Well, it's later than normal thanks to Nintendo holding off until after its Direct broadcast, but here are the North American Download Update details. It's a whopper of a week, with a surprise retail download (though it's technically eShop-only) on 3DS, a Legend of Zelda Virtual Console title and a whole load of new download-only games. Some high-profile titles are up for grabs, and there's also some DLC, StreetPass games and discounts. Let's get to it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week? It's ok, don't panic, the info you need is still right here.
Wii U eShop
Axiom Verge (Tom Happ, $18 until 8th September, then €19.99) - A title that draws inspiration from numerous classics and that caused a splash on other hardware, Axiom Verge finally comes to its 'home turf' (in Tom Happ's words) on Wii U. An exploration adventure with some handy usage of the GamePad is certainly worth a look; we considered it to be outstanding in our Axiom Verge review.
140 (Double Fine Productions, $7.99) - This has a minimalistic aesthetic for its blend of puzzle platforming. Developed by Carlsen Games / Abstraction Games this seems to be oozing style, and has a nice soundtrack to boot. We'll see whether it all adds up well in our review.
Alice in Wonderland (Brave Rock Games, $5.00) - This appears to be a narrated visual novel with some illustrations as you read along and listen. We'll see whether it does a classic book justice in our review.
PANDA LOVE (RCMADIAX, $1.49) - The latest budget-priced release from this studio, PANDA LOVE offers up to be 20 levels+ of single screen platforming stages; you collect coins and then head for a warp point. We didn't rate this particularly highly in our PANDA LOVE review.
Tallowmere (Chris McFarland, $4.99) - A "2D action roguelite platformer" that also supports multiplayer, this one's all about exploring dungeons and seeing how far you can get. It could potentially be fun for dip-in play; we'll let you know what we think soon.
Piano Teacher (Skunk Software, $39.99) - Yep, that's the price! This app aims to teach you how to play piano from beginner to advanced levels; you can learn piano theory while also using a real instrument, or play some songs on a virtual piano. We'll see whether it's in tune for a review.
Free Balling (Skunk Software, $9.99) - A slightly odd one, it appears to be a simple drawing tool in which you scribble lines as a 'track' on the screen using the Wii U GamePad, and then you can release balls that roll around those lines. We'll let you know whether it's worth a roll in our review.
Games for Toddlers (Skunk Software, $3.99) - As promised this has games for toddlers to play, four minigames in fact. They all look pretty simple and use the Wii U GamePad; we'll be sure to get the views of a toddler when assessing this one.
Super Hero Math (Skunk Software, $7.99) - It appears to be a simplistic endless flyer in which a super hero dodges obstacles, collects coins and answers simple mathematical questions on the go. We'll let you know whether it saves the day in our review.
Skunky B's Super Slots Saga #1 (Skunk Software, $14.95) - That's a heck of a name for what's ultimately a collection of virtual slot machines.
The First Skunk Bundle (Skunk Software, $24.99) - Includes a range of games: Haunted Hotel, Snake Classic, Catchy, Bomb Blaster and Zombie Epic.
Wii U Virtual Console
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo, $19.99) - This Wii title celebrated the IP's 25th Anniversary, and is also the earliest entry in the series timeline. It makes extensive use of Wii MotionPlus and adopts a paint-like art style; we absolutely loved it in our original review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
DuckTales: Remastered (Capcom, on discount until 6th September)
FreezeME (RNC, $7.99 until 15th September, normally $13.99)
Angry Bunnies: Colossal Carrot Crusade (Cypronia, on discount until 25th September)
Color Zen (Cypronia, on discount until 25th September)
Rock 'N Racing Off Road DX (EnjoyUp Games, $4.99 until 22nd September, normally $7.99)
Run Run and Die (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 6th October)
Unepic (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 6th October)
Chubbins (Dakhu Creations, on discount until 30th September)
Soon Shine (Dakhu Creations, on discount until 30th September)
Test Your Mind (Xeno Horizon, $0.99 until 15th September, normally $2.99)
STEEL LORDS (nuGAME, $7.50 until 28th September, normally $14.99)
Astral Breakers (Intropy Games, on discount until 5th September)
Emojikara: A Clever Emoji Match Game (Intropy Games, on discount until 5th September)
Wii U Demo
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games, free)
Wii U & 3DS DLC
Hyrule Warriors / Legends - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Pack (Koei Tecmo, $6.99 or part of season pass)
Picross 3D Round 2 (Nintendo, $29.99) - Fresh out of the Nintendo Direct, this sequel to the much-loved Picross 3D finally makes its way to the region. It includes improved visuals over its DS predecessor, naturally, and also throws in amiibo support; we'll put the pieces together and bring you a review.
