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Nintendo Download: 26 April 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Arcade minis, puzzling and fighting on Wii; driving, tower defence, shooting and more on DSi

Whilst the Wii has the usual 3-release week (two WiiWare and one Virtual Console) the DSi has six new releases this week in North America – whew! Also of note is the next entry in the WarioWare D.I.Y. Big Name Game series, this time from Edmund McMillen of Team Meat, who is behind the upcoming Super Meat Boy.

DSiWare

Ferrari GT: Evolution (800pts - Gameloft) – Another premium-priced title from Gameloft, Ferrari GT Evolution is a rather ambitious-looking game boasting seven cities to race in, 32 different Ferraris to choose from and local multiplayer against a friend. We'll see if we can get someone from the Nintendo Life scuderia to have a go and report on the racing conditions within.

DodoGo! (800pts - Neko Entertainment) – This DSiWare debut from Neko Entertainment tasks players with guiding dodo eggs to their nest using a variety of tools. We'll get one our resident ornithologists to make some observations and report on this game's behaviour in the wild.

System Flaw Recruit (500pts - Enjoy Gaming, Ltd.) – A shooter that uses the DSi's camera to provide a backdrop for the action. Sounds interesting in theory, but it's best to read our System Flaw Recruit review before spending those points.

Don't Feed the Animals (500pts - Electron Jump Games) – A cutesy tower defence game in which players are put in the role of children trying to defend their sweetie stash from rampaging forest critters using robots made of cardboard. We'll get one of our own backyard warriors to evaluate this DSiWare debut from Electron Jump Games soon.

Puffins: Let's Roll (500pts - Other Ocean Interactive) – Two puzzle games involving returning eggs to their nests in one week? It's a good thing we anticipated a shift in gaming focus from fish to birds, so we'll get one of our other resident ornithologists on this one!

Scrabble Slam! (500pts - Electronic Arts) – A new version of Scrabble for DSiWare; this one has a focus on spelling words quickly. One of our resident wordsmiths will be on the case shortly to let you know how it compares to the other Scrabble game in the DSi Shop.

WiiWare

5 Arcade Gems (700pts - Nordcurrent) – A collection of five arcade-style minigames including space shooting, RC racing, and pizza delivery hurdles. We'll be sure to get a review to you soon.

Brain Drain (500pts - Enjoy Gaming, Ltd.) – All we know about this game is the description that says it's a puzzle game where you must rotate "scrambled elements" in order to find a solution and progress to the next level. We'll try to unravel the mystery and report back our findings – if we don't get lost on the way!

Virtual Console

The King of Fighters '95 (900pts Neo Geo - D4 Enterprise) – Given the ability to make your own team of three from a selection of 24 fighters in this sequel to The King of Fighters '94, it's not hard to see why you'll find players who prefer this fighting franchise over Capcom's Street Fighter games. We'll get a review for you soon.

You can review the official press release below:

In the world of downloadable video games, this week's forecast calls for nonstop showers of awesomeness. A flood watch is in effect as heavy levels of high-quality digital entertainment threaten to disrupt boredom and bad moods across the country. Gale-force fun is expected as games like Ferrari GT: Evolution, System Flaw Recruit and Scrabble™ Slam! arrive via the Nintendo DSiWare™ service. Wii™ owners are advised to stock up on snacks and fresh batteries for their Wii Remote™ controllers, as new titles for the WiiWare™ and Virtual Console™ services may keep them confined to their living rooms for quite a spell.

Meanwhile, the "Big Name Games" section of the WarioWare™: D.I.Y. series continues to offer new downloadable microgames created by the industry's most talented designers. This week's entry comes from Edmund McMillen of Team Meat, the studio behind the upcoming Super Meat Boy, which launches for the WiiWare service this summer. 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 Edmund McMillen creating his original microgame, Meat Boy!

As a special bonus this week, Nintendo Channel visitors can also access a free demo version of the game Picross 3D™ for the Nintendo DS family of systems. This remarkable new puzzle game is easy to play but hard to put down. It combines the fun of crossword puzzles and sudoku with delightful 3-D images. Players must use logic and deductive reasoning to reveal hidden objects within blocks of numbered cubes. This temporary demo version is available at no charge for a limited time, so log on now to discover the irresistible fun for yourself.

Nintendo DSiWare

Ferrari GT: Evolution
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Join the elite circle of Ferrari car owners and take part in exclusive races around the globe. Take on challenges for fame and pride as the fastest driver of the world's most prestigious car brand. The game includes 32 authentic Ferrari car models: Ferrari California, F430, Enzo Ferrari, F40, Testarossa, 250 GTO and more. Use DS Wireless Play to challenge your friends in heated multiplayer races. Complete driving courses to obtain your driver's license through fun challenges. Master a race track or race through the streets of seven famous cities including Paris, Rome and New York.

