It's Nintendo Download Update time, and the North American line-up is has been fully confirmed. It has some decent options, with the Wii U and New 3DS Virtual Consoles offering a few varied titles from the Wii and SNES. The Wii U eShop has an intriguing new download-only release, while the 3DS standouts include two new retail releases. Check out the details below.
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update? Fret not, the details are right here.
Wii U eShop
Dungeon Hearts DX (Wolfgame, $9.99) - A strategy puzzle game (with musical elements) that made its mark on Android and Steam in past years, and was originally expected on Wii U at the start of this year. This Wii U-exclusive console version should offer a revamped interface, Miiverse stamps, off-TV play, a new tavern "hub", free post-launch updates, new songs and additional mini-games.
Wii U Virtual Console
Rhythm Heaven Fever (Nintendo, $19.99 / CAD$28.19) - This Wii entry in the series threw in some motion controls and new minigames, though also replicated some content from previous games. That makes this one a bit of a toss-up as Rhythm Heaven Megamix is available on 3DS and is jam-packed with old and new minigames. Nevertheless, despite some flaws we enjoyed Rhythm Heaven Fever in our original review, so it's not to be easily dismissed.
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (Capcom, $19.99 / CAD$28.19) - There was a spell in the Wii days when light-gun games were all the rage, and Capcom made two Resi Evil shooters in the genre. This is the first one, which plays out a range of scenarios from the earlier games and before Resident Evil 4. We were fans of this when it was originally released.
3DS Retail Downloads
Harvest Moon: Skytree Village (Natsume, $29.99) - A return of the 'official' named series in the West, this includes the Minecraft-inspired terra-farming gameplay seen in The Lost Valley, along with the sim-elements many love from the series. When we went hands on at E3 we were pleased to report on improvements over its predecessor, and hope it delivers a strong experience in the final build.
Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers (GameMill Entertainment, £29.99) - A multi-platform side-scrolling brawler that mashes up a range of popular IPs, including characters like Finn, Mordecai and Clarence.
Dangerous Road (Starsign, $2.99) - This appears to be based on Crossy Road, with four characters that have one unique skill each. In terms of gameplay it seems to be a copy of the mobile smash hit, with two modes that consist of reaching a specific target or surviving as long as possible.
The following are a series of small games released as inexpensive downloads, seemingly targeting a young audience. Kutar is a mascot that's "not a dog, cat or bear", with each short 'quest' supposed to be easy to play for young gamers:
Kutar Apple (CIRCLE Entertainment, $0.99)
Kutar Burger Factory (CIRCLE Entertainment, $0.99)
Kutar Concert Staff (CIRCLE Entertainment, $0.99)
Kutar Jump Rope (CIRCLE Entertainment, $0.99)
Kutar Magic Ball (CIRCLE Entertainment, $0.99)
Kutar Powder Factory (CIRCLE Entertainment, $0.99)
Kutar Quiz (CIRCLE Entertainment, $0.99)
Kutar Ski Lift (CIRCLE Entertainment, $0.99)
Kutar Tube Rider (CIRCLE Entertainment, $0.99)
New Nintendo 3DS eShop
SHOOT THE BALL (RCMADIAX, $1.49) - You use the touch screen to 'shoot' the ball into space, with randomised shapes and colours that set the difficulty level.
New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
Mega Man X3 (Capcom, $7.99 / CAD$11.29) — A game that represented the end of an era as Mega Man departed from Nintendo hardware to other platforms. As a farewell it's perhaps disappointing, and we considered its merits and flaws in our most recent Mega Man X3 review.
3DS HOME Theme
Animal Crossing: Falling Leaves
As is now the norm Nintendo is encouraging eShop users to check the stores and the official offers web page for details on discounts. So far titles like Gunman Clive, Midnight 2 and Dan McFox: Head Hunter are confirmed to have discounts.
That's everything for this week's Nintendo Download Update in North America. Let us know what you plan to download in the poll and comments below.