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Nintendo Download: 22nd March 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Underground stories, street racing, tower defence and Game & Watch in this week's update

No love for the Virtual Console this week, but we hope that the retro-stylings of the long-awaited Cave Story will satisfy even the most jaded fans of Nintendo's classic gaming archive. Meanwhile on the DSiWare front we have a surprise street racing game with 4-player local multiplayer support, a space-themed tower defence game that was only released in Europe last week and standalone downloads of some of Nintendo's venerable Game & Watch titles which first appeared in the Japanese DSiWare shop last fall.


Cave Story (1200pts - Nicalis, Inc.) -- It's been a long wait, but at last it's here! We were well impressed with what we experienced during our time previewing the final build of the game, though sadly it looks like those of us in Europe (and other PAL territories) will have a bit longer to wait before we can get our hands on the game proper. Whilst we're sure many fans will be downloading it straight away, rest assured that we'll be giving it a full review in due time for those who may yet be sitting on the fence.


Drift Street International (800pts - Tantalus) -- This premium-priced street racing game promises "Unmatched speed, smoothness and draw distance," for up to four players which can be AI or friends via local wireless play. Expect a review soon from one of our veteran drifters.

Libera Wing (800pts - Pixel Federation) -- Released last week in Europe, this sci-fi themed tower defence game looks flashy and chaotic, boasting 60 levels of play in two different game modes. We'll be getting a review up soon to let you know what our top strategists think of it.

Game & Watch: Mario's Cement Factory, Game & Watch: Chef, Game & Watch: Judge (200pts - Nintendo) -- This is the first wave of several of Nintendo's original LCD-based games given new life on the DSi - a system whose design was clearly inspired by some of these early examples of electronic gaming from Nintendo. We'll be letting you know how well they stand up as budget downloads and if they were worth the wait!

Please feel free to read Nintendo's press release below:

When it first appeared on PC screens in 2004, Cave Story captivated gamers with its mysterious plotline, imaginative characters and otherworldly sense of adventure. Now, for the first time ever, fans and newcomers can experience this extraordinary game on the Wii™ system. Available for download via the WiiWare™ service, this version of Cave Story delivers all the action and intrigue of the original, plus added enhancements by creator Daisuke Amaya and a newly remastered soundtrack.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo DSiWare™ service offers five new titles for on-the-go enjoyment, including three games from the classic Game & Watch™ series, which Nintendo first began releasing in 1980. Experience a piece of Nintendo history as you master each title's two modes of play, presented in all their old-school glory. Racing enthusiasts can get their high-speed fix with Drift Street International, while fans of strategy-driven action will dig the pulse-pounding thrills of Libera Wing.


Cave Story
Publisher: Nicalis, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Language
Price: 1,200 Wii Points™
Description: Cave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent, rabbit-like creatures called Mimiga run free. You wake up in a dark cave with no memory of who you are, where you came from or why you're in such a place. Uncovering Mimiga Village, you discover that the once-carefree Mimiga are in danger at the hands of a maniacal scientist. Their only hope rests squarely on the shoulders of a quiet, amnesiac boy who can't remember his own name. Take control, learn the origins of this world's power, stop the delusional villain and save the Mimiga.

Nintendo DSiWare

Drift Street International
Publisher: Tantalus
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Drift Street International is the ultimate high-speed, white-knuckle street racing experience, made exclusively for Nintendo DSiWare. Slide and boost your performance car around challenging city streets in high-intensity midnight races across the United States, United Kingdom and Japan. Precise, responsive controls give you total control of your car - push yourself to the edge and own your opponents. Drift sideways through corners, building your nitrous meter to let you boost past opponents on the next straightaway. Test your skills against challenging, aggressive AI drivers, or take on your friends in four-player head-to-head wireless races. Additionally, each track plays host to arcade-style checkpoint races and challenging speed trials in which you must keep the speed close to the max to avoid elimination. Unmatched speed, smoothness and draw distance are only possible by taking full advantage of the Nintendo DSi hardware.

Libera Wing
Publisher: Pixel Federation
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Earth Union controls a large part of outer space. Suddenly, the connection with some of its stations is aborted and there are rumors of enemy ships approaching. Only the captain of the elite fleet Libera Wing can save the people from destruction. Become the captain of Libera Wing and save Earth Union from destruction in this tower- defense-style action-strategy game. Your objective is to combine the right strategy, item usage and abilities of your command ship. There are 36 story levels and 24 quick-play levels waiting for you.

