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Nintendo Download: 10th May 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Fighting with fists and wits and a little reading on the side this week in North America

The Big Name Games part of WarioWare D.I.Y. keeps on growing, with a new addition from Jason Schreiber of Powerhead Games, the studio behind the excellent DSiWare release Glow Artisan.


Photo Dojo (0pts - Nintendo) – As a treat to compensate for getting it last, Norte Americanos can enjoy this fun little D.I.Y. fighting game at no charge through June 10. Get yours now because as of the 11th it will be an eye-watering 200 Points. If you want to know what the fuss is about read our Photo Dojo review!

Earthworm Jim (500pts - Gameloft) – In the absence of any kind of virtual console service, reworking an old Mega Drive game for DSiWare seems to be a decent idea. Our Earthworm Jim review will tell you why.

Chess Challenge! (500pts - Digital Leisure) – 1- or 2-player chess on the go complete with support for local wireless matches if you don't want to pass the one DSi back-and-forth.

Flips: The Enchanted Wood (500pts - Electronic Arts) – A new e-book for young readers, this one is the first in a series of classic tales by author Enid Blyton. It was released in Europe a couple of months ago so you can check out our Flips: The Enchanted Wood review now.


Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS (1000pts - Capcom) – Third in the series of games that started life in Japan on the Gameboy Advance before being translated for the DS and now ported to WiiWare. We'll get our crack team of prosecutorial reviewers to judge this one shortly.

Chess Challenge! (500pts - Digital Leisure) – The WiiWare companion to the DSiWare release is the same price, but offers full Wi-Fi Connect support and online leaderboards, making it more the equivalent of Nintendo's retail release than the other WiiWare version available for the same price. We've got a clone of Garry Kasparov ready to give this computerised version a run for its money in our upcoming review.

And here's the press release for your reading enjoyment:

Admit it: You've always dreamed of quitting your job and roaming the countryside as a legendary kung fu warrior. Thanks to the new Photo Dojo™ game for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, your dream is finally within reach. The game features customization options that let you add your entire body and voice to wild kung fu matches. It puts you right into the middle of a hilarious fighting game. Best of all, it's available for a whopping zero Nintendo DSi Points™ now through June 10. That's right – ZERO! Don't wait – 200 Nintendo DSi Points will be required for download starting June 11.

After you download Photo Dojo, be sure to keep an eye out for some of the other big games Nintendo is releasing during the next month. We're starting off this week with a hand-held version of the classic Earthworm Jim. Not to be overruled, a new Phoenix Wright™ Ace Attorney™ title serves up some justice for the WiiWare™ service.

Meanwhile, the "Big Name Games" section of the WarioWare™: D.I.Y. series keeps on growing, packed with new downloadable microgames from the industry's most talented designers. This week's addition comes from Jason Schreiber of Powerhead Games, creator of the award-winning Glow Artisan for the Nintendo DSiWare 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 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 get a look at Jason Schreiber's awesome new microgame.

Nintendo DSiWare

Photo Dojo
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Violence
Price: Zero Nintendo DSi Points through June 10, 2010; 200 Nintendo DSi Points starting June 11, 2010
Description: Welcome to Photo Dojo, where you create a dojo filled with ruthless (or humorous) fighting machines using images of you and your friends. Use the Nintendo DSi system's built-in camera to take pictures of yourself and your friends in various poses, then use the built-in microphone to record sound effects and dialogue to give your warrior a voice. Choose one of the four available fighting styles, name your character and you're done. Better yet, repeat the simple, step-by-step process and create a lineup of up to eight fighters. Complete your game setup by customizing backgrounds and choosing from three awesome soundtracks, then prepare for battle. Two players can share one Nintendo DSi™ system to face off against each other in a one-on-one grudge match, while single-player mode offers the chance to pick your favorite fighter and take on relentless opponents of your own creation. If you're ready for some seriously offbeat kung fu action, Photo Dojo's unique twist on the side-scrolling beat-'em-up genre lets you use your imagination to set the stage for a fun-filled fight to the finish.

Earthworm Jim
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: The classic action platformer you used to play on the Super NES™ system is back in a remake that offers the essence and core game play of the original, plus a never-before-seen feature available exclusively on the Nintendo DSi system. Play as the grooviest earthworm in the galaxy. Run, gun, swing from hooks with your head, launch cows, bungee jump and rocket through speed levels in a dozen crazy universes. Earn bonuses with facial-expression-based challenges that track your face using the system's built-in camera. Put on a smile, frown or make a variety of other faces to mimic Jim.

