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eShop games of the week: Two Kirby games, Project X Zone demo and more

All this week's Wii U and 3DS downloads

Nintendo's most famous pink blob waddles onto Wii U this week as two Kirby games are released on the Wii U eShop. Kirby's Dream Course and Kirby's Super Star are released through the Wii U Virtual Console and they're joined on the Wii U eShop by Resident Evil Revelations and LEGO Batman 2, which is made available to download for the first time. 3DS downloads include, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Swords And Soldiers 3D, Air Battle Hockey 3D, Groove Heaven and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (again, making its digital debut). You can also download Project X Zone and Rabbids Rumble demos, plus The Denpa Men has been reduced...

It's a big week, then but we'll begin with the two Kirby games. They're both £5.49 but if you buy both games before 30 May, you can purchase them both for £3.79 each.

Kirby's Dream Course (Wii U: Nintendo, £5.49), originally released for SNES in 1995, puts a new spin on golf, with Kirby as the ball and enemies as obstacles. Conquer eight different courses packed with water, spikes, conveyor belts and trampolines. Roll Kirby to take out enemies, and then head for the hole that appears. Adjust the angle of movement, add spin and power, and also copy the powers of enemies; such as using a parasol to float, ice to freeze water or fire to burn bad guys. Kirby's Dream Course also features a two-player mode which enables you to compete against a friend. This is the US version of the game. Here's our Kirby's Dream Course review

Kirby Super Star (Nintendo: Wii U, £5.49), originally released for SNES in 1997, is a compilation featuring six Kirby games games, plus extra modes and minigames. Each adventure has its own storyline which sees Kirby battling against classic enemies like Meta Knight and King Dedede. Expect platforming, treasure-hunting and a space shoot 'em up as you complete all six games. A friend can join in as Kirby's helper, using their own copy abilities to attack enemies and come to Kirby's aid.

Resident Evil Revelations (Wii U: Capcom, £39.99) is an HD remake of the classic 3DS survival horror game that was released in 2012. As well as HD visuals, expect additional content including a terrifying new enemy, an extra difficulty mode and improvements to Raid Mode such as new weapons, skill sets, and playable characters including Hunk and Rachael!

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii U, Warner Bros., £39.99) will be available from 24 May on Wii U for the first time. In this game, Batman and Robin team up with legendary DC Super Heroes to save Gotham City! You can play as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and more.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS: Nintendo, £34.99) is the second remake of the week. This time, however, a big screen game has been remade for the small screen. That's right, Retro's classic platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns is coming to the 3DS eShop so, once again, you're invited to jump, race and roll your way across Donkey Kong Island on a quest to rescue DK's beloved banana hoard from the trouble-causing Tiki Tak Tribe. Stomp on enemies, grab banana bunches and ride rockets, rhinos and much more in classic 2D platforming gameplay,

This remake features eight new levels and a new mode designed to make it easier for those who can't handle the harder difficulty level.

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (3DS: Ubisoft, £17.99) was a 3DS launch game but it's coming to the eShop for the first time this Thursday. In this strategy game you're the commander of the ghosts, the best special operations fighting force in the world and your mission is to stop the Russian ultranationalist Yuri Treskayev from coming to power.

From the hot deserts of Kazakhstan to the villages of Ukraine and the frozen lands of Siberia, you must discover and disable the secret Soviet-era Dead Hand bases which Treskayev is using to build an army of drones. You will have access to full resources to build, train, and equip your team, using the most recent high-tech weapons and armour. It was one of the best 3DS launch games so if you've finished Fire Emblem, this could be the next strategy game for you.

Project X Zone: A Lethal Surprise (3DS: Namco Bandai, free demo) is a demo version of the strategy game which brings together Sega, Namco Bandai and Capcom characters. When a rift in time and space suddenly appears, a doorway to various universes is opened allowing both heroes and villains from different worlds to cross paths. Players will be able to take control of a massive selection of heroes including favourites such as Jin and Xiaoyu (Tekken), Toma and Cyrille (Shining Force EXA), to X and Zero (Mega Man X) and discover the cause of the rift and stop evil from coming through and spreading into their world. There are over 50 characters from 29 franchises from Namco Bandai, Capcom and Sega, including Street Fighter, Tekken, Darkstalkers, Devil May Cry, Sakura Wars, Tales of Vesperia and many more!

Swords & Soldiers 3D (3DS: Circle Entertainment, £5.90) is a side-scrolling strategy game that lets you control an entire army and wield devastating magical abilities. The aim is to demolish your enemy's castle at the end of these two-dimensional battlefields and lead your troops to victory! You can take control of the Vikings, Aztecs or Chinese in their global quest to win the favour of the Gods. It's the only game this week in which you'll encounter a freakishly large pepper.

Rabbids Rumble (3DS: Ubisoft, free demo) has already been released but you can download a demo of this mini-game compilation this week. You have to collect Rabbids in seven worlds which feature numerous mini-games.