Game & Watch: Mario's Cement Factory
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Conveyor belts carry tubs of cement to the mixers below. Use the elevators to move Mario to different levels of the factory, dumping cement from the top mixers to the mixers below and into the trucks. Earn points for every load of cement you drop from the mixers to the cement truck. Receive mistake icons by letting a mixer overflow with cement, trying to get on an elevator when you are not level with it, or hitting the floor or ceiling while riding an elevator. Receive three mistake icons and it's game over!

Game & Watch: Chef
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Move the chef to catch and flip the falling ingredients before they hit the floor. Contend with three ingredients in GAME A or four in GAME B. Earn one point for every ingredient the chef successfully flips into the air, or a mistake icon for each time you drop an ingredient. Receive three mistake icons and it's game over!

Game & Watch: Judge
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: You have a split second to decide: whack your opponent or duck out of the way? Numbers appear on two large signs. If you think your number will be as big or bigger than your opponent's, whack him with a mallet. Dodge if you think your number will be smaller. Earn points based on correctly whacking your opponent or dodging an attack. The first player to reach 99 points wins.

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 (96)



Percentful said:

Oh boy oh boy oh boy!
Cave story and Game & Watch? I have chortles [of happiness]!



CEW said:

I play both Wii and Xbox360. Is this coming out later on on the Xbox 360?? Anybody??? Can't wait to play this today!!!



Amorous_Badger said:

Only 1 WW?




JayArr said:

The only thing I was going to get this week regardless was Cave Story. So the lack of anything else is no big dealio. Cave Story!!!!!



Scottie said:

Please come to Europe asap!!! I need this game (Cave Story that is!).



Scottie said:

I will keep moaning until we have it in Europe! Maybe two years then?!!



Token_Girl said:

No VC, but with all the promotion, I'm guessing they wanted to keep Cave Story from having competition.

Also, the first Game and Watch titles are here. Seeing as that's looking like the only Virtual Handheld we'll get on the DSi, I'm pretty excited. Show Ninty some retro luv, and maybe we'll get a full fledged Virtual handheld on the DSi!

What DS collection are these games in? None of them are on my Club Nintendo Game and Watch collection.



Link-Hero said:

Boo-yah! Cave Story is finally here!

I wonder how different it will be compared to the freeware version.



cheapogamer4life said:

Game & Watch...sweet
Cave story...even sweeter
No Instant DL's for me this week...priceless

Shantae, where u at girl?
1st Q almost up....



Token_Girl said:

Thanks Sean! The G&W collection has Oil Panic, Donkey Kong, and Green House. I'm pretty bad at G&W games, but $6 for the hope of encouraging more retro games may be worth it.



Starkiller said:

I'll be getting me some points for the first time in a long while. Never played Game & Watch games.



siavm said:

Finally no more complaining about cave story it is here. Download it everyone.



jhuhn said:

Pretty dry week for new games on the Wii Shop Channel. I was hoping Nintendo would release either a C64 game or Zaxxon on the Virtual Console....but maybe next week.



ChaosValentine said:

well, Ive got enough to download Cave Story....However im gonna just wait for the review, Just not sure about it yet



bro2dragons said:

guess i'm gonna have to try me some cave story what with all the people drooling over the thing.



ejamer said:

Only Cave Story for Wii? It's a great title and would've been the first game download... but not seeing anything else on WiiWare or Virtual Console is a bit disappointing. (On the other hand, I've still got lots of play from Rondo of Blood and Rage of the Gladiator - so maybe getting a break from more games isn't a bad thing.)



finally cave story! and I don't care what all the bitternators around here say! This game is worthy alone



rustythekid said:

been waiting for cave story for a long long time, me love you you long time cave story! too bad i can't spend more money on games since my budget will be tight for the coming months, tighter than miley. I mean, her songs....



TheBaconator said:

The Game and Watch games make up for the lack of VC. At least we get something Nintendo made in the 80's.



Lonnie2Hottie said:

I must be missing something because I don't see why Cave Story is so hyped. I'm gonna pass. I don't know I'm just not feeling it. I do have some spare points on the DSi though so I'll probably get a couple of the Game and Watch.



Twilight_Crow said:

Alright! Finally Cave Story! , I'm getting it and Tumblebugs 2 right away. PC games onto the Wii FTW! XD



abe8812 said:

I'd get the Game & Watch games but I'm saving my cash for both Warioware D.I.Y games.



King_Elemento said:

This strikes me as an "it took bloody long enough" update.
Seriously, it's taken how long for retro games to appear on DSiWare (in the west, at least), and even longer for Cave Story to be released.



