With the start of a fresh week comes the European Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings a relatively rare case of cross platform retail release action, with two versions of a Yuji Naka title that some have been rather looking forward to. Beyond that we have some light-hearted offerings on both eShop stores, DLC, discounts and some handsome SEGA 3DS HOME Themes. Let's get to the details.
Wii U eShop
Word Party (Lightwood Games, €12.79 / £11.99 until 26th November, then €15.99 / £14.99) - This series of 28 minigames accommodates up to five players at once - using Wii Remotes and the GamePad - and plays around with various wordy premises. There are crosswords and word searches, of course, but also quirky minigames such as "Whack-A-Vowel" and "Space Blaster". We had a brief play of this at EGX in September and found ourselves having quite a lot of fun; we'll bring you a review soon.
Wii U Retail Download
Rodea the Sky Soldier (NIS America, €49.99 / £39.99) - After a long time waiting this Yuji Naka title - or at least it was in its original guise - is finally on the way. It's been delayed a few times and was a commercial flop in Japan, yet we had fun with it when we got to play it earlier in the year. We're taking flight to bring you a review soon.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Affordable Space Adventures (KnapNok Games, €15.00 / £13.50 until 26th November, normally €18.99 / £16.99)
Roving Rogue (Padaone Games, €5.99 / £5.39 until 26th November, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX (EnjoyUp Games, €4.95/ £4.45 until 10th December, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Wii U eShop Permanent Price Drop
Canvaleon (OXiAB Game Studio, €9.95 / £8.99, was previously €13.95 / £12.59)
Wii U Demo
Word Party (Lightwood Games, free)
Family Bowling 3D (Arc System Works, €4.99 / £4.49) — Arc System Works continues its Family range of games, allowing up to four players to take each other on in multiple modes, while solo bowlers can also take on some challenges. We reviewed the North American release over two years ago and thought it was rather good.
3DS Retail Downloads
Rodea the Sky Soldier (NIS America, €39.99 / £34.99) - The portable version of this title could provide a nice alternative for those seeking fast-paced action on the go.
Horse Life 4 (Ravenscourt, €39.99 / £34.99)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Addonetarium (NIS America, €0.99 / £0.89) - Available from 13th November.
3DS HOME Themes
SEGA Game Gear Theme (SEGA, €1.79 / £1.59)
SEGA Mark III Theme (SEGA, €1.79 / £1.59)
SEGA Master System Theme (SEGA, €1.79 / £1.59)
SEGA MEGA DRIVE Theme (SEGA, €1.79 / £1.59)
Barbie (Mattel, €1.49 / £1.39)
Monster High (Mattel, €1.49 / £1.39)
Hot Wheels (Mattel, €1.49 / £1.39)
That's everything for this week's Nintendo Download Update in Europe - let us know what you plan to pick up in the poll and comments below.