Air Battle Hockey 3D (3DS: Agetec, £4.49) is a 3DS version of air hockey in which you use a racket to hit a ball into the opponent's goal. The first one to score ten points wins. There are six different offensive and defensive skills; you can play aggressively and attack with the Lightning Shot skill which changes direction of the ball during mid-flight, tricking your opponent in scoring a goal. Or you can play defensively and use the Hyper Racket skill to increase the size of your Racket improving protection of your goal. In addition to the Two-Player Battle Mode, there is also Endless Mode, a squash-style game where you compete for a high score.

The final new game is Groove Heaven (3DS: Teyon, £3.59). Rhymi has to deliver a love letter to a beautiful angel only she is a little demon and the letter is from the Devil lord himself. So you have to climb with her to the top of the tower, connecting two realms armed with your best dancing moves! Time your steps right, keep to the beat to get moving and grooving away from oncoming danger! Dance under leaping frogs and past black crows, as you collect musical notes and red roses for bonuses.

Lastly, The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave (3DS: Genius Sonority, £5.69) has been reduced from £7.19 to £5.69 ahead of the release of the sequel next week. The Denpa Men are mysterious creatures that float around radio waves in your daily environment. Catch the Denpa Men to form a party, which you can take on a variety of adventures in this dungeon RPG! Each radio wave territory has its own unique Denpa Men.

Are you going to download any of these games this week?


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  1. K-tet Monday 20th May 2013 at 10:32

    Hopefully the Virtual Console offerings are 60Hz. That aside, it's a good selection of games to cater for the spectrum.

    I myself will buy DKCR3D when I'm next at GAME. I have no use for my Wii version, so hopefully I'll get a good deal by trading it in.

  2. MJTH Monday 20th May 2013 at 10:50

    The Project x Zone demo is all I'll be getting this week, although Shadow Wars does look like it could be worth a look a some point down the line. Once I finish Fire Emblem, I might give it a look.

  3. martynm Monday 20th May 2013 at 11:19

    ooh! i'll have the Project X Zone demo please. Thank you..

  4. imbusydoctorwho Monday 20th May 2013 at 11:37

    Project X demo is a dead cert,and I might try the Rabbids Rumble demo.
    I'll probably go for Donkey Kong as my free game,and I pretty interested in Resident Evil,I still don't know whether it's worth it,as I've already got the 3DS version.

  5. mushroomchow Monday 20th May 2013 at 11:39

    Kirby's Fun Pak is a great title, can't reccomend it enough.

  6. TheVentilator Monday 20th May 2013 at 12:11

    Looking at top 10 on Wii U eShop chart, i can understand why many 3rd parties refuse to support Nintendo.

    How can a 3rd party sell anything on eShop, when 9 of 10 games on top 10 is emulated retro games?
    With Virtual Console, 3rd parties will just drown in the jungle.
    They should never have released VC for Wii U had sold atleast 10 million consoles to not totally ruin for 3rd parties.
    Its obvious that people rather buy a 25 year old emulated game than a brand new game.

  7. ledreppe Monday 20th May 2013 at 13:09

    I thought we were supposed to get 3 Kirby games this week, the 3rd being Kirby's Dream Land 3?! That was all I wanted for this week, and now it doesn't seem to be coming (at least in Europe anyway). :-(

  8. ihuntermusic Monday 20th May 2013 at 13:34

    Zelda Oracles next week! I can't blooming wait and already have two spaces reserved for them in my 3DS folder :D

  9. fisher2007 Monday 20th May 2013 at 13:49

    The Project x Zone demo is all I'll be getting this week.

  10. 3ds234 Monday 20th May 2013 at 15:30

    I'll get both demo's and I think I might get DKCR3D as my free downloadable game from the so many games promotion.

  11. KaptainKrauser Monday 20th May 2013 at 15:53

    Swords and Soldiers! I remember the Wii version getting a Gold Award from ONM, so if this 3DS one is anywhere near as good, I'll certainly be getting it.

  12. dezeray_07 Monday 20th May 2013 at 16:04

    I'm looking forward to trying out the demo for Project X Zone this week!

  13. Waldy565 Monday 20th May 2013 at 18:44

    Good week this week! Shame my damn Wii U still won't update (!) but when it does, I'll be getting Kirby Super Star. Never played on SNES (WASN'T EVEN BORN!) or DS, but on Game Grumps it looked quite fun. Nice to see Resi, LEGO Batman and Donkey Kong priced quite nicely, might even pick Resi up when I get a good memory stick (and, of course, when I can access Wii U eshop!) ,Swords and Soilders 3D is a nice surprise! I wondered where the dev for that game had gone! And lastly, DEFO picking up the Project X Zone demo, two of my most favourite 3rd party devs (though SEGA probably JUST beats Capcom, and then the only Namco game I definitely remember playing is Pacman! Oh, and Galaga, and the Naruto demo) working on an beat-em-up RTS? Sounds like my gaming heaven!

  14. jaco_p Tuesday 21st May 2013 at 11:41

    I loved swords and soldiers on the wii!! is there any additional content for the 3ds version?? PLEASE!!

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