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Nintendo Download: 18th January 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Brawn, brains, twins, dogs, ninjas and platform games "risen from the dead" -- this week has it all!

A nice update for North America this week as we see a game many thought would stay in Japan, a new brain teaser and a catch-up title for the Genesis on the Virtual Console. DSiWare is no slouch though with a selection of strategy and platform games and a nice pet sim for the kiddies.


Muscle March (500pts - Namco-Bandai) -- Possibly the most bizarre WiiWare game to-date featuring body builders smashing through walls chasing down the thief who stole their protein powder. Many swore this would never see the light of day outside of Japan, but incredibly Namco has decided to give it a worldwide release (Europe will hopefully get this soon). We'll let you know if it got our booties shaking or if we were left shaking our heads in disbelief. While you're waiting for the review, you can check out the First Impressions!

The Amazing Brain Train! (600pts - Wahoo Studios) -- A "brain training" game. Find out if it's got the smarts or needs a dunce cap in our upcoming review!

Virtual Console

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (800pts Genesis - Sega) -- Better late than never we always say. Download it and find out why we reckon it's one of the best action platformers to appear on the Genesis.


STARSHIP DEFENSE (500pts - Nintendo) -- Released in Europe as Starship Patrol, this little strategy game is certainly worth a look. Check out Drake's excellent review to find out what sets this one apart from other "tower defense" games.

Dark Void Zero (500pts - Capcom) -- An 8-bit platformer that was "shelved towards the end of the NES lifecycle" which has been resurrected for DSiWare. Look for our review of this exciting retro-style title soon!

Chronos Twins (500pts - EnjoyUp Games) -- This appears to be the DSiWare counterpart to the recent WiiWare release of a temporal platformer which started life on the GBA and DS. We'll have a review up soon, but in the meantime you can read our review of the WiiWare version to get an idea of what to expect.

Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever (800pts - Gameloft) -- A new pet sim from Gameloft. Our resident dog trainer Rebecca Gunn thought it was worthwhile, so if you're a fan of the genre you might want to give it a look.

As usual please feel free to peruse the press release below:

There's a lot to say about this week's downloadable games. You can check out the brain-training power of The Amazing Brain Train! or the cute puppies of Me And My Dogs: Friends Forever. Fans of more traditional games can protect their space fleet from waves of enemies in STARSHIP DEFENSE™ or explore the dual temporal world of Chronos Twins. Retro gamers will certainly like the ninja stylings of Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi™ on the Virtual Console™ service or the chance to try out the Nintendo DSiWare™ title Dark Void™ Zero, a mythical long-lost game from Capcom's vaults.

And then there's Muscle March.

A bunch of bodybuilders (and a polar bear) clad in bikini briefs chase after protein-powder thieves who can bash through walls at will. Strike your best bodybuilder poses to catch the thief and make the protein powder yours again. This surreal experience is best shared among friends, so start flexing!

Muscle March
Publisher: NBGI
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: Muscle March is a quirky Japanese action game stuffed full of macho bodybuilders. The all mighty protein powder has been stolen, so it's up to Tony and his muscle-bound crew to catch the thieves. Choose from a variety of perfectly molded superstars and bring these terrible villains to justice. As the thieves attempt escape, they will smash through walls while making a variety of poses. You must match these poses to fit through the holes and catch up to the thieves. The protein powder will be yours again! Flex your muscles by yourself or with up to three friends in turn-based macho excitement. Posing for a few minutes not enough? Enjoy Endless Rush mode until your muscles bulge and explode! Muscle March will also be the first WiiWare title to offer a polar bear in tight swimwear!

The Amazing Brain Train!
Publisher: Wahoo Studios
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: All aboard! Power up your intellect and embark on an epic quest aboard The Amazing Brain Train! Fueled by your mental energy, Professor Fizzwizzle's Brain Train will take you on a brain-boosting adventure. Put your mighty mind to the test and see how far you can go.

Nintendo DSiWare
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: STARSHIP DEFENSE takes the tower defense genre into outer space. Defend your space fleet from wave after wave of enemy attacks by equipping a variety of weapons and using a combination of strategic skills and resource management. Attach weapons to your ships using the touch screen, making sure to place them for maximum effect when planning your defense. If you don't, the relentless nature of your enemies could overwhelm you. Increase your chances of success by using energy collected from defeated enemies to install new and more powerful weapons, destroying particular enemies to obtain weapon upgrades, and watching for rare power crystals that unlock advanced attacks, including a devastating black hole. And if you still find yourself in trouble, select an SOS card to call on a special kind of assistance. You'll have to defend your fleet across 30 intense sectors, some with specific challenges, while advancing your rank from lowly recruit all the way to fleet admiral. Are you up to the challenge?

