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Feeling festive? Then get ready for a generous helping of downloadable delights courtesy of Nintendo. Wii U title Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is leading the pack, with retro favourite Fire Emblem also arriving on Wii U. It's a slightly slimmer overall offering, though some discounts may also be rather tempting.

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

Wii U Virtual Console

Fire Emblem (Nintendo, $7.99) — A franchise saved by recent success on the 3DS with Fire Emblem: Awakening, it combines enjoyable fantasy settings and lore with accomplished turn-based strategy design. This Game Boy Advance entry was the first to arrive in the West — despite a host of home console predecessors — and serves as an excellent introduction to the series. We'll bring you a review soon.

Lode Runner (Hudson, $4.99) — This qualifies as another truly retro, simple arcade puzzle experience from the NES era; you tackle a host of environments, grabbing gold and avoiding enemies. A product of its time in simplicity, we'll give it another look — if you want to go truly retro you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Lode Runner review.

Wii U Retail Download

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo, $39.99) — The final major retail release of the year from Nintendo, this is the first game in which Captain Toad and Toadette lead the way. A single player experience that makes extensive use of the GamePad, this has over 70 levels of 3D diorama-style puzzles, with some fun treats and extras to unlock — amiibo support will also be added in a later update. We are certainly fans of this charming title, as we explain in our Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker review. Available from 5th December.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Disney, discounted until 8th December)

Disney's Planes (Disney, discounted until 8th December)

99 Seconds (EnjoyUp Games, $1.49 until 26th December, normally $2.49)

Wii U Demo

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Sega, free)

3DS eShop

Christmas Wonderland 4 (Microvalue, €9.99) — It had to happen. We've had two entries on DSiWare and a 3DS eShop début last year, and now we have the fourth entry in this hidden object series. You find objects, is the jist, through we've been scathing of the previous three versions; will this one be another lump of coal or a pleasant surprise? We'll see soon enough.

3DS Retail Download

Ultimate NES Remix (Nintendo, $29.99) — This portable compilation with elements of both NES Remix Wii U titles finally arrives, including challenges from 16 NES games, online leaderboards and two extra challenges; these are Nintendo World Championships Remix and Speed Mario Bros. We gave this a solid 7 in our Ultimate NES Remix review, and those that pick it up will get a free Famicom 3DS HOME theme while stock lasts. Available from 5th December.

Disney Violetta Rhythm & Music (Little Orbit, $29.99) — Based on a Disney Channel show, this is a mix of minigames where you show off your rhythm and performing skills.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Disney's Planes (Disney, discounted until 8th December)

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus, $14.99 from 8th December to 22nd December, normally $29.99)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (Atlus, $14.99 from 8th December to 22nd December, normally $29.99)

AeternoBlade (Corecell Technology, $7.99 from 5th December to 19th December, normally $14.99)

AiRace Xeno (QubicGames, $1.69 until 25th December, normally $2.49)

That's the update for this week in North America, though NES Remix Pack for Wii U is also available in stores. Let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.

What will you be downloading first this week? (271 votes)

  1. Fire Emblem (Wii U Virtual Console)25%
  2. Lode Runner (Wii U Virtual Console)1%
  3. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U retail download)24%
  4. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii U eShop temporary discount)1%
  5. Disney's Planes (Wii U eShop temporary discount)  0%
  6. 99Seconds (Wii U eShop temporary discount)  0%
  7. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U demo)14%
  8. Ultimate NES Remix (3DS retail download)5%
  9. Disney Violetta Rhythm & Music (3DS retail download)  0%
  10. Disney's Planes (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  11. Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  12. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS eShop temporary discount)  0%
  13. AeternoBlade (3DS eShop temporary discount)1%
  14. AiRace Xeno (3DS eShop temporary discount)2%
  15. Nothing for me this week24%

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