Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Wii U eShop)3%
- Ittle Dew (Wii U eShop)6%
- Shiny The Firefly (Wii U eShop) 0%
- Breath of Fire (Wii U Virtual Console)2%
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U retail download)19%
- Penguins of Madagascar (Wii U retail download)1%
- Hyrule Warriors Twilight Princess Pack (Wii U DLC)15%
- Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Wii U eShop temporary discount)1%
- BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U eShop temporary discount)6%
- Castle Conqueror EX (3DS eShop)1%
- Talking Phrasebook: 7 Languages (3DS eShop)1%
- My First Songs (3DS eShop) 0%
- Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (3DS Virtual Console)1%
- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (3DS retail download)6%
- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS retail download)4%
- Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (3DS retail download) 0%
- Penguins of Madagascar (3DS retail download) 0%
- Horse Vet 3D (3DS retail download)1%
- Shin Megami Tensei IV: Ancient One of the Sun (3DS DLC) 0%
- Shin Megami Tensei IV: Eternal Youth (3DS DLC) 0%
- Farming Simulator 14 (3DS eShop temporary discount) 0%
- The Keep (3DS eShop temporary discount)3%
- Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey (3DS demo) 0%
- Survivor - Heroes (3DS demo) 0%
- Pikmin Working Together (3DS HOME Theme)1%
- Pikmin and a Hungry Bulborb (3DS HOME Theme)1%
- Spotlight: Shovel Knight (3DS HOME Theme)1%
- Nothing for me this week24%
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I've been waiting for a Giana Sisters sale but I found out there are no DLCs on the Wii U. No DLC support, no buy. And it's being ported to the XOne with all DLcs included.
I'm getting Ittle Dew and probably Thomas Was Alone as well. Getting Smash U as a retail copy on friday.
still waiting for my physical copy of watchdogs to turn up, so no downloads for me
Hyrule Warriors DLC!
"We were far from impressive" under Horse Vet 3D.
I laughed. Thanks for this, despite not doing it on purpose.
Why is the Pier Solar price in US $? Then again I've been seeing reports of an utterly baffling €11.49/£11.99 (£11.99 is over €15) so maybe the price isn't decided yet though the $15 price does suggest €14.99.
Some nice things this week even if they will be overshadowed by Smash and Pokemon.
I remember a while back the developers said little dew wouldn't be coming to Germany because of the USK rating being expensive, is that still true?
If you count the Squaresoft localisation of Breath of Fire then it is the first Square-Enix game on the Wii U VC. Still would prefer the GBA version as more exp awarded in battle helps the grinding issue. I can imagine it won't happen for a while now...
...Smash 4 you say?
Pier Solar is way over priced and so not worth it. It's buggy and generic. The charecters are blah as well. I love old school RPGs and I wanted to like this game. You have to search for a save as well and when you want to turn in off you can't cuz your looking for a save. I wasted an hour and half and had to start over. When I finally started over and found save as I was playing it, I began not to like it. There are no text clues and the battle system is way old school( battle system didn't bother me). This game looks good like it would be engaging but looks are deceiving. Generic buggy game that is missing elements in an RPG that makes it stand out. This is not Lunar be warned. 4/10
Don't think I'm getting anything but even so, this might ranks as the best week so far for the Wii U in terms of new content.
Awesome week! ORAS, SSB4, PERSONA Q, TWO AWESOME PIKMIN THEMES, HYRULE WARRIOIRS DLC, PIER SOLAR AND ITTLE DEW! Hmmm, what to get from those, what to get from those? ;_;
I'm so glad I got next week off work so I can play Smash Bros, Pokemon and Hyrule Warriors...
Smash U, but from GAME
Great week! I'll be getting Omega Ruby, not sure about Persona Q though, I'd like to try it but I've never had the chance to play any Persona game and it would be nice to know about all the little details and references they make. Also, not owning a Wii U gets harder every day... T_T
Not a bad week for the Wii U.
Ittle Dew arrives late in Europe. I wonder if they managed to fix the technical issues which you highlighted in your review in the meantime?
How much is pier solar ?
Well I've already bought the hyrule dlc, so it's shin 4 dlc, the keep, and possibly pier solar if the price is right!
More info on survivor please!
Meh. Back to my ps3 for another week so
Finally PierSolar! The rest is boring - which means more waiting for great games...
