The Nintendo Download Update is live in Europe, and it’s a crowded line-up to pore over. This week sees the arrival of the Splatoon 2 Global Testfire download and a Neo Geo title on Switch, while there’s a glut of interesting options on Wii U and 3DS – let’s get to it!
Nintendo Switch eShop
Splatoon 2 Global Testfire (Nintendo, free) – With online sessions coming up in a little over a week this download is now available to download in Europe – it’s only listed as 410MB, so it’ll happily fit onto your system’s internal memory; you can’t actually play it yet, of course.
The King of Fighters ’94 (HAMSTER, €6.99 / £6.29) – We’ve already had The King of Fighters ’98 on the Switch eShop, but why not go back to a previous entry? We quite enjoyed this one in our original review. This is part of the ACA series, and so features various menu options and online leaderboards.
Wii U eShop
Sky Force Anniversary (Infinite Dreams, €7.99 / £7.19 until 23rd March, normally €9.99 / £8.99) – A shmup released to some critical acclaim a decade ago, it arrives in remastered form promising improved visuals and a ‘powerful upgrade system’. The Wii U has had some decent shooters like this over the years, so we’ll see how this one stacks up.
ACE – Alien Cleanup Elite (Nitrolic Games, €5.00 / £4.49) – Definitely riffing on run and gun action titles from the ’90s, it’ll be interesting to see whether this one can rise above some rather iffy screenshots to be a fun game.
Double Breakout II (nuGAME, €7.00 / £6.00) – 20 new stages, but otherwise seemingly along the same lines as its predecessor; it’s Breakout for up to two players, and we’re not sure what else there is to say.
Wii U Virtual Console
Dungeon Explorer (Konami, €5.99 / £5.39) – The TurboGrafx-16 is back on the Wii U with this action RPG that supports up to five (!) players.
Neutopia (Konami, €5.99 / £5.39 ) – Another action RPG as Konami leverages the properties it acquired from Hudson in the past, we rather enjoyed this TurboGrafx-16 title when we reviewed it on the Wii Virtual Console.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Secret Files: Tunguska (Deep Silver, €2.49 / £2.24 until 23rd March, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games, €1.24 / £1.14 until 13th April, normally €2.49 / £2.29)
Darts Up (EnjoyUp Games, €1.24 / £1.14 until 13th April, normally €2.49 / £2.29)
Rock ‘n Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games, €2.99 / £2.69 until 13th April, normally €5.99 / £5.39)
Breakout Defense (nuGAME, €5.00 / £5.00 until 13th April, normally €7.00 / £7.00)
Maze Break (nuGAME, €5.00 / £5.00 until 13th April, normally €7.00 / £7.00)
Frontier Days – Founding Pioneers (CIRCLE Entertainment, €5.99 / £5.79) – This frontier building sim title actually came to Switch as a launch release, but now arrives without the ‘New’ part of the name and at a lower price on the 3DS eShop. We’ll see whether it’s worth a look for sim fans.
Kung Fu FIGHT! (Nostatic Games, €2.25 / £1.99) – This twitch-reaction runner was previously released on Wii U; there are multiple difficulty modes available and we gave this a recommendation in our Kung Fu FIGHT! review.
Parascientific Escape: Gear Detective (CIRCLE Entertainment, €5.00) – A follow-up to a bit of a surprise gem from 2016; this was actually released a couple of weeks ago, but the Euro-only listing here indicates it’s arriving in additional countries.
New Nintendo 3DS
6180 the moon (Turtle Cream, €3.99 / £3.59) – Previously on Wii U, this platformer sees players take control of the moon on a journey to find the sun. It uses two screens for the playing field, requiring players to look between the two as the moon bounces high and low. We loved this in our 6180 the moon Wii U review.
Double Breakout (nuGAME, €7.00 / £6.00) – It seems we’re seeing a mini-revival of Breakout games; this effort from nuGAME (previously on Wii U) promises to blend elements of Breakout and Pong over 20 stages (with support for two players).
DON’T CRASH GO (RCMADIAX, €1.49 / £1.39) – A portable iteration of this simple score chaser; we were scathing in our assessment of the original in our DON’T CRASH review.
FOUR BOMBS (RCMADIAX, €1.49 / £1.39) – This appears to be conceptually similar to Minesweeper, as you take on randomly generated levels to find and identify bombs on a grid.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse (Deep Silver, €27.99 / £24.49 until 23rd March, normally €39.99 / £34.99)
7th Dragon III Code: VFD (Deep Silver, €29.99 / £26.24 until 23rd March, normally €39.99 / £34.99)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €5.99 / £5.39 until 23rd March, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Alien on the Run (Joindots, €3.34 / £2.80 until 30th March, normally €4.99 / £4.19)
Crazy Construction (Joindots, €4.68 / £3.34 until 30th March, normally €6.99 / £4.99)
Football Up Online (Joindots, €2.95 / £2.65 until 13th April, normally €3.99 / £3.59)
3DS eShop Permanent Discounts
Disney 2-Pack Frozen / Big Hero 6 Combo (GameMill, €19.99 / £14.99, previously €29.99 / £19.99)
Hyperlight EX (CatfishBlues Games, €2.99 / £2.49, previously €4.99 / £4.59)
3DS HOME Themes
Crollors Yellow Green Theme (NVriezen, €0.99 / £0.80)
JC towards the black meteorite (Atlantyca, €0.99 / £0.89)
I Saurini al meteorite nero (Atlantyca, €0.99)
JC laugh together (Atlantyca, €0.99 / £0.89)
I Saurini ridono insieme (Atlantyca, €0.99)
Jurassic Cubs and Nichus (Atlantyca, €1.49 / £1.39)
I Saurini e Nichus (Atlantyca, €1.49)
JC 3pack – Number 3 (Atlantyca, €2.49 / £2.29)
I Saurini 3 pack Numero 3 (Atlantyca, €2.49)
Hello Kitty during Spring (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)
Hello Kitty with her friend (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)
Hello Kitty at the cinema (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)
Hello Kitty punk rock (Sanrio, €0.99 / £0.89)
Yoshiwara Lament (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)
Poppippo (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)
Rin-chan Now! (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)
Paintër (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)
Alien Alien (DWANGO, €1.99 / £1.79)
That’s the line-up for this week’s Nintendo Download Update in Europe. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.