Today's European Nintendo Download Update is one of the most crowded in recent memory, with six new downloads on 3DS, two on Wii U (including a Virtual Console release) and a ludicrous number of discounts. The most prominent release is arguably Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, so we thought we'd raise a flag for one of the stand-out RPGs of 2013 that's finally made its way to Europe.
Rune Factory 4 arrived as a retail game in North America on 1st October 2013, but lands in Europe as a download-only title. Continuing the franchise's blend of dating, farming and RPG adventuring, it could certainly be an ideal time-sink with the upcoming Holidays. We were full of praise in our review, awarding 9/10.
Rune Factory 4 might not be for everyone, but if its unique combination of fantasy farming, dating sim, and action-RPG sounds like your cup of tea, you'll have an absolute field day with this gem of a game. It's bursting with bucolic charm, backed up by masterful writing and an irresistibly positive outlook, and plays like the pinnacle of a genre it invented itself. Whether you come for the adventure, the romance, or simply the turnips, Rune Factory 4's inviting world will draw you in and give you plenty of reasons to stick around for many, many seasons to come.
The 3DS has plenty of fantastic RPG experiences, so consider this a reminder — for Europeans — that this one shouldn't fly under the radar.