It's that time, once again, for the European Nintendo Download Update. It's another busy week with the Switch in particular getting loaded up with tempting options, though the 3DS and Wii U also have a bit to offer. Let's just right into the details, shall we?
Switch Retail Download
Sine Mora EX (THQ Nordic, €29.99 / £24.99) - A shoot 'em up originally developed by Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture, this is a stylish shooter in which you can slow down time. It has a mature, gritty story to work through, along with other modes for pick up and play sessions. Unfortunately some of the 'EX' add-ons are underwhelming (to put it mildly), but we still gave it a modest recommendation in our Sine Mora EX review.
88 Heroes: 98 Heroes Edition (Rising Star Games, €29.99 / £29.99) - An action platformer with an interesting twist; you have 88 levels to clear with a time limit of 88 seconds in each. The gameplay seems to throw in various twists to keep things interesting, and on Switch it includes all of the DLC that was sold separately in other versions.
Tiny Barbarian DX (Nicalis, €29.99 / £26.99) - An action platformer that pays homage to the retro era, it supports local co-op and also has "four lengthy episodes". We suspect most will aim to get the physical edition of this, however, which will include various goodies in the first run. Our review will be with you very soon.
Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle (NIS America, €29.99 / £29.99) - A spin-off of the popular Touhou Project series, Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is described as a 3D shooter with fighting elements, which tasks you with taking down opponents 1 vs 1 using projectile and melee attacks. Unfortunately we were left rather unimpressed in our Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle review. Available from 13th October.
Wulverblade (Fully Illustrated, €16.99 / £14.99) – The beat ‘em up genre isn’t as popular as it once was, but this intriguing release does an excellent job of reminding us of its merits. Rooted in British history and packed full of passion, it’s a brutally tough game but one we gave a hearty recommendation in our Wulverblade review.
The Flame in the Flood (The Molasses Flood, €14.99 / £14.99) – Created by a team of former ‘AAA’ developers, this arrives on Switch as the Complete Edition. An intriguing ‘roguelite’ survival game, you travel along the river and alight at various towns and buildings to seek gear and vital supplies. We’ll bring you a review soon, but in the meantime here’s an interview with the game’s designer.
Yono and the Celestial Elephants (Plug In Digital, €14.99 / £12.99) – A rather charming adventure game in which a plucky elephant explores, tackles puzzles and even gets into a bit of combat. Introduced in the most recent Nindies Showcase it’s undoubtedly appealing, but we’ll see whether it’s worth a purchase in our upcoming review.
Unbox: Newbie's Adventure (Merge Games, €26.99 / £22.49 until 18th October, then €29.99 / £24.99) - Also coming to retail in November, this is a physics-based 3D platformer aims to encourage reminiscing over the genre's golden era while introducing its own ideas. In some ways it succeeds but there are some flaws; we gave it a light recommendation in our Unbox: Newbie's Adventure review.
Neon Chrome (10Tons, €14.99 / £12.99) – A ‘top-down Cyberpunk shooter, this looks big on action and supports co-op for up to four players if you want to tackle it with a buddy. It has procedurally generated stages on offer but struggles to inspire that 'one-more go' feeling, as we explain in our Neon Chrome review.
Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition (Ratalaika Games, €4.99 / £4.49) – A beat ‘em up that was once on mobile, you can brawl alone or with a friend to beat up wannabe tormentors. A reasonable game, albeit one perhaps lacking a little overall, we gave it a modest recommendation in our review.
The King of Fighters '95 (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) – Another ASA release, in this case continuing our run of KoF titles. This second game in the series brings a rather welcome option that would go to become a series staple: You are not confined to pre-determined teams, so you can pick any characters from the roster to make your own dream trio. That said, its arguably superior successor is already available.
Switch eShop Demo
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (FDG Entertainment, free)
Switch eShop Temporary Discounts
Infinite Minigolf (Zen Studios, €10.49 / £9.44 until 17th October, normally €14.99 / £13.49)
The Bridge (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, €7.49 / £6.74 until 2nd November, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
3DS Retail Download
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - This sequel (which is a Harvest Moon game in all but name) builds upon the charming farm-sim aspects of the original and adds new ideas while expanding the concept. We were rather impressed with it in our Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns review. Available from 13th October.
New Nintendo 3DS eShop
Physical Contact: 2048 (Collavier Corporation, €3.73 / £3.29) - A series we first saw on Switch that now jumps to New 3DS, in this case offering local multiplayer and solo play in a variation on a popular smart device number game. We weren't particularly impressed with the Switch version.