@BensonUii Plus, if you want to play Gianna Sisters off-TV on the GamePad, there's no sound! So if you, you know, want to hear stuff, you're gonna need the TV after all
@AcesHigh73 : I think that was fixed in a patch.
Anyways.. only Hyrule DLC for me.. Bought season pass.
I already own the games on sale, but we can hope for some Black Friday deals announced on Miiverse?.
@Beta Don't forget the excellent Thomas Was Alone, buddy. Highly recommended.
@Ventilator Really? Hope you're right. I last played it about 2-3 months ago, and it wasn't fixed then?!
Aaaargh maaaaan! Smash is £50 in the eShop!? GAME it is then, I 'spose! :/
@AcesHigh73 Haven't considered that, tbh. Will have a look at it. Thanks, buddy 8D
Smash and persona q for sure for me. Was really hoping for azure striker and/ or shantae for eu this week. Really been looking forward to those. Nintendo have been spoiling Europeans recently in terms of release dates so the wait feels extra agonising...nintendo giveth and nintendo taketh away (kind of)...
Smash, finally! And good old dlc for hyrule warriors. Oh, the joy of having so much to play
Very tempted to pick up Runner 2. The only thing stoping me is that we don't have enough memory. I'll pick up Ittle Dew later for that same reason. I have some memory saved for the HW DLC though, so that, Pokemon and Smash will be my weekend.
@lbs is it not £50 in game as well? Im pretty sure it would be but I may be wrong. If you're looking for somewhere a little cheaper, I find grainger games quite good. They tend to be cheaper and seem to deliver a day early. Ive ordered pikmin, sonic and mario world from there and had them all a day earlier and they've all been cheaper than game
@heyzeus002 Both physical and digital are £40 each at GAME. I always bargain hunt, but I kinda want Smash digital Cheers for the info
@AcesHigh73 : I just googled it, and there was announced a upcoming sound fix April 2014. It should then be fixed already.
Smash is a physical purchase. The game with Gamecube adapter was cheaper than the eshop price. Going by the aftermarket in US, that was a wise decision. Pokemon will be downloaded. Hyrule Warriors DLC is already paid for so that will be there no matter what. I wish Nintendo offered pre download for Pokemon like they offered for Smash Bros but can't have everything.
@Xilef dude, you HAVE to get runner 2 especially at that price. It embodies the very spirit of videogames and has in spades the very attributes that led to many a soul falling in love with gaming in the first place. If you don't have the required space then you need to go ahead and delete some stuff. Cannot recommend it enough, phenomenal game indeed.
Thomas Was Alone
Hyrule DLC for me!
I found PSHD far more enjoyable and longer lasting than Ittle Dew (which seems far better suited to tablets, to be blunt).
Personal opinion of course.
I've just never had PSHD crash my system (not game, but system) the way Ittle Dew has twice.
I been Smashing the whole weekend since I live in America. Barely started my Pokemon game and I have the HW DLC season pass. So much to game and not enough time!
I been Smashing the whole weekend since I live in America. Barely started my Pokemon game and I have the HW DLC season pass. So much to game and not enough time!
If I'm not mistaken, I read somewhere where the patch was on North America only and haven't arrived in Europe yet. I'm not really sure.
Do nintendo even want me to keep my 3ds? £40 for a new download game ? there are games almost 3 years old still at £40 which in merica is about $65 and do they really think anybody would pay that much over there either? I haven't seen a discount on a big title or nintendo exclusive in so long, most discounts are indie games and even then are hardly justified as discounts. Nintendo if they had any respect should have discounted eshop games long before the announcement of the new 3ds as a thank you for people supporting the older models especially since older games we can now only play as standard because newer games will be using the power of the newer console. The other thing is I mean what happened to games like the guild series from level 5 on eshop? Do we need to see another atlus dungeon crawler which look the same as almost every other atlus game since 2008? If it wasn't for the guild series,tamadotchi and project zone I would have no reason to keep my 3ds right now as its getting pretty generic in terms of genres and similar games.
@lbs Be careful at Game, the last two visits to my local store (Brighton) they tried overcharging me. They also tried charging £5 3xtra for the "free" Lego minifigure with Batman 3. Website is cheaper than going into store but Amazon or Shop to is always cheaper
Runner 2 and The Keep for me
This week is not even that bad! Still, I bought Luigi's Mansion 2 and Kirby Triple Deluxe this week so I'll have to take it easy on the download. Also, I'm holding off for a potential eShop spending frenzy this Christmas.
