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Nintendo Download: 17th May 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Running, blood and Kirby for the Wii; frogs, rabbits, upside-down blocks and more blood on DSi

Microgame creator WarioWare D.I.Y. and the hosts of the Nintendo Channel show "Nintendo Week" collide in the Big Name Game for this week, as Allison and Gary each unleash whatever crazy microgame their host brains have done thunk up.

WiiWare

Bit.Trip RUNNER (800pts - Aksys Games) – Europe received this latest entry in the Bit.Trip series last week, but it's not been too long a wait for North American residents to get their hands on what might be its best entry yet. The review is imminent, but before you run off, you'll want to check out our Bit.Trip RUNNER preview.

Blood Beach (1000pts - Coresoft, Inc.) – Another port of an iPhone game for WiiWare. Hopefully this game, in which players are placed at the controls of a flak gun or machine gun nest on islands in the Pacific during World War II, will turn out to have had a better WiiWare conversion than others. One of our reviewers will find out soon enough!

Virtual Console

Kirby Super Star (800pts SNES - Nintendo) – One of the more popular games in the series, we're sure this will mollify many fans of Nintendo's back catalogue looking for a new Virtual Console game to play. You can expect a review from us soon.

DSiWare

Looksley's Line Up (500pts - Nintendo) – Well, Nintendo of America didn't waste much time localising this 3D game from Japan. If you want to see the game in action you can check out our preview of the Japanese release; otherwise rest assured that we'll be reviewing it soon.

Frogger Returns (500pts - Konami) – A handheld version of the WiiWare game released last year. We'll be sure to review it soon, but to get an idea of what's on offer you can read the Frogger Returns review for WiiWare, presently.

A Topsy Turvy Life: Turvy Drops (200pts - Tecmo Koei Games) – One of a couple of Tecmo games released for the DSi early this year in Japan where you play with the DSi held upside-down. This is a rather interesting puzzle game and given the main title, we expect to see the companion upside-down shooting game soon. Until our review is ready you can get a feel for what this game is all about by reading our preview of the Japanese release.

Flips: More Bloody Horowitz (200pts - Electronic Arts) – The latest entry in a series of e-books for teens featuring interactive sections. This is a collection of three horror stories from the author of the Alex Rider series of spy novels.

Naturally you can read the full press release below:

New Downloadable Games Will Blow Your Mind, Not Your Budget

Just because Nintendo offers a rich selection of downloadable games doesn’t mean you have to be rich to enjoy them. Available for just 500 Nintendo DSi Points™ apiece, Looksley’s Line Up™ and Frogger Returns for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service offer immersive virtual world fun and arcade-inspired thrills, respectively, at a budget-friendly price. Check out the complete lineup of incredible titles for the hand-held Nintendo DSi™ system, and while you’re at it, be sure to download the hilarious new Photo Dojo™ game, available for zero Nintendo DSi Points through June 10 (the game will require 200 Nintendo DSi Points for download as of June 11).

BIT.TRIP RUNNER marks a fresh installment in one of the WiiWare™ service’s most acclaimed game series, while the Super NES™ classic Kirby Super Star™ arrives on the Virtual Console™ service, each available to download for only 800 Wii Points™. Also, fans of Band Hero for the Wii™ system can be among the first to play the new Band Hero 1 Track Pack, featuring music from Miley Cyrus (“7 Things”), Selena Gomez (“Falling Down”) and Demi Lovato (“Here We Go Again”). This pack will be exclusive to Wii for one week starting May 18, 2010.

This week also brings new additions to the “Big Name Games” section of the WarioWare™: D.I.Y. series, featuring downloadable microgames from some of the industry’s most talented figures. Gary and Allison, hosts of the Nintendo Channel’s “Nintendo Week” program, have each created an original microgame to add to the series’ wild mix. 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 Gary and Allison’s imaginative creations.

Nintendo DSiWare

Looksley’s Line Up
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Looksley the rabbit needs your assistance to finish the story he’s writing. Guide him through a world based on famous fairy tales and folk stories from around the globe, helping him to gather inspiration by finding hidden items along the way. In this unique take on hidden-picture games, you’ll move the Nintendo DSi system to change your view of various 3-D dioramas. Peer deeply into the scene as you shift the system, watching as layers within the diorama move to reveal previously unseen letters and objects. As you collect these letters and objects, you’ll meet new characters and spell words that will open additional stages with more sets of hidden items to find. Particular stages contain secret pictures, testing your observation skills even further. Scour each scene’s incredible depth and detail as you lend Looksley a hand in completing his masterpiece. Players of all ages will love this visual puzzle challenge and be amazed to see that even the same spot can look different from another angle.

