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Nintendo Download: 15th March 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Gladiators, vampires, shooting, dinos, zoos and golf this week

Fans of the classics will be pleased to see the TG-16 CD entry in the Castlevania series as well as a new take on the Punch-Out formula and a surprise target shooter on Wii, whilst the DSi gets a range of sim-style games: zoo, dino and gangster and a golf game for good measure.


Rage of the Gladiator (1000pts - Ghostfire Games) – Whilst this may look like a first-person brawler, it's more of a fantasy version of Punch-Out!! complete with NES-style control option to complete the comparison, though it's also amongst the few WiiWare titles that offers Wii MotionPlus support. Whilst we're battling in the arena to prepare for our review you'll want to give our preview a read.

Triple Shot Sports (500pts - The Code Monkeys, Ltd.) – This is a collection of three Olympic events which focuses on the skill of marksmanship in archery, pistol shooting and free rifle events. We'll get our expert sharp-shooter on the case to let you know if it's on target or misses the mark.

Virtual Console

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (900pts TG-16 - Konami) – Released nearly two years ago in Japan, many doubted this would ever see the light of day on the Virtual Console in other territories, but here it is Castlevania fanatics. Our own vampire hunters will be putting it through its paces to see if it's worthy of resurrection or deserves a prompt staking!


Zoo Frenzy (500pts - Gameloft) – This light zoo simulation game came at a premium price in Europe last month. We thought it was pretty good, so for 300 points less that should make the purchase an easier decision for interested parties in North America.

101 Minigolf World (500pts - Teyon) – Minigolf comes to the DSi with lots of holes to play through either by yourself or with up to seven friends! Our own Jack Niklaus of indoor golfing will be bringing you more information on this title soon.

Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs - Fight for Survival (800pts - Ubisoft) – A pared-down version of the retail DS cart release seeing players creating and customising their dinosaur for use in battles against friends. Our resident fossil-hunters will start digging to see if this game is golden or just pyrite.

Car Jack Streets (800pts - Tag Games) – The description of this title sounds like a certain game focused on criminal enterprise - we'll let you know if it's "all that" after we give it a spin.

Here's Nintendo's full press release for your viewing pleasure:

How tough do you think you are? This week's roster of new downloadable games from Nintendo gives you several ways to prove it. Now available for the WiiWare™ service, Rage of the Gladiator puts players face-to-face with flurry of fearsome foes, enhancing the motion-control action with support for the Wii MotionPlus™ accessory. Meanwhile, Wii™ owners with a taste for classic gaming can test their mettle against bloodthirsty vampires in CASTLEVANIA RONDO OF BLOOD for the Virtual Console™ service. Other fresh releases challenge you to excel as a sharpshooter, a prehistoric beast or a criminal mastermind. Whichever setting you choose, just be prepared to step up and show your stuff.


Rage of the Gladiator
Publisher: Ghostfire Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Animated Blood, Alcohol Reference, Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Rage of the Gladiator is a fantasy-based fighting game in which you must fight for your life in the arena. One of the most gorgeous WiiWare games ever, it features amazing 3-D graphics, animation, lighting, shadows and special effects. Full voice acting means each boss has its own personality and taunts you mercilessly. Discover insane finishing moves: Summon a fiery meteor or savage tornado, or transform into a hulking colossus 10 times your normal size. Customize your character and specialize in skill trees – Offense, Defense or Magic – to gain new powers. You'll also enjoy epic, blood-pumping music by legendary composer Sean Beeson. For added replay value, unlock Challenge Mode and encounter tougher bosses with new abilities. The game also supports the Wii MotionPlus accessory.

Triple Shot Sports
Publisher: The Code Monkeys Ltd.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Triple Shot Sports is one of the most advanced recreational shooting games available for the WiiWare service, immersing players in the world of competitive target shooting. Most competitive events consist of activities that are traditionally derived from hunting and combat skills. Over time, these practices have evolved into a variety of competitive sports that include Archery, Pistol Shooting and Free Rifle. As with real-life shooting events, you will have full control over the aim of the weapon. You must also account for prevailing weather conditions and the athlete's breathing pattern, as these factors can influence the accuracy of your shot.

