It's time for the North American Nintendo Download Update details, once again, and this week brings a relatively broad variety of games. The Wii U has a number of new releases vying for our attention, along with another DS Virtual Console title. The New 3DS gets a fun arrival on its Virtual Console, while a smaller Game Freak project makes its debut on the portable. Beyond that there's DLC and discounts to consider, so let's get to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week? Fret not, the information you need is right here.
Wii U eShop
The Beggar's Ride (Bad Seed, $5.99 / CAD$6.99) - A puzzle platformer in which an old man dons a mask and is the recipient of mysterious powers, given the ability to manipulate the environment. We rated this as a solid puzzle platformer in our The Beggar's Ride review.
Escape From Flare Industries (Helix Games, $3.99 / CAD$4.49) – This looks like a relatively simplistic puzzle platformer in which you navigate dangerous single-screen areas. From simple ideas a lot of fun can sometimes be found, so we'll take a look and let you know what we think.
Midnight 2 (Petite Games, $1.99) – A second entry in the series that adopts a relaxing aesthetic for some gravity-based puzzles in which you propel the ball-like protagonist around various stages. We'll mellow out and bring you a review.
PixelMaker (Nostatic Software, $2.99 / CAD$3.49) - Having previously brought us VoxelMaker, Nostatic now seems to be taking the same approach to producing pixel art. At a budget price this promises the ability to utilise the GamePad for producing scenes of pixel art, which can then naturally be shared to Miiverse. We'll get creative and let you know what we think in a review.
SpaceRoads (Wurd Industries, $9.99 / CAD$12.99) – The premise here is all about high speed across on-rails stages, as you fly and dodge obstacles while being propelled forwards. It has a tale of space exploration included, and we'll see whether it's out of this world or a black hole of doom in our review.
Sudoku and Permudoku (Diplodocus Games, $0.99) – Well, it's all in the name, with the classic number puzzles joined by a colour-based variation. There are 1000 puzzles promised, 500 of each with five difficulty settings, so we'll solve the puzzle of whether it's worth a punt.
Wii U Virtual Console
Style Savvy (Nintendo, $9.99) - A slightly odd arrival in light of the fact that North American gamers are still waiting for the latest entry on 3DS, nevertheless it's a chance to see where the fashion-savvy series started on DS. We'll work on our look and bring you a review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Gravity Badgers (Wales Interactive, $2.49 until 2nd June, normally $4.99)
Word Party (Lightwood Games, $9.99 until 9th May, normally $19.99)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX (EnjoyUp Games, $4.99 until 26th May, normally $7.99)
ZaciSa's Last Stand (ZeNfA Productions, $1.99 until 19th May, normally $3.99)
SUPER ROBO MOUSE (RCMADIAX, $3.00 until 30th June, normally $4.49)
PENTAPUZZLE (RCMADIAX, $3.00 until 30th June, normally $4.49)
BLOK DROP U (RCMADIAX, $2 until 30th June, normally $2.99)
BLOK DROP X TWISTED FUSION (RCMADIAX, $2 until 30th June, normally $2.99)
PIXEL SLIME U (RCMADIAX, $2 until 30th June, normally $2.99)
TABLETOP GALLERY (RCMADIAX, $2 until 30th June, normally $2.99)
TAP TAP ARCADE (RCMADIAX, $1.25 until 30th June, normally $1.99)
POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (RCMADIAX, $1.00 until 30th June, normally $1.49)
SHUT THE BOX (RCMADIAX, $1.00 until 30th June, normally $1.49)
SPIKEY WALLS (RCMADIAX, $1.00 until 30th June, normally $1.49)
TOSS N GO (RCMADIAX, $1.00 until 30th June, normally $1.49)
DON'T CRASH (RCMADIAX, $1.00 until 30th June, normally $1.49)
COLOR BOMBS (RCMADIAX, $1.00 until 30th June, normally $1.49)
AVOIDER (RCMADIAX, $1.00 until 30th June, normally $1.49)
SKEASY (RCMADIAX, $1.00 until 30th June, normally $1.49)
PEG SOLITAIRE (RCMADIAX, $1.00 until 30th June, normally $1.49)
Defense Dome (HullBreach Studios, $1.99 until 11th May, normally $2.99)
Pocket Card Jockey (Game Freak / Nintendo, $6.99 / CAD$9.89) - A title that emerged from Game Freak's initiative to encourage its teams to try new ideas, this blends fast-paced Solitaire with horse racing, along with all sorts of extra details to take care of as you try and ride your way to the top. The extensive demo can also be used to transfer progress, and we gave it a recommendation in our Pocket Card Jockey review.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Super Punch-Out!! (Nintendo, $7.99 / CAD$11.29) - The latest Super NES game on the New 3DS is another that's much loved; this successor to the iconic NES original was a true leap in visuals and style, with even more outrageous foes to fight. Colourful and manic, this is certainly a lot of fun - we gave it a strong recommendation in our Wii U Virtual Console Super Punch-Out!! review, and will take another look on New 3DS.
Fire Emblem Fates: Map Pack 2 (Nintendo, $7.99) - This will include six maps in total, in which you work with a new team of units.
Fire Emblem Fates Map: In Endless Dreams (Nintendo, $0.49) – Kana, lost and alone, must find allies quickly. In Endless Dreams is Part 1 of Heirs of Fate.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (Atlus, on discount until 16th May)
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus, on discount until 16th May)
Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia, $5.20 until 26th May, normally $6.99)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, $3.99 until 12th May, normally $7.99)
The Hand of Panda (Ninja Playground, $4.99 until 3rd June, normally $5.99)
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.