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Nintendo Download: Toasters, Rainbows, Catching, Calculators, Clocks and Harriers (US)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

A whopping six games this week.

WiiWare seems to be the main focus this week, with a whole three new games for it. DSiWare gets two more non-games, while VC has to do with just one game.

On WiiWare, you can get Eduardo the Samurai Toaster, from Semnat Studios. This promising game was first announced at the start of the year and looks to be quite similar to games such as Metal Slug and Contra, although perhaps slightly easier. With great graphics, features, 4-player co-op and a very decent price (800 Wii Points) we think it'll do just fine, but if you want to know for sure wait until we review it. In the meantime, why not read the interview we did shortly after the game's initial announcement?

Sega's Let's Catch has already been out in Japan for a while. It doesn't seem to be much more than a bunch of minigames in which you throw balls by flicking your Wii remote, but maybe there's a surprising amount of hidden depth to the game? There better be for 1000 Wii Points! We'll review it in the next few days. And if you're wondering, yes, the game is related to Let's Tap - If you own Tap you'll unlock some stuff in Catch.

The third and last new WiiWare game isn't much of a surprise. It's Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure!, the WiiWare remake of the classic arcade game. Once again, you play as Bubby and Bobby (The human forms of Bub and Bob from Bubble Bobble) as you make your way up various vertical stages and defeat enemies by creating rainbows. Sadly, it's not nearly as good as Bubble Bobble's recent WiiWare outing, as our review will tell you. Just continue to hope for a VC release of the arcade or NES version!

DSiWare doesn't have much interesting stuff this week - It's the second themed clock/calculator set, this time featuring Mario. At least they're slightly better than the Animal Crossing variations! Mario Calculator doesn't have much going for it other than the Mario theme, but Mario Clock actually has some interactivity - You can actually run and jump around as Mario and collect coins, and there's a few easter eggs scattered throughout. The Mario Clock and Calculator will run you 200 DSi Points each - Decide wisely! We'll naturally review both of them soon.

VC just gets the one new game, but it's not exactly a "new" one. At least it's (finally) the best version of a game which is already available! The arcade version of Space Harrier was the first and is still the best version of Sega's original shooter, with naturally much better graphics and sound than its Master System port has to offer. For fans of the game this is no doubt a great release, but for those wondering what all the fuss is about it might be best to read our review, as the game is not that easy to get into if you've never played it before.

Six games! Are you getting any of them? More from Nintendo's press release:

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: MARIO CALCULATES THE TIME NEEDED TO CATCH TOASTED RAINBOWS IN SPACE

June 15, 2009

Nintendo's downloadable content this week features the first-ever kitchen appliance with martial arts training. Throw in some rainbows and a game of catch, and you have a pretty interesting WiiWare™ lineup. But that's not all: There are Mario-themed Nintendo DSiWare™ applications and a classic arcade game for the Virtual Console™. Let's get to the details:

WiiWare

Eduardo the Samurai Toaster
Publisher: Semnat Studios
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: Fight your way through 13 diverse locations on your own or with up to three friends in this frenetic and stylish side-scrolling action game. Play as Eduardo and his fellow toaster buddies as you fire an assortment of pastries at all kinds of dastardly food products. Hop onto laser-mounted scooters and fly across the screen in rocket packs, and learn to cooperate with your teammates or simply annoy each other in an awesomely fun way by throwing each other around the screen. The choice is up to you.

RAINBOW ISLANDS™: TOWERING ADVENTURE!
Publisher: TAITO
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: In Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure!, players control the rainbow-magic-wielding Bubby or Bobby as they climb the seven seamless areas of a tower reaching the heavens while defeating enemies with their rainbow powers. Bosses controlled by the scientific genius Dr. Crescent await players at the end of every area. Race through every area within the allotted time to meet the rainbow-colored Holly's Comet. There are three game modes: Story mode, which tells the tale of Holly's Comet; Challenge mode, where players attempt to climb as high as they can; and Time Attack, where players select an area and see how fast they can climb it. Rainbow Islands: Towering Adventure! is an exhilarating action game where you use rainbows to climb into the heavens.

Let's CATCH™
Publisher: SEGA
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: Play catch with friends in multiplayer party games and compete for high scores using your Mii™ character and others. Choose from six different single and multiplayer modes such as Speed Catch, which tests your ability to catch a fastball, and Bomb Catch, an elimination party game for up to four players. Select from a variety of characters or use your Mii character to play other favorite catch games. Unlock special features when you own both Let's TAP and Let's CATCH.

Nintendo DSiWare

Mario™ Calculator
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: N/A
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Mario and Luigi™ take a break from their normal adventures to dedicate their heroic talents to working with numbers. Mario Calculator features the full functionality of a traditional calculator, including a Memory key and the ability to display up to 13 digits, and adds a layer of atmosphere reminiscent of the original Super Mario Bros.™ Use the Unit Converter to turn one unit of measure into another (such as length, weight, volume, age and others), or track the history of calculations you've performed with ease. Listen to the Mario-related sounds and watch the coins fly as calculations are performed. Now, back to adding up those high scores...

Mario™ Clock
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Turn back time and enjoy a bit of classic game play based on the original Super Mario Bros. with Mario Clock. Help Mario and Luigi collect more coins than ever (POW block anyone?) while they run through a variety of stages. Gather enough coins and you'll be treated to another scene bound to bring back fond memories for many. Mario Clock includes both analog and digital clocks that use the system's internal clock or allow you to offset the time however you like. Program up to three alarms (with snooze functionality for those that need it) and assign them a Mario-related sound or use one created in the Nintendo DSi™ Sound application. You'll find yourself thinking "Just a few more coins..." in no time!

Virtual Console

Space Harrier™
Original platform: Virtual Console Arcade
Publisher: SEGA
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Animated Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: "Welcome to the Fantasy Zone. Get ready!" This is the greeting given to you as you start Space Harrier, but you don't have much time to take this advice. Even as the words are being spoken, your Harrier warrior is already charging into battle. Toting a huge laser gun under his arm, the Space Harrier can either run along the checkerboard ground or freely fly through the sky. Either way, he's always heading forward into the hostile 3-D world. As you progress, hordes of strange creatures and robots fly toward you. Fast reflexes are required to dodge their incoming fire. Environmental hazards can be a problem, too. Take care not to run into any trees or stone structures. If you need a bit of a morale boost, just defeat a boss, and the narrator will remind you that "you're doing great!"

[via press.nintendo.com]

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User Comments (163)

Bass_X0

#1

Bass_X0 said:

cool week. but nothing i would particularly want from that line-up personally.

