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Nintendo Download: 5th April 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Fish, learning and shooting for the Wii, more Game & Watch and Drilling action on the DSi this week in North America

The Virtual Console continues its streak of not being terrible lately with a lovely import that'll shoot right to the top of shmup fans' to-do list for the week, WiiWare goes educational and aquatic, and today's DSiWare offerings could only be more retro if they came with a wristwatch calculator.

WiiWare

Fishie Fishie (500pts - DK Games) – Originally from Farbs, the WiiWare version from DK Games adds new modes including play for 1-4 players. We recently got our hands on a final release version of the game, so you can expect our review soon.

Learning with the PooYoos - Episode 2 (500pts - Lexis Numérique) – Second in a series of educational Wii titles for children in the pre-school to kindergarten years.

Virtual Console

Ironclad (1000pts Neo Geo - D4 Enterprise) – An import shooter we honestly didn't know would be coming to other markets as quickly as it has. Read our review of the Japanese Virtual Console release to find out why we think shooter fans should regard this as a must-have.

DSiWare

Three more great Game & Watch titles for your DSi – Manhole, Helmet and Vermin – are made available today for the low price of 200 Points each. Rest assured, we'll have reviews of these LCD classics soon.

Mr. Driller: Drill Till You Drop (500pts - Namco) – Namco's fabulous character-driven arcade puzzler makes the leap from cart to download in this digest version of Mr. Driller: Drill Spirits. Until our review is ready to go, please read our preview of the Japanese version, which fans will note is a full 300 Points more than what you'll have to pay, you lucky North Americans, you!

Naturally, you can read Nintendo of America's full press release below:

With new games available for easy download to your Wii™ console or Nintendo DSi™ system each week, players of all ages, tastes and experience levels are enjoying an ever-growing library of top-quality entertainment options. This week's additions include an arcade-style game set in a fish-eat-fish world, an engaging game for young kids and the North American debut of a side-scrolling gem from the NEOGEO era. Also, the Nintendo DSiWare™ service offers another round of retro gaming in the form of three more Game & Watch™ titles from Nintendo's classic 1980s series of hand-held games, plus the latest version of the Mr. DRILLER® franchise, which invites fans to drill through multiple game modes and a variety of stages.

Meanwhile, Nintendo's WarioWare™: D.I.Y. "Big Name Games" series continues with two new downloadable microgames created by top game designers. Suck Goo! is an imaginative offering from 2D BOY's Ron Carmel, co-creator of the award-winning World of Goo™ for the WiiWare™ service. You'll also find Ikachan!, an original microgame designed by Daisuke Amaya (a.k.a. Pixel), whose popular Cave Story is also available for the WiiWare service. 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 Nintendo DS™ or WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase software for the WiiWare service. Visit the Nintendo Channel on your Wii system today to learn more about the games and view an exclusive behind-the-scenes video featuring 2D BOY's Ron Carmel.

Also, a special reminder for Club Nintendo™ members: You can now redeem 80 Coins to download Grill-off with Ultra Hand!™, a wild game for the Wii console that challenges players to cook a variety of meats with an extendable arm. For details on this delicious new offering, visit http://grilloff.nintendo.com.

WiiWare

FISHIE FISHIE
Publisher: DK GAMES
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: Welcome to FISHIE FISHIE, a game that can be played with just one button. You're going to experience something extraordinary that will really test your reflexes. The game contains a series of tutorials that will teach you not only how to control your fishie, but also how to use the various game modes. In Fishie Fishie, you are a fish that must eat all the time. You also have to finish several different game modes as quickly as possible. Every second counts. To win, you'll have to get through more than 100 levels spread over seven game modes: Story, Soccer, Capture the Star, Survival, Skill and a large competition. Play solo or allow up to four people to play on the same screen.

Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 2
Publisher: Lexis Numérique
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: EC (Early Childhood)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Welcome to the world of the PooYoos, the first fun, poetic trainer for children aged 3 to 6. With the PooYoos, a merry band of adorable baby animals, children will have fun while learning the basics: numbers, letters, lateralization, shapes, colors and more. Children get to dance with their new friends and earn lovely interactive rewards. With two levels of interactivity, children of any age and development level can enjoy activities based on plants and music. This game was designed for children who have not yet grasped reading. The instructions are spoken in French, English or Spanish, depending on the language setting of the Wii console.

Virtual Console™

IRONCLAD
Original platform: NEOGEO
Publisher: D4 Enterprise
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: IRONCLAD is a side-scrolling shoot-'em-up originally developed by SAURUS in 1996. You operate a warship and team with the mighty Iron Clad in order to fight the Iron Mask Republic and save the Kingdom of Chop. The biggest appeal of this game comes from discovering all the ways you can attack your enemies. Your weaponry includes three main blast weapons upgradable by collecting more items, a charged attack you can use when Iron Clad is attached to your ship, three types of melee weapons you can brandish to show off your strength in close-range combat, a bomber that clears all enemy bullets, and shooting patterns that change based on whether the Iron Clad is attached or disconnected from your ship. A vast array of weaponry lies waiting to become part of your arsenal. You can even select the stages you want to play, feeding your hunger for combat and allowing you to see different endings for each play-through.

Nintendo DSiWare

Game & Watch: Manhole
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Move quickly and use your manhole cover to prevent the pedestrians from falling through the holes. Pedestrians appear from the left on the upper path and from the right on the bottom path. Earn a point every time a pedestrian walks safely over a covered manhole, or receive a mistake icon for every pedestrian who falls down an uncovered manhole. Receive three mistake icons and it's game over!

