WRC FIA World Rally Championship and more head to the eShop this week

Although there are a fair few games heading to the Wii U and 3DS eShop this week, it’s debatable as to how many will be of interest. It really is an odd little assortment.

Big Ben’s WRC FIA World Rally Championship: The Official Game (£29.99) is the ‘big’ one, we suppose. The 3DS has been around a while now but Mario Kart 7 aside it’s still lacking a truly excellent racer.

We struggle to find a single review but with both beginner and expert difficulty modes it sounds like Big Ben has all the bases covered. It’s also gracing store shelves this week as a full-price release.

Also on 3DS this Thursday: 2D platformer The Legend of Dark Witch (£3.49), horse simulator Riding Star 3D (£24.99), hidden object thing Christmas Wonderland 4 (£4.49) and social board game Mindfeud (£4.49). The trailer for that last one can be found above.

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Those who purchased Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth last week will no doubt be pleased to hear free DLC pack ‘Sub-Persona: Orpheus Telos’ is due Thursday. Shin Megami Tensei IV gets another glut of DLC as well. Prices range from 75p for some ‘Radiant Equipment’ to £1.59 for whatever the ‘Sub-Persona: Thanatos’ pack is.

A Urban Trial Freestyle demo is due out on 3DS too, while the Wii U gets a demo of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Now that’s something we never expected to see.

There’s only one new Wii U game arriving this week. That game is Cake Ninja 3: The Legend Continues (£4.49). It sounds like it’s a clone of Fruit Ninja, only with one obvious difference. We can’t even find a single screenshot, yet alone a review.

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Even this week’s Virtual Console offerings are a peculiar bunch. Natsume’s Shadow of the Ninja and the unfortunately named S.C.A.T. head to both Wii U and 3DS, priced at £3.49 on the former and £3.59 on the latter.

Both are NES titles – Shadow of the Ninja was known as Blue Shadow in Europe while the Game Boy version ended up becoming a Ninja Gaiden spin-off. S.C.A.T. meanwhile was known as Action in New York in both Europe and Australia. The names of the two main characters were also changed from Arnold and Sigourney to Silver Man and Sparks, presumably to avoid Natsume being landed with a lawsuit.

The Wii U also gets Crash ‘n the Boys Street Challenge. Part of the Kunio-kun series, this NES title comprises of a series of urban sporting events. It was never released in Europe originally, so this VC release is most welcome.

As for the week’s discounts, highlights include DuckTales: Remastered on Wii U (£5.99) plus 3DS titles Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (£9.99) and Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (£8.99). Additionally, Crash City Mayhem falls to £6.99. Reviews of this Runabout sequel were pretty decent upon release. It’s not the longest game in the 3DS’s library but at that price its shortness can now be excused.

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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3 Comments

  • I hope WRC is decent: Firebrand Games are behind it apparently. Though their work for Activision and WB left a lot to be desired :(

  • When looking online for information I found sites suggesting that it’s a mobile conversion. :/

  • Ah yes, it’s cross platform iOS/Android/3DS isn’t it? Really hope it isn’t the iOS/Android versions at 10x the price :S

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