Virtual Console

Original platform: TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM
Publisher: Konami
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence
Price: 900 Wii Points
Description: This is the 10th action-packed installment in the ever-popular CASTLEVANIA series, which depicts the epic struggle between the Belmont clan and the dark forces of Count Dracula. An instant classic, this title is recognized far and wide for its beautifully rendered world, outstanding game balance and haunting CD-quality music. The player takes control of RICHTER, the clan's ultimate Vampire Killer, guiding him through a total of nine stages filled with treacherous traps and hidden secrets. Using your legendary whip – passed on from generations of Belmonts – and a powerful selection of Item Crash attacks, it's up to you to destroy Dracula and his evil horde. What's more, rescuing MARIA at some juncture in the game allows you to use her as a playable character for even more vampire-slaying fun.

Nintendo DSiWare™

Zoo Frenzy
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) –Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Create the zoo of your dreams and try to maximize your profit by managing tons of parameters. Enjoy five fun mini-games to train and support your animals: Feed them, heal them and even play soccer- or hockey-themed games with them. Your best-trained pets will go back into the wild to fight dangerous monsters and find cute new animals for your zoo. Enjoy use of the Nintendo DSi™ system's built-in microphone and camera – wake up the hero by shouting at him, and see yourself in the game.

101 MiniGolf World
Publisher: Teyon
Players: 1-8
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: 101 MiniGolf World is one of the first-ever 3-D miniature golf games for the Nintendo DSiWare service. Your stylus becomes the putter for an incredibly fun mini-golf experience. Play more than 100 challenging holes solo or with up to eight players on one system. Send your ball flying through loops, pipes, arches, extreme ramps and mind-blowing obstacles. Enjoy a combination of real golf rules and wacky mini-golf fun.

Battle of Giants™: Dinosaurs – Fight For Survival
Publisher: Ubisoft
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Long before mankind stepped into the world, the Earth was a harsh environment dominated by dinosaurs. Every species of dinosaur had to fight to survive in this hostile environment. Travel through the hostile lands as one of three breeds of dinosaur while battling giant enemies to save your kind. Create and customize your own unique dinosaur. Explore four mysterious territories and discover buried fossils to complete your mission. Enhance your dinosaur's abilities and compete against your friends in epic duels.

Car Jack Streets
Publisher: Tag Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Mild Language, Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: A critically acclaimed game with high-octane action, innovative real-time game play, stunning visuals and an awesome soundtrack, Car Jack Streets will take you to the limit. The Italian mob is calling in your gambling debt of $1 million. Attempt a wide variety of criminal and legitimate jobs to earn as much cash as possible, but remember to avoid attracting attention from the cops and other gang members. Do you have what it takes to stay alive, pay your debt and rise to the top of the criminal underworld?

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 (106)



wiiplayer26 said:

Darn. Nothing for me today. Well I get my next card about next week so there maybe at least something good then.

Rondo=Not downloading. (You can't blame me. I never liked the Castlevania Series. Enjoy, Rondo guys and gals)

Crossing Fingers for The Return of Ishtar to get an ESRB Rating.



BlueFlameBat said:

Well, you American Castlevania nuts seem to have finally gotten what you wanted. I hope you don't mind if it's all in Japanese.
Me, I'm still waiting for Zombie Panic in Wonderland ...
... and waiting...
...and waiting...



StarBoy91 said:

Whoa, NintenDude97's prophecy came true!!
And, sweet, Akumajou Dracula X Chi no Rondo.



retro_player_22 said:

I am excited for Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, never got the PSP version and never will and I'm glad it's the original Japanese version too. I'm just one of the few gamers who appreciates a good game and I also read Japanese too so you bet I'm excited for RoB.



blackknight77 said:

Its days like this when I love the Virtual Console. Castlevania!! And now hopefully we are one step closer to Bloodlines.



Objection said:

Gotta say, Rondo is nice but I was hoping for something a bit more surprising and awesome. Guess we get to wait another 50 VC games. As for WW, I'll be closely watching NL for the review of Gladiator.



MrDanger88 said:

Nothing for me this week. RotG seems a little overpriced. I'll wait for Cave Story next week.



rjejr said:

Been looking forward to Rage of the Gladiator for awhile now, though the preview has me a bit worried this will be too much timing and not enough smashing so will have to wait for the final review. It's not for me but my boys who chewed up Sports Resort sword fighting (after admittedly way to many hours).



BulbasaurusRex said:

Great update today. Castlevania isn't my thing, but I'll be downloading Rage of the Gladiator as soon as I get home from college this afternoon.



