It's taken a little longer than normal to receive confirmation, but we finally have the North American download information for the week. This time around the focus is truly on retail downloads, though a much-anticipated download-only title arrives from Capcom. Let's get to it.
Wii U Virtual Console
Baseball (Nintendo, $4.99) — The NES Sports range continues its route onto the Wii U Virtual Console with this rather popular American sport. You pitch, you bat and you (sort of) field, but we weren't impressed many years ago in our Wii Virtual Console Baseball review.
Pinball (Nintendo, $4.99) — It's another one of the earliest NES games, which explains the rather simplistic title. This is a fairly basic game of pinball with a Mario mini-game thrown in, and we gave it a reasonable recommendation in our Wii Virtual Console Pinball review.
Wii U eShop Retail Downloads
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, $59.99) — Available from 29th October, this is the latest in the hugely popular Ubisoft franchise, on this occasion focusing itself in the Caribbean islands with the Grandfather of the main protagonist from Assassin's Creed III, Edward Kenway. Promising a large, seamless world and plenty of action out at sea, we'll let you know what we think as soon as possible.
Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros. Interactive, $49.99) — The first of this particular series not developed directly by Rocksteady, this third title goes back to Batman's younger days and the tricky task of taking on multiple assassin's chasing his bounty. The Wii U version lacks the new online multiplayer mode, though may continue the good work of GamePad integration seen in Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition; we'll sneak around in the shadows and do our best Batman voice while working on a review.
Sonic Lost World (SEGA, $49.99) — Available from 29th October, the home console iteration of this Sonic title is arguably the most anticipated of the two, incorporating some fresh ideas and circular environments along with various staples of the 3D Sonic genre. Despite some issues throughout the experience, we enjoyed enough of the title to give it a modest recommendation in our Sonic Lost World review.
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., $39.99) — A surprise appearance this week, it's available from 29th October.
Monster High: 13 Wishes (Little Orbit, $39.99) — Available from 29th October.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (Capcom, $29.99) — Originally expected as a retail release, Capcom is bringing the much anticipated sequel exclusively to the eShop with a lower price. Fans may object to the absence of a physical retail version, but there is the consolation that a localised version has arrived. We'll bring you a review very soon.
3DS Virtual Console
Star Soldier (Konami, $4.99) — It's another NES title on the 3DS eShop, which also adds to the solid collection of scrolling shmups that have crept onto the service. There are 16 stages to battle through, but this may not be the best example of the genre available on your 3DS — check out our extensive Star Soldier review for details.
3DS Retail Downloads
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Warner Bros. Interactive, $39.99) — Available from 25th October, this spin-off to the home-console title is a 2.5D game developed by Armature Studios. Despite the shift in perspective it'll include various features popular in the franchise.
Sonic Lost World (SEGA, $49.99) — Available from 29th October, this is the portable version of the exclusive Sonic title that was developed by Dimps. Though impressive in ambition and the visuals achieved on the system, we felt this was a thoroughly average experience in our Sonic Lost World review.
Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land (D3Publisher, $29.95) — Available from 29th October.
Monster High: 13 Wishes (Little Orbit, $29.99) — Available from 29th October.
Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2 (Rising Star Games, $29.95)
My Little Baby 3D (TREVA Entertainment GmbH, $29.99)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Urban Trial Freestyle (Tate Multimedia, $4.99 until 7th November, normally $6.99)
That's your lot, North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (275 votes)
Baseball (Wii U Virtual Console)
Pinball (Wii U Virtual Console)
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Wii U retail download)
Batman: Arkham Origins (Wii U retail download)
Sonic Lost World (Wii U retail download)
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (Wii U retail download)
Monster High: 13 Wishes (Wii U retail download)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (3DS eShop)
Star Soldier (3DS Virtual Console)
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS retail download)
Sonic Lost World (3DS retail download)
Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land (3DS retail download)
Monster High: 13 Wishes (3DS retail download)
Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2 (3DS retail download)
My Little Baby 3D (3DS retail download)
Urban Trial Freestyle (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Nothing for me this week
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