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Nintendo Download: Swords & Soldiers, Pitfall and Even More Magic Tricks (EU)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Fight some wars, whip some snakes or learn some more magic this week.

As announced last week, today sees the release of a certain anticipated WiiWare title. Joining it is a Mega Drive game and yet another set of magic tricks for your DSi!

Swords & Soldiers is WiiWare's first RTS game. With its cartoony 2D graphics, fairly deep gameplay and multiple game modes it's certainly one of the more promising WiiWare games thus far. Now it's time to see if's just as good as it seems to be! Naturally, you can expect a review in the next few days.

It seemed like there was no Virtual Console release today, but it seems Nintendo was just late. Today you can download Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure on the Mega Drive. It surprised us and turned out to be a winner in our review when it hit the US last month.

A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Shuffle Games is the third Magic Made Fun compilation on DSiWare. Again, it's practically pointless to pick it up, the retail game can be found very cheap and is a much better deal! But if you're feeling courageous, go ahead and read our Master of Illusion Express: Shuffle Games review!

At least the Magic Made Fun releases are over for now - That is, until the next three come out!

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User Comments (56)

FroguinZX

#1

FroguinZX said:

One comment now, why not be the second? Good for you Europe, enjoy your game!

xesbeth

#3

xesbeth said:

hm? No Gradius? Sorry for you guys.

/me return to play Contra Rebirth.

Objection

#5

Objection said:

S&S should be a pretty good Wiiware update. Sorry you didn't get any VC...maybe they're putting you back on the "this week that week" schedule again?

Mr_Saturn

#6

Mr_Saturn said:

Darn, I was excited about the C64 update when I read that. I'm still waiting for IK+

Edit: High hopes for Swords & Soldiers. Eagerly anticipating review!

Stevie

#7

Stevie said:

Looking forward to playing this when i get home from work (my hours are terrible but i do spend a good portion of the shift browsing the tinterweb esp. NL)

shinigami_tidus

#8

shinigami_tidus said:

I think Nintendo did not upload any VC game to push Swords & Soldiers.
This update is a very good one even with only one game.

Shiryu

#9

Shiryu said:

"Swords & Soldiers" is simply brilliant, im complety hooked and already on mission 5 for the Viking! Excelent purchase!

Bahamut_ZERO

#10

Bahamut_ZERO said:

Hoho, lucky Europeans. Ah well, as long as the review comes out by Monday, I don't mind.

Review with Godspeed NintendoLife staff!

Megaace

#11

Megaace said:

I want to buy Sword & Soldiers but first I need reviews. Come on guys, MORE REVIEWS!

And talking about C64 games... Come on Nintendo, pick up some ZX Spectrum games for us the europeans... ;)

EDIT: IGN gives Sword & Soldiers an 8.7, and says: "One of the best RTS console games ever!"... Cool! I am buying it right now! :)

Bass_X0

#12

Bass_X0 said:

Yes. Spectrum games are a must but only at 300 points at most. 500 would be way too much.

There would be a number of Speccy games I would download if they were put on VC quite cheaply.

Pj1

#13

Pj1 said:

Yeah you're right Bass XO it's normally our week for VC. I'm SO annoyed because if we are going back to every other week then we shouldn't have had an update last week. I'm looking forward to E3 surly the big N will announce a VC for the DSI, Also if SMK goes on the June VC list for Japan that will give us an indication that SMK is on it's way. I'm disappointed.

Djungelurban

#14

Djungelurban said:

I'd just like to confirm that yeah, we sure got Pitfall for VC here in Sweden along side S&S... Didn't that happen for the rest of Europe?

Bass_X0

#15

Bass_X0 said:

Nope.

I did my best Old Mother Hubbard impression and checked the VC updates cupboard.

Bass_X0

#17

Bass_X0 said:

Maybe in Sweden but not here in England. Strange. But I do remember additional VC games being added a few hours later after an update although I think this only ever happened once and in 2007. I hope we get Pitfall by tomorrow; not that I'll download it but just so we have a VC update at least.

Bass_X0

#18

Bass_X0 said:

Pitfall is now up on the Wii Shop. I guess it was just a latecomer for whatever reason this update.

Crisis averted. You may now continue with your regularly scheduled VC gaming.

Sean_Aaron

#20

Sean_Aaron said:

wow, the update happens this early? should I post first impressions of contra rebirth or download the new VC and WiiWare updates? Hmmmm...

