Nintendo Download: 21st November (North America)

Mario, Zelda, Crazy Coasters, EDGE, discounted Mega Man and much more

It's Nintendo Download update time again, North America, and this week brings two long awaited retail releases on the Wii U and 3DS, a new Mario Party game, plenty of reduced price Mega Man and some promising download-only content on the Wii U, in particular. There's plenty to choose from, so let's get to it.

Wii U eShop

Coaster Crazy Deluxe (Frontier, $9.99) — Frontier was last seen on Nintendo download platforms with the excellent WiiWare titles LostWinds and LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, and now makes its Wii U eShop debut with this rollercoaster design game. It has some wacky touches, such as the task to keep the "Crazies" happy, while also throwing in online leaderboards and challenges. We'll eat too many sugary snacks and hit the theme park for our upcoming review.

Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths (Ynnis Interactive, $14.99) — Based on a Japanese / French animated series with a loyal following, this project ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to secure English localisation. An adventure in which you control up to three characters, this aims to suit various gaming ages while offering free DLC to expand the story alongside the TV show. We'll try to find our way to a review, soon.

EDGE (Two Tribes, $1.99 until 2nd January 2014, then $3.99) — Originally released on smartphones and PC, this is the second "Two Tribes Classic" to arrive on the Wii U eShop, and in this case the game is making its Nintendo début. It's a stylish retro-infused puzzle platformer in which you manoeuvre a cube through tricky environments. We rated this one very highly with 9/10 in our review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Brawl Brothers (HAMSTER, $7.99) — The 16-bit era had its share of excellent beat 'em ups, and this one was another contender for the crown. We felt some over-long stage design let this one down — along with other minor annoyances — in our Wii Virtual Console Brawl Brothers review; we'll get ready for action for an updated review, soon.

Wii U Retail Download

Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, $59.99) — With each passing reveal and trailer in recent weeks the hype has increased for this latest 3D Mario title; it's bursting with creative level design, new power-ups, fun mechanics and the best multiplayer yet seen in a Mario platformer. It's been critically acclaimed and could be the definitive Wii U title of 2013 — we awarded 10/10 in our Super Mario 3D World review. Available from midnight on 22nd November.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

Mega Man (Capcom, $3.49 until 28th November, normally $4.99)

Mega Man 2 (Capcom, $3.49 until 28th November, normally $4.99)

Mega Man 3 (Capcom, $3.49 until 28th November, normally $4.99)

Mega Man 4 (Capcom, $3.49 until 28th November, normally $4.99)

3DS eShop

Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, $6.99) — The match-3 genre continues to grow on the 3DS eShop, with this effort promising "100 absolutely huge levels" and including a suitably dramatic storyline. These puzzle games can be rather fun, and this one has three modes to choose from, so we'll see how it stacks up.

Ohno Odyssey (Big John Games, $5.99) — This looks like a fairly charming physics-based action-platformer, which promises 35 levels to take on. It looks positive, but we'll get cracking on a review to let you know what we think.

Christmas Wonderland 3 (Microvalue, $7.99) — The first two titles in this series were abominations; let's see if this one fares better.

3DS Virtual Console

City Connection (HAMSTER, $4.99) — Another NES title makes its way to the 3DS VC, with this one very much part of the early 8-bit generation of simplistic, single screen experiences. In our opinion this isn't a retro gem, as you can see in our City Connection review.

3DS Retail Download

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo, $39.99) — It's a new Zelda title on the 3DS, words to give many gamers a thrill. Set in the same world as the iconic SNES title The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, this latest entry shakes up some core aspects of the series formula by allowing players more freedom in choosing the order of playing dungeons. We feel that it's a bold, fresh take on the series that hits its marks, awarding 10/10 in our The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review. Available from midnight on 22nd November.

Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, $39.99) — The latest in the Mario Party series brings us the franchise début on 3DS; it'll include seven boards, 80 minigames, a single player minigame tower, AR card features and local and Download Play multiplayer. It could be ideal portable fun for the Holiday season, and we'll give it a whirl and let you know what we think soon. Available from midnight on 22nd November.

3DS eShop DLC

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies "Turnabout Reclaimed" (Capcom, $5.99) — This case is a prequel to those in the main game. Having received his attorney’s badge back following the events of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, what better way to ease back into the business than defending a killer whale accused of murder?

3DS eShop Temporary Discount

Mega Man (Capcom, $3.49 until 28th November, normally $4.99)

Mega Man 2 (Capcom, $3.49 until 28th November, normally $4.99)

Mega Man 3 (Capcom, $3.49 until 28th November, normally $4.99)

Mega Man 4 (Capcom, $3.49 until 28th November, normally $4.99)

DSiWare

Hands On! Tangrams (Enjoy Gaming, 500 Nintendo Points) — Just when you thought you'd seen it all with Tangrams and DSiWare, both return in one triumphant swoop... maybe. This one promises 10 themed levels with 100 puzzles, so we'll switch out brains on and work on a review.


Quite a few different options this time around, North American gamers. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (333 votes)

Coaster Crazy Deluxe (Wii U eShop)

2%

Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths (Wii U eShop)

2%

EDGE (Wii U eShop)

13%

Brawl Brothers (Wii U Virtual Console)

  0%

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U retail download)

22%

Mega Man (Wii U Virtual Console temporary discount)

2%

Mega Man 2 (Wii U Virtual Console temporary discount)

2%

Mega Man 3 (Wii U Virtual Console temporary discount)

2%

Mega Man 4 (Wii U Virtual Console temporary discount)

1%

Jewel Match 3 (3DS eShop)

1%

Ohno Odyssey (3DS eShop)

1%

Christmas Wonderland 3 (3DS eShop)

  0%

City Connection (3DS Virtual Console)

2%

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS retail download)

15%

Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS retail download)

5%

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies "Turnabout Reclaimed" (3DS eShop DLC)

7%

Mega Man (3DS Virtual Console temporary discount)

2%

Mega Man 2 (3DS Virtual Console temporary discount)

1%

Mega Man 3 (3DS Virtual Console temporary discount)

1%

Mega Man 4 (3DS Virtual Console temporary discount)

2%

Hands On! Tangrams (DSiWare)

  0%

Nothing for me this week

20%

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