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Nintendo Download: Mixed Messages, Pitfalls, Magic Tricks and Pirates (US)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

This week brings a new western publisher on board - Activision! And they haven't just released one game, but two!

If you bought a DSi you'll be quite glad to hear that there's already some new games available this week. Of course the Wii Shop gets its usual new WiiWare and VC game as well!

Mixed Messages is Activision's first DSiWare game. It's pretty simple - First, you enter a sentence. Then, you pass the DSi to a friend, who has to illustrate that sentence. He then passes it on to another friend, who will then have to write a sentence he thinks suits that picture, and so on! This really only seems to be fit for very large groups of people - Activision claims it's for 2 to 21 players!

If you would like to learn some more magic tricks you can do so this week as well - Master of Illusion Express: Shuffle Games will teach you a bunch of tricks with which you read your friends' minds.

If you'd rather stick with the Wii Shop you might find this week's releases a bit disappointing. For WiiWare, you can grab Party Fun Pirate, the North American localization of Pop-Up Pirate, which was released in Europe quite a while ago. We thought it was pretty mediocre, so if you were thinking of getting it you might want to reconsider!

As said, Activision has not just started supporting DSiWare - They've started supporting the VC as well. Their first game is, naturally, an installment in their most well-known series, Pitfall! In Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure for the Genesis, you once again visit the jungle, swinging from vines, dodging snakes and jumping across pitfalls - The only difference is that you play as Pitfall Harry's son, because his dad has gone missing and he's out to find him. The game is quite well animated, but as far as gameplay goes it's fairly standard. A nice feature which will have been hopefully retained for the VC release is that you can unlock the ability to play the original Atari 2600 Pitfall! game.

Sadly, this means that, once again, there's no The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask! Hopefully next week!

More from Nintendo's press release:

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: PIRATES AND PITFALLS SEND MASTERFUL MIXED MESSAGES

April 13, 2009

The new Nintendo DSi™ system has been on store shelves for just a week now. Today Activision's Mixed Messages™ becomes the first third-party downloadable game for the new system. Mixed Messages is a game of electronic telephone that can accommodate a whopping 21 players. On the WiiWare™ side, fans will find a game based on the popular Pop-Up Pirate™ toy that might have players sticking virtual swords into their Mii™ characters. And classic character Pitfall Harry Jr. makes his debut on the Virtual Console.

Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays. Users with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ or Nintendo DSi Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All Nintendo Points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems. This week's new games are:

Nintendo DSiWare™

Mixed Messages (Activision, 2-21 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Nintendo DSi Points): Mixed Messages is the hilarious party game of mixed-up miscommunication. Sketch a picture to capture your friends' sentence, or try to figure out what in the world they've drawn. You might start with, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" and end up with "A crazy surfer outruns flying sticks of dynamite while his fans cheer!" Two to 21 players take turns writing sentences and drawing pictures to pass along a message. This isn't a game about winning and losing - it's all about the funny miscommunications that happen along the way. You'll laugh when you see just how wacky things can get. Get together with your friends and mix it up.

Master of Illusion™ Express: Shuffle Games (Nintendo, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 200 Nintendo DSi Points): Master of Illusion Express titles are mind-boggling magic tricks pulled from the popular Nintendo DS™ game. Learn the illusions, practice up and amaze your friends. Master of Illusion Express: Shuffle Games will boggle your audience members' minds as they try to figure out how you know exactly what they're thinking. Also included is the bonus Vanishing Card trick, which the Nintendo DSi system performs for your enjoyment.

WiiWare

Party Fun Pirate™ (TOMY Corporation, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone - Comic Mischief, 500 Wii Points): Based on the popular Pop-Up Pirate toy, players take turns thrusting swords into a barrel that holds your captain captive, trying to see who can insert the most swords into the barrel. Thrust a sword into the wrong hole and you'll send your captain flying, which means it's game over for you! Unique Wii features add to the excitement, making for a fun-filled party game. Try swapping out the captain and putting your custom Mii character in the barrel for some real laughs!