Frogger Returns
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Frogger is coming to a Nintendo DSi system near you! Frogger Returns takes the heart-pounding challenge of arcade Frogger and moves it into the next dimension. Classic top-down 2-D game play is updated with colorful 3-D graphics, a new perspective, new levels, new enemies and game-changing power-ups to dodge and use. Four stages take the original journey of Frogger from highway to home through a new adventure. Use multiple modes to attack your top scores, race against the clock or just get Frogger to his home pad.

A Topsy Turvy Life: Turvy Drops™
Publisher: TECMO KOEI GAMES
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Turn the Nintendo DSi system upside down and draw blocks on the touch screen to fill spaces in this topsy-turvy take on puzzle games. Play “Endless Mode” to see just how many points you can get as the blocks on the bottom screen fill faster and faster. The more blocks you clear at once, the higher your score. Play “Puzzle Mode” to test your brain against 30 mind-bending puzzles. Clear all the blocks within the specified time and turn limits. Can you solve the puzzles before time is up?

Flips: More Bloody Horowitz
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Anthony Horowitz, the best-selling creator of Alex Rider, gives horror a whole new look in this mischievous collection of macabre tales, exclusive to the Flips series. Including three new stories – each with its own unique feature, such as illustrations and sound effects – Flips: More Bloody Horowitz finds Horowitz at his most wicked. The Flips series brings modern classics to the Nintendo DSiWare service, allowing readers to collect, solve, interact and learn as they progress through the various stories and challenges.

WiiWare

BIT.TRIP RUNNER
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Discover the fastest, most exhilarating action-platformer to hit the WiiWare service. Race across the moon, kicking down crystal walls and sliding under chomping moon-slugs. Bound through the Robotic Mines and face off against the MinerMech. Dash through the Big City on a quest to find friends and defeat the final boss together. RUNNER is the fourth entry in the award-winning and critically acclaimed BIT.TRIP series. You control CommanderVideo as he runs, jumps, slides and kicks. With exciting modern and retro challenges, you can move through more than 50 levels of addictive game play. Chiptune supergroup Anamanaguchi makes a guest appearance. Join CommanderVideo on his most epic journey yet!

Blood Beach
Publisher: Coresoft Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Blood, Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: You are hopelessly outnumbered and have no choice but to fight and win. Just you, your guns and the thin stretch of Blood Beach stand between you and the entire Japanese Imperial Navy. You have an impressive arsenal of weapons, including the M2 BMG, 40mm M1 and, of course, your Thompson SMG. But the Imperial Japanese Navy will hit you with everything they can muster – “Zeros,” “Bettys” and even Takao-class battleships – in their methodical and relentless push to recapture the Solomon Islands. High scores can be saved for Easy, Normal and Hard levels of difficulty.

Virtual Console

Kirby Super Star
Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: That awful King Dedede is at it again – he’s stolen all the food in Dream Land. It’s up to Kirby™ to get it back and ultimately save Pop Star from being overtaken. In what may be the most diverse adventure yet for the round, pink hero, Kirby journeys through six main games and two minigames, finishing with the ultimate showdown in The Arena. Each game offers its own story and style of platforming action, as well as unique environments and an assortment of enemies. Swallowing an enemy allows Kirby to copy the abilities of that enemy, granting him the power to perform special attacks and giving him a new hat to don. In a strategic twist, Kirby can now give up an acquired ability and use it to turn an enemy into a helper. The helper will follow Kirby around and automatically fight as his ally or offer a second player the chance to join in the game by controlling it. There’s never a dull moment as Kirby dashes, flies and swallows enemies in his battle against King Dedede, Dyna Blade and Meta Knight.

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 (101)

pixelman

#1

pixelman said:

Downloading Bit.Trip Runner in exactly 42 minutes! And wtf, Kirby Super Star?! Nintendo's spoiling us today. :D

Juampi

#2

Juampi said:

It is about time they released Kirby Super Star. I'm definitely downloading it as soon as it's available.

