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Nintendo Download: 12 & 13 January 2010 (Japan)

Posted by Sean Aaron

WiiWare takes a back seat, more MSX and the usual load of DSiWare.

Well, the WiiWare releases have been sparse recently and next week there will be none. Wii owners will at least get a Virtual Console update; though with a couple of Konami shooters that frankly looked better in other incarnations elsewhere, it will be small comfort. The DSi, on the other hand seems to be back to true form with six new releases.

Virtual Console

Salamander (800pts MSX - Konami) -- Despite producing great original shooters like Space Manbow on the MSX, it looks like Konami had less success porting their arcade games to the platform. This port of Salamander looks and sounds worse than the Famicom version, much less the outstanding PC Engine port, both of which are more arcade-like and available on the Virtual Console for significantly less points.

Parodius (800pts MSX - Konami) -- Parodius was the first in a series of funny shooting games that lovingly made fun of Gradius. Whilst the arcade sequels are fondly remembered, this first one is not; one only need to look at it to see why. Someday Konami will hopefully treat us to the later games on the VCA, but in the meantime you'll just have to suffer with this bit of history.

DSiWare

at Chess: Challenge Spirits (200pts - Tasuke) -- Chess against the DS or against a friend via "DS Download Play" and then a Challenge Mode where you complete "Missions" against various opponents? Sounds pretty good for a 200-point download, chess fans!

G.G. Series: D-Tank (200pts - Genterprise) -- It's truly amazing how Genterprise keeps on churning these out. More old-school arcade action in the form of a tank game with a top-down view that reminds us of Konami's arcade classic Jackal.

Artist ni Narou! Minna no Nurikai Jookyuu Hen (500pts - Ertain) -- A second colouring book program in as many weeks. This is an "advanced" one where you can colour in the style of Monet or Van Gogh.

Pinball Attack (500pts - Arte Piazza) -- If the name of the developer is familiar that's because they were the creative force behind Koei's Wii RPG Opoona. It's difficult to tell how this game is played from still images, but the screens and description give the impression this is a vertically scrolling shooter where you use a pinball and flippers to eliminate enemies on the way to a boss battle; then repeat through several levels taking place in different environments.

Genius Personal Ei wa Rakubiki Jiten (800pts - Nintendo) -- Yet another Japanese-English dictionary for the DSi. This one seems to be fairly comprehensive with over 80,000 words and phrase translation with special focus on business English.

Genius Personal wa Ei Rakubiki Jiten (800pts - Nintendo) -- Volume 2 of Nintendo's new Japanese-English dictionary. This one has 60,000 words with emphasis on colloquialisms and borrowed words.

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User Comments (20)

That_Guy_from_Faxana

#7

That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

Parodius for MSX is lots of fun! The insanity-level is high, and you get to play as the Knightmare-knight as well as Goemon. One of the best MSX1 shooters.

evilralfwiggum

#9

evilralfwiggum said:

They need to start releasing MSX in North America.. I want to see the original Metal Gear :3 It will be happy days when that happens. I hope it does o_o

Good

#10

Good said:

@comment #9: I hope they release MSX games because no one knew we'd get Commodore 64 games until last year.

Bobpie

#13

Bobpie said:

It's like Nintendo only cares about it's Japanese consumers.

NZ only got one DSiWare update this week, while Japan gets 6.

It's hardly fair.. :P

CanisWolfred

#14

CanisWolfred said:

Yet another great day for Japan, and still no hope of any of these games coming out in the U.S.:(

LEGEND_MARIOID

#16

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Wow that's decent VC there (again) for the J-gamers.

Pinball Attack sounds potentially brilliant. D-Tank interests me too

WanderFan91

#17

WanderFan91 said:

Looks like the only way to play Parodius! is by importing.
Should I import the SNES version or the PSP compilation?

Klatrymadon

#19

Klatrymadon said:

The MSX Salamander is a fantastic game. The other versions haven't rendered it obselete, because most of its levels are completely original, and even the ones it shares with them are designed differently. 800 points is a bit steep, but it's definitely worth it if you're into the series and don't have an MSX handy.

If they'd have fixed the choppy scrolling (as some fans recently did with Nemesis II) and offered the option to play the game either way, it'd have been well worth the price.

Monsti

#20

Monsti said:

I had completely forgotten about Parodius. I think I had this once on one of those pirated 150 in 1 cardriges on my game boy. I loved it as a kid. Cool.

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