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Nintendo Download: Monkeys, Rattles, Fantasies and Puzzles (US)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Another catch-up week for North America.

There's a fairly diverse offer of new games this week - An adventure game, a party game, an RPG and a puzzler. All of them are also catch-up games - Europe has already had 3 of them on VC/WiiWare/DSiWare for a few weeks, while the final game was already released on PC two weeks ago. At least they're finally available on the Wii/DSi in North America!

WiiWare gives you two new choices today - Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2 - The Siege of Spinner Cay is, as the name might give away, the sequel to last month's Launch of the Screaming Narwhal. As stated before, unlike Strong Bad, Tales of Monkey Island contains one big storyline across five chapters, so we won't mention any plot here - But if you want to know the general plot of this chapter, just go to the game page. We've already played the PC version, so we can speed through the WiiWare one and tell you if it once again suffers from any unfortunate issues or if it's completely fine this time. Expect the review tomorrow.

3-2-1, Rattle Battle! is Tecmo's attempt at a WiiWare party game, but it's a let-down in pretty much every aspect - There's only 12 minigames, they're too short and shallow, almost all you do is rapidly shake the Wii remote, and the Wi-Fi leaderboards the game touts as a feature are only available for 2 of the minigames! We thought that if you're looking for a party game, this one is far from the right choice!

The Virtual Console, as usual, only offers one new game today - Phantasy Star is the long-awaited first game in the classic RPG series. If you've been waiting for its release before playing the whole series and not missing out on any storyline, then rejoice, because now you can! Easily one of the Master System's best games, we think that it's still well worth your time and money.

DSiWare's single new offer this week is another "part" of a retail game Puzzle League Express contains bits and pieces of Planet Puzzle League, but without any multiplayer - So no versus mode (Other than against the AI) and no online. It's still fairly good though, and for 500 points it offers a nice, portable single-player Puzzle League experience - read our review to find out more.

If you're still waiting on a particular Nintendo-published Virtual Console game, be prepared for disappointment next week as well - It's very likely that LucasArts's Super Return of the Jedi will be released instead.

More from today's press release:

Nintendo Download

Pirates, Puzzles, Rattlers and Role-Playing

“All for one and one for all” is an apt way to describe the latest lineup of downloadable games from the Wii™ Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi™ Shop. Each of this week’s new titles is a single-player affair, but they’re all quite different in genre and style, offering something special for a variety of gaming tastes.

WiiWare™

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2
Publisher: Telltale Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Alcohol Reference, Cartoon Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Guybrush’s adventures continue on the high seas as pox-plagued pirates lay siege to the innocent Mer-People. Between defending the Mer-People and dodging the persistent pirate hunter hot on his trail, Guybrush manages to catch up to his beloved wife and despised arch-nemesis, but the reunion is short-lived. Now Guybrush must focus on eradicating the Pox of LeChuck before more harm can be done. And as the Mighty Pirate draws closer to a cure, the waters will only grow murkier in this thrilling chapter of the epic saga.

3-2-1, Rattle Battle!
Publisher: Tecmo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: 3-2-1, Rattle Battle! is a party game packed with exciting mini-games. Intuitive controls mean that anyone can enjoy playing – just grab the Wii Remote™ and shake it to “rattle.” Great fun for single players, but the party really gets started when you register high scores on Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to see how you measure up against players from around the globe.

Virtual Console™

Phantasy Star™
Original platform: SEGA Master System
Publisher: SEGA
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone 10 and Older) – Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Originally released on the SEGA Master System, Phantasy Star is a pioneer in the role-playing game genre. Alis is the fearless female protagonist out to avenge her brother’s death at the hands of cruel dictator King Lassic. Players must guide Alis and her troops through the sprawling environments of the Agol solar system in an attempt to defeat King Lassic and liberate the people of Agol. Engage in dynamic turn-based combat with dragons, ghouls, giants and magicians by using unique weapons such as glowing daggers, crossbows and magic spells.

