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Nintendo Download: Alex Kidd, Secret Command and Mixed Messages (EU)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Two Sega Master System games and the first DSiWare update for Europe.

Not much to get excited about this time - Other than Secret Command, today's picks are fairly weak.

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars was already released in North America a while ago. It's the second game in the Alex Kidd series and basically the beginning of the end for Sega's original mascot. It ditches most of the unique games from the original game and is basically just a very straight-forward platformer - No more breaking blocks, riding vehicles or having rock, paper, scissors matches. If you need to be convinced that saving your Nintendo Points is the best option just read our review.

Secret Command might be a much smarter choice to invest some points into. You might know this game under one of two different names - It was called Ashura in Japan, and was the licensed Rambo: First Blood Part II in North America. It's a bit like MERCS and Ninja Commando - You run through vertical stages blowing up everything in your path while rescuing hostages. There's not much to it, but it's good for some mindless fun, and can be played with 2 players.

Today also brings us the first European DSiWare update since the DSi was released - Too bad it's not a good one! The only new game up for offer is Mixed Messages, which North America got earlier this week as well. It's a bit like Broken Telephone, the game you probably played as a kid, where you relay a message by whispering to each other, gradually turning it into something completely different. In this game though there's an extra artistic element - You start with a message, but you'll have to draw an accompanying picture. The next person writes down the sentence he thinks it's based on, the person after that draws another picture, and so on. It's incredibly simple, and as some people have already noted, you can basically play this game in Pictochat, which is on everybody's DS(i) for free - We say save your Nintendo Points!

That's actually the last VC update this month - The next one's on the 1st of May. Hope for a Hanabi Festival, because there was one in May last year as well!

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Sycoraxic98

#1

Sycoraxic98 said:

OH YEAH! MY FIRST EVER FIRST! Looks Ok, I guess. I still hate NOE's plan for releasing. Except for Mixed Messages; that's bs.

Will

#3

Will said:

Was I mistaken when I heard DSi Ware's update day was Monday then? We get DSi Ware every Thursday night so. As for tonights update? Update sux :P

Aenaida

#4

Aenaida said:

Secret Command doesn't look too bad -- maybe a bit simplistic -- but I'm just going off first impressions here.

KeeperBvK

#5

KeeperBvK said:

Hahaha, seriously: Nintendo, you've just released a new hardware and this is your way of supporting it? Releasing a single craptastic game after two weeks with no new games on the horizon for the next 13 days?

Pj1

#6

Pj1 said:

The original Alex Kidd for MS, we got this game free (built into the MS2) back in the day!!!!!!!! might be worth a look, all though I need to look at the review, if it scores bad then I won't bother. Wasn't really expecting much after Majora's Mask but I did dream we'd get SM-All Stars (please don't ask me why) When is the big N going to announce a VC service for DSi? that's stopping me from buying one!!!!!!!!!!! Oh can you play DS ware games on Wii? I don't think so but just wondered.........

The_Fox

#7

The_Fox said:

Hmmm, looks like Europe got screwed along with North America this week. Secret Command looks OK, but not really worth the money.

Edwin

#8

Edwin said:

At least you guys have Majora's Mask. If you haven't played it before, download now.

Objection

#10

Objection said:

"It's incredibly simple, and as some people have already noted, you can basically play this game in Pictochat." You're welcome for that. ;)

GooniesFan

#11

GooniesFan said:

so where are all the arcade games? popeye,donkey kong..kung fu master,simpsons and tmnt...just to name a few

WolfLink22

#12

WolfLink22 said:

If i had a Japanese Wii or even an european Wii i'd be playing SSB on the Japanese Wii or ClayFighter on my european Wii since i still have Majora's Mask on my N64.

Since Europe still has Majora's Mask just ignore this update for today.

KnucklesSonic8

#13

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Tell me about it. I keep predicting another VCA or even C64 game but they're not supporting them. What gives? I'm gonna get a TAD concerned if nothing of the two (especially VCA) shows up in NA on Monday, although, I'm predicting Tower Toppler shows up.

WarioFan63

#14

WarioFan63 said:

First hunch says Secret Command on Monday. Though I'm sure Tower Toppler and Space Harrier are going to be our next C64 and VCA games respectively.

Adamant

#15

Adamant said:

Secret Command is pretty damn good, guys. Check it out if you like the genre.

KDR_11k

#16

KDR_11k said:

One DSiWare for Europe, after none last week? Ouch.

Seeing what those DSiWare updates consisted of for the US I'd say it's not a loss, they basically filtered out all the Express crap. Of course there's not a lot left then but the effective difference is near zero. Unless you really want bits of other DS games released individually (the WarioWare games are somewhat acceptable considering you can't play them on the DS, Paper Plane got more features and Pyoro 2 can be unlocked without insane amounts of grind).

Hahaha, seriously: Nintendo, you've just released a new hardware and this is your way of supporting it? Releasing a single craptastic game after two weeks with no new games on the horizon for the next 13 days?

I'm not sure they'll actually keep a fortnightly schedule for the DSi considering it's a separate system from the Wii and telling DSi owners "You've got WiiWare already" makes no sense. I suspect last week's lack of updates was caused by the lack of anything releasable. Look at the crap the US gets, there's nothing else in the release pipeline.

so where are all the arcade games? popeye,donkey kong..kung fu master,simpsons and tmnt...just to name a few

Three of those have licenses attached which may prevent their release (though Popeye's first books apparently went into the public domain I doubt the game is based on those first works only, if it contains any reference to later events or characters it still needs the license). DK is already out as a NES game and I'm not sure they'll re-release it.