Dark Void Zero
Publisher: Capcom Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: As the '80s were drawing to a close, the developers at Capcom began work on a top-secret project that aimed to set new standards for the platformer genre. That game was called Dark Void. Alas, Capcom suspended development on Dark Void as it began to evaluate the SNES™. Before long, the game was shelved and drifted, unnoticed, into the annals of gaming history. Dark Void became a legendary "lost project" at Capcom. Now, nearly 20 years later, Dark Void is back! To commemorate the game's humble origins, Capcom has commissioned this recreation of the original 8-bit classic, now re-titled Dark Void Zero, on the Nintendo DSi™ system. You play as Rusty, the first human born in the Void, who must take on the Watchers in a quest to stop their domination of Earth. With the aid of Nikola Tesla and his state-of-the-art rocket pack, Rusty must take down the Watchers and their minions across three intense levels of action and intrigue.

Chronos Twins
Publisher: EnjoyUp Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Enter into the original world of Chronos Twins, where you'll live a fantastic adventure full of innovative ideas never seen before in any game. Thanks to its Dual Gameplay game system you'll be able to control Nec in two temporal scenarios at the same time. Chronos Twins mixes action, platforms, adventure and puzzles to challenge your intelligence and ability. If you like games with a real challenge, there's no doubt that Chronos Twins is the game you're looking for.

Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Have you always dreamed of having a cute dog to cuddle? Thanks to Me And My Dogs: Friends Forever, you can have up to three of the cutest pups imaginable at the same time and take them with you everywhere you go. Choose from friendly Labradors, playful Chow Chows and smart Beagles. Like real dogs, you'll have to take care of them, feed them, wash them and give them lots of love. Play with them at the park and teach them lots of tricks or train them for competitions at the stadium. You can even call them like in real life thanks to the microphone.

Virtual Console
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Original platform: Genesis
Publisher: SEGA
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Easy to play, hard to master, Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi, first released in 1987, is the sequel to the original Shinobi arcade game, and is one of the only games in the Shinobi series to feature true arcade-style game play. Play as Joe Musashi, the master ninja known to his enemies only as "The Shinobi." This battle is not one you must fight alone, as this is the first game in the Shinobi series to feature your ninja attack dog, Yamoto, who will charge foes on command, leaving them open to a powerful drop kick. Use your mastery of ancient ninja technique to topple the crime syndicate - the Neo Zeed Corporation - and free the foreign dignitaries they have taken hostage in New York City. Good luck, and may the ninja spirits help guide you in your journey.

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)



Otty_Ott said:

I sooooo want to download Muscle March for some strange reason but I also have a sinking feeling it would be a total waste of 500 points!



Egg_miester said:

you guys posted this early this week wooohhhhh
but not a bad week i want to play muscle march, and shadow dancer, if i had a dsi i would get dark void but capcom really should have done it as wiiware



rosemo said:

To me, Chronos Twins looks like Reflections for 500 points. I'm going to wait for a positive review before I buy.



Dazza said:

Wow what a week! Something for everyone surely?




Porky said:

Nothing for me this week unless Muscle March turns out to be a 7 or higher.



Noire said:

Had I a DSi, I would certainly be going for Dark Void Zero. As it is, I won't be getting a thing, which is good, because I need a break from spending money.



StarBoy91 said:

I see Muscle March has hit the States.
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi is awesome.



ReZon said:

I'm going to download Dark Void Zero - and I'm glad I've got 500 points just sitting on the DSi. I'm not sure when I'll actually play it (Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes = all my attention), but I'll still download it today anyway.



Pegasus said:

More DSiWare goods. Yay! Still pondering whether to pick up Muscle March. It simply looks too wacky to just pass on it.

I hope Cave Story won't take too much longer now. I have no problem waiting, though. I still have a good-sized backlog to slog through.



pixelman said:

Amazing week for DSiWare. In fact the growing collection of DSi titles is enticing me to buy one. As for WiiWare, double-pass, and I'm not sure if I'll get Shinobi or not.



cheetahman91 said:

Looks like this is the best update so far this year. Muscle March is also a good sign that we might see other strange Japanese games come overseas for Wiiware, like Pole's Adventure.



Twilight_Crow said:

YAY! Muscle March! ... awww have no points , but I'll get it ASAP, it looks soooo funny. Also nice VC game, but I'm not into the Shinobi series.



the_shpydar said:

My love of Japanese-style insanity may force me to pick up Muscle March. At the very least, i can have it on my Wii Menu next to Sexy Poker to confuse and terrify people. =)



Rapadash6 said:

So much for that "mythic Virtual Console title". Dark Void Zero definately has me interested though.