Iggy

#3

Iggy said:

Bit Trip would be the only game i would download. Its shame no awesome games on my birthday

TwilightV

#4

TwilightV said:

Gary's microgame has a special guest appearance by Supreme Lord Chicken Brutus. :D

Bass_X0

#7

Bass_X0 said:

Rise From The Ashes. The fifth chapter to the first Phoenix Wright game.

Unca_LzStaff

#9

Unca_Lz said:

That's totally unfair! Why did Europe get that before us? Wah wah wah...nah, jk. :D

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#10

Philip_J_Reed said:

@Twilight:
My career sure has been picking up steam lately, hasn't it? haha

Bit.Trip: Runner for me today...Kirby Superstar for me eventually. Solid update thanks to those two alone.

Tsuchinoko

#11

Tsuchinoko said:

Really? That's not on Wiiware yet? How inconvinient. Well to anyone that never played that chapter, i think its one of the best in the series.

I officially state that since one of the most anticipated titles show up on the Virtual Console in a while is finally here, we do a lot less complaining about it for a while. Especially since everything else on the release schedule (clayfighter 63 1/3, Impossible Mission, Pengo) doesn't look interesting at all.

I would totally get that Phoenix Wright chapter if i could buy it seperately.

Egg_miester

#12

Egg_miester said:

i see it as a lame week, i love super star i feel that nintendo took to long releasing it, but i am wondering about blood beach

Token_Girl

#13

Token_Girl said:

Ahh, so they were waiting on a big name release. Super sweet that Kirby SS is on VC; I was waiting hoping they wouldn't just rely on the DS version (esp. now that it's probly out of print)! Plus Bit.Trip: Runner...this is an awesome Wii update week! (Too bad I'm not home). DS really isn't that interesting unless Frogger turns out to be good though.

Tsuchinoko

#16

Tsuchinoko said:

@Token_Girl Well, like someone just said on another forum, that means its a good sign for other games like Chrono Trigger or other games that had DS remakes to get a release on the VC.

cheapogamer4life

#17

cheapogamer4life said:

The month of May seem to be getting better updates as the weeks pass by. Cant wait intil the last one to finally get my hands on Xscape :) (hopefully for only 500 np's).

Unca_LzStaff

#18

Unca_Lz said:

@Tsuch: That WOULD be a good sign if Nintendo owned Chrono Trigger, but they do not. That would be Squeenix's decision ;)

Leshclen

#19

Leshclen said:

Great week IMO, finally some VC. Definitely going to get Bit.Trip Runner and I might get Looksley's Line Up if the review is good.

Tsuchinoko

#20

Tsuchinoko said:

Well, so far Square has participated in at least a half a dozen VC games, as well as acting as the publisher for the N64 Ogre Battle. I'm just saying its not out of the question, which is fine by me. I never played any of the Chrono games, so... :)

Rapadash6

#21

Rapadash6 said:

I'd just like to point out that Kirby Super Star is NOT yet listed on the ESRB site, for those that insist VC titles absolutely MUST be, before they can be released.

On Nintendo's side, I'm only really waiting for a handful of SNES titles now. Yoshi's Island, obviously, as well as Super Mario All-Stars, if they'd somehow work those two out. Really, though, there's not much left I REALLY want. There is plenty I'd get, if made available, however.

winter123

#24

winter123 said:

I have Shantae for game boy color I think, still need to play through but it was so fun what i played.

Tsuchinoko

#25

Tsuchinoko said:

@Rapadash Really? You don't care about Star Fox? Or the original Contra? (notice I'm not putting Mother 2/Earthbound, since i KNOW pretty much 99% we're not getting it. Oh wells...). For me personally there is a short list of stuff i absolutely want. Then there's stuff like Chrono Trigger (which i never played and want to), and the original Metal Gear series (which is on the Japanese VC now).

Shugo

#26

Shugo said:

Wow, I didn't see Kirby Super Star coming. That's sure to please a LOT of people.

They really need to get Super Mario All-Stars out now. I still keep my SNES around almost just for that game (and well, the Super Game Boy, but...), and it's still one of the best ways to play the Super Mario series ever. I would hope they at least take the liberty of fixing the brick collision physics in SMB/Lost Levels, though. I've seen a ROM hack that fixes it and now it's hard to play those two games in the All-Star versions just because I know I could be playing it fixed.

