Europe's eShop update Links to a Past Zelda on Wii U

Wii U owners in Europe can revisit a truly classic Zelda when CD-i great Link: The Faces of Evil arrives on the eShop later this week. Alright, no, it's really SNES entry The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and it'll be available via the Wii U Virtual Console on December 12, priced £5.49/€8. A word of warning, though: Nintendo's press release notes this is the European version of the game, indicating it may run at the slower 50Hz refresh rate.

The Euro-arrival of A Link to the Past means it's likely to also venture to North America this week, and we've reached out to Nintendo to confirm just that. That said, it seems odd to bring A Link to the Past to Wii U a few weeks after A Link Between Worlds. Wouldn't it have made more sense to re-release it ahead of its 3DS sequel as a welcome warm-up?

What's that? Don't doubt the wisdom of the Triforce? Oh, okay, then.
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DISCOVER ONE OF LINK'S EARLY ADVENTURES IN THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST, RELEASED THIS WEEK ON NINTENDO eSHOP FOR Wii U

Wii Party U also now available on Nintendo eShop for Wii U

9th December 2013 – Check out this week's newest downloadable offerings on Nintendo platforms:
Title Platform Available on Price Point on Nintendo eShop* Further Info Contact
The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past
(Nintendo) Wii U
(Virtual Console – Super Nintendo) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 €7.99
(£5.49) pr@nintendo.co.uk
Game Description: On a dark and stormy night, young Link embarks on an adventure he – and you – will never forget! Princess Zelda has been taken prisoner and an evil wizard is attempting to unleash Ganon, the king of darkness. Only Link has the courage to save Hyrule! A Link to the Past is the critically-acclaimed Super NES™ chapter in the Legend of Zelda saga; famous for its atmospheric graphics and sound, ingenious dungeons, and for introducing now-classic items such as the Hookshot, Pegasus Boots and Master Sword.

This is the European version of the game.
Wii Party™ U
(Nintendo) Wii U
(Disc/Download) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 €44.99
(£34.99) pr@nintendo.co.uk
Game Description: Wii Party U is a new party game using the best features of the Wii U GamePad and Wii Remote! These include good old dice games, along with games designed specifically for the Wii U GamePad and 80 new and exciting minigames to enjoy! With all these new games on the Wii U GamePad, Wii Party U is the ultimate party entertainment for people of all ages – regardless of how good you are at games!
Adventure Time™: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!
(NAMCO BANDAI Games) Wii U
(Disc/Download) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 €44.99
(£36.99) Héloïse Ribeaucourt
hribeaucourt@namcobandaigames.eu
Nintendo 3DS (Card/Download) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 €34.99
(£28.49) Héloïse Ribeaucourt
hribeaucourt@namcobandaigames.eu
Game Description: Princess Bubblegum summons Finn and Jake to the Candy Kingdom to investigate a rash of thefts and kidnappings that have plagued her kingdom. She thinks the cause lies within her Secret Royal Dungeon, where only the nastiest monsters and criminals are locked up. If they've found a way to escape, the Land of Ooo will be in danger!
RUSH
(Two Tribes) Wii U
(Download) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 €1.99
(£1.79) until 9/01/14 23:59 local time.
Will be €3.99 (£3.59) Martijn Reuvers
martijn@twotribes.com
Game Description: RUSH is the third and last of the Two Tribes classics to arrive on Nintendo eShop. Other games in this range include 2D puzzle platformer Toki Tori and retro inspired platformer EDGE. In RUSH's fully three dimensional levels, players need to guide cubes to colour coded exit points using Conveyor belts, Warps, Stops Signs, Splits and more! The game can be easily controlled with the stylus on your Wii U GamePad allowing your brain to fully focus on the solutions!
Wii Fit U Quick Check
(Nintendo) Wii U
(Download) Nintendo eShop from 13/12/13 Free pr@nintendo.co.uk
Game Description: To launch Wii Fit U Quick Check, you must already have Wii Fit™ U save data. You do not need to download Wii Fit U Quick Check if you have the paid download version of Wii Fit U. If you have the retail version of Wii Fit U, Wii Fit U Quick Check lets you easily transfer Fit Meter data, do the Body Test, and check your graphs without using the Wii Fit U disc.
3D Ecco the Dolphin
(SEGA) Nintendo 3DS (Download) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 €4.49
(£4.09) Stefan McGarry
smcgarry@sega.co.uk