Chess Challenge!
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Patience will be key if you want to score big in Chess Challenge! Perfect your chess skills by playing against the computer in multiple difficulty modes, or play against your friends in either shared or wireless play via DS Wireless Play. Start by practicing with some casual games, then work your way up in fully Elo-rated matches. You'll even be able to track all of your game-play stats – win, lose or draw. Chess Challenge! will keep both novice and expert players glued to the screen for hours.

Flips: The Enchanted Wood
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Jo, Bessie and Fanny move to the country and find an Enchanted Wood right on their doorstep. In the wood stands the magic Faraway Tree, and in that tree live the magical characters that soon become their new friends: Moon-Face, Silky the fairy and Saucepan Man. Together they visit strange lands (the Roundabout Land, the Land of Ice and Snow, Toyland and the Land of Take What You Want) that lie at the top of the tree. Get ready for exciting adventures – and narrow escapes! The Flips series brings modern classics to the Nintendo DSiWare service. Readers can collect, solve, interact and learn as they progress through the various stories and challenges.


Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
Publisher: Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Mild Blood, Mild Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Phoenix Wright is back as the third game in the popular Ace Attorney hand-held franchise comes to the WiiWare service. As Phoenix Wright, you'll play through five shocking new cases in first-person perspective. The game features two unique modes of play. In Investigations Mode you'll survey crime scenes, interview witnesses and gather evidence. You'll then present findings, listen to testimonials and examine witnesses in Court Mode. TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS also includes the "Psyche-Lock" feature that allows Phoenix to use a line of questioning to reveal inconsistencies in witness testimony.

Chess Challenge!
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Patience will be key as you face the best players from around the world in Chess Challenge! for the WiiWare service. Perfect your chess skills by playing against the computer in multiple difficulty modes, or use Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to start climbing up in the worldwide rankings (broadband Internet connection required). Win online matches and see how your rating stacks up against competitors around the world by viewing the online Leaderboard. If you don't have time to play your friends in a live chess game, Chess Challenge! also lets you play with up to five different Wii Friends using WiiConnect24™. With full Mii™ character support you can really bring your games to life. Start by practicing with some casual games, then work your way up in fully Elo-rated matches. With all of these game-play options, you're in for some serious chess action.

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 or

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User Comments (70)



pixelman said:

Lame update. Oh well, my points will be put to use next week when Runner hits!



Bass_X0 said:

I got T&T on the DS shortly after the second one came out on WiiWare. I was on a Phoenix Wright high and wanted to catch up by playing them all (not bothered about Apollo Justice but will probably get it one day). Its a great game especially the final chapter which I particularly love (and a certain someone introduced in that chapter too). If you don't have a DS or can't find them cheap enough on DS, I heartily recommend the Phoenix Wright series on WiiWare. Not being enhanced isn't a problem at all and won't detract any enjoyment from playing them from playing the DS versions.



DiggerandIndy said:

Another ho-hum week for me. I guess I'll get Cave Story, MegaMan 4, and Rondo of Blood when I get around to it.



Gizmo said:

Ah, Photo Dojo... Way too overrated on Nintndolife. I'm really, really disappointed of it. Why can't you play with two DSi against each other? It would be so much more comfortable. Or why can't you transfer the photos between two DSi? It is also too simple. For me at most a 5/10 game.



LztheQuack said:

No one really needs VC games. I consider them to be an added bonus to the Wii rather than a necessity



ODOGG618 said:

No one really NEEDS any games, but people WANT them and EXPECT them as it was a selling point from the beginning. The issue is why Nintendo chooses to ignore the obvious demand. My guess is that they are running low on the most popular titles so they have to release them slowly so by the time we buy them all, they can release the next console and sell them to us all over again. Yeah.

I NEED Ring King on the VC! Preferrably an arcade port, but I'd even settle for the NES version.



kam said:

when is art styles light traxs going to come out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
but its super cool that photo dojo is free



Stuffgamer1 said:

@KeeperBvK: That's EXACTLY what I said aloud upon reading the news.

@lz: I consider it a main feature of the hardware, and the thing I was most excited for about the Wii. Not getting any new games, especially when Nintendo never officially retracted the promise to release new VC games every week, is very disappointing and a bit annoying.

