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Nintendo Download 1st March 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

March is Mega Month!

This week Mega Man 10 debuts in North America, much to the delight of retro-gaming fans eager to get more 8-bit styled platforming goodness out of their Wiis. Of course let's not ignore the other WiiWare offerings or the fact that the NEO GEO is back on the Virtual Console following a short hiatus. DSi Owners have a couple of sporting games to choose from, some more adventure storytelling and that award-winning mini-game collection about colourful little blobs...


Mega Man 10 (1000pts – Capcom) – The blue bomber returns to smash bad robots 8-bit style! North America may get it first, but rest assured Capcom's latest helping of retro goodness will be released everywhere else soon!

Dart Rage (600pts – JV Games) – We thought their previous WiiWare outing was pretty good so let's see if lightning strikes twice with this "no button" dart simulator.

Happy Hammerin’ (500pts – Gamebridge) – North America is the last territory to get this game, but that just means you already know what we think of it - namely that it's good!

Virtual Console

FATAL FURY SPECIAL (900pts - D4 Enterprise) – The third game in the Fatal Fury series. It's more of an update to the second game than a full-blown sequel (hence "Special" rather than "3"), so if you already have that one you'll need to be a committed fan of the series to get this too!


Let’s Golf (800pts – Gameloft) – We thought it was a good effort from Gameloft when we reviewed it last month in Europe, so if you're wanting another golf game it couldn't hurt to give this one a go.

Globulos Party (500pts – GlobZ) – A mini-game collection is a bit unusual on DSiWare and immediately treated with suspicion by wary gamers, but this one won an award so it might be worth checking out. We'll get our glob-wranglers on the case and let you know what we think soon enough.

VT Tennis (500pts – Virtual Toys) – The first tennis game on DSiWare from the makers of Spaceball – (we sense a pattern here) our tennis pros are waiting courtside to give it a go and let you know if it's a grand slam or out-of-bounds.

Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four (500pts – Electronic Arts) – We thought this was an okay bit of fun for younger readers and fans of the series, so if you're in one of those camps give it a look!

And now, the official press release:

The number 10 can mean a lot of things: perfection, loud volume or, in the case of this week’s downloadable game lineup, the return of a true gaming icon. Fans will thrill to see the legendary blue bomber landing on their Wii™ console with the arrival of Mega Man™ 10 for the WiiWare™ service. Elsewhere, players can test their skill at tossing darts, bashing moles, conquering the tennis court or tackling exotic golf courses. Whether you’re stocking up on living room-ready titles for your Wii console or grabbing on-the-go games via the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, March is off to a truly magnificent start.


Mega Man 10
Publisher: Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Fans of all ages can enjoy the newest entry in this historic 8-bit franchise. As a special service to new players, there’s an Easy Mode – a first for a Mega Man game. This new feature means novices and longtime fans alike can all have a shot at making it to the
end of a Mega Man game. Also, you can now play as Proto Man and try Time Attack Mode from the beginning, or watch play-through videos from players all over the world.

Dart Rage
Publisher: JV Games Inc.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Alcohol Reference
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Grab your Wii Remote™ controller and prepare for the ultimate game of darts on your Wii console. Dart Rage features the most realistic throwing system available today. With pixel-perfect accuracy and no buttons to push, you’ll be completely immersed in the game’s realism. Dart Rage puts you in the spotlight as you compete against friends, the computer or both. With four great games to choose from – including 301-901, Cricket, Poker and American (Baseball) darts – Dart Rage has plenty of options to keep the game fresh. There’s also a VS mode in which multiple players can compete at the same time in a race to the finish. Rock out to a sizzling soundtrack as a commentator announces your every shot.

Happy Hammerin’
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Happy Hammerin’ is a party game suitable for friends and families. Compete against each other by bashing moles using the Wii Remote controller. Use the Wii Remote like a hammer and let off some steam as you frantically try to bash the moles popping up all over the screen. Play against the CPU or go head-to-head with up to four players. (Additional accessories are required for the multiplayer modes and are sold separately.) Players can challenge themselves in three different modes: Mole Adventure (1-2 players), Mole Marathon (1 player) and Party Battle (1-4 players). Mole Adventure consists of four stages with three difficulty types. The faster you bash, the more points you get. With broadband Internet access, register your scores online and compete against the best mole bashers from around the world.

