It's Nintendo Download Update time, North America, and this week is full of new downloads to try and part you from your funds. Some are highly anticipated on both Wii U and 3DS, while others are rather out of left-field. There's a lot to choose from, so let's stop stalling and get to the details.
Did you miss the European Nintendo Download update earlier this week? What were you doing? Don't worry, you can still check all the details right here.
Wii U eShop
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Drinkbox Studios, $14.99 / $14.99CAD) - Guacamelee! STCE not only has a humorous name, but more importantly is a Metroidvania action-platformer set in a fantastical world inspired by traditional Mexican culture and folklore; it features melee combat, parallel dimensions and same-screen co-op. This new Super Turbo Championship Edition also includes extra abilities, more level content and enhanced graphics. Also chickens. We gave this two thumbs up in our preview, and our review will be with you very soon.
Armillo (Fuzzy Wuzzy Games, $8.00 - Special introductory price: $6.00 / $5.99CAD until 24/07/14) - Armillo is a rolling platforming game with a sci-fi parallel universe theme in which you roll around in spherical 3D worlds. Then enter a bonus stage on the moon. There's also the evil parallel universe and special 2D speed-run inspired levels, along with lots of unexpectedly deadly twists and more surprises. This certainly looks promising and will have a review soon; while you wait for that you can check out our interview with Fuzzy Wuzzy Games.
Bombing Bastards (Sanuk Games, $6.99 / $7.49CAD) — We're a little surprised that this game has kept its original title, but it has. It appears to bear plenty of similarities to Bomberman, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, and includes single player stages along with local-co-op that supports up to five players. We'll get into this for a review.
Internal Invasion (Bear Box Media, $4.49) — Announced earlier this year, this is a physical puzzler in which you propel yourself through 50 tricky stages to get rid of some nasty viruses. We'll see whether this is just what the doctor ordered in our review.
POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (RCMADIAX, $1.99 / $1.99CAD) — As the name makes very clear, this incorporates poker gameplay with dice, bringing the mind back to basic electronic games of the past. While a fun and minor diversion on the GamePad, we thought this was rather limited in our POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE review.
ZaciSa’s Last Stand (ZeNfA Productions, $2.99 / $2.99CAD) — Another developer making a Wii U début, this is a tower-defence title in which you deploy bots to protect your bases, with success allowing you to invest in new weapons and upgrades. Unfortunately, we were rather unimpressed in our ZaciSa’s Last Stand review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Mario Tennis: Power Tour (Nintendo, $6.99 / $6.99CAD) — A little while after the European release, the Wii U Virtual Console serves up this treat from the Game Boy Advance library. We suspect news of this one will please some GBA fans, as it tasks you with levelling up your character before jumping into matches with the Mushroom Kingdom residents. We'll take to the court to give this RPG-lite sport title a fair swing.
Wii U eShop Permanent Discount
Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft, $39.99, previously $49.99)
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko Entertainment, $2.49 / $2.79CAD until 10th July, normally $4.99)
Squids Odyssey (The Game Bakers, $14.99 / $14.99CAD) - Squids Odyssey is a unique mix of action strategy and RPG: build your team of Squid heroes for epic turn-based battles against corrupted sea-life. We were fans of the Wii U eShop version and, so it happens, this 3DS version too.
Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy (Spicysoft, $2.99 / $2.99CAD) — It's taken a little longer than we expected to arrive, but this sequel to the rather popular bike / runner original has finally arrived. This incorporates wackier areas and some fun-looking power-ups, and we'll get pedalling to see whether it lives up to its predecessor in our upcoming review.
Glory of Generals (CIRCLE Entertainment, $9.99 / $10.79CAD) — If you like strategy games and anything related to World War II, this is certainly one to keep an eye on. It offers 64 campaigns covering both sides of the conflict, so we'll let you know whether it offers both quantity and quality in our review.
City Mysteries (Teyon, $4.99 / $4.99CAD) — With scenes in London, New York, Paris and Rome, this is a hidden object game where, unsurprisingly, you search for objects that are hidden. We'll damage our eyesight straining at the screen in order to bring you a review.
3DS Retail Demo
Tomodachi Life (Nintendo, free)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko Entertainment, $2.49 / $2.75CAD until 10th July, normally $4.99)
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (Atlus, discounted from 7th July to 21st July)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus, discounted from 7th July to 21st July)
Karaoke Joysound (Brother International Corp)
Mysterious Stars: A Fairy Tale (Collavier Corporation, 500 Nintendo Points) — This series continues its rapid release schedule on DSiWare, this tasks you with helping a young girl in the European Middle Ages by connecting dots. We're working on our reviews for these games and will try to make sense of the concept.
Phew! Plenty of choices this week, so let us know what you're planning to pick up in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (274 votes)
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Wii U eShop)
Armillo (Wii U eShop)
Bombing Bastards (Wii U eShop)
Internal Invasion (Wii U eShop)
POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (Wii U eShop)
ZaciSa’s Last Stand (Wii U eShop)
Mario Tennis: Power Tour (Wii U Virtual Console)
Just Dance 2014 (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
Kung Fu Rabbit (Wii U eShop temporary discount)
Squids Odyssey (3DS eShop)
Bike Rider DX2: Galaxy (3DS eShop)
Glory of Generals (3DS eShop)
City Mysteries (3DS eShop)
Kung Fu Rabbit (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS eShop temporary discount)
Karaoke Joysound (WiiWare)
Mysterious Stars: A Fairy Tale (DSiWare)
Just the Tomodachi Life demo for me
Nothing for me this week
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