We’re about a week away from Halloween, and what better way to get into the spirit than with some spooky gaming? This week’s batch of eShop releases features plenty of titles that fit that bill. The most notable is Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, the first Wii U installment of the survival horror series. Even among the many horror franchises in gaming, Fatal Frame is renowned for its creepy atmosphere, and Maiden of Black Water certainly looks like it maintains that tradition, taking players on a dark journey to uncover the secret behind a string of deaths in a haunting forest. While the game is only available as a downloadable title in North America, Wii U owners do have a chance to test out its first two chapters completely free of charge before they decide to purchase the full title.
Beyond that, horror fans also have the unsettling Slender: The Arrival to look forward to this week. If you prefer to embark on a lighter adventure this Halloween, however, you can snag the Game Boy Advance port of Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts through the Wii U Virtual Console, while Double Fine’s charming trick-or-treating RPG Costume Quest 2 goes on sale just in time for Halloween next week on October 26.
While Wii U has received the lion’s share of releases this week, 3DS has a few highlights as well. The handheld’s biggest title is undoubtedly The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, the first new Zelda multiplayer adventure since GameCube’s Four Swords Adventures. 3DS owners can also download a free demo of Yo-Kai Watch, the spirit-taming juggernaut from Level-5 that’s taken Japan by storm. All in all, it looks like another solid week for Nintendo fans.
Below is the full list of titles available this week. Titles in bold denote Nintendojo recommendations.
Wii U Retail/eShop
- Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water – First two chapters free ($49.99 for the entire game)
- Just Dance 2016 – $49.99
- Just Dance: Disney Party 2 – $39.99
- Slender: The Arrival – $9.99
- Ascent of Kings – $1.99
- Color Bombs – $1.49
- Cutie Pets Pick Berries – $4.99
Wii U Virtual Console
- Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts (GBA) – $7.99
- The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes – $39.99
- Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations – $29.99
- Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden – $29.99
- Gravity Falls: Legend of the Gnome Gemulets – $29.99
- Gunslugs 2 – $4.99
- Wizdom – $9.99
- Yo-Kai Watch
- Stella Glow
Wii U eShop
- Costume Quest 2 – $4.99 from October 26 to November 4 (normally $14.99)
- Bombing Bastards – discounted until October 29
- Funky Physics – $0.99 until November 12 (normally $1.99)
- The Quiet Collection – $3.99 from October 24 to November 7 (normally $4.99)
- Spot the Differences: Party! – discounted until October 29
- 99Moves – discounted until November 19
- 99Seconds – discounted until November 19
- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth – discounted from October 26 to November 9
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor: Soul Hackers – discounted from October 26 to November 9
- Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay – discounted from October 24 to December 1
- Disney Frozen: Olaf’s Quest – discounted from October 24 to December 1
- Demon King Box – discounted until November 12
- Quell Memento – discounted until November 12
See anything you’ll be downloading this week? Let us know in the comments!