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EU WiiWare Update: Tetris Party, The Incredible Maze and Home Sweet Home

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Today's European releases aren't very surprising - It's basically Monday's American update, plus one more game which was expected to be coming out soon.

Tetris Party is the latest installment of the endlessly entertaining Tetris series. With 18 different gameplay modes and an online versus mode, this is yet another refreshing take on the series and recommendable to any puzzle game fan. In our review we do mention that it's probably going to be a bit more appealing if you're going to be playing multiplayer - The single player modes are fun, but won't hold your attention for too long. This costs 1200 Wii points.

The Incredible Maze is a game by Digital Leisure, the creators of the popular arcade game Dragon's Lair. The basic concept is simple - Tilt the Wii remote or Balance Board to move a ball through various mazes. As we unfortunately found out, however, it only looks interesting in screenshots and videos - Much like Dragon's Lair, once you start playing it, you'll realize how shallow and boring it really is. This costs 500 Wii points.

The only game that's somewhat of a surprise is Home Sweet Home, by the newer developer Big Blue Bubble. In this game, you play an interior designer who is asked by various clients to decorate their homes. It looks fairly interesting for those who like games such as The Sims, but it's anyone's guess if the game is enjoyable for a longer time. Look out for our review in the next few days.This costs 1000 Wii points. Check out the interview with Big Blue Bubble which we did some time ago.

Sadly, if you were expecting Alien Crush Returns, Strong Bad Episode 3 or Space Invaders (Which was actually promised for an October release!) this week, you'll have to wait longer!

Also available today, but at a later time, is some more downloadable content for Mega Man 9 - This time, you'll be able to download the special stage, hero mode, and superhero more, for only 100 Wii Points each.

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User Comments (59)

KeeperBvK

#1

KeeperBvK said:

Meh, nothing for me. :(
But at least I got the first comment in. ^^
What about the new MM9 DLC? Is it available now?

Adamant

#2

Adamant said:

I can't imagine Home Sweet Home as possibly being worth the asking price.

And yes, the remaining Mega Man 9 DLC was released as well - Hero Mode, Superhero Mode and Special Stage, for 100 points each.

Starwolf_UK

#3

Starwolf_UK said:

Excuse my anger for a moment...

WHY THE HELL DID I UPDATE MY WII AND LOSE WORLD OF GOO…for this…for this explodes

I suppose Tetris is alright though but personally as far as puzzlers go I want new things like the Art Style games…

All there had to be was one Art Style game and I would feel I had done the right thing in updating but no…yeah I would have to have updated eventually but it would have been nice to beat World of Goo first (btw, I have not lost it, just any way of running it for now)...

Anyway aside from Tetris this is the second naff update in a row...my take on this is as follows.

I think part of the problem is publishers as much as anything. The developers are not pursuing publishing in other regions…personally Nintendo should be more of a Mother Goose in these situations as it stands WiiWare will be very fragmented (and we’re not even into year#1 yet) and Nintendo just crippled the thing that could unify it.

Kawaiipikachu

#6

Kawaiipikachu said:

*Nintendo stuff up alert*
Nothing appering in the shop channel here in Australia unlike last weeks stuffup where Street Fighter was missing this week everything is missing .

Why these stuff ups is happening is beyond me .
But still i check in the shop channel later .

I be looking forward to the review of Home Sweet Home .

danik

#8

danik said:

Maybe i will get tetris, just not sure i will play it enough though, as for the others not interested in them really.

Killraven

#11

Killraven said:

But what about orbient and cubello. DANG! it is so annoying, another half a month before we can even begin to hope to see them.

Kawaiipikachu

#12

Kawaiipikachu said:

Finaaly they apper in the Australian shop channel .

Decided to look thru the instructions for Home Sweet Home & if the review give it enouth score i would download it .

Negative_Zero

#14

Negative_Zero said:

Ahhh the only Canadian WW developer gives us a Sims clone and some hockey game. Man we need more developers

Objection

#15

Objection said:

Well, Tetris is decent and you got 3 games this week. It could be better, obviously, but it's not a "bad" week.

