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Nintendo Download: 22nd February 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Ghost slaying, mouse housing, flight controlling and fish finding this week!

North America is clearly the territory to envy thus far this year with weekly updates featuring a variety of downloads for the Wii and DSi. Whilst retro-gamers will bemoan the absence of any Virtual Console releases this time around, there's still a bevy of budget WiiWare releases to check out and a mix of games on DSiWare to complement them.


GhostSlayer (600pts - Gevo Entertainment) – If you feel knocking Miis off raised platforms at Wuhu Island has gotten a bit stale, you may want to have a go at slaying ghosts in this Chinese mythology-inspired action title. Whilst the review is pending you'll probably want to check out our interview with the developers for more information on this freshman release from Gevo.

Mouse House (600pts - Big John Games) – This colourful maze game features cute character designs and retro gameplay that should appeal to old-time gamers. Expect a review from us soon.

Family Go-Kart Racing (500pts - Aksys Games) – The "Family" series isn't known for being the best of WiiWare games, but we'll take a few spins and let you know what we think of it.


Aura-Aura Climber (200pts - Nintendo) – This looks like a new title rather than a localised Japanese title and a nice little bit of arcade-style gaming on the go. Our own mountaineering experts will get on the case and see if this scales the heights or not.

Flight Control (500pts - Firemint) – We thought this was a perfectly capable port of the popular iPhone game, so puzzle fans may want to consider booking their excursion today.

Faceez (200pts - Neko Entertainment) – Faceez marks the DSiWare debut of the veteran publisher, probably better known in the download scene for WiiWare titles like Heracles Chariot Racing and the Cocoto series of games. This seems to be a little photo manipulation app rather than a proper game, but we'll put it through its paces and let you know if it's good for a laugh.

Flipper (500pts - Xform) – It's been a long time coming as our developer interview will attest and we'll be sure to let you know if it was worth the wait.

You can read the weekly press release from Nintendo below:

Let's say you're relaxing at home, but something doesn't seem quite right. Maybe your house has ghosts. Clearly you need to get GhostSlayer, with its Wii MotionPlus™ accessory functionality, to figure out how to deal with them. Or maybe your house has a mouse. Mouse House™ puzzles seem the logical choice for you. Maybe you just need to get out of the house and try some fresh air with Family Go-Kart Racing. If it seems a bit brighter than usual outdoors, that's probably because Aura-Aura, the star of Aura-Aura Climber™, has fallen out of the sky. While you're out having fun, take and share some crazy pictures of your friends and family with Faceez, or spend a few relaxing hours directing flights with Flight Control™. And while you're out there, you might want to spend some time helping a little boy recover his lost pet goldfish, Flipper.

Publisher: Gevo Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Blood, Violence
Price: 600 Wii Points™
Description: Embark on a thrilling ghost-fighting experience. Play as a Ghost Slayer as you battle evil spirits that plague the mortal world. Your sword is your only weapon against them. Eliminate all hostiles in your path and defeat the Ghost Queen in the final stage in order to save the world. Unlock new swords and acquire special techniques that you can use to your advantage. Test your skills by playing all three levels of difficulty. Enjoy the thrill of slashing ghosts and vaporizing them by swinging your Wii Remote™ controller and experience sword-fighting game play at a new level of realism by using Wii MotionPlus accessory (this game can be played with or without Wii MotionPlus). Brace yourself for the onslaught of blood-thirsty spirits.

Mouse House
Publisher: Big John Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: He's clever, he's daring, he's brave, he's ... a mouse! Mouse House is an accessible and fast-paced logic puzzle game in which you lead a lively little mouse on his hunt to collect the cheese in each of 100 challenging puzzles. But these are no simple mazes - our adorable hero has to weave his way though a cast of colorful critters, including stinger-shooting bees and nasty rats, as well as tricky traps like conveyor belts, collapsing floors and more. A true "pick up and play" game, Mouse House's combination of simple controls and multiple levels of challenge make it perfect for players of all ages.

