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Nintendo Download: 14 December 2009 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

A Sunsoft classic and wormy sequel on Virtual Console; cooking, sims, little pet shops, magic and Bejeweled on DSiWare; and puzzling, racing and retro arcade action on WiiWare this week!

Virtual Console

Blaster Master (500pts NES - Sunsoft) -- Regarded by many as amongst the best shooters on the NES, this is apparently the first of many Sunsoft titles to get re-release on the Virtual Console.

Earthworm Jim 2 (800pts Genesis - Interplay) -- Sequel to the original "earthworm-in-a-space-suit" platforming game. This is a catch-up release for North America, so you can already read our review!


Littlest Pet Shop (800pts - EA) -- The first downloadable entry in the Littlest Pet shop series from EA. We'll let you know how it stacks up against retail releases like Littlest Pet Shop: Winter in the near future.

Miami Nights (800pts - Gameloft) -- A sim game for the DSiWare service from Gameloft. You can bet we'll be running this through its paces to let you know whether it's worth your time!

Bejeweled Twist (500pts - PopCap Games) -- Everyone's favourite time-waster on Facebook comes to DSi! Can you resist? Can our reviewers? Find out soon!

Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam (500pts - Virtual Toys) -- Another catch-up title for North America. In case you've forgotten you can re-read Prosody's illuminating review.

Master of Illusion Express: Matchmaker (200pts - Nintendo) -- This was released in Europe as A Little Bit of Magic Made Fun: Matchmaker and reviewed by resident master illusionist, Prosody!


Stunt Cars (800pts - Icon Games Entertainment) -- It's been a little while since we've heard anything about this racing game, so we'll be curious to get our hands on it and let you know what we think!

Diatomic (800pts - Grendel Games) -- A little bit of retro arcade action might be the ticket this week! We'll be giving this title the once-over to let you know how it stacks up later on in the week!

Moki Moki (800pts - Natsume) -- A puzzle game released in June in Japan under the name Mochi Mochi Q. We'll check it out and let you know our thoughts on this new import.

Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH (600pts - Two Tribes) -- The first in a series of Rubik's Cube-inspired puzzlers for WiiWare from Two Tribes. It just came out in PAL territories last week and our review should be up in the near future!

As usual you can pore over the Nintendo press release below:


Dec. 14, 2009

The first of this week's new Virtual Console™ releases gives new meaning to the term "underground legend," sending players down a mysterious manhole for a classic subterranean adventure. Another fine addition to the Virtual Console section of the Wii Shop Channel features the iconic hero Earthworm Jim in a fun-packed sequel from the SEGA Genesis era. For the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, a slate of five new games includes everything from the pets of LITTLEST PET SHOP™ to animated puzzles, cooking and magic tricks. For fans of the WiiWare™ service, fast-paced stunt driving and Moki-herding mayhem are among the latest arrivals. Whether you're downloading for yourself or seeking cool, convenient gifts for everyone on your holiday list, look no further than the Wii™ Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi™ Shop for instant gratification.

Virtual Console

Blaster Master
Original platform: NES™
Publisher: Sunsoft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: The New York sewers were never like this. You've fallen down a hidden manhole into a world of creatures so terrifying they'd scare the rats away. You can panic and perish, or blast your way through an endless maze of tunnels in search of secret passages to your escape. Masters of the Caverns lay waiting - prehistoric creatures so powerful and gigantic they literally fill your screen. Load your arsenal and get ready for Blaster Master.

Earthworm Jim 2
Original platform: SEGA Genesis
Publisher: Interplay
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Superhero annelid Jim and his new sidekick, Snott, are back for an off-the-wall sequel in Earthworm Jim 2. Containing more action than your standard platformer from the Genesis era, each stage has a different style and mission, drawing on game play from different genres, including mazes, trivia contests and arcade-style levels. The game also features music composed by Tommy Tallarico. Do you have what it takes to rescue the Princess?

Nintendo DSiWare

Littlest Pet Shop
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Experience your favorite LITTLEST PET SHOP pets in a whole new way on your Nintendo DSi system. Play catch with your pets and their favorite toys, dress them up in adorable new accessories and keep them happy by brushing and feeding them. You can even throw a little dance party for your pets and help them rock out to cool songs.