Tails said:

Just short 200 Points. But this game WILL be mine . Cave Story I'm coming for you.



Starwolf_UK said:

So each Game and Watch collection (club Nintendo exclusive) is actually worth $6 (though they will be the last games to hit the service to make people feel better) despite costing 5000 stars for Europe and 800 coins for NA?...also 47*200=9400 points=$94.

I would love to own every game and watch game on one DS Card that I buy in a shop for $30 but getting em' all over 2 cards + countless DSiWare doesn't seem as cool. So I'd say no to buying it (given the amount of gameplay you can get on DSiWare for $2 its almost a joke something as primitive as single Game and Watch games are in the same category).



antimarc said:

a few hours in and i am already completely in love with Cave Story (and i was one of the skeptical ones). RECOMMENDED.



Cheezy said:

OMG FINALLY! IT'S...G&W (seriously I've actually been looking forward to getting these)!



Scottie said:

Cave Story (1200pts - Nicalis, Inc.) -- It's been a long wait, but at last it's here! We were well impressed with what we experienced during our time previewing the final build of the game, though sadly it looks like those of us in Europe (and other PAL territories) will have a bit longer to wait before we can get our hands on the game proper. Whilst we're sure many fans will be downloading it straight away, rest assured that we'll be giving it a full review in due time for those who may yet be sitting on the fence.

Why is it going to take a while to come to Europe?



Stuffgamer1 said:

Somehow, I saw the lack of VC coming. Not that they couldn't just release some random crap like they did alongside Mega Man 10, but I just had a feeling they wouldn't. No other WiiWare, I couldn't have predicted. It's all right, though...Cave Story will be worth it.



Kevin said:

No VC game weeks suck. Nothing this week. Yeah. I'm not getting Cave Story.



BlueBandanaJake said:

I <3 Cave Story, I've been waiting to play this and after only an hour I love it. If you love WiiWare and the type of retro indie awesomeness that it stands for, you'll love Cave Story.



Supermarioman said:

What no VC!, I'm going to sit around and play all the good games I have yet to beat and enjoy my games, that'll teach Nintendo! Oh Wait.......
Seriously people don't complain, if anyone has downloaded all 350 VC games THEN you can complain, if not download something else or play something you already have and if somehow you do all of that, then and only then will your complaints be valid. Be happy one of the most hyped games is here which has had a review from Nintendo Power and they loved it to death, so download that if you already haven't or just play something else



Supermarioman said:

Scottie: Translation Maybe? Nintendo of Europe holding out for some reason. Sorry about that, I couldn't fully say, but at least you get Sin and Punishment 2 about a month before us (if that helps at all). I really hope Cave Story turns out good, it looks pretty darn good, now I wish I hadn't preordered so many games Need more money



Crunc said:

I will get Cave Story in spite of the price, but not until I beat MM10 on Normal and I can't predict how long that's going to take.



y2josh said:

Purchased Cave Story (and finally Final Fantasy II). Cave Story is really fun an hour and a half in.



Ren said:

ANyone know if Cave story has widescreen support? Just curious.



WolfRamHeart said:

I played Cave Story earlier today and I have to say that it has definitely exceeded my expectations. It is such a magnificent game! I very highly recommend it!

@Ren: Yes, it does. I'm playing it on my widescreen HDTV.



Philip_J_Reed said:

Just have to say that not only did I pick up Cave Story and Super Castlevania IV in the same day...but I had exactly enough points left over for Princess Tomato.




Sylverstone said:

Aww... no Photo Dojo?!

Oh well, though I won't spring for the Game & Watch titles just yet. (Thank God they're here anyway! )



astarisborn94 said:

Really disappointing update all-around. The last no VC week was acceptable because there was actually games that I wanted to get from there. Here, the only game that I might download is Cave Story and that's the only WiiWare game. Also, there are no VC games this week.

But then again, I shouldn't be complaining because (A: I have hundreads of titles I need to catch-up on and (B: I have math and science homework to do today.



CanisWolfred said:

Hm...still no Ironclad. Oh well, at least we got Cave Story! I can't wait to get it on my birthday!



Aenaida said:

Cave Story is the only WiiWare game that can make up for a no-VC week, in my eyes.

Surprised at the lack of P.D4NGER is these comments. He must be having too much fun.



rafaelluik said:

I'd prefer to see the Game & Watch titles from the Game & Watch Gallery series (the remakes for GB/GBA featuring Mario characters), these classic versions are boring for me..



LztheQuack said:

No VC? Darn. Nintendo must be sitting in their chairs reading these comments while laughing to themselves



AlexSays said:

Really disappointing update all-around.

