It's that time, once again, for the North American Nintendo Download Update. This time around there's a major retail arrival on 3DS, a DS classic on the Wii U and some interesting 'Nindie' efforts. Let's get right to it, shall we?
Missed the European Nintendo Download Update? Don't worry, the details are right here.
Wii U eShop
SHOOT THE BALL (RCMADIAX, $1.49) - Previously released on the New 3DS eShop; you use the touch screen to 'shoot' the ball into space, with randomised shapes and colours that set the difficulty level.
Wii U Virtual Console
Advance Wars: Dual Strike (Nintendo, $9.99) - One of the much-loved entries in this Intelligent Systems series, this should help ease the pain of those wondering where the Advance Wars series has gone. This was the third entry in the series and the first on DS, offering plenty of drama and strong strategic gameplay across two screens, in this case putting the GamePad and TV to work. We praised it highly in our Advance Wars: Dual Strike review.
3DS Retail Downloads
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, $39.99) - Only announced in September, this port of the excellent Wii U title takes away online sharing but introduces a new Mario Challenge mode and some portable benefits. We like it a lot, which in itself isn't the most popular opinion out there. Available from 2nd December.
New Nintendo 3DS eShop
Hyperlight EX (CatfishBlues Games, $5.49) - Previously on smart devices, this is a colourful and high-tempo shoot 'em up, making it a relatively rare arrival in the genre on 3DS. It has multiple modes, control options and includes stereoscopic 3D, so we'll see whether it lives up to its potential in a review.
CUP CRITTERS (RCMADIAX, $1.49) - This entry is all about managing gravity and manipulating balls into cups, with setting a high score being the main aim.
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.