JebbyDeringer said:

Muscle March is ok and 500 points isn't a bad deal considering it cost more in Japan. It's worth it just to see the look on your wife/gf's face when she comes home to you playing it.

It's also fun to watch your friends play it. The game play is pretty shallow though.



JoeDiddley said:

I'm loving Tomena Sanner but will be even more happy when (if) Europe get Muscle March. And only 500 points, yay.
I will be interested to try Dark Void Zero when it hits DSiWare too.



Bakajin said:

Just beat Shadow Dancer for the first time last night on my PS2 Genesis collection, yet I kinda want to download it for VC just to encourage them. On the fence about Muscle March, but it being only 500 pts might tip the scales in its favor.



CanisWolfred said:

Man, a lot of good DSiWare releases today. And I'm glad to see we finally got Shadow Dancer, and a lower-priced Muscle March to boot. Nothing for me here, but still, it's a good week.



MrDanger88 said:

At least one service is looking good today (i.e. DSi Ware for all you people who like bad games).




Another decent update for the NA where the EU are getting shafted.

Amazing Brain Train and Chrono Twins DSiWare is on my radar! Look forward to the reviews. Starship Defence is an awesome game btw, download it.



Carolyn said:

Incidentally, Dark Void Zero isn't actually an 8-bit platformer that was shelved near the end of the NES' lifecycle. That's just a fun backstory Capcom has come up with for it. Not sure that distinction matters, though. All that really matters is how it turned out, and I'm definitely looking forward to hearing about that!



Bass_X0 said:

I've stopped caring about our releases until something good does get released. I downloaded the two N64 Zelda games recently. I already have them on Gamecube but I wanted them on Virtual Console and sell the collection. Those two will do me fine until a good release.



Stuffgamer1 said:

Wow, I wasn't actually expecting us to get Chronos Twins on DSiWare! Sweet. Dark Void Zero also looks quite good, of course. Nothing else interests me, which is probably just as well since I can't even afford to download the two games I just mentioned.



Corbs said:

Nice update. Can't wait to get busy with Chronos Twins and Dark Void Zero. Good week of games.



blackknight77 said:

I picked up Shadow Dancer already. Guess what? Its still awesome till this day. I plan on picking up Chronos Twins and DVZ in the near future.



WolfRamHeart said:

Wow, this is a really impressive update. Muscle March and Shadow Dancer are great additions for the Wii but DSiWare clearly got the best of the update this week. I need to get a points card so I can download Dark Void Zero and Starship Patrol. I'm curious to see how the DSiWare version of Chronos Twins stacks up to the WiiWare version.



Jolted85 said:

already have shadow dancer on the genesis, but it's nice for those who don't have it



gblock said:

The Japanese music is intact for Muscle March. This game is so worth $5.00 just for the sillyness factor.



Porky said:

4 wiiware week, 3 wiiware week, now 2 wiiware week. My guesses for next week are Ah! I got it! sequel, and Tales of Monkey Island 5. Of course no games Im interested in..



vakama94 said:

well i would buy dark void zero and starship patrol but i dont have a Dsi, so i guess the wiiware version Chronos Twins is my next game




Alot of good stuff this weak but muscle march looks totally freaking awesome to me and happy birthday DR.KING



Ricardo91 said:

If I had a DSi, I'd be getting Dark Void Zero. Alas, I do not, and thus, there is nothing for me this week.



Tsuchinoko said:

Omg, muscle march goes from easy to really hard very fast. The level designs are awesome, especially in the space station area. I was having a hard time adjusting to the poses, and you do realize quickly that with the side poses you do have to be a big more exaggerated than normal, but once you adjust its totally fine.

I personally would give it an 8, since its cheap and the music is fun (i love Under Dog Returns), the level designs are great, and its just silly. I can tell a lot of people will be biased and weirded out, but im having a blast with it.

Anyone find any unlockable goodies yet? hidden characters or anything?



Crunc said:

I picked up Dark Void Zero and Chronos Twins. So far I like both.



Kevin said:

I may get Shadow Dancer at some point but other than that nothing else appeals to me this week.



sonic_brawler95 said:

Dark Void is AWESOME, instantly made my top 5 DSiware. To bad my internet didn't work at all until 11pm last night, but I played it for a bit, and I love it.
I'm gonna try Starship Defense now.



Porky said:

@Ts: so what are flaws in game that is stopping from it being a 10?



Tsuchinoko said:

@ Ezekiel Am i Ts?

The flaws? i would say that there is a slight delay between changing flexing poses an the gae actually reading the pose. I can get kinda frustrating, but its totally workable. It usually only happens on one-arm poses, not both up or both down.



Jolted85 said:

just noticed we get one more game than japan does in their download, by one more I mean total number of games alltogether

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