With another week's beginnings we have the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe, and this time around we have a major Wii U release and a cross-buy Nindie title leading the way. There are also two classic Super NES racing games coming to the New 3DS Virtual Console, a shooter with a controversial past and more besides. Let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge (Renegade Kid, €9.99/ £8.99 or €8.49/ £7.64 until 16th / 17th April for those with Mutant Mudds on the same NNID or the E3 [email protected] demo, or free if you already own the 3DS version on the same NNID) - Following the success of the original and the 'Deluxe' versions, this follow-up in the break-out Renegade Kid series ramps up the challenge with tough level designs and bosses to tackle. Our review will be with you soon, but in the meantime you can learn more about this in our interview with the developer.
Paranautical Activity (Digerati, €9.99/ £8.99) - A game with a somewhat unique and controversial history, it features procedurally-generated levels and permadeath - two common Roguelike elements - as well as hordes of enemies and bosses to fight. Upgrades are available to make things a bit easier, and there are plenty of hidden items to seek out. We'll tackle a review soon.
Wii U Retail Download
Pokkén Tournament (Nintendo, €59.99/ £49.99) - This Bandai Namco-developed fighting game began life as an arcade in Japan, before popular demand was met and this Wii U version was announced. With some unique modes and an upcoming tilt at the competitive gaming scene this Wii U entry could be a vital release this year. Our review will be with you soon, but in the meantime you can check out our extensive preview of the game. Available from 18th March.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
DuckTales: Remastered (Capcom, €5.99/ £4.79 until 31st March, normally €14.99 / £11.99)
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Capcom, €5.24/ £4.19 until 31st March, normally €14.99 / £11.99)
Nova-111 (Curve Digital, €5.99/ £4.79 until 31st March, normally €14.99 / £11.99)
OlliOlli (Curve Digital, €3.99/ £3.19 until 31st March, normally €9.99 / £7.99)
Pumped BMX+ (Curve Digital, €3.99/ £3.19 until 31st March, normally €9.99 / £7.99)
Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (Curve Digital, €3.99/ £3.19 until 31st March, normally €9.99 / £7.99)
The Swapper (Curve Digital, €5.99/ £4.79 until 31st March, normally €14.99 / £11.99)
The Swindle (Curve Digitial, €5.99/ £4.79 until 31st March, normally €14.99 / £11.99)
Ultratron (Curve Digital, €3.99/ £3.19 until 31st March, normally €9.99 / £7.99)
Blocky Bot (Mobot Studios, €1.29/ £0.94 until 7th April, normally €2.69 / £1.89)
Paper Monsters Recut (Mobot Studios, €3.19/ £2.69 until 7th April, normally €6.49 / £5.49)
Island Flight Simulator (Joindots, €7.19/ £5.39 until 31st March, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge (Renegade Kid, €9.99/ £8.99 or €8.49/ £7.64 until 16th April for those with Mutant Mudds on the same NNID, or free if you already own the Wii U version on the same NNID) - The same as its HD brethren, but rather than a shiny resolution it will have 3D visuals perfectly suited to the layered gameplay, and it's worth remembering that with cross-buy you can own both versions from just one purchase.
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99) - Developed by INSIDE SYSTEM, The Legend of Dark Witch 2 features the same core action platforming gameplay as its predecessor, yet has eight stages to take on. We reckon this is a rather average follow-up in our review. Listed only in Euros, likely meaning a release in Germany, as this previously arrived in most of Europe earlier this year.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
F-Zero (Nintendo, €7.99/ £7.19 or €3.99/ £3.59 until 24th March for those who also buy Super Mario Kart on the New 3DS on the same NNID) - A classic of the Super NES era, this title was a visual revelation but also a wonderful exponent of fast futuristic racing. Though its home console successors would use technology to move on to different styles, some argue that this original 16-bit effort is as good as the franchise gets in terms of sheer racing joy and control. We certainly gave it a glowing recommendation in our most recent F-Zero review.