RGVEDA

#2

RGVEDA said:

Hey :) First!! :D

Edit: Second :(

The Video in the "Let´s Catch" Section is gone :(

KnucklesSonic8

#3

KnucklesSonic8 said:

A truly excellent update for WiiWare. Never before have we received THREE games!! I'm pretty happy about finally getting a new VCA title right now I don't even care about the lack of SSB64 (which I'm sure many will complain about). It just feels so good to finally get one! Let's Catch was a big surprise also and I'll be getting it after hearing good things about it. I can't believe I'm getting three things this week. This is truly crazy. Here's to hoping the Mario apps are also at least a little more worth it than the AC ones. I hope they don't flop.

As for the next VCA release, let's hope we don't have to wait 3 months for another one, seriously. >_>

RocketBird

#4

RocketBird said:

Eduardo the Samurai Toaster looks like a possibility to me. I love metal slug and those type of games. I'll wait for the review though.

flatspikes

#5

flatspikes said:

How long till DsiWare really gets good? Wii Ware had great(ish) launch titles but we're a good many weeks in now and I still feel it's all rather limited...

The other releases are pretty great although Space Harrier has dated very badly!

Bass_X0

#6

Bass_X0 said:

the DSi will be good when all the application ware like this gets released, probably.

ALDAWGZ

#7

ALDAWGZ said:

EDUARDO THE TOASTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANT WAIT 2 GO HOME N DOWNLOAD IT SHOULD B GOOD

WarioFan63

#10

WarioFan63 said:

All these kind of applications have been released. At least as far as Clocks and Calcs go, this is it. Expect the next few weeks to be full of Art Styles, Sudokus, Gameloft titles, and those Domo games.

RGVEDA

#11

RGVEDA said:

Here is the EU and US Only List of WiiWare Games (Release Date German spelling):

US Only:

01. 12.05.08 V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack (High Voltage Software)
02. 02.06.08 Protöthea (Two Tribes)
03. 23.06.08 Gyrostarr (High Voltage Software)
04. 14.07.08 Major League Eating: The Game (Mastiff)
05. 08.09.08 Groovin' Blocks (Empty Clip Studios)
06. 06.10.08 MadStone (RiverMan Media)
07. 17.11.08 Target Toss Pro: Bags (Incredible Technologies)
08. 24.11.08 Boingz (RealArcade)
09. 08.12.08 Bruiser & Scratch (Steel Penny Games)
10. 08.12.08 Hockey Allstar Shootout (Big Blue Bubble)
11. 15.12.08 Big Kahuna Party (Reflexive Entertainment)
12. 22.12.08 Tiki Towers (RealArcade)
13. 05.01.09 Sandy Beach (Konami)
14. 12.01.09 Planet Pachinko (Allied Kingdoms)
15. 19.01.09 High Voltage Hot Rod Show (High Voltage Software)
16. 09.02.09 LIT (WayForward Technologies)
17. 16.02.09 Evasive Space (Akinai Games)
18. 09.03.09 Gradius ReBirth (Konami)
19. 30.03.09 Bonsai Barber (Nintendo)
20. 11.05.09 Family Pirate Party (Aksys Games)
21. 18.05.09 Silver Star Chess (Agetec, Inc.)
22. 15.06.09 Eduardo the Samurai Toaster (Semnat Studios)
23. 15.06.09 Let's Catch (Sega)

EU Only

01. 05.12.08 Bang! (Engine Software)

So, why, why, why is Europe again behind??

KnucklesSonic8

#12

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Also, did you guys notice:
"Unlock special features when you own both Let's TAP and Let's CATCH."
That's a great way to promote their upcoming game which I plan to get. Can't wait to find out what these special features entail!

@Mike: I was wondering who would be the first to complain. Looks like you're that person.

TheEmulationZones

#13

TheEmulationZones said:

Ahahah! Finnaly America Gets A Disaster Update For Nintendo Dsi!
Lucky Europe Had Asphalt 4 Friday ^ ^! Good Luck America, Cus We Gonna Beat You With Art Style And Gameloft

longtimegamer

#14

longtimegamer said:

Still can't get a Virtual Arcade that I want to download(Same with C64, except maybe The Last Ninja. Can't get myself to get that game yet). I hope they do soon. As slow as it's been getting these out, I doupt it though. Let's Catch? Eduardo(maybe), RainbowIsland (possibly, especially if I don't get Eduardo) RI is not a remake right?

brandonbwii

#15

brandonbwii said:

Nice updates. I sorta wish eduardo and let's catch were 500 points though. I'd buy eduardo just to satisfy my quirky curiousity. I anxiously await reviews. Get to it, guys. :-)

Tannman42

#16

Tannman42 said:

Great update I'd say. @RGVEDA: I think we will see at least one of the games finally released in Europe. I hope we get Gyrostarr, Tiki Towers, MadStone or High Voltage Hot Rod Show. Either one of these games I would consider downloading.

Terra

#17

Terra said:

I'd forgotten how big the difference in exclusives was. Seriously, there are quite a few games I want off that list and lots of them have been US only for ages. I know some companies don't have the money to localize them but when the difference is that big, it's annoying. Even more so because those games wouldn't need a translation for release in the UK but because of the other countries, we have to wait. Nothing against other European countries but still.

Guess I'm just an impatient gamer but what's even more annoying although I know some of those are almost certainly not coming to Europe (HVS!) at all which is just more annoying as I know they definitely won't get released, which for companies like HVS, quite disappointing. I'm not paying loads for a US Wii either as I don't have that sort of money.

MethodOne

#18

MethodOne said:

I'm not downloading Space Harrier because I have it on Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for PS3. Too bad we don't have SSB this week.

marktheshark

#19

marktheshark said:

@13, TheEmulationZones

You're glad that people in NA are ****** off because their newest Dsi week? That's sad, really.

Anyways, I think I might download one of these games.

KnucklesSonic8

#21

KnucklesSonic8 said:

People can expect me to come back later on with impressions on Let's Catch and maybe Samurai Toaster too if I have time.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#22

Philip_J_Reed said:

@RGVEDA
"So, why, why, why is Europe again behind??"

If it makes you feel any better, it looks like only about 3 of those games are worth having.

Mikarlo

#23

Mikarlo said:

Uugh... It's getting tougher and tougher to be patient with these DSiWare releases...

Starwolf_UK

#26

Starwolf_UK said:

I expected more meltwons over an obvious matter.

Having seen this, I predict Let's Catch for Europe on Friday (not much of a prediction, Let's Tap is out then...).

As for the DSiWare "utilities"... I can't wait to see the Wednesday DSiWare charts when we see the Mario clock and calculator have outsold Mighty Flip Champs...

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#27

Philip_J_Reed said:

@RGVEDA:
Well, I can only speak personally, so you may disagree. :) But of those, I think only LIT, Bonsai Barber and Eduardo (which just came out this very day) would hold any appeal for me whatsoever. The rest seems to run the gamut from "awful" to "average."

