It's that time again, dear readers, for the North American Nintendo Download Update details. A couple of titles arrived after the Nintendo Direct on 12th April, and in addition to those there are some other gems on the list. The Nintendo Switch gets three enticing releases along with a demo, while the 3DS and Wii U have varied releases to consider - let's get to it, shall we?
Nintendo Switch eShop
Mr. Shifty (tinyBuild Games, $14.99) - An intense top-down action game, with the HD Rumble designed to allow you to "feel every punch, shot and crash". The character can shift through space, as the name suggests, and it looks rather fun; we're shifting through a review right now to let you know what we think of it.
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 (Jackbox Games, $24.99) - This could be a popular one, as this is a game that brings together five quirky and distinctly grown up party games, supporting up to eight players in various ways. We'll gather some of our favourite people and bring you a review.
Samurai Shodown IV (HAMSTER, $7.99) - Another fighting game from the Neo Geo, though for some in our team this is right up there among their favourites in the genre; for some reason North America starts with number 4. It certainly looks like it puts up a good fight, and as always there'll be various customisation options and goodies in this 'ACA' release.
Nintendo Switch eShop Demo
Puyo Puyo Tetris (SEGA, free)
BYE-BYE BOXBOY! (Nintendo, $4.99) - This third entry in the rather enjoyable HAL series finally lands in America; there are some new puzzle twists, a lot of levels and unlockables and support for Kirby-series amiibo. We'll box up our thoughts in a review.
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (Nintendo, free) - This picks up on an extra mode in Kirby: Planet Robobot and adds more content along with a free-to-start setup. You team up with AI or buddies in local multiplayer to take down various bosses and foes, with each Kirby having different skillsets. We'll see how this free-to-download version squares up in a review.
Ascent of Kings (Nostatic Software, $1.99) - This one is a platforming adventure in which a young brother sets off on an adventure to become a King; with exploration and discovery there are ability boosts to be found, too. Previously released on Wii U, so you can check out our Ascent of Kings review for that version.
Pic-a-Pix Color (Lightwood Games, $5) - The portable iteration of this rather promising puzzle game, also on Wii U (below).
Bingo Collection (Starsign, $2.99) - Have you ever been out and about with your 3DS and thought "gosh, I'd love to play some bingo right now". No? Just us? Oh well, in any case this is a collection of three minigames based on bingo, from catching balls of the right number to stamping a card as quickly as possible.
New Nintendo 3DS eShop
Scoop'n Birds (Twin Sky Games, $7.99) - A game with a rather quirky premise of literally scooping up birds that appear on screen, with various power-ups and requirements across its various stages. It looks a bit bonkers, frankly, but that may be a good thing.
FIFTEEN (RCMADIAX, $1.49) - This recreates sliding tile puzzles, but in this case you're trying to arrange numbers into the right order.
Wii U eShop
Pic-a-Pix Color (Lightwood Games, $5) - This offers a different spin on Picross-style puzzle solving, whereas you fill in colours and spaces aren't mandatory. The Wii U version supports larger puzzles that can be bought as inexpensive add-ons; DLC is also available day one.
As always Nintendo of America wants you to browse the eShop and check out the official sales and deals website for discount details.
Plenty to choose from this week, so let us know what you'll be downloading in the poll and comments below.