I guess I'll download this Photo Dojo thing simply because it's free. Feenie's good for anyone who doesn't have the DS version, I guess (read: not me). I don't really care about the rest of the update at all.



WolfRamHeart said:

Bah, another lame update. I already own this Phoenix Wright on the DS. Nintendo really needs to step it up. Lately, all my digital download money has been going toward XBLA and PSN games.



Egg_miester said:

i think its a good week with Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS and two good dsi games



Yanagi said:

If I had a DSi, I would immediately get Photo Dojo and Earthworm Jim. I already own the PW games, so this is a disappointing week for the Wii.

Does anybody remember the days when you can choose from three new VC games every week? Anybody?



Kevin said:

@ Tsuchinoko: A little of decline? The service like DSiWare is absolute crap! Even if they released crappy VC games this week and last week. I'd be happy because it'd show me they're still caring in the VC and right now they're not!



Tsuchinoko said:

@Kevin I really don't see the point in them releasing filler just to have SOMETHING on the VC. I would rather wait for a quality game that people will actually spend money on than just a title that only serves as a placeholder until better stuff comes along. That tactic doesn't work for Nintendo financially nor does it serve as good marketing. There's over 350 games on the VC for NA, and over 550 in Japan. I'm not one of those that thinks the VC is a failed service.

I'm not saying i wouldn't LOVE to have certain games appearing in the update this week, but i'm not going to chastise Nintendo like a negligent parent if they don't



Tsuchinoko said:

@Bulbasaurus Actually, if the wi-fi service works on that game as well as advertised in the press release, i might pick that up too. I always wanted to improve my game. Plus its deathly cheap



Junkface said:

Photo Dojo for free? Woohoo I guess I can't complain than. Thanx nintendo, my friends and I are gonna go crazy with that game lol.



Megumi said:

sighs Ugh...where's the VC, more importantly to me...where's the SNES's VC.



StarDust4Ever said:

Please Nintendo... Don't neglect the VC. The reason why VC sales are at an all time low is because Nintendo have not released new games on the service. And Nintendo is not releasing old games because they are getting more profits from Wiiware. This is a badly destructive cycle that neglects retro fans



Megumi said:

One of the main reason I have a Wii is because of the VC...wanna buy all the games I had back then when I was a kid. As well as try out some games I've never played before or never finished.



suburban_sensei said:

Pretty bummed that the VC is getting neglected yet again. However, very excited to download Photo Dojo. I am with BellGoRiiing on this one, the VC was such a selling point for me. It was awesome seeing 3 titles come out a week, and most of the time they were pretty it's just so underwhelming.



Bass_X0 said:

We're playing catch-up. These two VC-less weeks in America are making it easier for us.



cheapogamer4life said:

About Photo Dojo:
The solo gamer in me wonders why I would even bother to DL it.....
but the cheaptake gamer in me cant wait to DL Ninteys (long over due) first free game for the N.A. DSiware shop.
Hopefully this game wont cause any technical problems in the (DSi) shop.



Sneaker13 said:

I'll get Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS this Friday. I'm curious about the Chess game though. I have always been interested in the game, but I never really had the time to really look into it and the rules. So I mostly sticked to Checkers. But this one looks nice.



rjejr said:

Anybody know what happened to the Nintendo Channel update today? It usually updates about noon but 3 hours later and nothing.
Also, why isn't there a page for SMG2? There are 4 videos but you have to track down each 1 to watch it.



Megumi said:

Well I'm not going to sell the thing just because Nintendo is ignoring the VC...I mean, there is Galaxy 2 and Other M coming out soon. That and I can't seem to stop playing Tri, lol.



Megumi said:

Bleh, I stopped using the Nintendo Channel...they need to fix the video thing, every time I try to load a video it always ends up lagging, its annoying.



motang said:

Going to be downloading Photo Dojo and buying Earthworm Jim once I get home from work since I forgot to bring my DSi.



Rapadash6 said:

I think some of you just need to chill about the VC situation. It's merely a break and I'm sure plenty more classic games are on the way. At least we can take comfort in the fact that even Japan is sort of going through a dry spell too, so it's not just us this time.

I know this is probably just wishful thinking but I wonder if Nintendo might be preparing Yoshi's Island as a promotional release for Galaxy 2? It would make sense seeing how Yoshi is one of the biggest highlights of the title and they did it with the first Galaxy by releasing SMB3. We'll see, I guess.