Virtual Console™

Original platform: NEOGEO
Publisher: D4 Enterprise
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
Price: 900 Wii Points
Description: Originally released in 1993, this fighting game pits 15 different fighters against each other. The cast includes the original eight characters from Fatal Fury 2, as well as three new characters (Billy, Axel and Laurence) and a new boss (Wolfgang). Also, three characters from the original Fatal Fury (Duck, Dan and Geese) have returned to the fight. Building on the appeal of the previous game with two-line battles, special moves and powerful finishers, this game is truly worthy of its “special” distinction. And if certain special conditions are met, special guest Ryo Sakazaki will make an appearance.

Nintendo DSiWare

Let’s Golf
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Grab a club, take a swing and pray for a birdie in Let’s Golf. Discover a fun-filled experience that’s accessible to anyone. Choose from four customizable characters and play 45 holes in three beautiful 3-D locations: Fiji Beach, the English Countryside and the Scottish Lochs. Enjoy easy-to-learn controls that even let you blow into the microphone to add spin to your ball. Take photos with your Nintendo DSi™ system’s built-in camera and add them to your personal profile. For the most fun, play Hot Seat Multiplayer with friends on a single Nintendo DSi system and see who’s the best.

Globulos Party
Publisher: GlobZ
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Globulos Party is a collection of mini-games that are very simple to understand and fun to master. The 20 games are: 4-Square, Arena, Basket, Bomber, Bomber-King, Croquet, Darts, Darts-King, Soccer, Funky-Soccer, Ice Hockey, Monster, Pétanque, Pinball, Rally, Football, Snooker, Sumo, Tic-Tac-Toe and Volley. Enjoy more than 15 hours of solo fun and nearly unlimited game play with the three multiplayer modes.

VT Tennis
Publisher: Virtual Toys
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: VT Tennis is an ace of a tennis game for the Nintendo DSi system. Using the innovative stylus and touch-screen controls, train your budding tennis star to serve, lob and smash his way to victory with precision swipes in all directions. Advance your player statistics in this fast-paced tournament of game modes, featuring Quickmatch, Tennis School and World Championship. The objective is to reach No. 1 in the world rankings. To do this, players will have to unlock courts as they compete in championships all over the world. At the start of career mode, players will find themselves in last place in the rankings. From this moment on, you must battle your way up. You can play on all types of surfaces – grass, clay, hard courts and wood – and learn the best techniques for winning each tournament on the different surfaces. Seventeen tough courts, each more difficult than the last, stand between you and your final victory.

Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: There’s something strange going on with the loo in cubicle four of the girls’ toilet. It’s spewed green goo on Stacey’s shoes and almost had new boy James for lunch. Can he and his friends, Alexander and Lenny, flush out the cause of the trouble, or will the terrifying toilet plague the school with problems forever?

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User Comments (75)



RocketBird said:

I would love to say that I'm going to get Mega Man 10. But I won't. 'Cause I'm not. Mega Man 9 kicked my butt so I'm staying far away from 10.



Jockolantern said:

Awwwwwwwwwwww yeah, Mega Man 10. Been waiting for this day for a long time; the next hour and a half can't go by fast enough. Can't express in words how excited I am to play the tenth installment in one of my very favorite ongoing series.



Roo said:

A Neo Geo game on Virtual Console! Those are rarer than white dog poo!



Link79 said:

@ Rocketbird.
Just messing with ya. It's okay if your not that excited. I on the other hand will be partying like it's 1988.
It's nice to see the Neo Geo isn't dead yet. I was starting to wonder.



DiggerandIndy said:

Mega Man 10 looks pretty good. I thought #9 was a tad insane for my tastes. I salute anyone who can beat #9 easy!



Kevin said:

Easy mode is for noobs. Play it on normal guys. Anyway, can't wait to start playing Mega Man 10 when I get home. Too bad about the VC update. I was expecting something better after an absent week last week. They had their chance last week to release Mega Man 4 and they gave us nothing! What a stupid move!



