Nintendo announces eShop-exclusive games for European Wii U launch, system update required

When the Wii U launches in Europe tomorrow, Nov. 30, the Nintendo eShop will offer several games for download, according to a press release from the company.

The titles available exclusively through the eShop will include:

  • Trine 2: Directors Cut for €13.49 (£10.99)
  • Puddle for €7.99 (£7.19)
  • Nano Assault Neo for €9.99 (£8.99)
  • Little Inferno for €14.99 (£12.99)
  • Chasing Aurora for €11.99 (£10.79)

Nintendo will also offer demos for games like FIFA 13 in addition to full game downloads for retail titles like New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, ZombiU and FIFA 13.

Before European Wii U owners can access the content, they'll need to perform a system update that provides access to the Nintendo eShop, as well as Miiverse, Wii U Chat and the system's web browser. It took Polygon's staff about an hour and 45 minutes to download and install the patch, and you can check out our impressions of its features here.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata recently apologized for the patch, saying that he feels "very sorry for the fact that purchasers of Wii U have to experience a network update which takes such a long time, and that there are the services which were not available at the hardware's launch."

For a broader look at Nintendo's new system, be sure to check out our Wii U review, which also includes Polygon's first video review.

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