It's that time, once again, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details, and this week has some enticing options. The 3DS has a huge retail release and a high profile demo, along with some interesting download-only titles. The Wii U shares a particularly promising download with the 3DS, and also delivers some other tempting offerings along with a wacky Wii download. Throw in some discounts and there are a number of choices to make, so check them out below.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week? Well, don't tweet with fury yet, the information you need is right here.
Wii U eShop
Noitu Love: Devolution (MP2 Games, $9.99, 10% off [$8.99] for the first week) - Part of the Nindie 'Summer Jam' promotion, this colourful action title (which may remind players of classics like Gunstar Heroes, Metal Slug or Contra) arrives on the eShop after making a positive impact on Steam. The twist is that you move your character with the left stick and aim a crosshair to attack; this Wii U version supports the GamePad + stylus or Wii Remote + Nunchuk, and our review will be with you today to explain why this should definitely be on your radar.
Gear Gauntlet (Crystalline Green, $9.99 / $12.99CAD) - Originally released on Xbox One, the aim here is to rush through courses while also quickly pushing face buttons when hit by a colour-coded dead end. It's fast-paced and rather tricky, but could well be worth a look; we'll get into gear and bring you a review.
Grand Prix Rock 'N Racing (EnjoyUp Games, $7.99) - The latest in the Rock 'N Racing series, this time around focusing on F1-style cars; you'll be able to customise your car, tackle local multiplayer and compare times through online leaderboards.
Aenigma Os (Akies Games, $6.99) - A match-3 puzzle game, at least on the surface, this one promises a relatively lengthy campaign, challenge levels and local multiplayer. We'll bring you a review soon.
Brick Breaker (Sanuk Games, $4.99 / $5.99CAD) - It's a classic formula, which Sanuk Games doesn't deny is at the core of its offering. It does boast of a 100 level campaign, the usual blend of bonuses and traps, and local multiplayer options. We'll see whether it breaks our will or brings a welcome dose of nostalgia in our review.
SHOOTY SPACE (RCMADIAX, $2.99 / $3.99CAD) - A shmup in which you try to accumulate as high a score as possible, with the option to jump right back in when you see the Game Over screen.
Wii U Virtual Console
WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Nintendo, $19.99 / $28.19CAD) - As you'd expect this offers frantic and slightly crazy action with a heavy focus on putting the Wii Remote to work. It's clever and fun, albeit finished quite quickly; that said, unlocking multiplayer should add some extra spice when the story mode is done. We quite liked this in our original WarioWare: Smooth Moves review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
Master Reboot (Wales Interactive, $4.99 until 13th October, normally $14.99)
Tachyon Project (Eclipse Games, $4.99 until 22nd September, normally $9.99)
Stone Shire (Finger Gun Games, $4.99 until 29th September, normally $7.99)
Midnight (Petite Games, $1.59 until 6th October, normally $1.99)
Vector Assault (WizByte Games, $3.99 from 16th to 30th September, normally $4.99)
Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles (BattleLine Games, $1.99 until 21st September, normally $5.99)
3DS Retail Download
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (Square Enix / Nintendo, $39.99 / $49.99CAD) - A much anticipated localisation, this remaster overhauls the visuals and some key features of the original while still offering the same enormous adventure. We got into great detail on why you should consider buying this in our Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past review.
Noitu Love: Devolution (MP2 Games, $9.99, 10% off [$8.99] for the first week) - As per the Wii U version, but naturally available to play on the go; we'll review this iteration separately and get that to you as soon as possible.
Splat the Difference (Lightwood Games, $5.00 / $7.00CAD) - Often associated with word games, this time around Lightwood Games is sharing its own colourful twist on 'spot the difference', where you mark the screen with splats of paint. Also supports local multiplayer for four with Download Play, we'll see whether it's an artful release or otherwise in our review.
Polara (CIRCLE Entertainment, $5.00 / $7.00CAD) - This one looks promising in terms of concept, as it's a pacy runner in which you have to jump and 'change' your character's colour, matching the environmental dangers with twitch reflexes. We'll give it a run for its money in a review.
Collide-a-Ball (Starsign, $1.99 / $2.49CAD) - Essentially a puzzle game that adopts a 3D isometric view, you need to manipulate ramps, blocks and more before setting balls loose; the goal is to have both reach the level-end flag at the same time.
3DS eShop Demo
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls (Level-5, free)
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
SEGA 3D Classics Collection (SEGA, $19.99 until 26th September, normally $29.99)
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (SEGA, $29.99 until 26th September, normally $39.99)
Code of Princess (Atlus, $9.99 until 26th September, normally $29.99)
Nano Assault EX (Shin'en Multimedia, $7.49 until 6th October, normally $9.99)
Alphadia (KEMCO, on discount until 29th September)
Chronus Arc (KEMCO, on discount until 29th September)
Dress to Play: Magic Bubbles! (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 7th October)
Dress to Play: Cute Witches! (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 7th October)
Johnny's Payday Panic (Office Create, $1.99 until 29th September, normally $3.99)
Classic Games Overload: Card & Puzzle Edition (Telegames Inc, $14.99 until 3rd October, normally $29.99)
Pet Hospital (Neopica, $9.99 until 1st October, normally $29.99)
3DS HOME Themes
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Theme
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.
