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Nintendo Download: Cubes, Ninjas, Tennis, Strategy Games and Cameras (US)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Nintendo finally releases their quirky new WiiWare game.

As it was already announced some time ago that Nintendo's latest WiiWare offering, You, Me and the Cubes would be released in North America during the summer, it was pretty much a given it would come out this week - This week has the last update of the summer, after all. It's accompanied by some relatively uninteresting other WiiWare and DSiWare release, and a fantastic VC title.

From what we've seen of You, Me and the Cubes's, it's a strange, yet addictive game in which you must drop little people on cube formations without disrupting the weight balance too much - Otherwise they'll begin to fall off! Sean already downloaded the Japanese version multiple months ago and wrote some first impressions, which you can read here in anticipation for our review. The game will cost you 1000 Wii Points.

Today's other WiiWare offering is yet another game in the "Family" series - They've already done table tennis, so this week it's time for regular old Family Tennis. There's not much to say, really - You can once again play as the same four characters, but this time it's standard tennis, with either 1 vs. 1 or 2 vs. 2. Like all previous releases in the series, it'll only cost you 500 Wii Points, but you should still be careful! We'll review it soon.

Today's Virtual Console release is arguably the biggest release of the week, though - Last Ninja 2 is arguably the greatest game the Commodore 64 has to offer. Like the first game in the series, you play as the ninja Armakuni as he makes his way through various isometric levels, solving puzzles and fighting enemies. Although relatively short once you know how to beat it, the fantastic graphics and music will make you come back to it time and time again. You can read our (now over a year old!) review for the game here.

DSiWare has two new offerings this week, although neither is really big - Clubhouse Games Express: Strategy Pack offers a collection of five strategic games from the retail release for just 500 DSi Points, but once again, with no online multiplayer, we think this'll be a hard sell to most people unless they really like the included games. We'll review it within the next few days.

MySims Camera was released in Europe last Friday, so we'll have a review up any moment - It basically just lets you add MySims characters to pictures you've taken with the DSi's camera. Not too interesting, but oh well, it's only 200 DSi Points!

That's it this week! More from Nintendo's press release:

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: TOPPLING CUBES, 3-D CHARACTERS AND CLASSIC NINJA KICKS LEAD A STELLAR LINEUP

Sept. 21, 2009

Beware of falling objects and soaring imaginations with this week's new downloadable game offerings from Nintendo. The WiiWare™ service welcomes the precarious puzzle action of You, Me, and the Cubes™ and the court-storming antics of Family Tennis. Commodore 64 favorite Last Ninja 2 arrives on the Virtual Console™, pushing players to heroic heights in a classic martial-arts adventure. Nintendo DSiWare™ users can let the chips fall where they may with Clubhouse Games™ Express: Strategy Pack or create imaginative pictures with MySims™ Camera. Another heads-up for Nintendo DSi fans: Consumers can still receive 1,000 bonus Nintendo DSi Points™ by purchasing a new Nintendo DSi™ game system and connecting to the Nintendo DSi Shop by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Oct. 5, 2009. For full offer details, please visit DSiOffer.Nintendo.com.

WiiWare

You, Me, and the Cubes
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Experience a unique combination of strategy and skill as you maintain a level playing field in the physics-based action puzzler You, Me, and the Cubes. The action centers around Fallos, mysterious creatures that resemble humans and have an ability to balance on a playing field of 3-D cubes. First, create a pair of Fallos inside your Wii Remote™ controller by shaking it up and down. Next, determine suitable places for the Fallos to land, then fling them to the selected cube with a swinging motion. After that, the Fallos are on their own. If your placement is sound, the Fallos will remain stable and you'll clear the stage after tossing a required number onto the cubes. But if the weight or locations of Fallos causes the cubes to tilt and sway too much, the Fallos will lose their balance and fall off. Adding to the challenge, you'll find that some cubes have different properties, making tosses tricky and further threatening the stability of the Fallos. Guide Fallos through dozens of single-player stages or invite family and friends to join you in two-player cooperative mode.

Family Tennis
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Daddy, Mommy, Sarah and Billy return for some hard-hitting, fast-paced tennis action. Battle it out between the happy family members as you vie for the top spot. Choose from three different modes: Elimination Match, Free Match and Thrilling Rally. Play against the CPU or compete with friends. Elimination Match mode pits you against the CPU to test your skills, while Free Match mode allows you to play against another player under conditions of your choosing. Thrilling Rally mode lets you join up to three other players and rally to see who can get to 100 points first.

