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For those of you in the US celebrating it today, here we have the Thanksgiving edition of the Nintendo Download Update, while for everyone else in North America it's simply the 'wow look at all the discounts' edition. Alongside more price reductions than you could shake a stick at we have a major RPG retail release on 3DS, Wii U retail DLC, Thomas Was Alone and much more besides. There's lots to cover, so let's get to it.

Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier in the week? Don't fret, the details are right here

Wii U eShop

Thomas Was Alone (Mike Bithell / Curve Studios, $10.99) — This is a puzzle platformer with a focus on storytelling, as UK comedian and actor Danny Wallace narrates a tale of exploration, friendship and survival. A simple art style is a unique foil to a touching soundtrack and plot; we were a big fan of this in our review, while we've also interviewed Curve Studios to chat about the game.

Shiny The Firefly (Padaone Games, $6.99) — This sounds like a rather colourful puzzle adventure that may suit younger gamers, as you help a firefly find and rescue his babies within a crowded and dangerous garden. We'll see if it lights up the eShop in our review.

GetClose: A Game for RIVALS (Wombat Source, $4.99) — This is a party game in which two players share a GamePad or Pro Controller to control a single character, with teams fighting it out in a series of maps while trying to hold onto the crown. We'll gather some friends and see whether it's chaotic fun or just, well, chaotic.

Heptrix (Jose Varela, $1.99) — Another budget release, this is basically Tetris, but with seven blocks per piece; seven is the theme, with seven lines to clear a level, seven points for each block landed etc. We'll see if the pieces truly fall into place with this in a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Mario Pinball Land (Nintendo, $6.99) — The Game Boy Advance attracted its share of quirky projects, and this pinball spin-off for the Mario brand has some enjoyable moments; we awarded this 7/10 in our review.

Mighty Final Fight (Capcom, $4.99) — A rather cute but rock-hard arcade beat 'em up spin-off that graced the NES, this applied a quirky art-style to familiar Final Fight mechanics. It's certainly fun for those that fancy a challenge, as we explain in our Mighty Final Fight review


Hyrule Warriors Twilight Princess Pack (Koei Tecmo):

  • A new Adventure Mode map (Twilight-covered Hyrule) with six new 8-bit weapons and sixteen new alternatively-coloured costumes as rewards
  • A new playable character (Midna in her true Twili form)
  • A new weapon type for Zelda (Dominion Rod)
  • Two new costumes (Ilia's Clothes for Zelda and Postman Uniform for Link)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

The Wonderful 101 (Nintendo, $20.99 until 2nd December, normally $29.99)

Wii Party U (Nintendo, $27.99 until 2nd December, normally $39.99)

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Nintendo, $5.99 until 2nd December, normally $7.99)

Wario Land 4 (Nintendo, $5.59 until 2nd December, normally $7.99)

Metroid Fusion (Nintendo, $5.59 until 2nd December, normally $7.99)

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive, $9.99 until 1st December)

Rock Zombie (EnjoyUp Games, $5.99 until 4th December, normally $6.99)

ZaciSa's Last Stand (ZeNfA Productions, $1.49 until 7th January, normally $1.99)

3DS eShop

Mighty Gunvolt (Inti Creates, $3.99) — Available from 28th November. Until this point a free extra with Azure Striker Gunvolt, this neat little action platformer, with an 8-bit style and inspiration from that aforementioned title and Mighty No. 9, is now available as an individual purchase. An update and DLC content are also on the way.

My First Songs (Ringzero Games, $4.99) — A singing game for toddlers that includes 15 songs; this seems to be a re-release of the Wii U entry, which didn't impress us at all.

Chat-A-Lot (Teyon, $7.99) — We're not sure why this is being listed for a second consecutive week, but here goes: Chat-A-Lot is a voice and text application for the Nintendo 3DS system. A first of its kind, the application will bring the Nintendo 3DS community much closer, easily connecting Nintendo 3DS owners with each other, whether it be locally and internationally. Overall we felt this was a below-part effort in our Chat-A-Lot review.

