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Nintendo Download: Zombies, Ghosts, Monkeys, Axes, Royal Bluffs and Even More Sudoku (US)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

One of the most requested Virtual Console titles of all time arrives in time for Halloween.

Halloween's coming up, and as is tradition for Nintendo, that means at least some of this week's downloads are related - It's only two this year, but who honestly cares when one of them is a Virtual Console game which has been on thousands of "most wanted" lists since the Wii was released? Accompanying it is a new arcade game, the third chapter of Tales of Monkey Island, and three more games which we honestly think almost nobody was waiting for.

By far the biggest release is of course Zombies Ate My Neighbors, the fourth LucasArts game on Virtual Console and one which many people have been dying to see on the service. As either one or two players, you must go through over 50 stages in order to prevent your neighbors from being eaten by zombies and a variety of other enemies, such as aliens, giant ants, chainsaw maniacs, killer plants and more. With incredibly addictive gameplay, a fairly high difficulty level and an absolutely fantastic soundtrack this is easily one of the most welcome VC releases yet, and if you're even the slightest bit interested it's an absolutely essential purchase. We recently wrote a retro review of the game which you can read to make you want it even more. Also, yes, it's the SNES version, which is generally considered superior!

Today's other VC release is the third Sega arcade release and another one which is already available as a Genesis title - Golden Axe. It's a bit hard to pick whether this or the home port is better - Although this one obviously features superior graphics and sound, the Genesis version has a few extra levels. This one also costs slightly more, at a price of 900 Wii Points. It all comes down to a matter of preference! Our review will tell you more.

WiiWare only now gets Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan, which has been out on PC for nearly a month! Content-wise, it is easily the best chapter yet, as it features the return of a fan favourite character, but it remains to be seen whether occassional visual and audio hiccups still plague the WiiWare port like in the previous two parts. We'll review it soon. As before, it costs 1000 Wii Points.

Ghost Mansion Party is today's other Halloween-themed game and Gameloft's latest release. The game pretty much seems to be Mario Party in a haunted house setting - Up to 4 players move around a board and play minigames in order to win the game. As Nintendo's well-known party series isn't on Virtual Console yet, this could be a decent buy. We'll have a review soon. It costs 1000 Wii Points.

DSiWare gets a sequel of sorts to the recent WiiWare release PictureBook Games - PictureBook Games: The Royal Bluff is less of a party game and instead centers solely around a single strategic game involving poker chips and animals in gentlemanly costumes, which means we have absolutely no idea what to expect! For 500 DSi Points it could be decent, so we'll have a review ready within the next few days.

Today's other DSiWare game is perhaps the least wanted game of the whole week - The very generically titled Sudoku is the fourth Sudoku game on DSiWare and most certainly won't be the last. Electronic Arts claims that the game features "hundreds" of puzzles, which would make it the most content-packed of the four so far, especially for 200 DSi Points, but do we really need even more of these? We'll review it soon.

So, how many people will be killing zombies with squirt guns later today? Hands up! More from Nintendo's press release:


Oct. 26, 2009

Boo! As the year's spookiest holiday draws near, this week's additions to the Wii™ Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi™ Shop are ready to put some extra chills and thrills into your Halloween week. The WiiWare™ service invites you to explore a ghostly mansion or face menacing foes in a new Tales of Monkey Island adventure. On the Virtual Console™, battle zombies and other supernatural creatures in a Super NES™ classic, or ward off evil forces in the legendary arcade game Golden Axe™. For Nintendo DSiWare™ users, a portable PictureBook Games™ title delivers nifty tricks, while sudoku solvers are in for a real treat. And speaking of treats, Wii owners who have their Wii consoles connected to the Internet should check out the Nintendo Week show on Nintendo Channel for an exclusive WiiWare announcement of a fresh take on an 8-bit classic.


Ghost Mansion Party
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: Fazzy the ghost has been locked out of his mansion by some evil spooks, and he's willing to give his treasure to anyone who can chase them out. Work cooperatively and competitively with friends and family to defeat the ghosts and discover a huge hidden treasure. Travel around this wild mansion in board-game fashion, landing on mini-games that everyone can enjoy. You'll even engage in challenges on the board itself as you try to collect magic scrolls and hints to reveal the secret word that will open the doors to the treasure. Get your Wii Remote™ controllers ready - you're about to play with them in ways you've never imagined.

