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Another week, another impressive European Nintendo download line-up to separate us all from our cash. The Switch eShop has a broad range of strong arrivals, while the 3DS has three retail releases vying for attention. The Wii U doesn't miss out, either, and there's also a lot of DLC and discounts to get through - let's get on with it, shall we?

Switch eShop

Stardew Valley (Chucklefish LTD, €13.99 / £10.99) - Since it was announced earlier this year this has been top of plenty of wishlists. A hugely popular game across PC and consoles, this will be the first iteration that'll also be playable on the go. It adds its own modern spin to Harvest Moon-style ideas such as tending to your land and forming relationships with suitors. We'll bring you a review as soon as possible.

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Asteroid Base, €14.99 / £11.99) - A hit on other systems, this is a colourful title in which up to four players frantically rush around a spaceship to control various weapons and systems in order to hold off enemy attacks. Perhaps best in co-op, you can also play solo with AI companions helping you out; we enjoyed it a lot in our Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime review.

Axiom Verge (Thomas Happ Games, €17.99 / £14.99) - An innovative Metroidvania that in the eyes of some (including our reviewer) is a modern classic. On the surface it looks traditional, but an innovative approach to glitches and their impact on the world helps to make it a distinctive experience. We love this game, and that didn't change in our Axiom Version Switch review.

Oxenfree (Night School, €19.99 / £15.99) Originally released on PS4, Xbox One and Steam in 2016, Oxenfree casts the player as Alex, who travels with her stepbrother Jonas to an abandoned military island packed with hidden secrets. The game offers a multiple-choice conversation system that alters the story as you play, building your in-game relationships with every reply, statement and question. There's also a radio which allows you manipulate the game world and make contact with the strange and mysterious forces that have been dormant on the island for the past 70 years. Critically acclaimed when originally released, we'll check it out on Switch. Available from 6th October.

Earth Atlantis (Headup Games, €14.99 / £13.49) - Looking a lot like the classic arcade blaster In The Hunt, Earth Atlantis places you in a world where the majority of the planet's surface is covered in wet stuff. There are plenty of enemies to take down as you embark upon a 'monster-hunting' approach to the side-scrolling shooter genre, all with a distinctive art style. We'll had a review with you soon, in the meantime here's an interview with the director and lead designer.

Tumblestone (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, €12.99 / £11.99) - The name may sound familiar, as this was a 'Nindie' title given a big push by Nintendo on the Wii U eShop last year. It's a game that reminds us that puzzle titles can be engrossing and a lot of fun, with plenty of content, modes and options to play alone or with buddies. We'll take another look on Switch, but in the meantime you can check out the strong recommendation in our Tumblestone Wii U review.

Ninja Shodown (Rising Star Games, €12.99 / £9.99) - Another potential winner to add to the stack of entertaining local multiplayer games on the Switch. This one is all about chaotic arena brawls (either co-operative play or as opponents) and looks like it could be fun. We'll see whether it truly has the way of the ninja in a review.

Volgarr the Viking (Crazy Viking, €9.99 / £8.99) - Also coming to Wii U at some point this has now made its way to the Switch. It pitches itself as a tough action platformer in which you'll die a lot. It looks a tad rough visually, but that doesn't mean it won't be a lot of fun; we'll try it out for review.

Metal Slug X (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - We've already had three ACA Metal Slug titles on the store to date, though X is considered to be pretty darn good - it's a rearranged version of Metal Slug 2 (fixing that game's drastic slowdown) and we loved it in our Wii Virtual Console review.

Tower of Babel (EnjoyUp Games, €9.99 / £8.99) - This looks somewhat quirky in footage, as a knight auto-runs up and down sort-of 3D towers, with your goal being to dodge obstacles and grab collectibles through jumping, ducking and adjusting your dash speed. Unfortunately we were left rather unimpressed in our Tower of Babel review.

Switch eShop Demos

Just Dance 2018 (Ubisoft, free)

Spelunker Party! (Square Enix, free) - Available from 7th October.

Switch DLC

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Pixel Pack (Ubisoft, €2.99 / £2.49) - Included in season pass.

Infinite Minigolf - Tortuga (Zen Studios, free)

3DS Retail Downloads

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (Nintendo, €39.99 / £34.99) - One of the most beloved entries in the RPG series gets a revamp on the 3DS, with updated visuals and a new strategy-light spin-off campaign. Though the all-new content is a tad uninspired, the main game is still an absolute delight to play - we get into why in our Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions reviewAvailable from 6th October.

Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy (Level-5, €39.99 / £34.99) - After spin-offs and experiments the Layton series goes mostly back to its roots in this new release, with Katrielle and chums solving a lot of puzzles while solving a dozen cases. It's a welcome return to form for the IP, as we explain in our reviewAvailable from 6th October.

Culdcept Revolt (NIS America, $39.99) - A series with a very sporadic history in the West, this blends fantasy, card battles and board game play for what could certainly be an interesting release. We're finalising a review to go live later this week.

3DS eShop

Symphony of Eternity (KEMCO, €7.99 / £7.19) - KEMCO is bucking the trend, changing up its modus operandi to bring us something completely different... nah, just kidding, it's a retro-styled RPG. There's a legendary weapon and an epic quest, and that - ladies and gentleman - is another KEMCO RPG 3DS eShop release. It might be good though, to be fair.


