It's that time again, North American gamers, with details of this week's Nintendo Download Update treats now here. The headline arrival is rather obviously Super Smash Bros. on 3DS, though we have some other choices — including a Castlevania title's Virtual Console début — to consider as well. Let's get on with it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier this week? Fret not, the details are right here.
Wii U eShop
99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games, $2.49) — Another entry in the budget series to make the transition from DSiWare to the Wii U eShop, this time around it's all about a race against time. It very much brings to mind greedy arcade coin-ops, which we rather admired in our DSiWare review; we'll take a fresh look at the home console version soon.
Red Riding Hood (Brave Rock Games, $1.00) — Listed as edutainment, this appears to be an interactive storytelling app for young children, with some minor choices given to change the path of the story. We're see what big teeth this one has in our review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Castlevania: Dracula X (Konami, $7.99) — This is the SNES port of the PC Engine's Castlevania: Rondo of Blood; this is the first arrival of this version on the Virtual Console in the West. It may not necessarily stand up to the heights of some of its contemporaries, but fans of the franchise will likely find much to like; we'll get to slaying fiendish beasts in our upcoming review.
Wii U eShop Permanent Discount
Just Dance Kids 2014 (Ubisoft, $19.99 from 6th October, was $29.99)
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (RCMADIAX, $0.69 until 30th October, normally $0.99)
3DS eShop Retail Download
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, $39.99) — The big arrival this week, Nintendo's iconic brawling franchise makes its portable début this week. Featuring heaps of content, a daunting roster and — most importantly — excellent gameplay, this sets gamers up well ahead of the upcoming Wii U release. You can learn all the details required in our Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS review; this is available from 3rd October.
Tenkai Knights Brave Battle (Bandai Namco, $39.99) — Our review will be with you soon.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Jett Rocket II (Shin'en Multimedia, $5.99 until 23rd October, normally $8.99)
Tappingo (Goodbye Galaxy Games, $1.99 until 16th October, normally $2.99)
3DS eShop Demo
Color Zen (Cypronia, free)
That's the line-up for this week in North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (380 votes)
99Seconds (Wii U eShop)
Red Riding Hood (Wii U eShop)
Castlevania: Dracula X (Wii U Virtual Console)
Just Dance Kids 2014 (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS eShop retail download)
Tenkai Knights Brave Battle (3DS eShop retail download)
Jett Rocket II (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Tappingo (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Just the Color Zen demo for me
Nothing for me this week
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