Thursday has rolled around yet again, and with it comes another new Nintendo Download update. This week's haul is an impressive one, with triple-A ports, indie darlings, Neo Geo revivals and enough games in between to satisfy even the pickiest of player out there.
Which ones will you be adding to your collection? Perhaps a little horror in Layers Of Fear: Legacy, some doggy conundrums in Puzzle Puppers or a splash of 8-bit JRPG action in the Switch version of Dragon Sinker? Be sure to add your choices to the poll below as well...
PAYDAY 2 (Starbreeze Studios, €49.99 / £44.99) - PAYDAY 2 is an action-packed, four-player co-op shooter that once again lets gamers don the masks of the original PAYDAY crew - Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf and Chains - as they descend on Washington DC for an epic crime spree. Up to four friends co-operate on each heist, and as the crew progresses the heists get bigger, better and more rewarding. Along with earning more money and becoming an infamous criminal comes new customization that lets players build and alter their guns and gear.
Layers of Fear: Legacy (Bloober Team, €19.99 / £17.99) - Layers of Fear: Legacy is a psychological and psychedelic horror game about a madness-engulfed painter striving to create his Magnum Opus. Learn the dark story of his past while gathering carefully crafted personal items that can be found in the game. Traverse the vision-induced, constantly changing house full of supernatural phenomena, where each move of the camera can shift the environment, and discover the true motive of the artist. - Read our Layers of Fear: Legacy review
Hollow (Forever Entertainment, £16.19 - special offer price runs until 08/03, normally £17.99) - When you dock with Shakhter-One, it is clear that something has gone horribly wrong. The crew is missing and the entire facility is dealing with catastrophic power issues. As you start to uncover the ship's terrifying secrets, Shakhter-One threatens to take your identity, your sanity, and – ultimately – your life.
Old Man's Journey (Broken Rules, €9.99 / £8.99) - Old Man’s Journey, a soul-searching puzzle adventure, tells a story of life, loss, reconciliation, and hope. Entrenched in a beautifully sunkissed and handcrafted world, embark on a heartfelt journey interwoven with lighthearted and pressure-free puzzle solving. - Read our Old Man's Journey review
POOL (Sabec , €7.99 / £7.19) - An Easy to play POOL game for all ages, play against another person (2 player) or against the Ai (artificial intelligent) player and rediscover the fun and excitement of this classic arcade game. With stunning high definition 3D graphics and realistic physics, you will feel like you are playing on a real table.
Puzzle Puppers (Cardboard Keep , €4.99 / £4.49) - Puzzle Puppers is a puzzle game about stretching cute dogs to their food bowls. Easy to learn, difficult to master with deceptively simple puzzles and mechanics.
Space Dave (Choice Provisions, €7.99 / £7.19) - Space Dave!, the spiritual successor to the hit game Woah Dave!, is a modern take on the fixed shooters of yesteryear. Defend your ground against the alien onslaught! Protect your terrain from their endless arsenal of weapons! - Read our Space Dave review
10 Second Run RETURNS (BLUE PRINT, €5.00 / £4.32) - The action game, "10 Second Run" is back! The rules (and controls) are simple: "Move Sideways" and "Jump & Dash" to get to the finish line in under 10 seconds! Unlock different types of stick figures as you clear the stages! Run solo or race against others in multiplayer mode! Any time, any where, with anyone, simply run, run, run! You'll be surprised how much excitement is packed in 10 seconds- and how long 10 seconds can be! - Read our 10 Second Run RETURNS review
Arcade Archives HEROIC EPISODE (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - “HEROIC EPISODE” is a shooting game released by IREM in 1986. The people of Mule are facing destruction at the hands of the Gasp Empire. Control a heroic soldier on the ground and in the air as they battle their way to retrieve the stolen goddess statue. Utilize their maser with its normal shots and power-up shots to wage this battle.