You're tellin' me.
You know it's bad when the most exciting thing on the list is a free PC game.
Everyone could have played it long ago for free but now it costs 12 bucks and everyone's all over it. lol



MrPinguy said:

Yeah who cares about supporting who made the game and receiving extras and playing a fun game doing so.
After all, being disrespectful to others nowadays only makes you cool and sexy!



Slapshot said:

@AlexSays..... yep man were in the same thought process.

Again another week with no Shantae, Im starting to feel like the only gamer who cares about it. Next week is the last week in the quater and they said Q1 Release so heres hoping.

At least I just got Super Mario Bros Deluxe GBC in the mail, get some real Nintendo goodness on tonight.



CanisWolfred said:


I think the Shantae fans have just gotten used to waitting. After all, it's been almost 10 years, man. What's a few more weeks, or even a couple months? So long as it actually gets released this time, it'll be worth the wait.

Also, if a developer gives some ambiguos release date like "Q1", it usually isn't a concrete release date. It just means "we would like it to be released by Q1".



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Ren & WolfRamHeart: No, Cave Story does NOT support Widescreen. As with any other Wii game that doesn't have a true widescreen mode, it'll simply strech to fill the screen if you don't change your TV's settings. The game's actual aspect ratio is fullscreen. But it's still an awesome game and this should in no way be a dealbreaker.

@AlexSays: This verson > original PC version. Definitely worth the $12.



AlexSays said:

Yeah who cares about supporting who made the game

Oh I see it's about "supporting" them. I love when people say this.
Well in that case you could have just played the free game and sent them the 12 bucks a long time ago. lol

And I'll probably pick it up down the road Stuff to see the difference.
I just don't share everyone else's excitement over old games.



Pegasus said:

I'm not all that big on "supporting the developer... just because", but it was worth it to me. I actually ended up liking the updated music better than I thought I would. Oh, and I think the game handles better with a controller, too. It's funny how I never really bothered to finish the game before, but just this afternoon I've already gone past the furthest part I've been in my three-hour stint - just comes to show how little I've actually played it before.

All in all, it's still a very fun game, and I was surprised by how good it actually looks on my 40" HDTV. Very nice. =)



WolfRamHeart said:

@Stuffgamer1: Really? Oops, I was under the impression it was widescreen because it filled out the screen of my HDTV quite nicely. My mistake. Sorry if I mislead you Ren. Still a fantastic game and it looks great on my TV.



Wyrmling said:

I absolutely LOVE Cave Story and am enjoying my time with it on the Wii, but there's a lot of nitpicks:

I've been playing Cave Story all night and I have to say some of the changes bug me a little. So far, I feel the fan translation blows the official literal translation out of the water.

The new graphics are great though, but the music is kinda meh. I'd recommend switching to the old music which is still as awesome as ever.

Also, it's a little weird having everything unlocked from the get-go. "You can play through the game as Curly Brace" is one of the menu options, and to the uninitiated, how are they going to know who Curly Brace is? Also, Boss Rush and the Sanctuary are both unlocked from the beginning which just seems weird to me. I remember the first time I played through the game, I had no idea about any of the secrets, which is how it should be, but the start menu lets you play the biggest one right from the start, without having ever starting up the main game. There's a few more technical nitpicks about these modes, but I'm sure none of you care.

Still, I'd recommend it to anybody.



CanisWolfred said:

Oh, I almost forgot: when I get Cave Story on my B-day this Saturday, I'll be leaving for good. I can't think of a better birthday present to give myself.



Scottie said:

Guess translation maybe an issue but shouldn't take that long really, should it? I think NoE are holding it back as they have removed it from the coming soon part of the wii-ware games. Guess i will have to play games from my backlog now then . . . .



Caliko said:

@AlexSays hi. Since taking stuff for free is ok with you I was wondering if you can email me your address so i can walk in and take your TV and maybe some jewelry and your Wii will also be nice. And please if you can do me a favor ask your mom to leave some baked goods on the table since my stomach is a-garglin.



AlexSays said:

Wow you're from the United States and there is still a language barrier? There's the ol' melting pot for ya.

Okay so basically my language uses a term called 'stealing' to show something has been taken without permission.

Walking into someone's house and taking their belongings is called stealing here. Playing a game someone else puts online for free is not stealing.

There's a big difference and those that do not grasp this concept (such as yourself) most often find themselves in legal trouble.

I hope I've been of some sort of assistance. As for my mother, you'll have to go to her house if you'd like any cookies, pastries, or any other baked goods.

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