Another download update is here, North America, yet this week we're left to pick over some discounts and two Virtual Console titles. There's not much more we can say in this pre-amble, so let's get to it.
Wii U Virtual Console
Mighty Bomb Jack (Tecmo Koei, $4.99) — This NES 'sequel' to a simple arcade game involves a fair bit of trial and error and, obviously, bombs. It's intriguing in part as you can, with a lot of skill, essentially skip through most of the game in a high risk procession of rooms; nevertheless it can be an overly difficult, frustrating experience. We thought this was pretty average in our 3DS Virtual Console Mighty Bomb Jack review, though we'll take a fresh look on Wii U.
3DS Virtual Console
Life Force (Konami, $4.99) — An iconic shooter from Konami, this title alternates from horizontal to vertical stages and hits plenty of its marks — attractive 8-bit visuals, memorable tunes, tight gameplay and the option for two-player co-op using just one copy on two separate 3DS systems. It's also pretty darn difficult, but that didn't stop it receiving an 8/10 in our Life Force review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
Fractured Soul (Endgame Studios, $5.99 until 6th February, normally $11.99)
3DS eShop Retail Download Temporary Discount
Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus, $29.99 from 27th January to 3rd February, normally $49.99)
Also worth noting this week: Nintendo has issued a reminder that the download trial offer for Wii Fit U expires on 31st January — you receive one month usage free and can keep the download permanently when linked with a Wii Fit Meter, which costs $19.99. Not mentioned in Nintendo's update but perhaps of interest is that Project X Zone is currently just $20 on the North American 3DS eShop.
That's another week down, 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? (328 votes)
Mighty Bomb Jack (Wii U Virtual Console)
Life Force (3DS Virtual Console)
Fractured Soul (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Project X Zone (3DS retail download discount)
Wii Fit U Trial (Wii U eShop)
Nothing for me this week
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