It's Nintendo Download update time, and this week brings a rather lengthy list of titles for North America. All four systems are covered, with quite a few retail games making their download début, so let's get on with it.
3DS download software
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots GmbH, $7.99) — It's fairly self explanatory in terms of the storyline, with the developer promising an interesting plot to follow over six chapters. Mini-games are promised while we expect much of the gameplay to involve finding hidden objects in and around the fated ship; we'll be going on a voyage with this one in our review, soon.
3DS Virtual Console
Mighty Bomb Jack (Tecmo, $4.99) — This NES title has made an appearance on the Wii Virtual Console and the 3DS equivalent in Europe, with the handheld release now arriving in North America. This version moved away from the simple action well-known from the arcade original, but ultimately results in a lot of tough NES-style trial and error. Some may get a kick out of it, but others may want to read our Mighty Bomb Jack review first.
3DS eShop Demo
Fractured Soul (Endgame Studios, free) — A game that was a long time in the making, evolving from a DS retail release to an eventual arrival on the 3DS eShop. It's a challenging dual-screen action platformer that earned 8/10 in our Fractured Soul review, and now's your chance to try some of it for free.
3DS retail downloads
Scribblenauts Unlimited (Warner Bros, $39.99)
LEGO Lord of the Rings (Warner Bros, $39.99)
Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning (Natsume, $39.99)
Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition (Telegames Inc, $29.99)
3DS retail DLC
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo, $2.50 per pack) — Nintendo brings two more Coin Rush level packs to the handheld's 2D platformer with Platform Panic Pack and the not-so-creatively-titled Coin Challenge Pack C. Each has coin targets and a different difficulty rating, depending on how in-tune you feel with your Mario ninja skills.
Wii U retail demo
EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 (Electronic Arts, free) — A free FIFA demo arrived on the European Wii U eShop last week, and now it makes its way across the pond in its soccer guise. We felt that the rushed development had led to some unfortunate compromises in our FIFA 13 review, but now you can play a match for free.
Christmas Wonderland 2 (Microvalue, 800 Points) — 'Tis the season for festive downloads on both sides of the pond, as Christmas Wonderland 2 arrives to follow in the footsteps of last year's Christmas Wonderland; much of the play is likely to involve hidden-objects, though some mini-games should be thrown in for good measure. We'll spot the differences from last year's release in our upcoming review.
Crystal Adventure (CIRCLE Entertainment, 200 Points) — It looks like a top down RPG, which seems to feature a great deal of dungeon crawling and turn-based battles along with a story that includes a sorceror, demon and some crystals. It comes in at a budget price, but we'll get questing to let you know whether it's worth your time in our review, soon.
Wii Virtual Console
BurgerTime (G-mode, 500 Points) — This NES original of the well-known franchise is sure to push the buttons of some retro enthusiasts, as you take on the noble goal of defeating deadly food enemies while constructing perfect burgers. We'll see whether this is still delicious in our review.
SKRILLEX & THE DOORS (free) — In this unprecedented collaboration between electronic trailblazer, Skrillex, & rock legends, The Doors, BREAKN' A SWEAT takes you on a post-apocalyptic adventure in full 3D - only on Nintendo Video.
So there you have it, lots to choose from at all sorts of price points. Let us know which of these will be eating up your funds in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (171 votes)
Murder on the Titanic (3DS eShop)
Mighty Bomb Jack (3DS Virtual Console)
Scribblenauts Unlimited (3DS retail download)
LEGO Lord of the Rings (3DS retail download)
Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning (3DS retail download)
Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition (3DS retail download)
New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC
Christmas Wonderland 2 (DSiWare)
BurgerTime (Wii Virtual Console)
Nothing for me this week
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