It's a big week for 3DS fans, with the coming weekend bringing North American gamers the New Nintendo 3DS XL and some eagerly anticipated retail games. Beyond the obvious big-hitters there are also some interesting download-only efforts, another classic 3D remaster from Sega and a range of discounts. Without further ado, let's get to the details.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week. We don't blame you, the schedule was out of whack - never mind, you can catch up right here.
Wii U eShop
Blek (Broken Rules, $5.99) - A rather unique and promising puzzle concept previously released on iOS and Android; the concept is simply to complete and form shapes by drawing lines, but with multiple solutions and a minimalist style this aims to be an immersive, relaxing experience. We'll chill out and let you know what we think in a review.
Paparazzi (Pringo Dingo, $4.99) - This looks like a rather quirky indie effort that provides a fast-paced two-player match-up, with one playing as paparazzi on the hunt for snaps and the other a celebrity desperate to escape with their dignity. Jazzy music seems to be the order of the day, with six stages and seven celebrity characters to choose from - we'll get snapping for a review. Available from 17th February.
Wii U Virtual Console
Breath of Fire (Capcom, $7.99) — The Super NES wasn't short of RPG titles, and here's one of Capcom's more prominent efforts from the era; you play as Ryu (and companions) who has the ability to transform into a powerful beast, which must be handy when saving the world. We do feel that this is rather dated compared to its 16-bit contemporaries, a point we explained in our Breath of Fire review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Spin The Bottle: Bumpie's Party (KnapNok Games, $5.99 until 26th February, normally $11.99)
Knytt Underground (Ripstone, $6.49 until 26th February, normally $12.99)
Paper Monsters Recut (Mobot Studios, $4.99 until 19th February, normally $7.99)
ZaciSa's Last Stand (ZeNfa Productions, $0.69 until 25th February, normally $1.99)
Wii U eShop Permanent Discount
Jett Tailfin (HR GAMES, $12.99 after 15th February, was $24.95)
3D Fantasy Zone (Sega, $5.99) - This iconic scrolling shooter comes in its remastered form thanks to the brilliant work of M2, with upgraded visuals and the now-standard 3D Sega re-release bells and whistles. We'll bring you a review soon.
Pong Pong Candy (LIONant, $1.20) - This looks rather like the many gem-based puzzles kicking around on the eShop and smartphones, with this one stating that strategy and levelling up will be vital. We'll get our stylus ready to bring you a review.
3DS Retail Downloads
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (Nintendo, $39.99) - Heavily in demand ever since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D arrived on the current-gen portable, we now have its experimental and darker follow-up from the Nintendo 64 era. This version brings enhanced visuals and design tweaks to accommodate its new platform, but remains the same engrossing, captivating experience - we feel it's one of the definitive Legend of Zelda titles, and you can read more about it in our The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask review. Available from 13th February.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, $39.99) - Just like its predecessor in the west, this is the second iteration of Capcom's fourth main entry in the series; there are plenty of spin-offs and sub-entries, naturally.It's packed with a huge amount of content, features new weapons, monsters and shakes up gameplay with greater verticality in environments. A huge title in every respect, we gave it a strong recommendation in our Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate review.
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ (Bandai Namco, $39.99) - Originally released late in the first year of the 3DS, we now have an enhanced version featuring a range of special Nintendo-themed planes that are either found in-game or unlocked at any time with the relevant amiibo toys. We rather enjoyed the original and will bring you a review of this fresh version very soon, but until then you can check out our recent first impressions article. Available from 12th February.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Disney Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay (Game Mill Entertainment, $19.99 from 13th January to 9th March, normally $29.99)
Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest (Game Mill Entertainment, $19.99 from 13th January to 9th March, normally $29.99)
3D Game Collection (Joindots, $4.99 until 27th February, normally $5.99)
Funfair Party Games (Joindots, $6.99 until 27th February, normally $7.99)
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, $5.99 until 27th February, normally $7.99)
3DS eShop Permanent Discount
Battleminer (Wobbly Tooth Games, $7.99, was $9.99)
3DS HOME Themes
NES: Sword-Swinging Link (Nintendo, $1.99)
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Gore Magala & Seregios (Capcom, $1.99 or free with a download of the game)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: Dire Moon (Nintendo, $1.99)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: Gold Edition (Nintendo, $1.99)
That's the line-up for this week in North America. Let us know what you'll be downloading in the comments and poll below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (319 votes)
Blek (Wii U eShop)
Paparazzi (Wii U eShop)
Breath of Fire (Wii U Virtual Console)
One of the Wii U eShop temporary discounts
Jett Tailfin (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
3D Fantasy Zone (3DS eShop)
Pong Pong Candy (3DS eShop)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS retail download)
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS retail download)
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ (3DS retail download)
One of the 3DS temporary discounts
Battleminer (3DS eShop permanent discount)
One of the 3DS HOME Themes
Nothing for me this week
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