Virtual Console

Last Ninja 2
Original platform: Commodore 64
Publisher: Commodore Gaming
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: The ninja known as the Mystic Shadow Warriors were the elite fighting force of ninth-century feudal Japan. The evil Shogun Kunitoki was once beaten, but he has gathered all his mystic powers to create a modern-day tyranny in Manhattan. Face your archenemy Kunitoki in the urban jungle and conquer him with your ninja skills. Transported to 1988 Manhattan by an unknown force, the ninja leader Armakuni must find a way to defend himself against the unknown dangers that lie before him. Will this be the final battle? Can you vanquish the evil Kunitoki once and for all?

Nintendo DSiWare

Clubhouse Games Express: Strategy Pack
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-8
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Prepare yourself for a lesson in tactics as you play through five strategy-based games in this Nintendo DSiWare version of the popular Clubhouse Games. Take on an opponent in the classic Backgammon, invade an enemy base in Field Tactics, sandwich your opponent's pieces to capture them in Turncoat, create strings of five in a row in Connect Five and guess where to attack your opponent's pieces in Grid Attack. Play by yourself or use DS Download Play to host as many as seven friends.

MySims Camera
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: MySims Camera is a camera application that utilizes popular MySims characters. You can take photos and overlay 3-D MySims characters to bring them into the real world. The 3-D characters can be animated, moved, scaled, rotated and cropped. You can also draw on the photos with the stylus or use the stamp tool to add more art and style. Create a unique frame and save the photos to the Nintendo DSi Camera album to share with friends. MySims Camera is a fun, creative experience for the entire family.

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User Comments (72)

Bass_X0

#1

Bass_X0 said:

Last Ninja 2 was a surprise VC release. Its definitely better than the first game. :D

Link79

#2

Link79 said:

Yay Last Ninja 2! Bout time. Here's hoping the jump mechanic is slightly improved in this one. Ugh I hated how picky it was in the original.

Rawk_Hawk

#4

Rawk_Hawk said:

We were due for C64 game.

I hope we see some of the Electroplankton titles for DSi ware soon. Probably not next week though as Art Academy part 2 is supposed to be released.

VCA? where art thou

Egg_miester

#5

Egg_miester said:

nothing that i want i can't believe that they keep making the family games

but i am wondering about you me and the cubes the video looked fun

Kevin

#6

Kevin said:

Nothing interesting. Where the hell is Final Fantasy?! Japan's had it since June. They could of at least released Arkanoid Plus!

Knux

#8

Knux said:

Are Last Ninja 2's controls much more improved than than the first Last Ninja's horrible controls? Because, I might consider buying Last Ninja 2.

DrakeStaff

#9

Drake said:

@SuperSonic1990: If you mean that in Last Ninja 1 you cycle through items using the virtual keyboard, yes, that's fixed, in 2 you use the minus and plus buttons.

JTC-Pingas

#10

JTC-Pingas said:

I really really hate to complain. But Nintendo is taking way too long to release Smash Bros.

Rawk_Hawk

#11

Rawk_Hawk said:

@ Kevin
Final Fantasy was rated by the ESRB not to long ago so a NA release is imminent. I am guessing in October or November

MayhemStaff

#12

Mayhem said:

A bit more intuitive, and far less random jumping about over instant death precipices at least (only one I recall this time). I never had an issue with them back in the day, maybe that's just me. Also the music... best suite of tunes imo on the C64 :)

LinktotheFuture

#14

LinktotheFuture said:

I wonder if Final Fantasy will come out before Nintendo offers the free game for those of us who paid for the internet channel?

LEGEND_MARIOID

#15

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Good. That means we can get the Cubes revw before this Friday when the EU is (supposed to be) getting it. ;-)

Though, tbh, after reading Sean's impressions its pretty much an insta-download for me.

Jockolantern

#16

Jockolantern said:

Ugh. Lame update is lame. I'm halfway tempted by You, Me, and the Cubes but it looks almost a little too... bizarre, even for my tastes. I have to shake my Wiimote to create humanoid creatures called "Fallos"? ...Really, Nintendo? Surely even you had to see the implications behind that one. :P

In any event, I'm waiting for the review of it before I make a decision one way or the other and can only hold out hope that the next couple weeks hold in store some better releases than these.

But, hey... at least Spyborgs comes out this week!

Rapadash6

#18

Rapadash6 said:

I'm not going to bother complaining about why this or that first party VC title isn't up yet as I'm 100% convinced NOA doesn't plan to release those anymore, but I do have to ask, where the heck is Cave Story?!

Mike1

#19

Mike1 said:

Pretty boring update. By the way Bass X0, since you always point it out, now America is 7 games ahead of Europe.