StarBoy91 said:

@wiiplayer - no lucky guess is that accurate!
Still, here's hoping Europe will get a chance to experience Akumajou Dracula X Chi no Rondo as well.



Luigi-la-bouncy said:

"Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (900pts TG-16 - Konami) – Released nearly two years ago in Japan, many doubted this would ever see the light of day on the Virtual Console in other territories"

Europe gets gazumped by North America again. What a jib



GreenSpleen said:

I'll be downloading Rage in about 40 minutes or so... I'll have to get Rondo as well but Im getting a huge backlog of games I need to finish so it may have to wait a week or two.



Steamboat_Willie said:

I would've bought Rondo today, but I spent my points on Castlevania: TAR and Mega Man 10 this past thursday. Still, I'm glad one of the greatest Castlevania games is on there. Now hurry up and put Bloodlines on there.



Bass_X0 said:

Here's hoping it hits the European VC as well.

You hope? Its already been confirmed to come this week or next week assuming we get consecutive weeks of games.



GN0LAUM said:

The SNES never got Rondo of Blood. They got a chopped up port of it called Dracula X and, while I enjoyed it quite a bit, it is simply not anywhere near as good as RoB. There are balance issues with the difficulty (especially with Dracula) and the game just isn't as big or as beautiful.



Sneaker13 said:

I hope we get Castlevania: Rondo of Blood this Friday. I'm really curious about Rage of the Gladiator but I need a review first.



Zweck36 said:

YES!!!! FINALLY!!! I've been waiting a long time for this day. Rondo is MINE!!!!!!



MakeMyBiscuit said:

SWEET!!! I'm getting "Rondo" AND "Rage of the Gladiator". I hope ROTG playable without Motion + because I'm waiting for my Motion + when my Red Steel 2 comes in.

I'll wait for the review on Triple Shot.

Sometimes I don't know what to believe of some Wii "hardcore" fans.

People complain and complain that there are no hardcore games and its all shovelware but when good games do come out, where developers obviously put in some effort in, people don't buy them



teamdoa said:

Well Rondo is a awesome game. I have it on the PSP, but will buy it again just to play it full screen. Rage of the gladiator looks good as well, although I think I will wait for a review.



LinktotheFuture said:

@Maniac Thanks for correcting me. I will have to download this version based on your recommendation.

Is it possible to play this game if you don't speak any Japanese? I don't want to use the points if I can't play the game.



bro2dragons said:

Pumped for Rage of the Gladiator, personally. i don't care what Nintendo Power says about it.



TwilightV said:

Imports return? Do want.

As for RoTG, some people better buy it after all the trouble they went through to have the price lowered. >:3



Mayhem said:

Will be waiting for a score on Gladiator with interest... aside from that nothing else. Never liked Rondo, palls compared to C4 on the SFC and SotN on PS1...



vakama94 said:

well, glad that rage of the gladiator is finally here, but i dont know i think i will wait for cave story



Kimiko said:

Hey, why do the Americans have to pay less for Zoo Frenzy? They already pay less because $1.00 = €0.73. No fair



outrun2sp said:

Thanks JayArr.

This was expected and im ok with it anyway as have finished the game like this before.



Tsuchinoko said:

@Linktothefuture Have you ever really LOOKED at an early Castlevania, or most pre-1995 adventure games? They're kinda self-explanitory. I doubt you would ever NOT know what to do, especially since its in the earlier, more linear style of that they call the pre-"Metroidvania" games in the series.

Plus, this is a game LOADS of people love, so there's going to be lots of online help even if you ever do get stuck. Look at, they have three walkthroughs/FAQS right there for you.

I assure you though, i doubt you would get stuck too much. if the reviews are high enough, and you're interested, don't let the japanese scare you.



suburban_sensei said:

Nothing for me today, I was hoping we would get Yoshi's Island or Starfox (snes), but oh well. Maybe I can catch up on some old purchases, like Pilotwings and Kirby 64 this week.



Twilight_Crow said:

Rondo of Blood?! O.O... Oh Yeah , as a fan of Dracula X, I've been wanting to try the, so called, better version. I hope to be able to get it next week, along with Cave Story.



TheLonelyGamer said:

I totally knew Rondo of Blood was gonna be the 350th VC game, I wonder why we didn't get a Nintendo title though.
Overall, good week.



StarBoy91 said:

Akumajou Dracula X Chi no Rondo is good.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the sequel, imo, is better.
Both are such good games.



