It's Nintendo Download time once again, North America, and just a little later than normal this week. We have a fairly lengthy list for you to pore over, covering content on the Wii U and 3DS eShops as well as one DSiWare title. There's plenty to get through, so let's leap right in.
Wii U eShop
TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (keen games, $7.99) — The original TNT Racers on WiiWare was a relatively fun racing game, and Keen Games has now stepped up to try and bring that and more to the Wii U; enhancements include new items to shake up races, additional modes, cars and tracks as well as online leaderboards. There's certainly a strong emphasis on local multiplayer, too, and we gave this a solid recommendation in our TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition review.
Wii U Retail Download
Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft, $TBC) — Available from 8th October.
Wii U eShop Discount
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation, $7.49 until 9th October, normally $14.99)
Wii U Virtual Console
Final Fight (Capcom, $7.99) — This is one of the original arcade conversions to the Super NES, and an iconic beat 'em up that's certainly welcome on the latest Virtual Console. We'll seek vengeance on the streets soon, while you can check out our rather personal story in the original Wii Virtual Console Final Fight review.
Final Fight 2 (Capcom, $7.99) — This second entry rights some wrongs of the first, including multiple playable characters and two-player co-op, though perhaps disappoints with some gameplay elements. You can see what we thought in our Wii Virtual Console Final Fight 2 review, while we'll take to the streets again to take a fresh look.
Final Fight 3 (Capcom, $7.99) — Rounding off the Super NES trilogy of titles hitting the Wii U VC this week, this one includes more brawling on the streets but also the option of an automatic two player mode where you play with the CPU. By our reckoning this third entry is certainly the best of the group, as explained in our Wii Virtual Console Final Fight 3 review.
Wii U Virtual Console Promotion
Picross e3 (Jupiter Corporation, $5.99) — No, this isn't a mashup of a popular puzzle genre with the annual LA gaming extravaganza, but the third in the 3DS eShop franchise. Slipping past its previously estimated September release, this is likely to bring more of the clean, enjoyable Picross action with which many of us are familiar. We'll bring you a review soon.
Family Bowling 3D (Arc System Works, $4.99) — After a fairly lengthy spell where the 3DS eShop bypassed the concept of virtual ten-pin bowling, all of a sudden there are now multiple options available. Arc System Works continues its Family range of games, allowing up to four players to take each other on in multiple modes, while solo bowlers can also take on some challenges. We'll dig out our custom made bowling ball, step into some smelly rental shoes and let you know what we think.
Happy Circus (Moving Player, $3.99) — Another title to join the steadily growing library of education games on the 3DS, this one promises to help youngsters learn to read and count in six languages, all wrapped in a cute circus animal bow. We'll bring you our review very soon.
Halloween: Trick or Treat 2 (Microvalue, $7.99) — It feels slightly early to be considering a Halloween game, and yet here it is. This is a sequel to a DSiWare title, and once again promises to deliver a mixture of object finding and mini-games; in truth the original got an absolute mauling in our review. Is this one terrifying in all of the wrong ways? We'll let bygones be bygones and give this a chance to spook us out in our upcoming review.
3DS eShop Demo
Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)
3DS Retail Downloads
Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleeping Star (Tulip Games, $7.99) — There's been a few Jewel Quest games in recent times, and now North America can enjoy the latest entry on DSiWare. You match gems, much like its predecessors, yet we feel that a lacking execution and absence of flair combine unfavourably with a fairly generic concept; check out our Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleeping Star review for the full lowdown.
Quite a lot to choose from this time around, so let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (288 votes)
TNT Racers - Nitro Machines Edition (Wii U eShop)
Just Dance 2014 (Wii U retail download)
Little Inferno (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Final Fight (Wii U Virtual Console)
Final Fight 2 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Final Fight 3 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Picross e3 (3DS eShop)
Family Bowling 3D (3DS eShop)
Happy Circus (3DS eShop)
Halloween: Trick or Treat 2 (3DS eShop)
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure (3DS retail download)
Jewel Quest 5 - The Sleeping Star (DSiWare)
Just the Witch & Hero demo for me
Nothing for me this week
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