IMHO.

Bass_X0

#29

Bass_X0 said:

I'd only want LIT out of the games Europe has yet to get that America has.

flatspikes

#31

flatspikes said:

I hope once all this application 'ware' has been released we may finally see some quality from DSi Ware. Gameloft do seem to be leading over Nintendo at the moment on this.

I'm not sure what I expected from the service... a virtual console perhaps...

Bass_X0

#34

Bass_X0 said:

32: No. Its basically a Genesis game at heart. So it gets a Genesis price point.

deadly_by_design

#35

deadly_by_design said:

So is Cave Story still due out this month? (now that it's "after E3")

Because that's all I really care about in the WiiWare area.

Knux

#38

Knux said:

NO SUPER SMASH BROS!? THIS IS NOT FAIR!!
EDIT:It's a nice update,but I don't think I will be buying any of these games.

North99

#39

North99 said:

Wow I'm so glad there are so many different clocks and calculators I can download onto my $200 system - good thing I bought it!!! Can't be without multiple clocks and calculators ya know.

The_Fox

#41

The_Fox said:

Wow..six games and only one good one (Toaster). Oh well, the only really terrible things are the clock and calculator, so it could be worse.

Don

#42

Don said:

God I miss those days when we had three VC games a week instead of one. Just watch, one of these days they'll change it to one VC game every other week.

S_GE

#44

S_GE said:

what in the bule h*LL is this crap! I woke up this morning expecting Smash Bros 64 and I see a line up of leprecon CRAP! What are those fools doing over at VC/Nintendo headquarters?!**? They need to put down their cucumbers and get to work on that remix Ninja Turtles game, Earthbound, Smash Bros 64 and castlevania rondo of blood!!!!!!!!!!!

The_Fox

#47

The_Fox said:

@post 44
Well, The Wii isn't getting the TMNT remix title, and it isn't likely won't see Earthbound either. SSB64 will hit sometime, and with shoud Rondo should hit sometime. (at Halloween seems like a nice fit)

terry908

#49

terry908 said:

I originally planned to add another 1000dsi points, but seems I will have to wait until next week.

Machu

#50

Machu said:

Share thoughts on Eduardo people, I'm intrigued! And I'll add it to the growing list of US releases i want :(

@sirgrim Thanks!

pixelman

#51

pixelman said:

None of these games interest me. I was really hoping for Mario Kart, but I keep forgetting America gets games months after Japan, and weeks after Europe. Jeebus.

SwerdMurd

#52

SwerdMurd said:

@deadly

I heard Cavestory was still a ways off a few months back...I recall Nicalis using the word September in a sentence...

sirgrim

#53

sirgrim said:

OK I'll be the Eduardo guinea pig. I'll let you know my first thoughts in 1.5 hours.

the_shpydar

#56

the_shpydar said:

Heh, of course arcade Space Harrier finally comes out in the US when i've run out of points. D'oh! Hey SEGA, can i maybe get it for free considering how many million quarters i dumped into the game back in the day? =D

Noire

#57

Noire said:

A whole lot of games that I have no interest in buying. Oh well. It's probably for the best anyway. My stupid Wi-Fi Adapter decided it wanted to retire from working, so I'd have to spend hours trying to get it to work.

Rum_Rapture

#58

Rum_Rapture said:

To the people annoyed that they didn't get Smash Bros: sure, Europe has gotten Majora's Mask and Smash Bros before America. But America has gotten plenty of big VC titles before us in the past. Like...

Super Metroid
NA: 20 Aug 07, EU: 12 Oct 07

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
NA: 22 Jan 07, EU: 23 Mar 07

Mario Golf
NA: 06 Oct 08, EU: 23 Jan 09...

Well those are a few examples. So just think of them when you're annoyed that we get a game first, and maybe it won't seem as unfair :P. And THEN look at RGVEDA's WiiWare list. We're positively starved!

RGVEDA

#60

RGVEDA said:

And i have a Virtual Console List too!

Please note, that the most games of the EU List are "only" C64 games. The US List has more/mixed and better games:

US Only

01. 09.04.07 Bravoman (Namco, TG)
02. 05.03.07 Elevator Action (Taito, NES)
03. 11.06.07 Lode Runner (Hudson, NES)
04. 04.06.07 Milon's Secret Castle (Hudson, NES)
05. 07.05.07 Ordyne (Namco, TG)
06. 26.03.07 Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire (Koei, SNES)
07. 30.07.07 Star Soldier (Hudson, NES)
08. 12.03.07 Tecmo Bowl (Tecmo, NES)
09. 19.02.07 The Legend of Kage (Taito, NES)
10. 10.09.07 NES Play Action Football (Nintendo, NES)
11. 15.10.07 Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (NES, Tecmo)
12. 15.10.07 Metal Marines (SNES, Namco)
13. 12.11.07 Axeley (Konami, SNES)
14. 03.12.07 Zanac (Compile, NES)
15. 17.02.08 Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (Tecmo, NES)
16. 24.03.08 King's Knight (Square Enix, NES)
17. 24.03.08 Powerball (Sega, Mega Drive)
18. 07.04.08 Bases Loaded (Jaleco, NES)
19. 05.05.08 Renegade (Aksys Games, NES)
20. 19.05.08 Sky Kid (Namco Bandai, NES)
21. 22.09.08 Super Dodge Ball (Aksys Game, NES)
22. 29.09.08 Super Turrican 2 (Factor 5, SNES)
23. 29.12.08 Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Nintendo, NES)
24. 05.01.09 Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Nintendo, SNES)
25. 19.01.09 MUSHA (Sega, Mega Drive)
26. 16.02.09 Life Force (Konami, NES)
27. 02.03.09 Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (Square, SNES)
28. 23.03.09 Bomberman '94 (Hudson, Turbografx 16)
29. 23.03.09 Detana!! Twinbee (Hudson, Turbografx 16)
30. 06.04.09 Uncharted Waters: New Horizons (Koei, SNES)
31. 27.04.09 Nobunaga's Ambition (Koei, SNES)
32. 08.06.09 Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Koei, SNES)