Miami Nights
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes, Tobacco Reference, Use of Alcohol
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: You won't find a more complete life simulation than Miami Nights: Life in the Spotlight. Begin by designing your avatar with an unbelievable level of customizable physical detail. But it's not your physique that counts. Instead, your life choices and your everyday behavior will influence more than 40 attributes that will make you a unique, progressive individual. The city of Miami is presented to you with no fewer than 30 places to explore. Plus, you'll be able to customize your entire home and interact with your environment in many ways. The most important part of the game play lies in how you interact with other characters. They will be the ones who'll help you achieve your goals. You'll be able to establish and break off different types of relationships with them. It's up to you to act like a bad guy or sweet girl, make friends or enemies, and choose the best way - honest or otherwise - to make your dreams become a reality.

Bejeweled Twist
Publisher: PopCap Games
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Spin, match, explode - it's a brilliant new way to play. Spin and match explosive gems for shockwaves of fun in this quick-play version of the award-winning PopCap game. Rotate jewels to set up electrifying combos, outwit obstacles like Locks and Bombs, and create high-voltage Flame and Lightning gems. Play the intensely fun Classic mode or take on a friend in the exclusive Nintendo DS Battle mode. No matter how you play, you'll find endless ways to win.

Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam
Publisher: Virtual Toys
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Have you ever asked yourself what it would feel like to be among the stoves of the best restaurants in the world? Do you want to become the best chef there is, preparing scrumptious dishes? Jump right in and enter the world of Yummy Yummy and its mixture of flavors and aromas. In Yummy Yummy, you'll have to satisfy the hunger of the most diverse, colorful set of diners: vampires, extraterrestrials, mafia thugs, Vikings and more. Prepare hot dogs, hamburgers, pizzas and Mexican burritos as quickly as you can before your customers get tired of waiting and decide to leave the restaurant without giving you a good tip. Roll up your sleeves, don your chef's hat and have a great time.

Master of Illusion™ Express: Matchmaker
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Master of Illusion Express titles feature mind-boggling magic tricks that you can perform with your Nintendo DSi system. Learn the illusions, practice up and amaze your friends. Master of Illusion Express: Matchmaker includes two tricks that use your Nintendo DSi system to reveal information about others. Use the Photo Diagnosis trick and stun others by taking two simple photos to pinpoint their exact age. Or have the Matchmaker trick show that another person has favorite dates or favorite foods that are similar to yours. Who knows? You could even land a date or make a new friend.


Stunt Cars
Publisher: Icon Games Entertainment
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Stunt Cars takes place on elevated racetracks with very little to stop players from accidentally driving off the side. Turbo can be used to make a car go faster, but it can only be used for a limited amount of time in each race. As you progress through the game's four championship cups, you'll unlock special features such as driver achievement awards.

Publisher: Grendel Games
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Diatomic is a fast retro-arcade action game that takes place inside a set of petri dishes. The safe confines of your petri dish are about to be invaded by nine different diatomic creatures that seek to destroy you. Armed with your shield, tail, strategic intelligence and good reflexes, you stand a good chance of defeating the overwhelming odds. You must stay alive during 65 hectic stages spread over five chapters. The high score list shows what kind of player you are. Playing defensively and gaining an all-out defensive high score is harder to pull off than gaining an all-out offensive high score.

Moki Moki
Publisher: Natsume Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: It's a mind-bending, gravity-defying puzzler. The Moki are being devoured by the voracious Gromblins, and it's up to you to guide the hapless little guys to safety. Bend, twist and rotate the environment to herd the Moki through a series of brain-teasing puzzles. Along the way, you'll have to contend with deadly pitfalls, spinning blades and shifting gravity. Roll Moki down ramps, grab them with hooks and blast them with jets to guide them safely to the portals. Challenge your skills in 100 unique levels.

Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH
Publisher: Two Tribes
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH is a 3-D puzzle game with more than 70 challenging levels. Players need to guide Cubes to color-coded exit points. Using the Wii Remote™ controller's intuitive controls, players herd the colored cubes along by using Conveyer Belts, Warps, Stop Signs, Directional Signs and Splits. RUSH also includes the original Rubik's Cube as a bonus. Players can attempt to solve one of the four different-sized Cubes alone, compete against a second player or learn how to solve the classic Rubik's Cube.

Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays. Users with broadband Internet access can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Nintendo DSi Shop or the Wii Shop Channel. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

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User Comments (62)



Percentful said:

I am interested in some of these.
Especially Yummy Yummy, I like those style of games. I hear Bejewled is interesting, what's it like?



Chunky_Droid said:

Very nice week, should be something for almost everyone this week.

For me? Earthworm Jim 2



Stargazer said:

I'm going to give Blaster Master a download. And maybe Diatomic, but waiting for the review first.



Egg_miester said:

he i wasn't even sure if you guys were going to do the weekly download for n/a this week everyone must be swamped right now, and with earthworm jim2 awesomeness i am wondering on the Miami night game, another big week Nintendo is pulling all of the stops this holiday season



Rapadash6 said:

Blaster Master, YESSS!! Next week should bring us Smash finally. Perhaps Pilotwings will sail on with it as well. Virtual Console now, in North America, seems to have found a good balance between the barrage of releases we saw in the services first year and the drought we saw before just a couple of months ago. I would assume with all the new games popping up on the ESRB, as well as news bits like the whole Sunsoft thing, this could be the norm for a while. Here's hoping it is, at least.



Pegasus said:

Bejeweled Blitz is good fun, even if it's only Classic mode. That's all I need though.



Knux said:

Blaster Master, Bejewled, and Earthworm Jim 2 are the best parts of this update. I'm deftinely intrested in these games, and I might buy them later on.



MasterGraveheart said:

Awesome job with the update, Nintendo. Blaster Master, Earthworm Jim 2, and Bejweled Twist are most definately worth my points. Wanna make my Christmas? ...EARTHBOUND!

...or Pilotwings 64 would be... nice... too...



GamerforGod said:

Alright!!!! A week with (very potentially) no shovelware in sight!!!! That's my kind of week right there!!!! But, there is one thing that could make it even better...the release of the original SNES Clock Tower on the virtual console!!!! A guy can dream can't he? lol



Stuffgamer1 said:

Before someone complains: This week's Nintendo Week ends with a strong hint that SSB64 should release next week. Just a bit longer, oh raving fans!

My guess would be they'll just pair Pilotwings up with it instead of releasing each alongside a different 3rd party game. We'll have to wait and see, though.

As for THIS week's releases: I guess I'll probably download Blaster Master at some point. It sure does seem to be popular, even though I don't really have a clue what it is. Nothing else really strikes my fancy, though, which is fine...I need some time to catch up with my downloads on various platforms now that my income is on the rise.



Buster13 said:

I'm really interested in Rubik Rush, at 6 dollars, it seems like a pretty good deal to me, even if the game isn't that good, four different sizes of Rubik's cubes are well worth that price.

Other than that, I'll probably get EarthWorm Jim 2, but not until I get more points.



LittleMac10 said:

WOW, i finally get to spend some of my Wii points.
Blaster Master, very nice!! a true classic, but still waiting on Pro Wrestling!!!



Sneaker13 said:

I still have no idea where I've heard about Blaster Master before. Looks interesting though.



Ricardo91 said:

This is one of the best VC weeks we've had in a while! Blaster Master is a must-have, but I'll wait until I download/beat Earthworm Jim 1 before getting the second. And Bejeweled Twist would be a must-have as well, if I didn't already have it on Steam. Heh.



cheetahman91 said:

Ahhhh, Blaster Master. That's definitely the highlight this week. I wonder if Diatomic is any good or not. Looks we'll see SSB and PW next week.



ejamer said:

I thought the Rubik's game was going to be rubbish, but with a decent developer behind the wheel it actually looks very decent... and only 600 points to boot? Very interesting!



Kevin said:

Just downloaded Blaster Master. I can't wait to start playing. That game deserves at least a rating of 9. I'll wait on Earthworm Jim 2, I wanna enjoy this 8-bit classic and Spirit Tracks in the meantime.