Ricardo91

#16

Ricardo91 said:

I can't believe Home Sweet Home is 1000 points. What a ripoff. But other than that, pretty good week for Europe. It's just like our week plus HSH.

Ren

#17

Ren said:

Home sweet home looks pretty fun to me. it's still just 10 bucks. thats not that bad. I remember liking the original Sims back in the day and it looks about like that, but with an objective to follow.

Wiiloveit

#18

Wiiloveit said:

I've got TP now, but HSH doesn't look too bad, though it's unclear whether or not it's worth it. If only I had ACReturns!!!!!

JoshZTP

#19

JoshZTP said:

WOW! Europe/Austrailia ALREADY GOT Home Sweet Home!!! Hope we get it soon!! I know I want it!! :)

Can I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND Something to the WiiWare World Administrators or Writers... HOLD OFF ON WRITING A REVIEW for Home Sweet Home!!! :P

I don't want some crappy review score, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD... don't give me ANYTHING BELOW a 7!!!!!!! :(

RadioShadow

#20

RadioShadow said:

Again, someone at Nintendo can't count. XD

US get 4 games, EU get 3 games. The heck?

Oh, and has anyone been able to load the Wii Channel? I keep getting a 'Error Code: 205958' (from yesterday and this morning after and ****ing update was required and meant I can't use AnyRegionChanger because I didn't put a custom ciso on my Wii). I guess it means the server is still down?

wesleyh

#21

wesleyh said:

Starwolf what do you mean you lost world of goo? Don't games from other regions work any more ?

LAA

#22

LAA said:

WHAT?!
NO STRONGBAD!
That means the only other time we can get it is November!!!!
That just ruins the whole so called "Monthly" episode scheldule doesnt it!
GREAT!
Thank you Nintendo/Tell Tale Games!
Instead of trying to release strongbad to scheldule worldwide, you decided to just focus on the US again (No offence guys in the US, I would take that as a compliement, you get strong bad first!)

dr_j

#23

dr_j said:

Still no Art Style games, Groovin' Blocks or Madstone either... sigh

calcifer

#24

calcifer said:

Ok, the long wait for Art Style games, not getting goo on wiiware at all etc, is infuriating but we DID get tetris party. Online tetris = sweet! (aka bye bye social life) Besides I have a day job and would have to call in sick if I wanted to even scratch the surface of all the great games the US got in the past couple of weeks. Thank the lord for small mercies.

ness

#25

ness said:

Why don't we get at least one 'Art Style' game or 'Groovin' Blocks'? =(

Bass_X0

#26

Bass_X0 said:

WHY THE HELL DID I UPDATE MY WII AND LOSE WORLD OF GOO…for this…for this

You live in England with a PAL Wii. None of us are getting it or are supposed to have it.

RGVEDA

#27

RGVEDA said:

We need catch up weeks....
here is the US and EU Only List. Release date german spelling. Not included World of Goo, because we get this as a Retail game:

US Only:

01. 12.10.08 V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack (High Voltage Software)
02. 26.05.08 Family Table Tennis (Aksys Games)
03. 02.06.08 Protöthea (Two Tribes)
04. 23.06.08 Gyrostarr (High Voltage Software)
05. 14.07.08 Major League Eating: The Game (Mastiff)
06. 28.07.08 Frat Party Games - Pong Toss (JV Games)
07. 08.09.08 Groovin' Blocks (Empty Clip Studios)
08. 29.09.08 Art Style: ORBIENT (Nintendo)
09. 06.10.08 MadStone (RiverMan Media)
10. 13.10.08 Art Style: Cubello (Nintendo)

EU Only

01. 29.08.08 MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade (Nintendo)
02. 24.10.08 Home Sweet Home (Big Blue Bubble)

You see, US is far ahead of us poor European gamers :( cry

PALgamer

#28

PALgamer said:

I don't know why people are calling it a good week (it might be a good week), but this isn't a week it's a FORTNIGHT, get it straight.