TheLonelyGamer said:

Meh, nothing for me here this week. The only good thing we got this week was Photo Dojo.
Also, no VC game AGAIN?



Rapadash6 said:

I think it's more technical issues than liscencing to be honest with you. Especially considering that Nintendo owns the rights to the FX chip. Even then it's not something that's impossible to overcome, it just requires more time put into it to get the game to run correctly on the Wii hardware. In fact Nintendo devoting time to this could explain the drought right now as Nintendo has to do bug and technical testing with all VC games originally released on their hardware. Also while any game being available in Japan would be a great indicator as to what'll release elsewhere, it's not nessecarily the rule as we've seen plenty of first party VC titles before Japan did. (Super Metroid, Super Mario Bros 3, Pilotwings, DKC3, just to name a few)

I appriciate your worst case scenerio view point but to say NONE of these games will ever come out is a bit premature, especially considering that Nintendo has already gotten a number of enhancement chips to run on the system. Also note that those titles took time to show up which proves that they require a little more elbow grease. Just be patient and I'm sure FX enhanced games will show up eventually.

As for Earthbound, well that's an entirely different area of legal tie ups and surely you may be right about that one.

EDIT: Also I noticed you referenced Wikipedia's coming soon lists in one of your previous post and I have to tell you, as closely I've watched Virtual Console releases sinse its inception, those are the absolute WORST lists to go by in determaining what may or may not be coming soon to the service. My point being it's not so cut and dry and surprises are not uncommon.



GreenSpleen said:

Photo Dojo is awesome. Ive spent the past 3 hours taking pictures of myself and my 3 kids for the game. I wouldve happily paid for the game but the fact its free makes it even sweeter. My son has created fighters from posing his action figures, a giant stuffed animal rabbit and now his cat is wondering why we keep posing it different ways as well. Our fish tank makes the best background stage by far. This is such a genius yet simple concept and while Im sure it will wear thin at some point, its so funny that everytime someone new comes over he is gonna want to show it to them. Ive already downloaded it to all 3 of my kids DSi's. My 5 year old daughters 'fireball attack' is her baby doll with its butt out. This could be a huge hit if they ever make a retail version with more moves, special powers, boss battles, etc. Expand the roster, have fighters and stages already built in for a single player mode. Be able to combine pictres for backgrounds... the possibilities are endless really since its only limited by the playes imagination. I would gladly drop $20 - $30 on a fleshed out game like this ESPECIALLY if it included a 2 player mode for 2 Dsi's or even online multiplayer. Online probably isnt a great idea though... too many people will be taking inappropriate pictures for their poses... lol. Get this people, theres no way you wont laugh and enjoy yourself.



Cocoa_Man5 said:

so is DSiware getting in the way of virtual console releases? this is getting annoying...



donx998 said:

I recommend using video games sprites on photo dojo for full game experience



Dodger said:

Yay for free Photo Dojo! I was going to get it anyways.

However, boo for 500 point Chess Challenge! I wanted a DSiware chess and was going to get it but no way am I paying 500 points for a game everyone already has. Oh well. I found a game card for $25 that has about 50 short non-copyrighted board games and Chess and Checkers are on there. With hot seat multiplayer, I might just get something like that.



piguy101 said:

I have no room in the Dsi system memory but I have an SD card. Is there a SD card menu like the Wii or is there another way I can access all of my games without first deleting it from the system memory and copying it and deleting it...Or will I have to ask Nintendo to make an update for a SD card menu? Please help me.



Objection said:

Don't forget that with the release of T&T comes the release of the Rise from the Ashes DLC for the first WW game! It's a long, exciting chapter, totally worth the 200 points I believe they're asking for.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@lz: Inasmuch as "crappy" is a relative concept, yes. I'd don't think I've EVER seen a VC game that literally NOBODY wanted. If there's SOMEBODY who wants it, why not give it to them instead of nothing at all? Also, I subscribe to the thinking that the crappy games will more than likely release sooner or later anyway, which makes them instead of nothing a time saving measure. Either way, nothing is indeed the inferior option.

@piguy101: Unfortunately, there isn't anything like that available. By all rights, there SHOULD have been, given that the DSi released shortly AFTER the Wii's SD Channel update...but there's not.



Chunky_Droid said:

Yeah, getting Phoenix Wright (missed the DS version) and Photo Dojo for sure!

Good week for me! pumps fists



Roo said:

I bet Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS gets 5/10 in the review. Ho-hum.

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