Nintendo Download: 26th December (North America)

Dr. Luigi, CastleStorm, Pokémon Bank, many discounts and more

Update:

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Nintendo has now confirmed that the release of Pokémon Bank is delayed, contrary to the Download Update issued on Boxing Day.

Original Article:

Nintendo is yet to update its official press site, but the latest Download Update details have been released, despite ongoing Nintendo Network issues at the time of writing (via Business Wire, thanks Vernon Schleck!). This week's offerings include two new games on the Wii U eShop, some sporting classics on both Virtual Console platforms and a host of other options. This week's a good'un if you can get into the eShop, so the details are below.

Wii U eShop

Dr. Luigi (Nintendo, $14.99) — Announced just recently in Nintendo Direct on 18th December, this Luigi-themed new version of the iconic Dr. Mario franchise arrives on 31st December. There are new modes as well as online leaderboards to try, and we'll see whether this is just what the doctor ordered in our review.

CastleStorm (Zen Studios, $9.99) — Arriving on the Wii U eShop after a bit of a wait, this is a promising hybrid of tower defence and physics-based destruction, the premise of which seems perfectly suited to the Wii U and its GamePad. There'll be touch screen controls, local multiplayer with one player exclusively using the GamePad's screen, as well as a campaign on online multiplayer to check out. We'll get destructive to bring you our review soon.

Wii U Virtual Console

Super Punch Out!! (Nintendo, $7.99) — While many remember the 8-bit original with great fondness, there's plenty to be said for this entry's qualities, as it goes for an entirely different visual style and even more outlandish opponents. Full of character and challenge, you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Super Punch Out!! review while we go into sparring for the Wii U rematch.

Wii U eShop Promotion

Wii Sports Club (Nintendo) — All Wii U owners can have free access to Wii Sports Club Golf, Wii Sports Club: Bowling and Wii Sports Club: Tennis from 00:01 Pacific Time on 31st December to 11:59pm Pacific Time on 1st January.

Wii U Retail Download Temporary Discounts

ZombiU (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

Rabbids Land (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

ESPN Sports Connection (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

3DS eShop

Pokémon Bank + Poké Transporter (Free 30 day trial before 31st January, $4.99 for one year of service) — See update at the top of the page.

EDGE (Two Tribes, $1.99) — This arrived on Wii U as the second of three Two Tribes Trilogy releases, and will hit the 3DS as a potentially perfect pick-up-and-play title. It's simple action of manoeuvring a cube becomes challenging and complex, with the Wii U version having a terrific audio and visual style. We'll see how this version stacks up, but in the meantime you can check out the strong recommendation in our Wii U eShop EDGE review.

Bird Mania Christmas (Teyon, $1.99) — This is an endless flyer (as opposed to runner) that follows up on the simple, fun and addictive original. The Citizen Kane of games this 'ain't, but we enjoyed the original; we'll get festive and bring you our review of this seasonal sequel soon.

Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot (CoderChild, $2.99) — This one-button and challenging platformer arrives with various cameos from other game characters with origins in Spain. There's an emphasis on music and rhythm, too, and we'll bring you our review soon.

3DS Virtual Console

Mario Tennis (Nintendo, $4.99) — When Mario Tennis Open arrived some bemoaned the absence of RPG-like features, so now the Game Boy Color entry in the series arrives to ease that levelling up itch, serving up a challenge to rise up the ranks and defeat Mario on the portable system. We'll let you know whether this is an Ace or a double fault in our review in the New Year.

3DS eShop Retail Download Temporary Discounts

Rayman Origins (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

Rayman 3D (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 3D (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

Rabbids Travel in Time (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

Petz Fantasy 3D (Ubisoft, discounted 30% until 31st December)

Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus, $29.99 until 6th January)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus, $19.99 until 6th January)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (Atlus, $19.99 until 6th January)

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus, 19.99 until 6th January)

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl (Atlus, $29.99 until 6th January)

Code of Princess (Atlus, $19.99 until 6th January[/url]


That's the week for you, North America. Let us know what you plan to pick up in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (388 votes)

Dr. Luigi (Wii U eShop)

23%

CastleStorm (Wii U eShop)

7%

Super Punch Out!! (Wii U Virtual Console)

6%

ZombiU (Wii U eShop retail temporary discount)

1%

Just Dance 2014 (Wii U eShop retail temporary discount)

  0%

Assassin's Creed III (Wii U eShop retail temporary discount)

  0%

Rabbids Land (Wii U eShop retail temporary discount)

  0%

ESPN Sports Connection (Wii U eShop retail temporary discount)

  0%

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 (Wii U eShop retail temporary discount)

  0%

Pokémon Bank (3DS eShop)

19%

EDGE (3DS eShop)

3%

Bird Mania Christmas (3DS eShop)

1%

Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot (3DS eShop)

1%

Mario Tennis (3DS Virtual Console)

7%

Rayman Origins (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

1%

Rayman 3D (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

1%

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars 3D (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

  0%

Rabbids Travel in Time (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

  0%

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

  0%

Petz Fantasy 3D (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

  0%

Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

1%

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

1%

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

  0%

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

1%

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

1%

Code of Princess (3DS eShop retail temporary discount)

2%

Just the Wii Sports Club trial

3%

Nothing for me this week

22%

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