Nintendo eShop gears up for Halloween

It’s a frighteningly busy week for the UK Nintendo eShop. Frightening not just because there’s a handful of new horror games out, but your virtual wallet is bound to take a significant hit as well – plenty of the week’s releases are well worth a look.

Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water is arguably the biggest release, arriving for a not entirely unreasonable £39.99. Until 30th October the prologue and first two chapters can be tried out for free. Reviews have mostly been a mixture of 7s (VideoGamer, IGN, God is a Geek) and 8s (Gaming Nexus, LazyGamer, Nintendo World Report).


With Star Fox Zero delayed, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash of niche appeal and Xenoblade Chronicles X not out until December, Wii U owners should give Project Zero some serious consideration.

Also on Wii U this week – not one, not two, but three belated conversions. Better late than never, eh? They are the very good The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (£13.49 – also available for New 3DS), the PSN hit Octodad: Dadliest Catch (£9.59 until 5th November, £11.99 thereafter) and the allegedly middling Slender: The Arrival (£4.79 until 5th November, £6.39 thereafter). Some like it, some hate it. It went down well with easily scared YouTubers either way.


Then we have Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (£13.49 until 5th November, £17.99 thereafter) which is pretty much essential – ignoring the fact that pre-owned physical copies can easily be found for a few quid – and Freedom Planet (£10.99 or £9.34 until 19th November if you downloaded the Nindies@Home E3 preview). Freedom Planet started out as a Sonic fan game before finding its own two feet. “If you enjoy platformers but never got into Sonic games, give this one a shot – you might find yourself pleasantly surprised” said Nintendo Life during their review.

In addition to The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, the 3DS also gets the top-down shooter Escape from Zombie City (£2.69) and (breathe in) Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker (breathe out). That last one will set you back £34.99.

A Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash demo also goes live this week. As much as we love Chibi-Robo we’re slightly apprehensive about this one, we must admit.


Onto discounts now, most of which are courtesy of Namco-Bandai. We’ll rattle off the best: Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition (£6.50), ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red (£9.99 – Wii U/£6.99 – 3DS), Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ (£14.99), Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land (£4.99), ONE PIECE Romance Dawn (£9.39), Project X Zone (£6.50) and Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle (£6.99).

ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red is recommended – it’s seldom seen in physical form. Project X Zone for £6.50 is a bargain likewise.

One more discount to tide us over until next week – Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones is getting a permanent drop down to £7.99.

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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