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Nintendo eShop releases (EU) for 22nd December 2016

Roll up, roll up, here’s your round-up of this week’s Nintendo eShop releases for the 3DS and Wii U.

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Here’s your round-up of this week’s Nintendo eShop releases for the 3DS and Wii U.

We got news last week that Playtonic’s Kickstarter-backed Yooka-Laylee was no longer coming to the Wii U, and may instead be released on the forthcoming Nintendo Switch. The ever-shifting console landscape means that this type of platform change is always a risk with crowd funded projects. Full credit, then, to WayForward, who this week bring the Kickstarter-funded Shantae: Half-Genie Hero to Nintendo’s ailing home console. Based on the studio’s previous work with the franchise we can expect a fun, inventive and colourful platforming adventure.

However, the release we’re most excited about is Jupiter’s seventh, yes seventh, 3DS Picross title. Picross e7 brings another collection of pictorial chin-strokers, including some new 20×15 sized mega puzzles. The game also has a new mechanic to help mark squares you are unsure about and an improved control scheme. The series is an under-appreciated highlight of the 3DS library and comes highly recommended.

Other releases include indie puzzler Back to Bed and hacking focused, Radiantflux: Hyperfractal.

Here’s the full eShop release line-up:

Nintendo eShop releases for 22 December, 2016

Wii U

  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – €16.99 / £15.99 / CHF 23.99
  • Back to Bed – €9.99 / £8.99 / CHF 14.99
  • Radiantflux: Hyperfractal – €2.99 / £2.99 / CHF 3.99
  • Zombie Brigade: No Brain No Gain – €4.99 / £4.49 / CHF 6.99

Nintendo 3DS

  • Picross e7 – €5.00 / £4.50 / CHF 7.00
  • Touch Battle Tank – Tag Combat – €3.99 / £3.99 / CHF 5.20
  • Japanese Rail Sim 3D Monorail Trip to Okinawa – €14.99 / £12.99 / CHF 15.00
  • SkyPeace – €0.99 / £0.89 / CHF 1.00
  • Ice Station Zero (Demo) – Free

Don’t forget to check out this week’s Xbox One releases.


Want to get in on the eShop action? Pick up a Nintendo 3DS from Amazon now.


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