The Christmas sales have arrived before the big day on the Wii U and 3DS eShop. Yes, for a limited time, you can save money on Super Mario Bros, Dr Mario, Chasing Aurora and Little Inferno. You can also download new games EscapeVektor, Gunman Clive, Cake Ninja: Xmas and Castle Conqueror Heroes while there's more New Super Mario Bros 2 and New Art Academy DLC available. What a week!
escapeVektor (3DS: Nnooo, £8.99) is the 3DS version of a retro-style game that was released through the WiiWare service. As in the original EscapeVektor game, Vektor is trapped inside the CPU and you have to help him recover his memories and escape. Travelling along a grid, he has to destroy different types of enemies who get more devious as you progress. This video shows you how to outwit them.
Gunman Clive (3DS: Hörberg Productions, £1.79) takes you to the wild west where a a group of bandits have kidnapped Mayor Johnson's daughter and are spreading havoc across the land. Playing as Gunman Clive in this old-school side-scrolling platformer, you jump and shoot through levels before fighting massive bosses.
Cake Ninja: XMAS (3DS or DSi: Cypronia, £4.49 or 500 Points) is the festive edition of the DSi game in which you sliced cakes like a ninja. Now, rather than cutting up cake, you're slicing through snowballs. The idea is to survive as long as you can to build up a high score.
Castle Conqueror - Heroes 2 (3DS or 3DS: CIRCLE Ent., £4.49 or 500 Points) is the sequel to 2011's turn-based strategy DSiWare game, itself a spin-off from the Castle Conqueror RTS series. Expect an all-new 11 chapter story with more soldiers and vehicles armed with a variety of new weapons.
As for DLC, you can download two New Art Academy lesson packs - Glass and Light and Expressionism for £1.79 each.
Then you've got the final New Super Mario Bros 2 DLC packs, one of which is so hard it has been called the Impossible Pack. First up, The Mystery Adventure Pack features three courses that challenge you to look for different paths on your way to the goal in ways you didn't see in the game's original courses: explore the various underground routes in Course 1, ride on flying blocks as you collect coins in the auto-scrolling Course 2 and use the various objects placed throughout Course 3 to find your way to the end.
The Impossible Pack ramps up the difficulty to extreme levels. Nintendo say that only hardened Mario fans should even attempt it because these levels might be some of the hardest in Super Mario history. There isn't a single power up or even a coin in the entire pack and the only way to receive coins is to complete the course as quickly as you can.
Finally, we have the sales. On 3DS Super Mario Bros has been reduced from £4.60 to £3.69 while Dr Mario now costs just £1.19 (original price: £2.69). Rising Board 3D has also been reduced from £2.69 to £1.79.
Over on Wii U, you have until 3 January to download Chasing Aurora for £5.39, a saving of £5.40. Little Inferno has also been reduced from £12.99 to £8.39 until 4 January. Read our best Wi U eShop games feature to find out if you should download these games.
Are you going to download anything this week?