It's Nintendo Download time, North America, with this week bringing new offerings to Wii U, 3DS and even DSiWare — it's the latest handheld that has the most content. A particularly enticing first-person RPG features in the retail downloads, while some sequels and WiiWare remakes are among the 3DS eShop titles; check out the details below.
Wii U Virtual Console
Donkey Kong 3 (Nintendo, $4.99) — The third entry in the original DK series now arrives on the Wii U Virtual Console, adding to its library of NES offerings. This one is quite a departure from its predecessors as you attempt to shoot the big ape with bug spray, which certainly is a change. We'll take another look, but in the meantime you can cast your eyes over our original Wii Virtual Console Donkey Kong 3 review, in which it bugged us rather than made us go ape.
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BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 - Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games, $9.99 from 1st to 7th October, normally $14.99)
Carps & Dragons (Abylight, $4.99) — Although rebranded, this is in many respects a re-release of WiiWare title Fish'em All!; there are key improvements, such as physical controls instead of motion equivalents and a more steady pace at which to play. With three modes to work through, this is worth consideration for arcade fishing fans, as our Carps & Dragons review makes clear.
Family Table Tennis 3D (ARC System Works, $4.99) — Another WiiWare title is reborn on the 3DS eShop, with 8 family members competing across six stages in the main game; there are also three mini-games and achievements included. We weren't particularly impressed with the Wii original, but will find a sweatband and take to the table once again.
Mystery Murders: The Sleeping Palace (Microvalue, $7.99) — It's the second Mystery Murders title from Microvalue, this time focusing on a palace that's fallen victim to mysterious powers. Its predecessor on the 3DS eShop, Jack the Ripper, was a rather average hidden object game underneath the mystery of the storyline. We'll dig out our magnifying glass to check this one out.
3DS Retail Downloads
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl (Atlus, $39.99) — Arriving on the 3DS eShop along with the retail release on 1st October, this is a retelling of the original Etrian Odyssey on DS. It does sport improvements over the original, notably a story mode with set characters and more structure to proceedings, along with a Classic mode for series veterans or those that want to choose their own path. It refines the series brand of self-direction and first-person dungeon crawling, and we gave it a glowing recommendation in our Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl review.
Rune Factory 4 (XSEED, $39.99) — The popular series returns on the 3DS, with lands to cultivate, relationships to develop and monsters to battle. Available from 1st October.
Let's Ride: Best in Breed 3D (TREVA Entertainment, $19.99) — It's another horse-raising sim on the 3DS eShop, with this one tasking you with raising your foals and helping them to practice their jumps, with AR card and StreetPass features included. We'll muck out the stable to bring you a review.
Paws & Claws: Pampered Pets Resort 3D (TREVA Entertainment, $19.99) — If horses aren't on your wishlist this week, perhaps this pet sim is an option. As well as caring for the pets and playing assorted minigames, you'll be tasked with expanding the resort as a business; we'll see if it gives us 'paws' for thought.
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Shin Megami Tensei IV ($39.99 until 14th October, normally $49.99)
Astro (Enjoy Gaming, $2.99) — This appears to be a space-based shoot-em-up, with a battle over "Star Platinum" with a "vast pirate fleet". It promises eight main levels (with 4 sub levels each), 18 enemy types and three standard difficulty modes, with a fourth INSANE option as an unlockable. We'll see whether this is a blast in our upcoming review.
Quite a lot to choose from, but will any of these options part you from your funds? Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (263 votes)
Donkey Kong 3 (Wii U Virtual Console)
BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 - Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Carps & Dragons (3DS eShop)
Family Table Tennis 3D (3DS eShop)
Let's Ride: Best in Breed 3D (3DS eShop)
Mystery Murders: The Sleeping Palace (3DS eShop)
Paws & Claws: Pampered Pets Resort 3D (3DS eShop)
Etrian Odyssey: The Millenium Girl (3DS retail download)
Rune Factory 4 (3DS retail download)
Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Nothing for me this week
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