Nintendo Download: Clubhouse Games, Paper Planes, Platforms and Warring States (US)
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
Nintendo of America's DSiWare push continues.
The pattern continues this week - Two new DSiWare games and one new game each for WiiWare and VC are available once again.
Both DSiWare games are cut down versions of already existing games. Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics includes five card games from Nintendo's DS game Clubhouse Games, but be warned - This version seems to not include Wi-Fi multiplayer, whereas the original game did. If your purchase depends entirely on whether it has online, it might be best to wait for our review. At 500 points it also seems a bit steep - The DS game can be found very cheap now, so you might want to get that and get a whopping 42 games instead of just 5.
Paper Airplane Chase came out in Europe as the launch title Paper Plane, but just like Pyoro/Bird & Beans, also from the original WarioWare, Nintendo of America has felt the need to change the title to make it seem like a new game. Unlike Bird & Beans though, it actually is somewhat new - Aside from the main game, in which you try to glide as far down a tower as you can, there's a new multiplayer mode and even a time attack mode with a bunch of seperate stages. At 200 points it's also one of the cheapest games available, and much better value than the Master of Illusion titles. Read our Paper Plane review for more.
Europe got Adventure Island: The Beginning on WiiWare last week - But North America has to make do with a different platform game for now. Cocoto Platform Jumper is the second Cocoto game to be ported to WiiWare (After Cocoto Fishing Master). It's a bit hard to find reviews of the original PS2/Gamecube release on the web, so we don't really know if you can expect a good game or not. Just wait for our review if you're curious!
On VC you can try your hand at another classic Koei strategy game - Nobunaga's Ambition is perhaps one of Koei's most beloved series. In it, you play as one of many Japanese daimyos (A sort of warlord), during the Warring States period, as you try to conquer all of Japan. Many of the games in the series have remained Japan-exclusive, but thankfully, this one, which also happens to be one of the best, was released in North America and is thus now available on VC.
More from Nintendo's press release:
NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: POKER, PLANES AND PLATFORM GAMES FUEL PLAYERS' AMBITION
April 27, 2009
The table is set for card-flipping fun with this week's release of Clubhouse Games™ Express: Card Classics on Nintendo DSiWare™, while the new Paper Airplane Chase™ packs portable challenges for fans of airborne action. WiiWare™ users will find Cocoto Platform Jumper, a wildly imaginative new platformer populated by mysterious creatures. Last but not least, Nobunaga's Ambition, a classic strategy game from the Super NES™ system era, finds its way to the Virtual Console™.
As an added bonus to help celebrate the recent launch of the new Nintendo DSi™ system, Club Nintendo members now will be able to earn coins for registering, linking and providing feedback about their Nintendo DSi systems. They also will be able to earn coins for providing feedback about Nintendo DSiWare titles, which will be automatically registered on their Club Nintendo account when they link their Nintendo DSi Shop to their Club Nintendo account.
Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics (Nintendo, 1-8 players, Rated T for Teen - Simulated Gambling, 500 Nintendo DSi Points™): Clubhouse Games comes to Nintendo DSiWare with a collection of five fun card games in Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics. Play familiar favorites like Blackjack and Five Card Draw, or test your ability in the fast-paced Last Card, Last Card Plus and President. DS Download Play allows players to host as many as seven friends.
Paper Airplane Chase™ (Nintendo, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 200 Nintendo DSi Points): In Paper Airplane Chase, glide your virtual paper plane through an increasingly tricky slalom course. Take it slow in Endless mode or zip through several Time Attack courses. The two-player Race mode allows friends to race each other using a single Nintendo DSi system.
Cocoto Platform Jumper (Neko Entertainment, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone - Mild Cartoon Violence, 700 Wii Points™): A long time ago in a faraway land, strange little creatures lived in the depths of Abyss. Cocoto, his little devil friends and the mysterious Fairy protect the secret of the magma — the source of their power — in a magic cauldron. Meanwhile, Zaron, the god of lightning who lusts after this force, is up to something. He can count on the rulers of the other kingdoms that Cocoto must cross. The tragic kidnapping of Shiny, Baggy and Neuro has left Cocoto alone to watch over the cauldron. Refusing to leave his friends, he will set out to find them with Fairy.
Nobunaga's Ambition (Super NES, 1-8 players, Rated E for Everyone - Violent References, 800 Wii Points): Nobunaga's Ambition is a game set in Japan's Warring States period, a turbulent age when feudal warlords battled for control of the country. As the ruler of a fief, the player chooses his or her own path to conquest: Will you wage war on your neighbors or rely on diplomacy? Use economic sanctions or send ninja assassins? Use all of your ingenuity and resources to unite Japan under your banner.