It's time for European Nintendo Download Update, and this week has a number of tempting Switch releases both at retail and as download-only titles. The 3DS and Wii U don't entirely miss out, while there are also plenty of DLC options and discounts to consider - let's get into the details, shall we?
Switch Retail Downloads
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo, €59.99 / £49.99) - It's a series that's now embedded within Nintendo console gaming culture, offering a hefty dose of immersive (and downright complicated) RPG gaming. This 'main' sequel does a lot of things very well and will keep plenty of Switch owners busy into 2018 - here's our full Xenoblade Chronicles 2 review. Available from 1st December.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 + Expansion Pass (Nintendo, €89.98 / £76.98)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (WB Games, €59.99 / £49.99) - For fans of LEGO and Marvel this is high on wishlists, and as expected it serves up crazy crossovers, knockabout charm and an open world to explore. It does very little to take the LEGO series forward, but we gave it a recommendation in our LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 review. Available from 1st December.
SUPERBEAT: XONiC (Rising Star Games, €44.99 / £39.99) - Another welcome music rhythm release on the Switch, adding its own spin to the genre along with 68 songs to play.
Gear.Club Unlimited (Microïds, €49.99 / £44.99) - This aims to fill a gap in the Switch library with realistic driving and some tasty licensed cars. It has multiple modes and local co-op and aims to deliver a premium driving experience; we gave it a test drive in our Gear.Club Unlimited review.
Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, €14.99 / £11.99 if you own Resident Evil Revelations 2 on Switch, otherwise €19.99 / £15.99) - Originally a game that showcased the 3DS and its Circle Pad Pro, this solid spin-off entry in the series then made its way to Wii U and other assorted HD platforms. The arrival on Switch offers motion controls that bring back good memories of Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition. Here's our Resident Evil Revelations review.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Capcom, €19.99 / £15.99 if you own Resident Evil Revelations on Switch, otherwise €24.99 / £19.99) - It's the first time that this sequel will be playable on Nintendo hardware; it was an episodic release originally, but now comes as one complete package. We put it to the test in our Resident Evil Revelations 2 review.
Serial Cleaner (Curve Digital, €14.99 / £14.99) - A rather quirky 2D / stealth game in which you play the role of crime scene 'cleaner' for the mob. It's heavily stylised and certainly looks like a fun concept; our review will be with you later today.
Syberia 2 (Microïds, €29.99 / £26.99) - This series of remastered point-and-click titles continues, following a very solid first outing on the Switch not too long ago. "Kate Walker and the eccentric old Hans Voralberg set forth in search of a forgotten world" in this one, which sounds like a reasonable way to pass a weekend.
OPUS: The Day We Found Earth (Flyhigh Works, €5.00 / £4.49) - A title that seems to aim for an atmospheric experience, it's set millions of years in the future as a small robot tries to find Earth by charting the stars. It looks like a mix of stargazing and a touching narrative, and we'll see how it fares in a review.
Star Ghost (Rainy Frog / Squarehead Studios, €8.99 / £7.99) - Developed by Rare alumni Rhys Lewis (with music by David Wise), this adds an interesting spin to the sidescrolling space shooter; it has controls not too dissimilar to Barrel Rocket levels in Donkey Kong Country Returns, and we thought it was a darn good combination when we reviewed it on Wii U.
ACORN Tactics (TACS Games, €9.99 / £8.99) - A turn-based strategy title, this sees mechs go to battle with alien blobs over a 25 level campaign, seemingly also offering some nice customisation and depth. We'll dive in for a review.
MUJO (Oink Games, €8.99 / £8.09) - A blend of match-three and puzzle elements in which you use combinations to destroy mythological monsters. It has a simplistic (but relatively clean) look, but this is a pretty lazy port by the look of things.
Traverse USA (Hamster, €6.99 / £6.29) - This is the first IREM Arcade Archives release, a sentence to cheer the spirit of many retro gamers. Both a motorcycle overhead racing and sprite scaling hybrid game, you trying to get from LA to New York in once piece.