DodoGo!
Publisher: Neko Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: DodoGo! is an adventure set in the time of the dinosaurs. Save as many dodo eggs as possible by leading them to safety. The fascinating little eggs love to roll, jump and laugh together, blissfully ignorant of the dangers around them. Get creative with simple tools. Build dynamic structures and modify the terrain with a simple touch of the stylus. Shape, brush, saw, dig and even use explosives. Enjoy more than 100 captivating missions, with bonus levels for a change of pace and lots of surprises.

System Flaw Recruit
Publisher: Enjoy Gaming Ltd.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: This innovative action shooter uses the Nintendo DSi™ Camera application to turn your surroundings into the playing environment. You have been chosen to take part in the most arduous training program to combat the threat we call the Flaw. The invasion could take place at any time, so we need the best there is. Truly unique and totally physical with 360 degrees of intensity, System Flaw Recruit is the future of hand-held gaming excitement.

Don't Feed The Animals
Publisher: Electron Jump Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Don't Feed The Animals is a strategic defense game about children who have been hoarding their treats all summer in their backyard fort. They've attracted the attention of the local wildlife (the backyard is on the edge of a forest). To defend their treasure, the kids use all the materials at their disposal to create three types of robots: melee, sound and water bots. These bots act like a tower does in a tower defense game, keeping the enemy from the base. Each bot has certain strengths and weaknesses against different enemies. The enemies include bears, raccoons, rabbits, turtles and cats. Play through 50 levels consisting of waves of animals - increasing in difficulty - who attempt to steal the candy. Should a creature reach the base, it will take a treat; this treat must be recovered or it will be lost. Should a boss reach the base, the game is lost. Successfully fend off the animals so the children can enjoy their end-of-summer feast.

Puffins: Let's Roll
Publisher: Other Ocean Interactive
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: The baby puffins need your help! Reunite the missing baby puffin eggs with their mothers in Puffins: Let's Roll. Several eggs have been misplaced, and they're just about ready to hatch. Use an innovative new control scheme to roll the egg around 20 levels of fiendish puzzles. Race against the clock in two exciting game modes: Safely return the egg to its mother in Egg Roll or try to collect all of the Golden Capelin in Capelin Catch. Beware of rocks, trees, ice and other hazards as you roll the eggs back to the safety of their mothers. Take too long or bump into too many obstacles and you'll have a cranky baby Puffin on your hands.

Scrabble Slam!
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Scrabble, long considered to be one of the world's most popular board games, is enjoying a tremendous surge in popularity, both online and in the real world. Scrabble Slam! is a new way to play that challenges players to spell words as quickly as they can.

WiiWare

5 Arcade Gems
Publisher: Nordcurrent
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 700 Wii Points™
Description: Welcome to 5 Arcade Gems, a collection of five wacky arcade games. Whether you play alone or together with your friends, you'll definitely find something to suit your taste, be it a medieval knights game or an ultra-modern space shooter. Compete with other knights to beat the Evil Wizard's challenge in Templar Bashing. No hazard gets in the way of the dutiful Pizza Jungle Delivery company, not even the fierce savages who won't tip. Outsmart your competitors in RC Buggy Madness. Demonstrate your skills and reflexes in Lumberjack Trials. And of course, no adventure is complete without some deep-space alien-bursting action in Whirling Rangers.

Brain Drain
Publisher: Enjoy Gaming Ltd.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Brain Drain is a funny and challenging puzzle game. Place the elements of a scrambled puzzle according to a given model. Select elements with your game cursor and spin them to move elements in the puzzle area. Some puzzles may feature malicious game effects that will slow you down during your puzzle solving. There are three game modes to choose from: Challenge (200 fixed puzzles with preset best times to solve and beat), Race (a stream of puzzles and best-time tables to beat in four difficulty levels) and Random (relaxed, random puzzling that continues endlessly).

Virtual Console

THE KING OF FIGHTERS '95
Original platform: NEOGEO
Publisher: D4 Enterprise
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Alcohol Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
Price: 900 Wii Points
Description: Released in 1995, THE KING OF FIGHTERS '95 is a fighting game that features main characters from the popular Fatal Fury, Ikari Warriors, Psycho Soldier and Art of Fighting games. They return to battle following the release of 1994's THE KING OF FIGHTERS '94. Kyo Kusanagi's rival, Iori Yagami, has also joined the fight to leave his lasting mark on the continuing storyline and on Kyo, the game's hero, so watch out. As with the 1994 release, you'll find three-on-three team battles, a power gauge that lets you store up energy to land a devastating blow, and the one-shot reversal super-special moves unique to the series. On top of all that, this release also adds a new "Team Edit" feature, allowing you to enjoy bouts with a level of strategy like you've never experienced before.

