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eShop games of the week: Monster Hunter and Castlevania demos, save money on Mighty Switch Force

All this week's Wii U and 3DS downloads

It's a big week on the 3DS and Wii U eShops. Although there is only one new game available for download (NightSky), you can download demos for Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate and Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow - Mirror Of Fate, save money on Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition and buy F-Zero for 30p.

We'll begin with the demos. Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate (Wii U, 3DS: Capcom, free) enables you to play the Wii U or 3DS remakes of Monster Hunter Tri ahead of its 22 March release date. We don't know what is in the demo but the full game features all-new monsters, equipment and weapons and over 200 action-packed quests featuring epic battles with monsters on land and sea.

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow - Mirror Of Fate (3DS: Konami, free) will be released for 3DS on 8 March but you can sample it this week if you download the free demo. Again, the content of the demo hasn't been revealed but this game is a must-play for all Castlevania fans as it explores the relationship between the Belmonts and Dracula.

Over two decades after Gabriel Belmont's quest to destroy the Lords of Shadow, the Belmont clan once again finds its fate intertwined with evil. Consumed by darkness, Gabriel has now become Dracula and only his ancestors have the power to stop him. So you fight evil across two different eras and help lead Trevor and Simon Belmont as they each battle their own destiny and set out to avenge their family against Dracula.

Also as we've already reported, you'll be able to download F-Zero (Wii U: Nintendo, 30p) for the Wii U Virtual Console. This is the SNES version and, excitingly for fans, will run in 60Hz.

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In other Wii U news, Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition has been reduced from £8.99 to £4.49 for one week only so if you've never played the original on 3DS, now is the time to download it as it really is an excellent game if you've yet to experience it.

Even better is Trine 2 and you can still download this classic from the Wii U eShop at a reduced price of £9.99 (normal price £13.99) until 7 March.

Finally, we have NightSky (3DS: Nicalis, £8.99) which has been described as an ambient gameplay experience unlike any other. From the publisher that brought us classics such as VVVVVV and La Mulana, NightSky puts you in charge of a sphere which you have to manoeuvre through picturesque worlds. Surely its the only 3DS game with an experimental jazz soundtrack.

Are you going to download any of these games or demos?

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