Another classic Mega Man? It was neat the first time, but how long are they gonna keep this up?



Mike1 said:

I can't wait to play Mega Man 10! And remember folks; MM10 has an easy mode, so everyone should give it a shot. I beat MM9, so I'm thinking MM10 should be no problem.



Quint said:

I'm going to wait for the PS3 release of Mega Man 10 for trophy support... not that I'll get 90 percent of those insane achievements anyways... since getting a PS3 the Wii has turned into a Mario Kart/16-bit shump/Mario-game-player... still have gotten some stuff and played it (mad world, no more heroes 2, House Of Dead) but, for the most part only the Mario has the replayability... if only we'd get some Nintendo owned Virtual Arcade games, or Devil World... then I'd be back on my white box for a while....



pixelman said:

Hooray for Mega Man 10. And I hope they port VT Tennis to WiiWare if it's any good.



Megumi said:

What's taking them so long with Yoshi's Island?! T_T

...And I grew up with MegaMan X games, so...yeah, gonna wait on those, lol.



abe8812 said:

Darn I won't be getting Mega Man 10 today since I'm finally getting a DSi but soon I will.



PhillaLoup said:

haha great update for you guys! but the european update this week will be unbeatable!!!

Bit.Trip Void (Score: 9/10)
Mega Man 10 (MM9 Score: 9/10)

Dark Void Zero (Score 9/10)
Real Football 2010 (RF2009 Score: 8/10)
Globulos Party (Milthon French Awards "Mobile Platform Game of the Year")



Tsuchinoko said:

@BellGoRiiing I'm guessing you haven't heard about the issues with the SuperFX chip, which is most likely the reason that Yoshi's Island and Star Fox are not on the VC.

Actually, none of the games that used the chip have been put up on the VC.

And like many games, including Earthbound, Star Fox, and Yoshi's island, if they haven't been released in Japan, don't expect them in NA/PAL anytime soon.



Namo said:

Good to see a VC release, even if its a game I've never heard of.

Alright, Megaman 10 and Globulos Party. Only downside is I need two Nintendo Point cards.... darn.



cheapogamer4life said:

@Montana- Unbeatable, im not so sure about that. Did NA get dsiwares first tennis game? That i am sure about
on topic: All around good update this week. Something for everybody!



JayArr said:

Pshhhh. Mega Man 10. Big whoop......

I Got Mother ****ing Dart Rage!!!!!!



Snoopy said:

megaman 10 will be cool. but i doubt i will get it. cavestory has me much more excited.



Crunc said:

I think I'm going to pick Happy Hammerin'. The price is right, and who doesn't like whack-a-mole? This looks like a pretty fun enhancement of the concept. Also should be fun to play it with my kids. I may also pick up Mega Man 10, but if so I'll be playing in Easy mode, thank you.



@Link-Hero, actually none of those games uses the SFX chip. Mario RPG uses the SA-1 chip and Mario Kart..well none.



gojiguy said:

I think I might just HAVE to get Fatal Fury Special...

Keep releasing Neo Geo titles, SNK!



GeminiSaint said:

Nope, they don't use the SFX chip. Super Mario RPG uses the SA-1 chip, and Super Mario Kart uses a DSP chip, like Pilotwings.
As of yet, no SFX game has made it to the VC.



Pj1 said:

Some more games that Europe doesn't have yet, Can't wait for Suer Mario Kart...

Might take a look at Mega man but I havn't played 9 yet.



Sneaker13 said:

Might get Mega Man 10 someday. But I still need to get Mega Man 9 and I have tons of other games I'm playing right now or should be playing right now. So no hurry.



Twilight_Crow said:

Good update! Very interested on Mega Man 10, retro gaming FTW! but I have very little money, and I need to save every penny I get for SMG2.



darebear said:

I do understand the draw of nostalgia but what I don't understand is why everyone is wetting their pants over games that look and feel like they were made 20 years ago. Mega Man is fun. I even downloaded 3 and play it sometimes. Hey, I can even understand the demand to update a classic; but do we really need 9 AND 10?! How about some new blood, Nintendo? You know, to go with your radical new console: the Wii. Remember, it has motion control?! Sigh...