ACA NEOGEO MAGICAL DROP III (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) - "Magical Drop III" is a puzzle game released in 1997 by Data East. With adjustments and additions to the system from Magical Drop II, this version is much more lively and chain-based than its predecessor. Along with the addition of the Magical Journey mode, there are now more ways to enjoy the action.
Ace of Seafood (Nussoft, €7.39 / £6.69) - You can now openly admit to the desire we all share to become seafood. Because ACE OF SEAFOOD is an action game where you can form a party of up to 6 fish, crustaceans etc. and scavenge the depths of ocean while battling other life forms and increasing the strength of your own forces. Fish, crabs, squid, sharks, seals... even warships. Open world level design lets you freely explore the sea, taking control of a wide variety of life forms. As you win more battles, you will gain access to more unique and powerful lifeforms. By the way, life forms in this world have the ability to shoot powerful laser beams that can destroy pretty much anything.
Dragon Sinker (KEMCO, €12.99 / £11.69) - Employing 8-bit graphics and sound that hark back to the golden era of RPGs, Dragon Sinker brings a visual and audio feast to the table of hungry gamers starving for the nostalgia of the great classics of yesteryear!
PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 PLUS (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, €19.99 / £16.99) - The PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 series has finally come to the Nintendo Switch in the name of “PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS!” Featuring eye-popping high resolution 3D graphics and funky visuals, the latest version of the classic game takes chomping and chasing through mazes to a whole new level! Play by yourself or with your friends in the all new Co-op game, PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS 2P – exclusive only to the Switch! Get on the train, the ultimate PAC experience is coming! - Read our PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 PLUS review
Radiation Island (Atypical Games, €9.99 / £8.99) - Radiation Island is a survival adventure game where you craft your own destiny in a huge open world environment. As part of the Philadelphia Experiment you have become stranded in a parallel, alternate reality. Discover this new and mysterious world, with all its surprises. Use everything you find to survive it and solve its puzzle to get back to the real world.
Spacecats with Lasers (Bitten Toast Games, €4.99 / £4.49) - Spacecats with Lasers is the ultimate combat experience in the meowverse! Fight the evil spacerats in this frenetic wave-shooter and aim to defeat the pug king!
Superola and the Lost Burgers (Undergames, €5.99 / £4.99) - Superola and The Lost Burgers is an epic retro style platforming adventure, in which you’ll have to guide a burger loving llama in its quest to defeat the Hotdog Aliens and recover the stolen hamburgers... before they get cold! - Read our Superola and the Lost Burgers review
New 3DS eShop
RTO 2 (nuGAME, €9.99 / £8.99) - RTO 2 is a side scrolling first person shooter with elements from the survival horror genre. Take control of a 6-man team through four episodes and do your best to survive and complete your mission. RTO 2 features randomly generated levels and permadeath. It will pitch you up against hordes of enemies and test your survival skills.
SteamWorld Dig 2 (Image & Form, €19.99 / £14.99) - SteamWorld Dig 2 takes you on a platform mining adventure forged in Metroidvania flames. When an old trading town is struck by mysterious earthquakes, it’s up to a lone steambot and her unlikely companion to uncover what trembling terrors lie beneath. - Read our SteamWorld Dig 2 review
Attack On Titan 2 (KOEI TECMO EUROPE, €69.99 / £54.99, pre-order from 22/02/2018) - Pre-Order until 19.03.2018, 23:59 local time Game description: Abandon all fear. A.O.T. 2 is the gripping sequel to the action game based on the worldwide hit anime series "Attack on Titan." Experience the immense story of the anime alongside Eren and his companions, as they fight to save humanity from the threat of the deadly human devouring Titans. Try your hand in operating the omni-directional mobility gear, manoeuvring and flying through the sky to counter the Titans, and feel the thrill and satisfaction of battling giant opponents.