Kevin

#20

Kevin said:

I'm glad to hear that Tony. Yeah, its been like this for DSiWare since Mario VS. DK3 I think. This also kinda confirms my prediction a while ago that Final Fantasy IV might be saved for release of christmas week this year. Another game I'm surprised that hasn't been released yet is Sonic and Knuckles. Are they trying to add the locked on games causing the delay or are they just being stubborn and gonna release it without them? Anybody heard anything. I've been wondering about this for a while since it was last year that Sonic 3 was released...

Radbot42

#23

Radbot42 said:

@Mike they have not even sent in the game yet over a nicalis. They arent until the end of the month. We are expecting it in October. I got this from nicalis.com/blog

The_Fox

#24

The_Fox said:

Lame all around, especially in VC. I've never seen the appeal of the Last Ninja games.

Malouff

#26

Malouff said:

This 15th Nintendo in their press release said all of these WiiWare Games were planned for Q3.

BIT.TRIP VOID - Q3
Ghost Mansion Party - Q3
Carnival King - Q3
Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth - Q3
Moki Moki - Q3
Cave Story - Q3
You, Me, and the Cubes™ - Q3
Arkanoid Plus! - Q3
Tales of Monkey Island™: Lair of the Leviathan - Q3

So this week they only released one from that list.
I doubt all of the others will be released next week.

odd69

#28

odd69 said:

YES!!!! Im totally excited about these boring titles and SO happy i get to ignore my wii some more.

Hardy83

#29

Hardy83 said:

So now that there's 3 Clubhouse Express games with 5 games each.
It's not blatantly obvious that Nintendo is ripping off the consumer now because they are on top.

$15 bucks for 15 games with no online
$19 bucks for 42 games with online
Same game, different distribution, the $19 one being the more expensive form.......Yeah... Thanks for ripping us off and giving us crap recycled games Nintendo.

arnpoly

#31

arnpoly said:

I don't know, You, Me, and the Cubes might be fun. I think I'm going to hold out on the review first. Doesn't seem to be that bad of a week, really.

Bass_X0

#32

Bass_X0 said:

29: You're not supposed to download every single one of them. If you are going to want a lot of the games, then get the retail cartridge version. If you can't be bothered paying for the retail version and only want one or two single games out of the 42 and you know you won't be going online with it then go for the download version. Only the seriously dumb will be ripped-off here.

ballistikboy

#33

ballistikboy said:

What's bothering me is how longer its taking Nintendo U.S. to update their online DsiWare shop. It used to happen at the same time (10 am central) now it's taking longer... What gives?

Ren

#34

Ren said:

the cubes thing looks cool, and last ninja is good 2. I'm not interested in family tennis but this kind of week seems pretty well balanced to me, I don't get all the whining, you guys are way spoiled. I'm surprised to see only one smash brothers gripe so far, where is all this weeks hate, kiddies?

WolfRamHeart

#36

WolfRamHeart said:

I think that Me, You and the Cubes looks really interesting. I will probably download it today. I might get Last Ninja 2 but I'm still not too sure about it yet. Also, I am having serious doubts about us getting Castlevania Rebirth any time soon. I really hope it shows up next week but I'm not holding my breath.

KnucklesSonic8

#38

KnucklesSonic8 said:

@Malouff: That's what October is for.

Anyway, really excited that Cubes has finally arrived and I'm not surprised to see MySims Camera head our way also - waiting for a review.

And why did we get Family Tennis first? Card Games was released in Japan before Tennis was finished being developed and Card Games was confirmed by the ESRB before Tennis was.... Anyway... hopefully Tennis won't do as bad as Slot Car Racing as it seems like it might have potential. I'm not expecting anything big though. Still kinda disappointed we didn't get something else though.. oh and I expected 3 games today. Oh well.

VC game is great. Finally another C64 game but why couldn't it have been I want? :P Hopefully we'll be getting more C64/VCA games now...

longtimegamer

#40

longtimegamer said:

I never played the 1st Last Ninja is this one where you should play the first one first? Is #2 better gameplay wise?

As for cubes. I don't THINK I'll get it yet. Pretty pricey (and a puzzle game. Would have rather had something different). Better have alot to it.

Malouff

#41

Malouff said:

@KnucklesSonic8 I was actually looking forward to more of the Q4 games like Max and the Magic Marker, Pokemon Rumble, and Furry Legends but will probably have to wait a lot longer especially if they are not yet finished releasing all of those Q3 games.

But you never know what they will release next.

LittleIrves

#42

LittleIrves said:

Finally! I've been waiting for CUBES ever since I saw Sean's impressions of the Japanese version. Anything that bizarre and stylish and original will always get my attention. Wish it was 600 or 800 points... but I'm still 90% sure I'm gonna make the plunge. It'll be worth it just to drag someone over and say "check this out" and watch as they gape in dumbfounded splendor at whatever the heck is going on on-screen.

