It's Nintendo Download Update time, dear readers, and the North American line-up has some gems this week. The latest major RPG release from Atlus has arrived, with an enticing localised retail title from Natsume coming later in the DL week. On the download-only front we have an anticipated title from Drinkbox Studios, a download of one of the Wii's finest platformers, some intriguing efforts and two SNES titles on New 3DS. There's lots to cover, so let's get on with it.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week? Don't panic, the details are still right here.
Wii U eShop
SEVERED (Drinkbox Studios, $13.49 until 29th September, normally $14.99, cross-buy available on 3DS when released on the portable) - A title previously released on Vita, it offers a twist on first-person dungeon crawling with touchscreen-based combat. You swipe at enemy limbs and weakspots with the stylus, and outside of combat there's character customisation to consider. We'll get working on a review, but in the meantime your can see our hands on impressions from earlier in the year.
Wings of Magloryx (Arbelos Interactive, $14.99) - A throwback in concept, as you fly a dragon through multiple stages to unleash havoc, collect treasure and tackle bosses. Footage shows relatively simplistic visuals, but it has its own sense of style at least; we'll see whether it's hot or not in a review.
Laser Blaster (Petite Games, $1.99) - This sounds like a modern take on an '80s arcade classic, as you aim and fire rockets from the ground to take out waves of enemy lasers coming down from the sky, in this case using the GamePad.
Double Breakout (nuGAME, $7.00) - It seems we're seeing a mini-revival of Breakout games; this effort from nuGAME promises to blend elements of Breakout and Pong over 20 stages (with support for two players).
TITANS TOWER (RCMADIAX, $1.49) - This one seems to be all about jumping your way up a tower, grabbing loot and power-ups to accumulate a big high score.
Wii U Virtual Console
Donkey Kong Country Returns (Nintendo, $19.99) - One of the Wii's finest platformers, this was a triumphant revival of the franchise by Retro Studios, with gorgeous visuals and impressive mechanics coming to the fore. It's also a real challenge, and we gave this a glowing recommendation in our Donkey Kong Country Returns review.
Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Activision, on discount until 30th September)
Wipeout: Create & Crash (Activision, on discount until 30th September)
Word Party (Lightwood Games, on discount until 29th September)
Dual Core (Gray Fin Studios, $6.99 until 2nd October, normally $9.99)
Grumpy Reaper (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 20th October)
The Quiet Collection (Nostatic Software, $2.99 until 26th September, normally $4.99)
3Souls (Red Column, $2.90 until 29th September, normally $3.90)
Hold Your Fire: A Game About Responsibility (Alkterios Games, $0.99 until 3rd October, normally $1.99)
Steel Rivals (nuGAME, $5 until 12th October, normally $6.99)
Noah's Cradle (CIRCLE Entertainment, $5.00) - An action flying game that brings the Ace Combat series to mind. It promises six levels and has a heck of a backstory, so could be promising.
3DS Retail Downloads
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse (Atlus, $49.99) - This long awaited title offers a different spin from its predecessor, with a new protagonist and some gameplay tweaks. As is standard for the series it's a high quality, atmospheric and engrossing RPG; you can check out a detailed assessment in our Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse review.
River City: Tokyo Rumble (Natsume, $29.99) - A title that originally seemed to be destined as a Japan-only release, credit is due to Natsume for bringing this to the West. This side-scrolling brawler is the latest in a diverse series that's been known as Renegade, River City Ransom, Street Gangs, Crash 'n The Boys, and Double Dragon depending on region, and this modern day iteration continues some of the traditions seen in games like those; it also has two minigames, a free-for-all arena brawler and a dodgeball game. We'll check it out in a review, but until then you can learn more about it in our first impressions article from E3. Available from 27th September.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Final Fight 2 (Capcom, $7.99) — This second SNES series entry rights some wrongs of the first, including multiple playable characters and two-player co-op, though perhaps disappoints with some gameplay elements. Minus local co-op on New 3DS we deemed this one to be 'average' in our Final Fight 2 review.
Final Fight 3 (Capcom, $7.99) — Rounding off the Super NES trilogy, this one includes more brawling on the streets but also the option of an automatic two player mode where you play with the CPU. By our reckoning this third entry may well be the best of the group; you can get the full lowdown on how this stacks up on New 3DS in our Final Fight 3 review.
3DS eShop Temporary Discounts
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (Atlus, $24.99 until 3rd October, normally $39.99)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Activision, on discount until 30th September)
Wipeout: Create & Crash (Activision, on discount until 30th September)
Real Heroes Firefighter 3D - Download Version (Zordix AB, $4.99 until 29th September, normally $9.99)
Dan McFox: Head Hunter (Lightwood Games, on discount until 29th September)
Toys vs. Monsters (EnjoyUp Games, on discount until 20th October)
3DS HOME Themes
Sonic series: 25th Anniversary (Free)
Sonic series: Boom Style
Sonic series: Classic Style
Sonic series: Sonic Style
Sonic Bundle #2
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.
