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Nintendo Download: Fantasies, Fishing, Warfare, Reversi and Sudoku (US)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

NoA's sudden WiiWare push continues, with yet another 3 WiiWare games and 1 game for both DSiWare and Virtual Console.

Nintendo seems to be focusing on WiiWare a lot lately. Perhaps they're just trying to stir up excitement for upcoming big releases? It mostly seems to be a Europe catchup week - Only two WiiWare games are new for the west and neither seems very interesting.

Water Warfare is Hudson's second WiiWare FPS, and it's pretty much the opposite of Onslaught, being heavily focused on multiplayer instead of single player. With 8-player deathmatch, capture the flag and base capture modes, along with "harmless" versions of weapons and items found in other FPS games, it's every bit as fun and deep as "hardcore" games - It's just less violent! We literally just put our review of the game online as well, so you can see if it's worth it before the game is released. As in Europe, it will cost you 800 Wii Points.

We didn't even know Reel Fishing Challenge was a WiiWare game until today! It's already the third WiiWare game about fishing, but only the second that actually makes you fish. We suspect that this will simply be a slightly more realistic approach to the sport as opposed to Cocoto Fishing Master's cutesy impression, but we'll have to wait and see when it's available. Perhaps it will be similar to Natsume's retail Reel Fishing game? For 500 Wii Points we assume you can't go too wrong with it...

Silver Star Reversi is the second "Silver Star" game, and is, as you might've guessed from the title, based on the board game Reversi. The first game, Chess, was fairly simplistic, but decent if you wanted a cheap chess game on your Wii - We suspect this will end up similarly, especially since it's 500 Wii Points as well.

DSiWare's single new game this week is the first of Hudson's two Sudoku packages, Sudoku Master, previously released in Europe as "Sudoku 150! For Challengers." We have no idea why Hudson has chosen to release this 150-puzzle version in North America first as well, surely it'd be smarter to release the smaller 50-puzzle package first? Nevertheless, as our review will tell you, it's quite a good package if you like solving Sudokus, and at 500 DSi Points it's decently priced as well.

The Virtual Console gets a long-overdue game - Fantasy Zone II was already released in Europe and Japan earlier this year. As you can imagine this is quite simply a bigger, better sequel to the original Fantasy Zone, making it one of the best Master System titles available on VC, and thus a great purchase for a measly 500 points.

Five new games, but some of them will likely only appeal to select gamers. Will you be getting any of them? More from Nintendo's press release:

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD - IT'S NO REEL FANTASY: WATER, SUDOKU AND SILVER STARS CAN BOOST YOUR SKILLS

June 29, 2009

This week's new downloadable games include a trio of WiiWare™ titles - two built around water-themed challenges and one designed to keep your mental chops in top shape. For Virtual Console™, you'll find a memorable SEGA character making his return in a classic single-player sci-fi adventure. Rounding out the lineup is a new Nintendo DSiWare™ title that's sure to have sudoku fans reaching feverishly for the nearest stylus.

WiiWare

Water Warfare™
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1-8
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: Water Warfare is a comical first-person shooter that uses water guns to battle and soak opponents. A map with a particular theme - Playground, Beach, Plaza or Nature Park - is generated automatically when the game begins, so you can think up new strategies each time you engage. Game modes include Single Player Missions, CPU Match and 2-Player Split Screen. On top of that, players with broadband Internet access can use Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to battle with up to eight players from around the world, or participate in Ranking Mode.

Reel Fishing® Challenge
Publisher: Natsume, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Reel Fishing Challenge offers a fun and challenging experience for novice fishers and master anglers alike. Put your skills to the test and discover new types of fish in the challenging mission mode, or relax and enjoy the game at your own pace in free play mode. No matter which mode you play, the game's beautiful graphics and natural setting bring the fishing experience to life. Choose from a variety of lures to attract and hook the game's numerous fish. Each fish looks and moves like the real thing - it's the closest you can get to real-life fishing without putting on your waders.

Silver Star Reversi
Publisher: Agetec, Inc.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Silver Star Reversi has two modes: 1-Player mode allows you to play a match against the computer opponent, and 2-Player mode allows you to play against another person. In 1-Player mode, you can choose from five different computer opponents, turn the background music on or off, adjust sound effects and access in-game help features. During each match, you can also redo your last move, save the game at any point, or resign from the game. After a match has ended, you can review each move and resume the match from any point you choose.