Adventure Labyrinth Story (CIRCLE Entertainment, $5.00) - A spin-off from Adventure Bar Story, this is a rogue-like RPG in which you set off into a randomly generated dungeon with the goal of retrieving legendary treasure. You start with nothing and try to build your way up as you explore, but if you die you revert back to level one and simply start again. We gave this a modest recommendation in our Adventure Labyrinth Story review.
Ping Pong Trick Shot (Starsign, $1.99) - Slightly odd, as this is a video game version of throwing a ball into a cup. There are different modes (Score Attack, Time Attack and so on) and promises of wacky things like portals that'll shake this up. We'll work on our aim and bring you a review.
3DS StreetPass Games
Complete the StreetPass Mii Plaza update to choose one of Slot-Car Rivals or Market Crashers for free. The others can be purchased for $2.99 each or $8.99 for all four.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom, on discount until 6th September)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (Atlus, $9.99 until 12th September, normally $29.99)
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (Shin'en Multimedia, $2.24 until 22nd September, normally $2.99)
Snow Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, $3.99 until 8th September, normally $7.99)
Tappingo (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 22nd September)
The Legend of Dark Witch (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 22nd September)
2 Fast 4 Gnomz (QubicGames, on discount until 22nd September)
AiRace Speed (QubicGames, on discount until 22nd September)
Angry Bunnies (Cypronia, on discount until 25th September)
Color Zen (Cypronia, on discount until 25th September)
3DS eShop Demo
Picross 3D Round 2 (Nintendo, free)
Word Logic by POWGI (Lightwood Games, free)
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.
I'm a little bit disappointed. I was told that we were supposed to get the Turbografx version of Bomberman '94 today as well.
Nothing I want. May get a SP game in the future.
One of best week for Wii U. Downloading Axiom Verge and 140. I already have The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the wii. You haters said Wii u have no games and droughts lol
Dear Skunk Software,
Just stop please
All Nintendo fans
@Lizuka not to mention the REQUIRED motion plus, so you'll have to check those old Wiimotes if you have any early ones still hanging around.
I never did finish the game, complex motion stuff never worked right for me and it added an extra layer of frustration to the boss fights, especially.
I found Other M quite enjoyable when played on a traditional controller, with a bit of tweaking and some marine mammal assistance, I'll bet I'd enjoy myself more for Skyward Sword, too.
Pretty decent week for the Wii U.
I'll just be getting the 3DS Mii Plaza games, though. For now. Eventually I'll get SS.
Picross 3D Round 2 for me.
I went with Skyward Sword on the poll, even though I'm not egtting it anytime soon. (if I download another Wii game, it's going to be Xenoblade first, then maybe Super Paper Mario)
Hyrule Warriors DLC
Picross 3D 2
Pretty solid week
I was going to download Picross 3D Round 2 but not at $42.49 CAD. I'll wait until it goes on sale.
This is the start of a beautiful birthday month for me
I loved today's direct!
@FatherChesz I see what you did there. 😏🐬🐬
Is Axiom Verge worth that price? How long is it?
@JaxonH I was happy to see the HW DLC on Wii U. Gives me a little bit of hope for Poochy DLC for Yoshi. I'm not really expecting it as it's part of the game, not DLC, but it would be nice to have, give me an excuse to go back and play it some more.
Picross 3D round 2. Got it without a hesitation, I need my Picross fix, yo.
@rjejr You do miss out on the adventure maps though (the biggest part of the DLC packs). I made a comparison between HW/HWL and YWW/PYWW in the forums.
The Poochy pups are like My Fairy, a tool that makes the game easier. Poochy pups find hidden secrets and My Failry helps do things like kill enemies faster, revives you if you die, etc.
The extra stages I'd compare to the Linkle story, Wind Waker story and 5 adventure maps (Great Sea, Master Wind Waker, Koholint, Grand Travels, ALBW map). As far as we know these will never come to the Wii U version of HW.
@majinx07 where did you hear that?
@faint It got an ESRB rating, which means it should be coming soon, but I didn't see anything that said it would come today.
I'm happy skyward sword got re-released. One of the best zelda games imo.
Skunk software is the equivalent of an actual skunk. The smell is rank and obnoxious, and it never goes away! Besides that bang up week and Axiom Verge!