Nintendo DSiWare™

Puzzle League™ Express
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: The ever-popular Puzzle League comes to Nintendo DSiWare. As it is with all good puzzlers, the concept is simple: Connect blocks of the same color to clear them from the screen and prevent your stack from becoming too high. There are four single-player modes to choose from: Endless (survive to earn a top score), Clear (eliminate all blocks above the line), Score Attack (score as high as possible in two minutes) and Vs. COM (use items and combos to attack a computer opponent). You can choose from a variety of background music to help get you in the zone, and even play in horizontal or vertical mode by holding the Nintendo DSi system normally or like a book. Whichever way you play, you’re guaranteed maximum fun.

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User Comments (77)

Bass_X0

#1

Bass_X0 said:

Whoo. The Phantasy Star series is finally complete on the Virtual Console.

JTC-Pingas

#2

JTC-Pingas said:

Cool. We get the original Phantasy Star for the SMS. I might have to give this a try. Still...I really wish Nintendo would release Smash Bros already. They're taking too long.

EDIT: DANG IT Bass X0 Beat me to it!

Rawk_Hawk

#7

Rawk_Hawk said:

I hope most people do not overlook Puzzle League Express. It's really an addicitive game and very good pickup if you don't own the DS cart. Overall August has been a good month for the VC with no game rated below 5/10. With 5 good games this month I hope September can follow up with some solid releases. Here are my predictions:

9/7- Smash Bros.(N64) & Golf (NES)
9/14- Impossible Mission (c64)
9/21-Sonic & Knuckles (Gen.)
9/28- Super Return of the Jedi (SNES)

LinktotheFuture

#8

LinktotheFuture said:

I might get Puzzle League, just so I don't have to carry around the cartridge, but then again, I already have the cartridge, so what is the point?

rustythekid

#11

rustythekid said:

I need my Pilotwings fix ASAP.
Cool for Phantasy Stars fans though.
Boo for wiiware, I want Cave Story.

Link79

#13

Link79 said:

I just started the phantasy star series with part IV and now that the original is out I'm almost tempted to try it. Only problem is I'm bound to be dissapointed when comparing it to part IV. I hear the second is decent but 3 aparently sucks. I started with IV cause it sounds like people generally think it's the best.

devillinko

#14

devillinko said:

Phantasy is wonderful!
but I was not happy with the monkey island 2.
I'm in the crowd for the Contra Rebrth and Drift !!

KnucklesSonic8

#15

KnucklesSonic8 said:

If the last SSW game is the ONLY release next week, I'll be disappointed, alright... REALLY disappointed. At the very least, we deserve to get Pilotwings. Hopefully we'll get SSB64 on that day.

As for WiiWare, Rattle Battle was disappointing for me. Still no sign of Driift Mania or Arkanoid Plus. Also, Butterfly Garden was supposed to come out this Summer. Maybe it'll come out Sept./Oct.?

imapterodactyl

#18

imapterodactyl said:

Unfortunately, Puzzle League has been stripped of multiplayer, which was definitely it's strongest point. Good buy for 500 if you don't have a friend with a DS though, I suppose.

MrDanger88

#19

MrDanger88 said:

Phantasy Star yes! Too bad I have class, spanish homework, LOTR reading, and Psych book readings too do today :(

Kevin

#20

Kevin said:

The moment I saw fantasies in the title for this week's download I thought for sure it was the week we'd get Final Fantasy. Alas yet ANOTHER week I have to wait for the game. I'll take that over Phantasy Star anyday. Nothing this week AGAIN! Don't get me wrong I'm looking forward to trying out Phantasy star someday but I'll be waiting a long time to do so.

Brionkendo

#21

Brionkendo said:

Very very dissapointed with you nintendo... U.S. Dsiware needs to pick it up! Where is Sujin Taisen: Number Battles already!!!!!!!!!!! If i want Planet puzzle i'll go buy the dang cartridge!!!! and just start releasing VC games for Dsiware and everything will be fine. You realease Nes Mario for Dsiware and EVERYONE would buy it.

