Wii U Virtual Console
Super Mario Kart (Nintendo, €7.99 / £5.49) — The original karting extravaganza that started it all lands on the Wii U, with this Super NES release set to build out hype that little bit more ahead of the eighth entry arriving in May. Those diving in will notice how different the controls feel, but this still undoubtedly stands up as a hugely fun game in the modern day.
Mighty Bomb Jack (Tecmo, €4.99 / £3.49) — Another NES title joins the Wii U VC library, this time in the form of Tecmo's arcade platformer. This is a rather difficult game with secrets to discover; it won't be for everyone.
Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo, €4.99 / £3.49) — More Tecmo NES goodness, this time in the form of the iconic and outrageously difficult action game. Respawning enemies, tricky jumps and the classic 'bounce-back-when-hit' mechanic will test skills and patience.
Wii U eShop Special Offer
Purchase Super Mario Kart between 27/03/2014 and 30/06/2014 and receive a £5.49 / €7.99 discount off the Wii U eShop release of Mario Kart 8. Purchases of Super Mario Kart using the Virtual Console loyalty offer qualify, and Mario Kart 8 must be purchased between 30/05/2014 until 30/06/2014; both downloads must be made on the same Wii U system.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
F1 Race Stars: Powered Up Edition (Codemasters, €12.49 / £9.99 until 3rd April, normally €24.99 / £19.99)
Skater Cat (Teyon, €4.99 / £4.49) — If you like happy looking cats, this may be a game for you. Developed by FUN UNIT, this looks like a side-scrolling runner with 25 levels to take on; you can also exchange and race Ghost times through StreetPass and SpotPass, as well as race with your Mii.
3DS Virtual Console
Adventure Island II (Konami, €4.99 / £4.49) — This sequel in the somewhat iconic series improves on the controls and overall gameplay of the original, as should surely be the case, while you can also ride dinosaurs for an easier trek through the levels.
3DS Retail Download
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Nintendo, €44.99 / £39.99) — Available from 28th March. This cross-over between the popular Level-5 and Capcom franchises has taken a while to make it to the West, and delivers an enjoyable mix of the Professor's gentlemanly puzzle solving and Phoenix Wright's humorous, over-the-top courtroom battles. This is a lengthy adventure that shouldn't raise many objections for fans of either series.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, €5.99 / £5.39 until 17th April, normally €7.99 / £7.19)
Real Heroes Firefighter 3D: Download Edition (Zordix AB, €4.99 / £4.49 until 17th April, normally €9.99 / £8.99)
3DS eShop Demo
Wakedas (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)