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 Â£35 online, the eShop version has been marked up at a hefty Â£49.99.
On top of this there are two additional add-ons – Conspiracy! sees Aiden take a â€˜digital tripâ€™ to battle cyborgs and is priced at Â£3.99 while the Access Granted Pack costs Â£5.49 and includes 3 missions, 6 skins and access to â€œpowerfulâ€ perks.
Although itâ€™s great to see Ubisoft supporting the game with DLC, that Â£49.99 price tag strikes us as incredibly steep considering the PS4/Xbox One versions can now be found for around the Â£20-Â£25 mark. It’s hardly the way to thank those who have been waiting patiently.
Weâ€™re also currently in the dark as to how the Wii U version performs. Presumably itâ€™s somewhere between the last and current gen versions, a la EAâ€™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 (Â£39.99), scrolling brawler Rock Zombie (Â£6.29) and two SNES VC releases courtesy of Natsume – Wild Guns (Â£5.49) and Natsume Championship Wrestling (also Â£5.49). Nintendoâ€™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 Uâ€™s VC library.
Natume are also bringing Lufia: The Legend Returns to 3DS VC this week, priced at Â£4.49. This Game Boy Color RPG reviewed reasonably well when it was first released back in 2001.
Thatâ€™s being joined by 101 Pony Pets 3D (Â£3.59), Tetris Ultimate (Â£15.99) and movie tie-in Asterix The Mansions of the Gods (Â£29.99). A demo of that last one is also due on Thursday. â€œWalk through the village, hunt wild boar, make the bard stop singing and prepare the final victory banquet!â€ reads the press release. Sounds like a tenuous mini-game collection to us.
Then thereâ€™s Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (Â£34.99), which like itâ€™s Wii U counterpart has been getting incredibly unenthusiastic reviews. Still, Nintendo are giving away a free 3DS theme to â€œcelebrateâ€ its release. Thatâ€™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 Â£1.49 and allows players to battle Archangels Gabriel and Michael.
Finally there’s Around the World in 80 Days (Â£7.19) for DSiware. Itâ€™s yet another match-three puzzler, would you believe.