Super Mario Kart

It's that time again, North American gamers, to see what treats are in store in this week's Nintendo Download update. There are plenty of enticing retro options, with three quality entries on Wii U and a North American début on 3DS; elsewhere there are two new download titles on the home console along with a handful of discounts.

Missed the European Nintendo Download Update news earlier this week? Good grief! It's fine though, the details are still waiting for you right here.

Wii U eShop

Jett Tailfin (HR GAMES, $34.95 / $32.50CAD) — This title has had a fairly lengthy route to the Wii U, having previously been announced a couple of years ago; it's now swimming onto the eShop, with 16 underwater races to take on and support for up to four players. We'll take a deep breath and dive in for our review.

SHUT THE BOX (RCMADIAX, $0.99 / $1.09CAD) — The latest quickfire Wii U experience from RCMADIAX, this challenges you to roll the dice and then select more than one tile to match the number; it's high-tempo mental arithmetic. It's a case of a good idea, well executed, as we explain in our SHUT THE BOX review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Super Mario Kart (Nintendo, $7.99 / $7.99CAD) — This was actually released on 6th August to join news of upcoming DLC and an update for Mario Kart 8, bringing to an end a peculiar wait for North American gamers. This is an absolute classic, as explained in detail in our Super Mario Kart review.

Mega Man 5 (Capcom, $4.99 / $4.99CAD) — Capcom kicks off another month of Mega Man goodness with the fifth 'classic' entry from the NES era, which has been on the 3DS already for a few months. We rated this one pretty highly in our Mega Man 5 review, so it's worth blasting through.

Cybernator (Konami, $7.99 / $7.99CAD) — Much loved in Nintendo Life HQ, this SNES title incorporates a mix of run and gun, platforming and shooter sections. Oh, and you play as a rather large, powerful robot. We'll jump back in for a review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Internal Invasion (Bear Box Media, $1.99 / $1.99CAD until 9am Pacific on 8th August, normally $4.99)

3DS Virtual Console

The Mysterious Murasame Castle (Nintendo, $4.99 / $4.99CAD) — Now hitting North America after its recent but welcome surprise inclusion in Europe, this is the first time that this NES title has ever been released outside of Japan; it's not entirely unfamiliar, as it was that IP hardly anyone knew in Nintendo Land — remember the star throwing game? Yep, that one; this action game is deserving of your attention, however, as we explained in our The Mysterious Murasame Castle review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Johnny Impossible (UFO Interactive, discounted from 12th August until 2nd September)

Samurai Sword Destiny (UFO Interactive, discounted from 12th August until 2nd September)

Zombie Slayer Diox (UFO Interactive, discounted from 12th August until 2nd September)

That's your lot this week. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (293 votes)

  1. Jett Tailfin (Wii U eShop)1%
  2. SHUT THE BOX (Wii U eShop)2%
  3. Super Mario Kart (Wii U Virtual Console)29%
  4. Mega Man 5 (Wii U Virtual Console)7%
  5. Cybernator (Wii U Virtual Console)8%
  6. Internal Invasion (Wii U eShop temporary discount)  0%
  7. The Mysterious Murasame Castle (3DS Virtual Console)18%
  8. Johnny Impossible (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  9. Samurai Sword Destiny (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  10. Zombie Slayer Diox (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  11. Nothing for me this week33%

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