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Nintendo Download: 21-22 July 2009 (Japan)

Posted by Sean Aaron

WiiWare catch-up, another classic Namco arcade game and some simple DSiWare puzzling adventure next week.

Next week's schedule is a little on the light side (though as with previous weeks it's possible that Nintendo of Japan is updating their website piecemeal) with only 1 new WiiWare release, a couple of VC offerings and a single DSiWare release.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (800pts - Square-Enix) is the sole WiiWare offering; whilst it may seem that Japan is getting this title last, it's worth remembering this was available previously as a multi-part mobile phone game so it's only new to WiiWare; not to Japanese gamers generally.

More Final Fantasy action is coming to the Virtual Console Famicom with Final Fantasy III (500pts) , which is hopefully pointing to the imminent worldwide release of Final Fantasy IV.

Namco's next Virtual Console Arcade offering is the excellent action-platform game Rolling Thunder (800pts) which originally graced arcades in 1986 and was distributed outside of Japan by Atari Games.

Wednesday will see the release of Simple DS Series Volume 1: Escape from Behind Closed Doors (500pts - D3 Publisher) -- this appears to be an adventure/puzzle game where the player is in a series of rooms for no reason they can remember and must look for clues as to how they can escape by selecting and using objects adventure game stylee. The bottom screen shows the room and the top is a virtual notepad where the stylus can be used to jot notes. A WiiWare version of the game -- the fourth entry in the Simple Series on WiiWare -- is due out in August for the same price.

Not to be forgotten are the two pre-announced Electroplankton Titles: Rekku Rekku (Rec-Rec) and Hikari no Wa (Lumiloop) which are 200pts each.

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User Comments (20)



Dazza said:

I love Rolling Thunder, it's almost as good as Shinobi! Let's hope some of these Namco classics come over here soon!



KnucklesSonic8 said:

Great. They get another VCA game by Namco and I'm still waiting to see a new VCA title from Namco since launch... sigh.

That simple game looks interesting.



y2josh said:

I was just wondering about Rolling Thunder the other day. I loved playing that game on the NES when I was a kid. I'd buy it if it came over.



Ratengo said:

@Sean: Why weren't the two Electro-Plankton titles Rekku Rekku (Rec-Rec) and Hikari no Wa (Lumiloop) for DSiWare mentioned in this article? They are also coming next week...!



Sneaker13 said:

Simple DS Series Volume 1: Escape from Behind Closed Doors sounds cool. Wouldn't mind to get a Europe release.



Egg_miester said:

i wonder how longer we wait to start getting final fantasy vc games, its only 1,4 that they said will come over but they are taking there time, a great week in japan like always



Ratengo said:

@Sean: It's okay. Then you'll promise not to forget the Game & Watch games Chef and Helmet next Friday, hihi. Otherwise, yay for Rolling Thunder...!



warioswoods said:

Mini puzzle/adventure DSiWare games, with note taking and so forth? I like the sound of that.



blackknight77 said:

Japanese Wii owners have such a tough choice Shinobi Arcade or Rolling Thunder Arcade. I wish North America had to make those tough choices on what to download.



Jolted85 said:

Come on Nintendo release the first Final Fantasy already, not a bad update for the Japanese owners



RurouniTeeter said:

@17. Jolted85
Come on Jolted85, just download a rom or buy the GBA version. Besides, it's maybe not just them who can decide, you gotta ask Square-Enix...

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