Virtual Console™

Fantasy Zone™ II: The Tears of Opa-Opa
Original platform: SEGA MASTER SYSTEM
Publisher: SEGA
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Ten years have elapsed since Opa-Opa restored peace to the Fantasy Zone. Now history is repeating itself, and the planets that make up the Fantasy Zone once again find themselves attacked by the mastermind of the Nenon planet forces. This mastermind is secretly constructing a huge fortress in the Fantasy Zone and aims to put an end to their ambitious plans. Just as he did 10 years ago, Opa-Opa must do battle to save the Fantasy Zone.

Nintendo DSiWare™

SUDOKU MASTER
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: SUDOKU MASTER offers 150 unique puzzles that beginners and experts alike will enjoy. A handful of tutorials will help you learn the rules and controls as you go, and handy features like Write Mode and Temp Numbers make Sudoku pleasantly user-friendly. Feeling confident? Then try your hand at Title Mode to work your way up from Rookie to Sudoku Master. All puzzles were created by Sudoku veteran NIKOLI Co., Ltd., and tips from Sudoku godfather Maki Kaji are offered between games.

[via press.nintendo.com]

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User Comments (94)

Chunky_Droid

#8

Chunky_Droid said:

Personally not interested in any of these games this week. Just have to download something else I haven't been able to yet! :)

100th WiiWare game, I had no idea! Fingers crossed for something big like Pokemon Scramble or Super Meat Boy, though the latter I think we'd have heard something about its release by now.

@Angelic Lapras King - When I read that at Nintendo's press site I thought so too. But alas I didn't like Fantasy Zone all that much.

Knux

#9

Knux said:

SuperSonic1990 is PISSED OFF in this following message:
Except for Fantasy Zone II,all these games are crap [except possibly Water Warfare too]. This is the case of quanity over quality. I was excpeting Super Smash Bros.,or Altered Beast,or Super Mario Kart.
But no,WE GET THESE GAMES INSTEAD!!!! WHY!?
Increase the number of VC games released every week NOA,FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! If this hype for future WiiWare games,I hate to think what they are. Perhaps,Pong Toss II. I might buy Fantasy Zone II and MAYBE Water Warfare,but THIS UPDATE IS HORRIBLE!!!

joeshabadoo

#10

joeshabadoo said:

It's gonna be BIT TRIP Core, WiiGuy. We knew that already. Other Wiiware could come out as well.
Nothing for me this week, but I like this triple wiiware trend. Filter the more shovelware type stuff out quickly. I'm sure NoA is seeing more and more wiiware developers giving them software to certify. Everyone want's a piece of the pie

Olimar_91

#11

Olimar_91 said:

Not a bad week. I'm still pleased that we're getting so many Wiiware games each week, gives you some variety to chose from.

If only the VC would pickup.

DSiware at its current rate makes sense, as I doubt there is a huge line-up of games on the waiting list as it stands.

Rawk_Hawk

#12

Rawk_Hawk said:

I just got another Wii Points card, so I will hold out for Altered Beast and Pop Plus Solo. I would not be surprised if Smash Bros. shows up next week.

WarioFan63

#14

WarioFan63 said:

Super Meat Boy, though the latter I think we'd have heard something about its release by now.

Don't expect Super Meat Boy for a long while. Upcoming Games List from E3 said it was coming Early 2010.

Terra

#15

Terra said:

"we will get Bit Trip Core next week for free"
For free? Are you sure?

KDR_11k

#17

KDR_11k said:

100th WiiWare has been announced to be Bit Trip Core, didn't you pay attention?

KnucklesSonic8

#18

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Great week. Three WiiWare titles once again and this has me hopeful for a potentially-epic update next week.

Anyone getting Reel Fishing Challenge? I'll be looking for impressions later on tonight. :)

I was expecting something a little better for VC but it's not bad. I just don't think I'll get it since I have Super Fantasy Zone.

Knux

#20

Knux said:

DANG IT,but why did it said it was free on the Nintendo Channel!? This sucks!!

postmanX3

#21

postmanX3 said:

The 100th WiiWare game should be Cave Story, but since it's already Bit.Trip.Core, I guess that hope's shot. Oh well.

