It's that time again, North American eShop fans, for the Nintendo Download Update details. This week brings one of the year's biggest Wii U retail releases and a range of promising downloads on the home console. On the 3DS we have Hatsune Miku, a theme and... did we mention how good the Wii U line-up was? Let's get's to the details.
Missed the Nintendo Download Update details for Europe earlier in the week. You cheeky scamp! Don't worry, the details you need are right here.
Wii U Retail Download
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo, $59.99) - One of the year's biggest Wii U releases and the showcase for Nintendo's Super Mario 30th Anniversary celebrations, this allows you to create and share 2D Mario levels across four game styles. Packed with clever touches, tools and the ability to produce levels beyond the scope of standard Mario games, along with potentially endless levels to play, we loved this so much that we described it as the "definitive Wii U game" in our Super Mario Maker review. Available from 11th September.
Wii U eShop
The Swindle (Curve Digital, $12.49) - The first game led by UK designer Dan Marshall to arrive on Nintendo hardware, this employs a quirky cyberpunk London of 1849 setting with randomly generated stages from which to steal cash. There's an overlying 100 day time-limit as you scheme your way around settings to hack computers and make off with the establishment's money, using those funds to buy abilities and unlock new areas. We gave this a recommendation in our review for The Swindle.
Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut (Grip Digital, $7.99) - This first person puzzle title has been a little while coming, and challenges the player to manipulate environments and more in order to make progress. This Director's Cut features an expanded story and a Time Trial mode with online leaderboards; we gave it a recommendation in our Q.U.BE: Director's Cut review.
Star Sky (JMJ Interactive, $4.00) - This is supposed to be a relaxing game (with several endings) about a man walking through a starlit field, described by the developer as "similar to an interactive poem". We expect it to be pretty chilled out, then, and we'll stroll along towards a review.
Explody Bomb (Alkterios Games, $1.99) - A budget effort, this is a score chasing game that appears to try and utilise the dual screen setup of the GamePad and TV. On the TV you fly and shoot, while it sounds like the GamePad has a Flappy Bird-style perspective where you guide a bomb between obstacles. We'll glance rapidly between screens and bring you a review.
Funky Physics (Petite Games, $1.99) - Not just an ordinary physics puzzler, this one is funky. It utilises the GamePad screen as you break up and manipulate blocks in order to get all of the green variants off the screen; there are 32 levels promised. We'll put on our funkiest gaming clothes and bring you a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Tecmo Bowl (TECMO KOEI GAMES, $4.99) — It's 8-bit American Football, which is nice. Not quite the complex, occasionally confusing experience of the modern Madden titles, this has a very limited set of plays — two passing and two running — to deal with. Its simplicity is arguably one of its strengths, and you certainly don't need to be an expert of the sport to enjoy the single player, multiplayer or coaching options. We gave this a recommendation in our 3DS Virtual Console Tecmo Bowl review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte, on discount until 10th October)
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, on discount until 10th October)
Abyss (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 8th October)
99Moves (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 8th October)
3DS Retail Downloads
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (SEGA, $39.99) - A Vocaloid-driven IP that's an enormous success in Japan and certainly has fans in the West, it makes its debut on a Nintendo portable. There's a lot to do in this game, from the core experience of rhythm gaming across plenty of entertaining tracks, to outfit and house customisation, and even a terrific Puyo Puyo mode. We gave this a glowing recommendation in our Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Toys vs. Monsters (EnjoyUp Games, $0.99 until 7th October, normally $3.99)
Gardenscapes (Joindots, on discount until 24th September)
3D Mahjongg (Joindots, on discount until 24th September)
Pazuru (Joindots, on discount until 24th September)
3DS eShop Permanent Discount
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains (Atlus, $29.99 from 7th September, was $39.99)
3DS HOME Theme
Super Mario Bros.: Famicom Cartridge (Nintendo)
That's everything for North America this week - let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.