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It's time for another batch of Nintendo Download Update goodies in North America, and this week certainly has some enticing options. The 3DS gets a relatively high profile retail release, while the Wii U has a mix of highly anticipated and promising download titles. Throw in a Legend of Zelda DS title, tasty DLC, Pokémon 3DS HOME Themes and more besides, and it seems like there's a decent choice on offer. Let's get to the details.

Missed the European Nintendo Download Update earlier this week? Turn that frown upside down, the details are right here.

Wii U eShop

Super Meat Boy (Blitworks, $11.20 until 26th May, normally $14.00) - After being originally planned for WiiWare before the services' restrictions helped to scupper the idea, Team Meat's iconic title has finally made its way to Nintendo hardware. Brutal difficulty but tight, satisfying platfoming are hallmarks of this one, and we gave it a strong recommendation in our Super Meat Boy review.

Color Symphony 2 (Remimory, $9.99) - A rather intriguing puzzle platformer that's previously made its mark on PC, this utilises changes in the colour of the stage to add and remove platforms and obstacles. The concept looks similar in principle to Runbow, albeit slower paced and with a different emphasis in its gameplay; we'll bring you a review soon.

Tachyon Project (Eclipse Games, $9.99) - With a dramatic setting and storyline there'll be 10 levels in which the tale is told in this twin-stick shooter, with each having six progressive waves of enemies. There'll be three challenge levels with support for up to four players locally, while there are six weapons, nine secondary weapons, seven perks, over 30 enemy types and four bosses. A review will be with you this coming weekend.

8Bit Hero (RighteousWeasel, $4.99) - A debut effort on Wii U from Sean Garland, this has 30 levels in which you explore 3D stages that have 2D 8-bit aesthetics, finding chests and fighting assorted foes. It has three different modes and supports local co-op for up to five players, so on paper this certainly has the potential to be entertaining. We'll put on some rose-tinted spectacles and let you know what we think in a review.

Queen's Garden (Joindots, $6.99) - This is a colourful match-3 title that also has some very basic elements in building up and designing a garden. It's a competent and fairly enjoyable effort despite some shortcomings, as we explain in our Queen's Garden review.

Wii U Virtual Console

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo, $9.99) - It's easy to forget now, but this DS title was a bold and creative move for the series. An isometric view with a 3D visual engine, stylus-based controls and features that put various tricks of the portable to work, it was a clever and pleasurable adventure. It still has the wind in its sails, too, as we gave it a hearty recommendation in our Wii U Virtual Console review.


Minecraft: Wii U Edition - The Super Mario Mash-Up Pack (Microsoft, free) - The pack will feature a whole lot of skins, world and item textures, along with music from Super Mario 64; full details are right here. Available from 17th May.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

99Moves (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 2nd June)

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, $5.99 until 19th May, normally $7.99)

Jewel Quest (PlayEveryWare, $3.99 until 1st June, normally $4.99)

Island Flight Simulator (Joindots, on discount until 19th May)

Midnight (Petite Games, $0.99 until 2nd June, normally $1.99)

TAP TAP ARCADE (RCMADIAX, on discount until 30th June)

BLOK DROP U (RCMADIAX, on discount until 30th June)

3DS eShop

WordsUp! Academy (CoderChild, $2.99) - The 3DS has some solid options in terms of word games, and CoderChild is now making this pitch with a title that offers six different modes and multiple languages, with the added bonus of online leaderboards. We'll use our words to let you know what we think in a review.

3DS Retail Download

Disney Art Academy (Nintendo, $29.99) - The latest in the popular drawing series makes its way to 3DS, this time leaning on Disney brand power to lure us in. With franchises like Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Frozen and various others it'll try to appeal to a broad base of fans. We expect more accomplished, solid drawing features and lessons, but will let you know whether it paints a pretty picture in a review.


Fire Emblem Fates – Heirs of Fate Part II: Realms Collide (Nintendo, $1.99) - The youths of Nohr must assist a wild dragon. Also part of Map Pack 2 which costs $7.99 and includes six maps.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Capcom, on discount until 18th May)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (Capcom, on discount until 18th May)

2 Fast 4 Gnomz (QubicGames, on discount until 2nd June)

AiRace Speed (QubicGames, on discount until 2nd June)

Soccer Up 3D (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 2nd June)

Toys vs. Monsters (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 5th June)

Fantasy Pirates (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 5th June)

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, $5.99 until 19th May, normally $7.99)

3D Game Collection (Joindots, on discount until 19th May)

My Pets (Neopica, $9.99 until 5th June, normally $24.99)

3DS eShop Demo

Witch & Hero 2 (CIRCLE Entertainment, free)

3DS HOME Themes

Pokémon Radiant Collection

Pokémon Red and Blue

Pokémon: Here Comes Ash-Greninja

That's your lot for the North American Nintendo Download Update this week; let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.

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