It would also be really cool if they pick the Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World version to put up, but somehow that feels a bit TOO good for Nintendo. :P

Bass_X0

#27

Bass_X0 said:

I'd just like to point out that Kirby Super Star is NOT yet listed on the ESRB site, for those that insist VC titles absolutely MUST be, before they can be released.

99% of the time they are. Its a good indicator of whats coming up soon. And just because Kirby is released this week doesn't mean the likes of Yoshi's Island or Chrono Trigger will be next week.

Tsuchinoko

#28

Tsuchinoko said:

@Shugo Well, i think i would be more surprised to see Super Mario All-Stars on the VC than Yoshi's Island to be honest. Since all the original games are available seperately on the VC, it wouldn't be very economical on their part i guess. Though since all the original games have been available for some time now and many people have already bought them, they might consider it now. Honestly, if they put it on the VC at an inflated price i would totally understand. A Super Nintendo game is 800 points, and Super Mario World by itself is also 800, and Super Mario 2 (the lost levels) right now is listed as an import at 600. I dunno...just i can understand them not putting it on the VC.

Mizore

#29

Mizore said:

lol...Superstar. Well, at least they've finally decided to release a great SNES game...too bad I'm not getting it. (lol, Ultra)

WolfRamHeart

#30

WolfRamHeart said:

Wow, Bit. Trip Runner and Kirby Super Star?! This is a pretty awesome download week! I'm definitely getting Runner. I already have Kirby Super Star Ultra on my DS so I'm going to pass but it is still a great addition to the VC library.

I think people should stay away from Blood Beach. It's another iPhone game port and it just looks terrible. I predict that it will get a 1 or 2 score in the review.:P

Crunc

#31

Crunc said:

I'm not buying any of the Super Mario games until they release Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World, so I suggest they do so! Bit Trip Runner... I wish they had demos. What happened to demos? Was it a flop? Why?

Earendel68

#33

Earendel68 said:

It is a relieve to see a Virtual Console release this week, and not just any game, but the classic Kirby Super Star. Thanks, Nintendo...

Tsuchinoko

#34

Tsuchinoko said:

Well, as far as Yoshi's Island goes, as long as that's not on the VC, neither will Star Fox. I'm hoping they get that Super FX chip stuff sorted out. Chrono Trigger would be nice, but yeah...

The Metal Gear games ARE on the Japanese VC, so they could be coming anytime. Kirby SS was put on the VC in Japan last October, so it was a good sign we would get it too. I seriously think Europe will get it very soon too.

All we do is wait. The only game that the ESRB has rated for future updates that i'm even considering as of right now is Wild Guns, and thats just a passing interest.

By the way, just played those "Big Name" games for this week (seriously, why did THOSE people make a game for this series). I have to say these two are the worst i've seen so far, right up there with the World of Goo game. They're just so...lame

Sneaker13

#35

Sneaker13 said:

Glad you see that you guys get Bit Trip Runner. Great game. Also nice to see Kirby Super Star. But I have the original SNES cartridge so I won't buy it if it reach Europe.

Stuffgamer1

#36

Stuffgamer1 said:

I should think that Final Fantasy 1 and "2" being on VC was a better sign for Chrono Trigger, as they're from the same remake-happy company. ;)

When I saw Kirby, I was HOPING for Star Stacker, but expecting this. I see I was not wrong. Well, I may be able to get my brother to download Superstar on my Wii so we can play co-op. That'd be great.:D

@Bass: Not 99%...it's actually pretty common that I see a rating pop up on the site for a game that was released sometime within the previous month. Tends to happen for the crap games, though, so people just don't notice so much.

Do we actually KNOW that the Phoenix Wright DLC isn't out? I mean,,,these Nintendo press releases don't usually cover that stuff. I would advise someone who has the game check, just to be sure.

cyrus_zuo

#37

cyrus_zuo said:

Very excited about the VC game this week!!
...but I'm still am disappointed that some of what I consider to be some of the best games of their respective consoles, and some of my personal favorites, aren't on VC. (original Contra!? Rygar, Strider [Genesis], Baseball Stars [NES], Sunset Riders)
I'd love more arcade VC too! I hope they come...Japan has a much, much better selection.

Stuffgamer1

#38

Stuffgamer1 said:

@lz: We get big games before they do sometimes, y'know. It was only recently that someone posted a list of several such games...Super Metroid and SMB3 are all I remember from it, but those are pretty darned big titles!