Family Go-Kart Racing
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: It's Family Go-Kart Racing, the fantastic new racing game from Arc System Works. The Family is back: Billy, Sarah, Daddy, Mommy and new to the Family fun, Auntie and Gramps. Choose among the six family members and six karts to take on 12 exciting tracks and drift your way to victory. With the Wii Remote controller's tilt control, race against the clock in Time Attack to beat your personal records, or take on the entire family in a full Grand Prix. Steer your way through the Snowy Slopes, peel out in the World Bazaar and go-go-go for gold on the Go-Go Rollercoaster. Earn your place as the head of the family by outmaneuvering your kin with special items like Acceleration and Lighting to zip past your opponents. Or, unleash the Bowling Bomb and strike out the kart ahead of you.

Nintendo DSiWare™
Aura-Aura Climber
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Aura-Aura has fallen out of the sky and landed on Earth. He is determined to return to his rightful place in the universe and become a bright star. Take control of Aura-Aura, and help him to accomplish this by using his grapple arm to grab a variety of grapple points and continuously climb higher in the sky. Along the way, collect items to aid him (bombs, extensions for his grapple arm) and avoid enemies that damage Aura-Aura's health. Two modes of play offer very different challenges: Score Attack, in which you try to get to the goal with as many points as possible, and Endless, in which your aim is simply to help Aura-Aura climb as high into the sky as possible within the time limit. And even if you think you've mastered the art of climbing, both modes offer numerous medals to find or earn by completing specific tasks. With its intuitive controls, straightforward game play, and incredible replay value, Aura-Aura's journey is arcade-style gaming at its best ... or should that be its highest?

Flight Control
Publisher: Firemint
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Keep the skies safe in Flight Control, the insanely popular worldwide hit from Firemint. In this action-packed game, take on the role of an air traffic controller at an increasingly busy airport. In complete control of the airspace, direct aircraft to their appropriate landing zones while avoiding collisions. Travel to airports set among green fields, a beachside resort, the Australian Outback, a winter wonderland and even an aircraft carrier. Learn how to land 10 different kinds of aircraft, including jets, seaplanes and helicopters. To direct aircraft, simply touch and drag them to their landing zones with the stylus without letting them collide. Sounds easy? You'll need smart strategy, keen eyes and a smooth touch to keep the chaos under control. You can even work alongside a friend in cooperative multiplayer mode, and guard the airways together. Flight Control only takes a minute to learn – just don't expect to put it down as quickly as you'll pick it up.

Publisher: Neko Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Alcohol Reference, Comic Mischief, Mild Blood
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Make your friends laugh with Faceez. Take pictures of their faces with the Nintendo DSi Camera and then mix them and animate them. Dress them up with lots of funny accessories. Place them in your own favorite settings. Give free reign to your imagination with millions of possible combinations. Thanks to the Nintendo DSi system's connectivity with Facebook, you can share your creations with your friends, who'll be rolling on the floor laughing. Photograph, disguise, decorate, animate and send ... FACEEZ.

Publisher: Xform
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: The hero of the game is a courageous young boy. You must lead him through various worlds full of obstacles to retrieve his stolen goldfish called Flipper. Get ready for a 3-D puzzle platform game set in four different worlds with five levels each. The game features beautiful pixel-art backdrops, cheerful cartoon characters and catchy music. The voxel engine technology allows you to change the environment with some cool power-ups. You can pick up power-ups that let you blast holes in the environment while other power-ups restore it or build platforms. It's up to you to use the limited amount of power-ups wisely to complete each level. Flipper is a fun and challenging puzzle game that is suited for all ages.

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 (71)



Objection said:

I'm sure the lack of VC will cause an uproar. Hoping that GhostSLayer will be decent since I have 600 points. Guess we'll see shortly...



Percentful said:

I wonder if Aura-Aura Climber will be sort of like Doodlejump...
Hurray for Flipper!



bboy2970 said:

Wow. Great update! I may be spending a hefty sum this week! I'm interested in Ghost Slayer, Faceez, Flipper, Aura-Aura Climber, and Flight Control. An SD menu DSi update can't come soon enough(crosses fingers for Wednesday).



Sneaker13 said:

I'm really curious about GhostSlayer. But Family Go-Kart Racing, not so curious. Could be a cheap alternative to Mario Kart.



Egg_miester said:

with the lack of VC blame the american gamers for not buying VC games thats the big reason why companies in japan rather make VC over wiiware VC there makes them more money while in N/A and Eu its the other way around



ACK said:

Flipper should be ace. Flight Control is a can't miss. And Aura Climber has potential... Always nice to have more nice 200 pt. games. All in all, a solid week for DSiWare.