Jolted85

#17

Jolted85 said:

This game is on the ESRB page so we might get this Monday, unless Nintendo decides to release Majora's Mask, I'm guessing MM will be our 300th game, so don't get your hopes up.

gig

#18

gig said:

I always look forward to update days, then get a little dissapointed if I don't fancy anything, which is a little sad really.
What I need instead of more games is more time to play them if I could download a couple of free hours of gaming time I'd be happy with that <img class=)" />

LEGEND_MARIOID

#19

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Mixed messages and that's it?! I was hoping for that Brain Training Express Maths dsiware sinc the US got it. Oh well.

chr1sbean

#20

chr1sbean said:

"I'm not sure they'll actually keep a fortnightly schedule for the DSi considering it's a separate system from the Wii and telling DSi owners "You've got WiiWare already" makes no sense. I suspect last week's lack of updates was caused by the lack of anything releasable. Look at the crap the US gets, there's nothing else in the release pipeline."

Yes but if there is nothing in the pipeline then is it a case of rushing out the DSi, or maybe they should have given out development kits earlier?

I'm speaking for myself here, but I would like to think the majority agree with me - I don't give two hoots about the dodgy camera's or the ability to play music (in NON-MP3 format!!), I bought this because of the download service, and if Nintendo weren't going to support it properly then why bother doing it?

Think of it in terms of a new console being released - if there was only 7 or 8 games released in the first 3 or 4 weeks of that console being released then it would flop big style! And that is essentially what we have had with the DSi, and I for one am extremely disappointed!

Sean_Aaron

#21

Sean_Aaron said:

Great news for SMS fans, but I'm not one.

I actually entertained fanatasies that Space Harrier or even some Namco arcade game would come to the VCA, maybe a C64 game? Heck I'd have been happy to buy Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure! But two releases from the same console for well-represented game genres?

Well, I'm going to buy Solvalou on the Japanese Wii to make myself feel better and whilst the full download list hasn't appeared on Nintendo's Japanese site yet, Namco has Starblade down for VCA release in Japan next week on their VCA list, so start greetin' now arcade fans!

I still haven't gotten a response from Nintendo commenting about the slow pace of releases. If you haven't mailed NoE about this issue, please do so!

Machu

#22

Machu said:

I got Majora's last week (its so sweet and glitch free), yet I am pissed!! I want new stuff!! I'd like to be able to think 'oooh i wonder whats comin to WW/VC this friday'. Instead i wonder 'is anything coming?'
Another week of random sh1te!!! :( Avoid ppl!

Varoennauraa

#23

Varoennauraa said:

Why even bother? This whole year has been crud. Ok, for hairsplitting pedants: yeah, there are Majoras Mask and couple other good games, but we already have those, so there.

It would be NICE to get a good, even if a slightly little or old game via VC or WW, if they fail to release good games via retail. It would only be polite to us customers. This is mocking. There are enough AAA-games in VC-platforms alone, to never bother releasing anything else but great games in Wii's whole life time. It makes me wonder, WHY THE ... DO THEY FORCE US TO LANGUISH IN THIS DROUGHT OF GAMES THEN!?!?! aaaaa....I'm getting wea....aak...hhh....h...

Ratengo

#24

Ratengo said:

WHAT?! Europe got only two Master System games this week....?? :|

I am happy now because four Virtual Console games will arrive in Japan next week: Castlevania III for NES, Phantasy Star for SMS, Ninja Gaiden for PC Engine and StarBlade for the arcade. In addition, World of Goo and Hajiite! Block Rush come out on WiiWare. Not a bad week...! :)

slangman

#25

slangman said:

I was expecting Life Force with Alex Kidd (not that I want it). A bit meh, but Secret Command might be ok. Too bad DSi Ware is getting shovelware already.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#26

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

If the next dsiware update is anything (on the nintendo of europe list) except pop star, it'll be a good update.

longtimegamer

#27

longtimegamer said:

I wish there was some way (that'd work) to let Nintendo know how we feel about the favoritism they seem to show Japan. It wouldn't be so bad if we didn't get so few games at times. If they can do this for Japan, why can't they do better for the rest of us?

The_Fox

#28

The_Fox said:

Wouldn't logic suggest you should plop a bunch of good DSiWare titles down in the first few weeks, then slowly put in the crap down the line? I know the DSi is new and all, but you'd think they'd be constantly trying to drum up excitement in the early days.

longtimegamer

#29

longtimegamer said:

@The Fox - You're right, but that would make sense. I think Wiiware had a better start when it first came out. As far as I can tell the best thing the US release has is that Artstyle game and the really stripped down (and short) Warioware. The magic one is part of an existing game, I believe, the bird and beans looks like a mini game, and that Word game.....

Adamant

#30

Adamant said:

"Bird and Beans" is a collection of two games from earlier Warioware releases. Nothing particulary interesting there.

Quimby

#32

Quimby said:

The day Nintendo let us send at least some of our vc games to the DSi is the day I buy one (MS/GG, NES, TG16, & some MD&SNES games should be ok)
Till then I will stick with my original DS 'cause I NEED my GBA slot for Street Fighter Alpha 3.
I dont need to "actually look like an alien" in the meantime...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ONIiIkJLSo - Worst comercial EVER!!! This is the UK version and even though they had an australian ad, they still felt the need to play it in Australia (more than the native one!?)

Bass_X0

#33

Bass_X0 said:

Eh, GBA SFA3 is a very poor game, especially in comparison to the console and PSP versions.

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