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Nintendo Download: Winds, Warriors, Dinosaurs and Domo-kun (US)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

A whopping five new DSi games.

This week's a mixture of catch-up games and new ones - Who would've thought that all five announced Domo-kun games for DSiWare would be released at the same time? Of course, today also sees the North American release of LostWinds 2, the fantastic sequel to the WiiWare launch game, as previously announced.

LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is everything a good sequel should be - More of the same, just improved in almost every way. Carrying on from the ending of the first game, this time, Toku is looking for his mother on top of a snowy mountain. Once again, you must run around a Metroid-like system of linked rooms, solving puzzles along the way by using your wind powers. The game is a bit longer and more challenging than the first, which means anybody who complained about the length of the original should be more happy with this one. As it's been out in Europe for a while, you can already read our review, or you can read our interview with Frontier frontman, David Braben. The game costs 1000 Wii Points.

WiiWare's other offering is a quirky shooting gallery game which has been out in Japan for a while, but is only now being released in the west. Shootanto: Evolutionary Mayhem sees you shooting down dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures as you go through the stages of human evolution - First you'll be playing as a monkey, but as you go on you'll slowly evolve into a human, and your weapons will likewise become better. It's only 500 Wii Points, so we have hope for it. We'll review it soon.

You might be familiar with Domo-kun - The furry brown mascot of Japan's NHK television station strangely became more popular in North America than he is in his homeland. That's why he stars in not one, but five new DSiWare games. In Crash-Course Domo, you participare in a bicycle race. In Hard-Hat Domo you must solve construction site puzzles to climb up each building. Pro-Putt Domo is a golf game, Rock-n-Roll Domo is a rhythm game, and White-Water Domo is a kayaking game. All of the games look pretty fun, and for 200 DSi Points each you should be able to find one you like. We'll review all of them over the course of the week.

On Virtual Console you can check out another Tecmo offering. The arcade version of Rygar is radically different from the NES one, and doesn't consist of much more than the titular Rygar running to the right, jumping over platforms and cutting down hordes of enemies with his strange Diskarmor weapon. It's not too bad, but most players will likely find it too hard and will want to wait for the inevitable release of the cult classic NES version. You can read what we thought here.

8 new games, including an entire series of titles in one go! Are you getting anything? More from Nintendo's press release:


Oct. 19, 2009

Eight is great for gamers this week as Nintendo adds eight new titles to its ever-growing library of downloadable games. First on the list is LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, a follow-up to one of the most popular releases on the WiiWare™ service. Next, Shootanto: Evolutionary Mayhem makes survival of the fittest the law of the land. Meanwhile, Nintendo DSiWare™ welcomes Domo™, a strange creature who hatched from an egg. Also known as the popular mascot of Japan's NHK television station, Domo stars in five separate new Nintendo DSiWare games. Topping it off is RYGAR™, a 1980s arcade gem making its Virtual Console™ debut.


LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
Publisher: FRONTIER
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is a sequel to the award-winning WiiWare launch title LostWinds. Enril the Wind Spirit returns to protect and guide young Toku by powering his jumps, aiding his glides and smashing his enemies. An evil adversary binds the fate of Toku's mother, Magdi, and the ancient Melodia civilization. To save Magdi, Toku and Enril must face new foes, enlist friends old and new, and wield incredible new powers - including the ability to switch the very seasons themselves - as they explore the diverse, richly interactive Chilling Peaks and Melodia City areas of the magical land of Mistralis. This enchanting, exhilarating, explorative game play experience is bursting with new ideas that make exceptional use of the Wii Remote™ controller. The awesome power of the Wind is back in the palm of your hand.

Shootanto: Evolutionary Mayhem
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Crude Humor, Mild Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Battle for the future in a world governed by the law of the jungle. As you move through the stages, your character evolves and your weapons and shooting abilities change. First, throw weapons by hand, then proceed to use tools and different types of projectiles. A cooperative two-player mode is also available. The controls are simple: Move the character with the control stick, adjust the crosshairs with the Wii Remote controller and shoot down targets while dodging enemy attacks. Getting hit by an enemy bullet or touching an enemy close to you will count as a miss. With each miss, you'll lose one heart; losing all hearts will end the game.

