In this rather exciting week there's still time for our traditional Nintendo Download Update fix. This latest offering from Nintendo of America is pretty strong, with a variety of titles on Wii U and 3DS full of potential, in addition to some classics and discounts. Let's get to the details, shall we?
Missed the European Nintendo Download Details earlier in the week? Fret not! The information you need is right here.
Wii U eShop
Family Tennis SP (Shin'en Multimedia, $4.99) - This franchise makes its Wii U début following some reasonable efforts on Wii and 3DS, with support of singles and doubles along with local multiplayer. We'll get into the swing of it for a review.
Electronic Super Joy: Groove City (Yazar Media Group, $4.99) - The premise for this one is bonkers (it's rated as mature); you help "Giant Robot Stripper" Jojo retrieve her laser nipples. That aside, this looks like a rather decent platformer, with a colourful aesthetic and what looks like a reasonable level of challenge. It could be fun, albeit a head scratcher in terms of its plot.
uWordsmith (CHUDCHUD Industries, $1.99) - As the title suggests this is all about stringing words together, with gameplay utilising both the GamePad and the TV. There are multiplayer modes, too, so we'll think up quite a few words for a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (Capcom, $4.99) - An oddity in the Street Fighter franchise, as it's absolutely nothing like its 2D fighting siblings. It is 2D, but aside from that this NES title is a mind-numbingly tough action platformer spin-off with a sci-fi storyline — you can see what we think of it in our Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight review.
Wii U eShop Throwback Sale
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo, $9.99 until 22nd January, normally $19.99)
Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo, $44.99 until 22nd January, normally $59.99)
Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island (Nintendo, $5.99 until 22nd January, normally $7.99)
Pushmo World (Nintendo, $7.49 until 22nd January, normally $9.99)
Wii U Super Indie Connection Promotion
This promotion offers 60% off certain games if others in the promotion are already owned on the same Wii U. Details are below.
BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games, $4.79 / £3.99 until 29th January)
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Drinkbox Studio, $5.59 until 29th January)
Chasing Aurora (Broken Rules, $2.79 until 29th January)
SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form, $3.59 until 29th January)
Teslagrad (Rain Games, $5.99 until 29th January)
Swords & Soldiers (Two Tribes, $1.19 until 29th January)
Wii U eShop Permanent Discounts
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Warner Bros., now $39.99, was $49.99)
The LEGO Movie Videogame (Warner Bros., now $19.99, was $29.99)
LEGO The Hobbit (Warner Bros., now $19.99, was $29.99)
3D After Burner II (Sega, $5.99) - The first entry in this second wave of 3D classics from Sega, it brings some classic arcade action to the 3DS; you can pretend you're Maverick in eye-popping 3D, as an '80s marketing agency would say. We'll let you know what we think in a review.
Space Lift Danger Panic! (Springloaded, $2.99) - This looks like a rather intriguing arcade puzzle game in which you use a cannon (or tap on the touchscreen) to fire portals that transport falling allies. With a retro aesthetic and frantic arcade-style action this certainly looks promising; we'll get stuck into a review.
Quell Memento (Circle Entertainment, $3.99) - This cerebral puzzler promises over 150 levels and mechanical evolution over the last entry; we're pretty positive about this one's potential as we were big fans of Quell Reflect; we'll let you know what we think of this new entry soon.
Best of Mahjong (Cosmigo, $2.99) - It's lots and lots of Mahjong... well, that version of the game that involves swapping tiles around; there are 404 different layouts, apparently. We'll work on a review for you.
Soccer Up Online (EnjoyUp Games, $3.99) - This is an updated version of the original title, with the addition of online multiplayer along with all of the other modes. Unfortunately the core game isn't improved and the online can be laggy, as explained in our Soccer Up Online review.
3DS Virtual Console
Lufia: The Legend Returns (Natsume, $5.99) - Retro Nintendo gamers aren't short of RPG options, with this Game Boy Color effort from Natsume joining the list. It's a lengthy adventure with some positive points, but it's also a little derivative and uninspired; it's not bad, but there may be better options elsewhere. Check out our Lufia: The Legend Returns review for the full lowdown.
3DS eShop Throwback Sales
Yoshi's New Island (Nintendo, $29.99 until 22nd January, normally $39.99)
Pushmo (Nintendo, $3.49 until 22nd January, normally $6.99)
3DS eShop Permanent Discounts
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Warner Bros., now $19.99, was $29.99)
Soccer Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, now $2.99, was $6.99)
Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods (Bigben Interactive, free)
That's the line-up for this week in North America. Let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (253 votes)
Family Tennis SP (Wii U eShop)
Electronic Super Joy: Groove City (Wii U eShop)
uWordsmith (Wii U eShop)
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (Wii U Virtual Console)
One of the Wii U eShop Throwback deals
I'll take advance of the Wii U eShop Super Indie Connection promotion
One of the Wii U eShop permanent discounts
3D After Burner II (3DS eShop)
Space Lift Danger Panic! (3DS eShop)
Quell Memento (3DS eShop)
Best of Mahjong (3DS eShop)
Soccer Up Online (3DS eShop)
Lufia: The Legend Returns (3DS Virtual Console)
One of the 3DS eShop Throwback deals
One of the 3DS eShop permanent discounts
Just the 3DS demo for me
Nothing for me this week
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