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.
3DS is a ghost town. Spoooooky.
Nothing for me this week lol
Dang it, looks like Dementium Remastered missed its October release window. I really had my fingers crossed hoping to see it on the list this week after they had hyped it up to be in time for Halloween.
Guess I'll just keep holding onto that credit on my 3DS for one more week...
nothing for me this week. my dad is coming down next weekend to take my daughter and I, birthday present shopping so I'll probably be picking up some new games next week.
Mercenaries seems tantalizing.
The Wii U VC has been really lame lately...
Where is Super Mario RPG? Star Fox SNES? Metroid Zero Missions? Konami Krazy Racers? Mario Kart 64?
Remember the VC games we got last year on Wii U leading up to Halloween? GBA Castlevanias, Gargoyle's Quest 2 and Demon's Crest. This year we got a game from what is possibly the least scary series in history. I want to smash some pumpkins on NoA's lawn.
Well, looks like more money yet again to spend on Xbox One, because Nintendo no longer wants my money.
Are the Residential Evil games any good?
Holy crap this is bad for Halloween. I agree. They REALLY expect us to play Fatal Frame and TrIForce Heroes this year instead...
@Sergio151 I was gonna say the same thing - there hasn't been much for a while - like Earthbound Beginnings? Cool!! Then after that (...tumbleweeds...) - I mean I guess I could download Advance Wars 2 - but what I want are the DS ones - and IDK - Mario vs Donkey Kong GBA? The Zelda DS games to hold us over? How about a surprise release of Paper Mario 1000 Year Door 3D? Come on - make it happen! Metroid Zero Mission?
I'll echo a few comments; are the Resident Evil games any good?
And what advantages does More Friends of Mineral Town have over Friends of Mineral Town?
Again, who the heck is Ashely?
Oh look another giant load of nothing. Go figure.
Nothing for me this week. I would pick up the Tri Force Heroes demo if I were available at any of those times, but my Halloween plans are crazy. I might also pick up Octodad if it's ever on discount.
Human Resource Machine sounds interesting I might check that out since I liked World of Goo and Little Inferno.
I've been waiting on a sale for Swords and Soilders 2 but that's not enough. Call me cheap I guess.
What did I tell you last week about not getting Resident Evil 4 for Halloween? Anyone who doubted me owes me 5 bucks. NoA needs to be nuked to the ground and rebuilt from the ground up.
Wow! Resident Evil Revelations for $5. That's a steal.
Also, MH4U is on sale for 33% off too.
FINALLY - Barbie and her Sisters Puppy Rescue! The game that will save the WiiU!
In all seriousness, a couple of nice sales, but backlog, so I'll pass.
Getting absolutely nothing. Yay......
Grabbing Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D. Downloaded Freedom Planet yesterday, so I'm good for a while. Also getting Bayonetta 2 today at Gamestop - they're selling it for $35 right now.
I have no time to get anything this week, i got get that fallout 4 pre-order,
@arronishere Thanks much. I've only played one Wario game so I was clueless.
I'm so bummed with NOA right now. RE4 is all I wanted. Seriously. Anything that happens in Europe should be able to be done here. I am so tired of this garbage. Not even any good VC offerings. Hrmmm.
Seriously though whose making these decisions at NOA?
@BinaryFragger took the words right out of my mouth!
And again, NoA shows their apathy towards the market that has been carrying the Wii U and banging software sales for the 3DS. No WIld Gunman (in the country the movie the download was added to celebrate was made and premiered) and no Resident Evil 4... in the country where every console version has seen the most sales (buy far) and it had the biggest following:
Marketing and promotions are non-existent, fan/consumer base engagement is also non-existent, there's nothing on the radar to speak of software-wise and the market has been slapped around by the Amiibo debacles. We watch as other regions Nintendo offices celebrate their fans, engage them and we watch as downloads increase in quality as we continue to get ignored. I have plenty of other things I could save for or spend my money on. Sorry NoA. Do better, and you get my money. Until then, I've got plenty to keep me busy. I'm done with you. Get it together.