Virtual Console

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure™ (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated T for Teen - Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points): Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure is a side-scrolling action game in which you play adventurer Pitfall Harry Jr. in search of his father, Pitfall Harry. Pitfall Harry has been taken captive by the dreaded warrior spirit Zakelua: Lord of Evil. Armed with only a trusty sling and his father's journal, young Harry Jr. must now venture into the unknown to rescue him … before it's too late! Bungee jump and boomerang your way to safety as you battle through treacherous Mayan jungles, waterfalls and deserted mines. With 13 levels of fast, gripping action, you will need to be attentive and quick - or prepare to die …

[via press.nintendo.com]

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7th_lutz

#2

7th_lutz said:

Activision's first vc release.

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure was unexpected.

I think we also got our first Atari 2600 vc release.

There is a code in the game to play the 2600 version of Pitfall!.

Bass_X0

#4

Bass_X0 said:

Even if I had the money to buy a DSi, I wouldn't buy it until several DSi Ware games that I wanted were on it. And its great to see Activision enter the ring. Pitfall: TMA is quite good.

longtimegamer

#5

longtimegamer said:

The least they could have done was release popup pirate with another wiiware game "a GOOD, or decent one." :(

Jockolantern

#6

Jockolantern said:

Another week with two disappointing VC/WiiWare releases. Alas... At least I know that many good games are just around the corner this summer.

Aenaida

#7

Aenaida said:

I didn't expect Majora's Mask today. Or even Pitfall, for that matter. :p

Mediocre update.

KnucklesSonic8

#8

KnucklesSonic8 said:

WiiWare ticked me off so much for my worst fears came true: seeing Pop-Up Pirate (oh, excuse me... "Party Fun Pirate" >_>) by itself.

Anyway, DSiWare release GREATLY makes up for it since I was anticipating the game since I heard about it last week. Glad to see it come out so quickly even though I don't have a DSi. I'd gladly get it if I could. Sounds great with friends. Ambitious project, too.

TwilightV

#9

TwilightV said:

@7th lutz: If that's true, then I change my opinion about this week being bad... but may eternal pain and suffering befall the people of NOA if Smash isn't out next week!

Hardy83

#10

Hardy83 said:

DSIware.....What a disappointment...

What the HELL Reggie!? Where is this quality stuff you said DSiWare was striving for!?

jhuhn

#11

jhuhn said:

Looks like Super Pitfall for NES could be right around the corner if this is the case for the Mayan Adventure release for the Virtual Console.

Bass_X0

#12

Bass_X0 said:

No, Super Pitfall has been removed from the ESRB listings - apparently the original listing for Super Pitfall was actually for Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure. Super Pitfall is quite crappy.

Rawk_Hawk

#13

Rawk_Hawk said:

At this point I don't want Nintendo to add any more consoles to the VC. They just won't support them. We should at least have some more arcade titles at this point.

Bahamut_ZERO

#14

Bahamut_ZERO said:

:O

This has got to be some joke. Im sad no S&S, Cave Story, and other things, but at least Bubble Bobble! Im sad right now.

I guess this is a sign to buy the Mythic Map Pack instead........ sigh

Bass_X0

#16

Bass_X0 said:

We should at least have some more arcade titles at this point.

Its not the same as porting a ROM to an emulator, game companies would have to create their own emulator to run their own arcade games I believe. And going through the testings would probably take a while. Especially if the announcement Nintendo made was the first time many other companies found out about the VC Arcade. But you're right, I do hope to see some more VCA games.

brandonbwii

#17

brandonbwii said:

Don't expect Majora's Mask to be released possibly for another 5 weeks give or take. It will likely be the 300th vc release and with pitfall released today, it makes 295. I kind of wish paper airplane race was released today for dsiware. It looks more fun than birds and beans which is the same price and already released in Europe. Maybe next week?

Rawk_Hawk

#18

Rawk_Hawk said:

For those interested, NA is 5 weeks away from the 300th VC game. (assuming we get 1 game a week) At this rate it looks like it will arrive May 18th

longtimegamer

#21

longtimegamer said:

@Bahumat ZERO - That's sucky. My brother has a 360. Am I right in thinking that you have to pay to even get on xbox live to download some free content like the extra Left 4 Dead level?

