Nintendo Download: Alex Kidd, Rubik, Pallurikio, Monkey Island, Hell's Kitchen and PictureBook Games (EU)

Exactly as promised.

The observant ones probably already noticed, but in a change of pace, Nintendo of Europe already updated their website with all of this week's releases over the past few days. The games in question make up the entire update, as there's no surprises this time.

Alex Kidd in Shinobi World on the Master System was the last Alex Kidd game ever made. As you can guess, it's an attempt by Sega to fuse Alex Kidd with Shinobi, and it does so by giving Alex a sword and sending him through eight stages, loosely based on those found in Sega's ninja classic. It's ever so slightly more enjoyable than the previous few games in the series, but overall it's just another reason why Sega's original mascot isn't really badly missed. We'll review it soon.

Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH is probably the biggest title this week, as it's from the minds behind Toki Tori! The first in a series, it's only very loosely based on the actual Rubik's cubes, as the objective is to strategically use arrows, conveyor belts, teleports and other objects in order to get the automatically moving cubes from one place to another, while simultaneously avoiding dangers. At 600 points, it also seems quite decently priced. We'll have a review soon.

Pallurikio is a pretty simple platformer - As a ball called Pallurikio, you must maneuver through various stages by moving around your Wii remote's pointer. Simply press a button and the ball will hop in the direction you're pointing at. With the developers promising over 50 levels, 1000 Wii Points seems like quite a fair price, and we think any platformer fan should be pleased.

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 4 - The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood (Hello, longest WiiWare game title!) is the penultimate part in the new Monkey Island story. Featuring the return of yet another classic character, Stan the salesman, it delivers the humour in spades once again, and we thought it stands alongside chapter 3 as the best chapter yet. It costs 1000 Wii Points, as usual.

DSiWare's releases this week are a bit less interesting, likely because of the fact The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is out today as well! Hell's Kitchen VS. seems to be a cut down version of the retail DS game also based on the TV show, featuring nothing more than a 2-player head to head mode. We can't imagine many people who will be willing to spend 800 DSi Points in order to have Gordon Ramsay insulting them! We'll review the game soon.

Today's other release is PictureBook Games: The Royal Bluff, which really seems to be a followup to the WiiWare game in name only. Based around a rather unique yet highly strategic game played with poker chips, it's actually quite fun and should appeal to anybody who likes to think. It costs 500 Wii Points.

Quite a few choices this week, will you be getting anything or will you stick with Zelda?

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