EdEN said:

Rage of the Gladiator it is then. Can't say no to more Punch-Out!! style gameplay.



BlueFlameBat said:

Gimme Zombie Panic, dammit!! Or are they going to wait until I don't want that anymore either?!!



Junkface said:

Oh mah gawd! What a great week! I wonder if the universe can hold together at such a great week? Is this the rapture? Do they have nintendo in the afterlife?



Kevin said:

Wow. I'm shocked. Nintendo actually didn't release a game they didn't make as a milestone game. (Unless they weren't responsible for Harvest Moon. Don't remember who worked on that.) Anyway, great to see a new Castlevania game on the VC. Now the wait for Castlevania Bloodlines begins...and still for the original Contra!



cheetahman91 said:

I'll probably get Rondo of Blood sooner or later. I was hoping Kirby Super Star would be #350 since we'd get Rondo very soon anyways but whatever.




LinktotheFuture said:

@Tsuchinoko Thanks for the info, since it is like Castlevania I and III, I have no problems about downloading it then. I was worried it was a MetroidVania game with a lot of reading.



wiiplayer26 said:


If they stop adding VC releases. My heart would break. Because my favorite arcade game's sequel has not been released yet. Its taking too long.



wiiplayer26 said:


Don't listen to Egg Miester.

Get Kirby 64. Most underrated game on VC.It plays like Kirby's Adventure. It has great mini-games and overall its an enjoyable experience.

It's worth every point.

I would also suggest Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom too its a great Text Adventure.



Megaman256 said:

I'm happy with Rondo of Blood. Better late than never and keep up the good work Nintendo.



WolfRamHeart said:

It's a great week for me! I finally get to play Castlevania: Rondo of Blood for the very first time. I am strongly considering getting Rage of the Gladiator as well depending on the Nintendo Life review. I just can't wait for Cave Story next week!



BlueFlameBat said:

Personally, I think Kirby 64 is a great game. It's not for everyone though.
As for Kirby Super Star, I don't see that coming to the Virtual Console while there are still unused copies of the DS version that have yet to be sold.



StarBoy91 said:

I haven't played Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, but I think it's gonna be a good game.
The only way to find out is by playing it.



jaguarman said:

The save-load screen on castlevania rondo of blood the music theme say <<kyrie eleison>> is Greek words and its mean lord, have mery.



JebbyDeringer said:

Rondo of Blood is my favorite Castlevania game after Symphony of The Night. I played it a bit a few years ago and really enjoyed it. The presentation is really good and the graphics are impressive for a TG16 game. Dracula X for SNES is good but this is better.



jaguarman said:

Yes starboy is ancient Greek words from orthodox ceremony,i can not wait for this game you are so lucky o lucky lucky



morphballer said:

Man! Some of these comments are depressing. "Nothing for me..." etc. etc. even though this is actually a very good week for VC.



Sylverstone said:

@MasterGraveheart, Super-Peach: Yeah, I'm really hoping that it doesn't slip into Q2, and yeah, they have two more Mondays until it may be sucked in release date hell.

Come on WayForward, don't be stalling Shantae's grand return!

Aside from that, I like this week's update but I won't be really getting any of these titles just yet. WiiWare fans can rejoice for Cave Story next week.



wiiplayer26 said:


A very good week for VC. HA.

You know what would be a good week for VC. The Return of Ishtar, Thats what. Instead we get that Rondo of Blood garbage.



wiiplayer26 said:

A good VC Week was Princess Tomato in The Salad Kingdom on Feb 8th.That week was way better than this week.



StarBoy91 said:

@Zeke - you said in one of the threads if ADXCNR was gonna be released as the 350th VC game, you'd be destroyed. What exactly did you mean by that?

Ezekiel wrote:

Darn Castlevania

If you don't like the Castlevania series of games, then I don't mind. To each his own, as I say.



suburban_sensei said:

@WiiPlayer26: Thanks, yeah Kirby 64 has more of a nostalgic appeal than anything. I remember playing it years ago, and it was a lot of fun. I more excited to DL Pilotwings though, never got the chance to play it on the SNES, and I owned (and loved) Pilotwings 64.



vio said:

I wonder if Konami plans to release Dracula X for the SNES now. Hopefully Bloodlines is up next.



SilverBaretta said:

Haha, Car Jack Streets. I wanna see the review of this one.

Also, what's the deal with the 350th VC game? That's kind of an odd number. 500th, now that's more like it!



