It's time once again for another Nintendo Download Update, and this week's North American line-up has some tempting options. There are four 3DS retail games, including a Nintendo platformer and an RPG with impressive pedigree, while M2 remasters another wonderful SEGA game for the eShop. On Wii U we have some interesting download-only options along with a GBA title, while 3DS HOME Theme fans even have some choices. So, let's get to the details.
Missed the European Nintendo Download details earlier this week? Don't despair, the information you need is right here.
Wii U eShop
Race the Sun (Flippfly, $10.00) - With a behind-craft perspective, you fly through varied environments (which randomise daily) and try to avoid obstacles while keeping on track with the Sun. This one's certainly had some critical acclaim for previous versions; our review will be with you very soon.
Whispering Willows (Abstraction Games, $9.99) - A narrative driven 2D adventure that was originally on Ouya, you play as a young girl called Elena who can project her spirit out of her body; it sounds interesting as a concept, but we'll see whether it has the right spirit in our review.
Perpetual Blast (Yiannos Efthymiou, $3.99) - A space flight game, your task is to blast away a lot of containers; as far as we can tell that's the extent of the gameplay. It does support gyro controls on the GamePad, to its credit, so we'll boldly go where few reviewers go soon.
Wii U Virtual Console
Pocky & Rocky With Becky (Natsume, $6.99) - The GBA has more Virtual Console goodness, with Natsume bringing us this action / adventure / shooter; you embark on a quest across seven stages to defeat an evil Hydra Dragon and a army of mythical creatures. We'll bring you a review soon.
Wii U eShop Promotion
Buy or own Runbow and receive 30% off select Wii U and 3DS eShop games until 22nd October.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation, $4.99 until 15th October, normally $9.99)
KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Famous Gamous, $4.99 until 30th October, normally $7.99)
Explody Bomb (Alkterios Games, $1 until 29th October, normally $1.99)
3DS Retail Downloads
Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash (Nintendo, $29.99) - One of Nintendo's lesser known mascots is given an opportunity at stardom in a platformer, with the cute robot's plug being a vital weapon and means of exploration. Retail editions also come with an amiibo, and this release is certainly an interesting arrival in terms of giving the IP a push for the mainstream. We admired this one's charm but had a few reservations in our Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash review. Available from 9th October.
The Legend of Legacy (Atlus, $39.99) - If you want a game name that emphasizes the whole point of an RPG storyline, then Legend of Legacy seems like a good call. Developed by FuRyu, with hugely respected industry figures involved such as Tomomi Kobayashi (SaGa series), composer Masashi Hamauzu (SaGa, Final Fantasy XIII), and writer Masato Kato (Chrono Trigger), this title adopts formations in battles and is a campaign that can be tackled through seven perspectives from the core cast. Available from 13th October.
Goosebumps: The Game (GameMill Entertainment, $29.99) - Available from 13th October.
The Smurfs (Ubisoft, $29.99) - Available from 13th October.
3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA, $5.99) - The brilliant M2-developed series of retro SEGA titles given new life on the 3DS continues with this highly regarded Sonic title. When debates are had over the best ever Sonic game this one is normally in the conversation, which at the time added the spin dash to speed the mascot up. We'll check this out and dash into a review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus, $9.99 from 12th October to 26th October, normally $29.99)
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit (Majesco, on discount from 12th October to 19th October)
Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends (Majesco, on discount from 12th October to 19th October)
Retro City Rampage: DX (Vblank Entertainment, $5.99 until 22nd October, normally $9.99)
escapeVektor (nnooo, $3.49 from 10th October to 24th October, normally $6.99)
Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (Akaoni Studio, $4.99 until 8th November, normally $8)
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, on discount until 22nd October)
Funfair Party Games (Joindots, on discount until 22nd October)
Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB, $4.99 until 29th October, normally $9.99)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 5th November)
Soccer Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 5th November)
3DS HOME Themes
SEGA Game Gear Theme
SEGA Genesis Theme
Chibi-Robo & Friends
That's everything for this week in North America, let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.