Knux

#22

Knux said:

That's not a bad update, except for 3-2-1, Rattle Battle. I have just enough points to buy Phantasy Star! :)

Stuffgamer1

#24

Stuffgamer1 said:

Fantasy does not equal Phantasy. This news post should not have been written so misleadingly, as several of us thought that every other game would be catch-up while we were finally getting Final Fantasy (not that I want to download either, but still...disabiguity is a plus).

Anyway, I guess Phantasy Star is a good release for those without a PS3 or 360. Personally, I'll play it on Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection if I want to play it at all.

Puzzle League with no multiplayer = massive fail. I've been playing the series multiplayer since way back with Tetris Attack, and it's just too awesome to not include! Stick with the game card, those of you who have it! Personally, I didn't even like the asthetic of Planet Puzzle League, so that's a double no-go. :P

I'll wait on Monkey Island until I hear if it runs like crap again. Don't give a rodent's behind about Rattle Battle.

Knux

#26

Knux said:

Personally, I'm really getting tired of waiting for SSB for enternity. Come on Nintendo, what's the hold up?

Rapadash6

#27

Rapadash6 said:

Yay, another catch up week! It seems like we've been having a lot of catching up to do lately and with Smash Bros and Pilotwings both on the radar we still have a ways to go. Maybe next week we'll see one of these two games... of course I'm not counting on that.

Objection

#28

Objection said:

As far as catchups weeks go, this was a pretty good one. Here's hoping for some fresh stuff next week, though.

MrPoo6321

#29

MrPoo6321 said:

I couldn't give two craps about phantasy star... but then again, I'm not all that into RPGs unless they're action oriented. I hate turn based fighting. Unless its Pokemon for some reason.... Anyway, next week we'll probably get Super Return of the Jedi and that will probably be the only VC game. After that, who knows?

Ryuuga

#30

Ryuuga said:

Wiiware this week is a waste of money for me. At least we got Phantasy Star and Puzzle League, both great and addictive games!

Sushie

#31

Sushie said:

I can think of several VC games I'd rather have than Phantasy Star. I get monkey Island on the PC, so it's another week I don't have to buy anything :)

soniczelda_dude

#32

soniczelda_dude said:

I'm not especially surprised. The pattern for the last few weeks seems to have been alternating Super Star Wars and major Sega titles. Following this pattern, my VC predictions for the next few weeks are:

September 7
Super Return of the Jedi

September 14
Sonic and Knuckles

September 21
Super Smash Bros. N64 (assuming it's not released labour day weekend)

TwilightV

#33

TwilightV said:

Finally! I've been waiting for what seems like forever for Phantasy Star. And we finally have chapter 2 of ToMI.

@#33: I doubt it. Does Japan even have Sonic & Knuckles yet?

WarioFan63

#34

WarioFan63 said:

Apparently some people think that since XBLA is getting S+K this month that must mean the VC version is ready.

I really don't think its that big of indicator of a VC release but whatever.

Vengeance

#35

Vengeance said:

@ King Elemento, Mama Luigi, and Morphballer

same here.

I had the hope that Final Fantasy or Final Fantasy II (not the SNES one) would be released today.

also where is my SSB64 and Pilot Wings Nintendo?

Sonic_tails1

#36

Sonic_tails1 said:

@Twilighv Hes thinking we'll get Sonic & Knuckles because Sega is releasing it on 09-09-09 for the XBLA, I think/hope the next Sega game is Earthworm Jim 2 i was hoping it would be released today.

Klapaucius

#39

Klapaucius said:

I'll wait until all th Monkey Island games are out, and then get the entire set on PC. Will work out cheaper, and will avoid the problems with framerate/graphics I've read about on the WiiWare version.

Tsuchinoko

#40

Tsuchinoko said:

Sadly Tony, i think your predictions will be way off. Not that i don't empathize, though it is good to know there is life in the VC.