World Heroes (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - It's the Neo Geo ACA series, so we might as well get another fighting game into the line-up. What helps this one stand out is its use of somewhat demented representations of historical figures from through the ages; it was arguably bettered by its sequels, but you can check out our original World Heroes review for another bit of retro goodness.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass (Nintendo, €29.99 / £26.99) - If you own the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game and buy this Expansion Pass, you’ll gain access to some new content, including new story content in fall 2018! On Dec. 1, the Helpful Item Pack will roll out, with the New Quest Pack opening up in January. Plus, the New Rare Blade Pack will be added to the game in spring, with the New Challenge Mode Pack next summer.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Japanese Voice Pack (Nintendo, free)
Sonic Forces: SANIC T-SHIRTS (SEGA, free)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - TP Medal Pack (x5000) (Bandai Namco, €29.99 / £24.00)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - TP Medal Pack (x2000) (Bandai Namco, €12.99 / £11.00)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - TP Medal Pack (x1000) (Bandai Namco, €6.99 / £6.00)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - TP Medal Pack (x500) (Bandai Namco, €3.99 / £3.00)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - TP Medal Pack (x200) (Bandai Namco, €1.99 / £2.00)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - Extra Pack Set (Bandai Namco, €16.99 / £14.00)
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - Extra Pack 1 (Bandai Namco, €9.99 / £8.00)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 - Classic Guardians of the Galaxy Character Pack (WB Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 - Season Pass (WB Games, €14.99 / £11.99)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Bonus Bundle Pack (Rising Star Games, free)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Bundle Pack 1 (Rising Star Games, €4.99 / £3.99)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Bundle Pack 2 (Rising Star Games, €4.99 / £3.99)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Bundle Pack 3 (Rising Star Games, €4.99 / £3.99)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Bundle Pack 4 (Rising Star Games, €4.99 / £3.99)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track - Americana Exotica (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track - iNSANiTY (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track -Skyline (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track - ZZuck ZZuck Groove (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track - Going Back (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track - PLUS (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track - Blue Screen (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track - Debonair Heavy Industry (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track - Zombie Chase (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track - Afternoon of Summer (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track - Missing Parts (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
SUPERBEAT XONiC EX DLC Single Track - Indigo Wind (Rising Star Games, €1.99 / £1.69)
MUJO - 5 Lightnings (Oink Games, €1.09 / £0.99)
MUJO - 20 Lightnings (Oink Games, €3.49 / £3.19)
MUJO - 45 Lightnings (Oink Games, €5.49 / £4.99)
MUJO - 120 Lightnings (Oink Games, €10.99 / £9.89)
MUJO - 240 Lightnings (Oink Games, €21.99 / £19.79)
MUJO - 480 Lightnings (Oink Games, €40.99 / £36.89)
MUJO - 720 Lightnings (Oink Games, €52.99 / £47.69)
Switch eShop Temporary Discounts
The Bridge (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, €6.99 / £6.29 until 28th December, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
The Jackbox Party Pack (Jackbox Games, €14.69 / £13.29 until 7th December, normally €20.99 / £18.99)
JYDGE (10tons, €11.99 / £10.39 until 7th December, normally €14.99 / £12.99)
80's Overdrive (Insane Code, €9.99 / £8.99) - An OutRun-style racer with music by Vectorwolf, this certainly gives us a nostalgic feeling. There's a Career mode in which you can earn car upgrades, Time Attack, and even a built-in track generator for making your own courses that you can then share. We'll hit the accelerator and bring you a review soon.
Culdcept Revolt - Racoon (NIS America, free)
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
Crollors Game Pack (Nvriezen, €0.99 / £0.93 until 31st December, normally €1.49 / £1.39)
New 3DS eShop Temporary Discount
Hit Ninja (Petite Games, €1.39 / £1.25 until 14th December, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
3DS HOME Themes
Xmas with Baby-JC (Animundi, €1.49 / £1.39)
Jurassic Cubs on the snow (Animundi, €0.99 / £0.89)
Nunzy and Bronto on ice (Animundi, €0.99 / £0.89)
JC 3pack Number 10 (Animundi, €2.49 / £2.29)
Wii U Virtual Console
Break In (Konami, €5.99 / £5.39) - The latest TurboGrafx-16 title to arrive courtesy of Konami, this is a retro pool game for your consideration. We weren't big fans in our original Break In review.