Sonicpro

#22

Sonicpro said:

DSiWare lacks a lot this week. If Japan has 30 games on DSiWare, and 6 months of time to release these in the US, why were they not translated faster and put up for download faster?

As for Wii, I would have been fine with these titles if the DSiWare was bigger and focused on more. So, all sections of the shop suck this week.

Gh0sTiE5

#23

Gh0sTiE5 said:

Majoras Mask could be the 300th game to be put onto the Virtual Console for you guys...

ReZon

#26

ReZon said:

The number of DSiWare titles is what I expected, though I had hoped for Dr. Mario Express or another ArtStyle. Mixed Messages is no big thrill if it's simply a local multiplayer game, and the Master of Illusion stuff isn't my bag. At least some games were released instead of none.

As for Majora's Mask being the 300th VC title - that seems like a pretty solid bet.

RockMan9

#27

RockMan9 said:

Dam give something worth carin about......its like they release garbage on purpose

Rapadash6

#29

Rapadash6 said:

Just like I said last week, don't expect Majora's Mask until next month as the 300th NA release. (The 18th, assuming we get only single VC releases up to that point.) While this update leaves a lot to be desired, not to mention this game came out of no where, it's a pretty safe bet that we'll be getting Super Smash Bros. two weeks from now as that's the 10th anniversary of the original games release. Unfortunately that means that next weeks update probably won't be that great either so we all just need to brace ourselves, okay?

longtimegamer

#30

longtimegamer said:

Be nice if Nintendo would quit treating Japan better than the rest of us. It's like they're the favorite child of the family.

The_Fox

#31

The_Fox said:

Wow, a crappy update. yay. I still refuse to buy a DSI, and at least I'm clearly not missing anything good.
@post19: Yeah, the Halo 3 maps are overpriced, but at least you'll get some fun out of them which is more than you could say about anything released on the Wiiware/VC/DSiWare this week.

DazzaAdmin

#32

Dazza said:

@post19 - Whatever people say about Halo 3 map packs there is something coming up on XBLA this week which has got to be the greatest value since Ikaruga or Rez HD!

Outrun Online Arcade - only 800 MS points! (£6.80 / $10). How I wish WiiWare could get awesome content like this too.

Wiiloveit

#33

Wiiloveit said:

"If you'd rather stick with the Wii Shop you might find this week's releases a bit disappointing. For WiiWare, you can grab Party Fun Pirate is the North American localization of Pop-Up Pirate, which was released in Europe quite a while ago. We thought it was pretty mediocre, so if you were thinking of getting it you might want to..."

...see a psychiatrist.

The_Fox

#35

The_Fox said:

@post 4:
"Pitfall: TMA is quite good"
Not really. I mean, it was O.K for its time, I guess but wasn't anything special.

North99

#36

North99 said:

Certainly no easter eggs in this basket.
I think I'll go throw some money at Sony products today. Just because. Thumbs down to all of this crap.

Bahamut_ZERO

#41

Bahamut_ZERO said:

@longtimegamer: XBox Live costs $50-$60 for one year. But its well worth it. Online is very high quality, and the money is well spent. Its only 1 less game a year, so its not bad.

@Dazza: Looks nice. I'll wait till reviews and then debate whether to get that or Pac Man: CE.

MrPinguy

#43

MrPinguy said:

What a great week to realeased "Party Fun Pirate".
A game that is already so good, let's release in a week that everyone seems to love pirates.

/sarcasm

WiiGuy

#44

WiiGuy said:

still no new VCA games?
Nintendo...try to release a lot of games a week...

Steve_Brule

#45

Steve_Brule said:

What?! No! I'm getting pretty miffed at another week with no Zelda MM. And that I've been playing that Mixed Messages for years on a great invention called... paper!

Stuffgamer1

#46

Stuffgamer1 said:

Glad to see Activision finally jump into the fray, though I doubt we'll see many if any of their classic games that aren't attatched to current series (money-grubbing donkies).

