It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week brings a potentially terrific 3DS eShop game, some retro shooting on the Wii U Virtual Console and a variety of discounts. It's a thin list, but may have something for everyone — let's get to it.
Wii U Virtual Console
Gradius (Konami, $4.99) — This arrived on the European Wii U Virtual Console in September 2013, and finally blasts its way to North America. The Konami shooter was integral in the evolution of side-scrolling shooters, while it's simple and lacks embellishments due to its origins in 1980s arcades. Despite showing its age a little, we still gave this a recommendation in our Gradius review.
Wii U Retail Download
Cocoto Magic Circus 2 (Bigben Interactive, $29.99)
Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder (Nintendo, $9.99) — Confirmed during the last Nintendo Direct broadcast in 2013, this is a camera-based object-finding game bursting with character. We were very impressed with the Japanese version and look forward to trying it out in localised form — keep an eye out for our review soon.
3DS eShop Demo
Jump Trials Supreme (G-STYLE, free)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, $4.49 until 23rd January, normally $5.99)
Darts Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, $1.49 until 30th January, normally $2.99)
3DS Retail Download Temporary Discounts
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (Atlus, $19.99 from 13th to 20th January)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus, $19.99 from 13th to 20th January)
Code of Princess (Atlus, $19.99 from 13th to 20th January)
A somewhat limited choice for North America this week. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (330 votes)
Gradius (Wii U Virtual Console)
Cocoto Magic Circus 2 (Wii U retail download)
Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder (3DS eShop)
Jump Trials Supreme (3DS eShop demo)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Darts Up 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Code of Princess (3DS retail download temporary discount)
Nothing for me this week
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