Well like the tip said we got TP (soon on my Wii). I'm starting to think that NoE's WiiWare will never catch up with NoA's at the recent pace we have been going. By realeasing the services every fortnight you have to release at least four games, not two or three.

Look at these monthly releases:
May: US - 10, EU - 6 (great US launch)
Jun: US - 7, EU - 3 (great US after-launch)
Jul: US - 4, EU - 4
Aug: US - 4, EU - 6 (EU catch up)
Sep: US - 8, EU - 6 (US catch up??)
Oct: US - 8, EU - 5 (US CATCH UP?!??!111!?//?)
Total: US - 41, EU - 30

The service has been more or less the same appart from the great opening month in the US. But lately the differences between the US and EU shops have been gradually increasing. That is why I thought they would increase a notch this friday by releasing TP, SB and all artstyle games today. Guess I was wrong. I don't really know why I always come hopeful for the next release, just by adding a little more to the service you can improve it considering the state which it is in. I think it's maybe because I like to complain. Heh, I'm a complainer :D

Onto the new release, HSH. I've played the HSH demo for PC. Not bad, but not my kinda thing. Maybe if they added some Wii exclusive content and is no direct PC port. BTW, it isn't a Sims clone, you don't control the people, it's only the decorating part. Congrats to TIM and TP for having the release dates close to the US, atleast some developers know the process.

Yasume

#29

Yasume said:

Pretty weird that we didn't get Strong Bad. I'm kind of interesting in Home Sweet Home, though, but it sounds a bit repetitive + it costs 1000 points.

Starwolf_UK

#30

Starwolf_UK said:

Starwolf what do you mean you lost world of goo? Don't games from other regions work any more ?
What the new update does is here:
http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Wii_System_Updates

In addition to that games from other regions won't work. If you used starfall the patches it made were overwritten. You can't downgrade with anything (to my knowledge). Changing area setting in AnyRegion changer won't work either. Last but not least Gecko OS rebooter and menu loader and other tempory region free channel solutions will fail to work.

So for now i've got the game but no way of runing it.

World of Goo would have still worked if I had bothered to dump the filesystem, edit the file and reinstal but this up but if I undferstand what Wiibrew is saying right the filesystem can no longer be dumped and I wouldn't be able to reinstal as I didn't get a cIOS instaled before the update. Also apparently thecIOS would have allowed me to downgrade but given the poo of this WiiWare update you can hold back un til you beat World of Goo.

In short no is the answer and you might not be able to visit any countries anymore.

Oh, and has anyone been able to load the Wii Channel? I keep getting a 'Error Code: 205958' (from yesterday and this morning after and ****ing update was required and meant I can't use AnyRegionChanger because I didn't put a custom ciso on my Wii). I guess it means the server is still down?
I got that same error when visting America and Japan yesterday but not the UK. Which countries do you get the error on? I can still use AnyRegion changer but the shop country is about all I can change.

You live in England with a PAL Wii. None of us are getting it or are supposed to have it.
The sad thing if I were to have pirated World of Goo I would have likely patched it for region freeness and it would still work but I made a legitimate purchase instead :( As usual, the legitimate users get screwed and the pirates still pirate...

Rawk_Hawk

#31

Rawk_Hawk said:

Ok I have noticed a lot of comments on this latley, so my question is this homebrew channel and getting games from other regions legal?

Something sounds strange about this :P

Also I think NOE should hook you guys up with some Gyrostarr!

"Much like Dragon's Lair, once you start playing it, you'll realize how shallow and boring it really is. This costs 500 Wii points."

Ouch! I can't back that one , I am Dragon's Lair fan

WarioFan63

#32

WarioFan63 said:

Instead of trying to release strongbad to scheldule worldwide, you decided to just focus on the US again

Isnt the PC version worldwide?

Starwolf_UK

#33

Starwolf_UK said:

Ok I have noticed a lot of comments on this latley, so my question is this homebrew channel and getting games from other regions legal?
Unisgned code isn't approved by Nintendo and voids you warrenty.