Lack of ANYTHING I want to download: BOO! I swear, Nintendo and Sony don't WANT my money for downloadable games! Microsoft does, but most of what they release is SUPPOSED to be available on PSN as well, and I'd rather avoid using my RRoD Box if I can help it (just being a bit of a jerk here; I like my 360 to a point, but will ALWAYS pick PS3 over it given a choice).

So now instead of wasting my money on more downloads, I'll go back to playing some of the many games I already have. Should I be thanking these morons for that? :P

anthonyb

#48

anthonyb said:

I'm seeing these past few weeks as an oppurtunity to catch up on some of the other games I've missed. I'm still disappointed, but there's other great games out I still need to try.

WarioFan63

#49

WarioFan63 said:

Well wait a minute here....does this mean Blizzard is on board too?
...Lost Vikings now a possibility?

Pitfall came out of nowhere, and I actually love weeks that do that. As for MM, I'm not mad at all for it not being out yet, but I have to say, the sooner we can eradicate all the complaints about it being missing the better...

Ricardo91

#50

Ricardo91 said:

Bleh, another mediocre update for us. Maybe I'll check out Pitfall. I love the old Atari games.

Chatham

#51

Chatham said:

@Ricardo: There is a cheat in the Genesis Pitfall that unlocks the Atari 2600 game!

It's good to know Activision is in the VC ring now... But I had 2000 points set aside for the U.S. release of Majora's Mask or SSB64. C'mon NOA!

XD375

#52

XD375 said:

I know we have no Majora's Mask, but a whole new company is on board now! Activision has a large back catalog and I'm very excited to see what they'll release on the Virtual Console!

theblackdragonAdmin

#53

theblackdragon said:

Seriously? the idea is to pass the DSi around through a large group of people? there's no way in hell I'd let it out of my hands, not with as clumsy as some of my friends are! DDD:

Crunc

#54

Crunc said:

I'm glad I decided to let my kids borrow my DSi this week, but I'm wondering if I'll ever bother to ask for it back from them....

XD375

#56

XD375 said:

Hardy83:
"DSIware.....What a disappointment...

What the HELL Reggie!? Where is this quality stuff you said DSiWare was striving for!?"

My thoughts exactly about almost the entire DSiWare catalog. ;-;

LEGEND_MARIOID

#57

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I'm sure a game like Mixed Messages was release as a retail title for the ds. Looks like they may have released a watered down version for dsiware. The same thing is happening with Real Football, though in that case, it is good news IMHO

RurouniTeeter

#59

RurouniTeeter said:

I didn't see this update coming either.
I knew we wouldn't get Majora's Mask, so I'm just going to wait patiently until then. I want it too like everyone else, but I am in no rush. Besides, I've got so much other stuff I need to buy...
DSi
Fire Emblem for DS...
Yeah I won't list what I ALL want...
I do wonder what the 300th game will be...
Hmmmmmmmm...

RocketBird

#60

RocketBird said:

These NOA mondays are kind of like getting Christmas presents from your grandparents when you were a kid. You were always excited to see what they got you. The anticipation built as Christmas morning approached. The day finally arrived and you ripped into the big 'ol box they sent...the thing is, about 10% of the time it would be something fun that you actually wanted, but most of the time it would be clothes or a boring NES game with terrible graphics that no one heard of.

Riddleguy

#61

Riddleguy said:

The Dsi just came out, i think the express versions of existing games are just fillers to hold peoples appetites until more third party games are made. I want to see more fresh dsiware games like warioware:snapped and the art style game that were released last week.

On the subject of the 300th VC game, im guessing it will be super smash bros or legend of zelda:majoras mask.

Edwin

#62

Edwin said:

If Nintendo is really going to wait until the 300th game to release Majora's Mask, they could at least give us more than one game per week so that we don't have to wait five more weeks. It wouldn't be that hard, just give us four C64 games and Majora's Mask next week, for example.

Twilight_Crow

#63

Twilight_Crow said:

WTF!!!... LAME, I hate Pitfall:TMA. (I'll pretend there were no wiiware update :P)
Well, at least, still nothing that makes me feel bad about not getting the 350 dollars Dsi thingy.