No downloads, but DQ7 retail is sufficient for the week.
I guess the Wii Virtual Console stuff is a good way for people to catch stuff they missed... or replay it if they have gotten rid of their Wii... but most of the games would have SO much more value if they could be played solely on the GamePad.
SEGA 3D Classics Collection discount and DQVII - well, that's what I would get if I had more rupees in my adult wallet here...........
Getting DQ for support and possibly wario ware. Bought my retail copy used and it is a little scratched.
Gonna get Dragon Quest, but in physical form.
It finally here. Welcome back Dragon Quest! Getting a cart copy tomorrow morning asap!
It took me far too long to realize that noitu love: devolution was a palindrome.
I own all the 3D Classics separately and I'm still considering the discount just for Power Drift
downloading YoKai Watch 2 demo and might get Hatsune Miku on discount. Getting Dragon Quest 7 via retail.
Still need to finish Dragon Quest 4 before I move on to another one like DQ 7 or 8.
Will likely get the Yokai Watch 2 demo today. Looks like a far better representation of the game compared to the first game's demo.
hoo boy. march 2017 seems a long way away.
Noitu Love: Devolution MUST. BE. MINE!!! I have waited over 6 years to play this, 4 just to play it on my platform of choice (the control options in its PC predecessor are terrible, btw, so I can already confirm that waiting was the right choice).
Cool, I loved Wario Ware Smooth Moves. Would it be better to sell my disc copy of the game and get the Wii download, or just keep the disc. Space is not an issue, got a 2TB hard drive with barely 10% of it used so far.
And i'm kind of interested in Noitu Love Devolution and Gear Gauntlet.
I don't know why I keep looking forward to Thursdays. And what happened to Wii games being 9.99 the first week? The Thursday download used to be exciting, but this is like the 6th bad one in a row.
And what will the Kemco RPG's be discounted to?
So much shovelware ... Reminds we of the Wii actually Oo
Btw, was Fatal Frame ever on sale? I'd pick it up, but not for CAD$70. Dark Souls III came out half a year after Fatal Frame, and right now, I can pick that up for $35 digitally, and it's not even the first time it's on sale like that. Nintendo's pricing is ridiculous, and what's worse, by comparison, it gets more ridiculous with every week that keeps passing.
Never played a Dragon Quest in my 30 years of gaming. This will be a first and my pleasure to play.
I don't want to sound negative but seriously all that wants warioware smooth moves. You can pick up the retail disc for 3 pounds and free delivery from Amazon uk
A thought occurred to me, regarding VC snes support. So far, only three companies have given support (Capcom, Konami, and Nintendo themselves). Unless other companies jump on board, there may not be too many more releases in the future. I have zero faith that Square Enix will support it with their 16-bit catalog, at least not in North America (3DS NES got nothing while Japan got Final Fantasy 1-3). We'll get Super Mario RPG, which is awesome, but I doubt that we'll see Final Fantasy III (VI, which is a shame since the snes original is still my preferred version), FF II, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, etc. I have loved what has been released (having Super Castlevania IV and Super Punch Out on the go is so awesome), but I do hope that other companies jump on board.
Any reason why everyone is choosing retail over digital for DQ? I find it hard to get any portable games physical anymore, except sometimes the Amazon Prime new game discount sways me...
Yo-kai Watch 2 demo for each of the kids and purchasing DQVII tomorrow in-store
Well at least we know RCMADIAX is putting in effort for good titles in his games.
DQ physical release all the way for me!
A maybe on Noitu Love: Devolution but nothing for me otherwise.
@imgrowinglegs Because owning a game is way better than owning the rights to play a game.
I, too, will be buying a physical copy of DQ7 B)
Is there a week Classic Games Overload isn't on sale anymore?
@BensonUii Ah ok, will check the UK eShop and figure out what's going on. Ta!
@lillith No, no there isn't.
Gonna get that SMT4A theme naturally. Probably gonna get Noitu Love. Polara is awesome and everyone should get it!
Yeah. If they're gonna give us a game that is available and playable on a current system (Wii U and 3DS with Wii and DS games) then they can at least give us it along with another game that is not current able to be played like SNES, NES, N64, TG-16. Frustrating!
Is Europe only getting Puzzle Labryinth and Conveni Dreams on sale..
I hope more Kemco games go on sale.
Been waiting a long time for DQ7
DQ 7 retail for me. Even better, it doesn't add to my backlog (currently sitting at 191 games), since DW 7 for PS1 was already on there. I'll just shift over to the 3ds version instead.
Just the Yokai Watch demo for me this week.
I wanted SEGA 3D Classics but even with the sale price, it's going to still be expensive when converted to Canadian dollars.
GERA GERA PO! Y'all should check out Yo Kai Watch, even if you've already tried the first demo and didn't like it. Honestly, I hated it at first, but now I love the battle system....it just takes a little getting used to, that's all!
