Another week, another round of new 3DS JRPGs

It’s half-term, and luck would have it that there are a couple of bits and pieces on the Nintendo eShop to keep the kids quiet.

A demo of LEGO Marvel’s Avengers on Wii U is due Thursday, which of course is a free download, while Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon heads to the 3DS eShop for £34.99. That’ll explain why two of the older Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games made Virtual Console appearances last week. We’ve only just made that connection.

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon has arrived to good, but not great, reviews. Still, review scores have been higher than some of Nintendo’s recent first-party efforts (cough, Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash, cough).

Pocket Gamer UK gave it 7/10 – describing it as “quite enjoyable in pick-up-and-play blasts” while Destructoid found it to be “a solid entry in the Pokémon franchise”.

There’s also the cumbersomely titled Return to PopoloCrois: A STORY OF SEASONS Fairytale (£29.99) which as you’re no doubt aware, or have at least guessed, is yet another JRPG. We’ve seen half-a-dozen on 3DS this year already; something that’s hard to moan considering we’re yet to be presented with a duffer.

PopoloCrois A STORY OF SEASONS Fairytale

This little ditty combines the PopoloCrois and Story of Seasons (née Harvest Moon) franchises, provoking memories of the golden era of RPGs in the process. It isn’t due out in the US until 1st March, which explains why reviews are yet to surface. Expect them to appear online before the week is out.

The 3DS also gets a piece Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight DLC, entitled Ultimate Feathered Warrior. It’s free until 25th February; £2.29 thereafter. A trio of retro SEGA themes are due too, featuring the Saturn, Dreamcast and a Japanese arcade. They’ll set you back £1.59 a piece.

Finally, we have the week’s discounts. Highlights include Bombing Bastards (£4.49) and Wicked Monsters Blast! HD PLUS (£2.69) on Wii U, and AeternoBlade (£7.19) on 3DS. Give Wicked Monsters Blast! consideration – it’s one of the better party games for the console.

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