It's Nintendo Download time, North America, with a certain Game Freak title dominating attention this time around. There are some other offerings, retro and new, to consider, including two(!) zombie-themed games on Nintendo's handhelds. Let's stop blabbering and get on with it, shall we?
Wii U Virtual Console
GOLF (Nintendo, $4.99) — Oddly, this original golf title from the NES doesn't appear to have been released on the Wii Virtual Console, so it makes its — much anticipated? — return on the Wii U Virtual Console. It has two player options and delivers what the title promises: it's golf. We'll hit the Links while wearing some tartan trousers and let you know what we think.
Tennis (Nintendo, $4.99) — This is a title that did arrive on the Wii Virtual Console, and like its golfing brethren serves up a simple, uncomplicated 8-bit version of the sport; we'll hit the courts once again, while you can check out our original Wii Virtual Console Tennis review.
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, $5.99) — For Nintendo gamers deprived of a new Wave Race title, this is certainly one that may grab the eye. With plenty of Cups and tracks, Download Play and StreetPass functionality it's full of promise, though in our Aqua Moto Racing 3D review we encountered some issues with choppy performance. Zordix has stated that this is an updated version with smoother gameplay and improved physics.
Escape From Zombie City (Tom Create, $3.99) — You're a lone soldier left in the streets that have been overrun by a zombie apocalypse; while that sounds rather generic, this top-down action shooter does look relatively fun. It features both a Story and Endless mode, so we'll gear up and bring you a review soon.
3DS Retail Downloads
Pokémon X & Y (Nintendo, $39.99 each) — It finally arrives on 12th October, a title about gathering creatures and exploring a vast land that's been accumulating a lot of hype in recent months. A new generation in one of the game industry's most popular franchises, gamers will first have to choose whether to pick up X or Y — or both, potentially — before the serious business begins of picking starters (new and first-gen) for the journey. We imagine many will be very tempted by these titles, and we feel that the new features and ideas, alongside established norms for the series, make it a must have for fans and newcomers. Check out our Pokémon X & Y review for the full lowdown.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus, $29.99) — Released at physical retail way back in 2011, this title's arrival on the 3DS eShop may make it more immediately accessible and tempting to more gamers. It deserves the attention, too, as our recommendation in our Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked review makes clear.
Super Black Bass 3D (Rising Star Games, $19.95)
Zombie Blaster (Enjoy Gaming, 500 Nintendo Points) — The zombie theme continues on DSiWare — the undead platform? — with this survival FPS, with 12 levels and three different weapons, as well as the option to play in co-op. We'll try to avoid becoming zombie food long enough to bring you a review.
That's your lot this week, North America, so let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (326 votes)
GOLF (Wii U Virtual Console)
Tennis (Wii U Virtual Console)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (3DS eShop)
Escape From Zombie City (3DS eShop)
Pokémon X & Y (3DS retail download)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS retail download)
Super Black Bass 3D (3DS retail download)
Zombie Blaster (DSiWare)
Nothing for me this week
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