EU ONLY

01. 07.09.07 ESWAT: City under Siege (Sega, Megadrive)
02. 07.09.07 CrackDown (Sega, Megadrive)
03. 14.09.07 Mario's Super Picross (Nintendo, SNES)
04. 21.12.07 Skate or Die! (Ultra, NES)
05. 28.03.08 Uridium (Commodore Gaming, C64)
06. 11.04.08 Impossible Mission (Commodore Gaming, C64)
07. 11.04.08 California Games (Commodore Gaming, C64)
08. 25.04.08 World Games (Commodore Gaming, C64)
09. 23.05.08 Paradroid (Commodore Gaming, C64)
10. 13.06.08 Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance (Commodore Gaming, C64)
11. 27.06.08 Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine (Commodore Gaming, Commodore 64)
12. 25.07.08 International Karate + (Commodore Gaming, C64)
13. 19.08.08 Jumpman (Commodore Gaming, C64)
14. 17.10.08 Mayhem in Monsterland (Commodore Gaming, C64)
15. 31.10.08 Devil World (Nintendo, NES)
16. 12.12.08 Last Ninja 3 (Commodore Gaming, Commodore 64)
17. 12.12.08 Impossible Mission II (Commodore Gaming, Commodore 64)
18. 20.02.09 Winter Games (Commodore Gaming, Commodore 64)
19. 17.04.09 Secret Command (Sega, Sega Master System)
20. 08.05.09 Fantasy Zone II (Sega, Sega Master System)
21. 12.06.09 Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo, N64)

JTC-Pingas

#63

JTC-Pingas said:

Sigh. I knew Space Harrier was coming. Looks like next week will be Sim Earth for sure ;)

PALgamer

#64

PALgamer said:

Wow, six, thought it was the Japanese Update.
Congrats America. Nintendo loves you more than us, even if you don't think sooo :(

nitro_rev

#65

nitro_rev said:

come on Nintendo, give us the art style! Europe already has 5 and we only have 2. I love them both but I beat picobits weeks ago. I buying all of them anyway so even if you release them all on the same day, I don't care. Pleeese, just give us the good stuff, enough of these clocks and calculators.

sirgrim

#67

sirgrim said:

Wow this download is taking forever today. 8 minute download time. Wonder how popular the servers are this morning.

Starwolf_UK

#69

Starwolf_UK said:

Looks like next week will be Sim Earth for sure
Or vc-pce being misinformed by Nintendo yet again...

Mine is taking a while too but I'm downloading straight to the SD Card.
The only copying to the SD that occurs is right at the very end. That is why you'll see Mairo jumping on the final block for a longer ammount of time.

astarisborn94

#70

astarisborn94 said:

Here's my opinion on this week downloadable service:

Virtual Console: Since Space Harrier is the only update this week, you would expect me to complain about it. While it's a shame that we don't have Super Smash Bros. yet, it's not that bad of an update. In fact, I call this a miracle that Nintendo got off their lazy butts and released this game. While it may sound medicoric, I might give this game a try.

DSiWare: Intresting. They may not be games and sadly you have to pay for it, but I like to see if this game is worth getting. After all, it has Mario on it!

WiiWare: Now that's what I'm talking about! Three games in one week! This has never happend before! According to the list, it sounds like a good week. I also like that Sega finally debut on WiiWare (I like to see how well done Let's Catch is. While I probably won't download any of the three (Let's Catch is a possibility thought.), at least I'm almost sure that it's going to be good!

Overall, Virtual Console was medicoric, yet I'm gald that Nintendo of America finally did something right that I smell an revival in the service, DSiWare is intresting, and WiiWare sounds like an excellent week. Nintendo got it right again! And this is coming from an Nintendo fanboy who usually complain about one-game week.

Twilight_Crow

#71

Twilight_Crow said:

Not a bad update, but Eduardo is the only game I'm considering, I'm eagerly waiting for the review, maybe KS8 and sirgrim impressions, thanks guys.

About the rest, I'd prefered the original Rainbow Islands to hit VC, and the catch game is just not my cup of tea, nor is Space Harrier, but happy for everyone waiting for it :).

Oh, there was something for DSiware... ew forget what I said :P.

Rawk_Hawk

#72

Rawk_Hawk said:

I hope Pop Plus Solo comes out soon. The Mario Clock is not too bad. At least it's interactive and has some cool alarms on it.
Nintendo should have released Altered Beast for the VCA. I'm waiting for that one

longtimegamer

#73

longtimegamer said:

@KnuckleSonic8 - Thanks. You didn't do the MK race here this weekend, huh? Was wanting to add you MK fc, but I didn't see it. Been having trouble with getting some of the MK FC to work right, anyways. The friend don't always show. Maybe they have to be online when I do it?

sirgrim

#75

sirgrim said:

Eduardo is extremely repetative, bleh game. It's so easy I just blazed through 7 levels in 30 minutes and I don't even know if I died. The art work is cool, but overall the game feels uninspired.

I came across a single music track, which was bland. The black and white levels look cool. There's no scoring system, and it is an extreme button masher. You can't hold the button to repeatedly shoot. Coming across weapon upgrades there are only a few. An automatic shoot, a 3 way shoot, a toaster-fart bomb, and dropping bomb toast.

There's one level that is a veritical scroller, and another level that was flying. So there was a small change of pace. However angular shooting with the d-pad doesn't work too well, so I mostly found myself shooting up/down/left/right. I tried the classic controller, and it doesn't have analog stick support.

When enemies get close to you, the toaster automatically hits them, or you can throw them at other enemies or just to finish them off. There is an easy (lol), normal, hard and crazy-hard setting. I was playing on the hard. You can select how many lives you want up to infinate. Maybe selecting how many lives would make it even harder, but it would still feel extremely repetitive.

Might be worth it for 500 points, but definitely over priced for what you get. So far, it would only earn a 5/10 from me.

Go to gamestop, pick up The Monkey King for $5 and you will have a decent co-op shooter that is a little more fun and save a few bucks.

J_K

#76

J_K said:

Sigh...yet another quality release week in Virtual Console land. I'm getting fed up with these mediocre 1 shot wonders, and what happened to the Arcade games too? >: Another week, another time without Smash, etc in the states other territories already have.

RurouniTeeter

#77

RurouniTeeter said:

Hahaha. I knew we wouldn't get SSB64. And I'm HAPPY about it! That's GOOD! Seriously!! So Europe got it. Let's all get jealous now!!... Not... Seriously people, it's not a huge deal... is it?... Play Melee or Brawl still... They're way better... I don't see what the hype is with the 64 one...
Oh, I doubt he'll read this, but the guy named "Mike" - Nintendo aren't really fools... I wouldn't call them that. I love how he's the first to complain as well.
So I have a question for everyone!
When Super Mario Kart & Super Smash Brothers comes out, what do you people want next? More stuff? Figured as much! So people! Stop complaining. Things will come out when they come out, for now, play and enjoy what you have right now. There has to be SOMETHING that can make you entertained enough not to play Super Smash Brothers.
I can just say that game isn't that great anymore...
Phew... Long comment.

SilentJ

#80

SilentJ said:

@sirgrim
I'm happy to see first impressions so soon. You just saved me some wii points. Eduardo looks really cool but I had a feeling it wasn't going to turn out as good as expected. It's stupid that you can't use the analog stick on the classic controller. I am, however, intrigued by the toaster-fart bomb.

