It's that time again, dear readers, for the Nintendo Download update. This week Nintendo of America is cheekily mentioning the latest mobile release (gasp!), but also has some tempting new arrivals and discounts on the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores. Let's get right to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update? Don't panic, the details are right here.
Super Mario Run (Nintendo, free download with $9.99 unlock for full game) - Mario has finally completed the crossover to Mobile, with this title due very soon on iOS (at the time of writing). 'Play with one hand' is the core concept, with three modes on offer to keep players busy; our review will be with you later today.
Wii U eShop
Scribble (Bear Box Media, $3.99) - This takes the core aspect of the equivalent Pictionary-based minigame in U Host and expands it across multiple modes. There are five modes and over 1500 words from 17 categories, with the option to also create your own words and contests; it's potentially ideal for the festive season.
SDK Spriter (HullBreach Studios, $12.50) - An app that may be tempting for creative retro enthusiasts, this aims to be a tool for "creating retro video game assets, including character sprite sheets, tile sets, maps, and full levels", which can be shared on Miiverse or the app's official site.
Breakout Defense (nuGAME, $7.00) - Based off the classic Breakout formula, this seems focused on two paddles competing against each other, as you take on the AI or a friend locally. That seems to be the overall selling point here.
Wii U Virtual Console
Excitebots: Trick Racing (Nintendo, $19.99) - Another Wii download, and perhaps one that a number of players may have missed first time around. The second in its series on the last-gen system, this is all about racing with rather cool robotic vehicles while performing outrageous stunts; sadly online play will be missing in this download version. We enjoyed it a lot in our original Excitebots: Trick Racing review.
Picross e7 (Jupiter Corporation, $5.99) - As the name makes clear, this is a series that has a long history on the 3DS eShop. This one has over 300 puzzles to tackle, including 'Mega' size options, while a new feature is the ability to mark squares of interest without being penalised.
Mercenaries Saga 3 (CIRCLE Entertainment, $5.99) - Another entry in Rideon Japan's RPG series, this one once again features a world-spanning and dramatic tale of conflict. Like its predecessors it could be another solid effort.
My Nintendo Discounts
Discounts on the following titles are available from today on My Nintendo in North America.
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Wii U) - 30% discount for 20 Gold Points
- Mario Tennis (Wii U) - 20% discount for 200 Platinum Points
- NES Open Tournament Golf (Wii U and 3DS) - 30% discount for 20 Gold Points
- Wrecking Crew (Wii U) - 20% discount for 100 Platinum Points
That's the line-up for this week's Nintendo Download Update in North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.