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 Wii.com or NintendoDSi.com.

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User Comments (64)

Bass_X0

#1

Bass_X0 said:

Well, I may get KoF95 one day. Perhaps. I already own it on PS1 and PS2...

Egg_miester

#2

Egg_miester said:

damn, crap, lame still no zombie panic in wonderland, i need my freaking zombie fix* twitches*

S_GE

#3

S_GE said:

nothing for me this week after getting Castlevania Rondo Of Blood I don't have an interest in any of these VC games. They need to come out with Earth Bound, Crono Trigger, DK Country 64 and that new sonic 4 (wiiware). Everything else at this point isn't worth anyone's time.

S_GE

#5

S_GE said:

VC is really pissing me off, I think they need to continue remixing classics, like what they did with castlevania, contra and mega man. Maybe a wiiware mario brothers game or metroid for the wiiware Maybe a wiiware kid icurus

wiiplayer26

#7

wiiplayer26 said:

S@GE wrote:

Everything else at this point isn't worth anyone's time.

I totally beg to differ.

Anyways, Great week. :) I'm going to get Scrabble Slam, Don't Feed The Animals, and Puffins. I might get 5 arcade gems and KOF '95.

Percentful

#8

Percentful said:

Meh. I prefer quality over quantity.
Following Wiiplayer's saying,
Meh. Nothing I'm interested in. :|

V8_Ninja

#9

V8_Ninja said:

Nintendo Download is just getting more and more disappointing week by week...

SmaMan

#12

SmaMan said:

I've got Ferrari GT on my iPod Touch. It's a pretty good racing game. Framerate isn't that good but it's probably from my iPod, and not the game itself. We'll see though...

wiiplayer26

#14

wiiplayer26 said:

@Ravage

I'd hate to bring an old saying up but here goes. "Don't Judge a Book by its cover".

I find it very silly that people assume stuff without actually reading a review or actually playing the game.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#15

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

Interesting to see them revive NG after two years. Hey, at least they're doing NG games again, so shut up about it. At least I don't download every other game that's released to WiiWare or the VC.

Oregano

#16

Oregano said:

Geeze, I think people would still find some way to complain even if the titles were free.

Just because you might not like the games doesn't mean other people don't like them.

WarioFan63

#17

WarioFan63 said:

Wasn't Faceez the DSiWare debut from Neko Entertainment or did I misread that sentence?

jhuhn

#18

jhuhn said:

That brings the number of DSiWare games up to 150...along with 17 applications, with one more on May 10 that I can get for free during its first month.

Bass_X0

#19

Bass_X0 said:

I predict Wild Guns next week for the VC. No doubt there will be complaints about that too.

#20

said:

KOF 95! Yeah! I'll download it as soon as I get home ^^

HolyMackerel

#21

HolyMackerel said:

Looks like a good week for DSiWare. :)

I'd suggest everyone get the KOF retail collections rather than buy the games individually from VC. You get more bang for your buck IMO.

Syr

#22

Syr said:

Blegh. This is why I have a backlog. Helloooo Monster Hunter.

KDR_11k

#23

KDR_11k said:

Maybe a wiiware mario brothers game or metroid for the wiiware Maybe a wiiware kid icurus

I disagree. With names like that they should either make something worthy of full retail or not even bother. I don't want any tiny Metroid minigames, I want a full Metroid and a full Metroid can be sold at retail.

Egg_miester

#24

Egg_miester said:

@Bass XO there will always be complaints from N/A people with the VC we have gotten some of the greatest games of all time but yet on forums and web sites all i hear are complaints every week, at least NL users are not as bad as people on gamespot or ign forums

Bass_X0

#29

Bass_X0 said:

Do we need another fighting game on the VC? Do we need another of most genres on the VC? Probably not but we're still going to get them regardless. Besides, its been two years since KoF94 got released on VC. I'm happy it finally got released (and is likely to be the last KoF game on the VC). The only thing you can hold against is that its already on a collection.

