In what is surely one of the slowest news days that Nintendo fans have seen in a while (cough), Wii U and 3DS owners can at least take solace in the fact that they have a new selection of digital titles to download. Read on for our highlights of this week’s Nintendo Download:
Wii U eShop
SteamWorld Heist – $14.99 for the first two weeks ($19.99 thereafter) (additional 10 percent for existing owners of SteamWorld Dig or SteamWorld Heist on Wii U/3DS) – SteamWorld Heist serves as a follow-up to Image & Form’s SteamWorld Dig, and is a turn-based strategy action shooter game where players control a space captain/smuggler who recruits a team of robots to board and loot enemy starships. We gave the 3DS version of the game an A and an Editors’ Choice award when it was released on in 2015, calling it “one of the most well thought-out and fully realized gaming experience[s of the year]”. The Wii U version offers up an adjusted interface, GamePad support (including off-TV play), and lovely improved HD graphics. You can read our full review of the 3DS version here.
Wii U Virtual Console
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks – $9.99 – Spirit Tracks is the second Nintendo DS Legend of Zelda game, and joins its DS prequel The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass on the Wii U Virtual Console. Continuing the use of cel-shaded graphics from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Wake, players guided Link across an overworld on a steam train equipped with a massive cannon. As with Phantom Hourglass, a key feature of the Spirit Tracks was the touch controls, which were used in almost all aspects of the game. While Phantom Hourglass is arguably the better of the two games, the sequel is undoubtedly worth your time if you missed it first time around, enjoyed playing Phantom Hourglass, or if you simply crave a Zelda experience in the run-up to Breath of the Wild.
Fairune 2 – $6.99 – A sequel to the 3DS, iOS, and Android original, Fairune 2 is a cute looking action RPG with a strong resemblance to the top down Legend of Zelda games of old. The game is exclusive to 3DS this time around. It’s already been out in Japan for a while and, while the 3DS already has plenty of excellent RPGs to play, Fairune 2’s mix of action and puzzles may be worth your time if you are looking for a quick role-playing fix.
New 3DS Virtual Console
Breath of Fire – $7.99 – Breath of Fire, developed by Capcom, was released on the SNES in 1993. The series is perhaps not as well known as other Japanese RPGs from that era, but the original was relatively well received on launch and was even remade for GBA in 2001. The SNES version was released on Wii U Virtual Console in 2015, so you now have a choice of versions available to you. While there are more memorable early ’90s RPGs out there, this has a fairly decent story and a decidedly old-school menu system and combat (which may or may not be to your liking). Still, fans of RPGs from that era will get some enjoyment out of this, and it doesn’t look like the series will otherwise be returning to a Nintendo console any time soon (the latest entry was PC and mobile only).
So there you have it. For Wii U fans in particular, there are some real gems available to download this week, so you certainly shouldn’t have to switch over to anything else any time soon.
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