@Tsuchinoko: We won't necessarily get Yoshi's Island before Starfox. In fact, I find it VERY unlikely that we will if the wait is actually caused by tech. I've just been researching SNES game chips, and I found that there were two different versions of the FX chip. Yoshi's Island used the second, faster version, so I'd guess that Starfox would be easier to emulate.

EdEN

#39

EdEN said:

It's weird that Nintendo releases Kirky Super Star on the Virtual Console since they've also got the remake version out there on DS but it's great for those that want to see what the original played like since there were some changes made here and there. Actually own the original on a SNES cart and the DS remake.

I'll be getting Looksley's Line Up this week.

ErrorSupply

#43

ErrorSupply said:

Looksley's Line Up is pretty cool. The effect is really nice if you close one eye to overcome the lack of depth.

Bass_X0

#46

Bass_X0 said:

This release also completes the Kirby series.

Nope. There's one more left. Kirby no Kirakira Kids (aka Kirby's Star Stacker) which has been released in Japan. Its a decent puzzler IMO. I think I would get it if it were to come out here. :)

EdEN

#47

EdEN said:

@StarFox: You Didn't like Kirby Super Star? But, it's many, many games in one! The Treasure Hunter one makes the 800 points asked be worth it all by itself.

suburban_sensei

#48

suburban_sensei said:

I would get KSS if I didn't already have the DS version. Bit Trip Runner for me when I get the time and money.

Tails

#50

Tails said:

Why did KSS have to come out now when my Wii is still being repaired :'(. Oh well hopefully i'll get it back and download it soon. :) Pretty sweet update.

Tsuchinoko

#51

Tsuchinoko said:

@Stuffgamer1 I wasn't talking about getting one before the other. I was grouping the two together since they're the biggest titles associated with the chips, and since if problems with the company or tech itself cause one to not be released, its easy to see why neither is on the VC yet in ANY region. I don't care about what order they come in, but if the situation is fixed...or whatever, the fact that they DO come is the point.

The_Ink_Pit_Ox

#53

The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

@EdEN: I got lost in the Cave about halfway through, and then gave up. I was playing the remake.

I also like the graphics of Dream Land 3 a lot better.

Tsuchinoko

#55

Tsuchinoko said:

@cyrus_zuo Well, I'm guessing you mean a different Rygar from the one that is on the VC already.

For me...I would like to see...The Lost Vikings, Yoshi's Island and Star Fox (if possible), Willow (movie related games...hmph), Doki Doki panic as an import, Strider and the Metal Gear games (since I never played them before), Duck Tails/World of Illusion/Micky Mousecapades (Disney...), Mother and Mother 2 (another can of worms), and Marvel Vs. Capcom (just cuz they couldn't fit the 2nd one...).

Sweet Home would also be cool, but impossible i guess.

theblackdragonAdmin

#56

theblackdragon said:

oh awesome, KSS co-op is back baby :3 so many fond memories of playing the minigames and whooping my hubby's butt at them, hahaha.

also, RUNNER HOLY CRAP YES IT'S ABOUT TIME D: D: D: :D

Tsuchinoko

#57

Tsuchinoko said:

@theblackdragon Aww. thats cute. I whup my hubby's butt in Smash Brothers all the time, so its good to know that's something other people enjoy too. And he's Japanese, so its even more of a triumph!

TheLonelyGamer

#58

TheLonelyGamer said:

Fantastic week! I'm amazed that we got Kirby Super Star, it doesn't matter for me though, I've got it on my SNES.
And Runner looks really cool too.
I'm gonna get Looksley's Line Up sometime soon.

StarDust4Ever

#61

StarDust4Ever said:

VC= EPIC WIN! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Yay, Kirby! I am so gonna download this when I get home from college! I just got out of final exam, and this news really brightened up my day!

Finally, we get a good great awesome game that we can all appreciate. But still, Nintendo, please do us this favor and supply us with games more often!!!

Next on my wish list: Yoshi's Island :P

odd69

#63

odd69 said:

Finally something good this week. I'm going to pass on bit trip runner though, infact I have skipped the entire series.

Kaeobais

#64

Kaeobais said:

Very good week. Unfortunately I'm 200 points short of Kirby, but I did get RUNNER. It's probably my favorite Bit.Trip yet.