Isn't some Ace Attorney DLC meant to arrive today?
I'll gladly take a free Sonic theme.
Getting Severed and Wings of Magloryx. Already bought SMT retail. Wearing one of the pins on my blazer at work today!
Edit: I forgot about River City....but I can't FIND it anywhere to preorder. Was the physical release pre-order only and it closed or did it just sell out like that? Makes me wonder if they will have copies to sell on the 27th.
@buildz Probably, but NoA are oddly rubbish at mentioning DLC in their press release, the following is out today in Europe though and possibly in NA:
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice: Apollo Justice: Asinine Attorney (Capcom, €3.99 / £3.59) - A short scenario, which is a non-canonical 'what if' according to the Ace Attorney wiki.
Likely be $3.99 in the US.
Still waiting on Bomberman '94 Nintendo.
@ThomasBW84 I was aware that the second Ace Attorney Theatre episode was meant to arrive today, but I was confused that it wasn't mentioned here. Thanks for clearing it up!
I'm starting to wonder if it's even worth bothering to check if Fatal Frame or Star Fox will ever go on sale.
Heartbreak on River City being 1P only for the main 'campaign', just like RCR EX. Natsume went from selling me two copies, to zero =(
Isn't the 3DS supposed to get Severed too?
Way, way too soon.
@Ralek85 Star Fox was on sale briefly at Amazon a short time ago for $26. It's over now, but the current price is still cheaper than digital.
I'll take the free theme as well. Has to be better than any of the platinum reward themes (with the painful music). More themes should be free, or at least less than what they cost.
I'm a little confused. I thought all games after the N64 game was only on PlayStation.
Meanwhile, the poor Turbografx wonders if its ever going to get anymore games....
@Qun_Mang Thanks for the info, but I don't really do physical games anymore. Not to mention, that I would have had to import it, which would have driven up the delivery costs anyways =/
Nothing for me except maybe the free Sonic theme. I was really hoping there would be a good game that I want, but nothing.
Already picked up a physical copy of SMT IV: Apocalypse. That's all I need for a while.
@BornInNorway81 different Wipeout. You're thinking of WipEout. In America Wipeout is a TV show, which then got a bunch of mediocre games based off of it.
@HeroOfCybertron It's coming a little later on 3DS in NA, which is odd as the dual release arrive in Europe today. Probably just a lotcheck or ratings delay for the region.
I'll add SEVERED to my growing wishlist. Too many games to complete.
@BornInNorway81 tv game show.there was 2 wipeout games on ps1 first.then n64 got wipeout 64
Well since I just spent like 100$ on 3 new games I can't afford nor have the time for at least 2 more on that list I may want. Severed being one only because of Guacamelee being one of my favorite eshop games and River City if it reviews well. That near another 50$. So many good games all out at the same time.
A solid lineup of downloads this week!
where are my Megaman X virtual console games for the 3DS?
Jesus NoA what takes so long?
@Ryu_Niiyama consider me inspired-- that was the push I needed.
Awesome, another week of Wii only VC games. Nice going, NOA.
@ThomasBW84 @buildz In NA, the Apollo Justice Asinine Attorney DLC is available right now. Next week will also have the Turnabout Across Time DLC, which is a full case.
Can't turn down a free theme though I'm over the limit of 10 at this point; also going to get some LTTP and Super Metroid action after I get paid tomorrow.
Gah we're so close to Gunvolt I can smell the electricity in the air. I've purposely avoided all the gameplay footage to quell the rising hype. Going to get the Striker Pack though, waiting that extra week gonna be so rough.
And Gurumin, we gotta get a release date for that soon, right?
Wait, River City? 😀
I love air fighting game, so Noah's Cradle for me as long as it reviews well.
Tokyo Rumble I was looking at but wow didn't expect $30.
Nothing for me. Already have Final Fight (I think it's the arcade version) on PSP/Vita. Don't a Sonic fan so those themes don't interest me.
I'm already playing the excellent SMTIV: Apocalypse, and I'll more than likely purchase DKCR again, just because it's one heck of a platformer.
@Ralek85 star fox 64 3D is 30 percent of with 100 gold coins on mynintendo.
@TerrapinJess Not sure what game you are referring to, but I'm happy to help!
River City will be a definite buy for me.
@super08mario Unfortunately, like everything on My Nintendo, I've owned that game for many years already.
Darn,nothing on my birthday 😛
Nothing for me this week besides the free Sonic theme.