Pretty crap update this week. We haven't really gotten anything worth downloading in FOREVER. Honestly, I haven't downloaded anything for months! Water Warfare will probably be my first download in a while, and I might check out Onslaught while I'm at it. Dunno about that, though.

KnucklesSonic8

#22

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Dunno where you got that info from... And boy were your expectations ever high for this update...

@postman: I wouldn't be surprised at all if Cave Story popped up next week or the week after!

Knux

#23

Knux said:

@KnucklesSonic8-Actually,Tails86 told me that info,he said that he thought something big will be released today. Yeah,right. At least he was right about the Sudoku game being released today.

KnucklesSonic8

#24

KnucklesSonic8 said:

You should know by now that NoA is unpredictable with VC releases. The Sudoku game was confirmed a week ago.

Just be patient. Let's hope SSB64 comes out next month but I can't say for sure as to when it'll release. I'm just making a prediction. I'm not ready to give up just yet. It'll come when you least expect it, lol. Would be nice if they had it alongside Bit.Trip CORE next week though.

Rapadash6

#26

Rapadash6 said:

Well, I can't really agree with those of you who say this is a bad update because Water Warfare and Fantasy Zone II are pretty good games. I'm disappointed there's no Smash (or Cave Story) in North America yet as well, but that doesn't mean these games aren't worth your time. Besides there's always next week.

Cheezy

#27

Cheezy said:

I'm a little dissapointed. Pretty weak if you ask me. No big games this week. I'll download the Sudoku game because it got an 8, but I'm still a bit skeptical about it.

Mike1

#28

Mike1 said:

I'm already figuring that SSB won't be out next week either since Nintendo will not want to overshadow the 100th Wiiware game. Hopefully the 100th game with be Icarian or Contra Rebirth, and then after the 100th game is released, maybe Nintendo will scale back the WiiWare releases and start giving us more than 1 VC game a week. Not a bad update, but still nothing for me.

KnucklesSonic8

#30

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Uhhh... who's "we", exactly? >_>
Anyway, let's hope this new trend of 3 WiiWare titles continues but let's also hope a trend of 2 VC Games per update comes up. I think they're not thinking hard enough as far as what to release and they know that SSB64 is an option but clearly they're saving it for the right time.

Starwolf_UK

#32

Starwolf_UK said:

I wonder if WiiWare will scale back after game#100. Shame I'll have to wait 3 weeks to find out due to going on holiday. Hard to believe we're nearly at 100. I remember the early days of Reggie bragging there were a whole 50 titles in development.

Anyway, what do people think WiiWare#99 will be? I'm going to say NyxQuest (though the ESRB still calls it Icarian) though I think Bust a Move is a possibility. Why? Both those games it seems most WiiWare rated about the same time as them is out now.

Still, knowing Nintendo it'll be something nobody expected and more importantly...wanted

LEGEND_MARIOID

#34

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Water Warfare is a good update and I suppose Fantasy Zone 2 is a decent VC game. I have Sudoku Master/150 which is ok. Besides that not good update

KDR_11k

#35

KDR_11k said:

I doubt they're going to release more than 4 games a week since the recommended games list on the front page can only hold 4 games.

Egg_miester

#38

Egg_miester said:

fantasy zone series is one of the best shooter series made i am happy for part 2, and water warfare looks fun

IAmNotWill

#43

IAmNotWill said:

@31: 100th wiiware confirmed already. Its bit trip core. Hopefully it will be more than one game.

Water Warfare seems cool and its priced good. It might download it later when I get the cash.

WarioFan63

#45

WarioFan63 said:

I doubt they're going to release more than 4 games a week since the recommended games list on the front page can only hold 4 games.

Uh no...The Reccomended Game list on the Front Page doesnt even always list EVERYTHING that came out that Monday so it doesn't really matter.

100th wiiware confirmed already. Its bit trip core. Hopefully it will be more than one game.

Well yeah there has to be. We're at 98.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#46

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

The "First Person Soaker" sounds fun, lol. Unfortunately, I usually don't buy a WiiWare game unless I can get a VC game to go along with it.

Twilight_Crow

#47

Twilight_Crow said:

Well, I WANT Fantasy Zone ll, and I don't care what Aquateen510 said, I've been waiting like forever for it and I'm very pleased with Nintendo finally uploading it, thank you Nintendo!!! :)

Today Wiiware is really meh, even Water Warefare doesn't seem to be deep enough, but I may give it a shot in the future.

