It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week includes a variety of offerings to — hopefully — cater to most tastes. There's a much anticipated Super NES classic on the Wii U Virtual Console, a variety of discounts on both eShop stores and some new titles for portable fans to consider. Let's get to it.
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Wii U Virtual Console
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, $7.99) — This Super NES adventure is timeless; it's a title that would undoubtedly come top in a number of personal Zelda game lists here at Nintendo Life, so its arrival on the latest Virtual Console is certainly welcome. You already know that it's a 16-bit classic, but if you want to know more then check out our The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past review.
Wii U eShop Retail Download
Wii Fit U (Nintendo, $29.99) — Available from 1st February. The Wii Fit U trial offer, in which you get to keep the download for free when synchronised with a Wii Fit Meter, expires on 31st January. From that point onwards it'll shift to a standard price on the eShop, so act fast if you want to take advantage of the offer. We gave this title a strong recommendation in our Wii Fit U review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
All five of the following titles are part of the Super Indie Connection Sale that will run until 13th February — if you own any of these downloads, the others are all available at the discounted prices provided below.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Black Forest Games, $5.99 until 13th February, normally $14.99)
Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition (WayForward, $3.99 until 13th February, normally $9.99)
BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games, $6 until 13th February, normally $14.99)
Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (KnapNok Games, $3.60 until 13th February, normally $8.99)
Toki Tori 2+ (Two Tribes, $5.99 until 13th February, normally $14.99)
Castle Clout 3D (Selectsoft, $4.99) — A title that originated on smartphones, this is a physics-based action game where you fire projectiles with a trebuchet to destroy enemy castles. The developer promises "150 levels, vivid 3D effects, new foes, special weapons, and a “hot seat” multiplayer mode", with a custom castle builder also included. We'll dish out some medieval chaos and let you know what we think.
ARC STYLE: Solitaire (Arc System Works, $2.99) — The ARC STYLE series continues on the 3DS with this take on the famous card game, best-known as the refuge of bored office workers over the years. This includes the Monte Carlo and Klondike version of the game, with unlockable card decks and backgrounds as you progress. We'll try it out and share our view in an upcoming review.
Touch Battle Tank 3D 2 (Agetec, $4.99) — This is the second in this series to come to the 3DS store, and introduces new tanks and weapons over the original. Unfortunately we weren't fans of that first title, but hope this new entry will include various improvements; it promises a total of 90 levels. The list of new weapons and enemies is tempting, and we'll see whether important improvements have been made to the gameplay itself in our upcoming review.
3DS Virtual Console
Mario Bros. (Nintendo, $4.99) — Before Mario figured out how to run right and fight a variety of fantastical creatures, he was stuck underground taking on enemies within the confines of a single screen. The NES version of this title may bring back fond memories, but it struggles to stand up well in the current day, as our Mario Bros. review argues.
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
Ohno Odyssey (Big John Games, $3.99 until 20th February, normally $5.99)
So there you have it, North America, let us know if you're planning to pick any of these up in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (426 votes)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii U Virtual Console)52%
- Wii Fit U (Wii U eShop retail download)1%
- Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Super Indie Connection Sale)5%
- Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition (Super Indie Connection Sale)2%
- BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Super Indie Connection Sale)4%
- Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party (Super Indie Connection Sale)3%
- Toki Tori 2+ (Super Indie Connection Sale)2%
- Castle Clout 3D (3DS eShop)2%
- ARC STYLE: Solitaire (3DS eShop)1%
- Touch Battle Tank 3D 2 (3DS eShop) 0%
- Mario Bros. (3DS Virtual Console)2%
- Ohno Odyssey (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
- Nothing for me this week26%
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