Another week begins with the Nintendo Download Update details in Europe, and this time around we have a Nintendo 64 classic joined by a long-awaited retro-styled new release on the home console. Beyond that we have an exciting demo, 3DS Home Themes galore and a few discounts; let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
Adventures of Pip (Tic Toc Games, €13.06 / £11.79) - This stylish platformer has been on some wishlists for quite some time, taking us back to a retro age with pixel-based visuals and utilising a clever mechanic of powering up between generations of visual styles. Though it can occasionally fall flat in some secondary areas, it's nevertheless an accomplished, enjoyable experience - we gave it a solid recommendation in our Adventures of Pip review.
Life of Pixel (Super Icon Ltd, €9.99) - This is an intriguing platformer - now coming out in Germany having already arrived elsewhere - with the premise of each stage representing particular consoles and generations, while revisiting classic games with a backdrop of chiptune music. It delivers in many respects but is flawed with some of its level design, for example - check out our Life of Pixel review for a full lowdown in which we give in a recommendation.
Wii U Virtual Console
Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo, €9.99 / £8.99) - Though Super Mario Kart is rightly acclaimed, this joined a number of other N64-era releases with a special new weapon: four player matches. Like many N64 titles it boasted of early polygon-based visuals, and to this day is much loved for some of its iconic courses and it's different feel to more modern entries. We loved this in our Wii Virtual Console review many years ago, and will now give it another look.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Super Toy Cars (Eclipse Games, €3.99 / £3.49 until 28th January, normally €7.99 / £6.99)
The Quiet Collection (Nostatic Games, €3.59 / £2.39 until 31st January, normally €4.49 / £2.99)
Wii U eShop Permanent Discount
Stone Shire (Finger Gun Games, €1.99 / £1.79, previously €4.99 / £4.49)
Radiohammer (Aksys Games, €5.48 / £3.98) - After a glut of rhythm games earlier in the 3DS' lifespan they've been less common of late, which certainly makes this one eye-catching. It's all about taking down villains and making the world "a safer, funkier place", and thankfully the soundtrack and gameplay make it all worthwhile. We gave this a strong recommendation in our Radiohammer review.
Moco Moco Friends (Aksys Games, €36.59 / £26.98) - Fans of RPGs in which you develop teams of critters to explore and then fight other teams of critters are quite well served on the 3DS, but Aksys Games is pitching its own release into this crowded market; it's aiming for plenty of cuteness with this one.
Goosebumps: The Game (GameMill Entertainment, €24.99 / £19.99) - A 'point and click' adventure game that may have a whiff of object finding about it, this serves as a prequel to the film that's rolling out in Europe over the next month.
Project X Zone 2 (Bandai Namco, free)
3DS HOME Theme
Mario: Hanafuda (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: Story Theme (NIS America, €0.99 / £0.89)
The Legend of Legacy: The Chibi Adventurers Theme (NIS America, €0.99 / £0.89)
The Legend of Dark Witch - AI Theme (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.89)
The Legend of Dark Witch - Klinsy Theme (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.89)
The Legend of Dark Witch - Papelne Theme (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.89)
The Legend of Dark Witch - Riva Theme (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.89)
The Legend of Dark Witch - Sola Theme (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.89)
The Legend of Dark Witch - Stoj Theme (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.89)
That's the lot for this week's update in Europe; let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.