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It's that time again, North American gamers, for the Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings a Wii U exclusive that makes interesting use of the GamePad, major retail releases on the New Nintendo 3DS XL and wider 3DS 'family', more free-to-play Pokémon on 3DS, some DS treats on Wii U and more options besides. Let's get to the details, shall we?

Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week? Oh dear, what have you done! Don't sweat it, the information you need is right here.

Wii U eShop

Affordable Space Adventures (KnapNok Games, $19.99) - A collaboration between KnapNok Games and Nifflas, this Wii U exclusive makes full use of the GamePad for intuitive controls in which you both fly and manage a spaceship's complex systems. Well suited to solo play or co-op for up to three players, this title oozes quality and care from the developers, with an atmospheric and challenging puzzle adventure on offer. We gave this a strong recommendation in our Affordable Space Adventures review.

Wii U Virtual Console

WarioWare: Touched! (Nintendo, $9.99) - The chaotic DS mini-game bonanza arrives in North America, bringing its blend of rapid-fire minigames that put the touchscreen and microphone of the GamePad to work. We gave this a solid recommendation in our recent WarioWare: Touched! review.

Yoshi Touch & Go (Nintendo, $9.99) - An early DS game, this went all out to incorporate the Yoshi's Island style with the (at the time) unique inputs of the dual screened system. You use the stylus and microphone to tap, draw and blow in order to guide Yoshi and Baby Mario through each stage. We gave this a modest recommendation in our original Yoshi Touch & Go review, and will take another look on Wii U.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Tetrobot & Co (Neko Entertainment, $2.99 until 12th April, normally $9.99)

99Moves (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 7th May)

99Seconds (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 7th May)

Abyss (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 7th May)

Wii U eShop Permanent Discounts

Watch Dogs (Ubisoft, $29.99, was $59.99)

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (WB Games, $29.99, was $39.99)

Tri-Strip (Form Up Studios, $1.49, was $1.99)

New Nintendo 3DS Retail Download

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (Nintendo, $39.99) - The first release exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS, the impressive Wii RPG from Monolith Soft is brought across to the portable by Monster Games. It's a technical marvel to see this adventure on a small screen, and this is an experience that's demanding yet rewarding, with daunting depth and a campaign that requires dozens of hours to complete. We were very impressed in our Xenoblade Chronicles 3D review, describing it as "the biggest world we've experienced on such small screens." Available from 10th April.

3DS eShop

Pokémon Rumble World (The Pokémon Company, free) - The latest free-to-play experiment arrives for this latest entry in the relatively simplistic 'mon brawling series, in this case including small toy versions of every 'mon (and Mega Evolution) seen in the main series so far. It'll be interesting to see how the mechanics of free-to-play and microtransactions come together in this one, and we'll bring you a review soon.

Runny Egg (Tom Create, $1.99) - This is about an egg that runs, which explains why it's called Runny Egg. A fast-paced runner / platformer, you dash through stages as fast as possible while levelling up your egg, grabbing chicks for a power-up and - it seems - even tackling the occasional boss. Will it be egg-cellent, egg-citing and egg-ceptional, or a bit rotten? Come back for more questionable egg-based wordplay in our review.

3DS Retail Download

Etrian Mystery Dungeon (Atlus, $39.99) - This mash-up of the Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon franchises is the latest top-notch RPG experience from Atlus, in this case combining party-based gameplay with randomly generated dungeons to tackle. We gave this a strong recommendation in our comprehensive Etrian Mystery Dungeon review; in addition, five pieces of DLC are available for free until 5th May.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

WRC FIA World Rally Championship: The Official Game (Bigben Interactive, $20 until 16th April, normally $34.99)

Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, $3.99 until 16th April, normally $7.99)

3D Mahjongg (Joindots, on discount until 23rd April)

Gardenscapes (Joindots, on discount until 23rd April)

Jewel Match 3 (Joindots, on discount until 23rd April)

Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D (Teyon, $0.99 until 23rd April, normally $4.99)

3DS eShop Permanent Discounts

LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids (WB Games, $19.99, was $29.99)

3DS HOME Themes

Etrian Mystery Dungeon (Atlus, $0.99)

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: Mechonis

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: Monado

More discount details will also be updated on the official eShop offers page.

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

What will you be downloading first this week? (295 votes)

  1. Affordable Space Adventures (Wii U eShop)18%
  2. WarioWare: Touched! (Wii U Virtual Console)6%
  3. Yoshi Touch & Go (Wii U Virtual Console)4%
  4. One of the Wii U eShop temporary discounts3%
  5. One of the Wii U eShop permanent discounts  0%
  6. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New Nintendo 3DS retail download)13%
  7. Pokémon Rumble World (3DS eShop)16%
  8. Runny Egg (3DS eShop)1%
  9. Etrian Mystery Dungeon (3DS retail download)2%
  10. One of the 3DS eShop temporary discounts1%
  11. LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids (3DS eShop permanent discount)  0%
  12. One of the 3DS HOME Themes8%
  13. Nothing for me this week26%

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