Ryon

#32

Ryon said:

i'll wait for KOF 96 or 97.
but i'll definately look into getting the Ferrari game. i'm one of those people that dislike racing games, but i love them on hand helds.

sonic_brawler95

#34

sonic_brawler95 said:

Its been about a month without any points, but nothing for me today. Two more weeks until Photo Dojo releases in the US for free. Also, I'll of course download the new games on Warioware DIY. :)

wiiplayer26

#36

wiiplayer26 said:

Why does everyone think this week is bad?
I don't see anything wrong with this week, almost every thing on this Nintendo Download is on my "TO BUY " list
All the games released this week
(Except System Flaw Recruit) look very decent, interesting and fun.

Keep into account there are much worse weeks.

Adamant

#37

Adamant said:

KoF95... Well, at least it's not Yoshi's Island. I mean, it might be alright if you like platform games, but do we really need another platform game on the VC?

SEE WHAT I DID THERE? EH? EH?

So yeah, will have to wait for reviews for those Wiiware games, but KoF95 would be an instant buy if I didn't already have the KoF collection (seriously, kiddies, one of the most critically acclaimed fighting series ever here. What the basement are YOU waiting for, anyway?)

brandonbwii

#39

brandonbwii said:

I see Nintendo continues it's focus on dsiware and leaves WiiWare and VC in the dust. I've been downloading a lot of dsiware but where are the quality WiiWare games?

Where is And Yet It Moves? That was supposed to be released last year.

BlueFlameBat

#40

BlueFlameBat said:

Oh, how delightfully drull. I've had King of Fighters '95 for a while now since I have The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga.

Now what's this I've been hearing of a Shantae-themed DIY game?

Kevin

#43

Kevin said:

The only fighting games I wanna see on the VC are the Mortal Kombats. Can care less about the Neo Geo. I'd like to see a return of licensed games. Ducktales and Maniac Mansion for NES would be excellent additions to the VC.

WillhamBoyGeniu

#46

WillhamBoyGeniu said:

"Two more weeks until Photo Dojo releases in the US for free."

"Photo Dojo, free, May 10 = hell yeah."

Why is that??

Donatello

#47

Donatello said:

meh. I want these damnit! :p

Yoshi's Island (especially)
Mega Man 5,6,7 (5 would be too soon though since we just got 4)
Mega Man X
TMNT IV: Turtles in time
Splatterhouse 3
Castlevania Bloodlines
Rocket Knight Adventures
Contra
Little Nemo the Dreamaster

Cocoa_Man5

#48

Cocoa_Man5 said:

@Donatello Speaking of TMNT:IV is nintendo just releasing the below average first game? with the induction of VC arcade i thought we would be getting the good turtles games for once...

mastersworddude

#50

mastersworddude said:

Wow, theres not even reviews for most of these and you say its a bad week. Or better yet actually play the game before you say they suck. Besides 5 arcade gems looks interesting.

Moco_Loco

#52

Moco_Loco said:

They seem to be focusing on DSiWare right now. I think they're trying to make sure there's a nice collection of downloadable games to choose from when the 3DS releases. Good thing there are still 15,000 WiiWare and VC titles I'm interested in and haven't downloaded yet!

Sylverstone

#53

Sylverstone said:

@Ezekiel: Nintendo announced that Photo Dojo would be free for a month (May 10 - June 10), then after it's 200. Like what they did with the Wii's Internet Channel.

Bass_X0

#56

Bass_X0 said:

I've had King of Fighters '95 for a while now since I have The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga.

I maintain that the ports on the collection are inferior to the same games released on the Virtual Console. Just because you have the collection doesn't mean you are experiencing the best version available. Cheapest version yes, but with the collection, you most definitely get what you pay for. A bunch of crappy ports compared to the actual original on the Virtual Console. I bought the collection (on PS2 although I assume the Wii version is identical) and played it but was disgusted at how just plain bad the games were represented. Although I do still play my KoF94 download on VC from time to time, I doubt I will be going back to that collection. It is because of that I am considering KoF95 on the VC.

Austrian

#59

Austrian said:

@ Bass X0
The Wii version of King of Fighter Collection(and Samurai Shodown collection) got rid of all the problems of the PS2 version. they are arcade perfect ports

BlueFlameBat

#60

BlueFlameBat said:

I haven't experienced any problems with the KOF Collection on Wii. I still can't figure out how to play as the more powerful version of Rugal like I could in the DreamCast version of KOF 98, but other than that, it's fine.

Sean_Aaron

#61

Sean_Aaron said:

Yeah, I'll third the KoF assortment on Wii being quality, though it's not a series I'm overly enamoured with, so having KoF '94 on the SNK arcade classics collection suffices for me.

retro_player_22

#62

retro_player_22 said:

I bet if SNK didn't made any collection of their Neo Geo games, then most gamers would agree that today's release of The King of Fighters 95 is awesome.

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