I got DKCR a long time ago and I live in North America. So that's not new.
As for the rest, I like River City but I'd rather show some love to my PS4 backlog this week.
No Pokémon Snap still?
Sigh Oh Nintendo, you make it too hard for me to give you money...
I'm still waiting for Pokemon Snap, Mario Kart 64, and Star Fox 64.
@Al_Godoy DKCR was previously only available for download through My Nintendo as a gold coin reward. So yes, it's been around since the end of March, but it's just hitting the eShop for purchase today.
I'm picking up smt4 apocalypse physically, where can I buy river city at retail (no online retailers I mean brick and mortar like GameStop or Walmart)
I do like air combat games, so I'll probably get Noah's Cradle. Still waiting on Pokemon Snap though.
Didn't know River City: Tokyo Rumble was due today. Insta-grab for me
Yes. Instead we get a game that many people have on disc and can be played directly on their Wii-U. NOA never ceases to disappoint/amaze/frustrate me. If they are gonna release a VC game that is readily available in its original format and playable on current systems, then they can at least give us more than one VC release with one being for a discontinued system. Yuck!
Nothing for me this week, though I may consider the free Sonic theme.
Also, a lot of Skunk Software's titles are on sale (or free, in one case) so those are almost worth mentioning.
@Ryu_Niiyama I'm referring to you wearing your pins to work!
I have mine still in the packaging but one is getting worn to work tomorrow lol. ....and which one depends on my mood... anarchist or peace...? Hmmmm
@GameOtaku isn't it DL only?
@TerrapinJess LMAO! Yeah I try to find subtle ways to show my inner geek and not have it hinder my climb up the corporate ladder. I used to be full on nerd lady at work, but I got pulled aside by management and a polite suggestion was made as to why I got passed over for a promotion. So business dress it is.
Went to gamestop Tuesday morning and got SMT Apocalypse. I figured if I'm going to pay the Atlus tax that I might as well snag the pin set. Downloaded Severed today and can't wait to try it out.
No Natsume announced a physical version for Amazon and retail but no word on retail yet.
I think that Sonic 25th Anniversary theme came with Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice in Japan.
I'm glad it's just completely free over here, because while I am hyped for Sonic Mania, I currently have no plans to pick up Fire & Ice.
Props to the guy who predicted the release of Titan To- I mean TITAN TOWERS.
@GameOtaku well I'll be...
I'm holding out for physical then
@Mega_Yarn_Poochy According to RCCAPSLOCK's Twitter it's their (his?) final Wii U game. I will make no further comment.
River City: Tokyo Rumble with Limited Edition Kunio Keychain
Did it sell out or is it just not available.... hmmmm
@whitespy12 you are absolutely right, I forgot that's how I got it.
Great game. I would recommend it to anyone who haven't played it.
I'll wait on the physical version of River City to get sorted out. Not looking to pay that full price right now.
...yr not the only one. I used to have all my amiibo on display but then I moved jobs and don't have the room anymore!
@Ryu_Niiyama If you find out where to order the physical copy of River City, please let me know (tag me in a post) — I've been looking for it too and can't find it anywhere. Very strange.
Any new Kunio-kun game is going to get my interest, but the obvious standout this week is the free 3DS theme; how often does that happen?
All right, bring on the Kunio-kun!
@GameOtaku sadly it's a limited release so probably online only. They haven't give a copy count but I imagine 50 to 100 thousand.
@RoboBubble Play asia has it up for preorder if you are willing to import a domestic game. I think Amazon is going to wait until the day of (which is a little nuts) to just sell it instead of allowing for pre-orders. I haven't seen it anywhere else yet.
Severed, Laser Blaster, (i was waiting for those 2) Dual Core, and possibly The Amazing Spiderman 2 while they are on discount... on 3ds, Noah's Cradle, the free sonic theme and i'll add River City TR on my wish list...
Still, where's Pokémon Snap?!
Grabin' Severed for the cross-buy, but I'm really looking forward to the review of River City: Tokyo Rumble. I want it to be good, but I've been burned in the past by nostalgic revivals.
Think I'll grab Dual Core, too, if I can afford it.
EDIT: Thanks to the poster above, I'll also be looking forward to Laser Blaster, depending on how it turns out (hey, it's 2 bucks...).
EDIT 2: Or maybe not. Because it looks like a straight rip-off of Missile Command for the Atari. Now it really will depend on the review, in case there are some twists that a cursory glance can't identify...
It's going to have a SUPER limited print run. I had to order mine from PlayAsia.
@Fiyaball Arblegarble. Well I guess I can use it as an excuse to work down my import buying backlog. (I hate buying one game from play asia due to shipping costs)
Severed is pretty awesome so far. It reminds me of Punch-Out!!, Infinity Blade, and Etrian Odyssey in the best way.
