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With the start of another week we have the usual batch of details for the goodies due in the European Nintendo Download Update. Coming up on Thursday we have a range of promising download-only titles across Wii U and 3DS, including a New 3DS exclusive. We also have a new Wii download on the way, along with high-profile DLC, demos and a batch of discounts. There's plenty to consider, so let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

Buddy & Me: Dream Edition (Sunbreak Games, €4.39 / £3.89) - This is a hugely colourful and charming endless runner that was previously released on smart devices; naturally the Wii U edition has some enhancements to suit the home console. It looks like a lovely game, though we'll see whether it's dreamy or nightmarish in a review.

Defend Your Crypt (Ratalaika Games, €2.99 / £2.69) - With retro-style visuals and a full stage view, this is a twist on real-time strategy and defence as you set traps to prevent treasure hunters stealing your gold. The concept certainly has potential, so we'll dig into a review and let you know what we think.

Jewel Quest (iWin Inc., €4.39/ £3.49) - As the title suggests this is a HD version of the popular jewel matching game, in this case with the promise of 72 boards to take on; though lacking bells and whistles it achieves its goals, earning a recommendation in our Jewel Quest review.

Toon Tanks (Petite Games, €1.99 / £1.79) - A top-down action game that seems like a revamp of late '70s classic Combat, it's a simplistic experience with little variety or incentive to keep playing - we explain why in our Toon Tanks review.

Hot Rod Racer (ZeNfA Productions, €2.99 / £2.69) - The second title from ZeNfA, this adopts a top-down view for some pacy racing, with some customisation options also available to boost your vehicle. We'll hit the roads and bring you a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

A Shadow's Tale (Hudson Soft, €19.99 / £17.99) - An interesting arrival in the Wii download stakes, this stood out as a particularly intriguing 2D platformer during the last generation. It has some clever ideas that are put to good use, albeit with a few flaws affecting the experience; you can learn more in our A Shadow's Tale review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, €5.99 / £4.49 until 28th July, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

STEEL LORDS (nuGAME, €7.50 / £6.00 until 18th August, normally €14.99 / £10.99)

Wii U Retail Demo

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Nintendo, free)

3DS eShop

Adventure Labyrinth Story (CIRCLE Entertainment, €5.00 / £4.50) - A spin-off from Adventure Bar Story, this is a rogue-like RPG in which you set off into a randomly generated dungeon with the goal of retrieving legendary treasure. You start with nothing and try to build your way up as you explore, but if you die you revert back to level one and simply start again. We'll go exploring and bring you a review.

Ninja Smasher! (PUMO, €3.55 / £2.93) - A side-scrolling action title with a cute aesthetic, you play as a rather athletic ninja that can use a variety of weapons to dispose of foes; it could certainly be fun, and we'll check it out in a review.

Defend Your Crypt (Ratalaika Games, €2.99 / £2.69) - The same game as on Wii U, but available on the go.

New Nintendo 3DS eShop

Wind-up Knight 2 (Unity Games, €4.50/ £4.00) - This is a runner in which you swing your sword, jump, roll and use your shield to survive; titles of this type can potentially be fun, of course, and as a New 3DS release this is also one of the standard-bearers for the Unity engine on the portable. We gave the Wii U version a modest recommendation in our review, and will see how this one fares on the portable.


Fire Emblem Fates: Map Pack 2 (Nintendo, €7.99 / £7.19) - Includes a total of six paid maps.

Fire Emblem Fates: Another Gift from Anna (Nintendo, free)

Fire Emblem Fates - I: In Endless Dreams (Nintendo, €0.49 / £0.49)

Fire Emblem Fates - II: Realms Collide (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

Fire Emblem Fates: III: The Changing Tide (Nintendo, €1.99 / £1.79)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, €5.99 / £4.49 until 28th July, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Aqua Moto Racing 3D (ZordixAB, €3.99 / £3.59 until 28th July, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

European Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, €2.99 / £2.39 until 18th August, normally €3.99 / £2.99)

Glory of Generals (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.99 / £3.59 until 18th August, normally €6.99 / £6.09)

Samurai Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, €1.99 / £1.59 until 18th August, normally €2.99 / £2.39)

3DS Retail Demo

Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo, free)

That's everything for the European Nintendo Download Update this week - let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.

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