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Nintendo Download: 8th February 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Another big update for North America: blasting, dancing, balloons, rockets and more this week!

The big North American updates keep on coming. This week there's four new WiiWare releases, five new DSiWare releases and a quirky NES adventure game.


Blaster Master: Overdrive (1000pts - Sunsoft) -- The announcement of the original NES classic on Virtual Console was a surprise, but not as much as the annoucement of a fully-fledged WiiWare update! We have to say based on the initial screens and videos this looks like it could be a cracker, but of course you'll be able to find out more after our full review is released later in the week.

Tomena Sanner (500pts - Konami) -- We thought Konami's one-button dancing salaryman game was funky fresh and we're thrilled Norte Americanos can now get in on the fun!

Bloons (500pts - Hands-On Mobile) -- A WiiWare version of a balloon-popping puzzle game that's already appeared on the web and mobile phones. We'll be sure to let you know whether it's a hit or a bust.

Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games (500pts - Teyon) -- We'll put this collection of winter-themed mini-games to the test and report back on whether it's worth your hard-earned Nintendo Points, or just a slushball of epic proportions.

Virtual Console

Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom (500pts NES - Hudson) -- A quirky little game set in a kingdom inhabited by animated fruit and veg! Our undergrowth undercover operative will investigate the vegetable shenanigans in this gardening adventure.


Oscar in Movieland (800pts - Virtual Playground) -- It's one of the few premium price point titles on DSiWare, but that could be because this game has the rich detail you'd expect from a full retail release. Our reviewers will give is the once over to let you know if it's a blockbuster hit or just a b-flick. Don't forget to read our in-depth interview with the developers!

Link 'n' Launch (500pts - Nintendo) -- Intelligent Systems surprises with this neat little puzzler. We must have been psychic because we just published our first impressions of the Japanese release last week! Of course our full review will follow soon.

Fieldrunners (500pts - Subatomic Studios) -- A new tower defence game for DSiWare. Expect a full review from us in due course defenders!

Sudoku 4Pockets (500pts - -- Another sudoku game for DSiWare boasting 3600 puzzles. We'll put it through its paces and see if it adds up to a worthwhile purchase.

Extreme Hangman (200pts - Gamelion Studios) -- Guess the word and save the hangman from certain doom! Not quite the pencil-and-paper game we recall from childhood, but we'll give it a go and see if it deserves a stay of execution.

Here is Nintendo's press release for your reading pleasure:

From pulse-pounding action to mind-bending puzzles and beyond, this week's lineup of new downloadable games offers a dizzying variety to satisfy players of all stripes. New additions for the WiiWare™ service include the sci-fi adventure of BLASTER MASTER™ OVERDRIVE and the speedy fun of Tomena Sanner, plus a pair of family-friendly games to help parents and their kids brighten up the dog days of winter. For the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, new attractions include the rocket-powered puzzles of Link 'n' Launch™ and the tower-defending thrills of Fieldrunners. And lest you should think cucumbers are only good for snacking, the Virtual Console™ debut of Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom lets Wii™ owners enjoy a quirky classic from the NES™ era.

Blaster Master: Overdrive
Publisher: SUNSOFT
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: BLASTER MASTER OVERDRIVE is an action-adventure game that takes place on an Earth infected by an aggressive, polymorphic virus. Poor, defenseless animals worldwide have been turned into flesh-eating, hemoglobin-swilling terrors. Fortunately, the world has Alex, who happens to be one of the world's foremost biologists and specializes in viral mutation profiles and genetic manipulation. Every studious biologist facing imminent global annihilation needs a sweet ride, and Alex is no exception. He has S.O.P.H.I.A., a shape-shifting, gas-guzzling, projectile-spewing paean to destruction on four wheels. Things look grim, but with Alex and S.O.P.H.I.A. on the case, the world just might have a chance.