Physical Contact: Picture Place (Collavier Corporation, €3.73 / £3.29) - Another in this series of relatively simplistic games that encourages local multiplayer. Like its brethren this was unimpressive on Switch.
Physical Contact: SPEED (Collavier €3.75 / £3.29) - A rather simplistic card game that can be played solo or with another player; it had a notoriously bad trailer on the Switch eShop; it's not a great game.
Culdcept Revolt - Double Helix (NIS America, free)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Farming Simulator 18 (Focus Home Interactive, €26.99 / £22.49 until 19th October, normally €29.99 / £24.99)
Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (Shin'en Multimedia, €6.70 / £5.70 until 2nd November, normally €8.99 / £7.66)
Gunslugs (Engine Software, €1.00 / £0.80 until 19th October, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
Gunslugs 2 (Engine Software, €1.00 / £0.80 until 19th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Mindfeud (Engine Software, €1.00 / £0.80 until 19th October, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
Proun+ (Engine Software, €1.00 / £0.90 until 19th October, normally €3.99 / £3.50)
Sumico (Engine Software, €1.00 / £0.90 until 19th October, normally €2.99 / £2.69)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €3.99 / £3.59 until 19th October, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Gourmet Dream (CIRCLE Entertainment, €4.00 / £3.83 until 26th October, normally €5.00 / £4.79)
Fairune 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, €5.59 / £5.51 until 26th October, normally €6.99 / £6.89)
Mercenaries Saga 3 (CIRCLE Entertainment, €4.79 / £4.71 until 26th October, normally €5.99 / £5.89)
Noah's Cradle (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.49 / £2.79 until 26th October, normally €4.99 / £3.99)
Of Mice and Sand (CIRCLE Entertainment, €6.39 / £6.31 until 26th October, normally €7.99 / £7.89)
Parascientific Escape - Gear Detective (CIRCLE Entertainment, €4.00 / £3.83 until 26th October, normally €5.00 / £4.79)
Polara (CIRCLE Entertainment, €3.50 / £3.49 until 26th October, normally €5.00 / £4.99)
The Legend of Dark Witch 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, €5.59 / £5.51 until 26th October, normally €6.99 / £6.89)
Carps & Dragons (Abylight, €1.99 / £1.79 until 19th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €0.98 / £0.88 until 9th November, normally €2.99 / £2.69)
Football Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, €1.97 / £1.55 until 9th November, normally €2.99 / £2.36)
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, €3.99 / £2.99 until 26th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)
Pazuru (Joindots, €2.99 / £1.99 until 26th October, normally €5.99 / £3.99)
Safari Quest (Joindots, €3.49 / £2.49 until 26th October, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
New 3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Hit Ninja (Petite Games, €1.59 / £1.43 until 26th October, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
Pinball Breakout (nuGAME, €4.90 / £4.20 until 9th November, normally €7.00 / £6.00)
3DS eShop Permanent Discounts
Luigi's Mansion 2 (Nintendo Selects, €19.99 / £15.99, previously €44.99 / £39.99)
Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo Selects, €19.99 / £15.99, previously €39.99 / £34.99)
Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo Selects, €19.99 / £15.99, previously €44.99 / £39.99)
Wii U eShop
Eba & Egg: A Hatch Trip (Giga Drill Games, €4.99 / £4.49) - In an idea seen recently in I and Me, you control two characters at the same time while working through over 25 levels. Despite some nice ideas it's lacking in quality and polish, as we suggest in our Eba & Egg: A Hatch Trip review.
Wii U Virtual Console
MOTOROADER (IREM, €5.99 / £5.39) – An overhead racer that likely had a lot of competition back in the day, and perhaps struggled as a result. We were certainly unimpressed in our Wii Virtual Console review.
Legend of Hero Tonma (EXTREME, €5.99 / £5.39) – We described it as a kids' version of Ninja Spirit once upon a time, a colourful action platformer that arguably fails to live up to its contemporaries. You can read all about it in our Legend of Hero Tonma review from the Wii Virtual Console days.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Dragon Skills (Joindots, €3.99 / £3.39 until 26th October, normally €7.99 / £6.79)
Jones on Fire (Joindots, €2.99 / £2.29 until 26th October, normally €5.99 / £4.59)
Queen's Garden (Joindots, €3.49 / £2.74 until 26th October, normally €6.99 / £5.49)
Sweetest Thing (Joindots, €3.49 / £2.74 until 26th October, normally €6.99 / £5.49)
360 Breakout (nuGAME, €4.90 / £4.20 until 9th November, normally €7.00 / £6.00)
Laser Blaster (Petite Games, €1.59 / £1.43 until 26th October, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
Lots of options to tempt you this week - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.