It's time for another Nintendo Download Update in North America, and this week serves up a fairly diverse range of options. We have many promising Indie efforts on Wii U, a Sega Genesis classic reborn in 3D along with lots of other downloadable delights. Let's get to the details.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier this week. Oh you! Never mind, the details are right here.
Wii U eShop
The Bridge (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, $9.99) - An intriguing puzzle title long on the wishlists of some, this has been critically acclaimed on PC in particular. In addition to an eye-catching visual design its puzzles play around with perception and gravity; we gave this a strong recommendation in our The Bridge review.
Factotum (TACS Games, $9.99) - A heavily stylised puzzle game, you control two robots that need to help each other and repair the ship across increasingly challenging stages. The robots themselves are charming and backed up by some story narration, and we gave this a reasonable recommendation in our Factotum review.
Mortar Melon (Nitrolic Games, $5.99) - Drag the mortar, aim, and fling the melon to collect the fruit. Whizzing through the air you'll fly across the world, tapping and dragging your environment to release the juicy goods. Look out for pointy objects or you'll explode on impact, sending melony chunks and pips flying. Watch out for our review of this crazy, fruity, physics machine which will be ready soon.
Woah Dave! (Choice Provisions, $4.99) - Gun for digital glory by slaughtering aliens, stealing their loose change, and racking up the highest score possible. Easier said than done, however, as everything on the map - including your own ammo - is trying to kill you. No one ever said being a Dave was easy. We really liked the 3DS version of Woah Dave! and we'll be taking it's big screen counterpart for a spin soon in our upcoming review.
Crab Cakes Rescue (Maximum Games, $7.99) - Crab Cakes Rescue is a unique puzzle game that will pinch your brain. Navigate your way through nearly 100 vibrant levels by shedding your shell to create new opportunities to escape. Each time a shell is shed, a block is created and your crabby crustacean self is shrunk. You must use these tricks wisely as you have a finite number of shells. And beware of pesky seagulls and other bothersome beach buddies as you find the best way to get up, down, and around each mind-boggling level. Watch out for our review which will be with you before you can erm... rescue a crab cake.
Wii U Promotion
Splatoon Testfire - The Splatoon Testfire is making a grand return! On Aug. 21-23 from 3-5 p.m. PT every day, you can demo several maps and weapons in Turf War multiplayer mode for free. Download the demo now in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U so you are ready when the ink starts to fly! More info here.
Wii U Virtual Console
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (Nintendo, $7.99) - This gives you a Game Boy Advance fix for the week, continuing Intelligent Systems' excellent warfare strategy series. Picking up directly from the first game, this entry introduces new units and strategies into the formula; we praised this highly in our Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising review.
Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Koei Tecmo, $7.99) - Before Koei Tecmo could recreate battlefields with button mashing gameplay it had to resort to strategy for its battling fix. It did it rather well in the SNES era, too, with this game having a historical slant and also being a lot of fun; we gave it a solid recommendation in our Wii Virtual Console review. As always, we'll take another look to see how it shapes up no the Wii U.
Little Battlers eXperience (Nintendo) – In 2050, customizable palm-sized robots known as LBX are pitted against each other in battle, and now you can get in on the action! Customize your LBX with parts from more than 130 sets to create one of more than 30,000 possible designs. Then wage robot war in real-time battles! Team up with characters from the TV series or take on friends in local 3-on-3 battles. Check out our Little Battlers eXperience review to find out if this is the game for you.
3D Gunstar Heroes (SEGA, $5.99) - An iconic Sega Genesis release gets the treatment from M2, with this one being one of the games that established Treasure as an elite arcade-style developer. This colourful run-and-gun game has additional options such as double life and Mega Life to help players reach the end, in addition to local multiplayer. We'll dive in to bring you a review.
Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Promotions
Take up to 66 percent off Capcom games like Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and many more from 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 24 to 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 31.
Wii U eShop Promotions
- Life of Pixel is 30 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $6.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 3.
- Ping 1.5+ is 20 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 3.
- Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles is 50 percent off (reduced from $5.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 10.
- Super Destronaut is 50 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $0.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 3.
3DS eShop Promotions
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked is 33 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 24.
- Aqua Moto Racing 3D, Snow Moto Racing 3D and Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D from Zordix are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 3.
- Senran Kagura Burst is 33 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $19.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 15.
Permanent Price Reductions
- Hazumi is reduced to $2.99 (from $3.99) beginning at 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 20.
That's everything coming to North America this week - let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.