Digital Download Thursdays

Last week was a bit sparse in the digital download department, but this week has quite a few treats. Leading the pack is Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii U. Arriving tomorrow, this massive RPG is sure to keep you busy for days and weeks to come.

A favorite series of mine returns to the eShop with Pokemon Picross for 3DS. This free to start game is available today at 9 AM PT / 11 AM CT / 12 PM ET.

Also, can you believe we’re finally getting another Wii game for the Wii U? That’s right, Trauma Team marks the first third party release for the Wii via the Virtual Console on Wii U. Perhaps this means more diverse content will be released soon?

Rounding out the bigger releases is Dementium Remastered, appearing on 3DS for the first time. It’s a remake of the DS horror game with major enhancements to graphics and support for the C-Stick on the New Nintendo 3DS.

It’s also been announced that next Thursday we’ll see the release of the much-anticipated Fast Racing Neo for the Wii U. If you’ve been itching for an F-Zero game, this just might do the trick.

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • eShop on Wii U
    • Xenoblade Chronicles X – Earth has fallen. Yet mankind endures, taking to the stars and crash-landing on an alien world in a desperate attempt to escape. Defend the survivors using high-tech weaponry on a mission to rebuild humanity. Suit up in heavily armed mechs to tame the wilds of planet Mira and beat back the hostile forces threatening to obliterate the human race.
    • Trauma Team – Carefully review patient cases and decide on the best course for treatment as you assume the role of six different medical professionals. With steady hands on the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers, make quick decisions to keep your patient’s vitals stable.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Pokémon PicrossPokémon Picross is a puzzle game in which you reveal a hidden Pokémon illustration. Once you solve an illustration of a Pokémon, you can collect that Pokémon. Collected Pokémon help you solve more difficult puzzles. With more than 300 standard Pokémon puzzles, a significantly harder advanced mode and Daily Training, this game will supply hours of enjoyment. Pokémon Picross is free-to-start and is available today at 9 a.m. PT in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
    • Dementium Remastered – Rebuilt from the ground up to take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS system, Dementium Remastered takes the guts of Renegade Kid’s award-winning game and delivers a new and improved atmospheric first-person survival horror experience with enhanced graphics, refined game play, high-quality audio and immersive control options. Click here to watch a trailer for the game.

Nintendo eShop sales:

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
    • Citizens of Earth (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) is on sale starting at 9 a.m. PT on Dec. 7 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Dec. 21.
  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • 99Moves, Abyss and more games from EnjoyUp Games are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on Jan. 7.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX “Carton Box”
    • Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival: Plaza

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Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.