It's that time once again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week includes some rather neat free and paid DLC along with some rather promising new downloads on both Wii U and 3DS. Virtual Console games, DLC and discounts are also up for grabs, so let's get to the details.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week? Don't sweat it, you can still get the lowdown right here.
Wii U eShop
PixelJunk Monsters HD (Double Eleven, $9.99) - Originally developed by Q-Games around nine years ago, this title (and the broader PixelJunk series) has been ever-present on PSN (PlayStation Network). Arriving on Wii U is this tower defence entry in which you protect your offspring across 47 different environments. We'll let you know what we think in a review.
Chompy Chomp Chomp Party (Utopian World of Sandwiches, $11.99) - A highly enjoyable party game that utilises the Wii U's capabilities in allowing up to nine players to take part at once. There are a variety of modes that riff on the core concept of 'chompy' characters chasing and eating each other. We had a lot of fun with this in our Chompy Chomp Chomp Party review.
Sweetest Thing (Joindots, $6.99) - This is a cheery time and resource management game set in 'Candy Land' that has previously been released on PC. Your job is to gather, fix and build to bring the 'realm' back to its best - we'll see whether it's sweet or gives us broken teeth in a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure (Nintendo, $19.99) - A 3D roaming game in which you explore as the iconic mascot, this attempted to make use of the Wii Remote and to cash-in on the much-loved franchise. There are some mini-games thrown in, too, but we were rather unimpressed with this in our review.
Wii U DLC
Minecraft: Wii U Edition - The Super Mario Mash-Up Pack (Microsoft, free) - The pack features a whole lot of skins, world and item textures, along with music from Super Mario 64; full details are right here.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Shadow Puppeteer (Snow Cannon Games, $9.99 until 8th June, normally $14.99)
Joe's Diner (Joindots, on discount until 26th May)
STEEL RIVALS (nuGAME, $4.99 until 26th May, normally $6.99)
Digger Dan DX ($0.99 introductory price, then $1.99) - An improved version of Digger Dan & Kaboom, as the name suggests you need to manoeuvre through a range of mines and environments while collecting treasure. 100 levels are promised, so we'll dig into it and let you know what we think.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Contra III: The Alien Wars (Konami, $7.99) — This has plenty of manic run and gun action either in solo or co-op play (the latter of which may not be an option in this version), and is a stand-out action game from the Super NES era. We gave it an explosive recommendation in our Contra III: The Alien Wars review.
Hyrule Warriors Legends: Master Wind Waker Pack (Nintendo, $0.99 or free with season pass) - Includes 16 My Fairy costumes and the 'Master' Wind Waker Map for Adventure Mode.
Fire Emblem Fates - Heirs of Fate III: The Changing Tide (Nintendo, $1.99 or included with Map Pack 2 at $7.99) - Shiro's wounded band must seize an opportunity.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (Atlus, $24.99 until 30th May, normally $39.99)
Nano Assault EX (Shin'en Multimedia, $7.49 until 9th June, normally $9.99)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, $3.99 until 26th May, normally $7.99)
Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 9th June)
Sweet Memories Blackjack (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 9th June)
Epic Word Search Collection (Lightwood Games, $5.99 until 2nd June, normally $7.99)
Funfair Party Games (Joindots, on discount until 26th May)
Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons (Reactor, $1.99 until 2nd June, normally $2.99)
Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition (Telegames Inc, $14.99 until 6th June, normally $29.99)
That's your lot for the North American Nintendo Download Update this week; let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.