Mouse House seems like a simple, fun puzzle game in the spirit of Adventures of Lolo. GhostSlayer looks like it should be a solid re-skin of Wii Sports Resort sword battling. I'm willing to give both a chance... Looking forward to impressions/reviews.



bboy2970 said:

I have a question....why is there auch a large amount of hype surrounding Flipper? It sounds like it might be a good buy but nothing that looks to be earth-shatteringly good about it. So where did all the hype come from? I think I read that it only has like 20 levels.



Ren said:

Ooh, only 600 points. I'm really tempted to just get it now, but I better wait for a review or at least some impressions from someone. Anyone else about to throw themselves on the ghosts. Seems like no one wants to take any chances after that recent shooter iphone port thing.



Stuffgamer1 said:

<-Pretend that's angrier than it looks, since we don't have an actual angry emoticon.

Okay, so I know Europe has been missing out on VC a LOT lately, and I do sympathize...but that doesn't make me any less mad when we get a VC-less week. Hey NoA, how about you FINALLY give us Mario's Super Picross and Devil World, huh? That'd make for GREAT space filler!

To make it worse, I'm not interested in anything released on WiiWare or DSiWare.



Hardy83 said:

Blame NA consumers for no VC? Please, blame Nintendo and third parties for not putting decent VC games on there and blame Nintendo for not marketing VC to the point were it becomes so profitable that third parties would flood the gates with VC games.

Flipper has hype because it's been in development for a while and the creator has did his rounds of forum/site interviews, people seem to connect when developers are more communicative.
Also the majority of the DSiWare library is crap so when a good game seems to come out, people get excited.



Twilight_Crow said:

Not a very impresive update, but GhostSlayer and Mouse House sound decent, will see.
The lack of VC is sad, but I just hope people doesn't start threads about how the VC is "over" or something.



Sean_Aaron said:

I'm taking on Mouse House tonight and purchasing Ghost Slayer (Jon is reviewing that one). Whilst I won't guarantee any 24hour review turnaround, if either of them is to be avoided at all costs, I'll chime in on the the preview thread in the forums.



TheBaconator said:

Just downloaded aura aura it is a unique little game that is pretty fun and addictive it is a little slow but there are many oppertunities to preform acrobatic stunts which are fast fun and give you more points. The graphics are also really good. Very artsy. (if that is a word) There are also a lot of power ups icluding longer grapple, bombs, boost jumps, and UFOs which give you extra points. I'd recommend this game to anyone it is a huge bargin for only 200 points. However I am not clear on how long the game is yet.



Egg_miester said:

@Hardy83 you are wrong we have around 347 VC games and at least 2/3 of them are good the problem is that gamers in N/A have the mind set on bad 3rd party games even on the VC so they don't sell or as well its not the companies fault there but the gamers



James2t3 said:

lol, VC is crap anyway I'd never pay for anything on that service especially with shoddy Euro 50htz games, I just use homebrew channels emulators which offer full 60htz and smoothed out edges.
I'd rather support Wiiware developers.



TwilightV said:

I keep telling people to wait and see if they release something on Wednesday, but they just keep ignoring me... oh well. I'll have a laugh if it happens. X3



Mayhem said:

Looking forward to seeing what Ghost Slayer and Mouse House are like...



Starwolf_UK said:

@Stuffgamer1. I think Devil World is never coming out in America and my reason of thought is NoA has concerns over their public image (crazy fundamentalist Christians might getting the wrong idea...similar to the Beatles might rise from their grave and sue Nintendo over Earthbound). For a similar reason I doubt the Today and Tomorrow channel will ever hit US shores (it uses Astrology...well some sort of Ephemeris actually...).

Oh yeah almost forgot. Mario's Super Picross has the trouble of all its content being released as DLC for Picross DS (in US and Japan).

@TwilightV. Isn't Wednesday Wii channels usually? The only ones missing (which I remember) are the Band Bros channel (won't happen without the game; the game isn't happening), the Fujifilm photo channel (put photos from an SD card and put them in silly frames then send off to get printed...all through the power of the Wii), Wii no ma channel and the aforementioned Today and Tomorrow.



