The time has come, North America, for details of the goodies that'll be available to download on the eShop stores this week. The latest title from Retro Studios is the headline arrival on Wii U, while two NES games (one on each current Virtual Console) are joined by three promising new games on the 3DS eShop; there are some discounts and freebies, too. Without further ado, let's get to it.
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Wii U Retail Download
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo, $49.99) — Available from 21st February. Arriving a little over three years after its predecessor on Wii, Tropical Freeze is the latest title from highly regarded Retro Studios. This time DK has the help of Diddy, Dixie and Cranky Kong as he seeks to rid his island of invading Arctic animals. It delivers exceptional platforming and attractive HD visuals, while there are new inclusions in the Funky Kong shop, as well as online leaderboards with full replays; you can see the full low-down as we awarded 9/10 in our Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Ice Hockey (Nintendo, $4.99) — This release is certainly seasonal and topical with the Winter Olympics, continuing the steady release of the NES sports series. While some suffered from being over-primitive, this is regarded by some as one of the most faithful sports games on the 8-bit system; it even includes enforcers and the occasional fight. We'll skate up for a new review, but until then check out our Wii Virtual Console Ice Hockey review.
Weapon Shop de Omasse (Level-5, $7.99) — The fourth and final title from the Guild01 collection finally arrives in the West to complete the set. In a comedic twist on the traditional RPG genre, rather than be the hero that embarks on a quest to save the world you play the role of blacksmith. The actual forging of weapons is through rhythmic gameplay, and you gradually improve the weapons that you offer prospective heroes. We'll bring you a review soon.
Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko Entertainment, $4.99) — After its role as a relatively early arrival on the Wii U eShop, this fun platformer now hops over to Nintendo's portable platform. Despite its smart device origins, the enhancements and physical controls on the Wii U elevated the title, and we certainly hope the transition to the 3DS maintains that progress. We'll get straight into a review, but in the meantime you can see what we thought in our Wii U eShop Kung Fu Rabbit review.
Quell Reflect (Circle Entertainment, $3.99) — This title — developed by FK Digital — has made a name for itself on the iOS platform. It aims to provide a 'zen' experience with logic puzzles, with soothing music and visuals that aim to coax you along to finding the solutions — it'll have over 100 levels. We'll relax and settle into this one for a review.
3DS Virtual Console
Sky Kid (Bandai Namco, $4.99) — This is a side-scrolling shooter that oozes 8-bit charm, with visuals and music typical of the early NES era. The downside is that the charm wears off rather quickly, with limited content held up by arcade-style looping levels. We'll take to the skies for a fresh review, but in the meantime you can see how unimpressed we were in our Wii Virtual Console Sky Kid review.
3DS eShop Video Content
Inazuma Eleven animated episodes — To celebrate the recent release of INAZUMA ELEVEN, check out the first three full-length episodes of the INAZUMA ELEVEN anime for free in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. The INAZUMA ELEVEN game is a world-renowned soccer RPG that lets you build your team, learn spectacular super moves and take your character all the way to the top.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
These discounts weren't listed in Nintendo's download update press release, but were confirmed by Teyon earlier this week:
Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D (Teyon, $2.99 until 6th March, normally $4.99)
Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D (Teyon, $2.99 until 6th March, normally $4.99)
Robot Rescue 3D (Teyon, $0.99 until 6th March, normally $2.99)
Crazy Chicken Pirates 3D (Teyon, $0.99 until 6th March, normally $1.99)
Bird Mania Christmas 3D (Teyon, $0.99 until 6th March, normally $1.99)
Quite a few choices this time, North American gamers. Let us know if you're planning to pick any of these up in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (345 votes)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U retail download)
Ice Hockey (Wii U Virtual Console)
Weapon Shop de Omasse (3DS eShop)
Kung Fu Rabbit (3DS eShop)
Quell Reflect (3DS eShop)
Sky Kid (3DS Virtual Console)
Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Robot Rescue 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Crazy Chicken Pirates 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Bird Mania Christmas 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Just the free Inazuma Eleven videos for me
Nothing for me this week
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