Rapadash6

#43

Rapadash6 said:

@Comment 32, Ren

I think people have just given up on seeing the Nintendo branded games they want anytime soon. Personally I've come to the conclusion that NOA just won't release anymore first party VC titles for the forseeable future. With every European update filling in the barrel with more Sega and Tecmo branded games, I'm convinced NOA just can't be bothered to release their own games anymore. Too bad because the Virtual Console USE to be more balanced than that but now... well, you all know how things are, at least in North America.

On the bright side actual new Wii retail games are getting better at least, and I'm actually finding it hard to find time to play all the games I want to.

WarioFan63

#44

WarioFan63 said:

It used to happen at the same time (10 am central) now it's taking longer... What gives?
It updates at 11 Central. Unless that was a typo. Even still, I checked the DSiShop at 11 Central and it was updated.

Stuffgamer1

#45

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Bass X0: The main problem is that Nintendo has a LOT of seriously dumb customers this generation. Or you could replace "seriously dumb" with "new enough to games to not know to do their research." Either way, these releases are doubtlessly ripping a good number of people off, and it's sickening.

Apart from that...this release has nothing for me. What a surprise! The lack of Final Fantasy is getting annoying considering that Squenix supposedly already handed the game off to Nintendo for release (forget where I heard that, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's true). Not that I want the game (happy with the PSP version), but I want it released for those who do, and the delay makes no sense. Same with SSB64, really. But I'm getting used to no good releases...sad as that is. I'll just resume the gaming I was doing yesterday like today's release never happened. :P

Darknyht

#47

Darknyht said:

@Stuffgamer1: I look at it this way now, when there is a game worth buying I will pick it up. Otherwise, I will find something else to spend my hard earned money on. Complaining about it here isn't going to change it, and obviously NOA is not smart enough to get a clue anytime soon.

So I will go back to playing Final Fantasy IV: The After Years which has been a surprise for an old school gamer like me. Just wish it didn't make me grind levels so much, but then that is part of the old school charm. I've also started going back and appreciating the Sega Master System for what it was (which is impressive for the age of it), even getting to play a few Game Gear games I owned a long, long time ago.

Luigi-La-Bouncy

#51

Luigi-La-Bouncy said:

I'm suprised no US peeps are happy with You Me And The Cubes. I just checked out the review for the Japan release ( translated as you me and the shapes) on Youtube and it looks fun.

Supermarioman

#52

Supermarioman said:

Another solid week and...... people still bitch about it. I'm tired of hearing you complain, its not like you can't go out and buy an old system and the one game you complain about every week! If you want it that bad take my advice! Don't say everything is crap becuase you didn't get SSB or SMK! You Me and Cubes and The Last Ninja 2 look great! DSi Ware is just an app and part of game, so if you complain about DSiWare thats a little more understandable then you shouting the sky if falling becuase the update wasn't what you wanted!
Aquateen: OK Calm down, take a step back and think about what you just said. You can't seriosuly say that the Wii is garbage just because you haven't got the original Smash Bros. on the VC yet! (Or Nintendo Published Stuff, Whichever!)
I do admit that I would like to see several games on the VC, but we all have plenty of time to wait and enjoy what we already have, not buy a new game every damn day! So I say try something new this week and stop complaining, nobody likes whiners!

Vendetta

#53

Vendetta said:

Sean+Aaron wrote:

The Cubes game is very nice and everyone should buy it!

I trust your judgement on this, no questions asked. I just downloaded it.

Betagam7

#54

Betagam7 said:

@ 9. Drake

Actually if you had the classic controller you didn't have to use the virtual keyboard as the cycle inventory buttons were mapped to buttons on the CC. Only the Wiimote required you to use the VK.

Great to see America getting Last Ninja 2, hopefully its a shot in the arm for C64 releases which have been non-existant in PAL regions while Commodore gaming have become ex-communicado.

WolfLink22

#57

WolfLink22 said:

I don't see anything i want this week so i will stick with Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story for now.

Adamant

#59

Adamant said:

@Drake: "If you mean that in Last Ninja 1 you cycle through items using the virtual keyboard, yes, that's fixed, in 2 you use the minus and plus buttons.
"

It's been a while since I've played it, but I'm pretty sure that was the case with the American VC release of Last Ninja 1 as well.

@Link79: "Is the jumping in Last Ninja 2 any less frustrating?"

Do you mean the river and swamp crossing scenes? If so, yes, they're thankfully gone.