TwilightV said:

@Starwolf_UK: Actually, I said that because that's the day of the US media summit. I'm just thinking something will be released considering that last year's media summit brought the Virtual Console Arcade.

Edit: As well as the all important SD Card menu. :3



Lonnie2Hottie said:

Well, I have bought into the hype behind Flipper, so I will get that tonight. I may possibly check out aura aura climber as well. These 200 point DSi games are getting better and better. In fact, DSi ware as a whole is really impressing me.



warioswoods said:

I wouldn't say that Flipper has been overly hyped; to me, it just seems like a fun, simple idea from a developer who enjoys what he does and lets everyone in on the process. I'll be downloading it for those reasons, but I certainly don't expect it to be the greatest offering on the service to date.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@StarWolf_UK: Actually, only a small portion of the puzzles from Mario's Super Picross are available on Picross DS (and by small portion I mean 10). The majority of the DLC covers the Nintendo Power Picross expansion/game things that were released in Japan.

As for Devil World, you may be right. Doesn't mean I'm not hoping for it. After Brawl with the Assist Trophy and PiCTOBiTS with TWO levels devoted to the game, it's understandable that I wish NoA would just stop being a bunch of wussies and release the damn thing already. And this is coming from a Christian who has the sense to tell the difference between a weird quirky piece of fiction and something to be feared and fought against the release of.

@TwilightV: I hadn't heard you say that yet, actually. You make a good point. I suppose I'll reserve final judgement for a couple more days, then. Not that I'm actually expecting much...would NoA really have the sense to make lightning strike twice?



Tsuchinoko said:

wow, with the exception of Sonic & Knuckles its been weeks since i got anything, and there's actually lots of ANNOUNCED games (and not just ones on a far-fetched wish list) that i've been waiting for.

Not that my VC wish list isn't huge or anything.



cheapogamer4life said:

Two dsiware insta downloads for me this week. I wonder which game will be higher on dsiwares top 20 list by this time next week. Flipper or Flight Control......



Stuffgamer1 said:

I just did some research in the backlog of NLife news and found something less than encouraging: Last year, we got TWO VC games on the Monday before the VCA launch. So that launch didn't really need to "make up" for anything last year, whereas we're stuck hoping it might this year.



MarkyVigoroth said:

Nah, Devil World might never come out due to "separation of church and state," even though the game is, in a way, actually pro-Christian.

Super Mario Piccross, though, might have a chance.

Heh, I would rather wait and see for next week.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@MarkyVigoroth: "Separation of Church and State" has literally NOTHING to do with this issue. The only way it could possibly matter is if the governement were to release this game as opposed to a company like Nintendo. Obviously, THAT'S not going to happen.



Rhansley64 said:

The fact that Rocket Knight Adventures and other classics hasn't been release yet, makes it meaningless to skip VC. Hopefully next week Nintendo gave us some 3 VC games to celebrate it's 350th game release.



Kevin said:

I'm happy that Sonic & Knuckles is out but there's no excuse for no VC game today. They could of released Mega Man 4 today! Crap week. At least there's Mega Man 10 to look forward to next Monday.



TingLz said:

Wow, I think it's kinda ironic (well not really) that people are more worried about the quantity of VC games rather than the quality of the games themselves



Stuffgamer1 said:

@lz: Nothing like no release at all to make you wish for a return to weekly crap, and I mean that quite seriously. Every week we get NOTHING is just a waste of time. The crap games will still come eventually, and they'll most likely push back the release of the GOOD stuff even FURTHER.



ganondwarf16 said:

I just wish that nintendo would release some vc game(I don't care if it is crap or even Superman 64) to get us to #350 i'm getting really anxious



ocarinaoftime said:

this is what i call utter bull vc....... what the heck nintendo........give us at least one game......mega man 10 next week there goes vc out the door agian sick of this no vc week.....eurpoe for cryin out loud is sicker than i am about it........i still have the magzine were reggie is talkin about how nintendo could take a lesson from sony with there backwards capbiltys ...... looks like they didnt...........they better be good news wensday is all i got to say.....wii ware and vc should be treated equal......ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........



Zweck36 said:

No VC is a pile of crap. THere are soooooo many games that can be released, they could have at least thrown us some total crap VC games just to get them out of the way. Bull Crap!



