Nintendo Download: 23rd August 2012 (North America)

Racing, metal slugging and the abyss

We've seen some pretty busy line-ups for the Nintendo Download update in recent times, but it's rather quiet this time around: will it be quality over quantity? Each platform gets one game, and the heady days of discounted downloads are forgotten. Still, let's get to it.

eShop

VectorRacing (Arc System Works, $6.99) — Right on the heels of SpeedX 3D's budget release in Europe, VectorRacing arrives with more racing action, except of a more conventional F-Zero-esque style. This one boasts retro-style vector graphics — there don't seem to be any textures — promises six different machines, 12 courses and four different play modes. There appears to be wireless multiplayer and online leaderboards, so with options such as Grand Prix and Time Trial this could be promising. We'll let you know whether this is fast enough to keep up with retro classics in our upcoming review.

DSiWare

Abyss (EnjoyUp Games, 200 points) — EnjoyUp Games is one of DSiWare's most prolific developers of budget titles, some of which are highly recommended. This latest release tasks you with exploring the depths of the sea, in the year 3024, using a robot with a diminishing light source to find valuable 'Gaia' stones. We'll dive right in and give our verdict soon.

Wii Virtual Console

Metal Slug X (D4 Enterprise, 900 points) — It's Metal Slug, on Neo Geo, so we imagine that for some of you that's all you need to hear. For those that aren't sure, this is apparently an improved version of Metal Slug 2, which was a rather good game in its own right. With new weapons, enemies, difficulty levels and tweaks to music and level backgrounds, as well as two player support, this could be worth a very serious look. We'll gear up and see whether it lives up to expectations.

That's it for this week, just three downloads to pick from. Each has potential, however, so what do you think you'll download this week? Let us know in the comments and poll below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (196 votes)

VectorRacing (3DS - eShop)

20%

Metal Slug X (Wii - Virtual Console)

9%

Abyss (DSiWare)

6%

Nothing for me this week

65%

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