Game & Watch: Helmet
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Tools are falling from the sky! Help the worker at the construction site move from the building on the left to the office on the right while avoiding the hammers, wrenches and pliers dropping from above. Earn five points for entering the office and one point for every three tools that hit the ground. Receive a mistake icon each time the worker gets hit with a falling tool. Receive three mistake icons and it's game over!

Game & Watch: Vermin
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: It's time to clean up the neighborhood. Move the player to the left or right and hit the moles that pop out of holes in the ground. Moles appear from four holes in GAME A and from five holes in GAME B. The moles in GAME B move faster than those in GAME A, and they also appear more frequently. Earn one point for each mole hit, or receive a mistake icon for each miss. Receive three mistake icons and it's game over!

Mr. DRILLER: Drill Till You Drop
Publisher: NBGI
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Drill till you drop with the latest version of Mr. DRILLER, created exclusively for the Nintendo DSi system. Featuring the classic game play that the series is known for, Drill Till You Drop has three different game modes and more than 40 stages of nonstop drilling action. Go underground with Mission mode and dig into various locales with deeper and more challenging goals. Race against the clock to reach the goal in Time Attack mode. Drill through a labyrinth of stones to collect the rare and precious Dristones in the Dristone mode, exclusive to the Nintendo DSi system. Choose from six different drillers, drill through a seemingly endless onslaught of colored blocks, avoid falling obstacles and strategically manage your oxygen on the go.

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 (45)

Aenaida

#2

Aenaida said:

Yes, Ironclad! And I just got a Wii Points card as an Easter present too. :)

evilralfwiggum

#6

evilralfwiggum said:

49 Shooters, 12 Racing, 20 Puzzle, 24 Arcade, 31 Sports, Fighting 47 (Oh? really? 47? o_o, lol) Another shooter? Okay! But I still haven't gotten around to playing a lot of the other ones yet lol. Not complaining, it's an Import Neo Geo release, I'll take that as a good sign :)

deadly_by_design

#7

deadly_by_design said:

Nothing for me this week. I still need to continue through Cave Story, come to think of it...

Obligatory driller joke.

cheapogamer4life

#8

cheapogamer4life said:

What?!?!?
Drill till you drop is only 500 points!
Not the 1 year Anniversary surprise I was hopeing for....
@ Nintey:
Thanks for not sucking up this update. :)

jhuhn

#9

jhuhn said:

Which should mean that the last Game & Watch games Ball, DK Jr. and Flagman should come out on April 19, 2010 if the pattern is accurate.

retro_player_22

#12

retro_player_22 said:

Yes the Neo Geo is back on a roll again. Now keep the lineup coming, Fatal Fury 3, The King of Fighters 95, Metal Slug 3, etc.

Valoisian

#13

Valoisian said:

My 8 year-old got a Dsi-XL for his b-day (kinda, he has to also fork up some cash as we usually don't drop $200 gifts on b-days). Anyway, he LOVES the camera tools...so I'm really anxious for Photo Dojo to drop. I really expected it to come to NA quick after Reggie cited it in regards to the XL release.

Digiki

#15

Digiki said:

This is a pretty good week. It's also the worst week in a little bit.

Yay Wii Shop!

Mary

#16

Mary said:

Great week for Nintendo, by the way is Cave Story good?, I'm considering if I should get it or not.

Gavin_Rozee

#17

Gavin_Rozee said:

Did the previous three G&W games release in Europe the same week as the US?

Hope we get these three on Friday.

XD375

#19

XD375 said:

You might want to mention the new Mega Man 10 DLC. XP

I love playing as Bass! The DLC even adds his face to the title screen! How cool is that?

Crunc

#20

Crunc said:

I wish the G&W games had been released as a single, free, G&W app, with DLC purchases for the games. Or maybe have it a pay app with one G&W game included, and the rest available as DLC. The point here being so we don't end up with a bazillion separate apps. I guess there is no mechanism for DLC in DSiWare, though? Are there any DSiWare games with DLC?

I may pick up Ironclad. Does it play in English or are we stuck with Japanese text?

Crunc

#21

Crunc said:

Bass and the other MM10 DLC wasn't available when my kids checked this morning. Hopefully in the US it's out now, but I don't know.

CrazyOtto

#25

CrazyOtto said:

Not a bad week for us! I don't have a DSi yet, or I'd download Mr. Driller right away!

Stuffgamer1

#31

Stuffgamer1 said:

I suppose "not terrible" is in the eye of the beholder. Yet another shmup sounds pretty terrible to me. Nothing else in the release looks very interesting, either...as usual. Sigh:(

Chunky_Droid

#33

Chunky_Droid said:

I'm sorry everyone but Mr Driller and Manhole are two gaming titles that shouldn't appear near each other :P

kitroplious

#38

kitroplious said:

Hurray for Game & Watch on DSiWare, and Cave Story/World of Goo microgames on WarioWare: D.I.Y.

Yes, All the microgames are free on Nintendo WFC.

Kevin

#40

Kevin said:

Nothing for me this week except Mega Man 10 DLC. Anybody know when the rest is getting released?

Twilight_Crow

#41

Twilight_Crow said:

Not a bad week, is good to see some love for the NEO GEO shmups. Nothing I would want to DL, which is good, I'm broke again :D... :(

kubato71

#44

kubato71 said:

I think its a shame they dont release "Pro Wrestling" or maybe "WWF Royal Rumble" that was on SNES, WTF?

stinssd

#45

stinssd said:

I could be wrong, but isn't there a Monday update for 12 April 10? Why hasn't it been posted? Thanks.

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