Nintendo DSiWare

Crash-Course Domo™
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: In Crash-Course Domo, you'll guide Domo across the finish line in six increasingly difficult bicycle races. Steer Domo around other racers and patches of rough terrain, pedaling as fast as his stubby legs will allow.

Hard-Hat Domo™
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In Hard-Hat Domo, Domo is a construction worker trying to get to the top of a building. Match ladder colors to floor colors - using cans of paint, if necessary - to earn points and continue climbing higher. Reach the top floor to clear each of the four levels of difficulty.

Pro-Putt Domo™
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In Pro-Putt Domo, Domo hits the green in an effort to win the world putt-putt golf championship. Domo competes to finish with the lowest number of strokes in either the nine-hole Small Classic or the 18-hole Big Open tournament. Along the way, he'll collect coins and earn bowls of meat-and-potato stew while avoiding bunkers and water hazards.

Rock-n-Roll Domo™
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In Rock-n-Roll Domo, you'll control Domo as he takes the stage in search of fortune and fame. Hit the right notes in rhythm (using the touch screen, if desired) to rock the house. If your timing needs work, use the mixer to practice songs. Complete five different songs at a series of increasingly larger venues to help Domo become a superstar.

White-Water Domo™
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Take control of Domo as he hops into his kayak and races the river rapids in White-Water Domo. Jump and paddle as you steer Domo through the treacherous rapids in an effort to cross the finish line as quickly as possible. Finish with one of the top three times to proceed to the next stage.

Virtual Console

Publisher: Tecmo
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: The year is 19XX A.D. and the human race has been brought to its knees by the resurrected ancient Beast Lord. The people have brought legendary warrior Rygar back to life in order to save the human race. Armed with Diskarmor, a weapon that extends, you'll also make full use of your jumping abilities to venture through and clear all 27 stages. Appearing at arcades in 1986 as a side-scrolling action game, RYGAR received high acclaim for its beautifully rendered graphics, including waterfalls and a setting sun. As extra features, players can collect the five Powers of Indra to obtain special bonuses or gain 1,000,000 bonus points for finding hidden items. Also, the number of lives and the level of difficulty can be altered.


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User Comments (82)



Bass_X0 said:

Good week. Plenty of games. Lets hope the Domo games are worth getting.



ReZon said:

Nothing for me this week.

Hopefully they'll do the same mass release with Electroplankton.



PopeReal said:

I want Time Pilot on virtual console!

Oh and Ring King.

And Burgertime. And Gyruss.



Reala said:

Quite a busy week for downloads then, what from that list will be getting reviewed?



Bass_X0 said:

what from that list will be getting reviewed?

Uhh... all of them that haven't been reviewed already?



Rapadash6 said:

With Fighting Street likely coming out next week, the final Wiikly update of October, that pretty much confirms this month started well but is going to end terribly for Virtual Console. WiiWare will be just the opposite if Castlevania Rebirth comes out next week, which I'm betting it will.



longtimegamer said:

Shootatno 500 pt. I know what game to get with 500of those 600 wii pts.
@Rezone: You know, Irecently saw electroplankton at our gamestop.



20thPaul said:

Does this mean that we'll get all of the game & watch games in one update too?



Objection said:

I'll definately be getting LW2 this weekend (when I'll have usable WIFI,) and might also get Shootanto, depending on the review. I'm currently replaying LW1 to deal with the wait.



Bass_X0 said:

I have a strange feeling that Castlevania won't arrive next week.

It could happen. I hope we get it this month too. Instant download for me; I don't need to wait for a review.



BlueFlameBat said:

I hope the 500 point price tag doesn't mean this deal is too good to be true. I have been looking forward to this title ever since ... I keep forgetting his name, but in his picture, I think he's wearing a cap, has a goatee, and is holding a cell phone. Anyway, I've been looking forward to this ever since he brought it to my attention.



Mike1 said:

Damn, eight games! But I don't own the DSi, just a regular DS, so it's really only the standard 3 games to chose from. Sadly, nothing again as usual, but I hold out hope for Castlevania Rebirth next week.



longtimegamer said:

@Bass X0: Yea, this will be the first Rebirth title that I buy most likely. Castlevania just kicks butt! Not to mention that it would be nice to get a Halloween title. I wonder if the US will get Zombies Ate My Neighbors too?