Still waiting on Boy and his Blob, though im guessing that will be released when the Wii game is.

The original Star Fox and Yoshi's Island wouldn't be bad either. Other than that, i'm fine with whatever older gems come out on VC.

Twilight_Crow

#41

Twilight_Crow said:

This week ain't that bad, but there is nothing remotely interesting for me, a bit disappointing, specially on Wiiware. sigh

Mach-X

#43

Mach-X said:

@27 and others.... because nintendo enjoys hearing you whine about it week after week

pixelman

#44

pixelman said:

Nicalis lied! Cave Story is delayed until September... at least. :(

Phantasy Star interests me. Nothing else, though.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#46

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

Now to finish all the rest.

Kirby Super Star (SNES)
Sonic CD (GEN), Sonic & Knuckles (GEN), Sonic Blast (SMS)
Yoshi's Island (SNES)
Donkey Kong 64 (N64), Diddy Kong Racing (N64)
Mega Man 4 (NES), Mega Man 5 (NES), Mega Man 6 (NES), Mega Man 7 (SNES)
Super Mario Kart (SNES)
Super Smash Bros. (N64)
Mario Tennis (N64)
Star Fox (SNES)
Mario Party (N64), Mario Party 2 (N64), Mario Party 3 (N64)
Bomberman (NES), Bomberman II (NES), Super Bomberman (SNES), Bomberman 64 (N64)

worrybomb

#49

worrybomb said:

Since the price for Sonic's UGC still hasn't budged an inch, it looks like I'll be purchasing Phantasy Star.

My first RPG that I ever played...it's going to be a wonderful trip down memory lane.

Superman

#52

Superman said:

The Virtual Console is such a disappointment. Week after week we are forced to endure this garbage. It's a shame too, because it has so much more to offer.

The Wii is just as awful. Never before have I seen such an abysmal lineup of video games in my life. The Atari had more soul than this piece of crap. The Wii is like one long, boring, unfulfilling horror movie.

I'd play the XBOX 360, but that's actually worse. That console's lower than garbage. The PS3 is clearly the best piece of hardware out on the market.

The last generation of consoles was far superior to this one. The only thing out these days worth investing in are the DS and PSP.

Supermarioman

#53

Supermarioman said:

Superman: Garbage. Starwars and Phantasy Star are garbage! :O
Well I guess everybody likes something different, but WAHOO PHANTASY STAR! The one I have been wanting for a couple of weeks now. (Preys that Pilotwings comes out week after next!)

LEGEND_MARIOID

#54

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

@starfox...wow that's a mighty fine VC list, I wouldn't mind those.

I hope we get Monkey Island 2 this Friday...or something else decent like Overturn, Neves Plus etc. We ourselves have plenty of catching up to do!

"Supeman" doesn't know what he's talking about at all. Its sheer madness. It must be a symptom of silver and red kryptonite poisoning

KeroKero_Cola

#56

KeroKero_Cola said:

Still nothing for me this week... But, at least next week the final chapter of the After Years will be available for download (I think.)

Odnetnin

#57

Odnetnin said:

"The 1st professor Layton weekly puzzle is also downloadable."
Yes, but it's just an updated version of one of the puzzles in the story. I hope they aren't all like that.
On topic: Planet Puzzle League...interests...me, but I was really hoping for Cave Story.

Metang

#58

Metang said:

PHANTASY STAR!
PHANTASY STAR!
PHANTASY STAR!!! :D

Will buy that the SECOND I get the chance. Also Puzzle League Express. W00T! :D

EDIT: Superman... if you think the Wii sucks, why are you even here? If you're just here to rant like the ass you are, then GTFO.

vio

#59

vio said:

I'm fine with Super Return of the Jedi next week. I'm anxious to have the full trilogy and I'm not really a huge fan of Super Smash Bros anyhow(not to say it's bad or anything). I'm sure SSB will come soon enough. No way NOA will leave that one in the vaults forever while the rest world has it.

vio

#60

vio said:

Superman: What are you doing here if you hate the Wii and Virtual Console? This entire site is for people like us who love the Wii, it's games and the Virtual Console. So I can only assume you're our new resident troll. Your beloved PS3 must be getting boring if you have nothing better to do than troll here...