@Crunc: They're never going to release SMB-All Stars. That's 4 NES games and an snes game, all of which are already available on vc, for 800 pts instead of 2800 pts. It wouldn't make any sense. It might come out as a Nintendo Club exclusive, like Doc Louis' Punch Out, but I SEVERELY doubt it'll come out at all.

Aenaida

#67

Aenaida said:

Totally was not expecting Kirby Super Star. Will buy the next time I get some points.

Kevin

#68

Kevin said:

Yay! The VC is showing signs of life. And its a really good game too. @31: That Mario All-Stars/World bundle will NEVER be released on the VC. Just buy the NES versions.

turtlelink

#69

turtlelink said:

Kirby Super Star?
Now we know that i nintendo keeps VC games away from us for too long, something big happens

gojiguy

#70

gojiguy said:

Kirby Superstar? honestly? Frick. Already out on DS in an upgraded form. Give us something new and give us more than one title. Especially after 2 weeks of nothing.

TheBaconator

#71

TheBaconator said:

Looksey shares one of the same problems as Snapped the backround and lighting have to be perfect in order for it to work. Other than that is is pretty cool.

WanderFan91

#75

WanderFan91 said:

Nice to see that Kirby Super Star hit the VC. :) It's my second favorite game in the series, my top favorite being Kirby's Dream Land 3.
I remember playing it a bit on the original SNES cartridge back when I "escaped" Hurricane Rita to my mom's friend's house. I own the DS remake, and it's really good. :)

Tasuki

#77

Tasuki said:

I loved Kirby Super Star and I am sooo stoked to see it released on the VC. As soon as I am able to I am going to Target to get me a Nintendo points card so I can download this game.

WildPidgeyAppears

#79

WildPidgeyAppears said:

Nintendo managed to make up for the VC drought by releasing one of their best games for the service...still, I do have the DS version so I can hold off on getting this one. Also, @Digiki: I don't think I've heard anyone ever say that. Lots of people consider Super Star something of a pinnacle of Kirby awesomeness, and they also think Kirby 64 is pretty average. I'm inclined to agree; Kirby 64 is still fun and charming, but I'm baffled why they didn't include some of the elements that made Kirby's Adventure and Super Star so great.

@Tsuchinoko: You think there's a chance of the MSX games coming Stateside? Sadly, I don't think that's gonna happen, for two reasons:

1. They'd need to obtain a license to host MSX on the service, a console I guarantee you the majority of English speakers have not heard of.

2. The translation of the games, which was in that rerelease of Snake Eater, would have to be converted and formatted into a VC release, and as we know, with imports companies rarely take the extra time to do things like that.

With our luck we'd get the original in its "I FEEL ASLEEP!" glory.

WildPidgeyAppears

#80

WildPidgeyAppears said:

An additional observation, also @Tsuchinoko: Squeenix has been pretty stingy with VC releases. They don't seem to put a lot of stuff on Nintendo's services. When the most they release for the systems in terms of mainstream Final Fantasy games is Crystal Chronicles and Tactics games, I doubt they're THAT serious about supporting Nintendo systems.

astarisborn94

#82

astarisborn94 said:

About time. Will download it after doing some homework.

This somewhat makes up for the mini-drought we had. One more non-VC week would have left me furious.

CanisWolfred

#83

CanisWolfred said:

I still can't believe Kirby Super Star came out within our lifetime.:P I'm so getting it with my next VC purchase.

Objection

#84

Objection said:

KSS? Very nice, I'm getting that for sure. I see that Bit Trip has gone up in price so I'll definately be waiting on the review for that one. Damn fine week.

WarioFan63

#85

WarioFan63 said:

Wait were some people asking where Case 1-5 of the original Phoenix Wright is?

Do some people not read the manual? It's been slated for a May 24th release since January.

brainofj

#87

brainofj said:

Two weeks without a VC update, and we get KIRBY? Might as well have had a third week off.

WildPidgeyAppears

#88

WildPidgeyAppears said:

@brainofj: You must not have played very much of the series. While the games certainly are generally geared towards a younger audience than most Nintendo franchises, the games are incredibly fun and surprisingly challenging in parts. You really should play a few, they're fun regardless of how old you are. :P

WillhamBoyGeniu

#89

WillhamBoyGeniu said:

@85WarioFan63> Haha I know, it hurts the ones who know already and feel like smacking the clueless.

