Nintendo Download: 16th August 2012 (North America)

Mario, musical DLC and crazy chickens

Another week, another Nintendo Download update, though we do have to sadly inform you that this week's options are rather limited. A certain plumber makes his retail eShop debut at the weekend and in another discounted classic, but apart from that the options are rather slim and chicken-themed. Without further ado, let's get to it.

Retail Download

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, $39.99) — The latest Mario adventure will be available as a retail download from 19th August, the same date that the physical release hits stores: copies purchased via the eShop will be eligible for double Club Nintendo coins for four weeks after launch. While this entry doesn't necessarily innovate or take the franchise in a new direction, we argued that this matters little in our New Super Mario Bros. 2 review.

eShop

Crazy Chicken Pirates 3D (Teyon, $1.99) — This point and shoot — or should that be tap and shoot — title has been available in one form or another on PC before now, but makes the leap to 3DS while promising attractive hand-drawn visuals and lots of secrets to uncover. It comes in at a budget price, but we'll see whether this one's good enough to hit the mark in our upcoming review.

DSiWare

Crazy Chicken Pirates (Teyon, 200 points) — We expect this to be exactly the same as the 3DS eShop version, but with 100% less stereoscopic 3D visuals. In any case, we'll bring you a DSiWare review soon.

3DS DLC

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (individual tracks) — At the time of writing no details of the available DLC tracks are on the Nintendo or Theatrhythm websites. As soon as the list is available we'll update this entry.

Month of Mario

Mario's Picross (Nintendo, $2.99 for a limited period) — This final confirmed discount in the Month of Mario is reduced to $2.99 until 22nd August. Most will be familiar with Picross and played it in some form in recent years, yet this Game Boy version still has plenty of charm and, most importantly, top notch puzzles to keep gamers busy. You can read what we think of the 250-plus puzzles in our Mario's Picross review.

There's also a coin rush video for New Super Mario Bros. 2 to find and enjoy, but there isn't a great deal to choose from overall. Will you be downloading anything? Let us know in the comments and the poll below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (227 votes)

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)

25%

Crazy Chicken Pirates 3D (eShop)

4%

Crazy Chicken Pirates (DSiWare)

  0%

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (3DS DLC)

4%

Mario's Picross (Virtual Console)

3%

Nothing for me this week

63%

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