A.O.T. 2 Deluxe Edition (KOEI TECMO EUROPE, €109.99 / £89.99, pre-order from 22/02/2018) - Pre-Order until 19.03.2018, 23:59 local time Game description:【Deluxe Edition Contents】 ・"A.O.T. 2" Game ・20 piece additional outfit set *Additional outfits included with this set can also be purchased separately. Be careful to avoid making a redundant purchase. *After purchasing this content and receiving your additional outfits, you cannot cancel your purchase, regardless of whether you have downloaded the relevant items.
A Normal Lost Phone (Plug In Digital, €5.99 / £5.49, pre-order from 22/02/2018) - Pre-Order until 01.03.2018, 14:59 CET Game description: A Normal Lost Phone is a game about exploring the intimacy of an unknown person whose phone was found by the player. The game takes the shape of a narrative investigation: you have to search the phone’s text messages, pictures and applications, in order to learn about its former owner. Through this phone, you uncover Sam’s life, friends, family and relationships, until the evening when they turn 18 and mysteriously disappear.
Little Triangle (KONANDENKI, €12.99 / £11.69, pre-order from 22/02/2018) - Pre-Order until 01.03.2018, 14:59 local time Game description: “Little Triangle” is a side-scrolling action game. Button operations are simply walking and jumping. Complete the stages by defeating the unique enemy characters and bosses!
Packet Queen # (Studio F-Sharp, €4.99 / £3.99, pre-order from 22/02/2018) - Pre-Order until 01.03.2018, 08:59 local time Game description: Divide up the packets that appear one after another, and aim to get a higher score than your opponent. This is a competitive-type active solitaire game where you aim for a high score by gathering the necessary packets while avoiding specific colors and putting them together in poker-style hands. There are 39 stickers to collect based on how you play. Includes VS Mode where you can compete against other players over the Internet. Aim for a high rank after completing story mode!
- Hollow (Forever Entertainment) now €17.99 / £16.19 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €19.99 / £17.99
- Typoman (Wales Interactive) now €10.39 / £7.99 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €12.99 / £9.99
- Toki Tori 2+: Nintendo Switch Edition (Two Tribes Publishing) now €9.99 / £9.03 until Fri 9th Mar, normally €14.99 / £13.49
- Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition (Ratalaika Games) now €6.79 / £6.79 until Mon 5th Mar, normally €7.99 / £7.99
- Detention (Coconut Island Games) now €8.39 / £7.59 until Thu 1st Mar, normally €10.49 / £9.49
- Manticore - Galaxy on Fire (Koch Media) now €17.99 / £16.19 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €19.99 / £17.99
- Heart&Slash (BLG-Publishing) now €12.59 / £11.33 until Wed 21st Mar, normally €13.99 / £12.59
- Nightmare Boy (Badland Games) now €8.99 / £8.09 until Wed 21st Mar, normally €9.99 / £8.99
- Nuclien (SPRINGLOADED) now €2.59 / £2.24 until Wed 28th Feb, normally €3.49 / £2.99
- Ultra Hyperball (SPRINGLOADED) now €6.99 / £6.29 until Wed 28th Feb, normally €9.99 / £8.99
- Black the Fall (SandSailorStudio) now €11.99 / £9.59 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €14.90 / £11.99
- Nine Parchments (Frozenbyte) now €14.99 / £13.49 until Thu 15th Mar, normally €19.99 / £17.99
- Tumblestone (QuantumAstroGuild) now €7.79 / £7.19 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €12.99 / £11.99
- Slime-san (Fabraz) now €8.03 / £6.70 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €11.99 / £10.00
- Sparkle Unleashed (10Tons) now €6.39 / £5.59 until Wed 28th Feb, normally €7.99 / £6.99
- Mad Carnage (QubicGames) now €3.99 / £3.59 until Mon 19th Mar, normally €4.99 / £4.49
New Nintendo 3DS