Stuffgamer1

#81

Stuffgamer1 said:

I'm in no real rush for Smash to release. I may download it when it does, but I don't care if it takes a while because I've still got Brawl anyway.

I don't care too much for this week's releases, though. I didn't much enjoy Space Harrier in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection so there's no WAY I'd recommend paying $8 for that junk! Only Space Harrier I like is the court in SEGA Superstars Tennis.

I was somewhat interested in Eduardo, but that's passed after what sirgrim had to say about it.

Let's Catch sounds stupid and overpriced, I don't care about Rainbow Islands in any capacity, and of course the DSiWare release just plain sucks.

If some people are happy, though, I guess that's good. I'll just play other stuff and wait for good stuff from Nintendo. Since Sony's really been picking up on quality PSN games (and PS1 quantity), I've got plenty of stuff to do. Plus, I should get back to Do Re Mi Fantasy so I can give a final overall report to Corbie. :P

Gizmo

#82

Gizmo said:

Why is the arcade version of "Space Harrier" the best version, though it has a score of 5 and the SMS version has a score of 6?

KnucklesSonic8

#83

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Based on sirgrim's impressions, I'm glad I decided to take a wait and see approach with Eduardo after all.

I did get Let's Catch and Space Harrier though. I'll be typing impressions of Let's Catch when I get home from work but I will say this: A. I'm really enjoying it thus far and it's pretty good; B. I just know the person reviewing it will bring it down.

@longtimegamer: I didn't know there was a MK race this weekend? Do you guys hold one every weekend now? Also, did I exchange FC's with you to begin with? If not, we should do so and definitely exchange Wii #'s as well. I'd love to participate in races during the week.

@Stuffgamer1: I like that court too! That's the first time I've ever "experienced" Space Harrier.

Mike1

#84

Mike1 said:

@79. RurouniTeeter
Why won't I see your stupid comment? Nintendo are fools. Instead of giving us SSB, which Nintendo has to know lots of people want, they instead give us a game that was already released on the VC. The game got a bad review then, so it probably didn't sell very well. So, because of that they decide to re-release it again? Come on. They are fools!

KnucklesSonic8

#87

KnucklesSonic8 said:

For those that missed 'em and want more impressions of Eduardo TST, Adam posted his own on the game page.

motang

#88

motang said:

Sweet, can't seem to get on the Shop Channel on my DSi at school/work. I can get on the web but not the shop...dang it going to have to wait till I get home.

Nintendo64Dude

#92

Nintendo64Dude said:

WHERE THE HELL IS SUPER SMASH BROS.!
ANOTHER WEEK OF GAMES THAT NOBODY WANTS...
Nintendo I thought you were cool but you disappointed me again.

P.S. The only good update was Majora's Mask.

WolfRamHeart

#93

WolfRamHeart said:

Well, I was considering getting Eduardo the Samurai Toaster today but not anymore. Thanks Sirgrim! Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated! I'm sorry to hear that the game sucks. I was actually looking forward to it. So, we got a total of six games today but nothing good. Oh well, I guess more isn't necessarily better.

cyrus_zuo

#94

cyrus_zuo said:

Harrier?
I had just given up on Sega bringing over the Virtual Arcade titles, and when they happen to try one out they picked Space Harrier?
Golden Axe Arcade version. That's the money game! I'm hoping we'll see Sega try another game, and that one would be a great one...or how about Shadow Dancer?
Good stuff to be getting more games!

mattnd2007

#95

mattnd2007 said:

i eagerly await the review of eduardo, i really hope it is good. none of the other releases interest me, maybe let's catch if it wasn't $10. $5 would have been better.

KnucklesSonic8

#96

KnucklesSonic8 said:

@Aquateen: Oh, come on. Gimme a break. Besides, there's a big possibility it'll come next week.

@mattnd2007: And that was my biggest fear. I had a feeling many wouldn't wanna give it a try just because of the price tag. I have a feeling that my hinder their sales numbers unfortunately...

@cyrus_zuo: Good to see you still coming back to NL after BKP's release. :)

Rawk_Hawk

#97

Rawk_Hawk said:

My prediction is Smash Bros. will be out on 7/6/09. Hopefully Super Mario Kart will follow soon.

JoeDiddley

#98

JoeDiddley said:

US gamers buy Eduardo so that they can afford to release it in the EU (unless it's rubbish!)

longtimegamer

#101

longtimegamer said:

@KnucklesSonic8 - My Wii and MK friendcodes are in my sig. Haven't added my other codes yet.

I know that you've heard that you can connest Lets Tap to Lets Catch. Do you have lets tap?

Adam

#102

Adam said:

I've been posting impressions of Eduardo on its individual page. I wish I had realized Sigrim was going to be guinea pig or I wouldn't have bothered, but oh well. I second Siggy's impressions entirely.

I'm going to have to look into this "Monkey King" game you've suggested instead, though.

I'm going to try Eddy with three-player co-op this afternoon, but I highly doubt it will be any better; in fact, I expect it to be worse since it's so easy, but I will set it to "Crazy-Hard" (highest difficult) and just a few lives to see if that makes it any more challenging than Normal, 6 Lives was.

Rapadash6

#104

Rapadash6 said:

Well, it sucks we didn't get Smash but that should've been expected. Now that Space Harrier is up we have only two catch up games left in front of Smash (Fantasy Zone II and Secret Command) but there's always the chance they'll put the former up first, I suppose. Nice that they've went all out for WiiWare this week, though.

Cheezy

#105

Cheezy said:

Well obviously we didn't get Smash Bros. (not surprised) and I'm not sure if I should use 400 of my 800 DSi Points on those apps. Overall, not the best update.

longtimegamer

#106

longtimegamer said:

Anyone else play Lets Catch? Also is Rainbow Island a remake of an older one or is it a new one?
I played a little of one on a compilation disk, I think.

totallyNECTAR

#108

totallyNECTAR said:

Hey all, first post here!

I'm disappointed to see the first impressions on Eduardo to be pretty average/bad. But I think that we really need some impressions about multiplayer because that's what it seems the game is geared more towards. Single player impressions are well and good but multiplayer really makes run n gun games like this way more fun. And of course it's going to be repetative, that's just the nature of these types of games (original Contra for example). Also, the comments about the difficulty aren't really that much of a concern for me as of now seeing as how your impressions were from Hard and Normal. Most run n' gun games aren't really that much of a challenge unless they're cranked up to the hardest difficulty (in most cases). I'm not trying to put your impressions down, I'm just saying I think we need a bit more information about the game before everyone starts making final judgments on it, more specifically about Crazy Hard modes and multiplayer (if it's not too much trouble ;D)

Thanks guys!

MarkyVigoroth

#109

MarkyVigoroth said:

Two more non-games?
...I hope that my brothers would not buy a non-game off my future DSi when I get a DSi...