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 3
Publisher: Telltale Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Comic Mischief, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: In the third Tales of Monkey Island chapter, Guybrush gets in deep - literally - as his quest for the voodoo exfoliating La Esponja Grande takes a scenic detour through the guts of a giant manatee. Our hero encounters a surprising band of castaways, including the long-lost explorer Coronado De Cava. Can the Mighty Pirate win the suspicious De Cava's trust? Will sexy pirate hunter Morgan LeFlay prove to be a ruthless enemy or an unlikely ally? Will the group find La Esponja Grande in time to save Elaine from the rampant Pox of LeChuck? And will the world be crushed by the gnashing teeth of a certain demonic skull? Tales of Monkey Island's moist and absorbing third episode, "Lair of the Leviathan," will answer some of these urgent questions and raise even more as the five-month adventure builds to its epic climax.

Virtual Console

Zombies Ate My Neighbors™
Publisher: LucasArts
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: You will play the game as one of two brave kids: Zeke or Julie. Both kids use the same control scheme and have the same characteristics. If you're playing in two-player mode, each player must pick a kid. You can't have two Zekes or two Julies. Each player starts with three lives. When your life bar runs out, you lose a life. There are hidden 1-Up bonuses in the game. You may also earn bonus lives if you have 10 victims left when you finish a level. Get ready to conquer 48 levels of giant ants, mad scientists and big babies. Find seven bonus levels (look for the question marks), earn points and stockpile your water pistols and other weapons.

Golden Axe
Publisher: SEGA
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Blood, Fantasy Violence
Price: 900 Wii Points
Description: In this original arcade game that launched the popular Golden Axe series, the evil Death Adder has invaded your land and taken the king and princess prisoner. Three mighty warriors step forward to bring the villain to justice: powerful fighter Ax Battler, Amazon warrior Tyris Flare and mighty dwarf Gilius Thunderhead. They will use their weapons and magic to fight their way through Death Adder's hordes. Along the way, they'll mount fearsome, fire-spitting beasts to help even the odds. Team up with a friend and enjoy two-player simultaneous game play for a better chance of survival.

Nintendo DSiWare

PictureBook Games: The Royal Bluff
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Aristocratic opponents square off in PictureBook Games: The Royal Bluff, a game of strategy and deceit. Compete for points by adding or subtracting colored chips from rows on the game board and trying to guess each of your opponent's secretly assigned chip colors. Once you're confident in your deduction, issue a Call Out attempt to earn bonus points - at the risk of giving your opponent an extra point if you're wrong. Three modes of play (Tournament, Free Play, DS Wireless Play) offer a variety of options, from facing off against an assortment of computer opponents to competing in a wireless match with up to four players. Throw Trick Cards into the mix and you've got a winning combination of tactics and trickery that's sure to score points.

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: SUDOKU offers hundreds of number-crunching puzzles that will stretch your brain power to the limit. Take it even further by playing in the exclusive Newspaper Mode. Add a daily puzzle from your favorite paper and build your very own collection. From Easy to Insane, a total of five different levels are available for novices and masters alike. Enjoy a host of grid designs that will keep you coming back for more. This worldwide phenomenon delivers an exhilarating game of logic that's not only challenging, but also surprisingly relaxing. It's everything you want for a quick puzzle getaway. Make life easier by taking advantage of smart features like automatic annotation for effortless calculation of your achievements. Stumped? Get help with error-checking tools and friendly cell hints. Track your stats and test your reaction time with the in-game timer. This addictive brain game has been polished to perfection and renders a sleek design that's easy on the eyes.


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User Comments (100)



Bass_X0 said:

Awesome week. I expected Ghoul Patrol this week rather than ZAMN but I am glad the better game got released. I'll be downloading it for sure if it comes out here this week too. But the description of the game by Nintendo is quite lame; did a 12 year old kid write it? And Happy Holidays: Halloween -- How can the worst game ever on the WiiWare fail even harder? By being released after the holiday its promoting however I expect it won't be released in the U.S. at all now.



Philip_J_Reed said:

Will get Zombies eventually, methinks, but it looks like my spooky Halloween purchase will be a long-ovedue download of Lit.