Super Mario Kart (Nintendo, €7.99/ £7.19 or €3.99/ £3.59 until 24th March for those who also buy F-Zero on the New 3DS on the same NNID) - Prior to the 1992 arrival of Super Mario Kart (early 1993 in Europe), the kart racing genre had little relevance in the market. As was typical of Nintendo at the time, it leveraged its IP with some terrific gameplay to establish another smash hit with this title; inevitably it would be copied by rivals in the years that followed, while Mario Kart went on to become one of the big N's most valuable franchises. Small history lesson aside, this gaming experience still stands up today.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Capcom, €17.99/ £14.99 until 31st March, normally €29.99 / £24.99)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (Capcom, €11.24/ £8.99 until 31st March, normally €24.99 / £19.99)
OlliOlli (Curve Digital, €3.99/ £3.19 until 31st March, normally €9.99 / £7.99)
Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid, €4.49/ £4.04 until 31st March, normally €8.99 / £8.09)
Rytmik Ultimate (Cinemax, €9.99/ £8.99 until 31st March, normally €17.99 / £15.99)
Escape from Zombie City (Tom Create, €2.10/ £1.90 until 31st March, normally €2.99 / £2.69)
Ninja Battle Heroes (Tom Create, €1.39/ £1.25 until 31st March, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB, €4.99/ £4.49 until 24th March, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
3D Game Collection (Joindots, €4.99/ £3.59 until 31st March, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Atlantic Quest (Joindots, €4.99/ £3.59 until 31st March, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Secret Agent Files: Miami (Joindots, €5.99/ £4.49 until 31st March, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
3DS eShop Demo
Petit Novel Series - Harvest December (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)
3DS HOME Themes
Winter in Centopia (Rainbow, €1.99/ £1.79)
Winx Music & Magic: Dancing to the rhythm of magic (Rainbow, €1.99/ £1.79)
Miffy & Stars By Mercis (Mercis/CPLG, €0.99/ £0.89)
Miffy & Ducks By Mercis (Mercis/CPLG, €0.99/ £0.89)
Miffy & Sun By Mercis (Mercis/CPLG, €0.99/ £0.89)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Bundle (Nnooo, €4.99/ £2.99)
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Luchador (Nnooo, €1.99/ £1.29 )
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Ninja (Nnooo, €1.99/ £1.29 )
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Western (Nnooo, €1.99/ £1.29 )
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Zombie (Nnooo, €1.99/ £1.29 )
Mighty Switch Force! Theme (Bozon, €1.79/ £1.59)
Shantae Pirate Theme (Bozon, €1.79/ £1.59)
Rottytops Theme (Bozon, €1.79/ £1.59)
Maya the Bee (Studios 100, €0.99/ £0.89)
That's your lot for the European Download Update this week; let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.
Physical Pokken bundle with the amiibo card and controller for me this week. Also the Roy amiibo!
Mutant Mudds and some discounts!
Didn't realize Pokken Tournament was out this week. Very exciting! Will be picking up as soon as it releases.
I'll take Mutant Mudds, thank you very much.
am i the only one that thinks 60 euros is to much for pokkken tournament considdering that there doesn't seem to much content in the game?
A Shantea and a Rottytops theme? Well, I'm all over that! (Reyn accent)
If Pokken is 50€ digital, I'll get it. But 60€? Nah...
is Ace Attorney good? Never played any before
I pretty much never download a game that I can obtain physically, so whilst I will be getting Pokkén Tournament, it'll be a physical copy of the game.
I believe OlliOlli is also crossbuy.
Pokken Tournament Retail, F-Zero and Super Mario Kart 3DS downloads and probably the Ace Attorney trilogy for me this week.
Mutant Mudds Lost Levels for me. Physical copy of Pokkén Tournament is my birthday present.
Pokken tournament for me. That £50 price above is too expensive for me to buy this game, but I've preordered the physical edition with the Mewtwo amiibo card for a more reasonable £40 on Amazon UK.
Pokkén Tournament £50? SNES games £7.19? Hahahahaha, will Nintendo ever learn how to price games?
Can anyone tell me whether you need the touchscreen on Phoenix wright games? I fancy them but my 3ds touchscreen is very erratic.
Also Nintendo appear to have forgot about Wii u virtual console now that they have snes on new 3ds.
And yes £50 for pokken is crazy hopefully cdkeys and game will do it cheaper.
Pokken is a rental to give it a try before even considering dropping cash on it. Even if I like it I doubt I'll pay £50 anyway.
Everything else... indifference
Looks like Game are doing Pokken download codes for £40
@heathenmagic it is very, very good. The trilogy is more than worth £15 of anyone's money as long as they're willing to stick with it.
For people interested in Pokken, both The Game Collection and Simply Games have it available to pre-order for £38, and it being the first print means it comes with the Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card. That's what I got, I think it's a good deal.
@neyoung8 : No, you hardly need to use the touchscreen (if at all) in the Phoenix Wright games. I can only vouch for the trilogy as I'm currently trying to beat the first game, but I almost never needed to use the touch screen.
The game is like a visual novel for the most part, so you can navigate through the various menus and dialogue options with the D-pad.
@RainbowGazelle I find the prices very appropriate. Of course, everybody wants everything cheap and chintzy but why should that be good?
I will get super Mario kart when it comes to the US.
Nothing for me this week.
The SNES games aren't 7.19£ on the Wii U if I'm not mistaken. Dunno why it cost more on the N3DS in the UK while it's the same 8 euros outside UK.
I love Super Mario kart (in fact, I never took any liking into any further iteration) but seeing how late the SFC VC games come into the console life, it misses the multiplayer option. (I am not talking about online multiplayer, merely a download play emulation)
Getting Pokken Tournament as a physical copy this friday. My Wii U just does not have enough space download it straight from the eshop. Still, looks like I'm probably going to save myself some money - even if it is just by £5 or so (preordered).
the original Mutant Mudds for me I think
A bunch of amiibos and Pokemon Tekken for me this week!
