Nintendo Download: Pinballs, Fights and Gravity (US)

One for each service, again

With two games already previously announced, this week's new releases aren't very surprising, although many will no doubt be disappointed that a certain major WiiWare title Europe got last Friday is not part of the lineup.

Final Fight 2 is arguably today's biggest new game, as it's really the only one we know a lot about. This SNES-exclusive sequel to the arcade classic features six rounds set across Europe and Asia for Haggar and two new characters to fight their way through, in order to rescue Guy's master, Genryusai, and his girlfriend, Rena. Unlike the SNES port of the original game, this one features co-op, meaning the biggest complaint about the first has been eliminated. Unfortunately, however, a different problem has arisen: it's too similar to its predecessor. That would've been fine if the quality of the stages, enemies and music was as good, but unfortunately, it isn't! Nonetheless, if you're a fighting game fan you can still get some enjoyment out of it - read our review for more.

First announced all the way back in October 2007, and now finally available, is Gravitronix for WiiWare. This seems a bit like a souped up air hockey - up to eight players try to prevent each other from launching projectiles into their goal areas by either deflecting them or grabbing them and launching them back. The game features a multitude of modes and only costs 500 Wii Points, so perhaps the long wait has been worth it? We'll review the game soon, in the meantime, you can read our interview with the developer from earlier this month again.

We don't really know much about today's final release, as Nintendo only recently announced it but didn't reveal any screenshots or videos - Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon is a DSiWare pinball game with an ancient theme. It's been confirmed that the game is developed by Fuse, which could mean very nice things - they also developed the rather fun Metroid Prime Pinball on DS. We'll tell you all about it in our review soon. It costs 500 DSi Points.

Just these three this week! More from Nintendo's press release:


Oct. 12, 2009

You can't change the laws of gravity, but with this week's lineup of downloadable games from Nintendo, you can give your fun quotient a high-flying boost. An exciting new Nintendo DSiWare™ release delivers lightning-fast pinball thrills with a mythological twist, while a vintage battle game brings classic action and intrigue to the Virtual Console™. On WiiWare™, you'll be mesmerized by a gravity-defying battle game with rich multi-player options. Take your pick and prepare for lift-off.

Nintendo DSiWare

Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon™
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Pinball takes on mythological proportions in this Nintendo DSiWare exclusive. Choose from two modes of play (Regular Game or Daily Game) and begin your journey to becoming a pinball champion. Conquer mythic quests, collect gifts from the 12 Olympians, and push your skills to the limit by facing Medusa, the Sirens and more. Your portable pinball table will give you a quick adrenaline rush as you watch the steel ball fly through ramps and carom off bumpers all over the playing field. Rack up combo points, open specific game modes and enlist the Oracle for some help. Will you accept Zeus's challenge?

Virtual Console

Final Fight™ 2
Original platform: Super NES™
Publisher: Capcom USA
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: It's been several years since peace settled in Metro City. With Cody and Jessica on vacation and Guy resuming his training out of town, everything seems to be in order. But Haggar is feeling uneasy after learning that Mad Gear was not completely destroyed. Once again, the Mad Gear Gang has emerged, and this time they want revenge. They've kidnapped Guy's master, Genryusai, and Genryusai's daughter, Rena. Now Haggar must travel the globe in search of Genryusai and Rena. Hopefully, with the help of Maki and Carlos, the reign of the Mad Gear Gang will be destroyed.


Publisher: Medaverse Studios
Players: 1-8
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: It's time to claim your rightful place as the champion of the Gravitronix arena, but get ready to deal with up to seven other players who are all shooting for the same title. Vanquish your opponents with four different projectiles and the powerful beams of your gravity platform. Intercept attacks and take careful aim at exposed vulnerabilities. Deflect incoming projectiles or capture and charge them with energy for devastating explosive attacks. Team up with a friend and battle through campaign mode, or recruit up to eight players on a single Wii™ system in versus mode for an all-out battle. Customize your matches with a variety of different options, such as flooding the arena with projectiles or making the game insanely fast. No matter how you like to play, grab your friends and have a blast.


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