Nintendo Download: 30th & 31st March 2010 (Japan)

Bit Boy!! grows up and more MSX on Wii; Sims, role-playing and puzzling for DSi

Marvelous Entertainment continues its World Game Parade this week on WiiWare, and Virtual Console buffs who're into the import scene may want to check out the MSX titles on offer that have come out of nowhere (we do like VC surprises, yes we do). DSiWare is a bit light this week with three titles, only one of which is actually a new game (but only in Japan because everyone else had it last September).


Bit Man!! (500pts – Marvelous Entertainment) – The second entry in the World Game Parade is a game we've seen before, yet not because Bit Boy!! has been revamped into Bit Man!! for Marvelous' series of European imports on WiiWare.

We're excited to get our hands on it to give you a preview; until then please re-read our recent interview with the CEO of Bplus in which we talk about its first foray into the Japanese market with this title.

Virtual Console

Gofer no Yabō: Episode II (800pts MSX – Konami) – No relation to the MSX game Gradius 2 or the port of the arcade game Gradius II which appared on the PC Engine CD by the name Gradius II: Gofer no Yabō. Confused yet?

Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (800pts MSX – Konami) – The sequel to Metal Gear on the MSX, this game introduced new enemy behaviours such as a wider field of vision and reaction to sounds made by the player character. It definitely seems to have inspired the 3D game Metal Gear Solid on the Sony Playstation.


From the Abyss: Anonymous Notes 2 (200pts – Sonic Powered) – We were wondering how Sonic Powered could take an RPG that previously appeared as a full retail DS release and release it as a 200 Point DSiWare title and now we know: by splitting it into multiple parts. Presumably "From the Abyss: Anonymous Notes 3" isn't far off!

Boku to Sims no Machi Camera (200pts – Electronic Arts) – Apparently My Sims must be doing decent sales in Japan for EA to bring this out six months after everyone else got it, though we still question who will want it...

Delbo (500pts – Beyond Interactive) – A puzzle game involving the firing of marbles at other marbles decending from the top of the screen. This started out life as a downloadable flash game, so it could be a title we'll see in other territories eventually.

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