However the way I saw it was I'm still buying the item with Wii Points. But Nintendo isn't singing on the same hymn sheet and sees this as being the same as piracy...it makes me being a legitimate user really question my actions as the only reward I get is the moral high ground (as I bought it with money which a large percentage of 2D Boy gets which is the important thing).

The thing is homebrew allows you to do many of the features Nintendo promised on the Wii but didn't act on such as region free games (btw, from my tests of a Japanese copy of Wii play that still works) and being able to copy any save to SD card...I think it is stupid how Nintendo don't let you copy say Mairo Kart and Super Smash Bros Brawl (I know its because of Wi-Fi informwation but they really should have had that as a second, uncopyable file kind of like how say PSO on the gamecube handles things) yet if you send your Wii in for repair they won't take any action to back up or copy these saves...they just stick to their story of "copy it to the SD card lulz".

Cipher

#35

Cipher said:

I'm starting to get the feeling that the Art Style series is US-only for the time being, due to its original Japanese exclusivity. I just hope Nintendo don't decide to hold them off for Hanabi Festival 4, 'cos that would mean waiting until March 2009 or even May 2009.

Either that or they'll release all three once the third is out in the US.

Mopsical

#37

Mopsical said:

Nintendo of Europe really need to scrap this fortnightly release schedule for the US one, because this update really sux.

Well, at least we got Tetris Party :D

Bass_X0

#38

Bass_X0 said:

i think its just because they are new games, they need longer to translate to the various countries.

KnucklesSonic8

#39

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Hey, at least you guys have MaBoShi on us. I've been really looking forward to that.

Anyway, patience ftw!

Anyone try HSH yet?

Starwolf_UK

#40

Starwolf_UK said:

I'm starting to get the feeling that the Art Style series is US-only for the time being, due to its original Japanese exclusivity.
If that were the case Nintendo would be planning very far ahead with rating them.

15 days ago is when the OFLC ratings went up. The Australian ratings tend to be the last thing a game needs (IIRC Spuer Paper Mario actually came out before being officially being rated <img class=)" />. I would have thought if Nintendo was sticking to a one a month rule we would have one by now...

But they will be here eventually...I hope looks at graveyard of ESRB rated titles that still have not come out

KnucklesSonic8

#41

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Yeah really. Don't get me started on that. Especially with the VC. I'm still waiting for games like Sonic & Knuckles, and my friend is waiting for Beetle Adventure Racing.

RadioShadow

#42

RadioShadow said:

@WiiloveitOnline: Well my Wii might be ****ed. My Wii was set to open the Wii JP Store. Now I did change my Wii back to the Country 'United Kingdom' before I updated.

Now every time I go into the Wii Channel, it mentions blah blah your country Wii setting was Japanese and it's now UK. Blah blah all your gifts will have been lost (this is standard). Then it connects and comes up with an error code which according to Nintendo's website, there server is down or there is something wrong with my router (BS).

But it seems people are having no trouble getting into the Wii Shop Channel. Maybe it will fix itself tomorrow. I hope.

Gavin_Rozee

#43

Gavin_Rozee said:

If you like the type of game, HSH is cool. 50 levels/"missions", and decorating your own room.
7/10.

stedaman

#44

stedaman said:

Cannot believe we don't have Gyrostarr yet.

Is Home Sweet Home anything to be interested in???

Wiiloveit

#45

Wiiloveit said:

@RadioShadow: I once had iternet connection problems, and when I noted down the error code and rang the Nintendo cutsomer service number - +44 (0)870 6060247 calls charged at national rate - I found that the service was pretty good, so if you really need some help and dare to risk it (they might not be as nice if you've been fiddling around with your system), it's certainly worth a try. In the menatime though, you can get a rough idea of what and error code may mean here (providing you got one, of course).

Otty_Ott

#46

Otty_Ott said:

Home Sweet Home is a casual PC game that was ported over to WiiWare. It recently received a sequel, Home Sweet Home 2: Kitchens & Baths. Both retail for $19.99, so 1000 Wii points is half price of the originals.

