Itâ€™s a moderately eventful week for the Nintendo eShop(s), if only because numerous Zelda games receive a price drop this Thursday to tie-in with Hyrule Warriorsâ€™ release later this month. As an extra bonus, if you have downloaded a Zelda title on either Wii U or 3DS you can get 10% off the eShop release of Hyrule Warriors, bringing the price down to a not-too-shabby Â£36.99.
Weâ€™ll rattle off the discounted Zelda titles in a moment, because there are a few new arrivals to look at first.
On Wii U thereâ€™s Nnoooâ€™s Cubemen 2 (Â£6.99) – a fast-paced RTS with six player online support and a wealth of modes. There are no reviews currently, but it did go down reasonably well when it launched on PC back in April.
The trailer should give a good idea of what to expect:
Thatâ€™s being joined by another strategy game – European Conqueror 3D (Â£2.99). It appears to be the sequel (or perhaps semi-sequel) to World Conqueror 3D, which incidentally goes on sale this week to Â£3.59 (down from Â£4.29). Yes, thatâ€™s right – the older of the two costs more than the new version. Go figure.
Nintendo Life gave European Conqueror 3D a 6/10, claiming that â€œmediocre presentation, repetitive missions, small number of unit types, and lack of multiplayer all relegate it to second-tier statusâ€. 3DS Pedia on the other hand liked it a whole lot more, giving it 80%.
Then thereâ€™s Rytmik World Music (Â£1.79) for DSiWare. It would seem that this is a music making tool rather than an actual game. â€œRytmik World Music is not only for playing with sounds; in the hands of a skilful musician it can become a serious musical instrument â€“ a surprisingly powerful pocket music stationâ€ claims the press release.
If you are looking for a new rhythm-action game, there here’s some good news – a Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call demo is due on the 3DS eShop this Thursday. The full game isnâ€™t out until 19th September, giving plenty of time for you to make your mind up as to whether you should open your wallet or not.
Three Virtual Console releases are making an appearance this week too. The Wii U gets Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (Â£3.49) and Gargoyle’s Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Â£3.49 also) while on 3DS thereâ€™s the Game Boy Colorâ€™s Mega Man Xtreme (Â£4.49). Mega Man Xtreme can fetch a small fortune on eBay nowadays, making this an inexpensive option for those wanting to play the blue bomberâ€™s first GBC outing.
As for the aforementioned Zelda discounts, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D drop to Â£32.99 and Â£25.99 respectively until 11th Sept while The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link will cost a paltry Â£2.44 each on both Wii U and 3DS VC.
Another five Zelda games receive temporary drops next week, including the superb Zelda: Linkâ€™s Awakening DX and the often forgotten GBA adventure Zelda: The Minish Cap.
Thatâ€™s not quite it for this weekâ€™s discounts either – well-received scrolling brawler Code of Princess on 3DS drops to Â£17.00 while a tenner is being lob off cult classic platformer Sayonara UmiharaKawase, making it Â£9.99. Although these prices may strike you as a little steep, both were in fact retail releases in other parts of the world.