It's that time of the week once again, when an assortment of goodies are revealed in the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week brings a variety of titles for Wii U and 3DS, including a particularly stylish effort from Frima Studio; there are also some discounts on both systems to tempt you further. Without further ado, let's get to the details.
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Wii U eShop
Chariot (Frima Studio, $14.99 / $14.99CAD) - One of a number of promising games highlighted by Nintendo when promoting the eShop, this has previously earned praise on other platforms. An action puzzle experience best-suited to co-op, you work to manage a wagon chariot through tricky physics-based tasks, manoeuvring with ropes to haul the vehicle through stages. This has always looked like one of the premium upcoming arrivals for the Wii U eShop, but we'll let you know whether we think it has the wheels for the job.
Maze (TreeFall Studios, $2.99 / $3.50CAD) - This is the second title from TreeFall following The Letter, and will utilise more first-person exploration. The basic goal is to work through a host of environments finding and collecting coins, while there'll also be a splitscreen option for two players. We'll get lost in this and bring you a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Mega Man Battle Network 2 (Capcom, $7.99 / $7.99CAD) - A continuation of the RPG gameplay introduced in the original, we can expect new features to be worked in here; this GBA title also picks up a few months after the first game's story, too. Not your classic Mega Man action, but we'll wire in and let you know what we think.
Wii U Retail Download
Wipeout 3 (Activision, $44.99CAD) - A launch retail release for the system, you can now download this if you really want to.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Wooden Sen'SeY (Neko Entertainment, $6.99CAD until 22nd January, normally $10.49CAD)
Puddle (Neko Entertainment, $4.99CAD until 22nd January, normally $8.69CAD)
Cubemen 2 (Nnooo, $4.99 / $4.99CAD until 22nd January, normally $7.99 / $7.99CAD)
Abyss (EnjoyUp Games, $1.49CAD until 29th January, normally $1.99CAD)
99Moves (EnjoyUp Games, $1.49CAD until 29th January, normally $2.49CAD)
Painting Workshop (Collavier, $4.99 / $4.99CAD) - Following on from the admirable effort of Comic Workshop, this app offers a variety of tools to create and edit minor masterpieces on your 3DS. Though the interface and available options won't suit all, this is still an impressive effort at an affordable price; you can get the full lowdown in our Painting Workshop review.
Best of Solitaire (Cosmigo, $3.99 / $3.99CAD) - As the title suggests, Solitaire is what it's all about, though there is the dreaded promise of "101 variations" including Klondike, Freecell, Spider, Pyramid, Yukon. You can track your statistics for extra fun, but we'll see whether this plays its cards right in our review.
3DS Virtual Console
Adventures of Lolo (Nintendo, $4.99 / $4.99CAD) — The classic tale of Princess is kidnapped, blue blob must save Princess. So far, so typical NES, though despite ageing in some respects it throws up some fun puzzles and challenges. You can check out our Adventures of Lolo review for full details.
3DS Retail Download
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Activision, $34.99CAD) - Another retail title a little long in the tooth (released October 2013) that now joins the eShop ranks
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (Wayforward, $14.99 / $16.79CAD until 22nd January, normally $19.99 / $22.39CAD)
4 Elements (Tulip Games, $4.29CAD until 2nd April, normally $6.25CAD)
Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst (Tulip Games, $4.29CAD until 2nd April, normally $6.25CAD)
Van Helsing Sniper Zx100 (EnjoyUp Games, $0.99 / $0.99CAD until 29th January, normally $6.66 / $6.66CAD)
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? (264 votes)
Chariot (Wii U eShop)
Maze (Wii U eShop)
Mega Man Battle Network 2 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Wipeout 3 (Wii U retail download)
Wooden Sen'SeY (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Puddle (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Cubemen 2 (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Abyss (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
99Moves (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Painting Workshop (3DS eShop)
Best of Solitaire (3DS eShop)
Adventures of Lolo (3DS Virtual Console)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (3DS retail download)
Shantae And The Pirate's Curse (3DS eShop temporary discount)
4 Elements (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Van Helsing Sniper Zx100 (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Nothing for me this week
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