Layton's Mystery Journey: Costume bundle pack (Level-5, €7.99 / £7.19)

Layton's Mystery Journey: Daddy's girl (Level-5, €1.99 / £1.79)

Layton's Mystery Journey: Luke lookalike (Level-5, €1.99 / £1.79)

Layton's Mystery Journey: Emmy impersonation (Level-5, €1.99 / £1.79)

Layton's Mystery Journey: Anton-ish attire (Level-5, €1.99 / £1.79)

Layton's Mystery Journey: Aurora again (Level-5, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Free Bats' Free Time (NIS America, €3.99 / £3.59)

Culdcept Revolt - Free Avatar Pack (NIS America, free)

Culdcept Revolt - Free Book Cover Pack (NIS America, free)

Culdcept Revolt - Vampire Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Necromancer Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Gothic Lolita Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Green Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Red Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Blue Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Yellow Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Alien Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Angel Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Detective Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Black Knight Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Hero Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Battle Boy Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Shrine Maiden Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Red Riding Hood Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Magical Girl Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Puppet Doll Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Tin Man Set (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Archer Pack (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Warrior Pack (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Musician Pack (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Horror Pack (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Mascot Pack (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Glasses Pack (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Rose Pack (NIS America, €0.99 / £0.89)

Culdcept Revolt - Animal Pack (NIS America, €0.99 / £0.89)

Culdcept Revolt - Steel Pack (NIS America, €0.99 / £0.89)

Culdcept Revolt - Scale Pack (NIS America, €0.99 / £0.89)

Culdcept Revolt - Dragon Pack (NIS America, €1.99 / £1.79)

Culdcept Revolt - Avatar Pack (NIS America, €19.99 / £17.99)

Culdcept Revolt - Book Cover Pack (NIS America, €14.99 / £13.49)

Culdcept Revolt - Dice Pack (NIS America, €9.99 / £8.99)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

BOXBOY! (Nintendo, €3.74 / £3.36 until 26th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

BOXBOXBOY! (Nintendo, €3.74 / £3.36 until 26th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

BYE-BYE BOXBOY! (Nintendo, €3.74 / £3.36 until 26th October, normally €4.99 / £4.49)

Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (Akaoni Studio, €6.30 / £5.67 until 2nd November, normally €7.00 / £6.30)

AeternoBlade (Corecell, €7.49 / £6.75 until 19th October, normally €14.99 / £13.50)

Epic Word Search Collection (Lightwood Games, €5.99 / £4.49 until 19th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

Epic Word Search Collection 2 (Lightwood Games, €5.99 / £4.49 until 19th October, normally €7.99 / £5.99)

10-in-1: Arcade Collection (Gamelion, €0.99 / £0.89 until 19th October, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

Crazy Kangaroo (Gamelion, €0.99 / £0.94 until 19th October, normally €1.99 / £1.89)

Hazumi (Gamelion, €1.34 / £0.99 until 19th October, normally €2.69 / £1.99)

League of Heroes (Gamelion, €1.99 / £1.79 until 19th October, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Monster Shooter (Gamelion, €2.00 / £1.60 until 19th October, normally €4.00 / £3.20)

Pick-A-Gem (Gamelion, €1.49 / £1.39 until 19th October, normally €2.99 / £2.79)

PIX3D (Gamelion, €1.99 / £1.79 until 19th October, normally €3.99 / £3.59)

Rage of the Gladiator (Gamelion, €3.49 / £3.14 until 19th October, normally €6.99 / £6.29)

SpeedX 3D (Gamelion, €1.49 / £1.34 until 19th October, normally €2.99 / £2.69)

SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (Gamelion, €0.99 / £0.89 until 19th October, normally €1.99 / £1.79)

Collide-a-Ball (Starsign, €0.99 / £0.99 until 19th October, normally €1.99 / £1.99)

Ping Pong Trick Shot (Starsign, €0.99 / £0.99 until 19th October, normally €1.99 / £1.99)

Crollors Game Pack (Nvriezen, €1.26 / £1.18 until 2nd November, normally €1.49 / £1.39)

My Nintendo 3DS HOME Theme

BOXBOY! 2.5th Year Anniversary (Nintendo, 20 Gold Points)

Wii U eShop

Volgarr the Viking (Crazy Viking, €9.99 / £8.99) - Same game, different console.

Wii U Virtual Console

Double Dungeons (EXTREME, €5.99 / £5.39) - The run of TG-16 games continues with this ambitious (for its time) attempt and 3D dungeon crawling. Unfortunately we were left distinctly unimpressed in our Wii Virtual Console Double Dungeons review.

Vigilante (IREM, €5.99 / £5.39) - Another TurboGrafx-16 game for your consideration, this time around it's a side-scrolling beat 'em up. You can go full retro and check out our 2007 review, if you like.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

3Souls (Red Column, €0.90 / £0.80 until 5th November, normally €3.60 / £3.20)

Ascent of Kings (Nostatic Software, €1.49 / £1.11 until 12th October, normally €1.99 / £1.49)

Wicked Monsters Blast: HD PLUS (Corecell, €3.99 / £3.59 until 19th October, normally €7.99 / £7.19)

Wii U Demo

Just Dance 2018 (Ubisoft, free)

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