Nintendo Download: Clocks, Calculators, Penguins and Towers (US)
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
If you want to pay for something the DSi already has it's your lucky day!
As in the last few weeks there's two new games available on DSiWare today - But "games" isn't really the right word for them this time.
The DSi already has a clock on its menu - The Animal Crossing Clock is really just a slightly more interesting variation. It's pretty much a waste of points - The only thing you can do with it is make your own Town Tune, which will sound every hour. If you absolutely have to buy a DSiWare clock, wait for the Super Mario Bros. one, which actually sort of lets you play the game and has a bunch of nifty easter eggs.
Alongside it you get another Animal Crossing-themed app - The Animal Crossing Calculator. The DSi doesn't have a calculator of its own, but still - Is there anybody in the world who doesn't own one? Its "unique features" are almost negligible - Typing in certain numbers will get certain characters from Animal Crossing to show up.
On the Wii Shop things are a little bit more interesting. For WiiWare, you can get Penguins & Friends - Hey! That's My Fish!, a frantic board game in which you race other penguins to collect as much fish as you can within the time limit.
On VC, you can finally get another Commodore 64 game - You probably know Tower Toppler under its European name, Nebulus, because it's been available there since June last year. In this platformer, you move around increasingly difficult towers to reach the top and destroy them. The game makes use of a 3D rotating effect for the towers, which looked quite good in the day. Don't forget to check out our review.
298 VC games - Perhaps Majora's Mask will arrive in two weeks?
More from today's press release:
NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: DO THE MATH - ANIMAL APPS, TOPPLING TOWERS AND HUNGRY PENGUINS
May 4, 2009
Fans of the popular Animal Crossing™ series can enjoy a pair of downloadable—and practical—debuts this week via the Nintendo DSiWare™ service. Whether you're telling time or doing arithmetic, these handy applications will give your daily number-crunching a critter-friendly boost. A new WiiWare™ game also takes a fun peek into the animal kingdom, while the latest Virtual Console™ release sends players underwater for classic Commodore 64 action.
Animal Crossing Calculator (Nintendo, 1 player, 200 Nintendo DSi Points™): Need to figure out what you owe Tom Nook or the amount in your savings account? Animal Crossing Calculator features the full functionality of a traditional calculator, including a Memory key and the ability to display up to 13 digits, adding a layer of atmosphere unique to Animal Crossing. Use the Unit Converter to turn one unit of measure into another (such as length, weight, volume and age), or track the history of calculations you've performed. Listen to the Animalese pronunciation of numbers when you press them, and watch for a favorite Animal Crossing character to appear when your result meets certain criteria. Get ready for an inventive and practical way to experience the charm of Animal Crossing.
Animal Crossing Clock (Nintendo, 1 player, 200 Nintendo DSi Points): Enjoy the atmosphere of Animal Crossing in a whole new way with Animal Crossing Clock. Select from either an analog or digital clock and set up to three alarms (with snooze functionality for those who need it). Make your own Town Tune or use sounds created in Nintendo DSi™ Sound, then assign them to the alarms you've set. Use the system's internal clock or offset the time however you like. Then sit back and watch as different characters from Animal Crossing appear and the color of the sky changes as time passes. You'll never miss an important appointment with one of your Animal Crossing friends again.
Penguins & Friends - Hey! That's My Fish! (Gammick Entertainment, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points™): The penguins are hungry and need your help. Catch all the fish you can before someone steals them from you. Strategy is fundamental in this exciting game. Keep moving ahead of the other penguins so you don't get trapped, and try to get to the ice floes that hold more fish. One to four players can play Penguins & Friends at the same time, provided they can handle the polar cold. The board is made up of ice blocks with a set number of fish under them. The ice blocks are hexagonal and form a structure like a beehive. The starting position of the ice blocks can change, creating different game boards.
Tower Toppler™ (Commodore 64, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Weird things are happening on Planet Nebulus. Someone or something has begun building huge towers on the sea floor without a construction license. Your mission is to ascend each of the eight cylindrical towers, passing various obstacles along the way, and to trigger the tower's destruction mechanism to demolish the evil threat. Praised upon its original 1987 release for its graphical innovation, this is considered to be the most outstanding game from Hewson. Don't miss out on this classic favorite.