Gamezebo.com, the top casual games review site, gave the original Home Sweet Home a 4.5 stars out of 5. You can read their review here:

http://www.gamezebo.com/games/home-sweet-home/review

It will be interesting to see how the WiiWare version stacks up to the PC game.

Starwolf_UK

#48

Starwolf_UK said:

But it seems people are having no trouble getting into the Wii Shop Channel. Maybe it will fix itself tomorrow. I hope.
Try changing to a European country. Then from a European country to the UK. If you need some numbers then here you go:
http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Country_Codes
If it still doesn't work give it more time (Codestorm don't work weeneds) and if you do contact codestorm use some line about you had to do it for sending/recieveing gifts to relatives.

As for ringing up codestorm about it...there is a secret number that won't be charged at the national rate. I've heared it is...01753 483 700 never tried rining it mind...also I have not checked if say no to 0870 has any numbers...

And be preapred to be on hold...for a long time.

Also when rining codestorm if you come clean about the story the repiar will be misuse which I think is £70...if you delete the homebrew channel* and the Wii shop doesn't say Previous country: Japan (or another country you shouldn't be able to) it might be free or you could be charged anything.

Thankfully Nintendo will foot the bill for delievery (by giving you labels to print).

Best of luck and i'm scratching my head as to why my setup works as I did exactly the same things except my last country would have been US but I visited the UK shop afterward for some reason (making pre-update my last vistied shop to be the UK). I changed UK to Japan and then to Ameirca got my error messages and went back to UK disapointed that I have a 37% rise on the price I pay for Wii Points**. Though I'm hoping this is all the servers being flakey :(

-As ar as I know they are not allowed to check the message board and worst case scenario is they'll use the diagnostic disc to get your Wii shop account number and swap this data onto a new Wii...so make sure you back up all saves with savegame extractor before sending it off.

*-My first 4000 Wii points were from GAMEs £8 when bought with anything else back in 2007 so thats £4 per 1000, the next 2000 were ~£5.15 per 1000 (got 500 left)...so £7 per 1000 is one giant leap...

@Otty Ott. Thanks for the info about Home Sweet Home. Not my sort of game but interesting to know it is a PC port.

Wiiloveit

#49

Wiiloveit said:

My first 4000 Wii points were from GAMEs £8 when bought with anything else back in 2007 so thats £4 per 1000, the next 2000 were ~£5.15 per 1000 (got 500 left)...so £7 per 1000 is one giant leap...
I remember that offer - it even included buying another Wii points card. £16 for 4000 points? Sweet! The thing was that I didn't have my console online at the time, so didn't bother. Hopefully, they'll do something similar in the future, but in the meantime, this offer that Tesco.com are doing will have to suffice, at the equivalent of £5.99 per 1000 points.

The repiar will be misuse which I think is £70
And this, kids, is why you shouldn't technically modify your Wii console or install homebrew...

Also, you can play the free online version of the PC game here:

http://www.bigfishgames.com/online-games/3416/home-sweet-home/index.html?afcode=af7f87502da6

Thanks for that, it'll help me gather opinions whilst I wait for the review.

Terra

#51

Terra said:

@RGVEDA
The Difference is rather big but understandable. due to translations and all of that. Still frustrating for us. Also, with Home Sweet Home, that probably won't stay EU exclusive for long. MaBoShi though, i'm sorry US Gamers haven't got it but since they have loads of exclusive games so far and i own MaBoShi, Muwahahahaha to America.

Here's what i think of the US Exclusives so far

V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack/Gyrostarr: One cannot understand my frustration with HVS for not having even started work on European versions of these games. I don't care for V.I.P Casino but Gyrostarr i want. At least releasing V.I.P Casino Blackjack would show they're supporting PAL WiiWare Regions and that's all i want.

Family Table Tennis: Don't want it, so not bothered about it

Protöthea: I Want this despite what people say and I'm wondering why it's taking so long to release here when it's a port of a PC game that was released in Europe before.

