It's that time again, North American gamers, for the Nintendo Download Update. This week brings an exceptional retail release on the Wii U, some interesting home console downloads, a promising 3DS programming app, a load of discounts and even a WiiWare download. Yes, really! Let's get to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier in the week? What a disaster! Don't panic though, the information is still right here.
Wii U eShop
Momonga Pinball Adventures (Paladin Studios, $5.99) - A twist on pinball that previously appeared on smart devices. There's a story mode with nine levels and three minigames - Panda's Dream in which you float through the sky, the Pachinko-inspired Guachinko, and finally Arena for 'survival-mode pinball'. We'll roll into a review soon.
Rakoo & Friends (Moving Player, $9.99) - A blend of racing and adventure with 60 solo levels promised, this version ups its game over the smart device original with the addition of multiplayer. Check out our handy Rakoo & Friends review to find out more.
Ninja Strike: Dangerous Dash (Natsume, $5.99) - This is a rather basic-looking action title which sees you running through levels collecting treasures and taking out bad guys; based on the prompts to tap the screen in Nintendo's assets this will likely closely resemble the smart device original. We'll summon our inner ninja to bring you a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Final Fight One (Capcom, $7.99) - The Game Boy Advance had a few SNES remakes, and this gives the treatment to the original 16-bit version of Final Fight. There are three playable characters, a new stage, special outfits and mode in the portable version; we gave this a modest recommendation in our Final Fight One review, yearning for the arcade version as we wrote it.
Wii U Retail Download
Yoshi's Woolly World (Nintendo, $59.99) - The latest cute platformer from Good-Feel, this brings Yoshi and chums into a soft, cuddly environment in which to run and jump. With plenty of amiibo support, co-op, transformations and some delightful moments, this is a platformer that's been on some wishlists since its first conceptual reveal two years ago; we gave it a hearty recommendation in our Yoshi's Woolly World review earlier in the year. Available from 16th October.
New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U (Nintendo, $59.99) - As the title makes clear this is a download (also available in stores) that combines the excellent Wii U launch title with its rather enjoyable Luigi DLC. Available from 16th October.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
ZaciSa's Last Stand (ZeNfA Productions, $1.59 until 5th November, normally $3.99)
WiiWare (yes, really)
Crunchyroll (free) - This video streaming app arrived on the Wii U in late 2014, but now there's a Wii version. Which is nice, we guess.
SmileBASIC (SmileBoom, $9.99) - An app in which aspiring game makers can teach themselves to use BASIC, in the process using all of the available tools to make their own 3DS games. This will expand upon the features in DSiWare title Petit Computer and include more tools, assets and capabilities, which means programmers should be able to create and share some fun and innovative games. We'll get coding and bring you a review.
The Magic Hammer (Wobbly Tooth, $5.99) - This seems ambitious in nature, promising an open-world RPG with customisation and exploration featured. Throw in local and online co-op alongside a 'Creative Mode' and this promises much; we'll see whether it's magical in our review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Etrian Mystery Dungeon (Atlus, on discount from 19th October to 2nd November)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus, on discount from 19th October to 2nd November)
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia, $2.24 until 5th November, normally $2.99)
Hello Kitty Picnic With Sanrio Friends (Majesco, on discount from 19th October to 26th October)
Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 3D Racing (Majesco, on discount from 19th October to 26th October)
Fairune (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 5th November)
Parking Star (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 5th November)
Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 29th October)
Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 29th October)
Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 12th November)
Van Helsing Sniper Zx100 (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 12th November)
Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition (Telegames Inc, $14.99 until 9th November, normally $29.99)
3DS HOME Themes
The Legend of Legacy: "The Seven Adventurers"
Yoshi's Woolly World: Yoshis on Parade – Available from 16th October.
That's everything for this week's North American update - let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.