We’ve seen a fair few modest hits on the eShop over the past couple of months. Pocket Card Jockey is currently delighting open-minded gamers up for something slightly different, Yo-Kai Watch appears to be going down a treat – and consequently remains in the UK chart this week – while last week saw the ever-popular Super Meat Boy finally grace a Nintendo platform.
We’re enjoying Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge too. Well, what little of it we can play anyway – our Wario amiibo only allows access to a handful of levels. Wah!
While this week isn’t the busiest of recent times for the eShop, there are a couple of significantly big hitters.
On Wednesday Minecraft: Wii U Edition sees the release of the free The Super Mario Mash-Up Pack, which adds 40 Super Mario-themed skins – including Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, Bowser, Wario and all seven Koopalings – plus new textures and 15 pieces of music from Super Mario 64. It’s bound to increase sales of Minecraft: Wii U Edition tenfold, and we’re already looking forward to seeing what players will create. A phallic iteration of Princess Peach’s castle, no doubt.
The Wii U also sees an incredibly belated release of PixelJunk Monsters HD (Â£6.99) – the original released on PS3 almost nine years ago. Wii U owners shouldn’t feel too put out as this tower-defence shooter didn’t make it onto PS Vita until 2013 either. We imagine this version retains some of the PS Vita’s touch-screen controls.
That’s it for Wii U releases this week, a Â£2.50 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Pack for LEGO Marvel’s Avengers aside. The 3DS sees the same pack, incidentally, albeit it for Â£1.69.
Also on 3DS: Digger Dan DX – which arrives at an introductory price of 89p – and an upgraded version of the paper-based tile puzzler KAMI (Â£2.39). Digger Dan DX isn’t an entirely new game either, being an improved version of the DSi’s Digger Dan & Kaboom.
Chances are 3DS owners are saving their money (and spare time) for Fire Emblem Fates Birthright / Conquest instead. The eShop price has been announced as Â£39.99. A second version can then be purchased for Â£17.99, should you want to explore and see both sides of the story.
Nintendo Life handed out a resounding 9/10 for the US version of Fates back in February. â€œFire Emblem may have found itself in a strange spot after the success of Awakening, but Intelligent Systems has found a way forward. Actually, two ways – Fire Emblem Fates does a remarkable job delivering what newcomers and long-time players both could possibly want out of this seriesâ€ they said.
Fates also receives a free piece of DLC on launch day (20th May) – subtitled Before Awakening – along with the Â£16.19 Map Pack 1.
As always, we’ll end with the week’s discounts. Four games are due a drop on Wii U: Joe’s Diner (Â£4.79), Suspension Railroad Simulator (Â£5.39), Defense Dome (Â£1.53) and SDK Paint (Â£2.99). According to Amazon Joe’s Diner is due a physical release via UIG Entertainment later in the year, along with Lucius and horror adventure Pinewood Drive. Some dubious looking farming games, too.
3DS discounts meanwhile include Nano Assault EX (Â£6.35), Garfield Kart (Â£7.99), Tiny Games – Knights & Dragons (Â£1.69), Petit Novel Series – Harvest December (Â£6.39) and Paddington: Adventures in London (Â£7.99). Belgian cartoon tie-in Lucky Luke & The Daltons might be discounted to Â£7.99 as well – we aren’t entirely sure if this one received a UK release.