Nintendo Download: 16th August 2012 (Europe)

Mario, ninjas and viruses

This week is a landmark one for the Nintendo Download update, with retail titles making their first appearance. 3DS and DSi owners are looked after with new download software, though it's another lonesome week for Wii.

Retail Software

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, £39.99) — Mario's latest 2D adventure arrives, bringing with it another batch of wonderfully judged platforming levels and the ambitious goal of gathering one million coins, as well as defeating Bowser. While it may not innovate or take the famous plumber in both new directions, we nevertheless rate it as a terrific experience, as you can read in our New Super Mario Bros. 2 review.

Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! (Nintendo, £24.99) — This retail release replaces the original eShop download, with extra content such as RPG-lite dungeons, collectible abilities, a wider range of forms and a fun multiplayer mode. Whether those improvements make the higher price worthwhile is down to individual preference — though the choice will be gone after the update — and you can read what we thought in our Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! review.

New Art Academy (Nintendo, £29.99) — With the original DSiWare and retail releases proving such a success, the arrival of New Art Academy on eShop isn't surprising. With a number of basic and advanced lessons that actually teach you and enable improvement, future DLC and enough tools to keep any artist satisfied, this takes the series up another notch. We got artistic in our New Art Academy review to look at it in just the right light.

3DS Virtual Console

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (Konami, £2.70/€3) — This action RPG tasks you with saving ancient Japan from the Black Ship Gang, so no pressure. With three characters to control, towns to visit, locals to question and puzzles to solve, it sounds like this Game Boy title has plenty for you to do: we'll let you know whether it's worthwhile in our upcoming review.

Retail DLC

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (Square Enix, £0.90 each)

March of the Dreadnoughts (FF13 - FMS)
Battle Theme (FF11 - BMS)
Esper Battle (FF12 - BMS)
Battle 2 (FF04 - BMS)

DSiWare

The Lost Town — The Jungle (CIRCLE Entertainment, 200 points) — This second entry in The Lost Town series has you exploring a meteorite landing in the Amazon jungle, enlisting the assistance of some locals. The top-down perspective and premise have potential, as well as the good quality of the original, but we feel that this one falls into the category of "lazy sequel", as our The Lost Town — The Jungle review explains.

Escape The Virus: Shoot ’Em Up! (Teyon, 200 points) - Teyon continues the series with some more shoot 'em up action, we quite liked Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival so keep your eyes peeled for our review later in the week.

So there you have it. What will you be downloading this week? Let us know in the poll below!

What will you be downloading first this week? (154 votes)

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS retail)

29%

Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! (3DS retail)

  0%

New Art Academy (3DS retail)

3%

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (3DS VC - Game Boy)

18%

The Lost Town - The Jungle (DSiWare)

1%

Escape The Virus: Shoot’Em Up! (DSiWare)

1%

Nothing for me this week

49%

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