Futuridium EP Deluxe’s Wii U release might be a little tardy, but rest assured that this retro space shooter has been worth the wait – the PS4 original arrived to a mixture of 7s, 8s and 9s with 8/10 being the mode.
Think along the lines of Star Wars’ infamous trench run scene on an infinite loop, only set in some bizarre alternative universe where the Death Star was made of LEGO instead of charcoal grey metals. It’s arriving with a discount in place too; it’ll only set you back £5.99 until 2nd July. It’ll be £7.99 thereafter.
A Virtual Console release of the DS’s Mario Slam Basketball (aka Mario Hoops 3-on-3) is the only other game in store for Wii U owners this week, priced £8.99. Developed by Square-Enix, we kid you not, it received good – but not great – review scores when it first launched in 2006. Not a classic, then, but slightly better than some of Mario’s other sport titles. Mario Sports Mix, we’re looking at you.
On 3DS four new releases are available for your perusal. Infinite Dunamis (£8.99) is a conversion of a reasonably well-received turn-based mobile RPG, top-down hack and slasher Smash Cat Heroes (£1.99) gained above average scores when it launched in the US two years ago, Samurai Defender (£2.39) offers simple tower defence action while Epic Word Search Collection 2 (£5.99) is yet another word game for the handheld. Features include a no doubt thrilling Shakespearean word search.
If Fire Emblem Fates wasn’t already taking up enough of your spare time, the recent release gains two additional pieces of DLC – Map 2 Boo Camp and Map 3 Beach Brawl, priced £2.29 a piece. Boo Camp entails spending a night on a haunted mountain range while Beach Brawl involves a royal rumble to claim the last ticket to a vacation resort.
The week’s discounts are something of an odd assortment too. On Wii U the following are due a price cut: Inside My Radio (£9.99), The Quiet Collection (£1.79) and Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (£4.49). 3DS owners meanwhile can grab SteamWorld Heist (£11.24), Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D (£4.49) and Music on: Electric Guitar (90p).
Four acclaimed 3DS JRPGs also get permanent price drops – Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (£8.99), Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (£8.99), Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (£8.99) and Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (£17.99). Persona Q for a penny under nine quid is a ruddy bargain, although to be fair, you can’t go wrong with any of these.