Good 3DS discounts at least, maybe⁇
You know what I'd like? To finally get the Wii U VC versions of the games I imported from my Wii. Like Majora's Mask. Super Smash Bros. Mario Kart 64. Super Mario RPG. And the few Genesis and Master System games I downloaded. I really like posting screenshots on Miiverse and then saving them to post on Facebook and the like.
I'd say we'll be lucky if we get at least one more N64 game before the year is done.
@majinx07 Revelations is really good. Mercenaries was underrated because it is a simple shooter that was released as a retail expensive game but for $5 you can't go wrong! Revelations first, of course.
@MikeW I agree, where are the retro games? If Nintendo is developing NX games, the least they can do is release old games that we might have missed.
Capcom reduces Revelations to $5 in the US, but to 10 EUR in EU? Okay...that's fair. not.
Huge fan of 2D Boy. I loved World of Goo and Little Inferno.
My money is safe.
I feel like chimpanzees can do a better job at Nintendo then the people who work there now.
No RE4 is not a good look.
Well well well, Resident Evil Revelations (Wii U) is back to tempt me again. Last sale it was $15.99. Getting harder to resist buying a game for a genre I don't like.
Octodad for me. My kids are hyped to watch me play it.
What a bad week....
Like I did with Slender last week, I'll be downloading Octodad just to support its Wii U release. I've already got it on my PS4 and Vita, but I'm about to have it for Wii U, as well! =P
@ThomasBW84 The Wii U link for Revelations brings me to the 3DS game. I just wanted to find out if the Wii U has local multiplayer. I'd love to play the game with my roommate, but he has no real interest in a 3DS.
I believe there's a sale on the digital version of Monster Hunter 4 this week that is not listed. The sale is from 10/28 to 11/4 and is 33% off. I think you need to download or have previously downloaded the demo first though. It's a great deal for those who have not picked the game up yet.
That Ashley theme is a nice Halloween touch.
Wheres RE4??? Really?
I'm going to take advantage of the discount on Resident Evil Revelations for Wii U and have a fun Halloween
@Kilroy unfortunately there is no local multiplayer for the WiiU version RE Revilations.
When is Europe getting Harvest Moon???
@Stu13 Yup. I wonder if there is anyone at the NoA offices anymore...
I'll buy anything Tomorrow Corporation makes
I'll by Octodad eventually.
@Kilroy I updated the link. There's online co-op but I don't believe there's local co-op, unfortunately. It's a fun game though, and though the Wii U version is a bit smoother I actually prefer it on 3DS (as long as you have a New Nintendo 3DS or Circle Pad Pro for easier aiming).
I can't believe they're still charging for 3DS themes. It's such a ripoff.
@majinx07 RE Revelations on the 3DS was basically an attempt to recreate the success of RE4. It was largely successful, and was a solid action game with horror elements. Revelations was probably the best game in the series this past decade. One of the best action games on the 3DS, and worth the original $40, let alone $5. One warning, the game is over 3 gigs, so be sure you have a larger SD card.
Mercenaries is a simple action game where you survive enemies in short bursts. It is not a great game, but is ideal for portable action, especially if you like replaying scenarios to get better scores, or with no gear and abilities, or whatever. I'd recommend it for this price, but it is flawed and not for everyone.
I'm going to re-purchase Revelations just so I can replay it more frequently.
crap! crap as far as the eye can see!
ESPECIALLY the zelda demo
NOA is just pathetic. I hope when NOJ is done with internal restructuring they can focus on replacing Reggie and his sorry excuse of a management staff. It's pretty obvious NOA isn't even in the same league as NOE.
Go back to the fast food biz Regginator!
