Nintendo’s European eShop holds some fantastic sales this week for those who love a good bargain on the digital store. Last week, The Legend of Zelda sale kicked off on behalf of Hyrule Warriors‘ release later this month, and now there’s more on offer including A Link to the Past (SNES) for Wii U, along with Oracle of Seasons & Ages (GBC) for 3DS. Remember, you can still receive a 10 per cent discount on Hyrule Warriors in the eShop when it releases on September 19, but only if you’ve purchased another Zelda title on the same NNID.
Along with the Zelda sale, publisher Rising Star Games is offering up a plethora of sales on its titles to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. Many titles, including Harvest Moon and BIT Trip Saga, are up to 50 per cent off in the special sale. You can check out all the new releases for both eShops, plus their sales in the list below.
Wii U eShop
- Teslagrad (Rain Games) – €14.99/£13.99
- Super Mario Ball (Nintendo, GBA VC) – €6.99/£6.29
- Wooden Sen’Sey Demo (Neko Entertainment) – Free
- Hyrule Warriors – €44.99 / £35.99 (usually €49.99 / £39.99) – only if you own another Zelda title on the same NNID.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, SNES VC) – €4.99/£3.43 until September 18 (usually €7.99/£5.49)
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Nintendo, GBA VC) – €4.99/£4.49 until September 18 (usually €6.99/£6.29)
- Mega Man Extreme 2 (Capcom, GBC VC) – €4.99/£4.49
- Comic Workshop (Collavier) – €5.99/£5.39
- Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper Vol. 1 (Nintendo) – €24.99/£19.99
- Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper Vol. 2 (Nintendo) – €24.99/£19.99
- Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper Vol. 3 (Nintendo) – €24.99/£19.99
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX (Nintendo, GBC VC) – €3.99/£3.59 until September 18 (usually €5.99/£5.39)
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Nintendo, GBC VC) – €3.99/£3.59 until September 18 (usually €5.99/£5.39)
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Nintendo, GBC VC) – €3.99/£3.59 until September 18 (usually €5.99/£5.39)
- Bit Boy!! ARCADE (Bplus) – €4.99/£4.49 until September 24 (usually €7.99/£7.19)
- Bibi & Tina – Das Spiel zum Kinofilm (Kiddinx) – €24.99 until November 12 (usually €34.99)
- Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (ATLUS) – €29.99/£24.99 permanent price drop (was €39.99/£31.99)
Rising Star Games Sale – All discounts end on September 25
- BIT TRIP SAGA – €7.99/£7.20 (usually €19.99/£17.99)
- Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi – €11.99/£11.99 (usually €29.99/£29.99)
- Hometown Story – €14.99/£14.99 (usually €29.99/£29.99)
- Virtue’s Last Reward – €12.49/£9.99 (usually €24.99/£19.99)
- Girls’ Fashion Shoot – €7.99/£7.99 (usually €19.99/£19.99)
- Beyblade: Evolution – €9.99/£9.99 (usually €19.99/£19.99)
- Shifting World – €7.99/£7.20 (usually €19.99/£17.99)
- Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns – €9.99/£8.99 (usually€19.99/£17.99)
- Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2 – €4.99/£4.49 (usually €19.99/£17.99)
- Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2 – €4.99/£4.49 (usually €19.99/£17.99)
- Super Black Bass 3D – €4.99/£4.49 (usually €19.99/£17.99)
Nintendo of America has just announced which games you’ll be able to download this week from the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. If you’re not looking to spend any cash then it’s worth noting that a playable demo for Theatrhythmfinalfantasy: Curtain Call will be available as a free download. Here’s the games for this week.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Nobunaga’s Ambition – Nobunaga’s Ambition is a game set in Japan’s Warring States period, a turbulent age when feudal warlords battled for control of the country. As the ruler of a fief, you choose your own path to conquest: Will you wage war on your neighbors or rely on diplomacy? Use economic sanctions or send ninja assassins? Use all of your ingenuity and resources to unite Japan under your banner.
- NintendoeShop on Wii U
- Cubemen 2 – Create, share and destroy with more than 8,000 user-generated levels. Cubemen 2 is a fast-paced, cross-platform 3D strategy game in which the player controls an army of Cubemen, using them to battle against enemies in a range of modes, including Capture the Flag, Skirmish and Territory. You can even create and share your own levels using the game’s built-in level editor. Click here to watch a trailer for this game.
- NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
- THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL – Demo Version – Tap into a timeless legacy of music. Download the THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL demo today to try out two songs from the full-version game, which will launch on Sept. 16, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. Transfer your save data from the demo to the full game to access more characters from the start. Click here to watch a trailer for this game.
- Virtual Console on Nintendo3DS
- Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight – It’s been 25 years since Ken left the glory days of his fighting career. In Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight, navigate across the galaxy as Ken follows the trail of his friend’s murderer. Jump, climb and fight your way past monstrous enemies as you complete the objective for each stage. Just like in his days in the Street Fighter world, Ken can punch and kick his way through danger, but he can also fire power shots from a distance. Will Ken be able to find justice at the end of his journey? Click here to watch a trailer for this game.
