With the beginning of another week we have the Nintendo Download update details for Europe, letting us know what download goodies that are on the way soon. This week's most notable arrival is a Level 5 RPG that is a phenomenon in Japan, though the overall download update is packed with options. We have quite a few promising downloads, some DLC on one of 2015's best eShop games, a New 3DS Virtual Console release and more besides. Let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (Nintendo, free) - A rather charming-looking release that gives a free-to-play twist to the Mario vs. Donkey Kong franchise. This time around you need amiibo figures to unlock stages, with each having their own special abilities; Mario can wall jump, Yoshi can eat enemies and so on. We'll get chummy with our amiibo and bring you a review soon.
Lost Reavers (Bandai Namco, free) - Available as a beta since 14th April, it'll land in its final form at 10am UK / 11am CET on 28th April. This is a free-to-play co-op action title in which you team up with three others to fight your way to treasures before extracting them from the area. Lots of co-op hacking and slashing is expected, and we'll see how the full experience stacks up in a review.
Shütshimi (Choice Provisions, €9.99 / £6.99) - A shoot 'em up in a WarioWare style with extremely short levels and plenty of chaos on screen, this also has co-op and GamePad off-TV play. It's a colourful and bonkers creation from developer Neon Deity Games, and we rather enjoyed it in our review.
PixelMaker (Nostatic Software, €2.49 / £1.99) - Having previously brought us VoxelMaker, Nostatic now seems to be taking the same approach to producing pixel art. At a budget price this promises the ability to utilise the GamePad for producing scenes of pixel art, which can then naturally be shared to Miiverse. We'll get creative and let you know what we think in a review.
Run Run and Die (EnjoyUp Games, €3.99/ £3.59) - A simple runner designed to make you rage. There are 24 levels in total, some riffing on old consoles, and you simply press a button or tap the GamePad screen to make the auto-running penguin jump. Levels switch angle and you're expected to die a lot, so this one is likely pitching for YouTube fame. We'll p-p-pick up this penguin and write a review.
TAP TAP ARCADE (RCMADIAX, €1.99/ £1.79) - This is a compilation download that includes both DON'T CRASH and SPIKEY WALLS. A nice idea, though as we're not fans of the actual included games we weren't particularly positive in our TAP TAP ARCADE review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Teslagrad (Rain Games, €10.00 / £9.50 until 18th May, normally €14.99 / £13.99)
Secret Files: Tunguska (Deep Silver, €6.49 until 5th May, normally €9.99)
Wii U eShop Permanent Discounts
Epic Dumpster Bear (Log Games, €6.49 / £4.99, was €9.49/ £7.49)
Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (Nintendo, free) - The same as the Wii U release, just extra mini courtesy of the smaller screens.
Sssnakes (EnjoyUp Games, €1.99/ £1.79) - A modern riff on Snake, the classic game that originated (as a concept) in the '70s but shot to prominence on early Nokia phones. This title aims to add modern touches to the formula of eating and avoiding your own tail, with the ability to 'shoot', multiple snakes on screen and varied environments, along with online leaderboards. We'll sssee what it's like in a review.
Castle Conqueror EX (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99) — Already released in Europe last year, this is likely included for a German release.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Super Punch-Out!! (Nintendo, €7.99 / £7.19) - The latest Super NES game on the New 3DS is another that's much loved; this successor to the iconic NES original was a true leap in visuals and style, with even more outrageous foes. Colourful and manic, this is certainly a lot of fun - we gave it a strong recommendation in our Wii U Virtual Console Super Punch-Out!! review, and will take another look on New 3DS.
3DS Retail Download
Yo-kai Watch (Nintendo / Level-5, €39.99 / £34.99) - This series has become a phenomenon in Japan and arrived in North America late last year, with the anime series and toys also contributing to its success. It'll now try and repeat the trick in Europe, with its twist on battle mechanics and collecting Yo-Kai raising similarities to Pokémon while, undoubtedly, forging its own identity. Though it falls short of being great we gave it a recommendation in our Yo-kai Watch review. Available from 29th April.
3DS eShop DLC
SteamWorld Heist: The Outsider (Image & Form, €4.99/ £4.49) - This expansion brings some new story and a mysterious new character, as recently teased by Image & Form. A new playable character, missions, weapons and hats are all promised as part of this expansion, and we'll bring you more as Image & Form makes its announcement.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Atlus, €9.99 / £8.99 until 12th May, normally €29.99 / £24.99)
World Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.59 until 5th May, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Swords & Soldiers 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.59 until 5th May, normally €6.99 / £5.59)
Tappingo 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.79 until 5th May, normally €2.99 / £2.39)
The Legend of Dark Witch - Chronicle 2D Act (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.79 until 5th May, normally €3.99 / £3.19)
Adventure Bar Story (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.49 / £1.99 until 5th May, normally €4.99 / £3.99)
Castle Conqueror EX (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.79 until 5th May, normally €3.99 / £3.19)
Fairune (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.79 until 5th May, normally €2.99 / £2.39)
Demon King Box (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.79 until 5th May, normally €3.99 / £3.19)
KAMI (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.79 until 5th May, normally €2.99 / £2.39)
Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Entertainment, €0.99 / £0.79 until 5th May, normally €3.99 / £3.19)
Mercenaries Saga 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.49 / £1.99 until 5th May, normally €4.99 / £3.99)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Edition (Zordix AB, €4.99 / £4.49 until 5th May, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
That's your lot for the European Nintendo Download Update this week; let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.