After more delays than we can recall Watch_Dogs finally arrives on the Wii U eShop this Thursday. While the retail version – due out Friday – can be found for around £35 online, the eShop version has been marked up at a hefty £49.99.
On top of this there are two additional add-ons – Conspiracy! sees Aiden take a ‘digital trip’ to battle cyborgs and is priced at £3.99 while the Access Granted Pack costs £5.49 and includes 3 missions, 6 skins and access to “powerful” perks.
Although it’s great to see Ubisoft supporting the game with DLC, that £49.99 price tag strikes us as incredibly steep considering the PS4/Xbox One versions can now be found for around the £20-£25 mark. It’s hardly the way to thank those who have been waiting patiently.
We’re also currently in the dark as to how the Wii U version performs. Presumably it’s somewhere between the last and current gen versions, a la EA’s impressive NFS: Most Wanted conversion. Presumably. Hopefully reviews will appear before Friday.
Also on the Wii U eShop this week: Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric (£39.99), scrolling brawler Rock Zombie (£6.29) and two SNES VC releases courtesy of Natsume – Wild Guns (£5.49) and Natsume Championship Wrestling (also £5.49). Nintendo’s press release notes that if you already own either on Wii these two re-releases can be had for a special price. How “special” though is a mystery.
The PAL version of Wild Guns is worth a small fortune, so to see it on Wii U pleases us. Natsume Championship Wrestling meanwhile was never released in Europe, making it a likewise welcome addition to the Wii U’s VC library.
Natume are also bringing Lufia: The Legend Returns to 3DS VC this week, priced at £4.49. This Game Boy Color RPG reviewed reasonably well when it was first released back in 2001.
That’s being joined by 101 Pony Pets 3D (£3.59), Tetris Ultimate (£15.99) and movie tie-in Asterix The Mansions of the Gods (£29.99). A demo of that last one is also due on Thursday. “Walk through the village, hunt wild boar, make the bard stop singing and prepare the final victory banquet!” reads the press release. Sounds like a tenuous mini-game collection to us.
Then there’s Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (£34.99), which like it’s Wii U counterpart has been getting incredibly unenthusiastic reviews. Still, Nintendo are giving away a free 3DS theme to “celebrate” its release. That’s got to be worth switching the 3DS on for.
Shin Megami Tensei IV gets a couple of pieces of DLC too – Snake Scale Equipment costs 75p and adds three delivery quests with exclusive armour while Clipped Wings 2 costs £1.49 and allows players to battle Archangels Gabriel and Michael.
Finally there’s Around the World in 80 Days (£7.19) for DSiware. It’s yet another match-three puzzler, would you believe.