We had a feeling this weekâ€™s UK Nintendo eShop update would be a quiet one. While it certainly is that, the weekâ€™s Virtual Console releases are bound to pique interest.
Both Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Â£5.49) and Super Mario 64 DS (Â£8.99) arrive on the Wii U eShop this Thursday (Christmas Eve). Developed by Squaresoft and released in 1996, Super Mario RPG was the game that kickstarted Marioâ€™s role-playing career. Weâ€™d wager that a lot of UK gamers out there havenâ€™t experienced it before as it didnâ€™t grace European shores until it was made part of the Wiiâ€™s VC Hanabi Festival in 2008. While not one of Squaresoftâ€™s finest, especially from the 16-bit era, the Â£5.49 price tag makes it a very appealing proposition.
As for Super Mario 64 DS, youâ€™d be mad to play it over the N64 original. It was a game centred around analogue control – something the Nintendo DS lacked. The Wii U GamePad may rectify this, but still, itâ€™s far from being the definitive version.
Three indie releases are due as well. The pixel art brawler Kung Fu FIGHT! (Â£1.49) heads to Wii U – which Nintendo Life rather liked – while the 3DS gets Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey to Kyoto (Â£1 until 7th January, Â£12.99 thereafter) and Teyonâ€™s top-down endless swimmer Ocean Runner (Â£2.69).
As per last week a fair few games are also in line for a discount, just in time for Christmas. On Wii U the highlights are Legend of Kay Anniversary (Â£4.99), Darksiders II (Â£9.99), The Swindle (Â£5.49), Tengami (Â£3.49) and Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party (Â£3.99).
Over on 3DS it appears that almost entire back catalogues from Rising Star, Teyon and Circle Entertainment are reduced. Most have seen price drops before though. We recommend Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Â£7.40), Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Â£9.99), Shingeki no Kyojin: Humanity in Chains (Â£14.04), BIT.TRIP SAGA (Â£4.49), Virtue’s Last Reward (Â£9.99) and Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (Â£8.99).
Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven also gets a cut to Â£17.49. As mentioned in our review though, it fails to grab your attention like a good RPG should. Capcomâ€™s Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for Â£19.99 is a far more sensible purchase.