It's Nintendo Download time, North America, with a host of new offerings to tempt you this week. We have a wonderful PlatinumGames Wii U retail exclusive, classic Zelda, a promising demo, various sales and more. The DSi even gets some love this week, leaving the Wii as the only system with no updates; let's get to the details.
Wii U Retail Download
The Wonderful 101 (Nintendo, $59.99) — Available to download from 15th September, this action title from PlatinumGames combines team management (of sorts) with crazy weapons, anarchic action and enormous mechs, among other things. Bombastic and playful throughout, it's quite unlike anything else you're likely to have played in recent times, and an exciting Wii U exclusive; we certainly loved it in our The Wonderful 101 review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo, $4.99) — This still remains, arguably, the biggest oddity of the Zelda franchise — no, we don't count CDi games! With a top-down overworld and side-scrolling action when in dungeons and towns, the leveling-up elements of this release also set it aside from its contemporaries; it can also be teeth-grindingly difficult. It's perhaps the series underdog and may not be for everyone, but we thought it deserved support and praise in our 3DS Virtual Console Zelda II: The Adventure of Link review.
Wii U Update and Price Promotion
Toki Tori 2+ (Two Tribes, $8.99 until 19th September, normally $14.99) — This title has a substantial update (free to current owners) that brings the Wii U version more in line with that released on the PC, with the developer aiming to address feedback from the launch day build. We've had plenty of time with this update before it was released, and have posted our hands on impressions; those that buy the game from today will receive the + version by default.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Renegade Kid, $6.99 until 26th September, normally $9.99)
3DS Virtual Console
Tecmo Bowl (TECMO KOEI GAMES, $4.99) — It's 8-bit American Football, oh my! Not quite the complex, occasionally confusing experience of the modern Madden titles, this has a very limited set of plays — two passing and two running — to deal with. Its simplicity is arguably one of its strengths, and you certainly don't need to be an expert of the sport to enjoy the single player, multiplayer or coaching options. We'll go for a touchdown in a fresh review, but until then you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Tecmo Bowl review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (Pixel Toys, $3.99 from 13th September until 2nd October, normally $7.99)
Bike Rider DX (Spicysoft, $2.99 until 10th October, normally $5.99)
Mutant Mudds (Renegade Kid, $5.99 until 26th September, normally $8.99)
Bomb Monkey (Renegade Kid, $2.99 until 26th September, normally $4.99)
ATV Wild Ride 3D (Renegade Kid, $4.99 until 26th September, normally $7.99)
3DS Retail Demo
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl (Atlus, free) — This demo is available from 16th September.
Letter Challenge (Enjoy Gaming, 300 Nintendo Points) — DSiWare lives again with a puzzle title joining the ranks of what is possibly the most popular genre on the DSi Shop. This title offers four word games — WordBlast, Pickletter, Hangman and Wordfinder — for some pick-up-and-play puzzling to keep your brain busy. We'll dig out our dictionary and bring you a review.
Tales to Enjoy! Little Red Riding Hood (Enjoy Gaming, 200 Nintendo Points) — This is an education game for young children, which aims to tell the popular story with interactive elements and mini-games; voice narration is included. We'll bring you a review soon.
Tales to Enjoy! Puss in Boots (Enjoy Gaming, 200 Nintendo Points) — Another education title which tells a tale with interactive elements and minigames; our review will tell its own story.
That's another week down, North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (330 votes)
The Wonderful 101 (Wii U retail download)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii U Virtual Console)
Toki Tori 2+ (Wii U update and temporary discount)
Tecmo Bowl (3DS Virtual Console)
Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Bike Rider DX (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Letter Challenge (DSiWare)
Tales to Enjoy! Little Red Riding Hood (DSiWare)
Tales to Enjoy! Puss in Boots (DSiWare)
Just the Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl demo
Nothing for me this week
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