@longtimegamer: "I never played the 1st Last Ninja is this one where you should play the first one first?"

Nah. The plot got summd up in the blurb for LN2 anyway.

"Is #2 better gameplay wise?"

Yes.

@Aquateen510: "WHERE ARE THE NINTENDO PUBLISHED OR HARDCORE GAMES?!?!? This VC game is NOT one of them!"

The Last Ninja 2 is not a "hardcore" game? Dude, do some research on the games you pretend to know anything about before making a complete idiot of yourself next time, eh?

Stuffgamer1

#61

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Darkknyht: Why single me out for complaining? I wasn't, really. I even said I'm getting used to bad weeks and will simply return to my other gaming. I would really like to know what's keeping these games back, sure, but I know NOA won't tell us or release them, so no point worrying about it. We can just insult them from time to time instead. :P

@Slapshot82: Don't do that! There are a few good games up already, and more ARE on the way...just give it time! The DSi is too good a system to dump. You know you'd just regret it later!

KDR_11k

#62

KDR_11k said:

If you mean that in Last Ninja 1 you cycle through items using the virtual keyboard, yes, that's fixed, in 2 you use the minus and plus buttons.

You can use the classic controller's buttons for that in 1 BTW.

astarisborn94

#64

astarisborn94 said:

Being one of the few people who actually likes this update, I believe we have a excellent Virtual Console update, plus a promising WiiWare game.

DsiWare? Don't care.

Overall, I have to get Last Ninja 2.

Kevin

#65

Kevin said:

Obviously Aquateen510 has already forgotten that the Super Star Wars trilogy was recently released. Give it a little more time before you throw in the towel. Although I will side with him on one fact: We should have gotten Super Smash Bros. by now. Even though I don't want the game I seriously believe they should of released that game already. On the subject of DSiWare: There are some good games yet to be released so don't give up on it entirely. Its true its not lived up to my expecations thus lowering my interest of expecting its weekly released game. Just give it more time. It hasn't been out for a year yet. I do believe we are supposed to be getting the virtual handheld for it at some point. Don't know when though.

Ren

#66

Ren said:

I swear I'm starting to lose interest in this site if only because there seem to be a glut of spoiled teenagers who like to rant about every article here, because each and every game thats released everywhere must be the new SSBB or final fantasy.

There is a wide massive market out there, and lots of people to please; some of those people don't buy new games every week and then complain that their massive library needs a great new titles tailored for them with every update.
VC and WW both have so many great games on them to date I can't find any excuse to complain about a service that offers so many classics in one place on one console; theres no good reason to dump all the best of the best on us right away or none of us would be here anymore. that's what makes this service neat. If N dropped all it's 1st party classics on us in the first 2 months would any of us fans still be around waiting for more? No. Now we have cool new games and so many other classic systems and co-operative 3rd parties.
It's agravating to hear the same baseless whining day after day on here. You guys need to grow up. Oh well, thats the internet, I guess.

chris3116

#68

chris3116 said:

IGN gave a 8.5 on You,me and the Cubes. I'd like to know when you're going to review it.

Wolfcoyote

#69

Wolfcoyote said:

You, Me And the Cubes does look interesting enough to download this weekend. It'll give me a break from Metroid Prime Trilogy and Muramasa.

Regarding the complaints about the glut of sub par games for the DSi Shop, I have to agree and was about to rant but must say that as more experienced gamers we know that there are better games being announced and developed. My advice to all of you would be to stock up on DSi Points, finish the games you already have installed on your DSi and then make room for Thorium Wars, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Bejeweled Twist and others coming soon. Don't waste any more time complaining about the games that SHOULD come out, but start making preparations for the GOOD games that ARE COMING.

God I feel so old giving "grown-up" advice, but does that make sense to any of you? I for one have to finish Mighty Flip Champs, Pop+ Solo, Art Style: precipice, delete Oscar in Toyland and decide on whether to keep Mario Vs DK and Dr. Mario or not. My point is if you're a "hardcore" gamer (I prefer the term "experienced") then you should have more half-decent DSiWare downloads than you know what to do with. Finish the you have, and if nothing good's available for the shop, save your money. In the words of Frank Sinatra, "the best is yet to come".

Sorry for the long post. If I'm going to be making posts like this I better go update my NintendoLife profile. See ya.

WolfRamHeart

#70

WolfRamHeart said:

Well, I downloaded Me, You and the Cubes and I love it! It is a really great game and I highly recommend it!

ganondwarf16

#71

ganondwarf16 said:

well nintendo could have released the wii without a wii shop at all so we're lucky to have a virtual console at all let alone one with 300+ games and a large increase in retail release quality I for one see no reason to complain

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