It's that time once again for the North American Nintendo Download Update, and this week has a mix of genres and styles to choose from. New Wii U releases include some platforming and shooting, while the same can be said for the Virtual Console releases across the home console and New 3DS. Beyond that there's DLC and discounts to consider, so let's get to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details? Wipe the panic sweat off your brow, you can still get the details right here.
Wii U eShop
Kick & Fennick (Abstraction Games, $10.49 at launch, then $14.99) - A colourful action platformer, Kick & Fennick sees players take control of a young boy who rockets around levels using the recoil of his gun in search of a new energy core for his robot companion. It looks rather decent in footage, even if the Vita original prompted mixed reviews in 2015; we'll jump into the action for a review.
B3 Game Expo for Bees (Famous Gamous, $9.99) - A rather surprising first-person shooter that's heading exclusively to the Wii U, it's certainly aiming to be quirky by playing up its parody links to E3 while also trying to use the GamePad in a good way. It promises zaniness and humour, and will hopefully be a fun game to play at the same time; we'll see whether it's worth any buzz in our review.
153 Hand Video Poker (Skunk Software, $0.99) - What to make of this one? The game fills the screen with lots of hands, and "after the hands are dealt you will hear a corresponding piano chord based on the rank of that hand". The trailer isn't very illuminating either, so we don't really understand what this is... we'll attempt a review soon.
Wii U Virtual Console
Metroid Prime: Hunters (Nintendo, $9.99) - The Wii U eShop already has the outstanding Metroid Prime Trilogy available to download, and now we can complete the set with this DS release. It was a tentpole reveal and release for the DS hardware, even if the end result didn't quite have the scope that the developers at NST initially planned. Nevertheless it's a DS Metroid game, and one we rather enjoyed (albeit with online play missing in this version) in our original 2006 review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, $9.99 until 6th June, normally $39.99)
Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara - (Capcom, $5.99 until 6th June normally $14.99)
DuckTales: Remastered - (Capcom, $5.10 until 6th June, normally $14.99)
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate - (Capcom, $13.59 until 6th June, normally $39.99)
Art Of Balance (Shin'en Multimedia, $6.70 until 23rd June, normally $8.99)
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, on discount until 23rd June)
Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte, on discount until 23rd June)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX (EnjoyUp Games, $2.99 until 23rd June, normally $5.99)
Life of Pixel (Super Icon Ltd, $4.99 until 23rd June, normally $9.99)
Land It Rocket (Petite Games, $0.99 until 23rd June, normally $2.99)
Jones on Fire (Joindots, on discount until 9th June)
Stone Shire (Finger Gun Games, $4.99 until 1st August, normally $7.99)
Explody Bomb (Alkterios, on discount until 23rd June)
Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility (Alkterios, on discount until 23rd June)
Epic Dumpster Bear (Log Games, on discount until 30th June)
Puzzle Monkeys (Log Games, on discount until 30th June)
Astral Breakers (Intropy, on discount until 16th June)
Emojikara: A Clever Emoji Match Game (Intropy, on discount until 16th June)
The Perplexing Orb (TreeFall Studios, $1.99 until 16th June, normally $3.99)
Sssnakes (EnjoyUp Games, $1.99) - A modern riff on Snake, the classic game that originated (as a concept) in the '70s but shot to prominence on early Nokia phones. This title aims to add modern touches to the formula of eating and avoiding your own tail, with the ability to 'shoot', multiple snakes on screen and varied environments in the mix, along with online leaderboards. We gave it a modest recommendation in our Sssnakes review.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (Nintendo, $7.99) — The final game of this series on the Super NES, now the Kremlings have managed to kidnap both DK and Diddy, leaving the rescuing down to Dixie and Kiddy. Aside from expanding the cast once again, this also threw in two-player team play and contests (we'll see whether that makes the cut on New 3DS); this didn't thrill us quite as much as previous entries but is still a great game, as explained in our Wii U Virtual Console Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble review.
Fire Emblem Fates - Map 5: Endless Dawn (Nintendo, $1.99 or part of map pack 2) - Led by Shigure, the party storms the enemy. Part 5 of Heirs of Fate.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Mega Man Legacy Collection - (Capcom, $9.99 until 6th June, normally $14.99)
Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition - (Capcom, $4.99 until 6th June, normally $19.99)
Resident Evil Revelations - (Capcom, $4.99 until 6th June, normally $19.99)
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate - (Capcom, $13.99 until 6th June ,normally $19.99)
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D - (Capcom, $4.99 until 6th June, normally $19.99)
Sadame (Rising Star Games, $9.99 until 16th June, normally $14.99)
The Magic Hammer (Wobbly Tooth, on discount until 30th June)
Toy Stunt Bike (Wobbly Tooth, on discount until 30th June)
Parascientific Escape Cruise in the Distant Seas (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 23rd June)
WAKEDAS (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 23rd June)
Music On: Electric Guitar (Abylight, $0.99 until 12th July, normally $1.99)
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, on discount until 9th June)
That's everything for the North American Nintendo Download Update this week; let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.