Indeed, the PS3 needs some love too. I still have a lot of games to play and/or finish. I've started with the God of War trilogy yesterday.
@BensonUii : They would never do that. I just booted Giana Sisters on Wii U and it have sound on Gamepad.
Think I'll have a crack at Runner 2 at that price, a rare download for me.
£50 for Smash is funny, it's the same price for a physical copy of the game and the Gamecube Pad Adaptor on Amazon
That Breath of Fire 2 arrived first isnt all that odd.
You see, the first one was actually localized and translated by Squaresoft, while 2 was completely made by Capcom.
Thus, BoF 1 required 2 partys to agree with the release as one party owns the right to the base game and another owns the right to the localized translation.
This has been todays lesson in: Archaic rights management ruins everything.
But this will be one heck of an expansive week...
@Vriess totally, I have GOW HD collection which is still in plastic, (wanted to try it before I invest in more GOW) along with about 20 other ps3 games and about 40 digital sealed games need to be played right now, lol have to stop buying cheap digital games on psn.
I've been playing injustice all weekend on ps3, good fighter. Gave Flower a go last night, nice game. Next up for me is borderlands 1 GOTY, it's on sale on psn at the moment, €9, wanted to start from the start, that's tonight . And Far Cry 1 is €5, never played it, start from the start too.
Also have AC4 for WiiU winging it's way to me right now rolls eyes
Been waiting for Little Dew and PSHD for so long and now they arrive the same day as SSB and ORAS. Luckily I have built up £55 worth of eShop credit so I think I may pick up Little Dew and leave PSHD for a sale.
Of course I am picking up SSB physically, with cube adapter and new controller, and both Limited Editions of ORAS from Nintendo Store UK. Kirby, Fox and Yoshi amiibo's are sprinkled in there as well.
No one I know wants christmas presents right?
So Super Smash Bros is costing £10 more than other Wii u games to download.
That is an additional 25%.
Still I guess Nintendo bank on their loyal fans to cough up the extra money, since there is not many new Wii u games to spend their hard earned cash on.
But they will have to sell an extra four copies now, because I'll give it a miss.
@NauticalCrimes It's so good man! Had it since Fri!
@PvtOttoBot Awesome. I hope it turns up today. I've been promising myself a day off when it arrives.
Nothing for me, getting SSB4 Amiibo edition next week and have to finish LEGO Batman 3 before then.
@NauticalCrimes Who'd you order it from? I got mine from Amazon (UK) and they promise on the day delivery if you preorder. I tottaly took Fri off too
@PvtOttobot I also ordered from Ukamazon but I live in europe so It can often take another couple of days to get here. I'm excited tho, have you messed with the online features? Any good?
Hahaha. Same thing here. I stock up on PC games during the Steam sales and then have to many games to play. Luxury problem yo!
On the PS3 I still want to play/finish Red Dead Redeption, Okami HD, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and Ni No Kuni. Flower is nice and relaxing. If you haven't yet, then be sure to play The Last of Us and Journey!!
The one problem with all these great games is....having hardly enough time to play them
The spinner isn't part of the Twilight Princess DLC? So it was true, it's a very expensive DLC weapon then.
@NauticalCrimes Aw, shame I have and I'm tottaly impressed, plenty of invasions, super quick pairing and there's no sign of lag!
I'll get Smash and both Pokemon physically. I might download Pier Solar though!
@Vriess ha! Same, I played TLOU on ps3 and 4. It's one of my all time favourite games ever! I tried journey, not sure about it, gave it a couple hours but might go back to it at some stage.
Red Dead, just got that last month on sale along with Okami HD and Ni No Kini (cause it was €5 and sure why not). I have danced with the idea of going down the PC road due to Steam, but I have always stopped due to Steam lol. I only have a small bit of time each week, and there is just too much to play, totes 1st world problems for the working man .
Looking forward to The Order 1886 and Bloodborne next year.
Still love my WiiU, just no interest in Smash or Amiibo.
Really 21% of people who voted are wiling to pay £49.99 for a digital copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, a fool and his money/irrational/illogical mind are easily parted.
Smash for me, but a retail copy and hopefully some amiibo
Also, no interest in Smash or Amiibo. For the Wii U I'm looking forward to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Zelda Wii U and a couple of indies. I'll buy a PS4 eventually, but probably not before Uncharted 4 and/or The Last Guardian have come out. I've had my share of grievances with Steam, but I can't help but emptying my bank account when the Steam sales start. I am patient, never buy new games but wait a couple of months and then buy 15-20 games for less then 100 Euros! Fallout 4, assuming that it comes out next year, will be the only game I'll be buying full price on Steam.
