The Nintendo Download Update information for North America has arrived later than normal this week, but here it is. This time around there are two (or three, if you're being pedantic) major retail releases on 3DS, while the Wii U has no less than three Virtual Console arrivals. There are other options across both systems too, so let's get to the details.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week? Oh you cheeky devil, worry not - the details are still right here.
Wii U eShop
TAP TAP ARCADE (RCMADIAX, $1.99) - This is a compilation download that includes both DON'T CRASH and SPIKEY WALLS. You can read our original Spikey Walls review here and likewise our DON'T CRASH review here; we also caught up with RCMADIAX for an interview not long ago.
Wii U Virtual Console
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (Koei Tecmo, $4.99) - The second part of the NES series that — in all likelihood — left young gamers curled up in a ball muttering "game over" repeatedly, it now arrives on the Wii U Virtual Console with all important save state functionality. While it is fiendishly difficult, it's also a fun action platformer that arguably brings notable improvements over the original with switched up moves and power ups; we gave it a strong recommendation in our Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos review.
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (Koei Tecmo, $4.99) - The three NES games in this series represent some of the toughest action-platforming challenge of the 8-bit era, sure to test the abilities of any dedicated player. This final entry in the original trilogy made some tweaks to the formula while staying true to its roots, and is an excellent part of the series; you can check out our Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom review for the full lowdown.
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (Arc System Works, $4.99) - This appears to be the Virtual Console debut for this series entry that's perhaps more famous for its 'Bimmy' typo than its actual gameplay. It has more of the classic beat 'em up action albeit with a punishing system of characters replacing lives; there's little scope for error. Despite its punishing difficulty we gave this a solid recommendation in our Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Sonic Lost World (SEGA, on discount from 22nd February until 7th March)
Bombing Bastards (Sanuk Games, on discount until 25th February)
Wicked Monsters Blast! HD PLUS (Corecell, $4.99 until 29th February, normally $7.99)
Island Flight Simulator (Joindots, on discount until 25th February)
Vector Assault (WizByte Games, $3.99 until 23rd February, normally $4.99)
Astral Breakers (Intropy Games, $2.99 until 25th February, normally $4.99)
Musicverse: Electronic Keyboard (Abylight, $7.99) - The 3DS eShop has had quite a few music creation tools, with this one keen to promote sharing options through Miiverse, QR codes or simply through saving the AAC file to your SD card. It has a whole load of variations in sounds and settings, along with video tutorials to help you along - we'll search for the right notes and bring you a review.
3DS Retail Downloads
Fire Emblem Fates Birthright / Conquest (Nintendo, $39.99 for one version, download the second for $19.99) - Following the vital success of Fire Emblem: Awakening, Intelligent Systems returns with this dual release (along with a third download-only part that's on the way on 10th March), and in addition to a sizeable adventure there are changes to some key mechanics, along with improved and more immersive visuals. It's an excellent release and full of detail - learn all about its intricacies in our Fire Emblem Fates review. Available from 19th February.
Project X Zone 2 (Bandai Namco, $39.99) - This sequel to the chaotic original RPG combines characters and franchises from Bandai Namco, SEGA and Capcom, with Monolith Soft and Nintendo also contributing Xenoblade and Fire Emblem characters. We think this is a solid sequel and gave it a strong recommendation in our Project X Zone 2 review. Download includes "Project X Zone 2 - 3DS HOME Theme" and "Rare Item Pack" DLC.
3DS Retail DLC
Fire Emblem Fates: Before Awakening (Nintendo, free) - Beyond the gate to another world lies the Halidom of Ylisse in this debut free DLC. Maps in upcoming weeks can be bought individually or in one bundle as Map Pack 1 (includes 11 maps) for $17.99. Full details can be found right here.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus, $9.99 until 29th February, normally $29.99)
Etrian Mystery Dungeon (Atlus, on discount from 22nd February until 7th March)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus, on discount from 22nd February until 7th March)
Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (SEGA, on discount from 22nd February until 7th March)
AeternoBlade (Corecell, £9.99 until 3rd March, normally $14.99)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (ZordixAB, $3.99 until 25th February, normally $7.99)
Demon King Box (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 3rd March)
Wakedas (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 3rd March)
Talking Phrasebook - 7 Languages (Sanuk Games, on discount until 25th February)
3D Game Collection (Joindots, on discount until 25th February)
3DS HOME Themes
SEGA Dreamcast Theme
Pokémon: Champion Steven
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright – Available on Feb. 19
Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest – Available on Feb. 19
Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.