Major League Eating The Game: I could care less for this. I can't believe it's being released in Japan and because they've released it over there, i expect it will come here soon.

Frat Party Games - Pong Toss: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I never want to see this in Europe, ever.

Groovin' Blocks: I Might consider this when released here as it looks fairly decent.

MadStone: I think I'll pass on this one. looked interesting but then the reviews came

Art Style: ORBIENT/Cubello: Hard to understand why not even Orbient has been released here and yet, America get two games. I'm pretty sure that at least Nintendo are working on European releases (Hint Hint HVS)

Starwolf_UK

#52

Starwolf_UK said:

this offer that Tesco.com are doing will have to suffice, at the equivalent of £5.99 per 1000 points.
That is cheaper than Yen points at the moment because the pound has been taking a real beating in the markets these past few weeks (I only just noticed when looking for things to buy in Play-Asia 15% off sale and £1=$1.60 makes it unviable)...thats the problem with other countries, currency conversion isn't a consistent thing...it is a living, breathing system...also, currently the £7/100 points points are cheaper than €10 so I feel for mainland Europe :(

Also, with Home Sweet Home, that probably won't stay EU exclusive for long.
The press release said to look for a US release very soon. But given Nintendo being the gate keepers that could mean anything from Monday to December :(

As for exclusives to one reigon. It is true most of them are should I say lacking in quality (or just plain uninteresting outside of the original region; I mean Mahjong games don't sell to a non-asian audience becasue they generally don't know how to play it) but the ones which are not it is a terrible, terrible shame others can't experiance them.

And this, kids, is why you shouldn't technically modify your Wii console or install homebrew...
That is true, you should face up to (and be aware of) the consequences if things go wrong. Also, I would like to say Nintendo is very nice in offering to help (well to be fair its basically waving money in their face) as they could turn round and say tough luck. Still if you like import games it is cheaper than import hardware failing (which won't be repaired and new hardware costs more than £70).

PALgamer

#53

PALgamer said:

US releases on monday is going to be huge, so many games have to come out before october ends.

@Terranigma: No game should be more entitled to come over than others. It's better to have the option to buy a bad game than to never have it. Atleast that is what I think.

Wiiloveit

#54

Wiiloveit said:

PALGamer: But how many games will turn up (apart from Strong Bad). I'm guessing they'll get Home Sweet Home, but goodness knows about the others (though if it's Alien Crush, I could scream).

PALgamer

#55

PALgamer said:

Would be funny if they got the last artstyle, StrongBad, AlienCrush, HSH and MaBoShi (because the rule one developer game per month is BS).

RadioShadow

#56

RadioShadow said:

Starwolf_UK: The only advise they will give is too format my Wii which will act like a brand new PAL console. That will fix the issue I'm having with the Wii Shop Channel but all my VC games I've paid for will have gone. Plus I'll be back to using PAL. :(

It's ever a Nintendo issue that's going on or the Region_Changer caused the problem. Until a fix comes out so I can downgrade my Wii, I just have to wait.

Terra

#57

Terra said:

@PALGamer:
"No game should be more entitled to come over than others. It's better to have the option to buy a bad game than to never have it."

I know that, i was just voicing my opinion of the games, what i think of it and if i want it and what we know about their European release status and for those that are more uncertain, i've made my own conclusions.

Starwolf_UK

#58

Starwolf_UK said:

Starwolf_UK: The only advise they will give is too format my Wii which will act like a brand new PAL console. That will fix the issue I'm having with the Wii Shop Channel but all my VC games I've paid for will have gone
The might not be...I think the shop account is kept (I don't know if it changes the account number upon formatting) and you have to access the shop and select delete Wii sohp account if you were you to get rid of your Wii shop downloads. Don't quote me on that though as it is hard to find people willing to format their wiis then check the Wii shop :(

Just compare the possible repair costs to that before doing it.

Gavin_Rozee

#59

Gavin_Rozee said:

Even though you're way off-topic; yeah, I'm pretty sure if you format your Wii, your account will remain on your console.

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