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Nintendo Download 15th February 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Phoenix Wright, Art of Balance, Spaceball, Sonic and more in another big update!

Nintendo of America is certainly putting out a lot of original content for the Wii and DSi this year. This week we have four downloads for Wii and five for the DSi, so hopefully you'll be able to find something of interest.


Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: JUSTICE FOR ALL (1000pts - Capcom) – Another chapter in the Phoenix Wright saga. As with the first this is another WiiWare port of a DS cart which is a port of a game that originally appeared on the Gameboy Advance. We'll get our expert attorneys on the case and provide a judgement on its merits soon!

Art of Balance (800pts - Shin'en Multimedia) – A new block-stacking puzzle game. We recently took it for a test drive and thought there was some fun puzzling action on offer. Of course you'll be able to see our final verdict on how the full game stacks up in our review.

WarMen Tactics (800pts - Calaris) – This title has taken us completely by surprise. It comes from Calaris, a Polish developer we've not previously encountered. WarMen Tactics appears to be a port of an iPhone game; which looks a lightgun shooter with a "duck-and-cover" aspect similar to the shooting sections of Disaster: Day of Crisis. We'll get our crack gunners on the case and let you know if this game is on the mark or not.

Virtual Console

Sonic & Knuckles (800pts Genesis - Sega) – North America is the last territory to receive this game, but it's hot on the heels of the European release which was only last Friday, so that's not too bad. It apparently features all the functionality of the original cartridge release, if you've also downloaded the other games that make use of the original plug-in feature; which we'll happily confirm in our upcoming review.


Spotto! (200pts - Nintendo) – A budget title released in Japan last November that sees a duck chucking bombs at ghosts (who look like fish) which have kidnapped the President's daughter (president of the United States of Birdlandia - not the United States of America). Our own bombardiers will get on the case to see if this budget arcade puzzler has what it takes.

Spaceball: Revolution (500pts - Virtual Toys) – A portable version of the WiiWare puzzler. We thought the WiiWare version was pretty good and we'll let you know if the DSiWare version is also worth a punt in our review.

Scrabble Classic (800pts - Electronic Arts) – A portable version of the classic board game. Multiplayer support is probably what helps justify the premium price point, but we'll find out for ourselves when we get our wordsmiths to review it.

Real Soccer 2010 (800pts - Gameloft) – Gameloft seem to be taking a lesson from EA on "how to create a sports game franchise." We thought the 2009 edition was an excellent value - even with the premium price tag, thanks to the inclusion of tons of content. We'll let you know if this new instalment is also worth your hard-earned.

Prehistorik Man (800pts - Interplay) – Looks to be another resurrected console platformer a la Rayman. Our team of high jumpers will get on the case forthwith and let you know how it stands up today.

As usual you can read Nintendo's full press release below:

In honor of Presidents Day, let's take a moment to reflect on the qualities that make a great leader, plus some exceptional games you can use to nurture them. Problem-solving skills are a must, both in the Oval Office and in the new Phoenix Wright™ Ace Attorney: JUSTICE FOR ALL game for the WiiWare service. A way with words is essential, too, as you'll discover in Scrabble™ Classic for the Nintendo DSiWare service. Real Soccer 2010 proves the value of teamwork, while Spotto! ™ highlights the importance of facing fearsome threats head-on. And while we're not sure how effective a hedgehog would be as commander-in-chief, the SEGA classic Sonic & Knuckles™ - now available to Wii™ owners via the Virtual Console™ - demonstrates real bipartisan appeal.


Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney®: JUSTICE FOR ALL
Publisher: Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Blood, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Phoenix Wright is back as the second game in the popular Ace Attorney hand-held franchise comes to the WiiWare service. As Phoenix Wright, you'll play through four shocking new cases in first-person perspective. The game features two unique game play modes. In Investigations Mode, you'll survey crime scenes, interview witnesses and gather evidence. You'll then present findings, listen to testimonials and examine witnesses in Court Mode. JUSTICE FOR ALL also includes a new "Psyche-Lock" feature that allows Phoenix to use a line of questioning to reveal inconsistencies in witness testimony.

Art of Balance
Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Grab your Wii Remote™ controller and build a balanced stack in this physics-based puzzler, featuring 100 levels that challenge not only your skills but also your imagination. The game is easy to pick up and hard to put away. Play alone or invite a friend to grab a second Wii Remote controller and drop in at any point for co-op play. There's even a dedicated two-player split-screen "versus" mode for extra fun.

