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Nintendo Download: Blobs, Fighters, Sumo, Magic, Pets, Starships and One Last Notebook (EU)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Finally more than one game for Virtual Console again.

This week's releases aren't too surprising, with many games that have been out in North America for some time. One game, however, that might be noteworthy, can be found on DSiWare.

For Virtual Console, there's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, the game that inspired a recent, rather good franchise revival. Unfortunately, time has not been very kind to the original - it feels dated in comparison, but can still be enjoyed if you try hard enough.

Street Fighter II': Champion Edition is a bit of a weird pick for this week's releases, because it's an import. Could this mean another Hanabi Festival is starting? The game itself is just another version of Street Fighter II, really - It doesn't really offer anything over the other versions currently available, although it is quite faithful to the arcade game. Since it's a Japanese import, some of the character names are switched around and it costs 700 Wii Points instead of the usual 600 for a Turbografx game. Check out our review.

DSiWare is still in dire need of platformers, so along comes the Gameloft-developed Castle of Magic. For only 500 DSi Points, it's great fun - Easily the best platformer currently available on the service, not that it's got much competition! Our review will tell you all you need to know.

Littlest Pet Shop really only seems to be geared towards young girls, and involves taking care of one of three pets and playing minigames. Everything will be over before you know it, so spending 800 DSi Points on this probably isn't a very good idea unless you want to check out what the game is like before picking up any of the (likely superior) retail versions. You can read what we thought here.

Starship Patrol is definitely today's most interesting release - It's yet another seemingly unique game developed by Q Games, who recently released two fantastic games in the form of Art Style: INTERSECT and Reflect Missile. A spin on the tower defense genre, you must attach weapons to your spaceships in strategic spots in order to take down the incoming enemies. Just like both their previous games, it's only 500 DSi Points as well, which is quite cheap. We'll review it soon.

There's also another "bit" of a Magic Made Fun - A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Psychic Camera allows you to see exactly what playing card or symbol your friend is thinking of by taking a photo of them. Not included in the original game, but does it really seem all that exciting? At least it's only 200 DSi Points again! We'll have a review soon.

Finally for DSiWare, there's myNotebook: Green, which is the second and final alternate colour notebook you can get. None of the features are any different - It's exactly the same, just with the colour green being dominant.

Finally, WiiWare gets two new games this week. Moki Moki is a puzzler by Natsume, in which the objective is to rescue the titular Moki by moving obstacles into them, causing them to move (As they cannot move on their own), hopefully into the vortex that marks the exit. Although there's 100 levels, there's practically no variation in them - You'll be doing exactly the same from start to finish, which means it can get boring fast. Top that off with a price of 800 Wii Points and it's probably not a wise idea to buy it. You can read what we thought here.

Eat! Fat! FIGHT! is actually part of a well-known Japanese sumo series that's been going since the Famicom days - Tsuppari Oozumou. This marks the first time one of the games has been released elsewhere! Combining puzzle action with fighting, the objective is to do as well as possible in a puzzle game to get food to stuff yourself with, increasing your weight and making yourself a much more formidable opponent in the sumo fights that follow. Sean must be magic, because he wrote some first impressions on the title when it was released in Japan, which you can now read to give you an idea of what the game is like. At 1000 Wii Points it might seem like a bit of a risky buy, but if Sean likes it then you should be in the clear!

A mini-Hanabi Festival over the next few weeks? Let's hope!

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User Comments (46)



Stargazer said:

Castle of Magic looks great. Maybe they'll bring it to Wiiware, since I'm not upgrading to a DSI.



Rapadash6 said:

I'll bet you guys will get Mario Kart next week, yeah. I'm just glad to see you guys start to get more than a single VC title. Hopefully that trend will continue for both regions, no?



Sean_Aaron said:

Shocking title change on Tsuppari Oozumoo Wii Heya and I'm really impressed it's being released outside of Japan. I'm totally excited to get into this one so I can understand all the nooks and crannies of it in my native linguage.

Having already reviewed the Japanese release for my blog gives me a head start on the PAL review as well (though it will mean having bought the game twice)!



KnucklesSonic8 said:

Guarantee we'll get Eat Fat Fight next/next next update. Thought we'd get it first since its been ESRB-rated for months now. Personally, 1,000 seems very high to me. Can't wait to hear how Starship Patrol turns out!



Pj1 said:

Super Mario Kart I hope for Christmas Please Nintendo! Can't wait...



