Another week begins, and Nintendo of Europe has the task of setting off some virtual fireworks in its Download Update. It does succeed in terms of delivering a first-party retail title on 3DS, while we think the download-only scene on Wii U is looking pretty encouraging this week. Throw in a classic puzzle game on 3DS along with a host of demos and retail options and there's plenty to choose from. Let's get to the details.
Wii U eShop
Electronic Super Joy (Broken Rules, €7.99 / £6.99) - The predecessor to Electronic Super Joy: Groove City, which was released in North America by a different publisher, this version includes extras and DLC from the PC original. It's precision platforming that's also extremely stylish in its presentation, and we'll have a review with you before it launches.
Bike Rider UltraDX - WORLD TOUR (Spicy soft, €6.99 / £4.99) - We're big fans of the original games on 3DS, so there's plenty of reason to be pleased to see this expanded edition arrive on Wii U. Here it supports multiplayer and you can even play as your Mii in the new Battle Mode, for example. We'll hop on our bike to bring you a review soon.
Wii U Virtual Console
Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX (Konami, €6.99 / £6.29) - This is a loose port of the SNES classic Contra III: The Alien Wars and originally hit the Game Boy Advance in 2002. It's far from a straight conversion of the 16-bit classic, however; the screen-clearing Mega Bombs have been removed, as has the dual-wield ability which was so handy on the SNES. These omissions are balanced somewhat by the fact that the player can now lock their character's aim while moving, and is also given a opportunity to revert to their previous weapon after picking up a fresh one. We'll blast away some foes for a review.
Medabots AX: Metabee & Rokusho (Natsume, €6.99 / £6.29 for each version) - Apparently this 'AX' iteration is a variation on the recent releases with a very similar name; we'll take a look, and in the meantime you can see our original Medabots: Metabee & Rokusho review.
Megaman Battle Network 5 Team: Colonel & Protoman (Capcom, €6.99 / £6.29) - This spin-off, turn-based series continues with yet another GBA entry to come over to the Wii U Virtual Console. Once again there are evil forces to stop and two version to choose from, so we'll get cracking on our review.
Wii U Retail Download
Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations (Little Orbit, €29.99 / £24.99) - With 3D visuals that fans will either love or hate, this offers another gaming experience in the popular IP; we gave it a recommendation in our Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations Wii U review. Available from 6th November.
The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure (Activision, €29.99 / £29.99) - Available from 6th November.
Hello Kitty Kruisers (Bergsala Lightweight, €29.99 / £24.99) - Available from 6th November.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Nano Assault Neo (Shin'en Multimedia, €7.49 / £6.70 until 26th November, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
99Moves (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 3rd December, normally €2.49 / £2.29)
Abyss (EnjoyUp Games, €1.49 / £1.34 until 3rd December, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
Rock Zombie (EnjoyUp Games, €3.99 / £3.59 until 3rd December, normally €6.99 / £6.29)
SDK Paint (HullBreach Studios, €2.99 / £2.99 until 11th November, normally €4.49 / £3.99)
Toki Tori 3D (Two Tribes, €1.99 / £1.79) - A puzzle title that's been popular on multiple formats over the years, this entry has been ported by Engine Software. There's a new 'rewind' feature and item swapping on the touch screen, so this could potentially be a particularly strong version of the game; we'll hatch out and bring you a review soon.
3DS Retail Downloads
Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash (Nintendo, €29.99 / £24.99) - One of Nintendo's lesser known mascots is given an opportunity at stardom in a platformer, with the cute robot's plug being a vital weapon and means of exploration. Retail editions also come with an amiibo, and this release is certainly an interesting arrival in terms of giving the IP a push for the mainstream. We admired this one's charm but had a few reservations in our Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash review. Available from 6th November. Free "Chibi-Robo and the Toys" Home Theme with downloads of the game until 3rd December.
Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations (Little Orbit, €29.99 / £24.99) - The latest in the run of licensed titles from this franchise; you can check out our Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations 3DS review for a lowdown. Available from 6th November.
Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets (Ubisoft, €29.99 / £19.99) - This licensed title utilises the UbiArt engine, though we were disappointed with the end result in our Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets review. Available from 6th November.
The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure (Activision, €29.99 / £24.99) - Available from 6th November.
Hello Kitty and the Apron of Magic: Rhythm Cooking (Bergsala Interactive, €29.99 / £24.99) - Available from 6th November.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker: Let the Demon Grow (NIS America, €0.99 / £0.89) - Available from 6th November.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker: Lost Demon Rescue (NIS America, free) - Available from 6th November.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Siesta Fiesta (Mojo Bones, €0.99/ £0.99 until 12th November, normally €4.49 / £3.99)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €3.99 / £3.59 until 12th November, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99 / £1.79 until 3rd December, normally €2.99 / £2.36)
Nintendo Presents: New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward (Nintendo, free)
Battleminer (Wobbly Tooth, free)
The Legend of Dark Witch (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)
3DS HOME Themes
Pokémon: Mega Mewtwo and BREAK Evolution (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
Chibi-Robo and the Toys (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
THE PEANUTS MOVIE (Librica, €1.99 / £1.79)
That's the lot for this week's Nintendo Download Update in Europe - let us know what you plan to pick up in the poll and comments below.