Tomena Sanner
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Businessman Hitoshi Susumu is behind schedule and in quite a rush. In fact, once he starts running, he won't stop! Dashing past samurais, T-Rexes, cowboys and all manner of wacky obstacles, Mr. Susumu must get to the goal as fast as he can for the ultimate 2-D dance party. Tomena Sanner is a high-speed side-scrolling action game with a unique timing-based control system that's as challenging as it is fun. As they fly, jump and dance over the many zany obstacles, players need to time their moves to keep their speed up and perform awesome tricks. Using just one button on the Wii Remote™ controller, players of all ages and skill levels will be able to play and help Mr. Susumu get to his goal. Four players can compete to see who is the fastest at running through the bizarre and comical world of Tomena Sanner.

Publisher: Hands-On Mobile
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Bloons is an exciting puzzle game based on the simple fact that popping balloons is fun. Pop your way through dozens of puzzling levels in this exciting puzzle adventure. Each level will have a different arrangement of balloons. Using the darts you're given, try to pop as many as you can. Look out for special balloons, blocks and darts, and have fun discovering what they do. You can pick up and play for a few minutes or spend hours working your way through the game's 70 levels. As an added bonus, there's also a level editor that allows you to create your own balloon puzzles.

Hubert the Teddy Bear: Winter Games
Publisher: Teyon
Players: 1-16
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Hubert The Teddy Bear is a party game in which players confront crafty bunnies. Outsmart them in eight winter activities including snow fight, sleigh ride, Christmas tree decoration, fishing, catching a bunny and more. Create a teddy bear and customize it to fit your own style. Choose its name and gender and dress it up by combining elements from plenty of clothes and accessories. Play solo or engage your family and friends by competing in one of the multiplayer modes. As many as 16 players can take part in one competition. Thanks to the balanced levels of difficulty – kid, youngster and adult – everyone can enjoy the game. This collection of casual winter sports provides a new experience for the whole family.

Nintendo DSiWare
Oscar in Movieland
Publisher: Virtual Playground
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Following his Oscar in Toyland escapades, Oscar now plays the leading actor in sensational worlds of hit movies and TV shows. From Sci-Fi to Cartoon, Western to War, Horror to Jurassic and more, this is a game not to be missed. Oscar in Movieland features eye-popping graphics, parallax scrolling backgrounds and fabulous game play. This jump-and-run game is easy to play and packed with hours of fun and nonstop action. Use Wings to Fly, Springy Boots to Jump, and Oscar's secret weapon – his magical Yo-Yo – to swing on and zap enemies in some of the craziest platform levels you'll ever play.

Link 'n' Launch
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Take your puzzle-solving skills to new heights in Link 'n' Launch, a puzzle game in which you must move tiles to create a path that connects fuel to your rocket, blasting it through space. Complete the basic training mode to learn how to play Link 'n' Launch, and then buckle in for the ride through the robust Missions and Puzzles modes. Missions mode has you propelling the rocket through space to reach the target planet within a three-minute time limit, while Puzzles mode challenges you to clear all fuel and pipe tiles from the screen. In both modes, not only do you need to create a path to keep your rocket fueled, but you'll also have to account for immovable tiles and special tiles that upgrade your rocket or give you additional time to complete the level, all while keeping your rocket's flight path within the established boundaries. The launch countdown has begun – are you prepared?

Publisher: Subatomic Studios
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Descend into the world of Fieldrunners, one of the most anticipated and visually stunning games in mobile tower defense history. Defend and control the field with a diverse selection of upgradeable towers, using a wide array of tactics and strategies against countless waves of unique land and air combatants. Enjoy hours of entertainment and replayable challenges. Do you have what it takes to dominate the fieldrunners and rise to the top as the ultimate tower defense master?

Sudoku 4Pockets
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Sudoku 4Pockets offers you 3,600 puzzles, and your assistant Kiku will be there to guide you through each of the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced skill levels. The aim of sudoku is to complete a grid of nine-by-nine squares with the numbers 1 through 9 in each square, row and column. As you play, Kiku will guide you: She can tell you if you've entered an incorrect number, offer you hints and explain the moves and terms as you play. The simple-to-use number entry makes it easy to select numbers and add possible number candidates to aid your thought process. Whether you're new to sudoku or an advanced player, you can have fun playing and learning on your quest to become a sudoku master.