Egg_miester said:

i am nearly positive castlevania won't be out next week konami wouldn't put a huge franchise out in n/a as it comes out in japan in the same week and that scares me
i am curious about the evolution game and i pray that at least 2 of the domo games are good



Bass_X0 said:

I wonder if the US will get Zombies Ate My Neighbors too?

More likely its (inferior) sequel, Ghoul Patrol.



brandonbwii said:

The list of WiiWare games says Castlevania doesn't release until Q1 2010 in Europe. Wouldn't US be similar? No one should get their hopes up. If NOA really wants to play to the Halloween idea, they could just release Ghost Mansion Party or that Zombie BBQ like game whos name escapes me.



WarioFan63 said:

The list of WiiWare games says Castlevania doesn't release until Q1 2010 in Europe. Wouldn't US be similar?
The list for US said Q3 09. So I imagine next week will be Castlevania and Monkey Island 3. Otherwise I can't see Castlevania taking any longer then November



longtimegamer said:

Ghoul Patrol.
I don't recall if i ever played that. Still be good to get possibly. Would have to read up on it.



cyrus_zuo said:

If I thought the NES Rygar was an "inevitable release" I'd be ecstatic. of my all-time favorite games. Why it and Contra and Strider are not available through the VC is totally and absolutely mind-boggling.
Great week though...have been looking forward to Lost Winds 2 since the day Lost Winds 1 was released!



Egg_miester said:

@wariofan the list never said 09 just 3rd q and they were mixing 010 releases in the list my biggest fear is that nintendo mewns 3rd q of next year



bboy2970 said:

Could it be.......we actually got more games than Japan this week!! The apocalypse is among us everyone.



bboy2970 said:

Did anyone notice those Domo games are all made by Nintendo? I had doubts about those games but I feel a little better now Also, why do the screenshots say 2002-2009? Have these games been released anywhere before?



the_shpydar said:

RYGAR! YES! Now i'm extra glad to be taking a half day from work today! The arcade version was one of my serious faves. I absolutely loved the NES game (just recently payed through it again, actually), which would/will also be a insta-download.

Wanna pick up Lost Winds too, but i may hold off since i still need to play through Nyx and just picked up Boy and His Blob this weekend (only had a chance to play a half hour so far, but i am loving it).



longtimegamer said:

the only problem with Rygar, like most of these VCA games, is that it's already in a compilation. a tecmo and data east one.



North99 said:

Wow... nice selection. I might actually try the shooter and download one or two DS games. Nice. Considering I just got laid off and have some time to kill.



pixelman said:

Not bad. I'm a little miffed about the VC release. The Christmas releases better be rockin' awesome to make up for the numerous amount of disappointing Mondays.



bboy2970 said:

Not to beat a dead horse but does Nintendo ever plan on giving us SSB? It's getting just a smidge ridiculous.........



Egg_miester said:

@wariofan i know that but i find it unlikely it be out next week but after watching the nintendo week video and hearing next week they will talk about it and show a video i am a bit more hopeful



Ren said:

I want to love Shootanto, but I'm also afraid of the "500" points. Seems too good to be true.



Superman said:

The blues...

That's what some people will be singing, the blues. Others will make excuses for Nintendo, and say that this was a good update. Those people will also highlight the number of games released, completely ignoring the quality of said games.

As for me, not surprised in the least. This is standard procedure for Nintendo.



longtimegamer said:

Ummm, ok.......whatever. (Superman)

Brandonwii: Thanks for mentioning that. I just looked at part of a video for this. I wonder if its from the same people who made Crimsom land/or Crimson(something like that). I played a trail version of crimsom land and if this is from those guys, i'll be happy. It seems to have the same upgrade thing going on.



Cheezy said:

Rygar is a great game, and Domo sounds cool too, so I'm actually not all that dissapointed, and, oh my!! Nintendo gave us more than 3 games this week!!!



Nintendo64Dude said:

Great week for WiiWare...
But another BAD WEEK for VC... and they'll be another bad week again...
The first SF won't be a cup of tea. SF's 2 to 4 are the good ones!



WolfRamHeart said:

Wow, a lot of games this week but the only one I'm getting is Lost Winds 2. I really that hope we get either Cave Story or Castlevania ReBirth next week.



Charlie_The_Unicorn said:

WOW! I had no idea all the domo games would come at once! :0 I'll wait and see which Domo game is the best.

Great WiiWare, especially with LostWinds 2!