- Breakout Defense (nuGAME) now €4.90 / £4.20 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €7.00 / £6.00
- Christmas Night Archery (Petite Games) now €1.49 / £1.34 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €1.99 / £1.79
- Halloween Night Archery (Petite Games) now €1.49 / £1.34 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €1.99 / £1.79
- Carps & Dragons (Abylight) now €1.99 / £1.79 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €4.99 / £4.49
- Football Up Online (EnjoyUp Games) now €1.99 / £1.79 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €3.99 / £3.59
- Kung Fu FIGHT! (Nostatic Software) now €1.68 / £1.49 until Thu 1st Mar, normally €2.25 / £1.99
- 99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games) now €1.24 / £1.14 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €2.49 / £2.29
- Absolutely Unstoppable MineRun (Yappa Pie) now €1.97 / £1.64 until Thu 8th Mar, normally €3.59 / £2.99
- Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games) now €1.24 / £1.14 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €2.49 / £2.29
- Double Breakout (nuGAME) now €4.90 / £4.20 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €7.00 / £6.00
- Kung Fu FIGHT! (Nostatic Software) now €1.49 / £1.11 until Thu 1st Mar, normally €1.99 / £1.49
- Pinball Breakout (nuGame) now €4.90 / £4.20 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €7.00 / £6.00
- Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games) now €2.99 / £2.69 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €5.99 / £5.39
- STEEL RIVALS (nuGAME) now €4.89 / £4.19 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €6.99 / £5.99
- Tumblestone (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild) now €14.99 / £11.99 until Thu 22nd Mar, normally €24.99 / £19.99
DLC / Add-On Content
- Pinball FX3 - Pinball FX3 - Jurassic World Pinball (ZEN Studios) - €9.99 / £8.99
- Dragon Sinker - Boost Scroll (KEMCO) - €4.99 / £4.49
- Dragon Sinker - Encounter Scroll (KEMCO) - €1.99 / £1.79
- Dragon Sinker - Experience Scroll (KEMCO) - €4.99 / £4.49
- Dragon Sinker - Full Recovery Scroll (KEMCO) - €3.99 / £3.59
- Dragon Sinker - Job Points Scroll (KEMCO) - €2.99 / £2.69
- Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology: Rage of the Fallen (Deep Silver) - €2.49 / £2.29
- Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology: Under the Moonlight (Deep Silver) - €2.49 / £2.29
What are you downloading this week? (90 votes)
- PAYDAY 23%
- Layers of Fear: Legacy7%
- Old Man's Journey 0%
- Puzzle Puppers 0%
- Space Dave1%
- 10 Second Run RETURNS2%
- Arcade Archives HEROIC EPISODE1%
- ACA NEOGEO MAGICAL DROP III7%
- Ace of Seafood 0%
- Dragon Sinker1%
- PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 PLUS7%
- Radiation Island3%
- Spacecats with Lasers 0%
- Superola and the Lost Burgers 0%
- RTO 21%
- SteamWorld Dig 23%
- Toki Tori 2+: Nintendo Switch Edition3%
- Twin Robots: Ultimate Edition 0%
- Detention 0%
- Manticore - Galaxy on Fire1%
- Heart&Slash 0%
- Nightmare Boy 0%
- Nuclien 0%
- Ultra Hyperball 0%
- Black the Fall1%
- Nine Parchments 0%
- Tumblestone 0%
- Sparkle Unleashed 0%
- Mad Carnage 0%
- Breakout Defense 0%
- Christmas Night Archery 0%
- Halloween Night Archery 0%
- Carps & Dragons 0%
- Football Up Online 0%
- Kung Fu FIGHT! 0%
- 99Seconds 0%
- Absolutely Unstoppable MineRun 0%
- Darts Up 0%
- Double Breakout 0%
- Kung Fu FIGHT! 0%
- Pinball Breakout1%
- Rock 'N Racing Off Road 0%
- STEEL RIVALS 0%
- Nothing for me!34%
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Well, that's it for this week's Nintendo Download update on the EU eShops. Be sure to add your picks to the poll above (even if you're not actually picking anything up) and drop us a comment or two below while you're at it...