Although there are a fair few new indie titles due on both Wii U and 3DS this week, most have a whiff of uncertainty to them. Indeed, only the easily excitable would be thrilled to hear that the Wii U is set to receive yet another Breakout clone.
That game is 360 Breakout (Â£6.00), which is set to offer co-op and versus play. That’s joined by Joindots’ hidden object puzzler Frankenstein – Master of Death (Â£5.99), fruity physics-based puzzler Mortar Melon (Â£4.49) – which gained a miserable 3/10 from Nintendo Life – and the Feeding Frenzy alike Plenty of Fishes, which Nintendo Life also described as being â€œaggressively badâ€.
Over on 3DS meanwhile there’s the intriguing isometric pixel art RPG Ambition of the Slimes (Â£4.79), which could very well be this week’s eShop highlight. That’s unless you enjoy dressing up dollies, in which case Doll Fashion Atelier (Â£4.49) has you covered.
Demos of Disney Art Academy and Undead Bowling are also due on 3DS this Thurs.
The week’s Virtual Console releases are somewhat more promising, including Super Paper Mario on Wii U (Â£17.99…eek!), plus Mega Man X2 and Mega Man X3 for New 3DS. The Mega Man games will set you back Â£7.19 each; buy one and get the other for Â£3.59 until 25th August.
An early release for the Wii, Super Paper Mario received a mixture of 7s, 8s and 9s at launch. “It’s relatively shallow but contains enjoyable combat, and is packed full of secrets and wonderfully realised worlds,” said gamesTM, way back in July 2007.
Due to sporting 2D visuals, we imagine time has been kind to it. 2D games tend to age more gracefully than 3D games, after all.
Ignoring the fact that most of the games discounted this week have been reduced before, it’s a pretty decent week for price cuts.
Wii U owners can grab for following on the cheap: Resident Evil Revelations (Â£7.99), DuckTales: Remastered (Â£4.79), Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Â£3.95), Trine 2: Director’s Cut (Â£6.99), Trine Enchanted Edition (Â£5.49), Wicked Monsters Blast! HD PLUS (Â£2.69) and Joe’s Diner (Â£3.77). That last one appears to be no longer receiving a physical release on Wii U, incidentally.
The list of 3DS discounts is longer still, with lots of Capcom, Gamelion and Rising Star titles reduced. Highlights include Resident Evil Revelations (Â£7.49), Mega Man Legacy Collection (Â£7.99), Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Â£12.49), Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (Â£7.99), BIT.TRIP SAGA (Â£4.49), Virtue’s Last Reward (Â£9.99), Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (Â£8.99), Shifting World (Â£4.49) and Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (Â£11.99).
Or you can opt for Beyblade Evolution for Â£4.49, if you’re feeling nostalgic. Beyblades are no longer in fashion, right? We’re slightly out of touch on that sort of thing.