WolfLink22

#64

WolfLink22 said:

I'm beginning to wonder if NOA is forcing me to save up my money to import a Japanese Wii.I mean come on at least NOJ cares enough about it's fan base to tell them what they are getting each coming month.

To those thinking that next week could be SSB week think again.We won't get SSB until April 27th if ever at all.

I am also beginning to wonder if USA will start ending up like Europe has been on the Nintendo front for years.That being where they get everything last.

If nothing i want comes out by the end of this month then i will be getting one of the Street Fighter 2 games.Because there is 1 Street Fighter 2 game that i liked playing back in the day.

Kenji510

#66

Kenji510 said:

No good games to grab for this week and really got some crappy and weak ones too.
DSiware... no Artstyle DECODE, Paper Aeroplane or Dr. Mario either... what a disappointing week... whats goin on??.. oh well, we'll have to wait again next week to see what we will get this time.. guess ill play more of the Rhythm Heaven, Phantasy Star Portable on the psp 3000 and my ps3. :p

Stuffgamer1

#68

Stuffgamer1 said:

Paper? Oh, this game must be the "green" version of the same game. :P

@Riddleguy: But the DSi has been out in Japan since November. They have a LOT more DSiWare games than we do, and there shouldn't have been anything stopping them from getting them localized and ready to go in other regions at launch. Well, nothing except Nintendo's infuriating train of thought that says releases need to come slowly lest some piece of crap get ignored for the awesome title released same day. scowl

Sean_Aaron

#69

Sean_Aaron said:

Can someone confirm that the code to unlock the 2600 version of pitfall is this VC release? Of course having to enter that code every single time would be slightly annoying. That would be enough for me to shell out the extra for a non-Japanese Megadrive game -- assuming it gets a PAL release...

Otherwise yet another 1&1 release for North America, which is very disappointing.

Bendover83

#70

Bendover83 said:

Damn, I was kinda expecting Bubble Bobble Plus or Dr. Mario Express this week.
Well, I still think we won't get an arcade game until the 27th along with SSB.
MM will be next month for 300. #100 was Zelda II so 300 could very well be MM.

Stuffgamer1

#71

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Sean Aaron: Why WOULDN'T the code be in this release? Doesn't make any sense to me. Also, due to the VC's resume function, you should only need to enter the code once, provided it unlocks a menu option. If it takes you straight to the game, that's another matter. I wouldn't know, having never played the game. Just thinking in type here.

Tails

#73

Tails said:

I Know this fixes nothing but i wish i could have a petition to have atleast 1,000 People sign thier names on an email & have it so Nintendo releases 3 Games a Week including Dsi Ware games anyone mind signing? i'll send it to NOA :P

SilentJ

#75

SilentJ said:

I think today is going to be the last Monday morning where the first thing I do is check this site or the wiishop channel. The wiiware and vc releases haven't really been that great lately and I don't plan on getting a dsi for a while. I'm tired of being so disappointed every Monday morning. It was awesome getting that sd card update for the wii but I think it's going to start collecting dust again.

WolfRamHeart

#76

WolfRamHeart said:

Now those who own a DSi can join in the disapointment we feel so often on Mondays. What a crap update! I'm glad I didn't buy a DSi yet. I guess it means its time for me to give Uncharted Waters: New Horizons a try; did anyone else get this? I was really hoping for Cave Story but I should know better by now. As for XBLA; there are some good games but almost everything is WAY overpriced! Puzzle Quest: Galatrix 1600 points! At least they have their deal-of-the-week thing which would be awesome if Nintendo did that too! Sony is just as bad at neglecting it's customers on the download front but I heard they might actually release Fat Princess this week!:)

Viral

#77

Viral said:

Lol @ no Majora's Mask...just think guys, Nintendo must be saving it for Christmas.... ;)

Viral

#78

Viral said:

On a side note : Did Nintendo Wii Points go up in price? Because Amazon is selling them for £17.99 for 2000 points...any help with this?

Cheezy

#81

Cheezy said:

I just wish I was in Europe or Japan right now...and I've been wanting the DSi lately. Only 40 bucks short NOOOO!!