WarMen Tactics
Publisher: CALARIS
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Blood, Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: In the year 2013, civil unrest across the globe has prompted world leaders to merge the police and military into a single force called the Department of Control. This force is opposed by a resistance made up of former military members who refused to join the Department. Marco is one of them, and the game tells his story. Join Marco as he is deployed on a mission to destroy scrambler devices placed around the city. Created to reflect the realities of urban warfare, the game requires players to take cover behind walls and other obstacles as they strive to defeat enemies and advance to the next post.

Nintendo DSiWare

Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Meet Spotto, a plucky duck on a mission. Ill-behaved ghosts have kidnapped Chikkie Wowwow, President Wowwow's daughter. Spotto, being the world's foremost Bombirdier, must follow these ghosts to a haunted house and use his trusty bombs to blast the baddies. Take control of Spotto, adjusting his aim with the stylus and trying to toss bombs into the ghosts' mouths in 50 "explosive" stages. Along the way, you'll avoid obstacles (or use them to your advantage), find powerful Super Bombs to inflict even more damage and even encounter a frighteningly large ghost or two. With multiple modes of play and numerous solutions for successfully blasting ghosts to pieces, this is one haunted house you'll want to visit often.

Spaceball: Revolution
Publisher: Virtual Toys
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Spaceball: Revolution will put your intelligence and skill to the test as you solve puzzles in a futuristic environment. Copy the figures that appear on the top screen, using energy balls that make the boxes correctly change color. It won't be an easy task. Different obstacles will be thrown into your path, challenging you to polish your aim and think rapidly. Fifteen different levels are waiting for you in Spaceball: Revolution. Are you up to the challenge?

Scrabble Classic
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Scrabble, one of the world's most popular board games, is enjoying a tremendous surge in popularity, both online and in the real world. Scrabble for the Nintendo DSiWare service allows you to play this exciting game in both Single Player and Multi-Player modes.

Real Soccer 2010
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Real Soccer is back for the most exciting season yet. Choose from more teams than ever before and compete in new stadiums around the world. Lead your team to victory on the field and make tactical decisions as the coach.

Prehistorik Man
Publisher: Interplay
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Life is hard for Sam the Prehistorik Man. With three-and-a-half hours of work each week, there's barely time to fit in all the sleeping, eating and cave-painting that needs to be done. When greedy dinosaurs guzzle his village's winter food source, Sam gets mad. Armed with his best club and his powerful hunter's voice, Sam needs your help to proceed through 22 levels of food-gathering and dinosaur-bashing. With fast-paced action, hundreds of secret areas, weapons and unlikely vehicles to find, you'll need to be smart. Well…smarter than Sam, anyway.

Virtual Console

Sonic & Knuckles
Original platform: SEGA Genesis
Publisher: SEGA
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Sonic, the world's fastest hedgehog, continues his adventures in this fourth installment of the Sonic The Hedgehog™ series. This time, he buddies up with his former enemy, Knuckles the Echidna, in order to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman (a.k.a. Dr. Robotnik). At the end of Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Dr. Eggman's ultimate orbital weapon for global domination, the Death Egg, was badly damaged in an epic battle with Sonic. The Death Egg, losing power rapidly, hurtled back down to the planet below and crash-landed on the mysterious Angel Island again. Now Sonic and Knuckles must put a stop to Dr. Eggman once and for all before Eggman and his no-goodniks find the secret to Angel Island's floating power, the Master Emerald. This game features Lock-On Technology, which allows you to play as Knuckles in other Sonic titles available for the Virtual Console, including Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and Sonic The Hedgehog 3, as long as these titles are part of your Virtual Console library.

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 (72)



Porky said:

Phoenix Wright Justice For All and Sonic & Knuckles for me! Sure am glad Justice For All is 1000pts and not 1200pts like some said it would because I have exactly 1800pts.



TKOWL said:

I knew It wouldnt be long before Sonic and Knuckles came here.



jwl said:

Thats just typical. Whenever NA gets a great VC game first, EU has to wait for months to get it. The other way around, it is only a couple of days. No no, I am not jealous



KnucklesSonic8 said:

Great update!!

Also: @Sean_Aaron:
"We thought the 2009 edition was an excellent value - even with the premium price tag, thanks to the inclusion of Wi-Fi play and tons of content."

2009 didn't feature online.



Rawk_Hawk said:

I'm surprised Winter Games did not show up but maybe next week. I'm interested in the Art of Balance. That game looks really nice and relaxing to play.

2 weeks till Mega Man 10!
3 Weeks to the 350th Virtual Console game!!



astarisborn94 said:

Whoo Hoo! My 4th most wanted game is finally on the Virtual Console! Thanks Sega, now I need to get an Wii Point Card and download this AND Sonic The Hedgehog 3 to create the ultimate beast of a game.



