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Happy Mario Kart Day, Nintendo gamers! The usual download update details are out a little later than normal for North America and, unsurprisingly, the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 has a prominent place in the listing. It's not the only fresh arrival, though, we also have more Mario Kart of the retro variety, in addition to a Minecraft-esque release on 3DS, Mewtwo and more besides. Let's get to the details, shall we?

Missed the European Download Update earlier in the week? Don't hurl your controller in anguish and frustration, the information you need is right here.

Wii U eShop

Suspension Railroad Simulator (Joindots, $7.99) - If you've ever want to operate the Wuppertal Suspension Railroad, this is your opportunity. You drive and manage the quirky transportation service, or at least that's the idea; the issue is that it's rather dull and has visuals that'd fit nicely in the PS1 era. We were scathing of this in our Suspension Railroad Simulator review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Mario Kart DS (Nintendo, $9.99) - Joining its flashy HD successor in the headlines is this highly-regarded DS entry in the franchise, which brought us online play and a range of popular modes that are still desired to this day. It certainly has plenty of merits as a single player experience, which is useful as no multiplayer modes are supported in this Wii U release; you can read our assessment in our Wii U Virtual Console Mario Kart DS review.


Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 (Nintendo, $7.99 or included in a season pass for $11.99) - Featuring eight new tracks, three new characters (including boy and girl Villager variations) and four vehicles, this pack throws in cross-overs with Animal Crossing and F-Zero along with more all-new tracks and classic re-imaginings. A 200cc update is also available to all for free. You can check out our hands on impressions of the full DLC pack for more details.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS - Mewtwo (Nintendo, $3.99 for one version or $4.99 for both) - Available from 28th April.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Tetrobot & Co. (Neko Entertainment, $2.99 until 30th April, normally $9.99)

Cocoto Magic Circus 2 (Bigben Interactive, $9.99 until 7th May, normally $29.99)

3DS eShop

Cube Creator 3D (Big John Games, $4.99 until 6th May, then $7.99) - This aims to satisfy two camps in the world of Minecraft-style experiences - in Survival Mode you do the usual exploring, crafting and fighting to stay alive. Creation Mode will allow you to create your own worlds and share screens via Miiverse, with five environments to mess around with at launch and a promise of future updates. We'll get building and let you know what we think in a review.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

KORG DSN-12 (Detune, on discount until 7th May)

KORG M01D (Detune, on discount until 7th May)

Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition (Telegames Inc, $19.99 until 11th May, normally $29.99)

Van Helsing sniper Zx100 (EnjoyUp Games, $3.49 until 17th May, normally $6.66)

Soccer Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 21st May)

Soccer Up Online (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 21st May)

3DS HOME Theme

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker: Apocalypse (Atlus) - Available from 28th April.

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

What will you be downloading first this week? (370 votes)

  1. Suspension Railroad Simulator (Wii U eShop)  0.8%
  2. Mario Kart DS (Wii U Virtual Console)2%
  3. Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 (Wii U DLC)70%
  4. Super Smash Bros. - Mewtwo (Wii U DLC)5%
  5. One of the Wii U eShop temporary discounts  0%
  6. Cube Creator 3D (3DS eShop)5%
  7. One of the 3DS eShop temporary discounts1%
  8. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker: Apocalypse (3DS HOME Theme)2%
  9. Nothing for me this week14%

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