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With the beginning of another week we have the European Nintendo Download Update details, letting us know what treats are on the way soon. This batch includes major retail releases on both Wii U and 3DS, some DLC, intriguing download-only games and even a My Nintendo reward discount. Some WarioWare, a couple of retro RPGs, a batch of discounts and 3DS HOME Themes wrap it up, so let's get to the details.

Wii U Retail Download

Paper Mario: Color Splash (Nintendo, €49.99 / £39.99) - The series finally makes its bow on the Wii U, as Nintendo puts its expertise of HD craft-like visuals to work once again. This one introduces paint as a core mechanic, and otherwise offers a blend of timed button presses and items in battles. We were left impressed after spending time with it for our preview, and will have a review with you before release. Available from 7th October.

Wii U eShop

ACT IT OUT! A Game of Charades (Snap Finger Click, €9.99 / £8.99) - As the name suggests this is a party game in which you try to help others guess phrases or names. Originally on PS4, the GamePad touchscreen allows drawing to come into the mix in addition to acting and singing.

Ninja Pizza Girl (Disparity Games, €8.99 / £7.99) - A 2D runner with sources of inspiration such as Sonic The Hedgehog and Mirror's Edge. Rather than a health gauge, however, the theme judges your esteem as you dash through delivering pizza as stylishly as possible; mistakes and enemies bring on taunts from bullies, with this game seeking to raise awareness of these issues.

PING 1.5+ (NAMI TENTOU MUSHI, €4.49 / £3.99) — With retro-styled visuals and a steep difficulty level, this is over 100 levels of trying to shoot a cube through over 100 increasingly tricky levels. Though we feel this one falls short in some aspects, it has plenty of promise and good ideas in its favour; our review explains why.

PSIBO (NAMI TENTOU MUSHI, €4.49 / £3.99) - Another title from this developer that opts for a retro aesthetic, which need not be a bad thing. This includes an endless mode after a campaign of fighting through 'hexagonal defence systems'.

VRog (ByteRockers' Games, €2.49 / £2.20 until 20th October, then €4.99 / £4.49) - A somewhat peculiar arrival as it's cited as a Virtual Reality game in which you play as a frog on a lake. That probably means exploring in first-person, though whether it'll have the same appeal without a pricey headset is unclear.

Wii U Virtual Console

WarioWare Smooth Moves (Nintendo, €19.99 / £17.99) - The Wii's entry in the chaotic and rather fun series, the Wii Remote becomes the 'Form Baton' for quickfire minigames. Multiplayer is unlocked after clearing single player (oddly) but nevertheless this offers good silly fun; we liked it in our WarioWare Smooth Moves review back in 2007.


Minecraft: Wii U Edition - Chinese Mythology Mash-up Pack (Mojang, €4.99 / £3.99)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Infinity Runner (Wales Interactive, €3.20 / £2.79 until 3rd November, normally €6.49 / £5.89)

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, €5.99 / £4.49 until 13th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Dracula's Legacy (Joindots, €7.19 / £5.39 until 20th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Jones on Fire (Joindots, €5.39 / £4.13 until 20th October, normally €5.99 / £4.59)

Queen's Garden (Joindots, €6.29 / £4.94 until 20th October, normally €6.99 / £5.49)

3DS Retail Download

Mario Party: Star Rush (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - The second entry of this series to arrive on 3DS, though this one aims to address some criticisms of recent editions. Players now all move separately and at the same time to speed up games, while the free 'Guest' download allows groups to enjoy the full multiplayer game even with only one player owning a full copy. We had a good time in our preview, and will have a review with you before the game launches. Available from 7th October.

3DS eShop

Mario Party: Star Rush - Party Guest (Nintendo, free) - As long as one of the players has a full copy of the main game, this allows a group of up to four to enjoy full local multiplayer for free.

Epic Word Search Holiday Special (Lightwood Games, €7.99 / £5.99) - A continuation from previous entries in the series, but this time around it features categories themed around Holidays such as Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day.

PixelMaker (Nostatic Software, €3.49 / £2.99) - Having previously brought us VoxelMaker, Nostatic now takes a similar approach to producing pixel art. At a budget price this promises the ability to utilise the portable for producing scenes of pixel art, which can then naturally be shared to Miiverse. We enjoyed the Wii U version in our review.

New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console

Breath of Fire (Capcom, €7.99 / £7.19, or €3.99 / £3.59 until 20th October if you own Breath of Fire II on New 3DS) — The Super NES wasn't short of RPG titles, and here's one of Capcom's more prominent efforts from the era; you play as Ryu (and companions) who has the ability to transform into a powerful beast, which must be handy when saving the world. Our reviewer did feel that this is rather dated compared to its 16-bit contemporaries, a point we explained in our previous Breath of Fire review.

Breath of Fire II (Capcom, €7.99 / £7.19, or €3.99 / £3.59 until 20th October if you own Breath of Fire on New 3DS) — Nintendo's classic 16-bit console is revered for many things, but one of its strengths was surely the abundance of RPG adventures that it brought gamers keen for an adventure. This may be a sequel on the Super NES, but it offers up just that kind of experience while being undoubtedly old-school — and harsh — in its approach. We nevertheless gave it a recommendation in our Breath of Fire II review.

My Nintendo Reward

Chase: Cold Case Investigations - Distant Memories (Aksys Games, €4.79 / £ 4.80 when discount is redeemed for 20 Gold Points, normally €5.99 / £6.00) - Here's an interesting one, advance warning of a My Nintendo discount on a game due to be released on 13th October. Essentially a launch discount on the game, this will be available to redeem from 6th October until 27th October.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €5.99 / £5.39 until 13th October, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, €5.99 / £4.49 until 13th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Urban Trial Freestyle (Tate Multimedia, €1.49 / £1.29 until 27th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Castle Conqueror Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.49 / £2.79 until 27th October, normally €4.99 / £3.99)

3D MahJongg (Joindots, €3.99 / £3.59 until 20th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Gardenscapes (Joindots, €6.39 / £4.79 /until 20th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, €6.39 / £4.79 until 20th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Safari Quest (Joindots, €5.59 / £3.99 until 20th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99)

Cats and Dogs 3D - Pets at Play (Treva Entertainment, €7.99 / £6.79 until 20th October, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Life With Horses 3D (Treva Entertainment, €14.99 / £13.49 until 20th October, normally €19.99 / £17.99)

My Little Baby 3D (Treva Entertainment, €7.99 / £6.79 until 20th October, normally €29.99 / £24.99)

Pets Resort 3D (Treva Entertainment, €7.99 / £6.79 until 20th October, normally €29.99 / £17.99)

3DS eShop Permanent Discount

Power Disc Slam (Chequered Cow Games, €5.49 / £4.99, previously €11.99 / £9.99

3DS HOME Themes

Disappearance of Hatsune Miku (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

Melancholic (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

Ii Aru Fanclub (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

Lost One's Weeping (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

Brain Fluid Explosion Girl (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)

Hello Kitty autumn (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

Hello Kitty Comics (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

Hello Kitty cupcakes (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

Hello Kitty Unicorn (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)

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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