JTC-Pingas said:

Awesome update! Sonic and Knuckles for me! Took way too long to get here but we finally got it!



Objection said:

It'll be interesting to read the JFA WW review, since Ace Attorney 1 is the only one with a DS review to compare at the moment.



Sneaker13 said:

I will get Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: JUSTICE FOR ALL for sure and I'm curious about Art of Balance.



Stuffgamer1 said:

"which looks a lightgun shooter with a "duck-and-cover" aspect similar to the shooting sections of Disaster: Day of Crisis."

Why are you giving us a point of reference for a game that wasn't release in North America for the North American download news?

'Tis odd...Interplay could've easily just thrown Prehistorik Man up on VC. I wonder what the reason for making the DSiWare port was. Maybe with Nintendo's screwed-up release schedules, it came out faster this way.

Cool for more Feenie, but I'll still stick with my DS card. Nothing else really catches my eye, which is just fine considering how much money I don't have that I blew LAST week.



warioswoods said:

Scrabble on DSiWare!

I've been loving Scrabble ever since I was a young boy playing ruthlessly against my grandmothers when they'd visit. It's good for your vocabulary, so download it. And eat your lima beans, young man.



CanisWolfred said:

Nothing for me today, although I'm happy to see Sonic & Knuckles and Justice for All here finally.



Twilight_Crow said:

Great update W00T!
Shame I won't get its stellar games, since I have the Sonic Mega Collection, and a friend from who I can borrow the PW:AA DS games, which, after playing the first, I know I don't want to actually own.
Eagerly waiting for the Art of Balance review.



FJOJR said:

That screenshot of Sonic 3 and Knuckles was one of the most amazing boss sequences I've ever played.



LztheQuack said:

@Pika: The DLC for the first one will come after the third game because technically it was the latest episode of the original trilogy



Sean_Aaron said:

@Pikamander2: Spencer is a real-life lawyer so we feel duty-bound to consult him in these matters. I can assure you if this is a port with no effort put into it then Capcom is going to take some knocks whomever reviews it.



Bass_X0 said:

I can assure you if this is a port with no effort put into it then Capcom is going to take some knocks whomever reviews it.

Because we're all such graphics ... [lovers] aren't we that we can't appreciate a good game ported from a handheld? I downloaded the first game yesterday after never playing any of the series before (other than the Edgeworth demo which what prompted me to make the plunge) and I'm quite enjoying it. This game is so much more fun than some higher rated games I could care to mention. I can see that no effort went into the port but I don't really care. I feel the game is good enough as it is. The only other option to play Phoenix Wright would be to pay two - three times as much for the DS original.



brandonbwii said:

Warman reminds me of that old urban combat shooter from Namco for PS2. The name escapes me.

I'm keeping a close eye on this game in anticipation for a review. As it also seems like a cheap answer to Time Crisis, my favorite rail-shooter of all time.



Sneaker13 said:

I'm also curious about WarMen Tactics after seeing the trailer. Looks amazing for a WiiWare game. Hopefully it have a good length.



Lonnie2Hottie said:

Nice update indeed. I'm kinda interested in Spotto! Ducks, bombs and ghosts sounds sweet to me. Might get that later.



miletich3 said:

Scrabble for DSiWare?!?!? WONDERFUL! Better buy it when I get paid.

And also, can Sonic and Knuckles be used with the other Sonic games on the Virtual console or can it only work with the original Genesis versions?



mushroomer said:

wife said I cant buy any more games this year!!!! because i bought a dslr camera.. which i love btw.. arg.. I want tatsunoko and a few on this list!! ohwell



BL_Donth said:

Yes! I don't regret downloading Sonic 3 anymore.
I'll wait for a review before I download S&K.
Thanks Sean



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

Good update. If I had a DSi, I'd get Scrabble for sure. Now that S&K is out, I couldn't care less what Genesis games come out from now on.



TheLonelyGamer said:

Good week.
Finally, S&K gets released on VC. It doesn't matter for me, since I have S&K on my Genesis.




Nintendo of America do me over again. 2 insta-download wiiware titles and one more which seriously sounds like it could be too! I've lost count of how many times you guys have been updated with games I really, really want badly. Nice one guys.

You ahve bumper dsiware too. Scrabble classic is on my insta-download list. I would've gone for Spaceball Rev if I didn't have it on wiiware. Real Football 2009 was excellent and 2010 "may" be downloaded too, if it comes over here.