Extreme Hangman
Publisher: Gamelion
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Alcohol Reference, Animated Blood, Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: There's never been a Hangman game like this before! The world's favorite time-killer game takes an absurdist twist of comical proportions. Taking place in various settings, the game challenges players to save the Hangman from his enemies by guessing hidden words correctly. When players guess incorrectly, he is put one step closer to being shot, strangled, erased or hanged by his enemies. Play a single-player game or challenge your friend to a duel. Extreme Hangman features seven different settings with fun animations, over 2,000 words in various categories, and three difficulty levels.

Virtual Console
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
Original platform: NES
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence, Tobacco Reference
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Featuring a cast of cute characters and an endearing sense of humor, this unique title has gained a dedicated following since its release on the original NES system. The wicked Minister Pumpkin, a nobleman in the Salad Kingdom, has rebelled and kicked King Broccoli off the throne. Worse yet, he has kidnapped Princess Tomato and, with the help of the treacherous Farmies, proceeded to abolish all truth, justice, sweetness and light from the Salad Kingdom. Players take on the role of the brave Sir Cucumber, hero of the kingdom, and set out on a quest to rescue the princess and topple Minister Pumpkin. Progress through multiple locations using set commands (such as MOVE, LOOK and TALK) while winning bouts of Finger Wars (Rock-Paper-Scissors), collecting information and items and heeding helpful clues from your faithful companion, Percy (a persimmon). If you fail, the entire Salad Kingdom will be tossed into frenzy. Sir Cucumber, your princess awaits!

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.

Remember that both Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit or

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User Comments (79)



warioswoods said:

10 new downloadable titles in one week for NA. Is that a record? If someone keeps track of these things, enlighten us (and save me the trouble of researching it myself).



hobbes said:

Wow... sounds like a good week. I'm curious as to how good Blaster Master is. I look forward to that review.



ReZon said:

Nice to see big quantity updates, but just Blaster Master for me this week.

Hoping for Rondo of Blood soon!



Porky said:

All wiiware look good but Ill still wait for the three new game reviews. Welcome Tomena Sanner long have I been waiting!



antimarc said:

Blaster Master and Tomena Sanner for me, I still have my original cartridge of Princess Tomato!



Hardy83 said:

Blaster Master eh? I'm gonna try the demo fir.....Oh hey wait a minute... I guess I just won't bother.
I don't blind purchase anymore.



Porky said:

Is there an arcade version of princess tomato? If so they may as well wait for that version since everyone oh so prefers arcade over nes.



Link79 said:

What do they mean when they say Blaster master overdrive could be a cracker? Is that good or bad? Speak english man!



Knux said:

Except for Blaster Master Overdrive, everything else looks unintresting. I'll bite when Sonic & Knuckles is on the VC. At least I have Sonic & Knuckles to play on XBLA until then.



JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

Wow I just got Tomena Sanner. This game is freakin amazing. I would have paid much more for this. You guys need to check this out. One of the best Wiiware games I've downloaded.



DiggerandIndy said:

Looks like another dud on the VC. Nintendo needs to quit goofing around with two-bit schemes. We ain't as dumb as we look.



KeeperBvK said:

@ 12: I also had to look it up. Apparently being a "cracker" is a positive term. ^^



Tsuchinoko said:

@ DiggerandIndy I was looking forward to this game. It looked quirky and fun. Are you calling me stupid?



Tragickingdom said:

Any chance we could get someone to translate cracker on this, as this is a term that is as bad for white people as the "N" word is for black people where I am from.

Not really sure why this would be in a game review for the north american games, as this eludes to a derogitory meaning.
From Wiki: Cracker, sometimes white cracker, is a usually disparaging term for poor whites[1], mainly used in the Southern United States, but in recent decades in usage throughout North America.



Tsuchinoko said:

@Tragickingdom You're...kidding right? You know this is not an American site. why would you use the same discretion here as if it meant the same thing to the writers as to you? Clearly you already know, as you stated, that it means something different in other places. I think its wrong to change the way other people speak just because you have a problem with it. And anyway, you know that terms denoting racial or ethnic groups are capitalised anyway, so if you have a problem with that word, i hope you stay away from the snack food aisle.



