It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details. This week has some rather tempting options, with major retail releases across both Wii U and 3DS, along with big name DLC to also consider on each platform. The Wii U Virtual Console has a stone-cold classic, while the download-only scene across both systems has a mix of budget titles and high profile releases. Throw in some discounts and there's quite a lot to get through, so let's get to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier in the week? Bah! Don't worry, the information is still right here.
Wii U eShop
INVANOID (RCMADIAX, $1.49 / CAD$1.99) - Pitched as an 'invaders / brick blaster combo', this budget title promises fun animations with your high score chasing, along with Miiverse sharing. We'll see how this latest title from RCMADIAX stacks up in a review.
Prism Pets (Intropy Games, $2.99) - Originally a smart device release. By swiping in four different directions you consolidate tiles until reaching a desired colour, with Prism Pets' gimmick being that it's themed around animals. We'll figure out the puzzle of this one and see whether it's worth a punt.
Wii U Virtual Console
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Nintendo, $7.99) - This Squaresoft-developed title was the start of an era; RPG-style experiences featuring Mario are a regular occurrence nowadays, and they have this SNES release to thank. It's a thoroughly charming and memorable experience that we wrote about fondly last year, and we gave it a hearty recommendation in our Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars review.
Wii U Retail Download
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (WB Games, $49.99) - We've had to wait for this one long after the Blu-Ray / DVD release of the film itself, but the comedic and no doubt formulaic LEGO take on the hit movie is finally arriving. It'll include a few story snippets that are new and exclusive, along with the usual slightly off-beat portrayal of the movie's main scenes. Along with puzzle platforming there'll be a bit of flying and cover-based shooting, and we'll blast through a review to tell you whether the force is with this one.
Wii U DLC
Minecraft: Story Mode Episodes 2-5 ($19.99 for season pass) - This one's arrived out of nowhere, it must be said. Episode 1: The Order of the Stone arrived back in January and we've been waiting for the remaining episodes, and now entries 2 to 5 have all arrived at once. They're $4.99 each or are included in the season pass.
Hyrule Warriors: Legends of Hyrule Pack (Nintendo, US$9.99 / CAD$14.09 for Wii U only season pass, £US$19.99 / CDN$28.19 with 3DS season pass)
Hyrule Warriors: Character Pack (Nintendo, US$12.99 / CAD$18.39) - Includes Linkle, Skull Kid, Tetra, Toon Link, King Daphnes and Ganondorf's trident weapon.
Hyrule Warriors: Link's Awakening Pack (Nintendo, US$4.99 / CAD$7.09 or part of Legends of Hyrule Pack) - Includes Marin as a new playable character and new boots for Linkle.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
VoxelMaker (Nostatic Software, $3.99 until 4th July, normally $4.99)
ZaciSa's Last Stand (ZeNfA Productions, $1.19 until 29th July, normally $3.99)
Wii U Demo
Runbow (13AM Games, free)
BOXBOXBOY! (Nintendo, $4.99 / CAD$7.09) - Announced during E3 along with a discount for the first entry in this series, HAL Laboratory's cute little box returns with some extra box-based abilities (use two sets at once) and new puzzles to solve. We can expect plenty of charm and quirky collectables along with plenty of puzzle-based stages; we'll see whether all the sides of this one come together in a review.
The Battle Cats POP! (PONOS, $9.99 / CAD$13.00) - A successful smart device title that was given a big push by Nintendo in Japan when it arrived on the eShop, it now makes its way to the West. With a charming visual style this is a 2D tower defence game where the warriors in question are, of course, cats; there's also a multiplayer VS mode, too. We'll scratch out a review and let you know what we think.
3DS Retail Downloads
Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma (Aksys Games, $39.99 / CAD$51.00) - The third part of this popular narrative / puzzle series arrives, with this entry set to fill in gaps and mysteries left over from Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue's Last Reward. It's a project that was largely made possible by vocal fan support, and it'll be interesting to see how it stacks up; we'll bring you a review as soon as we can.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (WB Games, $29.99 / CAD$39.99) - As is now the norm we expect the portable entry to have a few gameplay changes from the Wii U iteration, with this 3DS entry likely to have a little less grand scale in its level designs and potentially a more linear approach. We'll find out and bring you a review.
Hyrule Warriors Legends: Link's Awakening Pack (Nintendo, US$6.99 / CAD$9.89 or part of season pass) - Includes Marin as a new playable character, boots for Linkle, Koholint Map in Adventure Mode and 15 My Fairy Costume Pieces)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Etrian Mystery Dungeon (Atlus, on discount until 11th July)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus, on discount until 11th July)
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia, $2.24 until 21st July, normally $2.99)
The Delusions of Von Sottendorff and His Square Mind (Delirium Studios, $7.99 until 14th July, normally $12.99)
Epic Word Search Collection 2 (Lightwood Games, $5.99 until 7th July, normally $7.99)
Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom, free)
7th Dragon III Code: VFD (SEGA, free)
Wii U and 3DS DLC
Hyrule Warriors Legends: Link's Awakening Pack (Nintendo, €8.99 / £8.09 or part of dual-system season pass)
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.