Severed is a masterpiece. Don't doubt it for a moment.
You loved Guacamelee right? This is your game. Same Drinkbox Studio developers.... and it's an RPG... and it's got unique Skyward Sword style attacks (only via stylus or swiping on screen with finger).
This is a rjejr masterpiece in the making.
What a terrible week for the eShop! Ugh!
@JaxonH Guacamelle was great - I got a thing for luchadores - but this is called "Severed", I'm not sure it's going to appeal to me. But I'll watch the vid.
So, couldn't find a vid, screenshots look good though, nothing like Axiom Verge in all it's 8-bit gory, I mean glory. Severed does look good though, I think I confused it w/ some other game on eShop about survival horror and fighting for ones life, I never play those. Maybe "MAster Reboot", that might have been on sale recently.
So thanks, I'll look into it, otherwise I was just blowing it off on it's name alone.
OK, found a Vita vid, and it's too weird for me. Too first person, too creepy, too Fruit Ninja. Thanks though. I need to finish Ni No Kuni so I can play Bayonetta 2 anyway. And Lego City U. And Lego D. Then Yooka-Layle. Now THAT is my game. It's the game I've been waiting for since Jak and Daxter, as 2, 3 and 4 let me down. I so should have kickstarted it. And when Santa brings me a PS4 I'll have R&C and U4 and inFamous 2nd Son. Then we'll see. Maybe Zelda U on Wii U. Took this pic in Target today.
Had been wondering when/if they'd do anymore Sonic themes
How bout getting back to the REAL classics on Wii u Nintendo??? God you guys are just awful!!! Getting close to 4 years of virtual console Chinese water torture!!!!!
i think i m gonna go with one of the sonic themes. probably the free one
im just waiting for them to put back bigleys revenge on the eShop
@TerrapinJess @GameOtaku @TerrapinJess @faint @CanisWolfred @Fiyaball @Tasuki @RoboBubble @Ryu_Niiyama
From NATSUME'S WEBSITE:
We are excited to finally have a release date, hooray! While in PAL territories Tokyo Rumble is digital exclusive, in North America there will be a few ways to snag a physical copy:
1. With Collector's Keychain On the Natsume Amazon Store
*Game plus Keychain will go on sale launch day, September 27th
Link will become active mid-day September 27th: https://www.amazon.com/River-City-Li...y+tokyo+rumble
2. Game Only
**More retailers to come, stay tuned!
3. Game Only in Canada
*Video Games Plus: https://www.videogamesplus.ca/produc...ducts_id=24130
Seems River City: Tokyo Rumble is going to be a hot item; if you have even a remote interest, get it before the scalpers buy them all up.
@Hey-Cha-La THANK YOU! Commence Operation Watch Amazon Like A Hawk... or... Virtuous Mission... whatever floats yr boat.
As for me, I didn't want to take a chance so I just ordered from Videogamesplus site. I needed one more cent to qualify for free shipping, so I also added GTA Chinatown Wars to my cart. Hey you gotta spend money to save money, am-i-rite?
Grabbed a physical SMT IV: Apocalypse launch day, the free Sonic 25th theme, and just ordered a physical River City Tokyo Rumble for $33.98 shipped on Ebay. I had a feeling this game would be rare. Too bad I wasn't able to score the awesome key chain though:(
@RoboBubble: Just grabbed mine on ebay for $33.98 shipped. Only 2 sellers on ebay selling this. The other guy is selling it for $37.97(he sold 4 of them for $33.98, then raised his price). So as somebody else said, if you have any interest in this game whatsoever, just buy it now. Chances are you'll be able to resell it down the road for more than what you paid for it.
@Hey-Cha-La it's available now!
River City: Tokyo Rumble with Limited Edition Kunio Keychain https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HFRICLE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Aoz6xbJ0SEFVT
@KnightRider666 go get it off amazon!
River City: Tokyo Rumble with Limited Edition Kunio Keychain [url]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HFRICLE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Aoz6xbJ0SEFVT
Sorry I'm not spamming you guys I just wanna let you know it's available!
Thanks, very much! I'm Canadian, so it was just easier for me to order from that Canadian based web store. Still waiting for it to show up though! Let us know what you think of the game should you get it first!
@TerrapinJess: Thanks but too late.
@Hey-Cha-La ah - Sorry about that! I will let you know what I think when I finally load it up
No problem, thanks for the heads up anyway! Still waiting for my Tokyo Rumble to arrive.
@Hey-Cha-La I really appreciate this info, thanks. Video Games Plus is a couple hours from me, but I was heading that direction anyway a few days later and was able to buy a physical copy in-store. I see that they still have it for order on their website too, if anyone is still looking for it. vgp.ca
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