It's that time again as details are confirmed for the Nintendo Download Update in North America. This week brings some highly promising and anticipated releases on the Wii U eShop, with plenty of Nindies pitching in with their latest efforts. In addition the 3DS has a big-name release at retail, while there are a host of discounts available. Let's get to the details.

Missed the European Nintendo Download update details? Sweat not, the information you need is right here.

Wii U eShop

Extreme Exorcism (Ripstone, $12.99, 15% off with [email protected] E3 demo) - With a demo previously available as part of the [email protected] promotion, this revolves around fast-paced action, with the twist being that when you clear out a crowned ghost in a level the next stage will feature a ghost mimicking your previous moves. As a result each set of stages necessitates good memory, planning and skill to progress. There'll apparently be over 20 weapons, 50 challenges, a story-based mode and local multiplayer options for up to four players. We enjoyed this a great deal in our Extreme Exorcism review.

Nova-111 (Curve Digital, $10.99) - Founded by two former Q-Games (the studio behind the PixelJunk series, Star Fox Command, Star Fox 64 3D) staffers - Eddie Lee and Kalin - Nova-111 is a unique fusion of real time strategy and turn-based puzzle-solving. It takes place over 60 levels and involves saving 111 scientists lost in a time vortex. You can upgrade your ship as you go, which will help to deal with the increasingly dangerous alien forces that you encounter. We'll get cracking on a review.

STARWHAL (Breakfall, $11.99) - An intense and chaotic multiplayer title, the Wii U version includes an exclusive new 5 player mode. This mode titled "Blastopus" involves players fighting against each other, and adds a fifth player to the action with the assistance of the Wii U GamePad. We'll gather some friends for some underwater sort-of sword fighting and bring a review.

Beatbuddy (Threaks, $8.99) - With its title shortened since its initial announcement, this is a music action-adventure game that has an emphasis on rhythm — some moves and key moments need to be timed to the beat. It includes music contributions from Austin Wintory — composer of the Journey official soundtrack — among many others; despite some issues we gave this a modest recommendation in our Beatbuddy review.

Job the Leprechaun (Herrero Games, $2.99) - This peculiarly-named game is a retro platformer, with what seems to be single-screen stages in which you collect clovers, find the door and dodge enemies. We're not sure what else to say, but will get into a review soon.

Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility (Alkterios Games, $1.99) - A rather peculiar premise, this is a space-based shmup where you need to be careful about your actions; for example a stray shot may kill a civilian. We'll blast off for a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

The Ignition Factor (HAMSTER Co., $7.99) - If you're a fan of fire-fighting sims but want a retro flavour to the action, perhaps this SNES title is for you. You tackle blazes in a host of environments (there are eight stages to clear) while mastering fairly unconventional controls. We'll douse the flames in a fresh review, but in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console The Ignition Factor review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Legend of Kay Anniversary (Nordic Games, $12.49 until 1st October, normally $24.99)

Elliot Quest (PlayEveryWare, $10.99 until 30th September, normally $12.99)

Paper Monsters Recut (Mobot Studios, on discount until 1st October)

Blocky Bot (Mobot Studios, on discount until 1st October)

Quadcopter Pilot Challenge (TACS Games, $4.99 until 8th October, normally $8.99)

Family Tennis SP (Shin'en Multimedia, $3.70 until 15th October, normally $4.99)

Suspension Railroad Simulator (Joindots, $5 until 8th October, normally $7.99)

Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff (Majesco, $4.99 until 28th September)

3DS Retail Download

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo, $39.99) - This spin-off in the hugely popular franchise tasks you with designing properties and their interiors, along with some 'God-like' management abilities with the town. This game also brings the début of amiibo cards, though this download version does come with a free HOME Theme. We enjoyed this one's charms, despite some shortcomings, and gave it a recommendation in our Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer review. Available from 25th September.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (Atlus, $14.99 until 28th September, normally $29.99)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival (Konami, $9.99 until 21st October, normally $19.99)

Crash City Mayhem (Ghostfight, $4.99 until 28th September, normally $19.99)

Snow Moto Racing 3D (ZordixAB, $5.99 until 1st October, normally $7.99)

Murder on the Titantic (Joindots, on discount until 8th October)

3D Game Collection (Joindots, on discount until 8th October)

10-in-1 Arcade Collection (On discount until 22nd October)

Hazumi (On discount until 22nd October)

League of Heroes (On discount until 22nd October)

Monster Shooter (On discount until 22nd October)

Pick-A-Gem (On discount until 22nd October)

Pix 3D (On discount until 22nd October)

Crazy Kangaroo (On discount until 22nd October)

SpeedX 3D Hyper Edition (On discount until 22nd October)

SpeedX 3D (On discount until 22nd October)

Rage of the Gladiator (On discount until 22nd October)

Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff (Majesco, $4.99 until 28th September)

3DS eShop Demo

Mercenaries Saga 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)

3DS HOME Theme

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: My Town


That's it for North America this week, so let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week?