Game Description: After a mysterious storm sweeps your family from the sea, it's up to you to find them and uncover the mystery behind the forces that took them. The search to find them will take you through vast underwater realms of
treachery, beauty and adventure. Use your sonar to discover hidden caverns and unlock the secrets of crystal
glyphs, but beware of packs of bloodthirsty sharks that search the ocean for unwitting prey!
3D Galaxy Force II
(SEGA) Nintendo 3DS (Download) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 €4.99
(£4.49) Stefan McGarry
smcgarry@sega.co.uk
Game Description: Halcyon, ruler of the invading Fourth Empire, has marked Junos as his final target in a galaxy wide campaign for dominance. Sending the bulk of his forces, he attacks with a single purpose – to eliminate all life forms in the system in order to build the seat of his power on the ashes of each of its five planets. As the star pilot of the governing Space Federation, it's up to you to strap yourself into your TRY-X and turn the tables on Halcyon.
Cocoto Alien Brick Breaker
(Big Ben Interactive) Nintendo 3DS (Card/Download) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 €19.99
(£17.99) Sébastien Waxin
sebastien.waxin@bigben.fr
Game Description: The brick breaker that revolutionises the genre! Travel through the 5 planets of Cocoto's universe to protect them from alien fire by firing back their projectiles with your magic shield. Progress through the game confronting waves of more and more enemies with increasingly amusing weapons, and unlock new powers for your shield.
Girl's Fashion Shoot
(Rising Star Games) Nintendo 3DS (Card/Download) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 €29.99
(£29.99) Tyrone Walcott
tyrone.walcott@risingstargames.com
Game Description: Girls' Fashion Shoot lets you enter the world of fashion and become the newest star on the scene! Become a top fashion model and the editor of your own successful style magazine, using thousands of customisation options to propel yourself to the top of the fashion world. Choose your look with make-up, hair and nail art, then create outfits from hundreds of clothing items and go on photoshoots choreographed entirely by you!
Nano Assault EX Demo
(Shin'en Multimedia) Nintendo 3DS (Demo) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 Free Manfred Linzner
linzner@shinen.com
Game Description: Stop the deadly Nanostray virus in Nano Assault EX. Experience a fast-paced action shooter, set within a visually stunning cellular system that leaps off the screen in full 3D.
AeternoBlade Demo
(Corecell) Nintendo 3DS (Demo) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 Free Noppon Mongkonnimit
nopponm@corecell.co.th
Game Description: In the region of Awelsia, vengeful Freya travels with an unknown weapon called "AeternoBlade" to take
revenge from Beladim, the Lord of the Mist who destroyed her village, Ridgerode, and killed her tribe. Her
vengeance is helped by Vernia , who has as much merit as Beladim. Vernia taught Freya about the ability of
AeternoBlade.
Donkey Kong™ 3
(Nintendo) Nintendo 3DS
(Virtual Console - NES) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 €4.99
(£4.49) pr@nintendo.co.uk
Game Description: Unique to the classic series, Donkey Kong 3 is a frantic action game starring newcomer Stanley, whose greenhouse has been invaded by the troublesome ape and swarms of angry insects. Armed with a spray can, you must push Donkey Kong up the screen while fending off the swarms of bugs intent on stealing Stanley's precious flowers. Avoid the coconuts that DK throws at you, and try to grab the power spray can for a few seconds of supercharged spraying as you aim for a high score!
Special Offers
Title Platform Price Point on Nintendo eShop* Available on Further Info Contact
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns
(Rising Star Games) Nintendo 3DS
(Card/Download) €19.99 (£14.99) until 9/1/14, 23:59 UTC
Regular price is €29.99 (£24.99) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 Tyrone Walcott
tyrone.walcott@risingstargames.com
Snow Moto Racing 3D
(Zordix) Nintendo 3DS
(Download) €5.99 (£5.39) until 9/1/14, 23:59 local time.
Regular price is €7.99 (£7.19) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 Matti Larsson
matti@zordix.com
ATTACK OF THE FRIDAY MONSTERS! A TOKYO TALE™
(LEVEL- 5) Nintendo 3DS
(Download) €4.99 (£4.49) until 2/1/14, 23:59 local time.
Regular price is €7.99 (£7.19) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 Mana Toyoda
m_toyoda@level5ia.com
BUGS vs. TANKS!™
(LEVEL- 5) Nintendo 3DS
(Download) €4.99 (£4.49) until 2/1/14, 23:59 local time.
Regular price is €7.99 (£7.19) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 Mana Toyoda
m_toyoda@level5ia.com
CRIMSON SHROUD™
(LEVEL- 5) Nintendo 3DS
(Download) €4.99 (£4.49) until 2/1/14, 23:59 local time.
Regular price is €7.99 (£7.19) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 Mana Toyoda
m_toyoda@level5ia.com
LIBERATION MAIDEN™
(LEVEL- 5) Nintendo 3DS
(Download) €4.99 (£4.49) until 2/1/14, 23:59 local time.
Regular price is €7.99 (£7.19) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 Mana Toyoda
m_toyoda@level5ia.com
THE STARSHIP DAMREY™
(LEVEL- 5) Nintendo 3DS
(Download) €4.99 (£4.49) until 2/1/14, 23:59 local time.
Regular price is €7.99 (£7.19) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 Mana Toyoda
m_toyoda@level5ia.com
Permanent Price Reductions
Title Platform Price Point on Nintendo eShop* Available on Further Info Contact
Nano Assault EX
(Shin'en Multimedia) Nintendo 3DS
(Download) €9.99
(£8.74) was €14.99
(£12.49) Nintendo eShop from 12/12/13 Manfred Linzner
linzner@shinen.com


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About Nintendo eShop:
Nintendo eShop on Wii U or Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo 3DS XL offers a variety of free and paid for software, as well as videos, user reviews and more information about Wii U and Nintendo 3DS software. On Wii U, users can download free game demos and Wii U Download Software or watch videos. On Nintendo 3DS/Nintendo 3DS XL users can download free game demos, Nintendo 3DS Download Software, classic games for Virtual Console, Downloadable Videos and Nintendo DSiWare. Download versions of selected Wii U Disc software or Nintendo 3DS Card software are also now available (additional storage devices may be required to download these games from Nintendo eShop). Funds to purchase software can be added using a credit card or through Nintendo eShop cards which can be found at retail stores.

About Wii Shop Channel & Nintendo DSi Shop:
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About Nintendo:
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.1 billion video games and more than 659 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.

� All indicated prices are inclusive of applicable VAT.
**Depending on the Wii U console or Nintendo 3DS model you own and the use of it, an additional storage device may be required to download software from Nintendo eShop.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.