Nintendo Download: 5th December (North America)

3D Sonic and Altered Beast, Classic Goemon, DK galore and more

It's another download update, North America, and this week is jam packed full of retro offerings, including some that have been spruced up in fancy 3D ways. The 3D Sega series continues, a Konami classic lands on Wii U and it all goes a bit ape with retro Donkey Kong everywhere, plus there are a couple of alternatives if none of that excites you. Let's get on with it, shall we?

Wii U Virtual Console

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Konami, $7.99) — When you mention Goemon to fans of retro games, especially Konami enthusiasts, you're likely to prompt a wave of nostalgia. This Super NES title is certainly well loved, an action game full of creativity that can also be enjoyed in co-op. It may not be that well known, but we'll work on a fresh review to spread the word; in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console The Legend of Mystical Ninja review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Donkey Kong (Nintendo, $3.49 until 12th December, normally $4.99)

Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo, $3.49 until 12th December, normally $4.99)

Donkey Kong 3 (Nintendo, $3.49 until 12th December, normally $4.99)

3DS eShop

3D Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega, $5.99) — This is the 16-bit début that truly launched the mascot to fame, and it now arrives in the second batch of Sega's 3D classics. We'll give this one a spin — and push nostalgia aside — for a review.

3D Altered Beast (Sega, $5.99) — This is a sidescrolling brawler that once caused one of the most lively Nintendo Life round table debates in recent times, with some dismissing its charms and other defending in to the hilt. We'll "Wise From Our Gwaves", or whatever, for a review this week.

Brilliant Hamsters! (Bergsala Lightweight LLC, $9.99) — The list of pet / animal sims on the 3DS eShop grows once again, with this latest entry being focused on caring for hamsters (in case that wasn't obvious from the title). You can feed the little critters, change their outfits (!) and cages, and even have them appear on your 3DS AR card. We'll buy some treats for the little delights and work on a review.

3DS Virtual Console

Donkey Kong 3 (Nintendo, $4.99) — The third entry in the original DK series now arrives on the 3DS Virtual Console, not long after it ambled onto the Wii U equivalent. It's quite a departure from its predecessors as you attempt to shoot the big ape with bug spray, which certainly is a change. If you want to know more then by all means check out our Wii U Virtual Console Donkey Kong 3 review.

3DS Retail Download

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (GameMill Entertainment, $29.99)

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Donkey Kong (Nintendo, $3.49 until 12th December, normally $4.99)

Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo, $3.49 until 12th December, normally $4.99)

Game and Watch: Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo, $1.39 until 12th December, normally $1.99)

DSiWare

Hooked on Bass Fishing (Gamebridge, 500 Nintendo Points) — It seems that DSiWare continues on and on, this time with a fishing sim to reel us in. It sounds like this'll use many of the tried and trusted touch screen controls, and we'll dig out our waders for a review.


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? (284 votes)

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Wii U Virtual Console)

13%

Donkey Kong (Wii U Virtual Console temporary discount)

  0%

Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii U Virtual Console temporary discount)

  0%

Donkey Kong 3 (Wii U Virtual Console temporary discount)

1%

3D Sonic the Hedgehog (3DS eShop)

30%

3D Altered Beast (3DS eShop)

5%

Brilliant Hamsters! (3DS eShop)

1%

Donkey Kong 3 (3DS Virtual Console)

2%

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (3DS retail download)

  0%

Donkey Kong NES (3DS Virtual Console temporary discount)

  0%

Donkey Kong Jr. (3DS Virtual Console temporary discount)

  0%

Game & Watch: Donkey Kong Jr. (3DS Virtual Console temporary discount)

1%

Hooked on Bass Fishing (DSiWare)

1%

Nothing for me this week

46%

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