Donatello said:

OMG!...Drooling over the release of Castlevania Rondo of Blood
And is it true that Turbo Grafx 16 VC games are alittle blurry looking?

Anyways Rondo of Blood, and Rage of the Gladiator are getting my sweet sweet cash.
But I still have a few more dates(if more) with Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz. I'm on the 8th world....few more stages to go hehe.

And hopefully Bloodlines will be hitting shortly after, it's the only other Classic Castlevania game I haven't played besides Rondo of Blood.



StarBoy91 said:

2015 is five years away.
I'm pretty sure the 500th VC game may be released slightly before we reach 2015.



brooks83 said:

Well, at about 50 games a year give or take, if you want to get technical it would be more like 2012-2013. Still, it's a long ways off



StarBoy91 said:

Well, you're right, brooks, that it'll take awhile before the 500th game appears [though I'm a little driven off by the sarcasm emoticon (am I the only one that sees the tongue straight out instead of curved weird?)]
I am not a fan of the way the sarcasm emoticon appears on NintendoLife (it'd be more convincing if the tongue was stuck out curved instead of straight).



brooks83 said:

I put the tounge emoticon on there because my original comment about 2015 was basically meant to show that it will take a long time to get to 500, and wasn't meant to be a factual date. Wasn't meant to be mean or anything, just joking around. And now that you mention it, the emoticon does look a little strange lol.



StarBoy91 said:

It's just, the way I see it, it looks like it's sticking it's tongue straight out of disrespect.
When the emoticon sticks out the tongue in curve style, it actually looks like it's playing around (like in Backloggery's emoticon).



Slapshot said:

Is there anyone who know a release date or possible release date on Shantae Risky Revenge I keep checking the download list week after week and nothing. I thought it was going to be released in Dec 2009.



fxtek76 said:

Curious question. I have Dracula X on SNES how much different or better is Rondo of Blood. Is it worth getting it since I already have X. Especially if it is in all Japanese.



CanisWolfred said:


Yes. Rondo of Blood is much, much better than Dracula X. And I think everything you'd need to know is in english(except the options menu, they never translate that for some reason)

Anywho, nothing for me today, but I am glad that we finally got Rondo of Blood. Now people can stop screaming for it and enjoy that gem of a game!

Oh well, next week: Cave Story, Mega Man 10, Final Fantasy 4 and maybe Ironclad.



cheapogamer4life said:

Looks like a pretty good update this week. Still no instant downloads for me this week. A little excited to see how Car Jack Streets turns out,as the IPhone version didnt look to impressive.
@ Slapshot82
I think its safe to say that Nintendo(NA) is the only ones who know the real answer to you question.

Just like Super Peach and others who have commented about Shantae, hopefully Nintendo doesnt pull a NO SHOW with this game. With only 2 updates left until the end of the 1st Q, I kinda expected Nintendo to wait to the very last update and surprise everyone.



Vinsanity said:

Next week is Cave Story, so I'm saving my points up. If I wasn't, Rondo of Blood would be tempting...

Except I already have the EXCELLENT Castlevania Dracula X PSP title, which has it as an unlockable. It's an okay game, but the PSP remake really thrashes it. It's one of the best 2.5D games on the platform, and that's saying something since PSP also hosts Mega Man Powered Up, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, Hammerin' Harry and Sonic Rivals 2.

Anyway, I still need to pick up Max & the Magic Marker:) I wish Nintendo either a)priced more things less than 10 bucks, or b)didn't force us to buy things in 10, 20, 30 dollar chunks at a time.



CoffeeWithGames said:

I've been playing Rage of the Gladiator today.
I've played a little more than 4 hours so far, and I've finished nine of the fights on normal mode.

If anybody has any questions about the game, let me know and I'll be glad to try and answer them.

If you're wondering, I am really enjoying the game so far!



DarkRetroFan64 said:

I miss the days you would get 3-4 VC games each monday. I guess since they've got Wiiware and DSiware (even though those mostly suck) on their hands they just can't do that anymore.



DarkRetroFan64 said:

lets see, since it's been just about 10 months since the release of the 300th VC game (Majora's Mask) and 8 months before that was the 250th release of game #250 (Mario RPG) I'd say, 400th game arrives in January or February 2011, give or take. however, with 52 weeks in a year and an average of 1 game a week, it may not come until March 2011, and the other question is, what will that game be?

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