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It's Nintendo Download Update time once again, and we have a fairly packed week in North America. We have a relatively controversial and long-awaited arrival on Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS, cross platform RPG goodness and some quirky efforts on the home console, while a budget retail entry on the system will certainly be popular. On 3DS we have a 3D Sega classic, a cross-buy option and a few other diverse downloads. Plenty to consider, so let's get to it.

Missed the European Nintendo Direct download update earlier in the week? You silly sausage! Don't worry, the information you need is right here.

Wii U eShop

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Nicalis, $14.99 / $19.99CAD) - Originally developed and released by Edmund McMillan (one half of Team Meat), this has been a long time coming on Nintendo hardware; previous attempts at release seemingly fell over due to religious themes. It's here now, with this Rebirth edition having improved visuals, new characters, over 100 new items and more, all within the procedurally generated dungeon crawling approach of the original. We'll get stuck into a review.

Canvaleon (OXiAB Game Studio, $11.95) - This is a promising 2D platformer / adventure title with a neat twist; beyond what looks like standard play you 'paint' your hero different colours to effectively camouflage them against the backdrop. Over 30 stages are promised, so we'll blend in and get working on a review.

Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (Choice Provisions, $9.99 / $10.99CAD or free with an equivalent 3DS eShop purchase) - A humorous game that aims to give a mix of Final Fantasy adventure and silliness perhaps more readily associated with the likes of EarthBound, this promises plenty of content in combining what were originally separate titles. We'll quest our way to a review.

The Quiet Collection (Nostatic Software, $4.99 / $5.99CAD) - This actually includes "four old-school adventure games": Quiet, Please!, Quiet Christmas, Vacation Vexation and Candy, Please!. These titles have previously been released on a mix of iOS, Android, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone, each with their own scenario and rather charming pixel-based visuals. We'll keep the noise down while working on a review.

Wii U Virtual Console

DK: Jungle Climber (Nintendo, $9.99) - A DS successor to GBA title DK: King of Swing, this utilises the shoulder buttons for you to swing your way between pegs, collecting items and tackling foes as you go. Gameplay is shaken up with a few quirks, while multiplayer is also included (and will hopefully feature here as it was a local one-cart feature); we'll swing into another review, but in the meantime you can check out our original recommendation of this game.

Wii U Retail Download

Legend of Kay Anniversary (Nordic Games, $24.99) - A remaster of a fondly remember PS2 title, this promises new HD detail, leaderboards and 60fps performance, all for a budget retail price. We'll work on a review to see whether this is a worthy 10th Anniversary celebration. Available on 28th July.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (WayForward, on discount from 26th July to 2nd August)

Mighty Switch Force! 2 (WayForward, on discount from 26th July to 2nd August)

Midnight (Petite Games, $0.99 until 6th August, normally $1.99)

New Nintendo 3DS eShop

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (Nicalis, $14.99 / $19.99CAD) - This portable iteration is only available on the New Nintendo 3DS, and though it's packed with all of the core content it doesn't have the local co-op mode.

3DS eShop

3D Streets of Rage 2 (Sega, $5.99 / $7.59CAD) - As gamers of a certain age that are also big fans of retro Sega, the 3D series developed by M2 continues to press all the buttons of some of our team. This release is particularly exciting for your humble writer, who regards this as a true tour-de-force in beat-em up action, now on the 3DS in lovely 3D. We'll crack some skulls and bring you a review soon.

Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (Choice Provisions, $9.99 or free with an equivalent Wii U eShop purchase) - As per the Wii U release, but with stereoscopic 3D in place of HD visuals.

Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games, $0.99 / $1.27CAD) - Another entry from the prolific Spanish publisher / developer, this is a 15-stage adventure in which you navigate your pirate boat with 360-degree movement to find treasure and sink rivals; it's also promising a 1 vs. 1 online mode. We're still sailing the seas for a review.

Epic Word Search Collection (Lightwood Games, $7.99 / $9.99CAD) - This promises 'huge' puzzles in which you use the Circle Pad / D-Pad and stylus to find and highlight a lot of words. What else can be said?

I Love My Cats (Bigben Interactive, $24.99 / $29.99CAD) - We imagine this is rather like I Love My Dogs, but with cats. It's all in the title.

3DS Temporary Discounts

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse (WayForward, on discount from 26th July to 2nd August)

Mighty Switch Force! 2(WayForward, on discount from 26th July to 2nd August)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (Atlus, $39.99 until 27th July, normally $49.99)

Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D (Reef Entertainment, $4.99 until 6th August, normally $9.99)

3DS HOME Themes

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: Café Theme

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX

BOXBOY!: Qbby & Friends by Starlight

That's everything 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?