It's that time, North America, with another batch of downloads arriving on the Wii U and 3DS eShop platforms. This week brings new and Virtual Console games to both systems, as well as a discount to celebrate the one year anniversary of one of the finest Wii U eShop titles to date. Without further ado, let's get to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download update earlier this week? Dry those eyes, the details are right here.
Wii U eShop
BLOK DROP U (RCMADIAX, $1.99) — A landmark arrival as the first HTML5-based game to arrive on the platform, utilising the Nintendo Web Framework. This is a physics puzzle game in which you use the stylus on the GamePad to remove blocks and land the red icon onto solid ground, and will have additional levels as free DLC in the future. Our review will go live later today.
Wii U Virtual Console
NES Open Tournament Golf (Nintendo, $4.99) — While Golf wasn't new on the NES when this title was originally released in the West, this effort brought a great deal more charm and replayability to the sport. It has three courses and three modes and, most importantly, the two player mode makes it onto the Virtual Console version. It has its charms though is perhaps showing its age a little, but still managed a reasonable recommendation in our NES Open Tournament Golf review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
BIT.TRIP Presents: RUNNER 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games, $4.99 from 10th - 17th March, normally $14.99)
The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths (Ynnis Interactive, $14.99) — This adventure arrived on the Wii U eShop last year, and finally makes its promised transition to the 3DS eShop. Based on the increasingly popular TV show, this places you in the shoes of three children that must be guided through puzzles and tricky scenarios. We gave this a solid recommendation in our Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths review.
Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger (Microvalue, $7.99) — It seems that the 'adventure' part is for others, as you play a park Ranger with tasks such as visiting log cabins and setting up "outdoor activities like boating, rock climbing, horse riding and mountain biking". We'll take in the views and see what this is all about in our upcoming review.
3DS Virtual Console
Adventure Island II (Konami, $4.99) — The second adventure of Master Higgins, this action platformer throws in new ideas not seen in the original, including improved bosses and the ability to ride dinosaurs. With better controls and a slightly more accessible difficulty level than the original, this is certainly a reasonable NES effort; we'll go on the adventure once again, but in the meantime you can check out our original Wii Virtual Console Adventure Island II review.
Those are the fresh download treats for this week, 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? (315 votes)
- BLOK DROP U (Wii U eShop)14%
- NES Open Tournament Golf (Wii U Virtual Console)1%
- BIT.TRIP Presents: RUNNER 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Wii U eShop temporary discount)11%
- The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Secret Paths (3DS eShop)2%
- Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger (3DS eShop) 0%
- Adventure Island II (3DS Virtual Console)8%
- Nothing for me this week64%
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