This week belongs to Nintendo. Not only do we have the biggest Wii U launch of the year – in the form of Super Smash Bros. – but also the eagerly anticipated PokÃ©mon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby on 3DS.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is due on the eShop this Friday, but at Â£49.99 youâ€™d be better off looking online as it can easily be found for around Â£35. The digital version of PokÃ©mon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby is rather steep as well, priced at Â£39.99. Guess Nintendo really didnâ€™t want to undercut bricks and mortar stores on these two titles. Well, three titles.
Other retail releases heading to the eShop this week include Little Orbitâ€™s The Penguins of Madagascar (Â£34.99 Wii U/Â£24.99 3DS) and Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (Â£24.99 3DS – thereâ€™s no Wii U version, oddly), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Â£34.99) and Horse Vet 3D (Â£24.99).
As for download-only titles thereâ€™s the much loved Thomas Was Alone (Â£6.99), delightfully retro RPG Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Â£11.99), the 16-bit Zelda flavoured Ittle Dew (Â£8.99) and a conversion of PC platformer Shiny The Firefly (Â£6.29 until 31st Dec). A pretty decent selection, all told.
This weekâ€™s Virtual Console offerings may pique your interest too. Wii U owners get Capcomâ€™s SNES RPG Breath of Fire (Â£5.49) while cult puzzler PokÃ©mon Puzzle Challenge (Â£4.49) heads to 3DS VC.
The 3DSâ€™s line-up of new arrivals is nowhere near as exciting as that for the Wii U. Talking Phrasebook – 7 Languages (Â£4.49) and My First Songs (Â£4.49) anybody? Thought not. Castle Conqueror EX (Â£3.49) might be worth a look though.
Also on 3DS this week: Pikmin and Shovel Knight themes (Â£1.79 each) and demos of Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey and Survivor – Heroes. If you didnâ€™t get your fill last week thereâ€™s more Shin Megami Tensei IV DLC too.
Speaking of DLC, the Hyrule Warriors: Twilight Princess Pack launches Thursday. This Â£6.29 add-on includes six new 8-bit weapons and sixteen new alternatively-coloured costumes as rewards, as well as the chance to play as Midna.
Finally, a few discounts for your perusal – on Wii U Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams falls to Â£7.79 until 4th Dec while BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien drops to Â£3.33 until 11th Dec.
Then on 3DS The Keep has been cut to Â£5.49 while Farming Simulator 14 will set you back Â£12.99 instead of Â£19.99 until 11th Dec. Oo-arr!