Bass_X0 said:

Yes. Words have more than one meaning. Especially in different countries. Why, an offensive word in America just means cigarette here and is commonly said on TV. I do have to do a double take when I hear the word on some of our shows as I have become used to the American usage of the word. But this kind of discussion doesn't belong here. Its certainly something to bring up in general discussion though on the forums if you do want to discuss this further, Tragickingdom.



WolfRamHeart said:

Excellent update this week. I already downloaded Blaster Master: Overdrive and Tomena Sanner. Both games are really fun. Definitely worth downloading. I'm also thinking about getting Princess Tomato. It looks pretty interesting.



Tsuchinoko said:

Actually Princess Tomato is really good, though i do have one complaint about it: the text scroll sound is really loud by default! And yes brooks83, the music is good. I just wish i could lower that sharp sound a bit

@Dazza Haha, well, i was born in the UK, grew up in the states, lived in canada and now in Japan, and traveled in Mexico. The only way to become better as a person in the world is to know when to adapt, and when you're the minority or the outside person in something to not try to change the environment to fit you. This site has a diverse set of visitors, but the roots are in the UK, so one has to take that into account. Hmm, i think Bass is right though, this conversation doesn't belong here though, so i think we should just stick to the games. ____



Atlantis1982 said:

Would like to buy a points card, but I have other WiiWare games to finish. (Looking straight at Blaster Master and Castlevania Rebirth)



TwilightV said:

The only time i've ever heard the British term "cracker", it was used as "crackerjack".

Anyways, Master Blaster Overdrive seems to have a map display, and save points.



Tsuchinoko said:

@TwilightV Whats your icon? I actually thought it was short for something like that, but it seems evident enough what they meant. Its good education for us that don't currently live in the UK i think. Watching all the new seasons of Doctor Who i hadn't still heard this term before. haha



Egg_miester said:

i been playing Tomena Sanner not what i first thought but it is great fun and worth 5$ easy



TheLonelyGamer said:

Good week!
I own Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom on my NES, it's a good addition to the VC library.
And Blaster Master Overdrive looks sweet!



Guybrush_Threepwood said:

Ten games should be a reason to be really envious of North America as a European. But seeing that only ONE of the released games is for Virtual Console would make this update as pointless as the last two PAL-updates to me. It's just sad how Nintendo (Europe and North America) treats the formerly great Virtual Console service nowadays. Without Virtual Console the Nintendo download service is almost dead to me since I'm not interested in WiiWare (with only a few exceptions) and DSiWare (I prefer my original DS thanks to the GBA-slot. So only an announcement of a Virtual Console would be a reason to buy a DSi in my case).



Bass_X0 said:

Anyone expecting Sonic & Knuckles next week? We're getting it this week. I believed there was a good chance it could have come this week in America too.



Jockolantern said:

Quite the excellent update. Nicely makes up for last week's ugly releases. I've downloaded Blaster Master: Overdrive and so far it is quite fun and a welcome step back in the right direction for the series. Gets back to the gameplay greatness of the NES title's roots.



SwerdMurd said:

big week! Not a lot that I'm particularly interested in (Blaster Master would be nice if I had points) but a very good week for the service. Keep this kinda thing up Nintendo--you're making us happy.

And release Cave Story. It's been in Wiiware development longer than Pixel spent one-man developing it.



CanisWolfred said:

Tomana Sanner, Blaster Master: Overturn, and Salad Kingdom?! I was afraid this might happen...I might have to use a whole point card this time.



cheetahman91 said:

I was expecting Princess Tomato to be released this month. I think we might get KOF95 or S&K next week. Will be downloading Tomena Sanner and possibly Blaster Master: Overdrive sooner or later.



Ricardo91 said:

Blaster Master Overdrive looks good, but there's nothing else for me this week. I like Bloons, but from the looks of this version there doesn't seem to be anything to deviate me from the free flash game.



Sneaker13 said:

Great to see Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom. Hopefully this means Europe will get it too. Also interested in Blaster Master: Overdrive.



astarisborn94 said:

Great update, although I was not expecting Princess Tomato In Salad Kingdom so soon. Then again, it's impossible to predict the Virtual Console.

