That time has come once again, North American gamers, for details of the downloadable treats coming to Wii U and 3DS this week. There's a major surprise with a retail freebie on Wii U, while there are a couple of new titles on the 3DS eShop and some excellent Virtual Console options; plenty of tempting discounts have also been thrown in. Let's get to it.
What? You missed the Nintendo Download European Update this week? Fear not, the details are right here, and there are also loads of Super Smash Bros.-themed discounts to consider as well.
Wii U eShop
Midtown Crazy Race (Jose Varela, $4.99) — This is pitched as "tribute to the car games from late 90s", with bold promises of an open world, seven cars, realistic physics and plenty of challenges. Unfortunately, it fails to actually deliver as a good game, and we were extremely critical of this one in our Midtown Crazy Race review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Mega Man 6 (Capcom, $4.99) — Completing the NES set on Wii U, this was the end of an era and even introduced armour into the formula. Aside from that change, however, it was a safe effort and not one that lived up to some of the glorious earlier entries; nevertheless we gave this a reasonable recommendation in our Mega Man 6 review.
Life Force (Konami, $4.99) — An iconic shooter from Konami, this title alternates from horizontal to vertical stages and hits plenty of its marks — attractive 8-bit visuals, memorable tunes, tight gameplay and the option for two-player co-op. It's also pretty darn difficult, but that didn't stop it receiving an 8/10 in our Life Force review.
Wii U eShop Retail Download
Disney Infinity (Disney Interactive, free) — In a surprising move, last year's début for Disney's toy-driven game arrives on the eShop as a free download, potentially as a means to drive interest in the upcoming sequel. Though gamers will need to pick up the game's portal and some figures, it's fascinating that the download itself has no cost. We were rather impressed with this in our Disney Infinity review last year.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Nano Assault NEO [Shin'en Multimedia, $7.49 until 11th September, normally $9.99)
Chasing Aurora (Broken Rules, $3.99 until 11th September, normally $7.99)
Abyss (EnjoyUp Games, $1.49 until 10th September, normally $1.99)
Demon King Box (CIRCLE Entertainment, $3.99) — This looks like an intriguing title in principle, with RPG elements as you gather and level-up demons; the minor twist is that it incorporates real-time strategy in its battles. This looks to have plenty of depth and a "gripping storyline", and we'll let you know what we think in our upcoming review.
BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma (Arc System Works, $5.99 / $6.99CAD) — With cute versions of BlazBlue characters and the promise of simple, one button brawling, this is a spiritual sequel to DSiWare title BayzBloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale. There's a story mode along with a simplistic challenge option, and we'll see whether this can be more engaging than its predecessor in our review.
3DS Virtual Console
Xtreme Sports (WayForward, $4.99) — This Game Boy Color title combines a host of sports presented with a twist, while you also explore the island / venue "to find friends, foes and even a few hidden treats". It all comes together nicely for a fun, colourful game, as explained in our totally rad Xtreme Sports review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Nano Assault EX (Shin'en Multimedia, $7.49 until 11th September, normally $9.99)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, $5.99 until 18th September, normally $7.99)
Boulder Dash-XL 3D (Reef Entertainment, $1.69 until 27th August, normally $4.99)
European Conqueror 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, $2.79 until 4th September, normally $3.99)
AeternoBlade (Corecell Technology, $9.99 until 7th September, normally $14.99)
Quell Reflect (CIRCLE Entertainment, $2.79 until 11th September, normally $3.99)
A decent selection this week in North America, we'd suggest. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (295 votes)
Midtown Crazy Race (Wii U eShop)
Mega Man 6 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Life Force (Wii U Virtual Console)
Disney Infinity (Wii U eShop retail download)
Nano Assault NEO (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Chasing Aurora (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Abyss (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Demon King Box (3DS eShop)
BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma (3DS eShop)
Xtreme Sports (3DS Virtual Console)
Nano Assault EX (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Boulder Dash-XL 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
European Conqueror 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
AeternoBlade (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Quell Reflect (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Nothing for me this week
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