@abbyhitter howlongtobeat.com lists it as being 10 - 12 hours for an average playthrough. The game has an 80 on metacritic, received a 9/10 on Push Square, and is generally acknowledged as one of the best Metroid-likes of the gen.
I'm feeling cheap today. Axiom Verge and Picross 3D 2 seem overpriced, and wouldn't Skyward Sword be cheaper on disc? (Just checked Amazon, never mind). Still, if Picross 3D 2 goes retail, I'll get it from the bargain bin.
I'm getting DuckTales: Remastered since it's on discount. This is probably the best week NA has had in a while.
$18? as a sale price?
No longer day one for me.
For an brand new - unknown indie eShop game that is steep -one talented guy behind or not, I'll pass for now.
I feel like a bit of penny pincher but what is this game on other platforms, $5??
Two demos, slot car rivals and Hyrule Warriors DLC? Yeah, that'll serve as an apology for the my nintendo rewards.
Pretty decent week.... I have loved all the street pass games, so I'll take the plunge on those. Axiom Verge looks cool too.
And Pokémon Snap...? What's up with that?
Are you referring to Axiom Verge? Actually, it's still $20. I think it's only been on sale two or three times since coming out on PS4 over a year ago, once around seven months or so after launch, once after the Vita version got a release date, a similar $18 Vita launch week discount, and one more sale since then. I haven't tracked how often it appears in Steam sales, but it's currently $20 there, too. It's hardly an unknown game at this point, either.
FINALLY! I've been waiting since October 2015 (when all those eShop games were leaked) for Skyward Sword to be re-released on the eShop. I've already beaten it and loved it but I was borrowing it from a friend. It was the first Zelda game I ever beat and now that I have played every other 3D Zelda I'd love to see how it compares. You know I'm getting it as soon as I get home from school
anyone that hasn't played Axiom Verge yet and loves metroid style games owes it to themselves to check it out. I picked it up for 20 bucks on PS4 and never regretted it i'd almost consider rebuying it again and replaying through on Wii U since some things can change up a bit on playthroughs there was at least one weapon that didn't show up on my first playthrough or at least I couldn't find it.
@IceClimbers well it's a day one for me when it does. I hope konami keeps up the three at a time releases like they did the first week.
@msvt Check out the comments and various preview articles NL has done. Axiom Verge has been out elsewhere for a good while and has been met with HEAVY acclaim. It's hardly brand new or unknown. A two-dollar launch discount isn't much, no, but two McDoubles is two McDoubles and I wouldn't shy away at full price, either.
3ds is still thriving! I love it!
I'm glad I can pay for Axiom Verge with Euro's, Paying with CAD would suck
@Link41x I just noticed that too haha
Although the Canadian price actually isn't too bad. Doesn't say that there is a discount, but the game is $19.79 CAD which is about $15 US.
Legends DLC for mii
It's rather important Axiom Verge does well on the eshop if we ever want to see a proper Metroid game in the next 5-10 years
Yeah, I'll give it a shot.
See I thought Poochy died on the way back to his home planet
Give you an excuse to finally buy a 3DS gosh dang it!!!
if axiom verge was done in 3d on the 3ds they may have sold me....
Well, i don´t know how it works but in Mexico Axiom Verge is right now $160 pesos aprox (it is like $10 dollars).
Last I checked it was $19.99 on PSN but I live in Canada.
@getyourak Bought it online at work and almost instantly played it when I got home. It's a weeeeeeeee bit more difficult than your traditional Metroid. Especially since you start with very little health.
But that drone, tho!!!
Would love "Skyward Sword," but my WiiU 32GB console doesn't have enough memory for it... (Especially, 'cause I got the SSB & Splatoon edition, those & all my other games take up most the data.)
...I miss memory cards.
@Beau_Skunk A small external harddrive (or a couple thumb drives) run really cheap. A big-ish one like the 1TB I got will still only cost you about $50 and I've got literal scores of VC, eShop and retail games on mine and am not even close to filling it. If there's a lot you want to play, it's well worth the investment.
$50 isn't cheap for me, but at least that's cheaper then other external hard drives.
Nintendo really should've given the WiiU better storage alternatives like the Wii & 3DS had. (like maybe allow use for small Flash drives, which don't work very well for it)
That's honestly my only critique/gripe with the WiiU console.
Games like SSB alone take up 13GB more then half my console's memory.
!axiom verge ftw sucka!
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