This week's Nintendo Download update for North America is in, though it prompts a distinct feeling of déjà vu due to it being almost identical to last week's update; just two new downloads make an appearance. Our suspicion is that the details are reiterated to compensate for any confusion or loss of attention from the festive week's Nintendo Network problems, so we've recreated the list below. This week has a mini-game for us all — spot the new entries.
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 includes new modes as well as online multiplayer and leaderboards; 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.
Mega Man X2 (Capcom, $7.99) — While spin-offs aren't always a success, the early X games in the Mega Man series certainly captured the imagination. With a move-set and approach somewhat different to the "classic" series, this sequel is a rather good follow up to its X predecessor; you can learn more about it in our Mega Man X2 review.
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 and this one, with online leaderboards helping it along — check out our Bird Mania Christmas review for the full lowdown.
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 Retail Demo
Bravely Default (Square Enix, free) — As promised in the final Nintendo Direct of 2013, this demo arrives with a unique quest that promises "hours of content not included in the main game"; progress in the demo can also be transferred to the full game when it arrives on 7th February.
3DS eShop Retail Download Temporary Discounts
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)
So that's the first update of 2014, 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? (457 votes)
Dr. Luigi (Wii U eShop)
CastleStorm (Wii U eShop)
Super Punch Out!! (Wii U Virtual Console)
Mega Man X2 (Wii U Virtual Console)
EDGE (3DS eShop)
Bird Mania Christmas (3DS eShop)
Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot (3DS eShop)
Mario Tennis (3DS Virtual Console)
Bravely Default Demo (3DS eShop)
Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Code of Princess (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Nothing for me this week
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