It's that time again, North America, for the Nintendo Download update to brighten up your week and get you through to the weekend. There's a fairly lengthy list of options on the Wii U and 3DS, incorporating the new, the old and the very old; with plenty of diverse options to choose from, so let's get to it.
Wii U eShop
Mighty Switch Force! 2 (WayForward, $5.99) — Unlike the revamped Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition, this Wii U release of the 3DS eShop sequel is apparently based directly on the original, retooling the pixel-based visuals for a 16:9 ratio. We gave the eShop version a reasonable recommendation in our Mighty Switch Force! 2 review, even if it didn't quite match our expectations.
Wii U Virtual Console
Urban Champion (Nintendo, $4.99) — IT'S BACK!!!! The urban fighting game we all want to play again and again and again! A timeless classic... or not. If you didn't buy it on the Wii Virtual Console or as a 3D Classic, you have a chance for buyer's remorse once again; if you don't believe us, check out our Wii Virtual Console Urban Champion review.
Clu Clu Land (Nintendo, $4.99) — This is an action puzzle game from the early days of the NES, in which you manoeuvre bubbles by throwing them around the stage. This can also be played with a friend, but the single-screen puzzling is underwhelming, as explained in our Wii Virtual Console Clu Clu Land review.
Wii U Retail Downloads
Just Dance Kids 2014 (Ubisoft, $TBC) — Available from 22nd October.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut (Square Enix, $49.99) — Available from 22nd October.
Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Entertainment, $3.99) — Coming from F K Digital, this looks like a suitably frantic and challenging catering resource management title, as you put together and serve various meals to quirky and demanding customers. We'll have a taste of what's on offer and let you know what we think.
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix, $5.99) — This is the second Moto Racing title from Zordix to arrive on the 3DS eShop, this time around tackling a theme best suited to Winter. This looks fairly similar to Aqua Moto Racing 3D, with plenty of tournaments, stunts and multiplayer options — including Download Play — to enjoy. We'll see whether this plays well or is on a slippery slope in our review, soon.
101 Penguin Pets 3D (Teyon, $4.99) — Pet simulation is becoming all the rage on the 3DS eShop, though we use the word "pet" loosely. In this title you care for your own penguin, playing minigames and doing the usual exercises to feed, clean and care for the cute little creature. We'll see whether this leaves us cold in our upcoming review.
Hulu Plus (Hulu, free) — A free app for the subscription-based TV streaming service is now available.
3DS Virtual Console
Pinball: Revenge of the 'Gator (Nintendo, $2.99) — The Game Boy had some choice pinball options, another of which now flips onto the 3DS Virtual Console. This may be simplistic due to the limitations within which it worked, but that doesn't mean it's not addictive and fun, as our Pinball: Revenge of the 'Gator review explains.
3DS Retail Downloads
Hometown Story (Natsume, $TBC) — Available from 22nd October.
Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2 (Rising Star Games, $19.95)
My Vet Practice 3D - In the Country (TREVA Entertainment, $29.99)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form, $7.19 until 20th October, normally $8.99)
Another week down, North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (275 votes)
- Mighty Switch Force! 2 (Wii U eShop)9%
- Urban Champion (Wii U Virtual Console)2%
- Clu Clu Land (Wii U Virtual Console)2%
- Just Dance Kids 2014 (Wii U retail download)1%
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut (Wii U retail download)6%
- Brunch Panic (3DS eShop)1%
- Snow Moto Racing 3D (3DS eShop) 0%
- 101 Penguin Pets 3D (3DS eShop) 0%
- My Vet Practice 3D - In the Country (3DS eShop) 0%
- Pinball: Revenge of the 'Gator (3DS Virtual Console)5%
- Hometown Story (3DS retail download)3%
- Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2 (3DS retail download) 0%
- SteamWorld Dig (3DS eShop temporary discount)17%
- Just the Hulu Plus app for me8%
- Nothing for me this week45%
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