Charlie_The_Unicorn

#82

Charlie_The_Unicorn said:

What a lame week for downloads. :(
I thought I was gonna get Decode! Instead, I get another magic game and some third-party mediocrity.
Now I have to wait another week. :(

vherub

#83

vherub said:

I wonder if Nintendo is purposefully holding vc and wiiware titles back or there really is such little interest from companies wanting to put their backlist on the vc or release smaller sized games

CorbsAdmin

#84

Corbs said:

Well I can't say that I'm not disappointed that Swords & Soldiers didn't come out this week, or as Bahamut ZERO stated, at least Bubble Bobble. :)

And thanks for mentioning Ikaurga Daz. Now I gotta go get in a quick game before I start these reviews. Sheesh. :D

Riddleguy

#86

Riddleguy said:

I wanted to quote this before but i was too lazy to look it up.
In an DSI article about reggie talking about DSIware, it says "He also says that the company will be granting third parties licenses to develop DSiWare and titles should be available around six weeks after the DSi's launch." So in five weeks,people should be happier with the Dsiware being released. Right now, the majority of the dsiware is by nintendo it seems.

Knux

#87

Knux said:

No Majora's Mask or Super Smash Brothers? BOO!!! Apparently,Nintendo of America dosen't care about releasing their N64 games

Kevin

#89

Kevin said:

Once I saw pitfalls in the press release I immediately thought it was gonna be the trash super pitfall. Why do so many people want the original super smash bros.? Melee and Brawl are better.

WarioFan63

#90

WarioFan63 said:

Apparently,Nintendo of America dosen't care about releasing their N64 games

I'm inclined to believe the reports that NCL calls the VC Shots for every region. So even if NoA wants to, if its not in NCL's grand plan, they probably can't do it.

CorbsAdmin

#91

Corbs said:

What is that, a Triple Negative?

And would you believe that I actually removed one of them. Almost went for the Quadruple Negative. :D

pagster

#92

pagster said:

@ Bahamut ZERO (41):

Xbox Live is commonly cheaper than that. There have been several instances of 13months for $30 + no tax + free shipping this year. There was even an instance of 400 XBL pts included with the $30 :P

Definitely worth it for the gold content and the wider support of 360 games.

StarDust4Ever

#94

StarDust4Ever said:

Mixed messages: I played this (pen and paper version) with a group of friends for the first time not too long ago, and it was great fun!

I still firmly believe that it isn't necessary to utilize video games to play party games that just as well can be done via traditional board games or even pen and paper. Imagine what would happen if they tried releasing a Wiiware version of "twister" :P

One exception to that rule I think, is strategy games such as chess and checkers, which can be played against a CPU or players from around the world.

Objection

#95

Objection said:

HINT: You can do everything you can do in Mixed Messages in Pictochat...which is free.

Chunky_Droid

#96

Chunky_Droid said:

I loved this game, but I would've preferred the SNES version.

Why companies insist on putting Genesis versions of everything over superior SNES versions is beyond me

motang

#98

motang said:

I was wondering when Pitfall was going on VC...now I know, going to go download it once I get home. It was one of my favorite SNES games.

JaredJ

#99

JaredJ said:

Great to see the mayan adventure. I didn't even know it was rated for a vc release.

Supermarioman

#100

Supermarioman said:

Glad Activision has offcially joined the Nintnedo downloads. Pitfall looks pretty good and I may download it. (When I download every other game that I want) I still say buy the Collector's Disc for the gamecube if you want Majora's Mask. Still don't have a DSi so nothing there for me.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#101

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

The only WiiWare I've ever had any interest in is SBCG4AP. Most of the VC games I've never heard of, so I'm still waiting.

NES

Darkwing Duck
Duck Tales
Rescue Rangers
Tale Spin

SNES

Mario Paint
StarFox

GENESIS

Gargoyles
Tecmo Super Hockey

Jolted85

#102

Jolted85 said:

When I first read that this game got released I thought this was the 32X version of the game, but it's the Genesis one, don't know if I'll get it but it's good to see Genesis games released on the VC that arn't on a collection already.