Mark_Chibi

#111

Mark_Chibi said:

Well I've been playing the game all afternoon and I think I have a pretty good idea of what the game has to offer. The score is still up in the air yet, but from what I see right now, it looks like it may be either a three or four.

totallyNECTAR

#113

totallyNECTAR said:

@longtimegamer

haha no. That's SemnatDaniel ;d. I'm just trying to make a decision on whether to buy this or not (won't be able to until about 630PM since I have stuff to do). But the reason I ask the questions is because my bros and I love these kinds of games, but we usually only play them together (multiplayer) and on the hardest difficulty. Don't worry, I'm not trying to hype up the game lol. Just curious about the things I asked about.

RurouniTeeter

#114

RurouniTeeter said:

@86. Mike
'Kay Mike. Well, when Smash Brothers does come out have fun wasting $10. Thus unlocking all the characters and everything else probably in 10 minutes. Then your friends will maybe want to play Melee or Brawl instead. Do what you wish with your money...
Just telling you, it's not gonna be worth it as much as other things in the future I bet...

We all know you're gonna complain about another game not coming out yet...

totallyNECTAR

#116

totallyNECTAR said:

@longtimegamer

haha I don't know if I'm good, but my brothers and I enjoy playing them. Our favorites are Contra lll: The Alien Wars and Gunstar Heroes. We also play Metal Slug from time to time and even boot up the original Contra for NES (although blowing on the cartridge gets tedious sometimes lol).

Chunky_Droid

#117

Chunky_Droid said:

@flatspikes: Minis March Again and the Art Style series, with addition to Mighty Flip Champs are all excellent DSiWare games. Of course it's to personal opinion.

I'm holding out for Eduardo's review before I make a decision.

Also, this one goes out to you Corbie, if you review Mario Calculator and Clock, no copy and pasting the Animal Crossing reviews! :P

IAmNotWill

#118

IAmNotWill said:

Ugh, did we have to get Lets Catch? $10 for a catching game is a ripoff. Sega could have released Pole's Adventure.

And, Mike, just wondering, how old are you?

TwilightV

#119

TwilightV said:

Sigh... looks like another week of: "Baaawww we didn't get a big name release this week!" "Baaawww Nintendo are a bunch of fools!"

Honestly, I really hope we get another "dissapointing" bunch of releases like this next week.

WolfLink22

#120

WolfLink22 said:

This week's Nintendo Download was expected minus the VC Game.of course.I will pass of course since i have Clay Fighter and no Wii Points left.

Aenaida

#121

Aenaida said:

Decent update. Wasn't expecting SH, but at least it's a good game. The others don't interest me.

Nintendude92

#122

Nintendude92 said:

Got both the Mario apps.

Tip to anyone with the clock, collect 1,200 coins. Trip down memory lane right there, if only for a few seconds. @_@

Starwolf_UK

#123

Starwolf_UK said:

Also is Rainbow Island a remake of an older one or is it a new one?
New one which left most who played it wanting to go back to an older version.

Roopa132

#124

Roopa132 said:

it's a shame...
I guess the DSiBrowser is starting to feel really lonely in the "Free" section of DSiWare :( although things like the calculators and clocks would be perfect for the "Free" section...

Olimar_91

#125

Olimar_91 said:

For someone looking for a brighter Eddy impression, I'm having a blast with it so far. Not sure what the guy far above me was speaking of about 1 music track, there's quite a few and all of them are very snazzy. The graphics are also quite nice.

It is a bit repetitive but most shooters are.

Anyway I'm writing up the full review for you guys, but definitely don't hold back because of one or two negative feedback's, it's a pretty decent game and well worth 8 bucks, especially if you have friends to play it with.

totallyNECTAR

#127

totallyNECTAR said:

Hey guys got an update on Eduardo.

A guy on gamefaqs said this about Crazy-Hard:
"Also in crazy hard difficulty you die in one hit."

Sounds like it could be hard after all. Now that we have a couple multiplayer impressions from some other ppl here, I think I'll go ahead and pick this up. Sounds like decent fun and I like these types of games. Go Eduardo!

longtimegamer

#128

longtimegamer said:

@totallyNECTAR - Thanks. Just went over after reading this to see what people were saying about it there.
I don't know what to think about being able to make the game so easy. Bothers me for some reason, I guess. Be nice if you got rewarded for beating it on the harder difficultys.

Captain_Jack_Sparrow

#130

Captain_Jack_Sparrow said:

I'm just dissapointed that I've had my points already redeemed & saved up for SSB64; but today we got this crap! :(
Now I'm going to hold on to my points & not use them again for another freaking week! This majorly sucks! :(

The only slightly above average thing is that there's no longer a wait for that Mario themed DSi clock & calculator! ;)
I used the last of my 200 Points for Paper Plane though! :( ;)

I seriously hate all of today's WiiWare crap that was released; I don't care for that garbage! :(
I'll be looking forward to when Nintendo gets a clue & releases SSB64... even if they have to make us wait for July now! :(

Also the only WiiWare games I'm looking forward to is Icarinan Kindered Spirits; glad its coming out in Europe first... so looks like a release isn't too far away! Hope it comes out in the end of June... but if by all means I have to wait until July; so be it! ;)

CorbsAdmin

#131

Corbs said:

Talk about mood swings. I think even your emoticons got confused on that one. :D

Hyper_Metal_Sonic

#133

Hyper_Metal_Sonic said:

I just beat Eduardo on Normal and I gotta say it was alright. Unfortunately it wasn't as good as I thought it'd be, but I still wanna go back and beat it on harder difficulties. Wish it had some sort of scoring system because that'd be an even more incentive to replay levels. . .also I would've liked some bosses, but oh well, it's still a pretty good game and I'm not disappointed with my purchase!

JayArr

#134

JayArr said:

FYI - Let's Tap is currently out. It's a Wii game for $30. Just saw it at the store. Looked like rythm/drumming/party game.

Don't know if someone mentioned it yet. I just read where sonicknuckles8 wrote it wasn't out.

Adamant

#136

Adamant said:

You guys complaining about no Smash Bros - have you actually played the game before? If you haven't, I can assure you you're going to be pretty damn disappointed with it - it's not an all-time classic, it's the outdated prequel to the other two Smash Bros games, with just the bare-bones ready - a short 10-battle single player mode, 12 characters, 9 mostly bland stages, and very little you haven't seen in the sequels. Yes, the fighting engine is different, so it doesn't quite play the same in multiplayer, but there REALLY isn't much here that makes this one the current game for the whine corps to focus on.
Sure, there can be nostalgia involved, but claiming that Nintendo sucks for not releasing the few games YOU feel nostalgic about is pretty childish. The VC service wasn't made for you alone.

mariofan5000

#137

mariofan5000 said:

@Adament: You need to chill! So what if SSB isn't as good as it's sequals! it's still awesome! Just look at how many people want it! I will be downloading SSB the very second it comes out!

