Splatoon Global Testfire

After a delay while the Splatoon Direct festivities were completed, we now have the download update details for North America. There's a much-hoped for demo (sort of), classic Mega Man, platformers on the 3DS, a whole load of discounts, DLC and a particularly quirky Indie arrival on the Wii U. There's plenty to cover, so let's get on with it.

Missed the European Download Update details earlier in the week? D'oh! Fret not, the information you need is right here.

Wii U eShop

Splatoon Global Testfire (Nintendo, free) - Announced in today's Splatoon Direct, this is a special Splatoon demo that'll allow you to play the upcoming Wii U shooter online at specific times this weekend. The Pacific times are Friday, May 8th from 8-9 p.m. PT, May 9 from 4-5 a.m. PT and May 9 from Noon-1 p.m. PT. Nintendo Treehouse will also be broadcasting during these times, and we'll be providing coverage right here on Nintendo Life.

High Strangeness (Midnight City, $9.99) - Developed by Barnyard Intelligence games, this is described as "a hybrid of 8 and 16 bit games - a 12 bit adventure", incorporating retro RPG and adventure game mechanics. Jumping between bit-based realities, with watercolour illustrations also thrown in, you need to solve puzzles and tackle the strange storyline. We're working on a review and will let you know whether this is strange in a cool way, or just plain weird.

Wii U Virtual Console

Mega Man & Bass (Capcom, $7.99) - After Capcom took community votes for which game would be first in 'Mega May', it's this Game Boy Advance title that makes the cut. Right from the off you choose to play as Mega Man or Bass - or use a save state to have both - and each has different abilities; Bass can shoot in eight directions when stood still, which sounds remarkably handy. We'll bring you a review as soon as we can.

Metal Marines (Bandai Namco, $7.99) - This takes place in the future where Earth has been savaged by an anti-matter war, which sure sounds rough. On the plus side this is a SNES real-time strategy game in which you dispense deathly justice with mechs, so that's just swell. We'll take a look at this on Wii U, but in the meantime you can check out our Wii Virtual Console Metal Marines review.


The following tables and packs will be available in Zen Pinball 2, as trials or full purchases.

Zen Pinball 2: Iron & Steel Pack (free or $4.99) - includes the CastleStorm and Wild West Rampage tables.

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron (free or $2.99)

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Angry Birds Star Wars (Activision, 50% off until 11th May)

Puddle (Neko Entertainment, $1.99 until 14th May, normally $7.99)

SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form, $4.49 until 21st May, normally $9.99)

Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte, up to 50% off until 28th May, plus an extra 20% discount if you own the other game)

Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, up to 50% off until 28th May, plus an extra 20% discount if you own the other game)

Dolphin Up (Rawkins Games, $2.99 until 14th May, normally $3.99)

GravBlocks+ (From Nothing Game Studios, $2.50 until 17th May, normally $4.99)

Wii U eShop Permanent Discount

Hello Kitty Kruisers (Bergsala Lightweight, $9.99 from 8th May, was $19.95)

Wii U eShop Demo

Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte, free)

3DS eShop

Bloo Kid 2 (Winterworks, $3.99) - The original Bloo Kid is a retro-style platformer on smart devices, with the sequel now jumping onto Nintendo's portable. Promising five worlds of nine levels each at a budget price, this has certainly caught our interest; we'll let you know what we think in a review.

Johnny Dynamite (Enjoy Gaming, $4.99) - This looks like a platformer with some retro style (courtesy of vertical levels) in which you collect and use dynamite to clear 54 stages. It also has a level creator with QR code distribution, so we'll see whether it's a blast to play or whether it deserves to bomb.

3DS Retail Download

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker (Atlus, $49.99) - Despite its remarkably long title and initial status as a remaster of a DS title, this is far more than it appears on the surface. It takes an excellent RPG experience and enhances it, before throwing in a new story arc that effectively doubles the content on offer. You can read our detailed Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker review for more details.

3DS Retail Pre-Load

Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (Nintendo, $29.99) - Buy before 22nd May to pre-load and speed up the download when the full game is released. Download purchases before 31st May will also receive a "free Immortal Dragon Relic Present Code", which we're sure is rather useful. Our review will be with you very soon.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Angry Birds Star Wars (Activision, 50% off until 11th May)

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus, $39.99 from 11th May to 25th May, normally $49.99)

Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 28th May)

KAMI (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 28th May)

Sweet Memories - Blackjack (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 28th May)

SteamWorld Dig (Image & Form, $4.49 until 21st May, normally $8.99)

Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, $3.99 until 14th May, normally $7.99)

Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX (Akaoni Studio, $4.99 from 9th May until 9th June, normally $8)

3DS eShop Permanent Discounts

Balloon Pop Remix (UFO Interactive, $2.99, was $4.99)

Johnny Hotshot (UFO Interactive, $2.99, was $4.99)

Johnny Impossible (UFO Interactive, $2.99, was $4.99)

Johnny Kung Fu (UFO Interactive, $2.99, was $4.99)

Zombie Slayer Diox (UFO Interactive, $2.99, was $5.99)

Samurai Sword Destiny (UFO Interactive, $2.99, was $5.99)

Disney Frozen: Olaf's Quest (Avanquest Software, $19.99, was $29.99)

Scarygirl Illustration Kit (Square One Games, $2.99, was $5.99)

Tangram Attack (Square One Games, $1.49, was $2.99)

3DS eShop Demo

The Legend of Dark Witch (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)

That's everything on the way to the North America 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?