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It's that time again, North American gamers, for more treats in the Nintendo Download Update. After the madness of last week's bonanza, we settle back to a smaller number of choices this time around. There's a retail release on both Wii U and 3DS, the continuation of a thoroughly decent puzzle-platforming series, some first-person horror for Wii U, discounts and a little more besides. Let's get to it.

Missed the Nintendo Download Update for Europe earlier this week? Oh you! Don't worry, the details are right here.

Wii U eShop

The Letter (TreeFall Studios, $1.99) — A first-person horror title in which a father warns his son to stay away from the site of his impending doom by sending him a letter; we imagine he found a postman to pick it up from his decaying body? In any case, the son goes to explore the site — while it's dark — to solve the mystery. We'll see whether this successfully taps into the craze for similar games on PC, or whether it gives us nightmares, in our upcoming review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Bases Loaded (HAMSTER, co., $4.99) — A rival to the blandly named Nintendo equivalent on the NES, this baseball title goes for an arcade feel, with some approaches and camera angles fairly unique for the time. There are also a dozen teams and 30 players on offer — we gave this a reasonable recommendation in our Wii Virtual Console Bases Loaded review six years ago, but will step up for another innings.

Wii U Retail Download

ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red (Bandai Namco, $49.99) — Available now, the latest adventure in the ONE PIECE series makes its way to North America, in which you guide popular characters and new additions through a fresh adventure.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discount

I've Got To Run! (4 Corner Games, $1.20 from 11th - 13th July, normally $1.99)

3DS eShop

Rabi Laby 3 (Silver Star Japan, $4.99) — The first two entries in this puzzle platform series were on DSiWare, and it now finally takes the leap to 3DS. We enjoyed the previous titles for the occasionally clever levels and neat mechanic of manoeuvring both characters to get past some tricky challenges; we'll see how this stacks up to its predecessors, while hoping that it resolves some balancing issues, in our upcoming review.

Me & My Pets 3D (TREVA Entertainment, $19.99) — The 3DS isn't short of pet sims, but here's another one in which you can care for small, cute and cuddly creatures; there'll be minigames, opportunities to take photos and more besides. We'll see whether this is cute or has a nasty bite in our review.

3DS Virtual Console

Bases Loaded (HAMSTER, co., $4.99) — As per the Wii U Virtual Console release, above.

3DS Retail Download

ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red (Bandai Namco, $29.99) — The 3DS iteration of this latest release includes co-op and multiplayer support for up to four players.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Swords & Soldiers 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, $3.99 until 31st July, normally $6.99)

Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (Shin'en Multimedia, $4.99 until 24th July, normally $8.99)

Witch & Hero (CIRCLE Entertainment, $2.80 until 31st July, normally $3.99)

3DS eShop Demo

Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (Shin'en Multimedia, free)

So there you have it. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (284 votes)

  1. The Letter (Wii U eShop)9%
  2. Bases Loaded (Wii U Virtual Console)2%
  3. ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red (Wii U retail download)7%
  4. I've Got To Run! (Wii U eShop temporary discount)1%
  5. Rabi Laby 3 (3DS eShop)2%
  6. Me & My Pets 3D (3DS eShop)  0.4%
  7. Bases Loaded (3DS Virtual Console)2%
  8. ONE PIECE Unlimited World Red (3DS retail download)2%
  9. Swords & Soldiers 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  10. Jett Rocket II: The Wrath of Taikai (3DS eShop temporary discount)2%
  11. Witch & Hero (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0.4%
  12. Just the Jett Rocket II demo for me12%
  13. Nothing for me this week59%

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