It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details. This week has some promising download-only titles across Wii U and 3DS, while it all gets rather sporty on the Wii U Virtual Console. The New 3DS VC gets a rather fun SNES title from Capcom, while there's also a demo and plenty of discounts to consider. Let's get to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week? Don't fret, the information you need is still right here.
Wii U eShop
Tadpole Treble (BitFinity, $9.99) - A former Kickstarter success-story, this is a music rhythm game in which you swim through the 'sheet music', aiming for the beats and avoiding the music notes. It looks hugely promising, with boss encounters and a challenge mode also included, while Composition Mode will allow you to create your own levels and share them as QR codes. We'll get cracking on a review soon.
360 Breakout (nuGAME, $7.00) - This one promises an 'out of the ordinary' Breakout experience, with the paddle able to move around a 360 degree space. With solo play being accompanied by two player VS and co-op, this tries to offer some variety to the classic formula; we'll see whether it's a breakout success in a review.
Surfin' Sam - Attack of the Aqualites (Slyon Studios, $4.99) - An action platformer in which you guide Sam and his dog buddy through over 30 levels; it looks bright and colourful, though perhaps a little rough around the edges. We'll see whether it holds the wave or sinks in our review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Mario Sports Mix (Nintendo, $19.99) - The latest Wii arrival on the eShop is one of the various minigame titles that arrived on the hugely successful little console. This features sports such as Basketball and Ice Hockey, and we rather enjoyed it in our original Mario Sports Mix review.
Wave Race 64 (Nintendo, $9.99) - An extreme sports racing title from the N64 era, with a summery vibe as you ride the waves and try to secure top spot. At the time its wave physics were a sight to behold and it still stands up as a wonderful slice of 64-bit gaming to this day, as we argue in our Wave Race 64 review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Nano Assault NEO (Shin'en Multimedia, $7.49 until 25th August, normally $9.99)
Trine 2: Director's Cut (Frozenbyte, on discount until 29th August)
Trine Enchanted Edition (Frozenbyte, on discount until 29th August)
Wicked Monsters Blast! HD PLUS (Corecell, on discount until 31st August)
Pixel Slime U (RCMADIAX, on discount until 28th September)
TAP TAP ARCADE (RCMADIAX, on discount until 28th September)
The Perplexing Orb (TreeFall Studios, $0.99 until 19th August, normally $3.99)
Ambition of the Slimes (CIRCLE Entertainment, $5.00) - A quirky looking turn-based RPG in which you control a variety of slimes and possess human characters, rather than fighting them as you would in a certain classic series. The slimes have various types, strengths and weaknesses that need to be exploited for success. We'll get working on a review.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Mega Man X (Capcom, $7.99) — This franchise represented quite a departure from the 'Classic' series of games when released on SNES, but had such an impact that it spawned plenty of sequels of its own. Don't let any of the iffy later sequels put you off, as this one is the real deal — our Mega Man X review gave it a strong recommendation.
Disney Art Academy (Nintendo, free)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
3D Streets of Rage (SEGA, on discount until 29th August)
3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (SEGA, on discount until 29th August)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Capcom, on discount until 18th August)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (Capcom, on discount until 18th August)
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (Atlus, on discount until 22nd August)
Stella Glow (Atlus, on discount until 22nd August)
AeternoBlade (Corecell, on discount until 31st August)
Real Heroes Firefighter 3D (Zordix AB, $4.99 until 18th August, normally $9.99)
Brunch Panic (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 1st September)
Sweet Memories Blackjack (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 1st September)
Crazy Construction (G-Style, on discount until 25th August)
Chain Blaster (G-Style, on discount until 25th August)
Crazy Kangaroo (Gamelion, on discount until 31st August)
League of Heroes (Gamelion, on discount until 31st August)
4 Elements (Media Sales & Licensing B.V., on discount until 29th December)
Azada (Media Sales & Licensing B.V., on discount until 29th December)
That's everything for the North American Nintendo Download Update this week - let us know what you're planning to download in the poll and comments below.