Djrr-ific said:

GoNintendo says we also get A Little Bit Of... Magic Made Fun: Psychic Camera (Nintendo) - 200 Points, what is true?



blackknight77 said:

I can't wait to see the Starship Patrol review. Also check out Caslte of Magic. It's a fun platformer and easily worth 500 points.



Stevie said:

Yay another version of SF2 Untitled

I do really want Excitebike, oh how Nintendo likes to tease me with the Excite series.



Ratengo said:

@Drake: You forgot to add the PAL release of A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Psychic Camera for DSiWare by Nintendo for 200 points tomorrow. Just a reminder only.



3230ru said:

it seems we are finally finished with all these notebooks.... and YES! another q-games release!!



Bass_X0 said:

One more Street Fighter 2 and I will sue them.

We should be getting Street Fighter Alpha 2 at some point.



dizzy_boy said:

don`forget that capcom can always release the original versions of the street fighter 2 games onto the VCA.
BE WARNED it is a possability.
seriously though, the SNES street fighter 2 games were more than enough, why they need to squeeze out every version possible, is beyond me.
although SF alpha 2 can be kind of forgiven, as it does have a different roster of fighters.



timp29 said:

Next week better be the best release ever... how many good games do they have up their sleeves for the EU region??

I'm still trying to figure out their strategy to be honest. They should be releasing a glut of WiiWare, VC, DSiWare titles prior to Christmas in an attempt to move Nintendo points cards. Badly managed NoE.



jaguarman said:

Ok its time to download the best 16bit version of street fight series , the colors its not 64 or 256 is 482.................. yeeeeeeeeeeees



WolfLink22 said:

As long as USA sees Super Smash Bros the 3 or 4 days before Europe and every where else are to see Super Mario Kart then i won't mind them having Super Mario Kart a month after USA got it.Because we here in USA had to wait longer for SSB then you guys in Europe did but to be fair you are waiting maybe just as much for SMK if not more then most USA fans were waiting for it.

I am wondering about Sonic and Knuckles from Sega tho even tho i won't be buying it Sonic Mega Collection owner.It would still be great to have that out in 2009 as Sega has been rumored of getting Nintendo to add it in.



AngelBlack187 said:

ive kind of given up on vc !!!!!!! their was a time when it used to be really great each week. now its just depressing.



Croz said:

The next two releases fall on the 25th Dec & 1st Jan EU, two massive holidays, NoE has gotta be saving the big name titles for then. If not... they're a bunch of crazy lunatics!



Sean_Aaron said:

I've only noticed a couple of changes to the Sumo game for the localised release which are minor; now that I can read the instructions I can see there's more to the controls than I was able to glean originally which helps a lot. Great game!



Mario_34 said:

It seems like that Super Mario Kart will come out on Christmas, I would be the Happiest person in Australia if it does. I will be downloading A boy and his blob in the near future, most likley after Christmas. I hope that Super Smash bros comes out on the 21 for NA as you do deserve it and Pilotwings as well. I hope Super Mario Kart comes out on Christmas and it would be the best one for me ever.



Pj1 said:

I will down load a Boy and his Blob! but not maybe just yet...

Mario 34 I'm with you!! I'll be so happy too...

North America I hope you get Super Smash bros and Pilot Wings on Monday, from a Snowy England.



Ristar42 said:

I don't mind another SF2, its a nice version and in 60Hz - I added some comments to the review page. Considering my original Megadrive cart cost (my parents!) almost £60 back in the early 90s these downloads are pretty cheap. Good update this week I think.



KDR_11k said:

I got Starship Patrol in the morning and played it over the day, it's pretty fun and the towers don't feel as samey as the ones in Viking Invasion. The limited arc also means you have to consider approach areas.




Ok. Eat Eat Fight ans Starship Patrol I need a revw for. I'm not getting Castle of Magic but I acknowledge its quality from the review and footage.

So, not a disastrous update, but still a slightly insulting one I'm sorry to say



Betagam7 said:

Just a quick point The TG16 version of SF2 -CE does offer two significant things over the Megadrive version for PAL gamers: 60hz and full screen. At 100 points cheaper it could definately be the best choice.



outrun2sp said:

3. Bass X0 18 Nov 2009, 10:40 GMT
@ outrun - It won't. Unless there's a surprise Hanabi Festival happening that nobody has heard of yet or if they do away with import games only appearing during Hanabi Festivals. We'll most likely get Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures instead..............


Bit later but good. Get rid of the hanabi festivals and just classify them as imports and release sooner.



WolfLink22 said:

Well we are almost to Monday now everyone.I can't wait to see what we get from NOA. and i still stand by my last reply too.

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