It's that time again, North American gamers, with details of this week's Nintendo Download Update treats now here; no, we're not sure why there was a delay. Particularly pleasing is a high profile Wii U retail demo, while a bit of a GBA gem also lands on the home console. Let's get on with it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier this week? Fret not, the details are right here.
Wii U Retail Download
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Bandai Namco) – New worlds. New friends. New power-ups. Following the colourful characters and world of the PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures animated series, PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 features PAC-MAN, Spiral and Cylindria as they defend PacWorld from the ghoulish army of Lord Betrayus. Available from October 14th.
Wii U Demo
Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games, free) – Bayonetta’s back and more powerful than ever. Wield wild new weapons and execute deadly new moves – like the powerful Umbran Climax – to take out angels and demons in this breathtaking action game. You can even team up with friends in two-player online co-op fights. The full version of Bayonetta 2 launches on October 24th.
Wii U eShop
Art of Balance (Shin'en Multimedia, $8.99) - Grab your Wii U GamePad and build a balanced stack in this physics-based puzzler! Puzzle games must be addictive. This was our top priority during the development of the game. That's why we designed 200 levels that not only challenge your skills but also your imagination. We were big fans in our Art of Balance review.
Turtle Tale (Saturnine Games, $2.99) — Turtle Island has been invaded by pirates, and it's up to you to stop them! Captain O'Haire and his gang of Monkey Pirates have sailed in and taken over Turtle Island. Armed with his trusty water gun, Shelldon sets out on an adventure to reclaim his home, stopping anyone who gets in his way!
Wii U Virtual Console
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon – As Nathan Graves, you must storm Dracula’s castle to save your mentor, who will otherwise be used to restore Dracula to his full power. Battle the evil lord’s minions with your trusty whip, and gain experience points as well as other useful items and weapons. Defeat bosses and gain special abilities that aid in exploring new areas of the castle. Hours of monster-slaying action await you in five different game modes. Can you rid the world of Dracula’s evil once and for all?
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 – The handheld version of the game will also be available on October 14th.
Petz Beach (Ubisoft, $29.99) - In Petz Beach, players and their Petz can complete quests, meet new villagers, explore, and expand their community. Petz Beach is a beautiful ocean vista with white sands, towering palm trees, and exotic ocean-themed Petz, including dolphins, polar bears, and penguins. Along the way, you’ll interact with 28 breeds of dogs, 6 breeds of cats, and over 200 in-game collectibles!
Petz Countryside (Ubisoft, $29.99) - In Petz Countryside, players and their Petz can complete quests, meet new villagers, explore, and expand their community. Petz Countryside features lush acres of green fields and exotic Petz, such as a panda, a lion, and a bear. Along the way, you’ll interact with 28 breeds of dogs, 6 breeds of cats, and over 200 in-game collectibles.
Poptropica: Forgotten Islands (Ubisoft, $29.99) - Poptropica, the #1 virtual world for kids, comes to the Nintendo 3DS with a brand new adventure! Players set sail on their almighty blimp to explore the vast, uncharted island chains of Poptropica. Along the way, they’ll need to steer clear of hazards and discover exotic islands beneath the clouds. Players take to the islands and embark on quests, discovering the secrets of Poptropica’s past one artifact at a time. They must uncover the truth and prevent a shadowy force from destroying this precious history forever!
Ninja Battle Heroes (Tom Create, $2.99) - Fight through enemies with katanas and throwing stars, absorb Spirit and summon powerful legendary heroes! Grab your katana and a ninja throwing stars and embark on a journey that will take you across Japan in your mission to find the missing Yukimura and his Beast Brigade!
Riding Star 3D (TREVA Entertainment GmbH, $19.99) - Become a world champion in the most realistic 3D riding simulation! Train your horse in show jumping, dressage and military to compete in prestigious tournaments. Take loving care of your champion in its stable – only as a strong team you can win!
Wii U eShop
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is more than 30 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $9.75) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 16.
Gravity Badgers is 50 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.49) from 9 a.m. PT on Oct. 15 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 29.
Swords & Soldiers 3D is 30 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.59) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Oct. 23.
Darts Up 3D and Soccer Up 3D from EnjoyUp Games are on sale for up to 70 percent off until 9 a.m. PT on Oct 30.
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? (409 votes)
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Wii U retail)
Bayonetta 2 – Wii U Demo Version
Art of Balance (Wii U eShop)
Turtle Tale (Wii U eShop)
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (Wii U Virtual Console)
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (3DS retail)
Petz Beach (3DS retail)
Petz Countryside (3DS retail)
Poptropica: Forgotten Islands (3DS retail)
Ninja Battle Heroes (3DS eShop)
Riding Star 3D (3DS eShop)
One of the many special offers
Nothing for me, not even the Bayonetta 2 demo!
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