Awesome5

#48

Awesome5 said:

I might get water warfare, but right now I'm saving for Wii Sports Resort and an extra Motion+.

Clayfrd

#49

Clayfrd said:

Hmm. Looks like a decent week. Nothing in recent memory has really had me interested except for maybe Boxlife.

Jolted85

#51

Jolted85 said:

must. get. Water Warfare nao!

Good update for the WiiWare, I'm sure others will complain about our VC release, we needed to catch up anyway.

pixelman

#52

pixelman said:

I'm getting Water Warfare. The rest weren't too bad, at least Fantasy Zone is out of the way.

Cthuloops

#53

Cthuloops said:

God dammit! :(
Still not getting any of these even though Fantasy Zone II is decent. :(

WolfRamHeart

#54

WolfRamHeart said:

I'm going to just pretend that all we got today was Water Warfare and Fantasy Zone II and call it a decent update. The other stuff we got is not worth mentioning. Bring on Bit. Trip Core next week!:)

Starwolf_UK

#55

Starwolf_UK said:

@WarioFan63 Uh no...The Reccomended Game list on the Front Page doesnt even always list EVERYTHING that came out that Monday so it doesn't really matter.
Here in Europe from what I remember one spot is always held by the internet channel and the other World of Goo. That might have changed recently. What I'm saying is in some regions Nintendo doesn't use the full front page anyway so the front page isn't nesicarily what is holding back releases.

Darknyht

#56

Darknyht said:

Since I seem to play the DS more often these days, I wish they would get over this puzzle kick they seem to be on. Puzzles are fun, but there are other genres that need some DSiware love.

KDR_11k

#57

KDR_11k said:

Well, here in Germany the recommended games list is pretty much the list of new releases.

Objection

#58

Objection said:

Rather decent week but nothing for me, at least right away. Hope we get Icarian/Nyx next week with Bit Trip.

Atlantis1982

#59

Atlantis1982 said:

I would get Water Warfare, but I have a bad feeling it won't be a popular game that people are going to get which is a crying shame. With that, I might not bother if there is hardly anyone here going to get it since its main target niche is the online multi-player.

i_am_error

#60

i_am_error said:

Curious about Reel Fishing Challenge since it's only 500pts. I'm pretty sure it doesn't support 16:9 display though.

Sabrewing

#61

Sabrewing said:

For whoever buys the disc-based Reel Fishing game, the WiiWare game "locks into" it to open up a few more arenas.

SSBFan_12

#62

SSBFan_12 said:

I am getting Water Warfare, the rest of the update is not the best, but we still got Water Warfare!!!

Tails

#63

Tails said:

same here i'm tempted to buy it so i think i'll but it sorry Sonic

Knux

#64

Knux said:

No biggie Tails86. I'm mad at Nintendo rather. Oh,I did buy Water Warfare and Fantasy Zone II.

Ricardo91

#65

Ricardo91 said:

Maybe I'll get Water Warfare sometime down the line, but otherwise this is yet another week of no downloads from me.
It looks like the miserable days of summer are coming in again. :(

KDR_11k

#66

KDR_11k said:

I would get Water Warfare, but I have a bad feeling it won't be a popular game that people are going to get which is a crying shame. With that, I might not bother if there is hardly anyone here going to get it since its main target niche is the online multi-player.

It's already in the list of most popular games here, #8 currently. It's not just for online gamers, it also has local multiplayer.

Stuffgamer1

#67

Stuffgamer1 said:

Only a few months after Eat Lead jokingly introduces the concept of a water gun FPS, somebody actually goes and makes one. It's a CRAAAAAZY world... I might give it a shot, though, if enough of my favorite NLife friends download it. :)

My Shop Channel intro page always recommends Super Mario Bros. 3, World of Goo, and two new releases. As such, I ignore that page, because it's absolutely useless to me.

Today's VC is uninteresting to me, but since Twilight Crow was looking forward to it for so long, I'm happy for her. :)

Miyabi273

#69

Miyabi273 said:

I would also have to agree it is a decent week. I am really tempted to buy Water Warfare the only online shooter I've played is 007 Nightfire for the PC XD. Anyway I have a few things I have to buy first. I think I am going to play SSB on the 64 tonight though because having the cartridge means no waiting XP. I just hope some day in the future I don't know when we get Metal Warriors.