Power Golf (Konami, €6.99 / £6.29) - Konami's gradual and slightly surprising roll-out of TurboGrafx-16 games on the Wii U VC continues with Hudson's take on the grand old sport. Unfortunately we were rather unimpressed when we review this on the Wii Virtual Console.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
The Bridge (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, €6.99 / £6.29 until 28th December, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
Laser Blaster (Petite Games, €1.39 / £1.25 until 14th December, normally €1.99 / £1.79)
That's the full line-up for this week - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.
Wow that Dragonball XV2 IAP looks pretty vile.
That XC2 Expansion pass is dear (and not on the poll list).
Hope it's worth it because I'm getting it anyway... as soon as I'm done with Skyrim, which shouldn't be until January.
Xenoblade 2 Collector‘s Edition (and Season Pass and XC2 Pro Controller) and Azure Striker Gunvolt Striker Pack, both physical.
Nothing for me this week
Gee, I just remembered that the Resident Evil Revelations games are only available digitally in Europa
Switch's honeymoon is finally over. What's the next phase Nintendo? How can we keep the relationship going? Announce more games soon?
Physical Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for me.
Nothing this week. Phew!
I wonder how many Siberia 1 did sell for that outrageous price in order for them to think that Siberia 2 could be priced the same...
I probably will buy the Resi games but before that I need a big MicroSD. And before I get that I want to send my twitchy left joy-con away for a warranty repair. And before I do that I want to get through the 2nd Zelda DLC. And that's not even out yet.
Man, life is hard.
No WiiU-VC Xenoblade discount.. sad..
80's Overdrive???? Are you sure? It's not on the eShop yet anyway.
@Chandlero There's a MyNintendo discount for the New 3DS version
I preordered the special edition of XC2. I'll get the season pass once I think it offers enough.
I won't fall for it again after BotW, Nintendo. Where is that darn story update, anyway?
Its clear that even 3DS is dead now.
@essiw I think that they're releasing Syberia 1&2 in a single box in December for a little more than what you will pay for just S1.
Still overpriced compared to how much both games go for on Steam. But then that's the PORTABLE TAX doing a number on you.
Can Amazon really be listing Stern Pinball Arcade for release tomorrow if there is no digital version?
Is there a precedent for physical only on Switch?
I was about to vote "Nothing for me this week" and then I saw '80s Overdrive in the list! And I thought I'd bought my last 3DS game...
80's Overdrive is not live...
Don't know about you lot, but I will be jumping on those 720 lightnings for Mujo, whatever that is. Who doesn't want to spend the best part of fifty quid on consumable microtransactions?
Apart from that, XC2 is a physical buy from me, but I am pleasantly surprised by Capcom's pricing for the Resi Evil games - makes that original Street Fighter II pricing look all the meaner. However, can't jump on the RE Revelations bandwagon till I get that 128GB memory card for Christmas...
Nothing for me this week. I've got Xenoblade 1 unplayed somewhere, I'd like to play that before considering getting the new one.
Already have physical copies of Lego marvel, resident evil revelations and gear club. Have to download resident evil rev2 and syberia 2.
I don't get why Konami aren't releasing the big name TG16 games first like Rondo of Blood.
All I'm seeing is overpriced DLC across too many games.
80s Overdrive is not on the UK eShop, even when searched for.
Could you amend the article and/or find out why it's listed but not available on the eShop?
@GC-161 thanks if that is true, than maybe I should wait to see if they will release all 3 (or 4?) in one as well. I am in no hurry, as I have more to play than I got the time for.
80's overdrive isnt out on 3DS eshop?
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