This Thursday sees the final dose of Super Smash Bros. add-on content arrive on the UK eShop, including Fire Emblem‘s Corrin and Bayonetta herself. Also: Tails and Knuckles attire.
The final assortment before being bundled together to form a Nintendo NX launch title? Perhaps, if last weekâ€™s rumours are true. Like many others, we donâ€™t see how Nintendo could create an all-new Smash Bros. in time for the NX’s launch – rumoured to be this year.
From 4th February the following add-ons will be available on both Wii U and 3DS:
Bayonetta & Umbra Clock Tower Set (Â£5.39 for one platform or Â£6.29 for both) – Includes Fighter (Bayonetta), Umbra Clock Tower stage, new stage music and new trophies.
[Fighter] Corrin (Â£4.49 for one platform, Â£5.39 for both) – Includes Fighter (Corrin), new stage music and new trophies.
[Mii Fighter Costume] Bionic Set (69p for one platform, Â£1.09 for both) – Includes Bionic Helmet and Bionic Armour, for Mii Brawlers only.
[Mii Fighter Costume] Takamaru Set (69p for one platform, Â£1.09 for both) – Includes Takamaru Wig and Takamaru’s Outfit, outfit for Sword Fighters only.
[Mii Fighter Costume] Ashley Set (69p for one platform, Â£1.09 for both) – Includes Ashley Wig and Ashley’s Outfit, outfit for Sword Fighters only.
[Mii Fighter Costume] Gil Set (69p for one platform, Â£1.09 for both) – Includes Gil’s Helmet and Gil’s Armour, armour for Sword Fighters only.
[Mii Fighter Costume] Tails Set (69p for one platform, Â£1.09 for both) – Includes Tails Hat and Tails Outfit, outfit for Gunners only.
[Mii Fighter Costume] Knuckles Set (69p for one platform, Â£1.09 for both) – – Includes Knuckles Hat and Knuckles Outfit, outfit for Brawlers only.
[Bundle] Mii Fighter Costume Bundle #6 (Wii U & 3DS) (Â£4.14 for one platform, Â£6.54 for both) – Includes all Mii Fighter Costumes listed above.
[Bundle] Collection #6 (Â£14.02 for one platform, Â£18.22 for both) – Includes all Fighters, stages and Mii Fighter Costumes listed above.
[Bundle] Bumper Fighter (Â£31.43 for one platform, Â£37.73 for both) – Includes Fighters (Mewtwo, Ryu, Lucas, Roy, Cloud, Corrin, Bayonetta), Stages (Suzaku Castle, Midgar, Umbra Clock Tower), new stage music, new trophies, profile icons.
[Bundle] Stage Bundle (Â£9.45 for one platform, Â£13.05 for both) – Includes Stages (Dream Land (64), Peach’s Castle (64), Hyrule Castle (64), Super Mario Maker, Pirate Ship (Wii U Only) and new stage music.
A shout out goes to Nintendo Life for clarifying what each pack contains – Nintendoâ€™s official presser is something of a garbled mess.
The Wii U also sees an unexpected release this week, in the form of turn-based strategy game Space Hulk (Â£24.99). First released on PC in 2013, it slipped under the radar and onto PS3 and PS Vita late last year. This Wii U conversion appears to be its last stop. Reviews of the console versions were mostly around the 6/10 mark due to a lack of polish and bizarre design choices. As much as weâ€™d like to think that all previous faults and issues have now been fixed, we very much doubt this will be the case.
Thereâ€™s also Joeâ€™s Diner (Â£5.99), an intriguing arcade adventure. You play as a restaurant employee forced to work a month of graveyard shifts, with the joke being that the diner is built on an ancient Indian burial ground. As well as having to look after the place, you also have to put up with two long departed Indian chieftains. Keep things calm or feel their wrath.
The magnificent Super Mario Galaxy also arrives on Wii U VC this Thursday, albeit for a slightly hard to swallow Â£17.99. Youâ€™d be better off buying a physical copy – currently Â£17.35 on Amazon, new – and shoving that in your console.
The 3DS meanwhile receives two new indie releases – Japanese shape slicing puzzler Slice It! (Â£3.98) and Glory of Generals: The Pacific (Â£5.59), the latest instalment in Circleâ€™s strategy series. Previous iterations havenâ€™t fared to well.
Retail download The Legend of Legacy (Â£34.99) arrives hot on the heels of last weekâ€™s Final Fantasy Explorers, too.
Reviews for this JRPG have been incredibly mixed so far, including 8.5 from Nintendo Enthusiast, 7.5 from God is a Geek and a barely above average 5.5 from EGM.
Destructoid didnâ€™t think much of it either. â€œThe Legend of Legacy comes so close to being a compelling role-playing game, but it just doesn’t do enough to earn the amount of patience it requires of players, let alone reward itâ€ they said.
A trio of demos are also due this week – Typoman and ZaciSa: Defence of the Crayon Dimensions! on Wii U, plus The Magic Hammer on 3DS. Should you find either Typoman and The Magic Hammer enjoyable, they can be temporarily had for Â£8.49 and Â£2.69 (respectively) from Thursday.
Speaking of discounts, Little Orbit are planning to permanently reduce most of their back catalogue. Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (Wii U/3DS), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Wii U/3DS), The Penguins of Madagascar (Wii U/3DS), Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom (3DS), Violetta: Rhythm and Music (3DS) and Winx Club: Saving Alfea (3DS) are all dropping to Â£6.99 each.
Weâ€™d argue though that only Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is worth investigating – the rest are average at best.