The Shin Megami 3DS theme is free, just for your info. Take a look!!
Still no Pokemon Snap for NA... But Dragon Quest 7 finally!
Great time to be a 3DS owner. Son many big games coming out and not enough time to play them.
Man, I slogged through that Dragon Quest 7 game on PlayStation about 16 years ago. Spent at least 120 hours actual game time on it. I'd never want to do that again. Uggghhhhh
I talked to the Two Tribes devs two weeks ago at PAX and they said they were giving it "one last shot" to work on Wii U. If they could do it, then it would be out around the end of the year. If not, then goodbye.
I hope they can figure it out...
Some interesting titles this week and I don't get paid until next week
Yokai Watch 2 demo for now, have a feeling I will be spending a good bit of cash in the next month.
The rest of you should buy Project Mirai DX, obviously.
Guess I will be picking up Contra III this week on the Wii U Virtual Console.
Been waiting for Noitu Love for so long! Controls need some getting used to, but at least there's a left-handed stylus option! (or rather, it's the same controls on both sides of the gamepad screen except the face buttons act as a D-Pad)
Dragon Quest 7 is prepurchased digitally! Used some of my My Nintendo coins to get the discount on GBA Fire Emblem and use the last of my $10. There was still some money left so I got Olympia Rising. I love PlayEveryWare's style. They stole my heart with Elliot Quest. So good games all around!
Just the Yo-Kai Watch 2 Demo for me this week.
It wasn't mentioned in the article, but the SMT4: Apocalypse 3DS theme is completely free.
While true, and that would be awesome, there are a lot of Wii games where that wouldn't make much sense, since you need wiimote motion controls to play. Smooth Moves is a prime example of why Gamepad only play would be useless.
@keresmatic no, u only get a 50% discount if you own of the 2 version, so the 1st is 9$ and the 2nd is 4.50$... i'm tempted to get the wiiu version, but it would have been an instant buy if it was crossbuy...
i'm picking Grand Prix RnR for sure, still thinking about Naitu Love, tho i've already picked up Explody Bomb for 0.01$ which wasn't mention in the article, but it does look like fairly awful game, even for 1cent... xD
mainwhile i'm also considering Master Reboot and Tachyon Project from the discount list, those looks promessing...
now on 3ds, nothing really interesting for me, or that i didn't own already, so maybe naitu love if i get it on wiiu, but just maybe...
I got confused seeing Aenigma OS, thinking it said "Amiga OS". All I could think was, "Why the heck would I wanna turn my Wii U into an ancient computer?"
im gonna get smt4 apocalypse first before anything else..
Thanks for reminding me to order Dragon Quest 7 and Sega 3D Classics Collection on cartridge for the same price or even less than the download price.
Man, I have to wait till midnight for DQ7. I was all ready to download it now and everything. I just prepurchased. Don't you get a theme for free or something. I don't remember.
They give the theme code after you pre downloaded it.
Noitu and DQ7 physical edition for me.
Looks like I've got a weekend full of 3DS time...
@argh4430 personally, I'd keep the physical copy. I could see the argument of going digital if it was for a portable because you wouldn't have to carry the he with you but on a home console, just keep the disc handy
@Freelance hate to say it but I'd wait. It'll most likely lower in price at the stores before too long. I've already seen it for $20 in the US.
Hello! Longtime lurker finally using this account I forgot I created last year.
Is there a PR email for Starsign? I haven't been able to find it since their previous game was released.
Well, Dragon Quest VII retail is for sure. And WarioWare Smooth Moves.
Dragon Quest arrives tomorrow, thankfully I already have it installed on both my 3DS so, jumping in. See ya when Color Splash drops!
@BanjoPickles Yeah, companies are now apathetic towards the VC and Wii U as a whole, I've given up on the eShop.
I finally got Planet Robobot, so I'll be digging that one for a couple of weeks. Some good games on that list but nothing for me.
SHOOTY SPACE (RCMADIAX, $2.99) - A licensed flash / browser game initially sold on a prefabricated online games storefront for $5.39, ported directly to Wii U without any meaningful changes or effort by the developer. We'll bring you a review.
(I fixed it for you)
@JJtheTexan The shamelessness will never end, I see.
I'm picking up Dragon Quest tomorrow but I downloaded Alphadia today and got in about 3 hours. It's a decent Kemco old school RPG well worth its sale price 4.99. I would give it a 6 rating so far. I hope Kemco will offer more of their RPG games on sales. I'm getting cheap though where I'm only buying Eshop games on sale. I really haven't been interested in anything else but retail releases on cartridge and Eshop sales. I'm just old
@amishpyrate yeah, and besides, i'm not in a hurry to replay it again soon, though I do sometimes pull it out when I have friends over. I do feel safer if I have a digital copy of it.
Has anyone played that puzzle game Aenigma Os yet?
Considering biting on it.....but man I've been burned many a time on digital purchases. Looks like good gameplay and decent depth though.
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