Ricardo91

#63

Ricardo91 said:

@Superman. Have you ever even owned a 360? What exactly makes it's library so terrible (besides the shortage of true exclusives)?

I really hate it when people make an account on this site just to go on tirades about how horrible the Wii is.

Nothing for me here, personally. PLE might be a future DSi purchase, but I'll wait till I get the Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection to play Phantasy Star, and I couldn't really care less about the others.

Bass_X0

#64

Bass_X0 said:

It's just his opinion. No sense in wasting your lives to try to drive him out.

But not only does he have a bad opinion but his opinion has no factual basis. This is like someone saying that it is their opinion that 2 + 2 = 3.

astarisborn94

#66

astarisborn94 said:

@Superman: Oh great, a troller. Tell me this isn't the end of the Nintendo Life peaceful reign. Get out of here if you hate the Wii and Virtual Console. Nobody here wants to hear you whin.

@To all people hoping for Sonic & Knuckles: How in the world could the eventual Xbox Live Arcade release of the game indicate a Virtual Console release? In fact, it's release on the Virtual Console is no longer guarantee, all because it's going to the Xbox Live Arcade. We didn't see any potential Virtual Console games that originally appeared on Xbox Live Arcade make an apperance on the Virtual Console, haven't we? I wouldn't be surprise if for some bull**** reason that Sega announce that the game is not ever coming to the Virtual Console.

Despite my short rant towards people hoping for a quick release of Sonic & Knuckles, this is actually a pretty good week for Americans, especially the Virtual Console. It's too bad I can't get Wii points. Yeah, it sucks not being an adult.

Darknyht

#71

Darknyht said:

@Superman. I know feeding trolls and all, but exactly what does the PS3 really have to offer other than a Blue-Ray player and cut-scene intensive exclusives. Plus, somehow I think the PS3 will eventually have the problems the PS2 had when it is used as both a game system and a Blue-Ray Player. The 360 has a decent lineup of games, but you have to put up with an over 50% system failure rate. Both systems seem to be suffering from a spat of "Me-too syndrome" in trying to copy the features that make the Wii unique.

Granted the Wii does have weak third-party support (because developers seem love to unload cheap gimmick games, but who can blame them when they keep selling), and as I have said many times Nintendo of America's release strategy for Virtual Console, WiiWare (and DSiWare) is a joke. But it is far from a worthless system and there are many fun and entertaining games on it. It can only get better as new developers are starting to put the old hats to shame by creating fun games that show innovation with the wii-mote.

odd69

#72

odd69 said:

As far as the wii goes i love it, just because we get some shovelware games doesn't mean the wii is bad.It's not the wii's fault (you know the actual hardware.) We are just as bad if we flame superman, even if we all feel his opinion stinks. Comes to my mind that everyone just ignores your opinion unless your a certain user on this site anyway.

LOL my rant is sooo cute.

Stuffgamer1

#73

Stuffgamer1 said:

@worrybomb: You'd rather pay $5 for one game than $30 for 49 games? I don't see anything wrong with the price of Sonic's UGC...in fact, it's a real STEAL!

@Super Smash Bros. Fan1999: The arcade version of Golden Axe released on Live Arcade WAY before VC got it (I think that's technically only on VC in Japan at the moment, but still...).

What really pisses ME off is the way SEGA is advertising Sonic & Knucles to have lock-on support on Live Arcade, but the game DIDN'T have that feature in Sonic's UGC (the only major downfall of the collection)! Just bullcrap, imo. You have to pay $10 more to play the game the way it was originally intended, and PS3 owners are SOL! No telling how the game would work on VC if it ever actually got released, either.

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