Jolted85

#138

Jolted85 said:

i bet ninty wont release smash bros until we have 310 releases :)

btw Space Harrier sounds awesome, I had some points, but I used them on my DSi cuz I got one last Thursday, i'll get SH next time though.

sirgrim

#139

sirgrim said:

@totallyNECTAR

I agree, people should take a full review before judging. My first impressions were just that. There might be ways to enjoy the game and get your money's worth. I just find that hard to see. We'll see what the NL full review does for the game. IMO there's plenty of better games to be had on the console for your 8 bucks. The art style and quirkiness set the game apart, but the gameplay and music do nothing to keep it there.

Those that do look into my Monkey King recommendation, don't pay over five bucks for it. It's that game's sweet spot, like it probably would have been for this one. I really like it's art though, and the box was "megaman'd" compared to the foreign version.

Adamant

#140

Adamant said:

@mariofan5000: "Just look at how many people want it!"

I am. That's why I'm asking. SSB really isn't the sort of game people who haven't played it before are going to love. Did ALL of you complainers own it back in the day and sold it for no apparant reason? If so, why not accept that there are other people who want other games, and Nintendo doesn't have any obligation to follow YOUR personal wishes all the time?

And, in case you were wondering, yes, I still own SSB, find it an enjoyable game, and still play it from time to time, since unlike you, I didn't sell it off. However, I'm still able to see that this probably isn't going to completely win over those who weren't there when it was new, and experienced the evolution of the series. Yes, the gameplay is different from the sequels, but the content it offers is much much less.

So therefore I ask, why single out this game for the current whine parade? It isn't a timeless classic, it's appeal is largely limited to those who have nostalgia for it but don't currently own it, so it becomes a complete case of "I want THIS game because I played it as a kid, and Nintendo suck if they release games other people want instead of games I want". Games like Majora's Mask are genuinely quality games that offer unique experiences enjoyable to new and old players alike, but SSB is largely a nostalgia-fulfillment release. It's not something worth the complaints it's getting.

Ian_Daemon

#141

Ian_Daemon said:

(1) Eduardo the Samurai Toaster is a good game. I'm glad I bought it. (However, it IS repetitive and simplistic) The art style is cool.

(2) I heard that it was easy, so I immediately started playing on the "hard" difficulty and I've had fun ever since. I have no idea how I gain and lose power-ups, but it doesn't seem to matter at this point.

(3) Is anyone else experiencing audio problems/issues? The game audio is still there, but there's this metallic-grating noise and static sound over it...

(4) @Hyper Metal Sonic, there ARE bosses in Eduardo.

Hyper_Metal_Sonic

#143

Hyper_Metal_Sonic said:

@ Ian Daemon
I guess they could be looked at as bosses, since those certain enemies only appear typically at the end of the level, but they were all the same. It was always just those floating things over and over.

Mike1

#144

Mike1 said:

@116. RurouniTeeter
You seem to know everything don't you. Time to bring you back down to Earth. I've played SSB before and I enjoy the game very much. Is it as good as Melee or Brawl? No, of course not. But paying $10 for a game isn't that expensive. If you think $10 is a lot of money to spend than you need to get a better job. And in regards to my complaining, big deal. SSB should have came out over a re-release like Space Harrier today. Get of your high horse!

jhuhn

#145

jhuhn said:

Well I predicted Space Harrier would come out sometime this month, but I think SEGA's asking price is a little steep at 800 Wii Points. It should be 600 for SEGA games for the VC arcade.

KnucklesSonic8

#146

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Time to post impressions of Let's Catch! Expect write-up shortly!
edit: Starting now. Got a little side-tracked, sorry.

longtimegamer

#147

longtimegamer said:

Good. Been waiting to hear more info on this(I like the alien in the video though) and Eduardo. Heard more things about the later one. They're not all bad impressions either.

RurouniTeeter

#148

RurouniTeeter said:

@146. Mike
Well excuuuuuuuuuuse me for wanting to save my money princess. :D Just trying to warn you, you could spend that $10 on some better game. And if you haven't noticed as well, jobs are not that easy to come by, or even a good job at that. So you got no right to talk about getting a better job.

fixjuxa

#149

fixjuxa said:

I just played Eduardo for a couple hours with a friend and we finished half the game. I was a little underwhelmed by the videos I'd seen so I cranked it up to Crazy-hard right out of the gate. Pretty lame that on the easier difficulties you don't die from a single hit. Anyway, we both thought it was pretty fun. The difficulty is kinda sketchy though. We spent a good hour trying to beat the fourth level, only to blow through the 5th and 6th level on our first try. What the?

If you're into run and gun games, stuff like Contra and the like, and have a friend to play with, definitely pick it up. Just make sure you crank the difficulty up to hard at the very least. I like that you can grab any enemy and any projectile and use it as a weapon. And the spear-chucking carrots are just hilarious. The lack of proper boss battles is kind of disappointing but what are you gonna do? The art style is definitely cool and I thought the music was quite rocking.

HiroshiYamauchi

#150

HiroshiYamauchi said:

@sirgrim
I agree with everything you said, Eduardo is very repetitive, my fingers are still hurting.
If it were one of those homebrew games for Wii i would give it a 9/10, but it don't have enough quality for Wiiware. I was expecting a better presentation.

Kenji510

#151

Kenji510 said:

Well time to get me the Eduardo Samurai Toaster, Mario Calculator/Clock and Space Harrier as well.. nice and good update today... but, i rather to see and get some Artstyle games for the DSiware though if we do get it or not.

KnucklesSonic8

#152

KnucklesSonic8 said:

So I've played Let's Catch both before and after work and so far, it's going good. I'll start off by saying that I don't regret my purchase at all so far. Sure it's easy to nitpick at this little niche title but at the same time, I can't help but feel a surprising appeal coming from this title. I doubt many will appreciate this game, though, for what it is especially at 1,000 Wii Points and I'm expecting the reviewer of this game to give it no higher than a 6/10 simply because of the price tag.

Anyway, so there are 6 different modes to choose from: Story Mode, Free Play Mode, Timed Mode (don't quote me on the name for this one), Speed Catch Mode, Nine Trial Mode (I at first thought this was a play-on-words/pun of Time Trial or something) and Bomb Catch Mode. Not all of these are multiplayer but a majority of them are and that is, really, the main draw of this title: for all its intents and purposes this is a Party game and it works hand-in-hand with Let's Tap's release. There's a distinct appeal to it.

