It's that time again, North American gamers, with another Nintendo Download update to deliver some digital goodies on Wii U and 3DS. This week brings some promising Nindie efforts on Wii U, GBA and DS titles, a SEGA 3D Classic and imported retail game on the 3DS, and a whole load of discounts and HOME themes. There's plenty to consider, so let's get to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download details earlier in the week? Don't push that big red button yet, the information you need is right here.
Wii U eShop
Ultratron (Curve Digital, $8.49 until 26th May) - For those with a yearning for a retro-style arena-based shmup, this may be an ideal option. From the team behind Titan Attacks, this brings the '80s to mind yet has flashy HD visuals to boot. It looks rather fun, with the bonus that it has 40 levels and a whole load of special weapons to tackle; we'll see whether it wins the battle or should be blown to smithereens in our review.
Nihilumbra (Beautifun Games, $7.99 until 28th May) - It's taken a little longer than expected to make its way to Wii U, but does arrive with a unique co-op mode utilising the GamePad. This is an adventure puzzle title in which you manipulate the environment with coloured paint, while it's also boasting an attractive art style and involving narrative. We'll see whether this delivers on its potential in our review.
Funk of Titans (EnjoyUp Games, $8.99) - Developed by studio A Crowd of Monsters, not an actual crowd of monsters, this platformer splits over 40 levels across three worlds: Pop, Rap, and Rock. To quote a press release directly, you "show those jive-turkey Pagan Titans why funk is the music of the Gods! Funk-Fu for the win!" We'll get funky for a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, $9.99) - It's easy to forget in this era of plentiful 2D Mario experiences, but this was the first 'new' 2D Mario game since the Super NES era when it arrived on the DS; that explains the 'New' branding. Its visual style and mini-games were eye-catching upon release, and this spawned a fresh wave of 2D Mario platformers. We rather loved this in our original New Super Mario Bros. review, but will gaze upon it with current-day eyes for a fresh look.
Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue & White (Capcom, $7.99) - Another continuation of the RPG gameplay introduced in the first two games, with malfunctions thrown into the mix. Although this comes in two different versions, the content is largely the same across both; we'll bring you a review soon.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discount
Wooden Sen'SeY (Neko Entertainment, $2.99 until 21st May, normally $9.99)
Midnight (Petite Games, on discount until 28th May)
Toon Tanks (Petite Games, on discount until 28th May)
Arrow Time U (XenoHorizon, $1.49 until 28th May, normally $1.99)
GetClose: A Game for RIVALS (Wombat Source, $1.99 until 28th May, normally $2.99)
Wii U eShop Permanent Discount
Snake Den (Game Bytes, $1.25, was $3.99)
3D Thunder Blade (SEGA, $5.99) - Another terrific SEGA arcade makes its way to the 3DS; this time around you're piloting an attack helicopter through tricky terrain and combat scenarios. This M2 remaster includes stereoscopic 3D, Circle Pad Pro / C-Stick support, remixed music and more besides. We'll gear up and take to the skies for our review.
3DS Retail Download
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (Spike Chunsoft, $39.99) - The game for this popular anime is finally available in the West, with its peculiar premise combining well with frantic action. It has some niggling issues, though we have still given it a recommendation; you can get all the details you need in our Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Atlus, on discount from 18th May to 25th May)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (Atlus, on discount from 18th May to 25th May)
Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic (Majesco, on discount from 18th May to 25th May)
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! (Majesco, on discount from 18th May to 25th May)
Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends (Majesco, on discount from 18th May to 25th May)
Big Hero 6 Battle in the Bay (Game Mill Entertainment, $19.99 until 15th June, normally $29.99)
3DS eShop Permanent Discounts
Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger (Microvalue, $4.99 from 15th May, was $7.99)
Vacation Adventures: Park Ranger 2 (Microvalue, $4.99 from 15th May, was $7.99)
3DS HOME Themes
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (free with an eShop purchase of the game)
Pushmo: Mallo & Friends
SEGA 3D Classics Fantasy Zone
SEGA 3D Classics Space Harrier
In addition there's a Capcom Spring sale that was detailed after original publication, which we've covered right here.
That's everything on the way to the North American eShop stores this week. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.
What will you be downloading first this week? (257 votes)
Ultratron (Wii U eShop)
Nihilumbra (Wii U eShop)
Funk of Titans (Wii U eShop)
One of the Wii U eShop temporary discounts
Snake Den (Wii U eShop permanent discount)
New Super Mario Bros. (Wii U Virtual Console)
Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue & White (Wii U Virtual Console)
3D Thunder Blade (3DS eShop)
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (3DS retail download)
One of the 3DS eShop temporary discounts
One of the 3DS eShop permanent discounts
One of the 3DS HOME Themes
Nothing for me this week
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