ReZon said:

Six games this week - that's pretty huge. It'd be great to see that many every week.

ZAMN is a great SNES game, I'm glad it's finally out. A lot of fun with two players too.



Betagam7 said:

"of all time"?

Good to see its the SNES version. Hopefully Europe will get it on Friday along with LIT (at last!)



blackknight77 said:

Great week and I hope to see more 2 game VC weeks in the future. Looks like Fighting Street will get pushed back a month. Good choice to release Zombies on the week of Halloween.



Egg_miester said:

i love zombies ate my neighbors and this week is perfect in my eyes this was the only game i ever wanted on the vc ever since i got my wii over a year ago i would love castlevania rebirth but hell zombies ate my neighbors is the perfect halloween game



bboy2970 said:

What do you think that special 8-bit surprise is? I'm crossing my fingers for a new mario but I doubt it.



Kevin said:

Yay for Zombies Ate My Neighbors one of my favorite Genesis games ever! Too bad golden axe arcade came out the same week. I'll be waiting that one out. Now LucasArts do the invetitable and announce the NES game Maniac Mansion!



warioswoods said:

Playing through Dead Space: Extraction this week for Halloween, but need some retro fare as well, so the neighborhood Zombies bit sounds like a good option. Like Chicken, I also haven't picked up Lit yet, so that's potentially another.

Or I could just continue to hang around the graveyard area in StarTropics... where I seem to be stuck anyway. :-/



The_Fox said:

ZAMN?! Awesome! This is the first time I've been happy with the VC in some time now. Beats the hell out of Super Smash Bros, that's for sure.



deadly_by_design said:

ZAMN makes this the best VC week this year, despite WiiWare (still) not getting Cave Story.

I bought Startropics on VC right when it came out, and proceeded to also get stuck in the graveyard. I hate that place! Pretty sure it's why I haven't touched the game for the past year... Heh.



Knux said:

Awesome!! ZAMN and Golden Axe Arcade are on the VC! I think I will buy these games sooner or later. By the way, this is the first time we actually got two VC games on the same day in quite awhile. Hopefully, we will continue to see two VC games per week! A very good week indeed.



Pupil_of_Life said:

Ah, Zombies Ate My Neighbors...
Good times, good times... (Glad that it's finally on Virtual Console!)



Sneaker13 said:

I'm curious about Zombies Ate My Neighbors. If I have the points, I'll get it (when it comes out in Europe).



ejamer said:

I'm terrified that Zombies Ate My Neighbors will be unable to live up to the nostalgia.



blackknight77 said:

@SuperSonic1990 the last time we got 2 games was Pulseman and Secret Command. It was followed up by 2 weeks of nothing. I hope that does not happen again.

But I agree this was a very good update



Stuffgamer1 said:

TWO VC GAMES! And one of them was actually highly anticipated! An actual Halloween-related North American release! Major props to Lucas Arts for deciding to release the SNES version regardless of the need for a controller that doesn't come with the Wii. I just hope Hudson and Capcom aren't going to be too pissed off that Fighting Street didn't make it out this month as expected...



Rapadash6 said:

While I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't get Castlevania ReBirth this week, I'm very happy to see ZAMN and an additional catch up VC game to go with it. This is the first 2 VC monday the US has had in a long time. Hopefully they'll become more common in the coming weeks.

Edit: I think that "8-bit classic" they're referring to is Castlevania ReBirth.



vampirelich said:

Awesome, its been since Arkanoid plus since I've downloaded anything, and I'll pickup ZAMN today after class.



Egg_miester said:

there was nearly no chance for castlevania rebirth to be out this week buts its nice to see so many people wanted it



the_shpydar said:

ZAMN, sweet. Perfect example of a game that, while i could continue to just emulate to play it, i will gladly purchase.

Golden Axe, despite my absolute love of the game, will be a pass. 900 points is too much, considering i already have the the actual Gen cart, the VC Gen version and the version on XBLA (i think it's the arcade version, i forget). Though if it was 500, i'd probably get it any way.



bboy2970 said:

@Rapadash6: I really hope not. it says "exclusive announcement" and I'm pretty sure that it's been announced already. Plus it looks like they're making it a surprise and they mentioned Castlevania in the end of last weeks episode.



joeshabadoo said:

bit of a wiiware letdown I was hoping for Castlevania Rebirth or Bit Trip VOID, or Cave Story.

