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Nintendo Download: 19th April 2010 (North America)

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

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!


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.


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

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

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.


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.

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User Comments (57)



Bass_X0 said:

Well, I'm guessing Bang Attack had to be released eventually (which it did).



Stuffgamer1 said:

Shantae in DIY? Highlight of the week!

Oh, and Mega Man 4 is nice for non-Anniversary Collection owners. And more Game & Watch for those who can't be bothered to buy a $5 GBA game with WAAAAY more content and value (Game & Watch Gallery 4). And more other stuff I have no opinion on.



Donatello said:

Mega Man 4, you are mine It should be interesting playing it again after beating the new and slightly dissapointing MM10...



Objection said:

Pretty bleh week overall. Surviving High School has a much cheaper iTouch version and it's pretty fun but the main campaign isn't quite long enough to be worth 800 pts and this version doesn't seem to have the weekly new DLC either.



BlueFlameBat said:

Nothing interesting here. And after finding out that CAPCOM will still be charging for alternate outfits already on the disc of Super Street Fighter IV, I'm quite pissed off at CAPCOM at the moment, so pretty much everything related to CAPCOM right now, including Mege Man, only makes me sick.




Bass_X0 said:

And after finding out that CAPCOM will still be charging for alternate outfits already on the disc of Super Street Fighter IV, I'm quite pissed off at CAPCOM at the moment,

You only just found out? Everybody else knew a year ago with the release of the original SFIV that costumes were to be DLC and that they most likely would continue to be DLC in sequels. I would have been very surprised if they weren't DLC this time around too. But if the only options were to charge extra for the costumes or not include them at all, I'd still want those costumes. Free is good but not having them at all is bad. Having them but having to pay for them is in the middle. 11 days to go!



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

I saw G&W Gallery 4 at GameStop the other day for six bucks. I was getting Sonic Classics Collection, so I didn't have the cash for it.



KDR_11k said:

Try to get that G&W Gallery ASAP, it includes remade versions of most of its games that are often way more fun. E.g. Chef is kinda meh in its original form but the remake is downright awesome.



naut said:

My poor little brother can't believe there's no Photo Dojo yet.



Adamant said:

Donkey Kong Jr. is one of the best G&W games ever. All of you go download that now.



Bakajin said:

Just had a Beavis & Butt-head moment. "Bang attack." "Heh heh." "Heh heh heh."



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

I just looked at some gameplay of the G&W remakes and I'm so getting it now. The remakes are based on SMW.



MasterGraveheart said:

Grrr... that's it, I gotta get WarioWare D.I.Y. and a points card tomorrow. x.x;;

Love that more Shantae stuff is coming out... NOW PLEASE HURRY UP WITH SHANTAE'S FULL DSiWARE GAME! THE WAIT IS AGONIZING! x.x

...of course, take the time to make it perfect like I know it'll be. It's Shantae, after all!



Mary said:

More Game and Watch games for me xD, I agree Wiiware this week is terrible.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Bass X0: You missed the operative words in BlueFlameBat's complaint: already on the disc. Therefore, the options are charge for it, or make it free since it's technically already in the hands of the game buyer any dang way. Not having it at all isn't going to happen under those circumstances. DLC is all well and good, provided it's actually new content as opposed to unlock keys.

@Token Girl: THERE'S a pipe dream, and an EXPENSIVE one, to boot! $18 to get all of the Game & Watch games currently available on DSiWare, when I already have superior versions that cost me less and had more content, and my income is crap. Sorry, but no.



Boman said:

Does this mean Game & Watch: Donkey Kong Jr
will be coming to Europe this friday?!
I truly hope so.



cheapogamer4life said:

Donkey Kong Jr. is the only Game & Watch game I remember playing as a little one. For that reason it will be the one and only Game & Watch game I DL or buy.

Todays update looks fair as well...



turtlelink said:

Can't wait to download the Shantae one to my Wii! Anyway, great to know the VC is getting better.



TheLonelyGamer said:

I knew we would get MM4 this week.
Finally! Ball, Flagman, and DK Jr. got released on DSiWare!