AngelBlack187

#21

AngelBlack187 said:

To be honest, the last couple of weeks I went on Ebay and bought myself a Dreamcast, a Sega Saturn and a NeoGeo cdz. I got fed up waiting for VC to release certain games which I just know they never will. And figured why not go and buy some old consoles on the cheap and buy original games (what I want when possible.) rather than sit getting disapointed each week by zero release. The non release of Fatal Frame 4 has really £ me off to

AngelBlack187

#22

AngelBlack187 said:

You know I havent bought a game of VC since Boxing day. And £15 = 2 games is alot for a download ( regardless of them making the games all buffed up)

Kaeobais

#25

Kaeobais said:

Can we PLEASE get bubble bobble plus!

Pretty crappy update. Even if SAS is good, it's just one game.

Adam

#29

Adam said:

Wow, I am surprised so many are upset about this update. We've only been waiting for this game forever. Considering we don't normally get even one good game, I'd be very happy to have this. Please come to the US Monday!

Twilight_Crow

#31

Twilight_Crow said:

So EU got S&S, good for you; and you got a VC after all: Pitfall:TMA, not too shabby :).
I hope NA gets S&S on monday, but, with the 300 VC game comming, NOA may neglect Wiiware.

Crazed

#32

Crazed said:

WIth Pitfall and Swords and Soldiers, this sounds like a fantastic update...for Europe. Ah well, I should be busy until these come, but come soon, Swords and Soldiers!

WarioFan63

#34

WarioFan63 said:

I hope NA gets S&S on monday, but, with the 300 VC game comming, NOA may neglect Wiiware.

Nah there's no way they WOULDN'T upload a WiiWare game. Besides, seeing as how IGN US did a review of it, and all of their advance WiiWare reviews hit the weekend before, that pretty much seals the deal that its coming Monday.

Bass_X0

#35

Bass_X0 said:

Two note-worthy things:

The Mega Drive has now reached the exact same number of games that the NES has (66).

And more interestingly, this marks the fifth Sega game in a row (two Mega Drive and three Master System).

LEGEND_MARIOID

#36

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I'm glad we're getting weekly ware updates. BUT Master of Illusions again ffs?! WTF?

I'm not into RTS so Swords and Soldiers is a no go for me as well. Ah well. These magic/illusion games are just designed to take up dsiware release slots. Bit of a cop out/con/swizz IMHO

calculon

#40

calculon said:

Damn, I can't believe we've got PItfall as well. I need another 300 points but I limit myself to 3000 points per month so I guess I'll just have to wait until June. Got Swords and Soldiers though which seems pretty good so far.

Luigi_La_Bouncy

#43

Luigi_La_Bouncy said:

It's not a crappy update. I'm waiting for the review for Swords and Soldiers, I'm pretty sure it's going to be positive, then I'll download it asap.

Egg_miester

#44

Egg_miester said:

i hope swords and soldiers comes out next month i am sick of waiting just like with bubble bobble plus, contra rebirth

The_Fox

#45

The_Fox said:

The WiiWare title is the only thing looking decent for you guys. I see the DSiWare service is continuing its descent to complete crap.

Rapadash6

#46

Rapadash6 said:

The WiiWare game alone makes this yet another good update for Europe... maybe we'll get a good one someday again. T_T

Stevie

#48

Stevie said:

I downloaded S+S last night + have already completed the Viking missions + 1/2 of the Aztec missions + it is getting quite intense now. I am really enjoying it + predict a 8/10 possible 9/10.

Rawk_Hawk

#50

Rawk_Hawk said:

IGN has a Swords and Soldiers review up. So far they say its very good and was given and 8.7

FYI

Shortay

#51

Shortay said:

Looks pretty darn good I must say, and when I check out the review here I'll definitely consider downloading it.

By the way, Daemon Hatfield just commented on his review on IGN and said "look for it monday", so that and the fact that the review was written by a North American makes it very likely that you guys will be seeing it in NA then. :)

Sean_Aaron

#52

Sean_Aaron said:

Wow, I had my point cards waiting for me when I got home and here for the first time in ages I actually bought both updates in Europe! Ace! Picked up Nebulus as well which is so difficult I'm weeping in pain as I write this...

DF2506

#54

DF2506 said:

I hope Swords & Soldiers does come out Monday. I also hope that the VC game is good too (hoping for Majora's Mask). Ya, I know it won't happen. lol. It would be so great though. I've been losing faith in Nintendo lately (so many bad Wiiware/DSiware and Nintendo games). A great Wiiware/Virtual Console update would be awesome. :)

DF2506
" I have enough points to download MM and S&S if they come out Monday..."

Terra

#55

Terra said:

Despite not being a big fan of the RTS genre, I'm starting to get into them so I may buy this, if only to support Romino Games. It Looks fantastic.

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