It’s on like Donkey Kong

Well, this week’s Nintendo eShop line-up is certainly far more interesting than the last few. There’s Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut on Wii U, some Hyrule Warriors DLC and another sizeable sale. This week also sees a double dose of Donkey Kong – throughout October Nintendo are releasing all three Donkey Kong Country and DK Land titles on Virtual Console as part of a ‘Donkey Kong Country Weeks’ promotion.

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Here’s the dealio: buying any title in the promotion results in money off Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. The discounts are pleasing enough – the former on Wii U becomes £26.79 while the latter will cost £23.44 with the discount applied.

It’s the original Donkey Kong Country that hits Wii U VC this week, priced at £5.49, while Donkey Kong Land hits 3DS VC for £3.59.

Another retro classic is due to arrive on 3DS Virtual Console this week too – puzzler Adventures of Lolo, at £3.59.

If you’d rather play something shiny and new there’s Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut from Curve Studios. To be fair though, it’s not all that new – the PS Vita version released just over a year ago. The 2D survival horror went down exceptionally well when it arrived on Sony’s handheld, bagging 8.6 from IGN and an 8/10 from The Metro. There are no reviews of this Wii U version yet but expect it to fare similarly.

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The Hyrule Warriors: Master Quest Pack costs £6.29, containing (and we quote): five new Legend Mode scenarios, a new Adventure Mode map (Master Quest) with seven new 8-bit weapons and sixteen new alternatively-coloured costumes as rewards, a new weapon type for Link (Epona) and two new costumes (Guardian of Time for Lana and Cia). It’s not often Nintendo releases DLC, so no doubt this’ll be of interest to some.

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Speaking of DLC, the 3DS themes arrive this Thursday – ‘Spinner’ Mario, Peach, Rosalina and Bowser themes cost £1.79 each, each changing folder images and background music. Tunes from Super Mario Galaxy, to be specific.

This leaves us with a trio of premium priced downloads and also Survivor – Heroes on 3DS, which appears to be a TV show tie-in. This could actually be a retail release too as it’s £27.79. Those other downloads are PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2, available on both Wii U and 3DS for £24.99, and Winx Cub: Saving Alfea on 3DS, again for £24.99.

As for discounts, the superb SteamWorld Dig drops to £4.49 on Wii U and £4.99 on 3DS. Underwater RPG Squids Odyssey – on both Wii U and 3DS – falls to £4.99 too, while Trine 2: Director’s Cut receives a cut to £6.99. Cheaper still are Gravity Badgers (£2.49) and TNT Racers – Nitro Machines Edition (£3.49). Then there’s JRPG Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars, which will set you back £17.99 until the end of the month. The usual price is £24.99, so that’s pretty decent discount.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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