Nintendo of Europe has announced this week’s eShop offerings, and they are kicking off December with a couple of big releases. The title that will probably see the most downloads will be Pokémon Picross, due to its free-to-play nature, but there are two other big RPGs that fans have been looking forward to.
As previously noted, Pokémon Picross will be a free-to-play title. Players that can solve the Nintendo 3DS exclusive’s picross titles will be rewarded with portraits of different Pokémon. There are over 300 different puzzles to solve, and players can even use their Pokémon to help them in case they are stuck.
As with most free-to-play titles, Pokémon Picross will be supported by microtransactions. Players will be able to purchase an in-game currency called Picrites, which is used to heal your Pokémon and purchase new areas, for varying prices. For example, 1000 Picrites will cost €6.99, while 4000 will take €24.99 out of your bank account. Similar to the spending cap found in Pokémon Rumble World, the game will only allow players to buy up to 5,000 Picrites. Don’t be too worried, though, as Picrites can be earned in-game.
The other major 3DS release is Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.. While the latest installment in the Mario & Luigi series won’t be hitting North America until 2016, the series is hoping to end 2015 on a high note over in Europe. This time around the mustachioed brothers will cross paths with another popular RPG series, Paper Mario. Check out the trailer below to find out if you want to spend your €39.99.
Nintendo Wii U owners will also be feeling the love, as two highly anticipated titles are finally out in Europe. The first of which is Monolith Soft’s massive JRPG, Xenoblade Chronicles X. This might be the best value in gaming as €59.99 will net you a game that can easily span over 100 hours long. While it does share a lot in common with the original Xenoblade Chronicles, the two games are not directly tied together.
The other major Wii U release is Tomorrow Corporation’s Human Resource Machine. The corporate life simulator manages to teach players the basics of programming, while also being a fun video game. The latest title from the studio that brought gamers World of Goo and Little Inferno can be purchased for €9.99.
Finally, the virtual console is receiving some love in the form of the Wii cult classic Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure, and two Nintendo DS Kirby titles. Zack & Wiki can be purchased for €19.99, while both Kirby Mass Attack and Kirby Power Paintbrush can be bought for €9.99. If you buy both Kirby titles, you can get one of the two for the discounted price of €4.99.
Let us know if you’ll be picking up any of the Nintendo eShop offerings in the comments below!