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It's that time of the week, once again, when we take a look at the new downloadable goodies to be found on the Wii U and 3DS eShop in North America. This time around there's a major retail release on Wii U, while both eShop stores have a variety of interesting new arrivals. The Wii U and New 3DS Virtual Consoles also get a release each, while we also have the usual batch of discounts. Let's get to the details.

Missed the European Nintendo Download Update details earlier in the week? Well, you're in for a treat, check them out here.

Wii U Retail Download

Paper Mario: Color Splash (Nintendo, $59.99) - The series finally makes its bow on the Wii U, as Nintendo puts its expertise of HD craft-like visuals to work once again. This one introduces paint as a core mechanic, has plenty of quirky humour and otherwise offers a blend of timed button presses and items in battles. We were impressed with it in our Paper Mario: Color Splash review. Available from 7th October.

Wii U eShop

ACT IT OUT! A Game of Charades (Snap Finger Click, $9.99) - As the name suggests this is a party game in which you try to help others guess phrases or names. Originally on PS4, the GamePad touchscreen allows drawing to come into the mix in addition to acting and singing. Available from 10th October.

Ninja Pizza Girl (Disparity Games, $9.99) - A 2D runner with sources of inspiration such as Sonic The Hedgehog and Mirror's Edge. Rather than a health gauge, however, the game judges your esteem as you dash through delivering pizza as stylishly as possible; mistakes and enemies bring on taunts from bullies, with this game seeking to raise awareness of these issues.

PSIBO (NAMI TENTOU MUSHI, $4.99) - Another title from this developer that opts for a retro aesthetic, it looks like a high-octane combat-led mix of Breakout gameplay. This includes an endless mode after a campaign of fighting through 'hexagonal defence systems'.

SKORB (Stereo Chromatic, $8.99) - A Wii U exclusive, this is pitched as a relaxing flying game or an opportunity to chase the best global times on various courses.

Hurry Up! Bird Hunter (EnjoyUp Games, $7.99) - As the name suggests, this is a shooting gallery title in which you hunt birds of various types with the Wii Remote. We were very unimpressed with it in our Hurry Up! Bird Hunter review.

Wii U Virtual Console

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (Nintendo, $9.99) - Originally a DS retail release, this tasks you with clearing a path and manipulating the environment to allow wind-up toys to march forward, a formula Nintendo's continued to work on in subsequent releases. This is a pretty good entry in the series, and we rather enjoyed it in our review of this Wii U Virtual Console release.

Wii U eShop Temporary Discounts

Infinity Runner (Wales Interactive, $3.99 until 3rd November, normally $6.99)

Chompy Chomp Chomp Party (Utopian World of Sandwiches, $5.99 until 3rd November, normally $11.99)

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, on discount until 13th October)

Joe's Diner (Joindots, $5.99 until 21st October, normally $7.99)

B3 Game Expo for Bees (Famous Gamous, $3.99 until 19th October, normally $4.99)

Christmas Adventure of Rocket Penguin (Petite Games, $1.59 until 20th October, normally $1.99)

Hot Rod Racer (ZeNfA Productions, $1.49 until 1st November, normally $2.99)

The Letter (TreeFall Studios, $0.49 until 1st November, normally $1.99)

3DS Retail Download

Disney 2-Pack - Frozen / Big Hero 6 Combo (GameMill Entertainment, $29.99) - Available from 11th October.

3DS eShop

Psycho Pigs (Bergsala Lightweight, $7.99) - A quirky arena brawler that cites a 1987 Jaleco game as its inspiration, you battle it out as pigs while trying to use the environment as an asset. We had some fun with this in our Psycho Pigs review.

Epic Word Search Holiday Special (Lightwood Games, $7.99) - A continuation from previous entries in the series, but this time around it features categories themed around Holidays such as Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day.

New Nintendo 3DS eShop

Pixel Hunter (Lemondo Games, $2.99) - This is a sidescrolling platformer that incorporates 3D Voxel-based visuals; your task is to run through five worlds (with some runner sections and boss fights included) and win back your character's weapons which have, apparently, been stolen by animals.

New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console

Mega Man X2 (Capcom, $7.19) — While spin-offs aren't always a success, the early X games in the Mega Man series certainly captured the imagination. With a move-set and approach somewhat different to the "classic" series, this sequel is a rather good follow-up to its X predecessor; we think it holds up rather nicely on New 3DS, too.

3DS eShop Temporary Discounts

Aqua Moto Racing 3D (Zordix AB, $5.99 until 13th October, normally $7.99)

Word Search by POWGI (Lightwood Games, on discount until 13th October)

Castle Conqueror Defender (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 27th October)

Glory of Generals: The Pacific (CIRCLE Entertainment, on discount until 27th October)

Funfair Party Games (Joindots, $5.99 until 21st October, normally $7.99)

Me & My Furry Patients 3D (Treva Entertainment, on sale until 20th October)

My Life on a Farm 3D (Treva Entertainment, on sale until 20th October)

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.

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