It's that time, North America, for the latest Nintendo Download Update with the details of new goodies available this week. There's a high-profile retail title on 3DS along with an assortment of new download-only titles on both current systems; there's some welcome retro Zelda and more besides, too. All of the details are below.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier this week? Turn that frown upside down, the details are right here.
Wii U eShop
1001 Spikes (Nicalis, $10.01 / $10.01CAD) — Released earlier this week, this is a fiendishly challenging platformer in which you have to grab a key and make it to the exit as the difficulty ramps up. This Wii U version features competitive and co-operative multiplayer; we'll bring you a review soon.
Chubbins (Dahku Creations, $5.99 / $6.50CAD) — Originally a smart device game, this is a title in which you're continually 'bouncing' and your job is to guide your hero to safety or, occasionally, see off a boss character. Despite some basic visuals and low-budget aspects, we were relatively impressed with the level design and compulsive nature of the play in our Chubbins review.
I've Got To Run! (4 Corner Games, $1.99 / $2.19CAD) — This is the developer's début and offers three endless runner modes to tackle, each with slight differences in move-sets. It runs at a smooth 60fps with some fairly basic visuals, and serves its purpose well; nevertheless, how addictive the experience can be is questionable despite its budget price, as we explain in our I've Got To Run review.
Wii U Virtual Console
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Nintendo, $7.99 / $7.99CAD) — The Game Boy Advance collection on the home console continues with this charming Capcom-developed Zelda adventure. This quest sees Link shrink down to tiny proportions and 'wear' a rather unique hat; we'll have a look for a fresh review, but in the meantime you can always check out our The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap review from the 3DS ambassador promotion release.
Wii U Retail Download
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Little Orbit, $39.99 / $43.39CAD) — Available from 10th June.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft, $24.99 / $24.99CAD until 9th June, normally $49.99)
Just Dance Kids 2014 (Ubisoft, $14.99 / $14.99CAD until 9th June, normally $29.99)
Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft, $24.99 / $24.99CAD until 9th June, normally $49.99)
1001 Spikes (Nicalis, $10.01 / $10.01CAD) — As per the Wii U release above, though this version trades in on-the-go convenience with an absence of multiplayer modes. We'll review this iteration separately.
Color Zen (Cypronia, $3.99 / $3.99CAD) — After a fairly impressive showing on the Wii U eShop, this soothing and aesthetically pleasing puzzle title makes its way to the portable. It's a formula that we enjoyed after a long day at work in our Wii U eShop Color Zen review, and we'll see how well it stands up on 3DS.
3DS Retail Download
Tomodachi Life (Nintendo, $39.99) — Available from 6th June. This is sometimes, somewhat inaccurately, compared to Nintendo's 3DS blockbuster of summer 2013, Animal Crossing: New Leaf; yet in reality it is rather different. This Mii-sim is a particularly quirky experience, as you prompt and observe all-manner of peculiar scenarios and games unfold, and is ideally suited to short bursts of play. It's certainly unique, and we'll bring you our review soon.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Little Orbit, $29.99 / $32.49CAD) — Available from 10th June.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Atlus, $29.99 / $29.99CAD until 9th June, normally $39.99 — some DLC also discounted)
Bit Boy!! ARCADE (Bplus, $4.80 / $4.99CAD until 26th June, normally $7.99)
Riding Stables 3D (Treva Entertainment, $6.99 / $6.99CAD until 25th June, normally $19.99 / $19.99CAD)
Rising Stables 3D - Jumping for the Team (Treva Entertainment, $4.99 / $4.99CAD until 25th June, normally $29.99 / $29.99CAD)
There you have it, North American gamers. Let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (309 votes)
1001 Spikes (Wii U eShop)
Chubbins (Wii U eShop)
I've Got To Run (Wii U eShop)
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Wii U Virtual Console)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Wii U retail download)
Just Dance 2014 (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Just Dance Kids 2014 (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Just Dance 4 (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
1001 Spikes (3DS eShop)
Color Zen (3DS eShop)
Tomodachi Life (3DS retail download)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3DS retail download)
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Bit Boy!! ARCADE (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Rising Stables 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Rising Stables 3D - Jumping for the Team (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Nothing for me this week
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