It's Nintendo Download Update time, North American gamers, and it's a relatively busy line-up this week. The Switch has two 'new' games and also six Neo Geo 'ACA' titles, catching the region up with Europe. The 3DS shares one of the tasty Switch releases along with some other titles, while the Wii U also has tempting options. Let's get to it.
Nintendo Switch eShop
Blaster Master Zero (Inti Creates, $9.99 / $12.49CAD) - The reimagining of a classic IP from pixel masters Inti Creates has been on a number of wishlists, with this Switch entry including support for local co-op and HD Rumble. You explore and battle from two core perspectives, and we had a lot of fun with this one in our Blaster Master Zero review.
VOEZ (Flyhigh Works, $25 / $35CAD) - This is a stylish music rhythm game that is also the first touchscreen only title on the Switch. It features over 100 songs for plenty of content, and we were impressed with it in our VOEZ review.
Nintendo Switch eShop - Neo Geo
These are all 'ACA' releases that promise 'faithfully reproduced' iterations with some extra features included.
The King of Fighters '98 (Hamster, $7.99 / $9.87CAD) - Neo Geo makes its way to the Switch in North America! This is considered by many as the definitive entry in this particular series, and it serves to provide players with some of the most popular fighters from the franchise. Includes online leaderboards.
Metal Slug 3 (Hamster, $7.99 / $9.87CAD) - An iconic series, so blasting everything in sight will be rather tempting on Switch. Includes online leaderboards.
Waku Waku 7 (Hamster, $7.99 / $9.87CAD) - Another fighting game, albeit one that's extremely colourful; includes online leaderboards.
World Heroes Perfect (Hamster, $7.99 / $9.87CAD) - This is the fourth instalment of the World Heroes series, and despite its flaws we still feel it's one of the best in the series. Includes online leaderboards.
Shock Troopers (Hamster, $7.99 / $9.87CAD) - This one's all about about running and gunning, and then gunning some more until everything explodes in some delightful orange pixels. Includes online leaderboards.
NAM-1975 (Hamster, $7.99 / $9.87CAD) - This game offers up an old-school gallery shooting experience; the ACA edition includes 'various game settings' including multiple difficulties, multiple 'arcade' display settings and online leaderboards for comparing scores with others.
Nintendo Switch eShop Demo
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Blaster Master Zero (Inti Creates, $9.99 / $12.49CAD) - Pleasing news for 3DS owners as this one takes its bow at the same time as on Switch; based on the developers' strong work with the Azure Striker Gunvolt games, hopefully this will be a top-notch version on Nintendo's dedicated portable.
Frontier Days - Founding Pioneers (CIRCLE Entertainment, $5.99 / $8.29CAD) - This frontier building sim title actually came to Switch as a launch release, but now arrives without the 'New' part of the name and at a lower price on the 3DS eShop. We'll see whether it's worth a look for sim fans.
Mini Sports Collection (Rainy Frog, $4.99 / $5.50CAD) - An interesting one, as these low-priced collections often are - this features 12 sports; they vary from Table Tennis to Pro Wrestling and Rugby, so we're not really sure what to expect. This could be a lot of fun or, well, not a lot of fun...
New Nintendo 3DS eShop
PINK DOT BLUE DOT (RCMADIAX, $1.49 / $1.99CAD) - A score-chasing screen tapper in which you try to keep colours in sync.
Wii U eShop
Blue-Collar Astronaut (Mutated Software, $10.00) - A rather quirky premise in which you fly and navigate in various ways across 40+ levels, with a humorous outer-space theme at its core. With physics-based mechanics and plenty of variety promised this could be one to watch. Available from 14th March.
Candy Hoarder (Nitrolic Games, $1.49 / $2.00CAD) - This seems like a very simplistic touchscreen game in which you swipe orbs in multiple directions to match up colours.
Wii U Virtual Console
Bomberman 64 (Konami, $9.99) - With the series having just recently made its latest comeback on Nintendo hardware, this should provide a welcome opportunity to test out its gameplay hook from the 64-bit days.
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 include Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked, Etrian Mystery Dungeon and Turtle Tale.
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.