It's that time again, North America, for the Nintendo Download details to tempt you into parting from your eShop funds. We have three new titles on the Wii U eShop, an excellent arrival on 3DS eShop, Virtual Console entries on both systems, discounts and more. Let's get to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier this week? Don't fret, the details are right here.
Wii U eShop
Master Reboot (Wales Interactive, $14.99) — A "haunting first person sci-fi adventure" in which you work through the Soul Cloud, solving puzzles and attempting to make sense of your character's life and death. An intriguing concept, with footage also showing some fairly stylish visuals; we'll see whether it lives up to its potential in our upcoming review.
Super Toy Cars (Eclipse Games, $7.99) — This has been described as Mario Kart meets Micro Machines, though those are lofty comparisons. A racing game with a career mode and local multiplayer support, there are 12 tracks, 16 vehicles and 48 career events, along with a description of this as an "arcade combat racing game". We'll get into gear to bring you a review.
Wooden Sen'SeY (Neko Entertainment, $9.99) — This is an action platformer, joining various others in one of the most popular genres on the Wii U eShop. Along with standard running and jumping you have a grapple and some combat moves, with some other variations in level design; the setting is 'SteamPunk Japan', too. We'll bring you our review very soon.
Wii U Virtual Console
Ufouria: The Saga (Sunsoft, $4.99) — This could perhaps be described as an alternative NES Metroid, but with an excess of cuteness and Japanese charm in its place. You explore the world and uncover new abilities, also switching characters to progress; we gave this a strong recommendation in our Wii Virtual Console Ufouria: The Saga review, and we'll have another look.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, $7.99 until 12th August, normally $19.99)
POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (RCMADIAX, $0.99 until 6th August, normally $1.99)
Wii U eShop Permanent Discount
Chubbins (Dahku Creations, $3.99, originally $5.99)
Siesta Fiesta (Mojo Bones, $5.99) — Inspired primarily by Breakout, but also by platformers and other genres, this introduces block-breaking gameplay with sidescrolling, boss battles and some other ideas besides; it also serves up with some lovely colourful visuals and 60fps performance. We were big fans in awarding 9/10 in our Siesta Fiesta review.
Pick-A-Gem (Gamelion Studios, $3.99) — Yet another match-3 game arrives on the portable, this time with the emphasis on rapid tapping rather than swapping tiles around. Though not particularly bad, this does little to distinguish itself and hold the gamer's attention, as we explain in our Pick-A-Gem review.
101 Pony Pets 3D (Selectsoft, $4.99) — If caring for puppies, dinosaurs and all-manner of other animals doesn't work for you, of if full size horses aren't appealing, this pony-sim aims to fill the gap. Promising 101+ variations of pony and related fun looking after your animal of choice, it aims to grab the attention of pet-sim fans. We'll give it yay or neigh (sorry) soon.
3DS Virtual Console
Blaster Master (Sunsoft, $4.99) — Certainly classed as one of the stronger third-party titles of the NES era, you alternate between navigating the world in a tank and on foot, with eight regions making this lengthy by 8-bit standards. Importantly, it's a lot of fun over that playtime, as our Master Blaster review explains.
3DS Retail Download
Scooby Doo & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe: Adventure (WB Games, $19.99)
3DS eShop Temporary Discount
3D Game Collection (Joindots, on discount until 14th August)
Gardenscapes (Joindots, on discount until 14th August)
Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, on discount until 14th August)
That's the lineup for this week, North American download fans. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (273 votes)
Master Reboot (Wii U eShop)
Super Toy Cars (Wii U eShop)
Wooden Sen'SeY (Wii U eShop)
Ufouria: The Saga (Wii U Virtual Console)
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Chubbins (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
Siesta Fiesta (3DS eShop)
Pick-A-Gem (3DS eShop)
101 Pony Pets 3D (3DS eShop)
Blaster Master (3DS Virtual Console)
Scooby Doo & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe: Adventure (3DS retail download)
3D Game Collection (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Gardenscapes (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Jewel Match 3 (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Nothing for me this week
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