It's time for another Nintendo Download Update for North America, and this week brings quite a quirky and broad collection of games to consider. We have varied and interesting offerings on Nintendo Switch, angry squirrels on Wii U, a retail release accompanied by a few downloads on 3DS, and a release on Android devices. Let's get the heck on with it, shall we?
Nintendo Switch eShop
Has-Been Heroes (Frozenbyte, $19.99) - A bit of a departure from the Trine days, this is a side-on roguelike strategy title with the premise that heroes past their prime have one final quest to fulfil. We'll die a lot and let you know what we think in a review. Available from 28th March.
Neo Turf Masters (HAMSTER, $7.99) - Our own Damien McFerran reckons this is "one of the best golf games ever made", so there. Its large, screen-filling sprites, great music and instantly addictive gameplay made it a hit in arcades, and now you can see what all the fuss is about on your Switch. It has local multiplayer, and this 'ACA' edition will have online leaderboards and the usual Neo Geo goodies.
New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers (Arc System Works, $9.99) - This is a frontier / town-building sim in which you manage resources, improve the land and generally keep yourself busy. Though a little simplistic in presentation and variety, we were nevertheless quite impressed with its addictive gameplay loop in our New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers review.
Othello (Arc System Works, $4.99) - Previously released in Europe, this offers some solo and multiplayer options of the famous game; it suits the touchscreen and Joy-Con local multiplayer options quite well, and does its job with a minimum of fuss.
Wii U eShop
Armored ACORNs: Action Squirrel Squad (Nexcra Software, $7.99) - As the name suggests, this features combative squirrels that gear up in armoured suits to fight enemies, which is like any normal Tuesday afternoon down at the local park. It's arcade-style beat 'em up gameplay with support for up to four players locally; there are also some 'scanning' features with the GamePad. We'll see whether this is a furry delight or just plain nuts.
Aqua TV (Extra Miles Studio, $4.99) - This is a virtual aquarium, allowing you to customise its look, fish and so on. Um... yay?
Mahjong Deluxe 3 (EnsenaSoft, $5.00) - A series that claims millions of downloads on smart devices, this features hundreds of 2D and 3D Mahjong puzzles and looks reasonably polished, if you're up for that sort of thing.
Wii U eShop Demo
Plantera (Ratalaika Games, free)
3DS Retail Download
Mario Sports Superstars (Nintendo, $39.99) - The latest release in which Mario and his pals get a bit sporty. This time around five sports are presented in fairly substantial but also stripped back forms; amiibo cards are a part of the experience and local / online multiplayer are included. Though it's a perfectly functional game, we weren't particularly impressed by it in our review.
Japanese Rail Sim 3D Journey in suburbs #2 (Sonic Powered Co., $14.99) - This series gives you minimal controls over a train as you take in the sights of Japan; in this case it focuses on the "Kashima Rinkai Tetsudo" in Ibaraki.
New Nintendo 3DS eShop
Super Destronaut 3D (Petite Games, $1.99) - This is a homage to Space Invaders, albeit with modern touches and a few twists to the formula. We had some positive things to say about Super Destronaut on the Wii U eShop, of which this is a port.
3DS HOME Themes
Pokémon: A Sinister Organization – Team Skull
Pokémon: Shiny Tapu Koko
3DS eShop Demos
Ambition of the Slimes (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)
Plantera (Ratalaika Games, free)
Android Mobile Download
Super Mario Run (Nintendo, free download with $9.99 unlock for full game) - Mario has finally completed the crossover to Android Mobile. 'Play with one hand' is the core concept, with three modes on offer to keep players busy; we rather enjoyed it in our Super Mario Run review.
As always, Nintendo of America also wants you to check out the official sales and deals website (or the eShop) to learn more about discounts - confirmed reductions this week include the SEVERED, Runbow and SteamWorld Heist. There are also new Kid Icarus-themed My Nintendo discounts.
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.