It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week is a busy one, with plenty of varied options on the Switch eShop, two retail 3DS titles (accompanying the New 2DS XL), in addition to various downloads across the Wii U and 3DS eShop stores. There's plenty to cover, so let's get to it.
Nintendo Switch eShop
Namco Museum (Bandai Namco, $29.99 / $34.99CAD) - A much anticipated release, this features 11 games and even the surprising inclusion of Pac-Man VS., which requires two Switch systems to play. Features in this iteration include online leaderboards and the ability in some games to hold the Switch vertically for an 'arcade cabinet' feel. We'll get cracking on a review soon. Available from 28th July.
Namco Museum (Pac-Man VS. Free Multiplayer-only Ver.) (Bandai Namco, free) - This is a nice surprise, a free download that lets you get into multiplayer sessions of Pac-Man VS. Available from 28th July.
Overcooked: Special Edition (Team17, $19.99 / $26.79CAD) - A title that's been rather popular on PC and other platforms, the Switch gets to join in with various DLC add-ons included and HD Rumble as a feature. It's all about chaotic solo, co-op or versus cooking at high speed, dashing around various kitchen settings to prepare wacky dishes in tough circumstances. We'll fire up the oven to bring you a review soon.
Ultra Hyperball (Springloaded, $9.99 / $12.99CAD) - With retro-style visuals, this pitches itself as a 'party game experience' in multiplayer while also offering a single-player story mode. It looks like rather chaotic fun, and on Switch this game also supports touch screen and motion controls; we'll check it out in a review. Available from 28th July.
Super Sidekicks (HAMSTER, $7.99 / $9.87CAD) - The ACA Neo Geo series continues and we go back into sports this time around. This 1992 classic started a series of soccer titles on the format and is famous for its quick and compelling gameplay, punctuated with high-quality 2D artwork which pops up at key moments during each match.
Qbics Paint (Abylight, $4.99) - As the weeks pass more genres are being ticked off for the Switch eShop, and here is an early example of a creative app. You 'sculpt digitally' with 3D blocks, with various modes and options to help you along (such as going freestyle or constructing set figurines), with easy sharing to social media then possible through the system's standard capture button.
3DS Retail Downloads
Hey! Pikmin (Nintendo, $39.99 / $49.99CAD) - This 2D spin-off for the much-loved series introduces the cute little critters to a new audience, while using both screens in a portrait setting. It's an easygoing and pleasant time, which is just lacking a little spark and creativity in our view; we gave it a modest recommendation in our Hey! Pikmin review. Available from 28th July.
Miitopia (Nintendo, $39.99USD / $49.99CAD) - Another title to accompany the launch of the New Nintendo 2DS XL, this is an RPG-lite entry in the series of games that put Mii characters to work. It's designed to be accessible for gamers of all levels, but we certainly became enamoured with its charm and wit in our Miitopia review. Available from 28th July.
Kid Tripp (Four Horses, $3.99 / $4.49CAD) - A retro-styled 'high octane' platform autorunner that features 20 levels across 4 themed worlds. This 3DS version aims to deliver silky smooth 60fps gameplay with stereoscopic 3D; it looks like fun and we'll give it a go for a review.
New Nintendo 3DS eShop
SWIPE (RCMADIAX, $1.49 / $1.99CAD) - In this score chaser you try to avoid black dots while collecting crystals.
Wii U eShop
Cubeshift (Jace Voracek, free) - On the surface this looks like a very basic game, with your task being to guide a falling square through an "infinite arcade puzzler".
Wii U Virtual Console
Air Zonk (Konami, $5.99) - Another arrival from the TG-16, this is a "horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up with the cuteness factor cranked up to 10". You can go fully retro with our Wii Virtual Console review if you like.
Ninja Spirit (IREM, $5.99) - It's the TurboGrafx once again, in this case a stylish side-scrolling action title that certainly made waves when it was originally released; you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Ninja Spirit review for the full lowdown.
As always Nintendo of America wants you to browse the eShop and check out the official sales and deals website for discount details.
Plenty of choices in this week's update - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.