It's that time again, North American gamers, as we have more downloadable treats to consider. Some arrivals dropped onto the eShop stores following this week's Nintendo Direct broadcast, while there are a host of additional attractive options for Wii U and 3DS landing today. Plenty to cover, so let's get to the details.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier in the week? Don't fret, the details are right here.
Wii U eShop
The Swapper (Curve Digital, $19.99) — This is an award-winning release that aims to provide complex puzzles and a strong narrative, all within an isolated and atmospheric sci-fi world. Players wield an experimental device which allows them to create clones of themselves, swapping their entire consciousness into new bodies to overcome the challenges of the environment. This looks like another intriguing game from the Nindies over at Curve Digital, we'll bring you our review soon.
Sportsball (TOO DX, $9.99) — The Wii U has a tempting selection of fast-paced local-multiplayer games, with this now joining the list. Four players each control a colourful exotic bird that must dunk balls into a central net for points, with plenty of jostling and fierce competing inevitable between combatants across seven modes. We'll gather some buddies and work on a review.
Pier Solar and the Great Architects (WaterMelon, $14.99) — This HD release of WaterMelon's Genesis / Mega Drive RPG took a while to arrive, but it lands with a bold promise of a sizeable adventure to deprive you of tens of hours. It's an admirable labour of love, but some flaws meant we awarded this 6/10 in our Pier Solar and the Great Architects review.
SDK Paint (HullBreach Studios, $2.99) — This is a drawing app that aims to provide a full tool-set — with stencil sets — and will be compatible with future games that the studio releases or collaborates on. It promises multiple control and sharing options that will utilise the GamePad; we'll find our artistic side and put this through its paces.
Shuttle Rush (Takusan Works, $7.99) — A 2D action platformer with an emphasis on speed, you need to dash through pixel-based alien and spaceship environments to reach the next oxygen point before suffocation. Dramatic stuff, we'll hold our breath as we test its merits.
Pikmin Short Movies HD (Nintendo, $4.99) — Three short animations: in "The Night Juicer", we see Captain Olimar preparing his favourite drink, in "Treasure in a Bottle" the Pikmin encounter a most peculiar treasure, and in the grand spectacle of "Occupational Hazards", we watch as the Pikmin deal with some very perilous working conditions on a building site.
Flapp & Zegeta (Denysoft, $4.99) — We don't want to alarm you, but this looks like another Flappy Bird clone, albeit this one's set in space. As we're not sure what else to say, we'll save it for a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Super Mario Advance (Nintendo, $7.99) — The Game Boy Advance was occasionally utilised for re-releases of classic titles, and this contains Mario All-Stars versions of NES releases Super Mario Bros. 2 and Mario Bros., with the former being the headline act. We'll bring you a review of this retro classic soon.
Wii U Retail Downloads
Disney Infinity 2.0: Play without Limits (Disney Interactive Studios, $19.99) — A sequel that brings Marvel characters into the Toy Box, with all new Play Sets; this title aims to keep fans entertained by combining these new characters with their Disney predecessors. The disc based version came out in September with figurine bundles, though this download option provides an affordable alternative. To find out more check out our Disney Infinity 2.0 review.
Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (Little Orbit, $39.99) — This sequel tasks you with battling fires and saving lives in over 30 Fire & Rescue Missions with eight playable characters. Available from 11th November.
Wii U eShop Permanent Discounts
Sonic Lost World (Sega, now $29.95, previously $49.99)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (SEGA, now $29.95, previously $49.99)
Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure (NOCTURNAL, $2 from 7th November, previously $4)
Kemonomix+ (Rocket Studio, $4.99) — A curious title in which you train a Kemono and explore an alien planet for vital resources, with the goal of collecting parts to rebuild your spaceship (and no, it doesn't look like Pikmin); you do have 2000 days to achieve this, thankfully. We'll let you know what we think in a review.
Safari Quest (Maximum Games, $4.99) — This isn't another animal care sim. Hooray! It is a match 3 puzzle game... It could be fun, to be fair, and we'll go in with an open mind in our review.
Pikmin Short Movies 3D (Nintendo, $4.99) — Three short animations: in "The Night Juicer", we see Captain Olimar preparing his favourite drink, in "Treasure in a Bottle" the Pikmin encounter a most peculiar treasure, and in the grand spectacle of "Occupational Hazards", we watch as the Pikmin deal with some very perilous working conditions on a building site.
3DS Virtual Console
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (Nintendo, $4.99) — This kicks off a month of 'mon releases, with this Game Boy Color title serving up six different modes of tile-related puzzling. We'll bring you a review soon.
3DS Retail Downloads
Nintendogs + Cats (Nintendo, $TBC) — The three variations of this launch title finally arrive on the 3DS eShop, while those that download any of these titles will received a download code for a free Nintendogs 3DS HOME theme.
Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (Little Orbit, $29.99) — Available from 11th November.
3DS Retail Demo
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (SEGA, free)
3DS eShop Permanent Discount
Sonic Lost World (Sega, now $29.95, previously $39.99)
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
Siesta Fiesta (Mojo Bones, $3.99 until 13th November, normally $5.99)
Lots to choose from in North America this time. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (280 votes)
The Swapper (Wii U eShop)
Sportsball (Wii U eShop)
Pier Solar and the Great Architects (Wii U eShop)
SDK Paint (Wii U eShop)
Shuttle Rush (Wii U eShop)
Pikmin Short Movies HD (Wii U eShop)
Flapp & Zegeta (Wii U eShop)
Super Mario Advance (Wii U Virtual Console)
Disney Infinity 2.0: Play without Limits (Wii U Retail Download)
Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (Wii U Retail Download)
Sonic Lost World (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
Flowerworks HD: Follie's Adventure (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
Kemonomix+ (3DS eShop)
Safari Quest (3DS eShop)
Pikmin Short Movies 3D (3DS eShop)
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (3DS Virtual Console)
Nintendogs + Cats (3DS retail download)
Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue (3DS retail download)
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (3DS retail demo)
Sonic Lost World (3DS eShop permanent discount)
Siesta Fiesta (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Nothing for me this week
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