It's that time once again, North America, when you can see what download delights are available on your Nintendo systems. There are two new titles on the Wii U, three GBA games on the home console, Rusty's free-to-play baseball, discounts and more. Let's get to it.
Missed the European Download Update? No need to run around the room in panic, the details are right here.
Wii U eShop
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (Warner Bros. Interactive, $19.99) — This actually arrived on the Wii U eShop in North America on 2nd April, and is an enhanced HD port of the 3DS original, a 2.5D action game that borrows elements from the 3D games and serves up a story that follows on from Batman: Arkham Origins. We weren't particularly impressed in our review of the 3DS version, but will 'be Batman' again in this updated release.
Evofish (Moving Player, $TBC) — A budget party game that originated on iOS and Android, this title aims to provide a fun experience for up to five players, utilising the GamePad and its additional screen for extra effect. Despite honourable intentions we found this to be a shallow experience, and it failed to earn a recommendation in our Evofish review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Advance Wars (Nintendo, $7.99) — While those that joined the world of portable gaming relatively recently may have enjoyed two entries in this series on the DS, this GBA original now arrives on the Wii U to give all newcomers a chance. It's turn-based strategic war action, and this is the beginning of the "Advance" part of the franchise with a loyal following no doubt hoping to see more entries in future. We gave this a hearty recommendation in our Advance Wars review.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Nintendo, $7.99) — A series most recently graced with the brilliant Mario & Luigi: Dream Team on 3DS, Superstar Saga is the début of AlphaDream's quirky, humorous and engrossing RPG series. With turn-based rhythmic combat and an imaginative recreation of the Bros.' world and characters, this is rightly considered by many to be a classic — we'll get stuck into a playthrough.
Metroid Fusion (Nintendo, $7.99) — With the DS receiving Metroid Prime: Hunters, that makes this the last 2D portable Metroid that we've enjoyed (update: oops, that'd actually be Metroid: Zero Mission). Relatively linear in design and with a focus on storytelling, this is also one of the most tense, panic-inducing entries in the series, while throwing in the standard combat and elements of exploration and upgrades. SA-X remains one of the most intimidating enemies in the series, and we were big fans in our review of the 3DS Ambassador version — we'll have no complaints about playing through this again.
Wii U eShop Promotion
Rusty's Real Deal Baseball (Nintendo, free-to-play) — This is Nintendo's next step into the free-to-play market, just in time to join the start of the real Baseball season. An initial mini-game will be accessible for free right from the off, and then an assortment of extras covering different aspects from the sport will need to be bought separately; the twist is that you can haggle with Rusty the dog, and give him in-game items, to lower the cost of minigames. We'll take our spot on the plate and give this a swing for our review.
Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst (Tulip Games, $5.99) — This hidden-object game was released at retail in Europe in 2013, which is a port of a DS title which is a port of a PC release. That aside, while the genre is popular this title isn't top of its class, doing a competent job with some flaws dragging particular areas down; you can check out our Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst review if you want to know more.
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove (Tulip Games, $5.99) — We anticipate this'll be similar to the Ravenhearst entry, albeit with a new setting and plot. We'll search for the truth in our upcoming review.
3DS Retail Download
Not listed in Nintendo of America's update but announced earlier this week, Two Tribes has permanently reduced its Classics range to $1.99.
So those are your choices this week, North America, and we'd suggest there are some enticing downloads included. Let us know what you plan to pick up in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (444 votes)
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (Wii U eShop)
Evofish (Wii U eShop)
Advance Wars (Wii U Virtual Console)
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Wii U Virtual Console)
Metroid Fusion (Wii U Virtual Console)
Rusty's Real Deal Baseball (3DS eShop)
Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst (3DS eShop)
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove (3DS eShop)
Super Monkey Ball 3D (3DS retail download)
I'll take advantage of the Dr. Mario / Dr. Luigi promotion
Nothing for me this week
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