Nintendo Download: Dr. Mario, Wonder Boy, More Magic Tricks and Crystal Defenders (US)

Yes, it's yet another update with two DSiWare games!

Art Style: CODE and Paper Plane are still absent - But don't worry too much, because you're now able to download Dr. Mario to your DSi.

Dr. Mario Express is a simple portable version of Dr. Mario. But beware - You can only play the classic mode or Vs. CPU, there's no multiplayer mode! Naturally this also means there's no online. If you enjoy classic mode then this should be a good pick, but if you'd rather play against others stick with Dr. Mario Online RX on the Wii.

Master of Illusion Express: Deep Psyche thankfully seems to be the last Master of Illusion Express game to be released in North America for now - But more of them are on the horizon already, because Japan got another earlier this month and will be getting a fifth this Wednesday! In Deep Psyche you'll be asked a bunch of questions, to which you'll have to answer with a bunch of numbers - These will then be added up, and will always magically result in the same big number.

The Wii Shop has two more picks as usual:

On WiiWare you can get Crystal Defenders R1, the first part of a two-part game. It was originally released for the iPhone, but the complete game is too big for WiiWare - So some features have been removed and it's been split into two parts. If you have access to any of the other systems it's available on (Including the PS3 and Xbox 360) it's likely those will be better deals - This version will cost $16 total (More than the others) and you'll get less for it!

This week's Virtual Console pick is basically just a rerelease of a game already available - Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair was already released for the TurboGrafx-CD as Monster Lair. This version is, as is to be expected, inferior both graphics and music-wise, so it's really just a cheap attempt at making more money. If that wasn't bad enough, it was also not released in North America originally - So this will cost you 900 Wii Points instead of 800, making it even worse! Check out our review...

No Majora's Mask again - It does seem like it will be the 300th game, sorry!

More from Nintendo's press release:

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: IT'S CRYSTAL CLEAR: MARIO, MAGIC AND MONSTERS - OH MY!

April 20, 2009

The first Nintendo DSiWare™ game starring superstar Mario™ enters the fold this week with the launch of Dr. Mario™ Express. The Master of Illusion™ Express series adds another installment that promotes portable prestidigitation. WiiWare™ users will find precious crystals to defend in CRYSTAL DEFENDERS R1, while Virtual Console™ players face a classic race against the clock in Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair™. Read on to learn all about the latest downloadable games from Nintendo, then log on to choose your favorites.

Nintendo DSiWare

Dr. Mario Express (Nintendo, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Nintendo DSi Points™): Mario once again dons his stethoscope to battle the forces of illness in this downloadable version of the classic puzzle game. Use vitamins to eliminate viruses in Classic mode, or play against a computer opponent in Vs. CPU mode. Make an appointment with Dr. Mario today.

Master of Illusion Express: Deep Psyche (Nintendo, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 200 Nintendo DSi Points): Master of Illusion Express titles offer mind-bending magic tricks pulled from the popular Nintendo DS™ game. Learn the illusions, practice up and amaze your friends. Master of Illusion Express: Deep Psyche asks a series of pointed questions and reveals a startling truth.

WiiWare

CRYSTAL DEFENDERS R1 (SQUARE ENIX, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points™): In CRYSTAL DEFENDERS R1, you must deploy various units such as Soldiers and Black Mages to stop wave after wave of encroaching monsters from escaping the area with your party's crystals. There are many different types of units to choose from, some specializing in powerful short-range attacks, some wielding far-reaching magicks, and still others equipped with bows that enable them to bring down aerial foes. Deploy units in strategic locations to take full advantage of their traits. Each time an enemy breaches your defenses and reaches a map's exit, your party will lose crystals. When all your crystals are gone, the game is over. CRYSTAL DEFENDERS R1 comes complete with a plethora of exciting stages, each varying in layout and difficulty. Can you defend them all without losing a single crystal?

Virtual Console

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points): The once-quiet town of Xenobia is under attack from fierce and gruesome monsters. As Leo, it's up to you to save Xenobia from danger as you navigate through a series of worlds in a race against time. Use your sword and jumping abilities to battle foes. Watch for power-ups that will increase your health and add to the amount of time you have to complete your missions. Go it alone or play co-op with a friend who can take the role of Priscilla. Do you have what it takes to save the world?

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