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, and of course there is a new Metroid Prime game for 3DS for you 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
Poncho (Rising Star Games, $9.99) – Make your way through a world of pixelated parallax platforming to solve the ultimate puzzle: Who is Poncho? This open-world game offers a unique twist: Players can shift at will between three layers of depth, creating all kinds of challenges to overcome. We really like what we've seen of this Fez style 2D platformer so far. Watch out for our upcoming review.
Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition (Ratalaika Games, $2.99) - Trouble in Antarctica! The Black Hand of Fate, an international Terrorist Group has constructed a secret base within the heart of a Volcano, and have built a massive army of bio-engineered soldiers and genetic monsters to take over the world! You are the only one that can put a stop to their dastardly plans. You are the Blasting Agent! This sounds like it could be quite interesting, watch out for our upcoming review.
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games, $9.99) - Enjoy six brand new POWGI word puzzles with this bumper collection of games. This time, the games share a common theme of logic and deduction. Solve hundreds of pencil-and-paper style puzzles using the stylus and a choice of intuitive touch-screen controls or handwriting recognition. We'll see how this shapes up in our review soon.
Adventure Party: Cats and Caverns (E-Regular Games LLC, $12.99) - Old school tabletop RPGs too overwhelming? This gives a similar experience without all the setup that is usually needed. Adventure Party is a unique story driven role playing party game where one player plays as the Storyteller. The Storyteller uses the Wii U GamePad to control the world and interact with the other players. We have to say that the game's premise sounds intriguing, if in doubt watch out for our review.
Armikrog (Versus Evil, $8.99) - Armikrog is a unique stop motion clay animated point and click adventure game from the creators of Earthworm Jim and the Neverhood. Unravel the mysteries of the fortress that holds Tommynaut and his blind alien talking dog Beak-Beak captive through exploration and puzzle solving. We'll get started on our review ASAP for you lovely people.
Collateral Thinking (Astrosaurus Games, $2.99) - Collateral Thinking is an arcade-style action platformer for Wii U that's all about beating up alien ghosts, recovering blueprints, and rescuing billionaires on a tight schedule (and budget). Each level is a self-contained screen that gives you one of three specific tasks to complete in 30 short seconds – to "Avoid" all the hazards, to "Bust" all the enemies, or to "Collect" all the blueprints. Watch out for our upcoming review.
MikroGame: Rotator (Studio de la Torre, $1.99) - Are you good at platform games? Because in MikroGame: Rotator awaits you a new arcade-style challenge! Build up combos by pressing the correct button combination but don't forget to look for the next Platform or you will face a Game Over! A trained eye–hand coordination and concentration will be your key to success. We'll be sure to test out our platforming skills in our upcoming review.
Ziggurat (Milkstone Studios, $14.99) - Dungeon-Crawling First Person Shooting at its finest! Fast-paced combat! Dozens of perks, spells and enemies! Level ups! Random Dungeons! Traps! Badass bosses! Carrots! Ziggurat is the best combination of First Person Shooter and Rogue-LITE you have ever seen. Find out if it lived up to the hype inn our Ziggurat review.
Wii U Virtual Console
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Nintendo, $9.99) - The third installment in the action-packed Pokémon Ranger series lets players take on the role of a Pokémon Ranger who protect nature and help people and Pokémon in need. But other folks aren't so keen on keeping the peace! The Pokémon Pinchers are a suspicious group of people who seem to always be causing trouble by chasing and capturing Pokémon for their own purposes. Check out our Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs review to see what we thought of this DS game.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force (Nintendo) – The galaxy is not at peace. The war between the Galactic Federation and the Space Pirates is far from over. Enlist with the Federation Force to join a four-player local or online squad in this co-op sci-fi shooter. Fight alongside teammates in your specialized Mech to eliminate the Space Pirate menace and any threat that stands in your way. You can make it a solitary mission or join up to three friends for increased firepower and deeper strategies. This slightly controversial entry into the Metroid series will be available from tomorrow, along with our review.
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward (Nintendo) – Show off your sense of style and dominate the fashion world across five exciting careers. Manage your own boutique, design clothes fit for a fashionista, style some wicked hair, master the art of make-up and even become the next top model. The world is your runway in this fun fully outfitted fashion game. Our resident fashionista Morgan really loved this in our Style Savvy: Fashion Forward review.
Power Disc Slam (Chequered Cow Games, $7.49) - Power Disc Slam is no simple park throw about with your dog. It's an intense arcade sports game pitting you against the best. Choose your favorite character and take to the court to show off your skills. Learn to slide, spin and trick your opponent. Check out our Power Disc Slam review to see how this shaped up.
Blasting Agent: Ultimate Edition (Ratalaika Games, $2.99 - not content only to be on the Wii U eShop, this game also blasts it's way onto the 3DS eShop this week.
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games, $9.99) - free if you buy the Wii U eShop version, or vice versa.
Brick Race (RCMADIAX, $1.49) - Time to RACE! In BRICK RACE quickly turn left or right to dodge traffic and collect a HIGH SCORE! Easy pick-up and play action that everyone can enjoy. Endless fun on the go! Grab a high-score, then share it on Miiverse with the community to see how it stacks up. Developer RCMADIAX can be a bit hit and miss with the quality of their relentless barrage of eShop games, we'll review this one for you lovely people soon.
Kingdom's Item Shop (CIRCLE Ent, $5.00) - Kingdom's Item Shop is a game that simulates running an item shop in a Fantasy Role-Playing Game Universe. You are the new owner of the item shop. Your target is to run your property and make it the most popular item shop of the Kingdom. The premise of the game sounds a little bit similar to another CIRCLE published game, watch out for our upcoming review!
Touch Battle Ninja (Agetec, $4.99) - Move your vehicle using the Circle Pad, aim and fire using the stylus – you have the same touch-battle feeling as always - but your vehicle has become a ninja. Make full use of jumps and ninja techniques to take care of the swarming hordes of demons. Yep, we have no idea what to expect either... but we'll find out in our upcoming review.
- 1001 Spikes (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS), Cave Story (Nintendo 3DS) and more games from Nicalis are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 29.
- 3D Game Collection (Nintendo 3DS), Queen's Garden (Wii U) and more games from Joindots GmbH are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
- 99Moves (Wii U), Darts Up 3D (Nintendo 3DS) and more from Enjoyup Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 15.
- U Host is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $12.99 to $7.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 25.
- Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is 50 percent off (reduced from $19.99 to $9.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
- Explody Bomb and Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
- Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles is more than 65 percent off (reduced from $5.99 to $1.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 24.
- Art of Balance is 25 percent off (reduced from $8.99 to $6.70) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 8.
- Inside My Radio is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $14.99 to $9.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
- Hot Rod Racer is 50 percent off (reduced from $2.99 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 1.
- Zombie Panic in Wonderland DX is more than 35 percent off (reduced from $8 to $4.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept.15.
- Carps & Dragons is 50 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 16.
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked from ATLUS are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Aug. 29.
- Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition is 50 percent off (reduced from $29.99 to $14.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Sept. 6.
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS
- Style Savvy: My Room
- Monster Hunter Generations Hunter's Journey
- Monster Hunter Generations The Fated Four
- Ashley's Recipe
That's everything for the North American Nintendo Download Update this week - let us know what you're planning to download in the comments below.