Pokken retail for me ;D
Or maybe download depends on if I want a bundle or not.
Pokken retail. Might get The Swindle too.
@neyoung8 There is some touchscreen work in the exploration / detective mode. As long as there aren't 'dead spots' on the touchscreen, you'll be fine.
It might be kind of annoying, accidentally exiting an area in a rare occassion, but Capcom was pretty good about keeping clues away from the exits.
As for the games themselves, Trilogy has more content, is a bit more challenging and Capcom did a great job modernizing the port.
I still prefer Dual Destinies, mainly because it looks better, sounds better, has way better presentation and your conclusions always seem more sensible. As in the game didn't expect you to take giant leaps of faith. Maybe that was just part of the storyline in Trilogy, I just found everything to be a little more solid in Dual Destinies.
No interest in Pokken, I had purchased all of the discounted games on offer, so my answer would have been nothing.
Without a 3DS or Wii U, I didn't vote.
Mutant Mudds was my biggest disappointment on 3DS. What a boring platformer, levels get painful due to repetition very very fast. Definitely not my thing. Good luck for them.
@ThomasBW84 - Is Nintendo Life covering the new DI 3.0 Marvel Battlegrounds out tomorrow? I know it's not a full game, but I keep calling it that, it's my most anticipated game/DLC in quite some time, and I'm not even sure if it is DLC, but I am worried it might be and when my kid puts the piece on the portal tomorrow afternoon the Wii U will just go
@rjejr I'm not sure to be honest, but I'll see who has the game and whether they're up for checking it out.
@ThomasBW84 Thanks. All Google could find so far was a PS4 version review on youtube but the guy spoke so low I could hardly understand him. Alex's videos have ruined everyone else for me. Maybe NOE could hire Alex for the NDs?
Thanks very much for the recommendation
What cheek to charge Super Mario Kart for that much and to have no multiplayer option, let alone having a cross-buy option.
MMSC plus Pokken Tournament retail on order for me this week.
Oooh PW: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies for £9?! I'll be picking that up before the end of the month then.
Still interested in Pokken but I'm either gonna rent it for the time being or wait til a bit later on in the year to pick it up. Loved what I've seen especially the customization, visuals, Braixen etc but not enough to get it day one being a fighting game & everything.
Nice discounts! Treat yourself to some Dungeons and Dragons! More than worth it at that price!
@heathenmagic Read what NodesForNoids has to say about Dual Destinies. I agree with him. Get Dual Destinies or both.
@neyoung8 Just to add to what NodesForNoids and sillygosty said, you can play Dual Destinies completely without using the touchscreen (and conversely, completely without using the buttons. I LOVE games designed like this). Check the e-manual if you ever have trouble with the controls.
Does anyone know if Mario Kart supports 2 players?
@NodesforNoids @LemonSlice @Warioware @sillygostly thanks everybody for your advice.
Currently playing through pokemon blue but fancy a bit of Phoenix wright. Might get the triology and dual destinies.
I like the look of pokken but can't see myself paying more than £30 for it,. As I am digital only, I think I am in for a very long wait!
Paranautical Activity day one - if it has gyro aiming like Splatoon / Twilight Princess HD and a stable, fluid framerate.
I'm afraid of lazy PC ports (the trailer showing PC footage instead of Wii U footage feels almost like a bad omen).
I wouldn't want to play a fastpaced first person shooter with analog stick aiming and bad framerate, so I'll wait for a preview.
The game is great fun. Hopefully the Wii U version does the original justice.
Everyone wanted 3DS VC now we got it! yay repeats and exclusive to the thing only 1% have!!!
The Ace Attorney franchise is AMAZING. Fantastic story and absolutely amazing characters.
Something you need to know though: Once you finish the Trilogy, get Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney for the DS, it's the 4th game so it comes before Dual Destinies. Or you could wait like me for a Wii U VC release.
There's also a 6th game coming out this year too.
I think the touch screen is only required in the investigation parts and pointing things out on a picture or diagram in court, but I'm certain you need it for the 5th case in the first game, unless I'm thinking of the mic.
Preordered the Pokken Controller from Amazon but awaiting until absolute confirmation that the controller doesn't work with VC games or as a PC USB controller. If not I'll return it.
I know the website says it doesn't work with other Wii U games, but I have a small sliver of hope.
Still no Pinball? I've been waiting for that for nearly 4 years now, they had it on the recent Nintendo Direct, when is it coming?
@neyoung8 @Peace-Boy As I said, and I'll reiterate because of what Peace-Boy now said, you don't need to use the touchscreen at ANY point in the game. You can move the cursor during scene investigations or in the mood matrix (as well as rotate examined objects and point things out in photographs and sketches) with the d-pad or circle pad. Whew, now please guys, don't make me have to say this again.
Ace attorney dual destinies for me. I think it's too short to pay full price
FreezeMe should come any week now.
I've not seen any "Panranautical Activity" yesterday evening on the eshop ! So is it really expected to be released this week ?
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