Story Mode has you unlocking different characters found within the game, playing with them and learning more about their lives whilst aiming for high-scores. For example, the first character you'll meet is Yuto -- an underappreciated child who doesn't get much love from his workaholic of a father. Some of the other characters you'll meet will be kinda shy/not so open and so you'll need to draw them out by making good plays and staying in the game. Some of the characters are quite bombastic and they get really personal with you which awards the game a "Mild Suggestive Themes" moniker and honestly, it makes things interesting, actually! One girl goes on about her boyfriend and then goes onto talking about how she's actually interested in a guy at work who cheers her up but she knows they can never be together because he has a child and a wife. Are you thinking, random? Well, you're right. But it makes things interesting. In fact, I felt like making some responses myself to answer what the characters were saying (even if they were pre-determined). That would've been cool. But I ended up just making up hypothetical conversations with them as I went along in my mind. :)

In order to stay in the game in this mode, you need to fulfill the score requirement for the specific level. So for Level 1, you may need to obtain at least 1200 Points with only 15 throws. A Bad throw/catch will net you 10 Points; Normal throw will get you 20; Good is 30; Perfect is 50; Missed subtracts a life. Perfect will also give you an extra throw to the counter and Perfect Combos will also help your score further and this isn't as easy as you would think. The game's controls are really solid. They accurately track your motions quite well. There's more depth than you'd realize just from looking at it. Even without WM+ (which admittedly, would've been a cool addition), the controls are quite accurate. Some things will happen to change up the gameplay too. Sometimes, a UFO will float above near your area for a couple seconds. If you hit it, it will count as a Missed ball but if you hit it after getting a Perfect catch, then you'll earn 500 Points if you hit at the right time.

Free Play Mode is essentially Story Mode minus the talking between characters, and the game is open up to 2-4 players as well. What's also different is that although the game can be played split-screen, what's really nice is that the camera view can be changed to include both of you on the same screen and it works rather well! This mode also has no restrictions so you can play for as long or as little as you like but just like in every other mode, there are leaderboards.

Timed Mode is essentially Free Play Mode but with stricter conditions like the ones seen in Story Mode. I haven't toyed around with this one too much as of yet though.

Speed Catch is definitely one of the best in the package. Basically, you start off with one character passing the ball to you and as you catch the ball, the speed at which they throw the ball gets progressively faster. Additionally, every couple of throws the partner will change as will the environment. This mode is actually good at making you come back for more. You can even head to outer space and play with a fastball-throwing alien. As for what follows, I'll have to keep trying and see! Should be noted that this is a Solo experience only.

Nine Trial Mode is another mode that can also be played with multiplayer. Basically, you're tasked with with knocking out 9 tiles on a metal board using the ball. This is actually quite tricky, though. Like I mentioned earlier, the controls work quite well and as such, you'll need to aim at the panels carefully in such a way that you'll get all the panels (you can also hit the metal board too if you're not successful with your throw).

Bomb Catch Mode is another great one (for up to 4 players). Here each player gets 3 Lives and must pass the bomb around in a game of Hot Potato. A perfect throw/catch will make the bomb stay as is; a good throw will make the bomb lose 1 second on the counter; normal throw will decrease 2; bad will decrease 3; and a missed is an instant KO.

All in all, there's quite a bit of variety and if it were 500 Points I'd highly recommend it. As it stands though, 1,000 Points is sure to raise an eyebrow for many. While I don't personally regret my decision to get it, I'm sure many will bash it as being a tad overpriced. That being said, the gameplay doesn't get old that quickly. The game is very relaxing for me and it's great to unwind with! The game is also great for multiplayer as well. And if the 1,000 Point tag is setting you back, think of it this way. Y'know how not too long ago everyone was trying to justify the point tag for FFIV: The After Years by saying that people should have an open mind and think of it as paying $35 for a full-fledged game? Similar lines of reasoning for this.

Think of Let's Catch as an extension of Let's Tap in a way. Let's Tap is already at a great price of $29.99 (well... over in US anyway...) and so with Let's Catch that's $39.99 which isn't a bad deal when you consider everything that's on offer for this unique party game. It's clear that Yuji Naka has some ideas he wants to explore and I've been more than happy to support his ideas by purchasing Let's Catch and I had already decided way back that I would get Let's Tap. I hope more do the same if not with Catch, at least with Let's Tap (or even waiting for the price to drop to $19.99 if they're skeptical).

Also keep in mind too that the game has special features for those who own both Let's Tap and Let's Catch. Can't wait to see what these are!

But yeah, if you wanna hear more of my thoughts on Catch let me know. So far, it's a 7/10 in my books and it serves its purpose on WiiWare alongside other relaxing games perfect for unwinding. Forgot to add: the music found in the Story/Free Play modes is great and I don't get tired of it at all. Very calming. The music for the multiplayer modes is decent. Also, this is definitely one of the better-looking WiiWare games on the service. Can't wait to see more endeavors from SEGA (not just from PROBE, but Sonic Team as well)!

KnucklesSonic8

#154

KnucklesSonic8 said:

I'm planning on writing a review for this game, actually, longtimegamer. I can keep you posted if you're interested. It's possible I could get it done tomorrow, actually. And yes, the conversations do make things interesting.

Twilight_Crow

#156

Twilight_Crow said:

@KS8
Thanks for the impressions, curiously, after I saw the Nintendo Channel video of this I found it charming, and after what you wrote I may give it a go in the future (out of money right now); I'd like to read your review too ;).

KnucklesSonic8

#158

KnucklesSonic8 said:

@Twilight Crow/longtimegamer: I'll let you guys know then! As for where to tell you, I'll think of something. Maybe on the game page or here, we'll see. Just keep your eyes open.

Mike1

#159

Mike1 said:

@150. RurouniTeeter
You don't have warn me to save $10 on a game I already played and enjoyed, okay princess. The only people that complain about the price of VC games are the people too lazy to get a job. $10 is not that much money, and if it is, then you shouldn't own a Wii since they cost $250.

RurouniTeeter

#160

RurouniTeeter said:

@161. Mike
Fine. Steal me saying princess. XD The ONLY people that complain are those kind of people? Alright then. If that is what you believe, then I can't stop it. :D Just remember jobs and/or good jobs aren't easy to come by in this world anymore.

Mike1

#161

Mike1 said:

No, I agree with you there with regards that jobs aren't easy to come buy anymore. I just think that it is pointless to argue about a $10 VC game, when the Wii itself costs $250 and games for the Wii cost $50.

mariofan5000

#163

mariofan5000 said:

My opinion on this update:
Virtual Console:Meh,Pass. i don't care for Space Harrier.
WiiWare:Wow! This is surprising! Three WiiWare Games! Unfortunately,None of them interest me.
DSiWare:Cool update! I bought both of the Mario Apps and i really like them!
Overall:Good Update!
5 Good Updates in a row! Wow! Keep up the good updates Nintendo! And don't forget to Release Super Smash Brothers & Super Mario Kart Within a Month or less!

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