It's that time, once again, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This time around there's a major retail arrival on 3DS, a DS classic on the Wii U and some interesting 'Nindie' efforts. Let's get right to it, shall we?

Missed the European Nintendo Download Update? Don't worry, the details are right here.

Wii U eShop

SHOOT THE BALL (RCMADIAX, $1.49) - Previously released on the New 3DS eShop; you use the touch screen to 'shoot' the ball into space, with randomised shapes and colours that set the difficulty level.

Wii U Virtual Console

Advance Wars: Dual Strike (Nintendo, $9.99) - One of the much-loved entries in this Intelligent Systems series, this should help ease the pain of those wondering where the Advance Wars series has gone. This was the third entry in the series and the first on DS, offering plenty of drama and strong strategic gameplay across two screens, in this case putting the GamePad and TV to work. We praised it highly in our Advance Wars: Dual Strike review.

3DS Retail Downloads

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, $39.99) - Only announced in September, this port of the excellent Wii U title takes away online sharing but introduces a new Mario Challenge mode and some portable benefits. We like it a lot, which in itself isn't the most popular opinion out there. Available from 2nd December.

New Nintendo 3DS eShop

Hyperlight EX (CatfishBlues Games, $5.49) - Previously on smart devices, this is a colourful and high-tempo shoot 'em up, making it a relatively rare arrival in the genre on 3DS. It has multiple modes, control options and includes stereoscopic 3D, so we'll see whether it lives up to its potential in a review.

CUP CRITTERS (RCMADIAX, $1.49) - This entry is all about managing gravity and manipulating balls into cups, with setting a high score being the main aim.


As a reminder, don't forget that over 40 games are discounted in the eShop Cyber Deals until 5th December. More discounts for this week will also appear on the eShop and Nintendo's deals website.

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.

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