It's download update time, North America, and this week brings a diverse mix of old and new, including a fresh Game Boy Advance offering on the Wii U Virtual Console. There are three brand new games on the 3DS eShop, two more Mega Man "Mega May" games and, unbelievably, three DSiWare downloads. Let's get to it.
If you missed the European Nintendo Download news earlier this week, don't sweat it — the details are right here.
Wii U Virtual Console
Wario Land 4 (Nintendo, $7.99) — The Game Boy Advance range picks up once again on the Wii U, this time with a terrific platformer starring the somewhat overweight and greedy villain. In addition to his impressively varied move-set, Wario can undergo transformations when attacked by certain enemies, while some mini-games are thrown in for good measure. We'll dash into this one again, but in the meantime you can check out our glowing recommendation in our 3DS Ambassador Programme Wario Land 4 review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, $9.99 until 29th May, normally $19.99)
The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of the Digitoll (Genius Sonority, $9.99) — The quirky and colourful AR (augmented reality) RPG returns, and this time includes homes for each Denpa Man that can be customised. While that sounds like a fun extra, as fans of the first two titles we're particularly looking forward to heading out into the real world with our 3DS while tackling another adventure with the cool little men; we'll let you know what we think in our review, soon.
Grinsia (Nicalis, $9.99) — This is a release sure to excite RPG fans, as Kemco's JRPG has a style reminiscent of 16-bit classics and looks set to deliver a suitably dramatic storyline. Nicalis has handled this port from the iOS / Android original, promising better controls, dual screen support and a “SNES–tastic” soundtrack. We'll dive into the adventure and bring you a review.
Parking Star 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, $2.99) — This isn't the first game based on parking cars, nor may it be the last, with this one taking you to five cities and 40 'maps' as you try to avoid any nasty scratches to your paint. We'll check our mirrors and bring you a review.
3DS Virtual Console
Mega Man II (Capcom, $TBC) — The "Mega May" celebration continues with this second entry that graced the Game Boy. There's time travel, an accompanying Rush and a stranger called Quint; we'll see how this one holds up in our review.
Mega Man III (Capcom, $TBC) — We're going in sequence, and this time Dr. Wily is trying to drill down to the centre of the Earth, as you team up with Rush and "walking suitcase" Flip-Top to foil the villain's evil plan. We'll let you know what we think.
3DS eShop Demos
The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of the Digitoll (Genius Sonority, free)
Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends (Majesco, free)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Murder on the Titanic (Joindots, available at a discount until 22nd May)
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, available at a discount until 22nd May)
3D Games Collection (Joindots, available at a discount until 22nd May)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix, $4.50 until 29th May, normally $5.99)
3DS eShop Retail Download Discounts
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (Atlus, on discount between 12th May and 19th May)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus, on discount between 12th May and 19th May)
Sokomania 2: Cool Job (Cinemax, 200 Nintendo Points) — This sequel is the final DSiWare title from Cinemax, though we weren't big fans of its predecessor. Nevertheless, the 100+ Sokoban puzzles in this one may deliver some fun for very few Nintendo Points, so we'll start pushing some blocks and puzzle out a review.
Jewel Match (Joindots, 500 Nintendo Points) — DSiWare forever! Match 3 forever! It's a genre that will always be with us, and this one promises 150 levels and multiplayer support; we'll let you know what we think.
Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (Tulip Games, 800 Nintendo Points) — It's a Match 3 DSiWare face-off, possibly to the death. Tulip Games has opted to release the DSiWare version of this (there is a 3DS eShop version in Europe, too), though we weren't impressed in our Jewel Quest 4 Heritage review.
Plenty to choose from, North America. Let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (308 votes)
- Wario Land 4 (Wii U Virtual Console)19%
- Trine 2: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop temporary discount)4%
- The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll (3DS eShop)5%
- Grinsia (3DS eShop)9%
- Parking Star 3D (3DS eShop) 0%
- Mega Man II (3DS Virtual Console)4%
- Mega Man III (3DS Virtual Console)2%
- Murder on the Titanic (3DS eShop temporary discount) 0%
- Jewel Match 3 (3DS eShop temporary discount) 0%
- 3D Games Collection (3DS eShop temporary discount) 0%
- Aqua Moto Racing 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
- Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (3DS eShop retail download temporary discount)2%
- Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS eShop retail download temporary discount)1%
- Sokomania 2: Cool Job (DSiWare)1%
- Jewel Match (DSiWare) 0%
- Jewel Quest 4 Heritage (DSiWare) 0%
- Just demo content for me10%
- Nothing for me this week42%
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