It's the start of another week, which means its time to bask in the joy of more Nintendo Download Update details for Europe. There are quite a few promising releases on the way for both Wii U and 3DS, including a major retail arrival and enticing download-only games; some rather good titles also have some discounts, too. Let's get to the details.
Wii U eShop
Extreme Exorcism (Ripstone, €12.99 / £9.99 or €11.04 / £8.49 until 23rd October for those with the [email protected] demo downloaded) - With a demo previously available as part of the [email protected] promotion, this revolves around fast-paced action, with the twist being that when you clear out a crowned ghost in a level the next stage will feature a ghost mimicking your previous moves. As a result each set of stages necessitates good memory, planning and skill to progress. There'll apparently be over 20 weapons, 50 challenges, a story-based mode and local multiplayer options for up to four players. We'll have a review with you before launch. Available from 23rd September.
Nova-111 (Curve Digital, €10.99 / £8.99 until 8th October, then €14.99 / £11.99) - Founded by two former Q-Games (the studio behind the PixelJunk series, Star Fox Command, Star Fox 64 3D) staffers - Eddie Lee and Kalin - Nova-111 is a unique fusion of real time strategy and turn-based puzzle-solving. It takes place over 60 levels and involves saving 111 scientists lost in a time vortex. You can upgrade your ship as you go, which will help to deal with the increasingly dangerous alien forces that you encounter. We'll get cracking on a review.
The Rivers of Alice: Extended Version (Delirium Studios, €7.99 / £7.19) - This one certainly seems interesting on paper, being pitched as an adventure title that can be tackled at your own pace. Its developer boasts of "beautiful graphics made using watercolours, ink and graphite" and a soundtrack composed by the "indie-rock group, vetusta morla". We'll see how deep the rabbit hole goes in our review.
The Quiet Collection (Nostatic Software, €4.49 / £2.99) - This actually includes "four old-school adventure games": Quiet, Please!, Quiet Christmas, Vacation Vexation and Candy, Please!. These titles have previously been released on a mix of iOS, Android, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone, each with their own scenario and rather charming pixel-based visuals. It's a quirky experience which we gave a modest recommendation in our The Quiet Collection review.
Brave Tank Hero (Natsume, €5.99 / £4.99) - A Wii U version of a title also arriving on 3DS, for our money this one's sloppy move to the home console makes it a less desirable option, as explained in our Brave Tank Hero review.
Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX (EnjoyUp Games, €7.99 / £7.19 or €2.99 / £2.73 for those with the previous release on the same system) - Presumably a slightly beefed up version of Rock 'N Racing Off Road, hence the upgrade discount. We're promised more entertaining and exciting races, with loads of skids, crashes and amazing jumps. Several modes of play are on offer, such as Cup mode, time trial and multi-player with the option of up to 5 Players at a time. We'll take the DX edition for a spin in a review soon, until then you can check out our Rock 'N Racing Off Road review, in which we weren't particularly impressed.
Wii U Retail Download
Skylanders SuperChargers (Activision, €49.99 / £44.99) - This is the first entry in the hugely popular series to feature Nintendo characters and special amiibo figures, with Donkey Kong and Bowser making appearances. That unique feature aside, this new entry throws in races to shake up the standard franchise gameplay. We'll get charged up for a review. Available from 25th September.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (Curve Digital, €4.49 / £3.99 until 8th October, normally €13.99 / £12.99)
Thomas Was Alone (Curve Digital, €2.49 / £2.20 until 8th October, normally €7.99 / £6.99)
Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut (Curve Digital, €3.99 / £2.99 until 8th October, normally €11.99 / £9.99)
The Swapper (Curve Digital, €4.99 / £3.99 until 8th October, normally €14.99 / £11.99)
OlliOlli (Curve Digital, €3.39 / £2.49 until 8th October, normally €9.99 / £7.99)
SDK Paint (HullBreach Studios, €3.39 / £2.99 until 1st October, normally €4.49 / £3.99)
Family Tennis SP (Shin'en Multimedia, €3.70 / £2.99 until 15th October, normally €4.99 / £3.99)
Suspension Railroad Simulator (Joindots, €7.19 / £5.39 until 8th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Wii U eShop Permanent Discount
Disney Infinity 2.0: Play Without Limits (€19.99 / £16.49, was €29.99 / £24.99)
Gotcha Racing (Natsume, €5.99 / £4.99) - A top-down driving game that looks rather retro in approach, this adds surprising depth to what could potentially be rather simple gameplay. In order to improve your car (with better parts in three categories) you pick up capsules as you race, and these drops level up along with your car. Plenty of challenges and content is included, and we gave it a strong recommendation in our Gotcha Racing review.
Brave Tank Hero (Natsume, €4.99 / £4.49) - This is a 3D action game developed by Arc System Works; across 50 missions you take on other tanks and shoot for high rankings. You can choose from multiple tank types, which is nice, but we felt this was painfully mediocre in our 3DS eShop Brave Tank Hero review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Murder on the Titantic (Joindots, €5.99 / £4.49 until 8th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
3D Game Collection (Joindots, €4.99 / £3.69 until 8th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Urban Trial Freestyle (Tate Multimedia, €1.99 / £1.69 until 8th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
That's everything coming to Europe this week - let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.