Here we are, once again, with the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week most certainly has some tempting options; on 3DS we have the latest in an iconic Capcom series and a welcome port on New 3DS, along with a Konami classic on the Virtual Console. Wii U is led by a gorgeous Nindie arrival as part of the 'Summer Jam', along with some interesting options and a popular Wii download. Add to that discounts and 3DS HOME Themes and there's a lot to consider, so let's get to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update? It's ok, don't panic, the details you need are right here.
Wii U eShop
Jotun: Valhalla Edition (Thunder Lotus Games, $13.49 until 15th September, normally $14.99) - A well-regarded title that Nintendo is promoting as one of the key 'Nindie' releases this month, it adopts an overhead view as you battle to prove yourself to the Gods. It has eye-catching visuals and is steeped in Norse mythology, and thankfully delivers on its potential; we're full of praise for this in our Jotun: Valhalla Edition review.
Letter Quest Remastered (Digerati, $9.99) - A word-based game which employs turn-based RPG elements, this has plenty to offer for wordy gamers. We were full of praise for this one in our Letter Quest Remastered review.
Rorrim (Nitrolic Games, $5.00) - A Princess gets sucked into a mirror and a world of dungeons, and you have to guide her through maze-like areas from a top-down perspective. The twist here is that the GamePad and the TV show 'Mirror' and 'Real' viewpoints, so you need both to solve the puzzles and make progress. We'll go on a rescue mission and let you know what we think.
Tetraminos (Sanuk Games, $4.99) - As you'd expect with a name like that this is a new spin on the classic Tetris formula; this budget offering includes a puzzle mode with 50 levels, an Endless option and local Vs. play. We explain why we think this is rather average in our review.
SphereZor (James Guard, $4.99 until 15th September, then $9.99) - Targeting an 'arcade feel' across 70 levels, this shoots for colourful visuals and tasks you with safely guiding your character around fixed-screen stages while dodging plenty of foes. It also supports local multiplayer for up to four; we'll check it out for a review.
The Gem Collector (TreeFall Studios, $2.99) - A 2D platformer with 21 levels, with a focus on grabbing as many collectibles as possible; there's also drop-in/out co-op if you have a Wii U Pro Controller. We'll see whether this is a gem in our review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Mario Strikers Charged (Nintendo, $19.99) - A game that helped solidify the reputation of Next Level Games, and notable for supporting decent online play on Wii (which is unlikely to be supported here), this wacky take on football incorporates typical Mario shenanigans with solid arcade gameplay. We gave this a strong recommendation in our original Mario Strikers Charged review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Mighty No. 9 (Deep Silver, $15.99 until 15th September, normally $19.99)
Futuridium EP Deluxe (MixedBag Games, $7.99 until 15th September, normally $9.99)
Gravity Badgers (Wales Interactive, $0.99 until 6th October, normally $4.99)
Suspension Railroad Simulator (Joindots, on discount until 22nd September)
Bird Mania Party (Teyon, on discount until 29th September)
Paranautical Activity (Digerati, $4.99 until 22nd September, normally $9.99)
360 Breakout (nuGAME, $5.00 until 28th September, normally $7.00)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice (Capcom, $29.99) - The latest in the series to make its way to the West as a download, this one features an extended cast of familiar faces, a mystical location and new features and twists such as séance trials. We gave this a glowing and detailed recommendation in our Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice review.
New Nintendo 3DS eShop
Futuridium EP Deluxe (MixedBag Games, $7.99 or free if already owned on a Wii U eShop under the same Nintendo Account) - This futuristic and high-speed title has you flying and shooting through a variety of colourful environments, with the promise of 60fps with 3D enabled. Think of a faster Star Fox with elements of the Death Star run from the first Star Wars movie, and you're going in the right direction; we like this in our Futuridium EP Deluxe Wii U review, but will take a separate look at the New 3DS version.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Super Castlevania IV (Konami, $7.99) - Some would argue that this is near the peak of the Castlevania franchise. This Super NES title is held in particularly high esteem for good reason, and is sure to tempt some downloads on the portable; you can see what we thought in our Wii U Virtual Console Super Castlevania IV review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
The Legend of Legacy (Atlus, $24.99 until 19th September, normally $39.99)
Castle Conqueror EX (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 29th September)
Fairune (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 29th September)
Rytmik Ultimate (Cinemax, on discount until 29th September)
The Keep (Cinemax, on discount until 29th September)
Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot (Coderchild, on discount until 29th September)
WordsUp! Academy (Coderchild, $1.99 until 29th September, normally $2.99)
Zombie Incident (Coderchild, on discount until 29th September)
3D MahJongg (Joindots, on discount until 22nd September)
Cube Tactics (Teyon, on discount until 29th September)
3DS HOME Themes
AA: Spirit of Justice: Apollo Justice Pixel Art
AA: Spirit of Justice: Phoenix Wright Pixel Art
AA: Spirit of Justice: Athena Cykes Pixel Art
AA: Spirit of Justice: Main Characters
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.