This week’s Nintendo eShop update has screeched in for Europe, with Mario Kart 64 shifting gear to see release on Wii U’s Virtual Console service.
Super Icon’s Life of Pixel and Adventures of Pip from Tic Toc Games also become available on the Nintendo eShop, with the Nintendo 3DS welcoming a Project X Zone 2 demo alongside three new releases.
Permanent Price Drop (Wii U)
- Stone Shire, Finger Gun Games – £1.79 (€1.99), previously £4.49 (€4.99)
Special Offers (Wii U)
- Super Toy Cars, Eclipse Games – £3.49 (€3.99) until 28th January 2016, normally £6.99 (€7.99)
- The Quiet Collection, Nostatic Software – £2.39 (€3.59) until 31st January 2016, normally £2.99 (€4.49)
Virtual Console (Wii U)
- Mario Kart 64, Nintendo – £8.99 (€9.99)
The sequel to the acclaimed Super Mario Kart had a lot to live up to, and Mario Kart 64 succeeded beyond all expectations! This Nintendo 64 hit turbocharged the series with fully 3D courses, introduced the Mini Turbo technique to sliding, added Wario and Donkey Kong, and brought us the now infamous blue Spiny Shell. Mario Kart 64 also saw the introduction of favourite courses like Toad’s Turnpike, Royal Raceway and Yoshi Valley – still going strong in the series today!
Wii U Download Software
- Adventures of Pip, Tic Toc Games – £11.79 (€13.06)
Adventures of Pip revitalizes the classic side-scrolling action platform genre. Pip – the ultimate digital underdog – is a lowly single pixel in a 32-bit world who proves that you can’t judge a hero by the fidelity of his shaders. During the game, Pip gains the ability to evolve and grow by absorbing pixels from his fallen foes. Those same pixels can then be used to blast through environment puzzles and enemies, devolving Pip back to a single pixel. Players will explore five stylized worlds and experience up to 10 hours of epic adventure saving Pip’s village from the evil Queen DeRezzia. Inspired by classic platformers, Adventures of Pip basks in a world where players can defeat a huge 32-bit boss as a single pixel or even as an 8-bit character. With three different forms, evolve and devolve Pip to solve puzzles and defeat enemies; each with their own weakness and strength that must be unraveled throughout the campaign.
- Life of Pixel, Super Icon – €9.99
Journey across the expertly-recreated worlds of more than a dozen vintage gaming systems. Life of Pixel takes you on a historical tour-de-force across the rich landscape of 8-bit and 16-bit gaming. Experience chock-full of tricks & traps, double jumps, gravity inversion, secrets & specials. Vanquish the enemy pixels and bosses who try to thwart you throughout your quest. Uncover dozens of special secrets: look out for jetpacks, bubbles to fly, trampolines, hidden rooms and maps, aeroplanes, skateboards and even a Sinclair C5! Fire pixel from a cannon, reach high areas by bouncing on a trampoline, use the Super Potion to defeat enemies, smash the baddies with the mine cart, uncover secrets with the Bomb. Enjoy a variety of beautiful pixel art from classic 8 & 16-bit game systems as well as fantastic chip music soundtrack.
3DS HOME Menu Themes
- Mario-Hanafuda, Nintendo – £1.79 (€1.99)
This colourful theme features Mario character Hanafuda cards, Japanese-style audio and Mario and Toad playing a game.
- Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: Story Theme, NIS America – £0.89 (€0.99)
A knight, a princess in distress, and a group of adventurers will support you on your adventure with this Story Theme!
- The Legend of Dark Witch – AI Theme, CIRCLE Entertainment – £0.89 (€0.99)
- The Legend of Dark Witch – Klinsy Theme, CIRCLE Entertainment – £0.89 (€0.99)
- The Legend of Dark Witch – Papelne Theme, CIRCLE Entertainment – £0.89 (€0.99)
- The Legend of Dark Witch – Riva Theme, CIRCLE Entertainment – £0.89 (€0.99)
- The Legend of Dark Witch – Sola Theme, CIRCLE Entertainment – £0.89 (€0.99)
- The Legend of Dark Witch – Stoj Theme, CIRCLE Entertainment – £0.89 (€0.99)
- The Legend of Legacy: The Chibi Adventurers Theme, CIRCLE Entertainment – £0.89 (€0.99)
Journey with the seven adventurers and discover the mysteries of Avalon!
3DS Download Demo
- Project X Zone 2, Bandai Namco Entertainment – Free
Worlds are crossing once again! In the sequel to the original world crossing adventure, legendary characters from Japan’s most prolific video game publishers come together to create the biggest mash-up strategy game ever! Developed by Monolith Soft, Project X Zone 2 gives gamers the opportunity to play as their favourite characters from a multitude of franchises, form teams of characters hailing from classic and current franchises, and engage enemies through strategic turn-based battles.
3DS Download Software
- Goosebumps: The Game, GameMill – £19.99 (€24.99)
The walk home from school today is going to be a lot spookier than usual… Your sleepy neighbourhood’s been overrun by monsters! Werewolves prowl the woods, Gnomes roam underfoot, and scarecrows walk at midnight. But these aren’t ordinary monsters – they’re R.L. Stine’s famous Goosebumps monsters, released from their books and looking to wreak havoc! You’ll need to use your wits to investigate the surroundings, puzzle out clues, and outsmart the monsters before it’s too late! Survive a trek through your neighbourhood, unravel the mysteries of the Dead House, and sneak through the mall after hours; only then can you confront Slappy and stop his plans for revenge!
- Moco Moco Friends, Aksys Games – £26.98 (€36.50)
Moco Moco Friends is an exciting twist on the adventure RPG genre. Build your skills and amass loads of cuddly monsters to become the ultimate Plushkin Master! Battle against your rivals, scavenge items, venture through massive dungeons, evolve your Plushkin monsters, and travel with your companions across the magical realm of Dreamtopia!
- Radiohammer, Aksys Games – £3.98 (€5.48)
Rock the beat with Radiohammer in this rhythm action romp developed by Arc System Works and Vinyl Lab! Play as the world’s most famous super DJs and protect the peace with the power of love and music! Drop the beat on the bad guys as you shuck and jive your way through hordes of the morally maligned! Time your strikes to make the world a safer, funkier place with your superior sonic skills and impeccable rhythm. Take down massive villains and fend off furious flashers with groovy tunes and masterful mixes.