Pokemon omega Sapphire
I am getting these games but there was no option of getting the physical disc and cartridge,
That's a good price for Bit Trip, you will get your money's worth for sure.
and another title on the Europe VC I hope comes to NA.
@Ventilator Thanks buddy, will boot it up and see what occurs! Thanks for letting me know – much appreciated
Smash and Pokémon for me, baby! B)
No downloads, but Smash Wii U & the Alpha Sapphire steelbook will be mine.
Waiting on Bayonetta 2 which i bought online, so only Hyrule Warriors dlc for me. Though i'll pick up Pesona Q in next few weeks. And Atlus have just announced Etrian Odyssey 5. Sweet!!!!
I did pretty decently last night at my first major Smash Bros tournament.. Here's my highlight match:
Ittle Dew! I've been waiting months for that to hit the EU E-shop. I'm getting Smash as well, of course, but a physical copy.
I'll grab that Hyrule Warriors DLC too, seeing as I bought the Season Pass
Hyrule Warriors is an unavoidable download since I already payed the full package XD
Very likely I'll download Smash, the phisical with adapter is tempting, but I got used to not-GC controller schemes and if there is a game you always want in your Wii U is gonna be Smash and unfortunately the Wii U doesn't have two disc-slots for allow that with a phisical copy XP
Will pick up Runner 2 even though I have it on Steam. Great game for low price. Physical Smash and Pokémon for me. I was going to download Pokémon like Y but I found Steelbook version for 42€ so I went with that.
@AcesHigh73 : Anytime
"Pokémon Puzzle Challenge"
Yes, one of my favourite Game Boy games, I mean just listen to this soundtrack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6GFM9MIMFM
Now all we need is Pokemon Pinball (or even better, Pokemon Pinball RS)
I'm TOTALLY getting Talking Phrasebook - Useful Apps such as this should be strongly supported on the 3ds as it is a unique piece of hardware with which to achieve useful stuff in real life Yay!
Oh God YES! ^^
I was waiting eagerly of a release date of Pier Solar in Europe and now it's here! ^^
This game will be played until my thumbs are sore from mashing my controller, or until I have Smash U in my handy a day later ^^"
Wow what an amazing week for games blimey !!
Breath of Fire for me.
Only 4% of people want Thomas was Alone? For shame NintendoLife, for shame.
It's not like the people who voted for the Smash and Hyrule Warriors DLC will all completely ignore the excellent game that is Thomas was Alone. You can only vote for one title, so yeah...
Future Legend of Rythem Alien is so good! At that price it's a steal!
Almost as annoying, the SNES version of Breath of Fire 1 doesn't tell you how much EXP you need to level up (it's not in the menu, and unlike most other RPGs that omitted it, it doesn't have an NPC that tells you either.
At least Lufia 1 told you how much EXP you needed to level-up every time you won a battle, if only then )
That's a hell of a deal on The Keep. Its also a very cool looking 3d Dungeon Crawler. Highly recommend it for Dungeon Crawlers
@lbs Just buy it online from amazon for £34 GAME are selling it FOR £49.
I really don't understand nintendos Eshop policies
Still no cross buy
Still can't use all my wii purchased games in game pad
Smash bros 50 quid yet 40 quid in shops
None of it makes sense
Surely a digital version should be significantly cheaper than a physical version
nothing for me all rubbish
@Lord Says £39.99 on the GAME website....
@lbs That sounds about right. I'm not sure where you live but my local GAME charges about £10 more that thier own Website, when questioned they say it's due to high street running costs.
@lbs The game collection.net has it currently at the cheapest £36.95 + loyalty points.
That includes free delivery!
@Lord Yea, the GAME stores always charge more.... I don't buy anything in stop unless I've got a load of trade in money or card points. Thanks for the info
Can't blame Nintendo for lame 3DS week. It will be all about Pokemon this friday.
@AcesHigh73 It has been fixed mate. I played it last about a month ago, and played it totally on the Game Pad with full sound and music, great stuff.
@brandonbwii I bought and completed Thomas Was Alone ages ago on PC.
I could've got Iddle Dew on PC as well, but I've been holding out for the Wii U version, would've done the same with Thomas Was Alone if I'd known back when I got it that it was eventually coming to Wii U.
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