It's time again for the Nintendo Download Update news, and this week's North American list brings us multiple new titles on the Wii U, along with some retro goodies to consider. There's also a free demo on 3DS, a host of discounts across both current-gen systems and even a DSiWare game. Let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
GAIABREAKER (Ubiquitous Entertainment, $14.99) — The scrolling shoot 'em up genre has been particularly absent on the Wii U eShop, even if the spherical approach of Nano Assault Neo throws up an excellent option. While this one gets attention almost be default as a result of the genre's absence on the store, we were left unimpressed in our GAIABREAKER review.
XType Plus (PhobosLab, $2.99 / $2.99 CAD) — This shoot 'em up comes courtesy of the Nintendo Web Framework, with PhobosLab also developing its own engine to allow easy coding in the platform. This simple but addictive shooter is also the finest Nintendo Web Framework game to date, with smooth gameplay and a one-more-game impact; we described it as the "Citizen Kane of Web Framework games" in our XType Plus review.
Soon Shine (Dahku Creations, $1.99) — This developer's second release on the Wii U eShop, this utilises tap and swipe controls on the Wii U GamePad touch screen. It's a fun if rather limited title, with plenty of details available in our Soon Shine review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (Capcom, $7.99) — The second of this spin-off series to come to the Wii U via its Game Boy Advance library, this continues the same principles as its predecessor, though you're now battling through a tournament to win a rare Battle Chip. Expect more turn-based shenanigans, and we'll get working on a review.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Arc System Works. $4.99) — The iconic action beat 'em up series' second entry arrives on Wii U, with the grisly premise that you're now avenging a death rather than a kidnapping. Although it improves on some flaws in the original its far from perfect, though we gave it a cautious recommendation in our Double Dragon II: The Revenge review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Gravity Badgers (Wales Interactive, $3.49 until 28th August, normally $4.99)
Hello Kitty Cruisers (Bergsala Lightweight, $9.99 from 18th August to 1st September, normally $19.95)
Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails (Dakko Dakko, $4.99 until 21st August, normally $9.99)
ZaciSa's Last Stand (ZeNfA Productions, $1.49 until 28th August, normally $2.99)
Gothic Masquerade (Teyon, $4.99) — It's been an uncomfortable few weeks without a hidden object game on the 3DS eShop, but Teyon has fearlessly stepped forward with a new entry for eagle-eyed gamers. This apparently has over 1000 hidden objects across various environments, so we'll try to find them all in our review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Code of Princess (Atlus, on discount from 18th August to 1st September)
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl (Atlus, on discount from 18th August to 1st September)
Classic Games Overload (Telegames Inc, $19.99 until 4th September, normally $29.99)
Me & My Furry Patients 3D (TREVA Entertainment, $9.99 until 3rd September, normally $29.99)
Travel Adventures With Hello Kitty (Bergsala Lightweight, $9.99 from 18th August to 1st September, normally $19.99)
3DS eShop Permanent Discount
My Riding Stables 3D - Jumping for the Team (TREVA Entertainment, $15.99, was previously $29.99)
Riding Stables 3D (TREVA Entertainment, $15.99, was previously $19.99)
3DS eShop Demo
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit (Majesco Entertainment, free)
Amida's Path (Collavier Corporation, 500 Nintendo Points) — This seems to incorporate an interesting gameplay mechanic where you draw lines within a traditional Japanese 'lottery' system, while also thinking strategically. That has us intrigued, as does the visual style, but we'll let you know what we think in our upcoming review.
That's everything for this time, North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (277 votes)
GAIABREAKER (Wii U eShop)
XType Plus (Wii U eShop)
Soon Shine (Wii U eShop)
Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge (Wii U Virtual Console)
Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Wii U Virtual Console)
Gravity Badgers (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Hello Kitty Cruisers (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
ZaciSa's Last Stand (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Gothic Masquerade (3DS eShop)
Code of Princess (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Classic Games Overload (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Me & My Furry Patients 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Travel Adventures With Hello Kitty (3DS eShop temporary discount)
My Riding Stables 3D - Jumping for the Team (3DS eShop permanent discount)
Riding Stables 3D (3DS eShop permanent discount)
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit (3DS eShop demo)
Amida's Path (DSiWare)
Nothing for me this week
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