ZAMN is a great game though



gladiator_posse said:

I got my hopes up for High Voltage's Animales De La Muerta this Halloween...That was one of the first games announced for WiiWare...anyone know if it's been cancelled? I never played ZAMN. What's it similar to? Gauntlet?



Nice releases! Golden axe and Zombies look great! (never played ZAMB but it looks fun). But I'll save my points for castlevania and the Ithinkitwontcomethisyear cave story.



Phalyn said:

ZAMN is good and all, but Castlevania would've been the best start to this week.




dsiware is as horrible as the dsi itself.Nintendo mostly releases crap anymore but this week looks pretty good for the wii.Dsi & psp = meh! as for the handhelds they are crap, i got a dsi and a psp go for free,lol and thats all they are worth.



Jaceguay said:

Does anyone know what are the diferences betwen the Genesis and the SNES version?
Edit: I owned only the Zombies Ate My Neighbors Genesis version.



Grumble said:

Not what I was expecting, but it all sounds good on the DSiWare side! Can't wait to play...



Jave said:

ZAMN is awesome. Definitely one of the best on the SNES ever. I used to play it all the time before my SNES and games were stolen. Good times. (Not the stolen part).

I agree Nintendo's description for the game is stupid. They never say "shoot zombies" or "rescue your neighbors" in it! It doesn't even tell you what you're supposed to do! There's even a fake spoiler!



Stuffgamer1 said:

@the shpydar: Yep, Golden Axe on XBLA is the Arcade version, and $4 cheaper than on VCA with online support! Still, it's cool that the superior version of the game (arcade visuals, sound, and continue system trump Genesis with no continues and a stupidly hard extra level) is availble on Wii at all now.



Supermarioman said:

YES! But wait Where's my Castlevania? DOH! I thought they might give us Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth and one of the few unreleased VC games for Halloween. But theres always next week and I won't comlain with what we got!



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

Two VC games, huh? I'm proud of them. Now, if only they could give us more for Christmas. Please give us SSB so I have something to download with SBCG4AP ep 3.



Stuffgamer1 said:

The exclusive Nintendo Week announcement was pretty lame, IMO. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who wants to just watch it, though. Not unless people ask me to. Just don't expect anything too awesome, okay?



Radbot42 said:

i was personally hoing for bit.trip void, considering japan will be getting it tomorrow



sfog said:

"Does anyone know what are the diferences betwen the Genesis and the SNES version?"

The SNES version has better sound and music, and slightly better graphics, although I actually prefer the screen display in the Genesis version more (the map is always visible, instead of having to be toggled in the SNES version, and the score and energy displays are off the main play screen in it). Both versions play pretty much identically.



WolfRamHeart said:

Wow, Virtual Console got all the good stuff this week! I never played Zombies Ate My Neighbors but I'm eager to finally play it and since I haven't downloaded the Genesis version of Golden Axe I will get this arcade version instead. On the other hand, WiiWare and DSiWare are huge disappointments for me this week. I hope we will see Bit. Trip Void, Castlevania ReBirth and Cave Story really soon.



RadioShadow said:

"Also, yes, it's the SNES version, which is generally considered superior!"

BS! They are almost the same bloody game. In fact I want RED blood! Not purple!

Anyway, I'm off to download this game!



Kaeobais said:

Although there's nothing for me here, I must say it's a great selection this week. Especially with ZAMN, which is an amazing game. I own the cartridge, but I'm unable to play co-op since one of my SNES controllers is broken D:



Philip_J_Reed said:

Can somebody spoil the 8-bit announcement for a big friendly chicken who won't be able to get to his Wii until sometime tomorrow?



Stuffgamer1 said:

@chunky_droid: I was hoping for StarTropics or Kid Icarus. The way I see it, we already have enough games in this series on Wii, and the newer ones are FAR better than the original anyway.

@Chicken Brutus: Fine, it's a remake/reboot type thing for ExciteBike. There's a forum thread about it if you want to know more.



StarBoy91 said:

Righteous!!! One of my predictions came true; ZAMN is now available in US shores.



CanisWolfred said:

Grr, no Castlevania: ReBirth. Oh well, I guess maybe I'll get R-Type III and Ghosts 'n' Goblins instead.



