It's time for another North American Nintendo Download Update, and this week is potentially a cracker. Both the Switch and the 3DS have notable retail releases, while the new system's eShop has quite a few tempting options to consider; there's even a Wii U Virtual Console double-header, too. Let's get to it.
Switch Retail Download
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition (Ubisoft, $39.99 / $59.99CAD) - A complete edition of one of the finest 2D platformers in the last generation. It originally made its mark on Nintendo gamers with a Wii U release, while this Switch version includes some extra options in the Kung Foot minigame while also utilising handheld mode for touch-based 'Murfy' sections. With co-op and all the goodness that made the original a must-have it's worth considering; we were certainly impressed in our Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition review. Available from 12th September.
The Bridge (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, $9.99 / $12.69CAD) - An intriguing puzzle title that has made its mark on various platforms including the Wii U. In addition to an eye-catching visual design its puzzles play around with perception and gravity; we gave this a recommendation in our The Bridge review.
NeuroVoider (Flying Oak, $13.99 / $17.99CAD) - This has been on the radar for a little while, offering a "twin-stick shooter RPG set in a cyber futuristic world". With co-op included that makes this one rather appealing on paper - we'll blast through a review to let you know what we think.
Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition (Crunching Koalas, $9.99 / $12.99CAD) - Pitched as a "laser fuelled action game infused with an exquisite cosmic soundtrack", in this one you try to hurl javelins at foes as accurately as possible. It's stylistically bonkers and on Switch includes a new co-op mode; we'll let you know what we think in a review.
Double Dragon IV (Arc System Works, $6.99 / $8.46CAD) - This sequel adopts the same visual style and gameplay approach as the NES originals, with extra modes like Vs. and Tower also thrown in. The reaction to this was undoubtedly mixed on other systems, so we'll pick a fight and bring you a review soon.
Blue's Journey (HAMSTER, $7.99 / $9.87CAD) - The latest ACA Neo Geo release is a co-operative platformer; in this Alpha Denshi-developed game the action takes place on the planet of Raguy, which is on the verge of a massive ecological disaster. Player one controls the titular Blue while player two takes control of the pallet swapped Princess Fa.
Physical Contact: 2048 (Collavier Corporation, $4.99 / $5.64CAD) - The second of this series to come to the Switch, in this case offering local multiplayer and solo play in a variation on a popular smart device number game. We weren't impressed with its predecessor, Physical Contact: SPEED.
3DS Retail Download
Monster Hunter Stories (Capcom, $39.99 / $49.99CAD) - An RPG-style spin-off to the series conceived to appeal to a broader and potentially younger audience in Japan, it's good to see this one finally arrive in the West. It certainly looks colourful and provides a different feel as you team up with some monsters for the quest; we're working on a review, but in the meantime you can see some early impressions from last year. Available from 8th September.
Crystareino (KEMCO, $9.99 / $13.99CAD) - A publisher that's kept busy in bringing a range of RPG titles to the portable, here's another one to try and tempt you. Two heroes are summoned to another world, as you'd expect in a game like this, and battle to return home; turn-based battles and up to 20 character classes will aim to save the day.
Wii U Virtual Console
Detana!! TwinBee (Konami, $5.99) - Konami's gradual release of TurboGrafx-16 games on the Wii U Virtual Console continues with this cute and colourful vertical shooter. We had a lot of fun with this in our original Wii Virtual Console Detana!! TwinBee review.
China Warrior (Konami, $5.99) - This fighting game served as an impressive tech demo for the PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16, but gameplay was something else entirely. We were thoroughly unimpressed in our Wii Virtual Console Chine Warrior review.
As always Nintendo of America wants you to browse the eShop and check out the official sales and deals website for discount details.
Quite a few download options for you this week - let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.