It's that time of the week when we look at the download treats on the way from Nintendo, and this time around the North American update certainly has some promising options. The headline arrival is major campaign DLC on 3DS, while there are some quirky and interesting offerings across both eShop platforms. Naturally there are some discounts also thrown in, so let's get to the details.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier in the week? What were you doing, are you crazy?! Never mind, the details are still all right here.
Wii U eShop
Star Ghost (Squarehead Studios, $8.99 / CAD$12.99) - A procedurally generated shoot-em-up "inspired by the arcade classics", Star Ghost is the work of Rhys Lewis, former A.I Lead at Retro Studios. This utilises the control scheme seen in the rocket barrel stages of Retro's Donkey Kong titles, while Rare alumni David Wise provides the soundtrack. We gave this a glowing recommendation in our Star Ghost review.
Jewel Quest (iWin Inc., $4.99 / CAD$5.99) - As the title suggests this is a HD version of the popular jewel matching game, in this case with the promise of 72 boards to take on; it'll surely be tempting for match-3 fans, and we'll get working on a review.
Grumpy Reaper (EnjoyUp Games, $4.99 / CAD$4.99) - An 'arcade-style' game with a quirky concept, you play a gardener (beholden to Death) that mows lawns to contain escaping spirits and dead creatures, or something... It could be fun, we'll figure whether it brings us to life in a review.
Rhapsody: Music and Radio (free download, subscription service) - Nintendo's product page isn't actually live for this at the time of publication, but after digging around this appears to be an app for the Rhapsody music streaming service.
Wii U Virtual Console
Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar / Gregar (Capcom, $6.99 each) - Rather like with the 'Classic' originals on NES, Capcom decided that six was the magic number for this particular series on Game Boy Advance. We've rather enjoyed this RPG series, albeit the evolution between each entry has been minimal at times, and both versions of this sixth entry arrive with their minor differences. We gave this final entry a strong recommendation in our review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (SEGA, on discount until 21st March)
Art of Balance (Shin'en Multimedia, $6.70 until 31st March, normally $8.99)
VoxelMaker (Nostatic Software, $3.99 from 11th March to 21st March, normally $4.99)
Jones on Fire (Joindots, on discount until 24th March)
KEYTARI: 8-bit Music Maker (Famous Gamous, $4.99 from 13th March to 26th March, normally $7.99)
Christmas Adventure of Rocket Penguin (Petite Games, $1.59 until 31st March, normally $1.99)
Test Your Mind (XenoHorizon, $1.99 from 11th March to 25th March, normally $2.99)
Mortar Melon (Nitrolic Games, on discount until 30th April)
Plenty of Fishies (Nitrolic Games, on discount until 30th April)
Wii U eShop Demo
Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games, free)
Blast 'em Bunnies (Nnooo, $4.99) - The objective here is to take down as many bunny enemies as possible and collect coins, which can be used to purchase new items in-game. 50 medals are waiting to be unlocked, and the title's Survival and Slaughter modes feature varying difficulty levels. We'll inform PETA of our plans prior to sharing our review soon.
3DS Retail DLC
Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation (Nintendo, $19.99 / CAD$24.99) - This latest Intelligent Systems masterpiece may have more DLC maps than some have had hot dinners, but this is certainly the key downloadable extra. Revelation is effectively the 'third campaign', in which the pivotal choice moment is greeted by Corrin's decision to not pick a side - what follows is a lengthy experience that blends gameplay and characters from both Birthright and Conquest. It's an essential purchase for fans of Fates, as we make clear in our Revelation DLC review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (SEGA, on discount until 21st March)
Code of Princess (Atlus, $9.99 until 21st March, normally $29.99)
Big Hero 6 Battle in the Bay (GameMill Entertainment, on discount from 11th March to 18th April)
Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest (GameMill Entertainment, on discount from 11th March to 18th April)
The Delusions of Von Sottendorff and His Square Mind (Delirium Studios, $7.99 until 22nd March, normally $12.99)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (ZordixAB, $3.99 until 17th March, normally $7.99)
The Keep (Cinemax, $7.99 until 24th March, normally $12.99)
Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 7th April)
Toys vs. Monsters (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 7th April)
Gardenscapes (Joindots, on discount until 24th March)
Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition (Telegames Inc., $14.99 until 4th April, normally $29.99)
Bravely Second: End Layer Demo: The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers (Square Enix, free) - This demo focused on the Three Cavaliers – Yew Geneolgia, Janne Angard, and Nikolai Nikolanikov – will act as a prelude to the main adventure, and even allows players to unlock rewards in the full version of the game depending on their progress in the demo. The Bravely Second: End Layer demo: The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers can be completed multiple times, however only a completed save file can be used to unlock rewards in the full game.
Word Puzzles by POWGI (Lightwood Games, free)
3DS HOME Themes
Fire Emblem Fates: Two Kingdoms
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Zombies
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Western
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Ninjas
Blast 'Em Bunnies: Luchadors
Blast 'Em Bunnies Bundle
That's your lot for the North American Download Update this week; let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.