Decent week for VC.

Overall, a pretty nice week.



J-Man said:

Wow! An unexpected amount of releases. Maybe things are looking up.



Ricardo91 said:

I'll have to get Lostwinds once I get a hold once I get some more points (and my Wii back. ), since I skipped the first one. Also, DOMO-KUNS!!



MarkyVigoroth said:

JayArr-san: "Who would win in a fight, Rygar or Domo?"
Rygar would obviously win in actual combat, but the match would be closer in terms of game sales.



cheetahman91 said:

8 games?! Holy crap!
Anyways I don't think Cave Story will come 'till November, but LostWinds 2 is a great substitution for this week.



Metang said:

Nice. The Domo games look to be pretty good, we get LostWinds 2 and Rygar!



longtimegamer said:

Hope Military Madness for Wii comes out next month, since I guess it wont this one. Isn't it already out on XBOX? I wonder what's taking so long?



suburban_sensei said:

I'm getting LostWinds 2 for sure, don't really care much for Domo. Every time I go to 7-11 for a Slurpee now I see his ugly face.



Grumble said:

Just wanted to say publicly that Hardy83 (a user on here) said that if Nintendo actually released 5 dsiware games in the U.S. in one day it was a stupid idea and would never happen... I told him a few days ago based on the release schedule that it would have to happen, just had an inkling. Uncanny timing!! LOL. Thanks, Nintendo!! These truly are great games and I am playing them as we speak.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@longtimegamer: You haven't learned to simply assume Microsoft paid them off? That's what I think most likely happened, especially since PSN doesn't have it yet either.

You have to consider that these five DSiWare games were originally one GBA game, and are cheap enough that it's not unreasonable to expect people to buy all five. Therefore, five releases at once is not terribly surprising or stupid at all.

I never played the first LostWinds, so there's certainly no reason for me to be excited about the sequel. Other WiiWare looks "meh" at best. Don't know enough about Domo to formulate an opinion. Don't give a crap about Rygar; if I did, I'd just play it on a collection for cheaper anyway.



astarisborn94 said:

Virtual Console is okay for this week, WiiWare is great, and DSiWare might be good too.

Not much for me, but I'm not complaining.



Lol @ superman (the annoying troll not the comic book )

I have 1000 pts in my wii and I dunno if buy Lost winds 2 or Contra or keep waiting for Cave story....or Castlevania T_T



Porky said:

Haven't had a 2 vc release since that last import week then 2 weeks with no vc releases. Nintendo your killing me



odd69 said:

Oh c'mon Lost winds 2 alone makes this week release's not suck. But then again I'm not happy unless i get a platformer so count my opinion as biased haha.I hate puzzlers unless they have platforming elements as well so I'm just unhappy period all the time.No matter how fun some shovelware may be I'm just not interested=)



Twilight_Crow said:

Finally getting Lost Winds 2 is a treat! But I only have 1000points and wanted to save them for Cave Story, but who knows when that thing is coming! oh! what to do?

The shooter looks Ok for 500pts, the review will decide if I get it later on. I can see the arcade version Rygar has it's small fanbase, but I'll just wait for the NES version.
Congratulations to all the Domo fans that have a DSi!... from a DSi less Domo fan



Stuffgamer1 said:

What I know of Domo, I got from this news announcement. Plus, I've seen plushees available at FYE.



outrun2sp said:

jeez I hope that hudson soft / capcom doesnt listen to you lot and we get fighting street. Its a classic / historical game and if it doesnt come out on wii it wont come out on anything. Let them just release it and get it out of the way guys.



cyrus_zuo said:

Happily bought and played the first hour of Lost Winds 2 last night. Wonderful, wonderful game so far. The puzzles are more complex than the first one, and the atmosphere is once again fantastic. I really liked the first one and am loving the sequel. If you are at all a Zelda-type fan or platform adventure fan, 1000 points is a steal for this quality of game. Highly, highly recommended .



StarBoy91 said:

Rygar looks very interesting. I'll bet it's good, but should I download the arcade version or order the NES "port" from eBay?



DarkEdi said:

i downloaded inmediatly Rygar and Final Fight 2. I was very surprised by Rygar, it´s excellent. It isn´t extremely difficult like you say, its challenging but not ridiculous impossible. I like it a lot. My first VCArcade. Download it all people please!!

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