Porky said:

No interest in vc this week (hope we really do get ssb64 next week though!). This may be the first for me but all four wiiware we got today are on my download list, especially Moki Moki and Stunt Cars. When my mom takes my to game crazy later this night ill spend my 50 dollars on 4000pts and buy the new wiiware.



the_shpydar said:

Great week, but nothing for me as the one game i'd probably get -- Blaster Master, of course -- i already have.

(Of course, that meant nothing in the past when considering a large portion of my VC d/Ls, so ... )



Ren said:

Wow, what a week!
So much WW stuff that all looks very interesting, not to mention Blaster Master! Finally I can play Blaster Master in a form that I can save game. That was a game that really needed proper save points and if I remember properly there wasn't anything and that Game over screen really hurts after a few hours of play.



CanisWolfred said:

Woohoo! Blaster Master and Earthworm Jim 2! On the same day! This is freakin' fantastic! And Moki Moki and Diatomic seem pretty interesting, too.



SMW said:

Earthworm Jim 2! I'll be snagging that this weekend, once I'm done with finals week.

I'll be watching for the Stunt Cars review; that game reminds me of Re-Volt. (Which could either be a good thing or bad thing.)



Zork2 said:

Blaster Master is a classic. Easily one of the best games on the NES. It's also one of the few NES games that doesn't feel dated. It's so well programmed the system barely holds it back. Instant download.



11 games accross the 3 services!? awesome! I hope it repeats next week, and the next one, and the next one, and...



irken004 said:

/me eagerly awaits next week's possible Christmas releases. Hopefully Cave Story...



Viper6391 said:

HELL YES! Blaster Master and Earthworm Jim 2 are two of my favorite games! I'm also interested in Diatomic, but I will wait for the review before I decide to make my purchase on that, but I'm definitely getting Blaster Master and Earthworm Jim 2 for VC!



Jacob said:

Wow, a game on DSiware that's actually rated T for Teen! I wonder if Nintendo will ever have the jingle bells to have an M rated game on the DSiware, even if it seems "For Kids".



Twilight_Crow said:

Great update again! Blaster Master looks so awesome that I may not be able to wait till next week to get it; already have EWJ2 for my SNES, but is good to see it on VC. Wiiware looks good, I'm interested in Moki Moki and maybe the Rubik game, but I'll wait for the reviews.
I really hope we get SSB64 next week, it would make an awesome Xmas present for my Best friend .



Aenaida said:

Blaster Master is fantastic, even though I'm still familiarizing myself with the controls.



John3714 said:

Oh man, Blaster Master was one of my all-time favorite NES games. I haven't downloaded anything in a while; this may break that drought.



Digiki said:

I'll prolly get Blaster Master at some point, but for now..

♪I'm dreaming of a Wright Christmas♪

(It was going to be a Feenie Christmas, but then I noticed the easy pun...)



Zweck36 said:

Yes. Blaster Master is a top 15 All-time NES title in my opinion. All you youngsters that like old school shooters, got check this out. I t is like a shooter, and a great platformer all at once. A must buy!



XCWarrior said:

No Heron Steam Engine AGAIN. Though I'll have to read a review on Blaster master. It's a NES game for some reason I have never heard of until a week or two ago.



Mike1 said:

Damn no SSB or Castlevania Rebirth. Oh well, SSB should be hear next week for the Christmas update.



Skrubber said:

Nothing that really caught my attention. I loved Two Tribe's Toki Tori, but RUSH doesn't seem to offer as much variety.

Hopefully Europe will catch up this friday, we still haven't got Excitebike.



Bass_X0 said:

Damn no SSB

Well obviously. They wouldn't release such a big title on a random day, they would be saving it for the Monday before Christmas.



Mike1 said:

"Well obviously. They wouldn't release such a big title on a random day, they would be saving it for the Monday before Christmas."

I know, but it never hurts to hope just a little.



Sean_Aaron said:

Blaster Master really is nice. I cannot believe it's a NES game, possibly the best-looking NES game I've seen and not just another shooter.

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