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It's that time again, when we drop everything we're doing to fire up the 3DS eShop, DSi Shop and maybe, on occasion, the Wii Shop. Yes, it's the Nintendo Download update, and this week has a mixture of retail treats, a demo and some lesser known download titles. Let's get to it.

3DS Download Software

Pokédex 3D Pro (Nintendo, $14.99) — It's been a high profile period for Pokémon, with Pokémon Black and White 2 and Pokémon Dream Radar both arriving recently. Now we have the paid, enhanced version of the original Pokédex 3D, which was a free download when the 3DS eShop launched; Pokédex 3D Pro delivers a huge amount of detail on all of the famous creatures, with some extras included to keep you interested. While it's good at what it does, it undoubtedly comes at a high price, making it the most expensive non-retail download on the platform. If you're not sure whether it's worth the investment, maybe our Pokédex 3D Pro review will be helpful.

Johnny Hotshot (UFO Interactive, $5.99) — Johnny, first seen in Johnny Kung Fu, makes a return to re-imagined retro genres. This time around it's all about a shooting gallery in the Wild West, so we imagine lots of stylised visuals and shooting every pop-up enemy in sight. While Johnny's first effort only earned 4/10 in our Johnny Kung Fu review, we'll see whether he's quicker to the draw this time around.

Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games, $3.99) — Although Halloween has now passed, this title's hoping that it's never too late to customise and dress cute little witch avatars and take them for a ride on a broomstick. Aside from choosing outfits, this one seems to include a number of flying stages in a style similar to those seen in Gaia's Moon on DSiWare. We'll get some style and flying tips and bring you a review soon.

3DS Retail Download

Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Nintendo, $39.99) — Available from 11th November onwards, another high profile 3DS release featuring everyone's favourite plumber will be available as a download or in stores. It's the first time that the Paper Mario spin-off series has made it to a handheld, and amongst its strengths are gorgeous visuals and strong use of the stereoscopic 3D screen. It has plenty of charm and wit to avoid coming off as too flat, but also feels a little safe and unadventurous. It earned an 8/10 recommendation from us, though, and you can read all about it in our Paper Mario: Sticker Star review.

3DS Retail Demo

Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Disney Interactive Studios, free) — This arrives in North America on 18th November, and will also be the first third-party 3DS retail title to be offered as a download on the eShop. Adopting a classic style heavily inspired by Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse on the Sega Genesis, this is a platformer full of promise. You can see for yourself with this free demo, so brush up and start downloading.


Come On! Dragons (CIRCLE Entertainment, 200 Points) — The latest of many DSiWare entries from CIRCLE Entertainment and follow up to Come On! Heroes, this is partly a tower defence game, but mostly involves shooting arrows at oncoming enemies with the touch screen. It does come at a budget price, and we'll have our review with you very, very soon.

Smart Girl's Playhouse Mini (UFO Interactive, 500 Points) — Originally a series of games on DS, UFO Interactive is bringing this mini version to DSiWare. A collection of mini-games "without inappropriate content", this is targeted at very young children, in case the title hadn't tipped you off. Even though we don't quite match the demographic, one of our fearless reviewers will search for the little girl inside and bring you a review.

Wii Virtual Console

SENGOKU 2 (D4 Enterprise, 900 Points) — It's Neo Geo. It's a scrolling action platformer. Based on that alone we should have a decent idea of what to expect, though it does promise interchangeable characters and build-up attacks and defence, so there may be more than simple button mashing to be done. Many of these Neo Geo titles turn out to be excellent arcade-style throwbacks, and we'll see whether this is another in our upcoming review.

Nintendo Video

The 2012 Presidential Games (Free) — Tired of the same old election coverage? Then don't miss this special report on the race. Presidential candidates compete for your vote in 3D, only on Nintendo Video.

So that's your lot, with every system accounted for and a mix of high-profile releases and unknown surprises. Let us know which will deplete your funds in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (202 votes)

  1. Pokédex 3D Pro (3DS eShop)10%
  2. Johnny Hotshot (3DS eShop)2%
  3. Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (3DS eShop)1%
  4. Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS retail download)34%
  5. Come On! Dragons (DSiWare)  0%
  6. Smart Girl's Playhouse Mini (DSiWare)2%
  7. SENGOKU 2 (Wii Virtual Console)8%
  8. Nothing for me this week42%

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