It's that time once again, North American gamers, to look at the download goodies on the way this week. There are a few tempting options on Wii U, a whole load of discounts and a high profile retail demo among other offerings. Let's get to it.
Missed the European Download Update this week. Well, it was a whopper! Catch up with the details right here.
Wii U eShop
Human Resource Machine (Tomorrow Corporation, $9.99) - From the team behind World of Goo and the intriguing Little Inferno, this takes the form of a fiendish puzzle game. In each level your boss gives you a job which you can automate by programming your little office worker. If you succeed you'll be promoted up to the next level for another year of work in the vast office building. It sounds delightfully subversive from Tomorrow Corporation, and we'll fill out all of the necessary forms to bring you a review.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Young Horse, $14.99) - Already a firm favourite on other systems, Octodad is the story of an octopus pretending to be your average suburban father. To keep up his cover he must perform all the typical tasks a dad does - mowing the lawn, caring for his kids and being an attentive husband to his wife. It's utterly mad, but fantastic fun, and we'll see how this Wii U version stacks up in a review.
PictoParty (Retroid Interactive, $7.99) - This appears to basically be Pictionary, but naturally utilising the Wii U GamePad for drawing while team members look at the TV to guess the image. It could be fun, naturally, so we'll sketch out a review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town (Natsume, $6.99) - Initially we thought this was actually its GBA predecessor before realising it was a follow-up with an exceptionally lazy title. That might not matter, though, as we were big fans of the farming / social sim GBA game that came before it, so by extension this could also be hugely charming. We'll dig up a review and let you know what we think.
Wii U Retail Download
Barbie and her Sisters Puppy Rescue (Little Orbit, $39.99)
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, $9.99 until 2nd November, normally $39.99)
Swords & Soldiers II (Ronimo Games, $15.99 until 5th November, normally $19.99)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX (EnjoyUp Games, $4.99 until 26th November, normally $7.99)
Canvaleon (OXiAB Game Studios, $6.95 until 5th November, normally $13.95)
Shapes of Gray (Secret Tunnel Entertainment, $4.99 until 5th November, normally $6.99)
The Letter (TreeFall Studios, $0.49 from 31st October to 2nd November, normally $1.99)
3DS Retail Download
Barbie and her Sisters Puppy Rescue (Little Orbit, $29.99)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Resident Evil Revelations (Capcom, $4.99 until 2nd November, normally $19.99)
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom, $4.99 until 2nd November, normally $19.99)
Code of Princess (Atlus, $9.99 from 2nd November to 16th November, normally $29.99)
Urban Trial Freestyle (Tate Media, $1.99 until 12th November, normally $4.99)
Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, $3.99 until 5th November, normally $7.99)
3DS Retail Demo
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (Nintendo, free) - This appears to be an eShop release of the demo that was previously distributed to some via email codes. It's multiplayer only and will have online sessions at the following times:
Oct. 30: 3-5 p.m. PT
Oct. 31: 3-5 p.m. PT
Nov. 1: 3-5 p.m. PT
3DS HOME Themes
Ashley's Halloween (Nintendo, $1.99) - Video of the Japanese version below.
That's everything for this Halloween week in North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.