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Nintendo Download: 9th & 10th March 2010 (Japan)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Capcom and Nichibutsu classics on Wii, Gameloft, G.G. Series and Kanji Training on DSi

DSiWare doesn't hold any surprises, but it's nice to see more VCA releases and of course Capcom fueling the retro-fires.


Rockman 10 (1000pts - Capcom) — By now we hope everyone knows this is what we know as Mega Man 10 outside of Japan. We though it was a worthy successor to the franchise crown; no doubt gamers in Japan will agree.

Virtual Console

Moon Cresta (800pts Arcade - Hamster Corp.) — Another Nichibutsu arcade classic from Hamster Corp. Moon Cresta was also distributed by Centuri under license as "Eagle" with different player ship sprites. Unlike most vertical shooters of the day instead of having three ships which were the same, players had three stages of one large ship with which to take on alien invaders. After each run through the enemy waves you would dock with the next ship stage, giving you more firepower - assuming you didn't get destroyed by enemies or blow the docking manoeuvre. Novel, but challenging, though another example of a game that will likely appeal more to nostalgia buffs than younger gamers.


G.G. Series Throw Out (200pts - Genterprise) — 4 on 4 futuristic handball? It's another single-player budget arcade-style game from developer Suzak on DSiWare!

Renjuku Kanji: Shoogaku 4 Nensei & Renjuku Kanji: Shoogaku 5 Nensei (500pts - I.E. Institute) — Two more in the educational series from I.E. Institute for teaching school kids their kanji (unpleasant but necessary if you're going to succeed in modern Japan kids, get to it!).

Brain Challenge (500pts - Gameloft) — A catch-up title from Gameloft, who seem to be one of the few Western publishers making an effort to bring their wares to the Japanese DSi Shop.

Let's Golf (800pts - Gameloft) — Another catch-up release for Japan from Gameloft. Golf certainly has a following in Japan, so releasing this premium title over there seems a safe bet.

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User Comments (17)



cheetahman91 said:

We got Mega Man before Japan? Awesome. As for Moon Cresta, it's average at best. Galaga and Phoenix are two of the better shooters way back when.



Sean_Aaron said:

Well, I love Moon Cresta to bits, but I suspect that's because Eagle is possibly the first game I laid eyes on in an arcade (I played others before, but they were on their own in the local 7-11). It had a massive (to my 10-year-old eyes) vertical display and the sound was jacked up - needless to say it made an impression!



killer6370 said:

Damn i could really need this Kanji thing because learning Japanese is really hard(so all methods of help are really usefull



Sean_Aaron said:

killer6370, I'm not sure how useful these would be unless you already know Japanese as they're indicating the word in hiragana since that's what the students these applications are aimed at will know.

If you check out J-List you can find carts which should work in your DS that are also educational and teach kanji writing, though again you have the same issue with them being aimed at people who already know Japanese. I think there may be a program aimed at immigrants to help them prepare for the Japanese language proficiency exam as part of obtaining citizenship and that might be of more use.

Otherwise I would suggest "Let's Learn Kanji," which helps with teaching the components and radicals and "Essential Kanji" which is a great reference book that lists the 2000 kanji for everyday use as prescribed by the Japanese state language institute including Chinese and Japanese readings and the stroke order for brush and pen.



killer6370 said:

Thanks for the informations
actually i understand a little bit of Katana and Hyragana but probably not enought for this dsi ware but i still hope that something like this hit europe too but then in english



Saber said:

Im not really into the latest games on VC because they seem like they were thought of at the last minute. Now if they brought Castlevania chi no rondo over, now that would be epic



Sean_Aaron said:

@killer6370: I think the closest thing available is My Japanese Coach, which does cover all three writing systems (though I've read some of the kanji stroke orders may be wrong). It's on my list of things to review, so hopefully in the next few months I'll get on it!

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