Ren said:

Mega Man! Sweet!
Hey, maybe this is off topic but what ever happened to that Project Hammer game? Why can't they pick it up again and finish it now? Seems like theres plenty of "adult" interest in Wii games now.



Ricardo91 said:

EDIT: Ah screw it. This joke isn't gonna work if I can't embed the video.

I'll obviously be getting MM10, but nothing else this week really sticks out for me.



Tsuchinoko said:

@Link-Hero Its a common mistake with the chips, they all get confusing. Like GeminiSaint said, its all different companies and different technologies being used. Its all up the the people that own the technology of the SuperFX chip whether we get these games or not. Believe me, nobody wants to have Star Fox and Yoshi's Island on the VC more than me. I am a huuuge fan of both games, and researched extensively what was keeping them from being on my Wii.

Here's a list of the games that DO use the SuperFX chip. As you can see, none of them are on the VC.

Pure sadness. And as for the comment i made about the japanese VC, its a good guage as to what games we will get. I'm always a little irritated and saddened when people get upset on these Nintendo Download message threads when they rant about how they were expecting games like Earthbound, or Yoshi's Island on the VC. But like i said, it really would come out in japan first. I learned that after Super Mario RPG. Many people had been wanting that game on the VC ever since the VC started in 2006. Most people thought it wouldn't come out, then when it was out in Japan, and news came out that it might come out in other countries, NA got it less than 3 months later.

Just wait patiently for the news. ____
there's still reasons to be hopeful that more classic games we all love will come out. We just have to accept that not ALL of them will.



Xiepher said:

Playing Megaman 10 now, so far I'm at Wily Stage 3. This game is GREAT. Better than 9 to me that is. I ESPECIALLY love how they did the mid-boss and boss of Wily Stage 1, was neat.



vio said:

Big improvement over last weeks awful(VC less) update. Still saddened to see NOA isn't releasing 2 VC offerings a week(like they were doing at the tail end of 2009), but at least the Neo Geo got some long overdue love. StarFox is right, this is the first Neo Geo game since frickin' 08!!! I realize there's been a number of collection discs released for the Wii, but damn, that's really quite sad. Hopefully more will come this year.



Iggy said:

Yes finally Megaman 10 comes out i think its way better then the 9th so far. Having the extra challenges make it have way more replay value then before. And does anyone know if they will be realsing endless mode? I noticed that they had DLC im sure they will but it would be nice to know if some knew for certain:)



Xiepher said:

Think DLC for Megaman 10 comes out around April 5th from what I heard. I'm probably wrong though.



Porky said:

Megaman 10 and Happy Hammering for me this week. Been waiting for Happy Hammering since europe got it.



WolfRamHeart said:

Mega Man 10 arrived at the perfect time. I now have something awesome to play while my PS3 is recovering from the Y2K10 bug.



astarisborn94 said:

Good thing Nintendo brought in the goods for all sections. Apprently, our fear was just a concidence.



TheLonelyGamer said:

Awesomesauce week.
MM10 is soooo awesome!!!
I'm suprised Nintendo added another Neo Geo game in such a really long time.



WarioFan63 said:

I'm going to wait for the PS3 release of Mega Man 10 for trophy support

...You know those trophies are just taken from the games Challenges right?



Bassman_Q said:

Awesome! Finally MM10 is out! Will download it, play through Easy Mode first, and then tackle Normal Mode once I beat it.



Megumi said:

Yeah I knew about that SuperFX issue thing...but still, taking too long! XD
Dunno why the Wii is having a hard time dealing with it.



Bigby said:

Been waiting for Dart Rage, I took a big pass on Pub Darts... I hope it plays as good as it looks.



Aenaida said:

Only 2 games left til 350. Still, I doubt that counts as a milestone in NOA's opinion.

They treated 250 as a milestone (Super Mario RPG) and I'm sure they considered 50 (Kirby's Adventure) and 150 (Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels) to be milestones as well. I doubt 350 will be any different.

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