SwerdMurd said:

Awesome. Garbage week. Pass. Again. Getting so close to middle-fingering Nintendo and modding my Wii.



Devastator said:

@Bass: You said awhile back that Ghoul Patrol was ZAMN superior sequel. So why are you saying now that the better game was released today.



Ricardo91 said:

I was hoping for Castlevania this week, but this is still a nice week. ZAMN will be on my list for sure!

@Drake. Wait, that game is still being developed?



Grumble said:

The Royal Bluff is actually an awesome puzzler/board game/strategy game. I give it 10/10. Sudoku (EA) is a rehash of similar stuff, and while better than Brain Age Sudoku, it doesn't quite measure up to Sudoku Master and Student. Gave that a 7/10.



BulbasaurusRex said:

Good update. I want to get Golden Axe, but I'm not sure which version yet. Are there any special options in the arcade version like there have been in the other arcade games?

So this leaves Bit.Trip Void, Carnival King, Castlevania Rebirth, Moki Moki, and Cave Story left that were listed as Quarter 3 releases on the release schedule last month. They are really far behind.



That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

@P.D4NG3R Zombies is awesome. It´s very good when playing alone, and adds even more fun when playing co-op. I believe it can be easier to clear stages on your own sometimes since you get all the health and weapon power ups, but I´ve spent most of my time in 2 player mode.



timp29 said:

Hopefully europe only gets one game for halloween - castlevania rondo of blood



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Bulbasaurus Rex: The Arcade version doesn't have any special options that I know of. It DOES offer superior visuals, audio, and gameplay, though. That's DEFINITELY worth an extra dollar.



IAmNotWill said:

Zombies ate my Neighbors is an awesome game! I will definetly pick that up in the future. Even though thw WiiWare game wasn't that good, Im interested in Royal Bluffs. I hope its decent. Good Week.



astarisborn94 said:

Zombies Ate My Neighbor was questionable for an VC release and thank god it's out. I cannot wait to play the game. Stupid Irate.

Now Nintendo is more likely to release Earthbound.

(No Earthbound discussion here please)



BL_Donth said:

With Left 4 Dead 2 around the corner, the next couple of weeks will be about zombies.



Lonnie2Hottie said:

I was so excited about Zombies when I found out about it earlier today! I have already downloaded it, but can't play probably till tomorrow. Stupid responsibilities...



SmaMan said:

I've only played ZAMN once, and I was instantly hooked! I'll buy it as soon as I get home from the radio station... and finish homework... well zamnnit! Doesn't look like I'll be able to do it tonight after all!



DreamWatcher said:

(screams) Zombies Ate My Neighbors! Cruddy description but still...ZAMN! This is awesome. ...Now if only I could get my WiFi fixed. Might just wait a bit since I'm still scared of my Wii (not modded) being bricked. Don't care what people say, I'm waiting for the 4.3 update. ...Hopefully before December's end. >>; (Still need to get my free NES game.)

...Just...really want to DL ZAMN soon. @_@ ...Although I'll probably freak a bit on the fifth level.

Edit: Gah. It's 4.3. Duh.



SmaMan said:

Actually I think we're still in 4.2, that last update didn't do much on the US side except enable that free NES game.

And btw, my Wii (modded) was not bricked in the update. It even failed to remove HBC since I updated that first!



StarDust4Ever said:

Finally, a two game week for once But that still does not make up for that two week VC famine we had last summer



TheKingOfTown said:

For all you people complaining about cave story not being here, you shouldn't be cuz on wikipedia it says that europe gets it on oct not NA. NA gets it Q3 2009.



Stuffgamer1 said:

Not if Nintendo's financial year ends between March and April like Sony's does. Is anybody here SURE about that?



brooks83 said:

Q4 2009 means the same thing no matter what time their financial year ends. Internally it may be different, but when they make a list of games coming out they aren't going to confuse the public like that.



NintendoGamer said:

I've been waiting for Zombies Ate My Neighbors to be released since I got my Nintendo Wii in 2006. Zombies Ate My Neighbors is one of my all time favorite Super Nintendo Games. Now I know what I'll be doing for Halloween. Eating candy thats meant for the trick-or-treaters and playing Zombies Ate My Neighbors lol

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