Overall, great week.



romulo said:

Good to see another Mega Man on VC. But not for me, since I already have the compilation.



ShinRPGGamer said:

I think with Shantae D.I.Y out, it is a fair bet that Shantae DSIware could come out next week. As for this week...meh.



Twilight_Crow said:

I predicted shovelware for WiiWare!
Good to see MM4 on VC, though I have the MM collection, that means absolutly nothing for me this week.

On a side note, heck those G&W games are too expensive, what a rip off Nintendo; those games are better as Club Nintendo awards. I'm with Stuffy here, better go get G&W Gallery 4.



Donatello said:

Well, I have a date with Mega Man 4
I'll spill my mega opinion on it tomorrow since I haven't played it in ages.
God speed!



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Writersareliars: If you don't have a GBA SP on hand, you're missing out on far more than just superior Game & Watch games...not that they're so expensive nowadays anyway. Obviously, we're talking from the perspective of those of us who already have older hardware for legacy gameplay. If this is all you have access to, then it's okay, I guess...but that doesn't change the fact that you only have access to overpriced underfeatured games relative to something Nintendo released NINE YEARS AGO!



Writersareliars said:

I have all the DS's (except the new XL), so I have no problem playing GBA games. It's great if you have the older systems, yes, and maybe these G&W are overpriced, but I'm just pointing out that with the DSi it's not a choice.



BlueFlameBat said:

I can appreciate DLC that requires currency if it's made after the game is released, but when it's already on there and you have to pay for it anyway, especially if it's right there on the character selection screen and it tells you that you have to purchase it when you select it, is tacky and I won't support it this time. This time I won't be getting the game at all unless I find out for certain that having both versions will mean getting everything. CAPCOM should do the right thing and provide free unlockings for both games, but we all know that's never gonna happen. At any rate, I think everyone who bought Street Fighter IV and buys Super Street Fighter IV should be entitled to every costume at no additional charge.



Kenji510 said:

Nice week for me and time to grab me a couple of games like G&W DKjr, Flagman, Bang Attack, Megaman 4 and MyPostcards.

Man, i wish they brought out more wiiware games like the artstyle games they coming up soon and cant wait for those.



MasterGraveheart said:

Love the Shantae microgame. Worth all 800 points I spent on the showcase tonight. Tomorrow, I'm getting that free 500 point card for my GameStop reservation of Monster Hunter 3 Tri, which I'll be using on Mega Man 4... so thanks, Capcom!

...since it bears repeating... I WANT SHANTAE! lol



Porky said:

Why are some dissing the G&W Dsiware all of sudden? We awed when Japan got these and then North America recently. Now that NA got caught with Japan this happens.

Alot of people don't go to extreme measures and buy a Gba, Sp, Ds Light (new) then go searching for G&W Gallery 4 at game stores which may not have the game available. Having them available on Dsi shop is a quick, easy process and cost efficient.

Ebay; don't go there. It's a complicated process to register, at least, for me.



CanisWolfred said:

Nothing interesting, but it's not like I was looking forward to anything anyways. In fact, everything I wanted are already released, so I don't really need to follow the releases anymore.



odd69 said:

This week has nothing for me at all, and every week since cave story. I still need points for Rondo of Blood though .



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Writersareliars: Granted, but I was still writing under the assumption that you DO have other options, which the majority of users here do.

@Ezekiel: My viewpoint of the matter has been consistant this whole time. Can't speak for anyone else, though.

And I don't really think it's all that hard to find the least, I didn't have any trouble with it. Even if it does take some effort, I can't just say it isn't worth it when you look at the differences in content between the two choices. Sure, DSiWare is convienient, but that doesn't make it the best choice for everybody, and it CERTAINLY isn't "cost effecient" at $2 per game with original mode only instead of $5 for a game that includes ELEVEN games with original and modern modes, PLUS another NINE in original mode only. And let me know when the Legend of Zelda Game & Watch hits DSiWare, 'cause until then, GBA pwns no questions asked.

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