Nintendo Download: 19th April 2010 (North America)

The Blue Bomber returns to North America, and he's bringing some high school drama, postcards, puzzles and more Game & Watch titles with him

It's another big retro week for North America, with four titles that are either older than you or will make you remember just how old you are. WarioWare D.I.Y. players also have a new Big Name Game coming their way this week as WayForward's Matt Bozon unleashes his microgame: Shantae NAB!

DSiWare

Surviving High School (EA, 800 pts) – What sounds like Resident Evil in math class is actually a high school simulator where you create the drama! Get a job, win the girl, get on the esteemed sports team, and so forth. Holding the DSi like a book, the game promises hours of gameplay across its multiple episodes – just like high school, then.

Game & Watch: Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo, 200 pts) – Mario goes Dick Dastardly and proves he's not such a great guy after all as he ruthlessly chains up wild animals and fights their offspring in this Game & Watch adaptation of the arcade hit. Unfortunately, due to screen technology limitations the Game & Watch version cuts out the scene where Mario is torn up by two angry simians once Jr. sets papa free.

Game & Watch: Ball (Nintendo, 200 pts) – This here is the very first Game & Watch title, released back in April of 1980 as quite possibly the first-ever computer game juggling simulator. It was also the source of one of Mr Game & Watch's attacks in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Game & Watch: Flagman (Nintendo, 200 pts) – The second Game & Watch title to release, it's essentially a pattern recognition game. With flags! (Flag pun!)

myPostcards (Nnooo, 200 pts) – Continuing Nnooo's myLifeCollected series of apps, this one lets you make your own postcards out of photos taken with the DSi camera, which you can then scribble on, put on your computer and save money on stamps. Does this mean small roadside tourism shacks will be in danger of losing their postcard business?

Virtual Console

Mega Man 4 (Capcom, 500 points) – The Blue Bomber's fourth NES adventure is quite divisive: there are those who think it's the best of the classic offerings and there are those that feel it doesn't quite live up to the lofty heights of its predecessors. You can see where we thought this one rests in the great Mega Man pantheon in our Mega Man 4 review.

WiiWare

Bang Attack (Engine Software, 500 pts) – A puzzle game that hit Europe way back in December 2008. We weren't too keen on it then, and you can check out our Bang Attack review to see why.

We'll have full reviews of all of these in the near future. In the meantime, the full press release is below for your reading animosity pleasure:

Survive and Thrive with New Downloadable Games from Nintendo

Which is more difficult to survive: a futuristic robot battle or high school? This week’s downloadable game offerings from Nintendo invite you step up and find out for yourself. Mega Man 4™ is now available to Wii™ owners via the Virtual Console™ service, sending players on a classic mission with one of the all-time great gaming heroes. Meanwhile, Nintendo DSi™ users can enjoy a more earthly brand of adventure in SURVIVING HIGH SCHOOL™ for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service. Other new arrivals include retro gems from Nintendo’s Game & Watch™ series, a hand-held app that lets you create your own digital postcards and a new puzzle game for the WiiWare™ service that packs a real bang.

We’ve also got a fresh entry in the WarioWare™: D.I.Y. “Big Name Games” series, which spotlights new downloadable microgames created by the industry’s most talented designers. This week’s microgame comes from WayForward Technologies’ Matt Bozon, known for his work on hand-held classics like Shantae and Contra 4. New “Big Name Games” will be added every Monday through July 26, all available to download for zero Nintendo DSi Points™ to anyone with broadband Internet access and a copy of either WarioWare: D.I.Y. for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems or WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase software for the WiiWare service. Visit the Nintendo Channel on your Wii system today to learn more about these games and to see a video of Matt Bozon creating his original microgame, Shantae NAB!

Virtual Console

Mega Man 4
Original platform: NES™
Publisher: Capcom
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: A year after the destruction of Gamma and Dr. Wily’s defeat at the hands of Mega Man, the world is still at peace. One day Dr. Light receives a mysterious letter from an unknown scientist named Dr. Mikhail Cossack. Dr. Cossack plans to eliminate Mega Man and prove himself the greatest robot designer of all time. It’s up to Mega Man to save the day once again. Mega Man 4 provides action-based game play like the earlier games in the series. In Mega Man 4, Mega Man has the ability to charge up energy inside his Arm Cannon, allowing him to fire larger and more damaging blasts.

Nintendo DSiWare

SURVIVING HIGH SCHOOL
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Suggestive Themes, Violent References
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Welcome to Centerscore High, where the game changes with every choice you make. Of course, some choices are wiser than others. Play the premiere “Football Season” storyline plus seven episodes for hours of game play. Kick off your story-driven adventures as the new kid in school. See if you can earn a spot on the football team and win the heart of cheerleader Beth or goth girl Raven. Unlock custom looks for your character and meet other kids who can help (or hurt) you. You cause all the drama! Continue to play as different guys or girls in other storylines. Work at the bakery and take on a local mobster. Try out for the school play. Meet challenges on the tough side of town. You can even travel to Europe! Master intense minigames and ace pop quizzes along the way. The exclusive Trophy System tracks your results. Earn four “great endings” and unlock a special BONUS EPISODE. The game looks awesome on the Nintendo DSi system, which you hold sideways like a book. Best…high-school game…ever!

Game & Watch: Donkey Kong Jr.
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Donkey Kong™ is trapped! It’s up to Donkey Kong Jr. to snag the key and set his father free from Mario’s cage. Help Donkey Kong Jr. avoid crows and alligators as he swings his way to victory. Earn points by unlocking the cage, hitting crows and alligators with pieces of food or jumping over alligators. Receive mistake icons by running into crows and alligators or missing a jump for the key. Receive three mistake icons and it’s game over!

Game & Watch: Flagman
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Memorize the order in which flags are raised, then raise them in the same order (GAME A), or raise the correct flag according to the corresponding number (GAME B). Earn a point each time you raise the correct flag, or lose one of your remaining tries if you raise a flag out of order or if you let the time bar run out. The game ends when you have no tries left.

Game & Watch: Ball
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Brush up on your juggling skills with Game & Watch: Ball. Move the juggler’s arms to catch the balls. Drop a single ball and it’s game over

myPostcards™
Publisher: Nnooo
Players: 1
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Create your own postcards and send them to your friends! With myPostcards you can take a picture, write a quick note on it, then save everything as a postcard. Just open your Nintendo DSi system, take a photo and go. You can even customize your postcards by using 32 built-in background themes, various collectible stamps and unlockable elements. Create postcards for any occasion. Use the pen or pencil tools to write or draw. Simply erase anything you don’t like. Five different inks let you add an extra splash of color to your words and your drawings.

WiiWare

Bang Attack
Publisher: Engine Software
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Bang Attack is a fun, colorful puzzle game for players young and old. You don’t have to learn how to play Bang Attack – just pick it up as you go along. The objective is to find identical objects and smash them with your little hammer. Once you have enough points, you can use the Wii Remote™ controller to swing with the BIG hammer. If there’s a banana in the way, simply whack it off the screen. If you have two Wii Remote controllers, you can challenge another player and find out who’s the real champ. It’s not easy, though. You’ll have to deploy tactics and speed at precisely the right moment. You’ll also need to use special bonus objects to hinder your opponent in order to win. Bang Attack features 40 levels over four crazy worlds, ensuring hours of fun for the whole family.