Jun 29
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads 4 Comments

For a second week running the Wii U is being treated to a trio of prime Virtual Console cuts. We thought this may have something to do with Nintendo trying to make amends for the less-than-stellar E3 showing, but it’s more likely a simple case of filling gaps in the eShop schedule.

Just a single Wii U indie release is due this Thursday – Padaone Games’ Roving Rogue (£7.19), a 2D co-op platformer with pixel art visuals. The trailer can be found below and gives a good idea of what to expect – castles environments filled with constantly rising lava and whatnot.

After a three week delay, LEGO Jurassic World finally hits Wii U on Friday. It’s set to cost £34.99 in digital form. Why the delay? Warner never provided an official statement, so your guess is as good as ours.


Then there’s the Ménage à trois of Virtual Console big hitters. We haven’t seen Nintendo fans this excited about impending eShop arrivals since Earthbound landed.

They are the utterly essential The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (£8.99), often forgotten Nintendo DS classic Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (£8.99) and the GBA’s Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (£6.29). The only downer is that Ocarina of Time is the sluggish 50hz PAL version.

Finally for Wii U happenings, there are two discounts to mull over – SDK Paint (£2.99 until 9th July) and the apparently pretty good Zelda-alike Ittle Dew (£4.49 until 30th July).

The biggest 3DS release of the week is undeniably Shingeki no Kyojin: Humanity in Chains (aka Attack on Titan). It’s arriving as a premium priced release – £34.99. Nintendo Life reports that it’s a rough diamond: “An underwhelming presentation and an unwieldily camera make it a tougher sell for non-fans, but if you’re willing to overlook those flaws, unchaining humanity can be a blast”.

That’s joined by the somewhat cheaper Mega Man-alike Mighty Gunvolt (£3.19) and the even cheaper still online pirate ship sim Fantasy Pirates (£1.99). EnjoyUp are at the helm of that last one.

Vertical shooter Karous -The Beast of Re:Eden- (£4.79) is making its 3DS debut in Europe this week too. The original Karous was the last ever official third-party Dreamcast release. Like that game, The Beast of Re:Eden is likely to appeal to hardcore ‘shmup’ fans only.


In addition to the above, three licensed retail downloads also head to 3DS – The Smurfs (£19.99), Paddington: Adventures in London (£24.99) and YAKARI: The Mystery of Four-Seasons (£24.99). Although due to appear on store shelves on Friday, we struggle to find a single screenshots of The Smurfs. Read into that as you will.

This leaves us with the week’s 3DS discounts. Highlights include Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (£11.19 until 16th July), Tappingo (£1.69 until 23rd July), Doodle Jump Adventures (£4.99 until 16th July) and The Legend of Dark Witch – Chronicle 2D ACT (£2.39 until 23rd July). The lowlights? A bunch of match-three puzzlers and hidden object games too tedious to detail.

Published Monday 29th June 2015 by Games Asylum

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Matt Gander

Matt Gander

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  • GerriGer

    Playing Zelda Ocarina of Time right now using the old N-64 game system … really addicting…. I love these Roll Playing Games … Is there another game similar to this game that does not have blood and guts flying … I like the make believe world the best .. I know .. to some not as much fun but reality is already scary enough.

  • NonShinyGoose

    Zelda: Majora’s Mask is Ocarina dark and twisted twin. No blood and guts, but a bit sinister. There are similar games on N64, like Quest 64 (Holy Magic Century in Europe) and Aidyn Chronicles – The First Mage but they aren’t very good.

    Would recommend Dark Chronicle, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus on PS2.

  • GerriGer

    What do you think of the WiiU version .. Hmmm .. I’ll try your suggestions .. Thank you .. Are they for my N-64 machine?

  • NonShinyGoose

    Ocarina on Wii U is the N64 version, unchanged. There’s not much to report except that it’s still an excellent game.

    Those three recommendations are for the PlayStation 2.

    Have you tried the Banjo-Kazooie games on N64?

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