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 you’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 didn’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 Orbit’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 – there’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 there’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 week’s Virtual Console offerings may pique your interest too. Wii U owners get Capcom’s SNES RPG Breath of Fire (Â£5.49) while cult puzzler PokÃ©mon Puzzle Challenge (Â£4.49) heads to 3DS VC.
The 3DS’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 didn’t get your fill last week there’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!