You lucky, lucky sods



BulbasaurusRex said:

I already have Sonic Mega Collection (still the cheaper option, especially considering you also get the excellent Ristar with it), so no S&K for me, although it's nice to see it released complete with lock-on functions (yes they are in the VC version, miletech3).

I'll wait for the review, but if WarMen Tactics is like Time Crisis, I'll probably get it.



soniczelda_dude said:

Yay S&K. Bla, bla, bla, crappy wiiware games, bla. If you can't tell, I'm bored. Maybe S&K will relieve that boredom.



Vinsanity said:

WarMen tactics looks kinda interesting, unless it IS just a light gun shooter (which is understandable, if it's an iPhone port). If it were, say, sort of like Full Spectrum Warrior in that you could move your dude around with the pointer, and THEN shoot people once you were in cover, that would be cooler. Could be really tactical, and still very actioney if the shooting was satisfying. If it's just a light gun game, I'll be disappointed.

I'm disappointed in general. Another week, another Cave Story free monday. Or Meat Boy, Night Story, La Mulana, Fuzzy Legends, ANYTHING good-looking. And the Virtual Console is dead to me. I loves me Sonic the Hedgehog and all, but I HAVE the Mega Collection, y'know? I'm done rebuying these games for VC.

There's like 20 years of awesome retro games Nintendo can pluck from. Why one game a week? How lazy are they?



cheapogamer4life said:

Another really good update for N.A. Its seems like. Gotta wait till next week to spend the rest of my dsi points(flipper and flight control)
@ grumble, ill be on the look out for your first impressions shorty
@ legend, kinda strange that they would release soccer in the US before EU. I guess that means it will be here friday as will



Digiki said:

Seems my next points card is already used up, I haven't gotten points since Christmas, so I've yet to get the first PW



Bass_X0 said:

I've played the first Phoenix Wright game for eight hours within the last twenty-four. Thats some going for a "crappy port" scoring an "average 5/10" game. Sure much of the game was padding though. Wandering around the studios trying to find whatever it was I had to find to progress the story got a little tiresome. It was only the fact that I couldn't save that kept me playing since quitting would have wasted the time I spent so far. And I still stayed for the trial despite having the option to save.

Phoenix Wright is some game. I don't feel bad about missing out on it before because point n click (kinda) storybook style games aren't usually my thing. The moving from scene to scene using menus did break my immersion in the game. But I'm enjoying it. Already I'm feeling the urge to go back and do the next part. I have a feeling I'll be downloading Justice For All when it comes out here very soon after if not the first day (Thursday), average score or not. No WiiWare game has ever made me feel this interested before.



Noire said:

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All and Sonic and Knuckles!

I needs ta get mahselfs a points card. D:



Gamer83 said:

Great update this week. Sonic & Knuckles is my favorite game in the series so I downloaded that. Glad to see all the classic Genesis Sonics are now available on the VC.



MrPoo6321 said:

does Phoenix Wright have an extra 5th case on the DS? I have the first Phoenix game and I noticed that they didn't include the 5th bonus case when they released the first Ace Attorney on WiiWare. Is this the same situation with Justice for All? Because I never played any of the sequels, but I really wanted to now and now I'm wondering if I should download the WiiWare version or track down the DS version if there's an extra case.



Ricardo91 said:

Yay, Sonic & Knuckles! If I didn't already have it on the Mega Collection, It'd be an insta-download.



theblackdragon said:

@MrPoo: the first game is the only one with the bonus case on the DS; the other two were direct ports from the GBA versions with no added content.



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

Now that they're essentially done with the Genesis, they can concentrate on the other systems for awhile. Get back to NES, you lazy bums.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Bass X0: The WiiWare version is missing the save-anywhere feature from the DS release?

@StarFox: It doesn't really work like that...unless you know of any SEGA games that were released for the NES.



Bass_X0 said:

I'm not aware of a save anywhere feature on the WiiWare game. If its in there then I completely missed it but I don't think it is. I could have done with it at some points.



Rawk_Hawk said:

The Genesis library is not completed on the VC. There are a lot more gems to be released.



Kevin said:

I can't wait to play sonic 3 & knuckles again! Now that its out hopefully that means the announcement for VC release of Vectorman 2 is hopefully coming soon. I love that game.



Gabbo said:

@Bass X0
You can save your progress at any time by pressing the 2 button and choosing 'save'. This lets you continue later right where you left off, even in the middle of a conversation.



Bass_X0 said:

Yeah, I found out shortly afterwards. Came in useful against von Karma. Thanks anyway.

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