I guess no Wild Gunman for us this week either. That doesn't really surprise me much though. We may be ahead with some stuff but when it comes to VC we are often times months behind everyone else. It would have made sense to release that during the week of Back to the Future Day, but I guess the key word there is 'sense'... NOA doesn't seem to have any when it comes to how to run the VC.
Resident Evil for 5 bucks for the 3DS is pretty tempting though! I've never really played the series and I'd have no idea which to pick here though.
Resident Evil 3DS is one of my favorite games on the system. It's easily one of the best looking games on the portable, and achieves terrific sound as well as fantastic controls while in tight corridors. The only downside? The ending chapters of the story are incredibly dumb, lol. If you can get over that though, I'd download this in a heartbeat for 5 bucks. I can't vouch for the Wii U one, but reviews were solid for it as well.
@Spoony_Tech "waiting on a sale for Swords and Soilders 2 "
You too? My kid may get it anyway, he got a $20 eShop card for his birthday he hasn't used yet, but I'm kind of bothered by that extra $1. And I know that's stupid, 20% @ $15.99 rather than 25% off @ $14.99, but it bothered me right at fist glance. And RE:R is 75% of, $9.99 from $39.99 listed right above it.
I was actually hoping $15.99 was a typo and it's really $14.99 just so it looks better when I go on the eShop later, and a then I'll buy it.
If we still had 10% DDP maybe I'd pick it up for $15.99, but we don't.
Hmmm I'm thinking Resident Evil for that price....
I want Xenobla Chronicle before the release of XC : X please NoA,
The price of the physical game is so ridiculous with the (stupid) gamestop exclusivity
@GabSt I'm sure NOA would pitch you line like this one.
We're glad you show interest in the Xenoblade series. unfortunately, we have no plans to bring Xenobalde to the Wii U console. However, Xenoblade is available on new Nintendo 3ds for the low price of 199.99.
Harvest moon and maybe the Ashley theme
been on this etrain IV for 9.99 ... can't beat it. ATLUS all the way! #ZeroHopeForZeroMission
Does anyone know if Swords & Soliders 2 has "Off TV" play?
These sales for 3DS a fantastic. Tempted to get the Atlus game for that price. Although I'm sure online is more dead than Nicholas Tesla at this point.
Is Urban Trial Freestyle the same aas those games on the 360? I was always under the impression that series was Microsoft exclusive, huh.
Human resource machine and octodad for me!
Well, looks like I get to continue playing my backlog this week. Win for me
Too bad the Zelda demo is only multiplayer. If I had an opportunity to try it out solo hands-on, I might be convinced to pick it up at some point. Not buying without a test drive, though.
@majinx07 You should get Resident Evil revelations for the 3DS I loved it especially if you have a New 3DS, mercenaries....not so much, it's still not bad for that price but Revelations is the best deal for that price!
For real, dude, where's Wild Gunman?? I've been dying to play this game years because of those movies.
Just a heads up, Resident Evil Mercenaries doesn't support the Circle Pad Pro, or the C-Stick of the New Nintendo 3DS. It's still a fun little game.
I played hours upon hours of FOMT as a kid, so I'll pick up More Friends and see if it's just as addicting (probably will be).
RE Revelations is fantastic, definitely worth the $4.99. Other than that, maybe Human Resource Machine when it gets a sale. The PC reviews are pretty positive.
Definitely getting the Human Resource Machine.
Am I late for the "I only care about virtual console games" and "There's nothing!" rants.
@NandN3ds Did I ever tell you my new 3ds story? How I bought it at launch? How it came with a defective sd card. How I'd been sending it in for repairs from feb to June.Even had a manager ask me to stop calling after the fourth "repair". The worst customer service experience of my entire life. I add that up with the rest of NOA's blunders. There's plenty to complain about because the NA branch in being run by clueless incapable people.
"Initially we thought this was actually its GBA predecessor before realising it was a follow-up with an exceptionally lazy title."
Me too, guys. I checked Nintendo's website last night to see what would be releasing and at first I was like "but that's already been released!" Had to scroll down to see the tiny difference in title.