- NintendoeShop Sales
- We’re celebrating the upcoming launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS with a sale! Starting at 9 a.m. PT today through 8:59 a.m. PT Oct. 2, save up to 33 percent on select games that helped make your favorite fighters famous. This week includes Mario, Yoshi and more classic Nintendo characters.
- Brunch Panic is 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 15 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
- My Vet Practice 3D – In the Country and My Baby Pet Hotel 3D from Treva Entertainment are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
- World Conqueror 3D is 33 percent off (reduced from $5.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 25 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
- Adventure Island – Sept. 11 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
- Wild Guns – Sept. 18 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
- Legend of the River King 2 – Sept. 18 (Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS)
- Jett Tailfin for Wii U is being reduced to $24.95 (from $34.95) starting on Sept. 4.
Also new this week:
Square Enix and Nintendo Europe have announced via a press release that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call demo will be on the European eShop this Thursday for you to check out. The sequel to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy expands on the original in every way, with over three times as many songs and twice as many playable characters as its predecessor.
Two Deluxe Downloadable Kirby Games: Bounce or battle with two new titles available today at $6.99 each in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe are standalone downloadable games that first made an appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and are now updated with enhanced game-play features.
In Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe, players move Dedede across the stage, bouncing to the beat in seven new stages exclusive to this downloadable version. In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, players use different copy abilities to defeat all of the arena opponents. This version includes five new stages and a new team battle feature. Players who already own Kirby: Triple Deluxe with StreetPass data will get bonus content in both downloadable games.
Some interesting information has come from Nintendo’s Unite 2014 video which you can watch above. One of the most alarming pieces of information is the male and female gender ratio. Only 7% of eShop users are female while the majority are male at 93%. Whether this is a good indication of the overall gender split on Wii U isn’t clear, but it seems as though Nintendo has struggled to capture female gamers with Wii U.
- 90+% of Wii U consoles online
- 70+% of connected users (i.e. 63% overall) visit eShop on a “regular basis. Many of those people are repeat.”
Wii U eShop demographics
- 0-12 – 1%
- 13-17 – 5%
- 18-24 – 33%
- 25-34 – 46%
- 35+ – 14%
- M/F – 93/7
Damon Baker of Nintendo of America has revealed in the recent Unity video that Gone Home will be coming to Nintendo’s latest home console. Baker wouldn’t reveal a date, only saying that the indie title will be coming in the near future. If you’re unaware of Gone Home then you can check it out in the video above.
Nintendo of America has revealed which particular games you can download this week from the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShop. The big games this week include Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Azure Striker GUNVOLT which are both for Nintendo 3DS. Here’s the games you can download this week.
- NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
- Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Join forces with expert investigator Professor Layton and ace attorney Phoenix Wright in this unbelievable crossover adventure. Find out what new twists they bring to the courtroom as they solve puzzles and debunk witnesses’ lies. Cross-examine multiple witnesses at the same time to uncover the mysteries of the magical city of Labyrinthia.Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS at midnight ET on Aug. 29. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- Azure Striker GUNVOLT – From Inti Creates and featuring the talents of Keiji Inafune, the creator of the Mega Man series, Azure Striker GUNVOLT takes the best aspects of Japanese 16-bit classics and updates them with new play mechanics and slick graphics. For a limited time, the game comes with a free digital code to download the 8-bit nostalgia-fueled MIGHTY GUNVOLT as well. Azure Striker GUNVOLT will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Aug. 29. Click here to watch a trailer forAzure Striker GUNVOLT.
- Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter – Pilot one of three Skyfighters across alien worlds to protect Earth. Push your dogfighting skills to their limits in this futuristic 3D aerial shooter, available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Clickhere to watch a trailer for the game.
- Virtual Console on Wii U
- Mega Man X3 – Every Thursday in August, Nintendo and Capcomare bringing classic Mega Man games to the Virtual Console service in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. Mega Man X and his partner, Zero, must discover why an antivirus has failed to turn robots from destructive Mavericks into peace-loving Reploids. Run, jump, dash, scale walls, avoid obstacles and fight enemies in eight challenging stages as you hunt for the latest cure.
- NintendoeShop on Wii U
- SteamWorld Dig – After its positive reception on Nintendo 3DS, indie hit SteamWorld Dig is making its way to Wii U for the first time. In this platform mining adventure, take on the role of Rusty as he arrives at an old mining town in great need. Explore an underground world full of secrets, treasure and terrors with interface elements that use the Wii U GamePad controller. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- The Fall – Explore an alien world in this unique blend of action game play and adventure-game puzzles in The Fall, which launched Aug. 26. Take on the role of ARID, the artificial intelligence within a high-tech combat suit, as you struggle to save the suit’s unconscious human occupant. Get ready for a disturbing and engrossing journey as you explore the world of The Fall. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.
- NintendoeShop Sales
- Select Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games from Capcom are now up to 60 percent off in the Nintendo eShop. This offer is valid until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 4.
- Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.95) from 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 3 through 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 24 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
- Soccer Up 3D is 71 percent off (reduced from $6.99 to $1.99) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 17 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
- Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight – Sept. 1 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
- Nobunaga’s Ambition – Sept. 4 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
Also new this week: