Nintendo Download: 20-21 October 2009 (Japan)
Posted by Sean Aaron
WiiWare returns, Dig Dug and more Tower DS!
After a two-week hiatus WiiWare returns, though given we're getting a card game, it's a bit anti-climactic.
UNO (800pts - Gameloft) -- Gameloft again honours Japan with the first look at a WiiWare title (their last entry, Ghost Mansion Party still hasn't seen release in other territories). Online UNO could be fun (judging from screens it has Mii support); hopefully we'll get to find out in the near future!
Fire Emblem (Famicom 500pts - Nintendo) -- The first in the classic tactical role-playing series from Nintendo (subtitled "Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light") which was only released in Japan.
Dig Dug (Arcade 800pts - Namco) -- Before Mr. Driller there was Dig Dug! The Famicom port has been out for some time, but no question this is the definitive version. If you don't have a Japanese Wii you can also play an excellent port of this complete with bezel art (which the VCA version will lack) in the Namco Museum Remix collection.
Dig Dug 2 (Arcade 800pts - Namco) -- Home ports were released in Japan on the Famicom, Famicom disk and the Sharp X68000 computer, but outside of appearing in collections for the PSP and DS there's been no home console ports anywhere else that we're aware of. Rather than drilling, Dig Dug sees your character digging trenches to sink pieces of island containing the baddies. Not as good an experience as the original, which probably accounts for its obscurity.
The Tower DS: Koogai Eki Zen Ichiba ni Choome!! Kyoo Shopping Centre Hen (500pts - Digitoys) -- In this 3rd installment you're managing an indoor shopping centre. No doubt this isn't the last Tower sim we'll be seeing from Digitoys: I'm betting on a fish factory as the next one!
High School English Foundational 400 Word Master (800pts - IE Institute) -- Yet another practice tool for students learning English from IE Institute. This one is targeting upper secondary school students and has a larger vocabulary.
Finally there are two new Rurubu guidebooks from Nintendo for 800pts each. One is for Kamakura, a small city 50km southwest of Tokyo which is popular with tourists due to its beaches and temples; the other new guidebook is for Osaka, Japan's second largest city.