Also...while I suppose this is better than NO VC like Europe got this week, it's hardly what most people want. Where in the bloody hell is Zero Mission already? Or Drill Dozer...been waiting for that for a while too, but at least it's not out overseas yet either AFAIK.
@NandN3DS: I guess not, 'cause my point is more or less that. Very rarely does anything else on these releases catch my interest.
Well, there's stuff on e-Shop I wanna get eventually, but nothing from this week. That's NoA's massive trick to you all, who were expecting a treat.
And, this is why I own multiple consoles.
I've got so many games to play (just from the last month alone) I could shut myself in for a year and still not beat all of them.
Hmm, probably play some more Halo 5 tonight, then again Yoshi's Wooly World is sounding tempting. Oh, and I'm just getting started in Tales of Zesteria, and I wouldn't mind a little Chibi Robo, and I was gonna start a playthrough of Persona 4 after just having beat Persona 4: Dancing All Night. But it's close to Halloween so Fatal Frame would be nice...
Anyways, yes, this is a terrible week. Thank goodness my library encompasses more than just digital titles released in the last 7 days...
For those interested, I heard that Octodad will be on sale for the first week.
The Ashley theme looks cool and all, accept for the fact it doesn't have Ashley's Theme...
Nice, didn't think Human Resource Machine would be out so soon. Gotta love me some Tomorrow Corp. ^^
Also, you can marry a kappa in More Friends of Mineral Town, so I might purchase that just for a nice laugh.
They are. Mercs 3D is surprisingly great for straightforward timekilling. Its good for a budget title. Revelations got boring for me after the first play through. It is fantastic though. I'd pick the Wii U one. Not both though, unless you absolutely love the game.
Another bad decision of NOA
Lots of hate toward NoA... But! We truly must be angry with KONAMI. No Metal Gear Solid: GHOST Babel on 3DS, no Kid DRACULA, or the other Gameboy CASTLEVANIA games. On Wii U, no DS Castlevania games. No N64 Castlevania games.
No Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles on PSTV. No Portable Ops... Capcom gave us all the Gargoyle games last year. Hell yeah? At least we got the key NES and SNES Castlevanias...
But lets be clear, Id buy more if they're dropped.
Well I'll be keen to see a review of human resource machine. That really appeals to me one it comes across the pond.
Sonic advance plz
@VR32F1END It's not Konami's fault alone though, at least not for Ghost Babel. Nintendo obviously stopped supporting 3DS VC (probably in favor of DS and N64 on Wii U) and we know that all VC releases, even 3rd party, are done by Nintendo.
Nintendo isn't allowing any third party to release VC games on the 3DS even when those third parties really want to.
Only $5 for Revelations?? I might finally pick that up. I've never played any RE games before, will this be an issue for me? Heck, I might get Mercenaries too, just because of the sale.
The Ashley Halloween theme looks cute too, but I think I'll just switch to my Rottytops theme for Halloween instead.
When is Wild Gunman coming out to the US? Back To The Future day was last week...
I was hoping Resident Evil 4 was out this week
Too busy playing Apollo Justice to care about the fact the 3DS new release section was so small that I accidentally scrolled past it.
Revelations at $5 is a steal but I'm not sure I want it taking up 3GB...
I'll definitely be downloading Code of Princess once that discount starts on November 2nd. I've been wanting to play this game for a very long time, and I'd feel like an idiot if I passed on it now.
@BinaryFragger HAAA! Exactly!! I mean, "Barbie"??! Seriously?? Especially at FULL PRICE??!
@Stuffgamer1 OMG Drill Dozer was AWESOME!!! Dang, it feels like they're trying to appease their investors more than the gamers themselves...
That Ashley theme is really cool IMO.
Never played a Resident Evil game before, but I might bite this time around... The eShop seems to have had amazing sales recently.