My Life on a Farm 3D (TREVA Entertainment, $19.99) — Yet another sim title to add to the growing list on 3DS, this is all about managing your farm, crops and animals to ensure animal well-being while making some profit. We'll muck out and see whether this is any good in a review.

3DS Virtual Console

Mighty Final Fight (Capcom, $4.99) — As per the Wii U entry above, but available on the go.

3DS Retail Downloads

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus, $49.99) — The first Persona title on Nintendo hardware, this blends the cast of the third and fourth games into a new art style and Etrian Odyssey-style gameplay. A lengthy and relatively complex RPG, we were full of praise as we awarded 9/10 in our Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (Warner Bros. Interactive, $9.99 until 1st December)

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Nintendo, $27.99 until 2nd December, normally $39.99)

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo, $27.99 until 2nd December, normally $39.99)

Wario Land 2 (Nintendo, $3.49 until 2nd December, normally $4.99)

Wario Land 3 (Nintendo, $3.49 until 2nd December, normally $4.99)

Metroid II: Return of Samus (Nintendo, $2.79 until 2nd December, normally $3.99)

Code of Princess (Atlus, $14.99 from 1st December to 15th December, normally $29.99)

Conception II: Children of the Stars (Atlus, $24.99 from 1st December to 15th December, normally $39.99)

Azure Striker Gunvolt (Inti Creates, $9.99 from 28th November to 15th December, normally $14.99)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (Capcom, $14.99 until 2nd December, normally $29.99)

Parking Star 3D (CIRCLE Entertainment, $1.99 until 18th December, normally $2.99)

Farming Simulator 14 (Focus Home Interactive, $19.99 until 11th December, normally $29.99)

Farming Simulator 3D (Focus Home Interactive, $4.99 until 11th December, normally $9.99)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus, $14.99 from 1st December to 8th December, normally $29.99)

Chain Blaster (G-STYLE, discounted until 31st December)

Crazy Construction (G-STYLE, discounted until 31st December)

3DS Demos

AiRace Xeno (QubicGames, free)

Ohno Odyssey (Big John Games, free)

That's the line-up for this week in North America. Let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (192 votes)

  1. Thomas Was Alone (Wii U eShop)3%
  2. Shiny The Firefly (Wii U eShop)1%
  3. GetClose: A Game for RIVALS (Wii U eShop)  0%
  4. Heptrix (Wii U eShop)2%
  5. Mario Pinball Land (Wii U Virtual Console)3%
  6. Mighty Final Fight (Wii U Virtual Console)3%
  7. Hyrule Warriors Twilight Princess Pack (Wii U DLC)10%
  8. The Wonderful 101 (Wii U eShop temporary discount)8%
  9. Wii Party U (Wii U eShop temporary discount)  0%
  10. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Wii U eShop temporary discount)3%
  11. Wario Land 4 (Wii U eShop temporary discount)2%
  12. Metroid Fusion (Wii U eShop temporary discount)3%
  13. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Wii U eShop temporary discount)4%
  14. ZaciSa's Last Stand (Wii U eShop temporary discount)1%
  15. Rock Zombie (Wii U eShop temporary discount)1%
  16. Mighty Gunvolt (3DS eShop)2%
  17. My First Songs (3DS eShop)1%
  18. Chat-A-Lot (3DS eShop)  0%
  19. My Life on a Farm 3D (3DS eShop)  0%
  20. Mighty Final Fight (3DS Virtual Console)3%
  21. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS retail download)3%
  22. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  23. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS eShop temporary discount)2%
  24. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS eShop temporary discount)2%
  25. Wario Land 2 (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  26. Wario Land 3 (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  27. Metroid II: Return of Samus (3DS eShop temporary discount)3%
  28. Code of Princess (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  29. Conception II: Children of the Stars (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  30. Azure Striker Gunvolt (3DS eShop temporary discount)6%
  31. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (3DS eShop temporary discount)6%
  32. Parking Star 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  33. Farming Simulator 14 (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  34. Farming Simulator 3D (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  35. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  36. Chain Blaster (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  37. Crazy Construction (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  38. AiRace Xeno (3DS demo)3%
  39. Ohno Odyssey (3DS demo)1%
  40. Nothing for me this week26%

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