It's the first Nintendo Download Update of the year in North America, and the headline release is a much-requested N64 title on the Wii U Virtual Console. Beyond that there are some interesting Indie options to consider, so let's get to it.

Missed the European Nintendo Download Update? No need to wail in anguish, the details are still right here.

Wii U eShop

Spheroids (Eclipse Games, $7.99) - This game mixes the bubble-popping mechanics of Pang / Buster Bros. with the 2D plain-swapping gameplay of Mutant Mudds, and it certainly looks rather promising. 32 levels are promised across 8 locations, and we'll see how it shapes up in a review.

Zombie Brigade: No Brain No Gain (Cypronia, $4.99 or free until 9th January for owners of Cube Life: Island Survival) - This is a runner that makes heavy use of memes (or things claiming to be memes) for comedic effect. That should give you an idea of whether this appeals to you on any level.

CUP CRITTERS (RCMADIAX, $1.49) - Previously released on the New 3DS eShop, this is all about managing gravity and manipulating balls into cups, with setting a high score being the main aim.

Wii U Virtual Console

Pokémon Snap (Nintendo, $9.99) - This quirky on-rails-shooter-nature-camera-sim-thing of a game finally arrives on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America. It's a fan-favourite, for sure, and its impact was such that the topic of a new entry for the current generation never truly ends, albeit we're now in an era of Pokémon GO. We enjoyed the ride in our most recent Pokémon Snap review.

3DS eShop

Quiet, Please! (Nostatic Software, $2.99) - A version of The Quiet Collection for the portable that features three games instead of four; this collection includes Quiet, Please!, Quiet Christmas and Vacation Vexation. You can get a sense of what we think of these quirky experiences in our The Quiet Collection review.


As always, Nintendo of America is keen for you to browse the eShop and visit the official sales & deals website for discount details. Games confirmed to be reduced this week include Nano Assault EX, Midnight 2 and Soccer Up Online.

That's the line-up for 2017's first Nintendo Download Update in North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

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