My friend is obsessed with Harvest Moon and Rune Factory right now. I had a game from the series a long time ago, but I didn't really get into it at the time. I'll probably give the series another chance.
Already have the Tri Force Heroes demo.
Huge week on wii u, IMO. Octodad, human resource machine, Revelations only 9.99....
I don't even have enough time for all this! Lol
NoA is so evil. Let's grab our torches and pitchforks!
@MrPuzzlez Yeah...but if they're spending so much producing VC games that a SUPERB title like Drill Dozer wouldn't be profitable, they're doing it wrong anyway. I know Nintendo cares about quality control and that's admirable, but they take things WAY TOO FAR with Virtual Console, re-building emulators and play testing every title individually.
@Bass_X0 Wait...really? Do you have any evidence of this besides that quote from Natsume, because I don't really trust them after their statement about NES/SNES games on Wii U turned out to be bogus.
Absolutely Barbie, and for the Wii U. Gotta have dem improovd grafx!
@majinx07 Revelations is that good it is actually ported to PC, Xbox 360 & PS3. Mercenaries doesn't feel like full game.
@Barbiegurl777 Are those new Barbie games good? I haven't played those since NES so i have no idea what they're like.
Human Resource Machine is a lot of fun. I loved Octodad on Steam, definitely a lot of fun if you think you'd get a laugh out of the ridiculous controls.
I'm buying Human Resource Machine today because I love The Tomorrow Corporation!
Aside from that I'm still playing through Fatal Frame for Halloween week.
Downloaded Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and Revelations, I also got the Ashley theme. Pretty happy with my purchases considering I usually don't have much money in the first place lol.
@LztheQuack Not evil, just poorly managed.
I'll be honest. I've played Mercenaries far more than Revelations despite it being nothing but a training mode.
Got the Ashley theme, a nice lil theme to add to my current Halloween themes (probably keep using it as well), other then that not my kind of week besides sales for games I already have.
Nothing else the rest of this year for me I guess.
LOL and Stella underperformed. Yokai is too childish.
Time to pursue Vita.
I think in the spirit of Halloween I may actually finally get Resident Evil Revelations, even though it's not the kind of game I would normally play.
I mean, considering it's so dang cheap.
Can anyone here tell me if it's worth a purchase this many years later? I know it got a high score on NL at the time but how does it hold up?
@DarkJamD You probably shouldn't ask the resident Barbie fanatic if a Barbie game is good.
I'll probably eventually get HR Machine and Octodad. Maybe not this week, but by the end of the year.
@TeeJay I have it- and i haven't played much of it, but many consider it to be a masterpiece. So yeah, especially for that price, jump on it.
I think that I'll get Resident Revelations for the Wii U... It is really cheap and I enjoyed a lot the 3DS version. I just need a friend to play the online coop...
I still wish DS games hadn't become a VC thing. I like the DS library but it just isn't as old as many other possibilities. Maybe Nintendo is focusing on mostly Nintendo ports to make up for the lack of Wii U system sales. After all, if they had added say, Sega Saturn VC, then a portion of the profit would go to not only Sega but whatever third party the game was made by. This is all because the Wii U has not sold well in the U.S. I'm very tempted to import Nintendo's next system...
@TeeJay If you are talking about the 3DS version, then yes it's still good, people still play the online, hell I'd play with ya even...although at the moment I'm playing Mercenaries 3D with someone, helping them and helping mii!
@edcomics Yep. $2.00 for a low-res, static image.
I've ranted many times before that these should be free.
these people will never ever learn. just wait until summertime when the children are out of school. its gonna be a mad house around here once again.
@Barbiegurl777 have you seen Barbie Fashion Show:An Eye For Style that's on DS? It looks a lot like Style Savvy. I always wanted that game! http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/TtHXO5upkEfUylKcI1LaP1xXQvPMeum1
@Barbiegurl777 I finally just got a copy for me too a couple days ago! I love most of the Barbie games on DS & 3DS 😀
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