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It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This week is undoubtedly a good one, with multiple promising releases across Wii U and 3DS. There are a couple of NES classics, a twin-stick shooter, a retro-styled RPG and a fast paced action title. Add DLC and discounts to that and you have a week full of tough choices; let's get to the details.

Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week? Please don't cry, the information is all waiting for you right here.

Wii U eShop

Futuridium EP Deluxe (Mixed Bag, $7.99 at launch, then $9.99) - Originally targeting an April release, this futuristic and high-speed title has you flying and shooting through a variety of colourful environments. Think of a faster Star Fox with elements of the Death Star run from the first Star Wars movie, and you're going in the right direction. We'll get cracking on a review.

Dual Core (Gray Fin Studios, $9.99 / CAD$12.99) - This colourful twin-stick shooter has robots as the protagonists, wrapping a sci-fi story around co-op focused gameplay. Teaming up with others locally or with the AI seems to be integral to getting through stages, and robots in the team can be gradually upgraded with progress. It looks like it has a lot of potential, so we'll process an opinion and bring you a review soon.

Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice (Choice Provisions, $9.99 / CAD$10.99) - Developed by Muteki, this is the second eShop entry on this series after the rather enjoyable Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria. We can expect more well constructed retro-style RPG gaming, with an all-new story and quirky features such as "ship-to-ship rock monster combat". We'll set off on the quest and bring you a review.

Rynn's Adventure: Trouble in the Enchanted Forest (Arcane Four Studios, $9.99) - An ambitious platforming adventure that seems to promise boss encounters and mechanics such as flipping gravity. It also has a handsome art style, though as always the proof will ultimately be in the gameplay. We'll go out in the woods today and see if this is a nice surprise.

Wii U Virtual Console

StarTropics (Nintendo, $4.99) - With visuals that lifted liberally from The Legend of Zelda, this NES title may look like a quirky anomaly with a passive glance. It has plenty to offer, though, with a charming style and some unique gameplay mechanics. A bit of a cult classic, this, and we gave it a strong recommendation in our StarTropics review.

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Nintendo, $4.99) - Prior to its arrival on the Wii Virtual Console this one never made it to Europe, courtesy of being a very late arrival on the NES in North America. It's now on Wii U, too, and continues many of the approaches or the original but throws in tweaks and plenty of time travelling. We gave this a recommendation in our Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II review.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (SEGA, on discount until 6th June)

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Screwattack Games, $4.99 until 7th June, normally $9.99)

Inside My Radio (Seaven Studio, $11.99 until 8th June, normally $14.99)

The Quiet Collection (Nostatic Software, $2.99 until 6th June, normally $4.99)

3DS eShop

Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice (Choice Provisions, $9.99 / CAD$10.99) - The portable version of the same title available on Wii U.

Infinite Dunamis (KEMCO, $9.99 / CAD$14.99) - This publisher has brought a number of iOS and Android RPG releases to Nintendo's portable, and this is another to add to the list. This one has a bit of a steampunk aesthetic going on, and we'll see whether it's an adventure worth embarking upon in our review.

Epic Word Search Collection 2 (Lightwood Games, $7.99 / CAD$9.99) - It's all in the name as this will offer a lot of word search puzzles on the 3DS, which its predecessor did rather well. There are five new categories, and this entry also adds a "flip controls" option to the user interface, which was apparently much requested by those that picked up the first game. We'll search for the right words and bring you a review.

Conveni Dream (CIRCLE Entertainment, $5.00 / CAD$7.00) - Those that are eager smart device gamers will likely be familiar with resource management sim games, and this falls into that broad category. You take charge of a convenience store and try to gradually expand and improve, while also dealing with events and quests. We'll check the expiry date on this one and work on a review.


Fire Emblem Fates - Heirs of Fate Part III: The Changing Tide (Nintendo, $1.99 or part of map pack 2) - Shiro's wounded band must seize an opportunity.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Stella Glow (Atlus, on discount until 6th June)

Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (Atlus, on discount until 6th June)

Terraria (505 Games, $14.99 until 2nd June, normally $19.99)

Sonic Generations (SEGA, on discount until 6th June)

SteamWorld Heist (Image & Form, $14.99 until 9th June, normally $19.99)

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (Screwattack Games, $4.99 until 7th June, normally $9.99)

Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D Download Version (Zordix AB, $4.99 until 2nd June, normally $9.99)

Toy Defence (CIRCLE Entertainment, $2.79 until 16th June, normally $3.99)

Lionel City Builder 3D (Big John Games, on discount until 8th June)

Cube Creator 3D (Big John Games, on discount until 8th June)

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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