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Nintendo Download: 17-18 November 2009 (Japan)

Posted by Sean Aaron

More Namco arcade games and DSiWare next week.

Another WiiWare holiday and only two Virtual Console releases - both Namco arcade games. Hardly seems possible given the number of announced Virtual Console titles for November yet to be released, unless the 24th is going to break all previous records!

Virtual Console

Bosconian (800pts Arcade - Namco) - This is one of the first games to feature speech samples (though they're barely comprehensible - to humorous effect). It's also noteworthy for allowing players freedom of movement through a multi-screen wraparound area where the goal is to destroy enemy starbases whilst avoiding ships. A classic game that's featured on many Namco Museum releases across several platforms.

Libble Rabble (800pts Arcade - Namco) - Another classic Namco arcade game which seems to have only been released in Japan. It offers a slight twist on the gameplay of Taito's Qix/Volfied, by having players use two arrows to draw a line around mushrooms and enemies on screen to capture them.


G.G. Series Tetsubo (200pts - Genterprise) - The G.G. Series of cheap and cheerful portable arcade titles continues! The first of two releases from Genterprise next week, Tetsubo sees players controlling a figure who jumps from high bar to high bar with players controlling his rotation and jump timing. There are electrified floors to cross, so it looks like the right amount of rotational speed and release timing is critical to avoid electrocution.

G.G. Series Drift Circuit (200pts - Genterprise) - This one looks very much like the old PC Engine game Moto Roader: a top-down racing game with the emphasis on drifting to get the win.

High School English Idioms 200 Word Master (800pts - IE Institute) - Another in the seemingly endless series of educational aides for Japanese students learning English from IE Institute. This program focuses on more idiomatic expressions.

Real Talent Drawing Class: Early/Late (800pts - Nintendo) - Nintendo rounds out the DSiWare week with two titles roughly translated as "Real Talent Drawing Class" in two parts ("Early" and "Late") for 800pts each. Figures are shown in the top screen and then users tasked with copying them in the bottom, first sketching with pencil and then adding colour with simulated paint brushes.

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User Comments (22)



Ratengo said:

I have a strange feeling that the MSX titles will be pushed to December instead. So I'm predicting Romancing SaGa, Choutetsu Brikinger and two arcade titles (Namco Quester and Rompers?) for the 24th of November. At least three WiiWare titles are said to come during this month: Kentoushi, Ponjan (both by Takara Tomy) and Okiraku Kart Wii.



Sylverstone said:

Well, this was average. I always look out for the DSiWare and the G.G. series looks to be heading nowhere outside Japan for a long while.

Just hope the NA update is good!



invmat said:

No WiiWare? (again?)
And only 6 games? This is strange for Japan...



CrazyOtto said:

Not too bad of a week for them, Bosconian is a fun game, and I've always wanted to try Libble Rabble



Egg_miester said:

its odd that company's for japan like to focus more on vc for wii and less on wiiware but the same company's in N/A focus's more on wiware and less on vc but this was a small week for jpn its odd



KingMike said:

Actually, Libble Rabble was kinda nice. I'd get it if it was imported.
Though I only played the SFC version (which had the strangest accessory I've seen: a cover to turn the ABXY buttons into a D-Pad).



StarBoy91 said:

Since I was little, I've always noticed the vague similarity between the ship from Galaga and Bosconian.



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

Keep this up, and they'll start realizing how we've been feeling since NOA kept giving us 52 VC games a year while they received 416.



It seems that in japan the VCA is extremely popular <_<



TJ_Spyke said:

Are the Drawing games just the Japanese versions of the Art Academy games? Those are basically the same thing and are also from Nintendo.

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