Rawk_Hawk

#70

Rawk_Hawk said:

The Fantasy Zone games are good, but start with Super Fantasy Zone.It's the best of the bunch.

WarioFan63

#71

WarioFan63 said:

Man, sometimes I wish Cave Story was never announced, then some people wouldn't immediately shun every WiiWare game that wasn't Cave Story.

Slapshot

#73

Slapshot said:

I was hoping for Asphalt to release but oh well....Fantasy Zone 2 is a great shooter but already have it. Oh well no buying for me again this week.

IAmNotWill

#75

IAmNotWill said:

@75: Tell me about it. That game looks good and I will DL it, but it is overhyped IMO.

abe8812

#77

abe8812 said:

I hope there's one good game next week so that I can buy a points card and download it along with the 3 FFIV: After Years stories that will be available next week and Rydia's Tale(which I have not download yet).

Twilight_Crow

#79

Twilight_Crow said:

@Stuffgamer1
Thanks :), I read about it and I made some research, man, those videos made me want that game badly, it's so colorful for a SMS game, and I also liked the music, it just appealed to me a lot, I've been hoping we'll get it since last september, and is finally here :); next week I'll be getting some wiipoints for it, Bit.Trip Core, and Cave Story (It has to come out on july for crying out loud).

astarisborn94

#80

astarisborn94 said:

Virtual Console week is meh, but not that bad. It's better then what we were seeing five weeks ago! So is DSiWare. WiiWare on the other hand has the potential to be good, especially since Water Warfare sounds like fun with online mutiplayer!

WolfLink22

#81

WolfLink22 said:

This Week is ok if you wanted any of these games.But i'll stick to Clay Fighter until Super Smash Bros or Super Mario Kart comes out on the VC.

I can wait for SSB or SMK for another 2 or 3 months.I won't need a Nintendo Points Card until then.

McGruber

#84

McGruber said:

I bought Water Warfare. It's great! One of the best WiiWare games you can get. The online is fun. Why don't publishers make good online games for retail if they can do this on a budget for WiiWare. Not to mention onslaught. Because nobody buys them! Buy Water Warfare, buy Onslaught, and for god sakes BUY CONDUIT!

RurouniTeeter

#86

RurouniTeeter said:

@80. Kevin
Just buy Final Fantasy for GBA already.
Better yet, just shush up about Final Fantasy. It'll get here when Square-Enix feels like it.

Stuffgamer1

#87

Stuffgamer1 said:

Hey, Mickeymac! I don't think I've seen you around in a while. Am I oblivious, or were you actually not posting? Either way, nice to see you now. :)
And about your question, it wasn't on there. Fantasy Zone and Super Fantasy Zone were, but not Fantasy Zone 2.

totallyNECTAR

#88

totallyNECTAR said:

I have a quick question about Water Warfare:

Is the online pretty populated? How many players per match do you average if you just play worldwide matches? What modes are most playing? I am interested in this but I'm not sure if I'm gonna get it yet because I want to have a fun online shooter (or in this case "soaker") for the Wii. I'm on the fence about it...but if online is populated enough I'll probably pick it up ;D

Stuffgamer1

#89

Stuffgamer1 said:

I have another Water Warfare question, actually, although I expect the answer is "no."
Does it have WiiSpeak support? I doubt I'll bother with it if it doesn't, because I am systematically adverse to online multiplayer in which you cannot converse with opponents and/or teammates.

KDR_11k

#91

KDR_11k said:

You can select some predetermined phrases and bind them to the d-pad but that's it.

BL_Donth

#92

BL_Donth said:

mediocre(sp?) update.
Not a big fan of the Fantasy Zone series.
I'll be waiting for the Water Warfare review.

Stuffgamer1

#93

Stuffgamer1 said:

That's what I figured. Not interested, then.

@donth8theplaya69: The Water Warfare review is already up, y'know. The game released in Europe last week, so the review was ready just in time for the North American release.

JTC-Pingas

#94

JTC-Pingas said:

Got back from church camp 30 minutes ago. So I had no idea what came to the VC while I was gone. I had a dream Monday night that Super Smash Bros came to the VC. You could pick between the US version and the Japanese version. Much to my suprise when I checked the shop channel, I said "Wow. This is the game they gave us while I was gone?"

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