I'm also glad another publisher is supporting the VC, that's always good news to hear.

marktheshark

#103

marktheshark said:

I liked that Activision has started supporting the VC, I think these are their other games that have little to no licensing issues & probably can be released.:

Vilgilante 8
Nightmare Creatures
Archon
Stealth ATF
Shanghai (Jpn-only)
Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye
Sword Master
Slaughter Sport
Galaxy 5000
Ultimate Air Combat
Mechwarrior
Biometal
X-Kaliber 2097
Radical Rex
Mechwarrior 3050
Spider-Man (Activision still has the license after all. Don't they?)

brooks83

#105

brooks83 said:

@ marktheshark: The more people that buy Pitfall, the better the chances that those games come out :p

Also, I don't think Activision developed Vigilante 8, because another version of it has been released on XBLA.

brooks83

#107

brooks83 said:

According to Wikipedia, a company called Luxoflux developed the original games, and Isopod Labs (formed from the founders of Luxoflux) developed the XBLA version. I guess as long as they aren't owned by Microsoft it's still possible for the N64 version to come to the VC.

longtimegamer

#109

longtimegamer said:

@Jolted85 - I'm with you. Thats a big reason I haven't got some of the Sega or neo geo games yet. Though, I have thought of getting splatterhouse 2.

WolfRamHeart

#110

WolfRamHeart said:

I just saw a gameplay video of Pitfall and it actually doesn't look too bad. It somewhat reminded me of Earthworm Jim. Yeah I know, weird comparison. Even though its not a game I will be downloading maybe platform fans will enjoy this one. So, I see Nintendo released a pirate-themed game on WiiWare this week. Isn't it kind of a bad week for pirates? I don't think the U.S. Navy SEALS would endorse this game! Too bad no Somali pirates were harmed in the making of this game!;)

theberrage

#111

theberrage said:

I am very proud of our SEALS victory over the Somalian pirates. But I'm still not buying the crappy pirate game. That is all.

tyrrok

#112

tyrrok said:

Yay activision! Other than that another lame wiiware update. Good things come to those who wait?

jpfan1989

#113

jpfan1989 said:

The only thing good about this list is Pitfall. It was one of my first games for the SNES but sadly it quit working in god knows what year. Its been soo long but It'll be on my to-get list next time i have money on the Shop Channel

Sean_Aaron

#114

Sean_Aaron said:

@StarDust: Completely agreed. Unless the board game in question allows you to play against real players online or simulated ones (for the friend-challenged) I don't really see the point. I mean the Hasbro Battleship apparently puts up a screen stating players should look away from the TV whilst the other person is taking their turn! Board games tend to be more social because you're actually facing the other players rather than all looking at a tv screen!

@Stuffgamer1: Well, I wouldn't assume anything because it's an unlockable extra (though excellent point about the save state feature of the VC) and is apparently an emulated VCS which would be running under an emulated Genesis. If they couldn't be bothered with the testing (or didn't know this was included) it could easily be left out which would lessen my desire for it...

Hyperfludd

#117

Hyperfludd said:

A pretty medicore update, not the worst, but not the best.

Also did I see a comment blaming Reggie for DSiWare? Wtf, REALLY?
I feel so sad for Reggie, he's been taking alot of heat recently, especially for choices that aren't his. Being the face of a company must suck.

Pj1

#118

Pj1 said:

I won't buy a DSi until Nintendo Officially announce a VC service, I read some where that Reggie said that he believes the GB still has another Christmas left in it, so how do we take that as a hint? I'd Love to play Mario Land without giving the game or a GB back to it's owner. I don't know what other users say on here but the DSi has hardly been a sell out? but maybe guys in America and Canada could have their view on this? I was going to leave buying a DSi until for when i'm next in New York but it's region locked so I can't now.......

Stuffgamer1

#119

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Sean Aaron: Well, if they didn't know about it, then it would probably be in there untested. Actually, it's irrelevant. It was confirmed to be there on the game's page comment thread yesterday. If we'd just thought to look there, this discussion here wouldn't have been necessary! Oh, well. It's good to know it's there for those who care, anyway. :)

Pastry

#120

Pastry said:

I hope they release Rival Turf or Super Mario Kart sometime soon... If they're going to give us 2 games a week they might as well be good ones.

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