Porky said:

Since we got ssb I said I will never complain about vc so Im not worried one bit for no vc this week.



BulbasaurusRex said:

I hope GhostSlayer has true hit detection and parrying abilities unlike Wii Sports Resort that uses offensive and defensive modes between which you have to contantly switch. If it does and works well, I'll get it despite the ugly, creepy visual theme.



XCWarrior said:

I'll be waiting for that review of Ghost Slayer. Looks good on paper.

Boo no VC titles this week.



Pegasus said:

So where the heck is Cave Story? As far as I remember the project was completed well over two months ago. I've got plenty of other games to play, so that's not my worry. It just seems ridiculous to me that a completed game keeps getting delayed like that.



Xkhaoz said:

I"m getting Flipper, but I'm getting to review it, so I'm getting a physical copy of it. Yay



Draaknar said:

Where is the games I am wishing for a Virtual Console release? Get it together Nintendo, this games are already made.



Swiket said:

The 14-year-old in me realized how "Faceez" sounds eerily similar to another certain word.



bonham2 said:

Blame North America for the lack of VC updates? That's ridiculous. Nintendo has done a terrible job of even making it known which games are coming and which games are available. Also, with the exception of the big name games, most people have never heard of or played most of these games. If Nintendo could offer a gameplay video or a demo, people might be more inclined to buy these games. Also, Nintendo needs to look at their pricing scheme. $8 for a Genesis game is really high, especially if they're hoping people will buy them on a whim. $5 for Super Mario Bros. 3 is fine, but $5 for Ice Climbers is ridiculous. How about tiered pricing?

It doesn't matter what we say anyway. Nintendo isn't listening, and even if they were, they could care less.



astarisborn94 said:

OMG! Oh Noez. No VC games! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!

I think some people here are being a little overreactive. I was hoping for an VC release as well, but didn't you people see this coming? After the great holiday season (Late October-late December), didn't you people seriously not expect an no-VC week update?

I personally think this week is okay, but I'm not complaining about not having an VC week because we probably already have hundreads of solid games on the service.



Mike1 said:

Mega Man 4 would have been a great tie in since Mega Man 10 is coming out next week.



Stuffgamer1 said:

SSBF is calling OTHER people overreactive?

Sorry man, and I mean no offense, but...that just strikes me as incredibly ironic.

@Swiket: I noticed that, too. Matter of fact, I almost thought that WAS what it said at first.



WolfRamHeart said:

It was an okay week but nothing too spectacular. DSi got the best offerings this week with Flight Control and Flipper. GhostSlayer and Mouse House seem decent enough but I think that I'll wait for the reviews on those two games. Whenever there is lack of a Virtual Console release, it always feels like a disappointment to me.



StarDust4Ever said:

No VC game... AGAIN!!!

Yet another sad week for neglected Virtual Console. I guess last week makes up for it though. Still not an excuse. When I get back home from school, you bet your boots I'll be downloading Sonic 3 + Knuckles



Kobayashi said:

@bonham2: In my opinion, this would be the true fair price for donwloads on VC:

NES and Master System: U$ 2.00
TG-16 and Arcade: U$ 3.00
SNES and Genesis: U$ 4.00
N64 and Neo Geo: U$ 5.00
The current prices are very abusive



astarisborn94 said:

@Stuffgamer1: I'm not offended by your statement at all, but in case you haven't notice, my behavior towards the Virtual Console has changed a lot since the no VC in Summer, 2009 debacle. I promised unless the week was truly bad, I would never complain about the Virtual Console updates again (Weekly updates). Although this could file as one, we already got strings of solid weeks making up for this one.

There is no need for concern unless we go another week without a Virtual Console update.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Kobayashi: Those prices seem quite low to me. What you're basically saying is that these games (even the really awesome ones) aren't worth more than the prices you say. I say that if the awesome ones were worth somewhere around $40-$60 at launch, they're DEFINITELY worth up to $10 now.

@SSBF: Yeah, I guess I did miss that. Very good, actually sounds like you're LESS annoyed by this week's release than I am. Not that I'm fighting mad or anything...just kinda miffed. Better be a game next week or I probably WILL start to get pissed off, though.

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