It's that time again, North American gamers, for the Nintendo Download Update. It's a busy line-up this week with a long-delayed and eagerly anticipated Wii U eShop arrival, along with some other intriguing new titles on the store. There are also three Virtual Console entries on the home console, along with plenty of discounts and a couple of demos to consider - let's get to it.

Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details? Fear not, it isn't the apocalypse, you can still read all about it right here.

Wii U eShop

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! (Oddworld Inhabitants, $14.99 / CAD$19.99) - This release has had a protracted route to the Wii U as the developers grappled with porting the title to the hardware, though its arrival does eventually bring a high quality puzzle platforming experience. We'll give this one a taste test for review.

Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games, $9.99 / CAD$12.99) - The latest word game arrival from this studio, this time around there are six core pen-and-paper style games with hundreds of puzzles between them, all designed to give your brain a workout. This also support all amiibo figures and cards, as scanning them will create puzzles using the name data stored within; we'll get working on a review.

Cutie Clash (Yazar Media Group LLC, $1.99 / CAD$2.69) - The 'Cutie' series continues with this bizarre multiplayer brawling game featuring swamp chickens, in which "you need to vomit and bomb your way to the top". Its appeal is clearly based on quickfire comedic battles, and we'll see whether it's fun or a bit of a fowl up in our review.

Cutie Pets Go Fishing (Yazar Media Group LLC, $1.99 / CAD$2.69) - No, this isn't a fishing game, but rather a tile matching title with a fast-paced mode or a 'Zen' option; we'll see how it matches up to similar eShop games in a review.

Outside the Realm (TreeFall Studios, $0.49 over launch weekend, then $1.99) - Another budget eShop arrival that focuses on touch-based puzzles on the GamePad; there'll also be some side-scrolling bonus sections. We'll launch into a review soon.

Wii U Virtual Console

Kuru Kuru Kururin (Nintendo, $6.99) - This Game Boy Advance title is pitched as one of the most challenging puzzle games that can be found. It puts you in control of a rotating helicopter that must be carefully manoeuvred through increasingly tight and tricky labyrinthine levels; it starts simple but soon you'll be facing moving pistons, floating spikes and all manner of dangers. We gave this a strong recommendation in our Kuru Kuru Kururin review.

Big Brain Academy (Nintendo, $6.99) - A title that helped to define the concept of the DS, and contributed a great deal to the portable's incredible success, arrives as the latest DS title on Wii U. A collection of minigames to test your faculties and (hopefully) show progress with practice, we gave this a reasonable if not glowing recommendation in our Big Brain Academy review.

Polarium Advance (Nintendo, $6.99) - The eShop is well stocked with puzzle games, though Nintendo is keen to boost the Wii U library with this somewhat unique Game Boy Advance title; your goal is to flip tiles in one move so that they're all matching colours. It makes sense when you play it, and we gave it a strong recommendation in our Polarium Advance review.

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Teslagrad (Rain Games, $7.49 until 25th February, normally $14.99)

Chariot - (Frima Studio, $7.49 until 25th February, normally $14.99)

Tengami - (Nyamyam, $4.99 until 25th February, normally $9.99)

Sportsball - (TOO DX, $4.99 until 25th February, normally $9.99)

Chasing Aurora - (Broken Rules, $3.99 until 25th February, normally $7.99)

PING 1.5+ - (NAMI TENTOU MUSHI, $2.49 until 25th February, normally $4.99)

ZaciSa's Last Stand - (ZeNfA Productions, $1.99 until 25th February, normally $3.99)

psyscrolr - (Actos Games, $1.99 until 25th February, normally $3.99)

Blok Drop X Twisted Fusion - (RCMADIAX, $1.50 until 25th February, normally $1.99)

Turtle Tale - (Saturnine Games, $1.49 until 25th February, normally $2.99)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Citizens of Earth (Atlus, on discount until 22nd February)

Nano Assault NEO (Shin'en Multimedia, $7.49 until 3rd March, normally $9.99)

Shadow Puppeteer (Snow Cannon, $13.49 from 12th to 15th February, normally $14.99)

Rock 'N Racing Off Road (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 3rd March)

Girls Like Robots (Popcannibal, $4.99 from 13th to 20th February, normally $6.99)

AVOIDER (RCMADIAX, on discount until 30th March)

COLOR BOMBS (RCMADIAX, on discount until 30th March)

Puzzle Monkeys (Log Games, $1.49 until 3rd March, normally $2.99)

Wii U eShop Demo

Vector Assault (WizByte Games, free)

3DS eShop

Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games, $9.99 / CAD$12.99) - We expect this to be effectively identical to the Wii U version, and it'll also utilise amiibo on New Nintendo 3DS models or using the NFC portal on older systems. We'll think of the right words for a review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

The Legend of Legacy (Atlus, on discount until 22nd February)

Citizens of Earth (Atlus, on discount until 22nd February)

Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 3rd March)

Petit Novel Series: Harvest December (CIRCLE Entertainment, $7.99 until 18th February, normally $11.99)

Sweet Memories Blackjack (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 3rd March)

Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D - Download Edition (Zordix AB, $4.99 until 18th February, normally $9.99)

Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 3rd March)

Angry Bunnies (Cypronia, on discount until 14th March)

Color Zen (Cypronia, on discount until 14th March)

3DS eShop Demo

Petit Novel series: Harvest December (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)


That's the North American line-up for this week - let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

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