It's time for another Nintendo Download Update, and this week's North American offering has one (or two, depending on your point of view) huge arrivals at retail on the 3DS. Beyond that we have a fantastic Wii game available for download alongside a surprise N64 title, some promising Nindie efforts on both systems, a pleasant free surprise on 3DS and more besides. Let's get to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update? Don't fret, the details are still right here.
Wii U eShop
Swap Fire (Midnight Status, $14.99 / CAD$19.99) - Described as a "Couch-Multiplayer/Puzzle-FPS", this isn't a conventional FPS. Shooting your opponent opens up a wormhole which swaps your positions, the aim then is to oust your opponent off the edge in Drop Zone or dominate the map in Control Point. We'll see whether it's on target in a review. Available from 18th November.
Exile's End (Marvelous USA/XSEED Games, $9.99 / CAD$12.99) - Here's one for those with retro sensibilities; billed as a "cinematic platformer" with a uniquely Japanese flair, this takes place on "a massive, interconnected laboratory and mining complex on a moody, lonely alien world", and expects the player to solve puzzles and overcome issues using a combination of weapons and other items. It has retro-style visuals and features music from composers prominent in the 8- and 16-bit eras; we'll bring you a review soon. Available from 22nd November.
Ohayou! Beginner's Japanese (Finger Gun Games, $4.99 / CAD$5.59) - This app aims to help users gain the building blocks for learning the language. The basic premise is that you use flash cards to learn and master Hiragana and Katakana characters, before tackling lessons to prove what you've learned.
Wii U Virtual Console
Wario Land: Shake It (Nintendo, $19.99 / CAD$28.19) - A title that arguably deserved greater commercial success when it originally launched, this is a stylish 2D platformer in which the Wii Remote's waggle is frequently put to use. Beyond that gimmick it has gorgeous hand-drawn visuals, and the brevity of its campaign should be less of an issue at its lower download price. We enjoyed it a lot in our original Wario Land: The Shake Dimension review.
Excitebike 64 (Nintendo, $9.99 / CAD$9.99) - Here's a turn up for the books, with the 3D sequel to the iconic NES game finally coming to the Virtual Console; it never arrived on the Wii store, perhaps due to licensing issues with brands in the game. Whatever the reasons, this includes 20 tracks to take on and the ability to race friends or create your own courses. We'll rev up and get a review to you soon.
3DS Retail Download
Pokémon Sun and Moon (Nintendo, $39.99 / CAD$49.99 per version) - It's finally time, as the Pokémon series kicks off an all-new generation on the 3DS. These entries deliver some hugely significant changes to the franchise, from adjustments to story progression to new features that'll freshen up the competitive scene. We gave this a storming recommendation in our Pokémon Sun and Moon review. Available from 18th November.
Swapdoodle (Nintendo, free with optional paid DLC) - Here's a nice treat, a free app that allows you to share 'doodles' with '3DS friends'; this includes online sharing, but only with 'registered' friends. 3D doodles will be possible, as are multiple pen colours and lessons based on franchises such as Splatoon. Some content will be locked behind paid add-ons.
Touch Battle Tank - Tag Combat (CIRCLE Entertainment, $3.99 / CAD$5.59) - A 3D tank battle game, and not the first in this series, and this time it introduces local multiplayer and a whole lot of new stages. New tank types include 'warping' ones, and 90 stages are promised.
3DS HOME Themes
Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon – Tropical – Available from 18th November.
Pokémon Solgaleo / Lunala – Available from 18th November.
That's everything for this week's Nintendo Download Update in North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.