It's that time, once again, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details, and this week has some enticing options. The 3DS has a huge retail release and a high profile demo, along with some interesting download-only titles. The Wii U shares a particularly promising download with the 3DS, and also delivers some other tempting offerings along with a wacky Wii download. Throw in some discounts and there are a number of choices to make, so check them out below.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week? Well, don't tweet with fury yet, the information you need is right here.
Wii U eShop
Noitu Love: Devolution (MP2 Games, $9.99, 10% off [$8.99] for the first week) - Part of the Nindie 'Summer Jam' promotion, this colourful action title (which may remind players of classics like Gunstar Heroes, Metal Slug or Contra) arrives on the eShop after making a positive impact on Steam. The twist is that you move your character with the left stick and aim a crosshair to attack; this Wii U version supports the GamePad + stylus or Wii Remote + Nunchuk, and our review will be with you today to explain why this should definitely be on your radar.
Gear Gauntlet (Crystalline Green, $9.99 / $12.99CAD) - Originally released on Xbox One, the aim here is to rush through courses while also quickly pushing face buttons when hit by a colour-coded dead end. It's fast-paced and rather tricky, but could well be worth a look; we'll get into gear and bring you a review.
Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing (EnjoyUp Games, $7.99) - The latest in the Rock 'N Racing series, this time around focusing on F1-style cars; you'll be able to customise your car, tackle local multiplayer and compare times through online leaderboards.
Aenigma Os (Akies Games, $6.99) - A match-3 puzzle game, at least on the surface, this one promises a relatively lengthy campaign, challenge levels and local multiplayer. We'll bring you a review soon.
Brick Breaker (Sanuk Games, $4.99 / $5.99CAD) - It's a classic formula, which Sanuk Games doesn't deny is at the core of its offering. It does boast of a 100 level campaign, the usual blend of bonuses and traps, and local multiplayer options. We'll see whether it breaks our will or brings a welcome dose of nostalgia in our review.
SHOOTY SPACE (RCMADIAX, $2.99 / $3.99CAD) - A shmup in which you try to accumulate as high a score as possible, with the option to jump right back in when you see the Game Over screen.
Wii U Virtual Console
WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Nintendo, $19.99 / $28.19CAD) - As you'd expect this offers frantic and slightly crazy action with a heavy focus on putting the Wii Remote to work. It's clever and fun, albeit finished quite quickly; that said, unlocking multiplayer should add some extra spice when the story mode is done. We quite liked this in our original WarioWare: Smooth Moves review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Master Reboot (Wales Interactive, $4.99 until 13th October, normally $14.99)
Tachyon Project (Eclipse Games, $4.99 until 22nd September, normally $9.99)
Stone Shire (Finger Gun Games, $4.99 until 29th September, normally $7.99)
Midnight (Petite Games, $1.59 until 6th October, normally $1.99)
Vector Assault (WizByte Games, $3.99 from 16th to 30th September, normally $4.99)
Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles (BattleLine Games, $1.99 until 21st September, normally $5.99)
3DS Retail Download
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (Square Enix / Nintendo, $39.99 / $49.99CAD) - A much anticipated localisation, this remaster overhauls the visuals and some key features of the original while still offering the same enormous adventure. We got into great detail on why you should consider buying this in our Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past review.
Noitu Love: Devolution (MP2 Games, $9.99, 10% off [$8.99] for the first week) - As per the Wii U version, but naturally available to play on the go; we'll review this iteration separately and get that to you as soon as possible.
Splat the Difference (Lightwood Games, $5.00 / $7.00CAD) - Often associated with word games, this time around Lightwood Games is sharing its own colourful twist on 'spot the difference', where you mark the screen with splats of paint. Also supports local multiplayer for four with Download Play, we'll see whether it's an artful release or otherwise in our review.
Polara (CIRCLE Entertainment, $5.00 / $7.00CAD) - This one looks promising in terms of concept, as it's a pacy runner in which you have to jump and 'change' your character's colour, matching the environmental dangers with twitch reflexes. We'll give it a run for its money in a review.
Collide-a-Ball (Starsign, $1.99 / $2.49CAD) - Essentially a puzzle game that adopts a 3D isometric view, you need to manipulate ramps, blocks and more before setting balls loose; the goal is to have both reach the level-end flag at the same time.
3DS eShop Demo
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls (Level-5, free)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
SEGA 3D Classics Collection (SEGA, $19.99 until 26th September, normally $29.99)
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (SEGA, $29.99 until 26th September, normally $39.99)
Code of Princess (Atlus, $9.99 until 26th September, normally $29.99)
Nano Assault EX (Shin'en Multimedia, $7.49 until 6th October, normally $9.99)
Alphadia (KEMCO, on discount until 29th September)
Chronus Arc (KEMCO, on discount until 29th September)
Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 7th October)
Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 7th October)
Johnny's Payday Panic (Office Create, $1.99 until 29th September, normally $3.99)
Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition (Telegames Inc, $14.99 until 3rd October, normally $29.99)
Pet Hospital (Neopica, $9.99 until 1st October, normally $29.99)
3DS HOME Themes
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Theme
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.