Nothing to complain about, although I'm only really interested in Blaster Master: Overdrive.



Bikeage said:

Who ur u callin a cracka?
Seriously, any reasonably intelligent person would interpret the use of the word "cracker" in the context it was written as a synonym for "good", no matter what English speaking country you are from.



warioswoods said:

Man, I hope Blaster Master is a thin, crisp wafer often eaten with cheese or other savory toppings.



chris3116 said:

Blaster Master is mine. Tomena Sanner is interesting since I like weird games. I never played at Princess Tomato.



XCWarrior said:

Well Blaster Master looks intriguing, but nothing that I have to go download this instant.



AlexSays said:

Oh thank the lawd I love Bloons!

In fact I love them so much this is the first game I'll be downloading in like half a year.

About time something comes out worth downloading.



longtimegamer said:

After looking at the video, I wouldn't have known Bloons was such a well liked game, If people hadn't been sayin so.



Twilight_Crow said:

Good download! So many things I'd be willing to try if I had some extra money, but I don't ; saving my money for Super Meat Boy, MM10 and maybe Cave Story. Still, eagerly waiting for Blaster Master: Overdrive and Princess Tomato reviews.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Bikeage: I must be reasonably intelligent, then. Huzzah!

Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom sounds FAR more interesting to me than the vast majority of recent VC releases. It seems to me that there's good variety all around as well, making for a week with higher potential of games that I'd like than most I can think of in a VERY long time. And I still can't even afford to actually download anything. Go figure.



brooks83 said:

Yeah this is a great update. I am gonna get Princess Tomato, even though I already own the cart, to support Hudson and to encourage more obscure games on the VC. I also wanna get Hubert and probably Bloons. BMO looks good as well, but I think I will put that one off for a little while as I have barely played the NES version which I downloaded back in December.

EDIT: I may even pick up another Hudson NES title to show my appreciation of them bringing Princess Tomato to the VC. I honestly thought that game would never come to the VC even with Hudson's strong support. I'll probably pick up Adventure Island or Lode Runner.



Vinsanity said:

Blaster Master: OD is by far the best Wiiware game to turn up in some time. The original Blaster Master is such a promising design; Overdrive finally makes good on it! It's amazing what a more forgiving continue system, and much more responsive controls (8 way shooting in the overhead sections? THANK YOU), can do. It may have come out of nowhere, but it's definitely worthy of some attention. Thanks Gaijinworks/Sunsoft! Though next time, send a press release a LITTLE sooner than 2 days before you drop it on the Wiiware shop.



Donatello said:

So do you think Blaster Master OD better than the original?
Fred the Frog better be in it! ;p



Donatello said:

So do you think Blaster Master OD better than the original?
Fred the Frog better be in it! ;p



Porky said:

@AlexSays: "Oh thank the lawd I love Bloons!

In fact I love them so much this is the first game I'll be downloading in like half a year.

About time something comes out worth downloading."

Sorry to pop your bloon but the game you so much like got a 2 out of 10 on review. However, there is a dsi version of it; it may be better.




Blaster Master! Fieldrunners! Link n' Launch! Why do you guys week after week keep getting my insta-download list games?! I hate you NA!



AlexSays said:

Ezekiel - By the same guy that said he hated the concept?

Yeah if a guy said he hated FPS games and the best score he'd ever give one was a 5 I'm not sure people would care about his review of the new Call of Duty. lol

I like the concept so I'm guessing my view will be completely different.



Stuffgamer1 said:

Boy, I sure HOPE this WiiWare Blaster Master is better than the original...'cause that thing is a piece of CRAP! If somebody could explain to me why it's popular, I'd appreciate it, 'cause right now I just feel like I wasted another $5 (just like I wasted $8 on Zombies Ate My Neighbors).



ACK said:

Tomena Sanner is pure gold. Earlier I made the top 5 on level 1-1 while feeding my 7 month old son with my other arm. That's what gaming is all about, folks.



brooks83 said:

I am glad to see blaster master overdrive in the top 20 already. I will buy it one of these days

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