With Wii Fit U out last week, Nintendo’s continuing its apparent push to target the Wii U towards casual gamers with this week’s release of two Wii Sports Club mini-games. Bowling and Tennis are the first two reskinned Wii games to arrive as part of this package – you can pick up a Wii Sports Club Day Pass for £1.79, offering you twenty-four hours of gameplay from any of the available sports, or buy each sport individually for £8.99.
It’s worth noting that these games have been outsourced to Namco Bandai, where HD graphics, MotionPlus controls and online multiplayer have been integrated into the experience.
In terms of full Wii U retail releases, Batman: Arkham Origins swoops onto the eShop this week, where – according to Polygon – Nintendo gamers are treated to the definitive version, despite its lack of online multiplayer. A nice surprise, considering Warner Bros. outsourced this version to an external studio.
eShop: £50 | retail: £37.99
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games also hits this week, although early reviews haven’t been positive. There’s reportedly less gameplay modes on offer here than in predecessors, tied in with a general lack of innovation where the GamePad’s concerned.
eShop: £40 | retail: £29.99
Toki Tori 2 may have recently been updated to 2+, bringing the console version up to the standard of the PC, although Two Tribes’ Wii U support doesn’t end there. The original Toki Tori is coming to Wii U this week, for those that somehow managed to miss the classic puzzle platformer on Game Boy Color, WiiWare, PC or iOS.
eShop: £1.79, £3.59 from 6th December onwards
Over on 3DS, the final episode in Professor Layton’s prequel trilogy arrives this week, which Nintendo is calling “the gentleman professor’s most ambitious outing to date”. With an airship providing the setting, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy will see you headed towards an Arctic city where you’ll solve the mysteries of ancient civilisations.
eShop: £39.99 | retail: £32.99
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is a handheld spin-off from the main game, developed by Armiture Studios. Both 3DS and PlayStation Vita versions have received mixed-at-best reviews, although – unfortunately for Nintendo fans – the game performs better on Vita.
eShop: £34.99 | retail: £30
The last retail download on this list, Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land is Namco Bandai’s interpretation of the American TV series. It’s not as well-known over here as, perhaps, Adventure Time, so how successful this game will be at retail remains to be seen; although it is worth noting that this 3DS-exclusive platformer is developed by WayForward.
eShop: £28.49 | retail: £21.00
Finally, KORG M01D rounds out this week’s notable downloads, and will be familiar to anyone that fiddled with the DS’s KORG DS-10 synthesiser app. According to developer and publisher Detune, KORG M01D on 3DS “reproduces the M1’s unforgettable digital sounds of the 80s”.
So, anything take your fancy this week?