If they want want to know, then look in the manual! It clearly states the fifth case release date.

I understand not knowing the DLC date of a game because it had been recently released, but Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney's been available since January!

abe8812

#90

abe8812 said:

Even though I have KSSU, I'll still get the SNES version since I always prefer it originals over remakes.

Stuffgamer1

#91

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Digiki: Wow, you've got to be the first person I've ever heard state that opinion other than myself! Well, as far as preferring Kirby 64 goes, anyway. I do LIKE Superstar, but I think it's overrated. Dreamland 3 and Kirby 64 are both better, IMO.

@WildPidgeyAppears: Not everyone likes the gameplay elements they put in Kirby's Adventure/Nightmare in Dreamland and Kirby's Superstar, though. I prefer the simpler charm of the classic Dreamland trilogy and Kirby 64. I really wish they'd make more Kirby games like that, but they sadly seem more interested in copying the other style, but with blander games (Squeak Squad=bleh IMO).

My brother did download Superstar on my Wii today, and it is fun. Just overrated. I miss Dreamland 3's art style...

WanderFan91

#92

WanderFan91 said:

Kirby's Dream Land 3 is a game I've truly enjoyed from the very beginning ever since I downloaded it the day it came to the Virtual Console (January 5th, 2009). :) I love it, and it's one of my top favorites. The visuals are the most unique I've seen in an SNES game (this game has more parallax scrolling and moving foregrounds and color-layering effects than any other Kirby game combined), the animation is fluid, the control is awesome, and the soundtrack is topnotch. :) Though I still to this day fail to see what Drake meant when he said the game had horrible music (???). I've got a 98% status right now (I've still yet to beat the Boss Butch and Jumping mini-games).
I did like how there were cameo appearances from other Nintendo chracters (like Samus, Metroids, R.O.B. and Professor Hector, to name a few). :) I also like all the animal helpers in the game. :)


Kirby Super Star is also a great game. :) It's my second favorite game in the series. I loved how there were many games in one. The first time I played it was when I "fled" from Hurricane Rita back in very late 2005, to my mom's friend's house. Though I will admit that I did not play it too much. I also played Kirby's Dream Course, my third favorite game in the series, for the first time during that year (which is one of the reasons I got a Wii, so I could play Kirby's Dream Course again, which wouldn't be until the Summer of 2007), which at the time got me totally addicted. From what I've played of Kirby Super Star back in 2005, I had fun. :) Sometime, three years later, I got another shot at Kirby Super Star on the DS, only it was Kirby Super Star Ultra. I managed to play through it all (I 100%-ed it in four days), and I found it very fun; still do. :) I will say: Marx is one hard final boss. The soundtrack I thought was really good; especially during the boss encounters against Marx and Meta-Knight, and the ending portions of Milky Way Wishes and The Great Cave Offensive (my favorite game of the bunch). I also liked how you could make your enemies become your allies. :)

WildPidgeyAppears

#93

WildPidgeyAppears said:

While the Dreamland series has its charms, I'm more a fan of the stylistic changes in KSS and Adventure/Nightmare in Dreamland. I like the faster-pace of the gameplay as opposed to the sometimes-plodding pace of the earlier Kirby games. I do feel Dreamland 3 is underrated; I've heard so much hating on that game and never understood why it got critically eviscerated.

WanderFan91

#94

WanderFan91 said:

My post on 92 has got to be the longest non-forum post I've yet made. :$
Kirby's Dream Land 3 is very underrated, imo, and I don't believe it deserves a six.

Stuffgamer1

#95

Stuffgamer1 said:

@StarBoy: I pulled off a 100% file on Dreamland 3 on the SNES once...it's probably still saved on the cart now.:D

I also haven't the slightest idea why Dreamland 3 is so underrated, of course. I REALLY wish they'd bring that art style back to the series...and the music, and the animal buddies...heck, even Gooey!:D

WanderFan91

#96

WanderFan91 said:

The only game in the series that actually took acknowledgement of the existence of Kirby's Dream Land 3 was Kirby Canvas Curse (which I admit is not really my favorite, but it is good). The latter had one or two songs from Kirby's Dream Land 3 (albeit with different sound samples), and there were even a few enemies from Kirby's Dream Land 3 (like the Bobo fire enemies).


I'm still trying to beat Boss Butch (methinks I have to go without taking damage until I get to King DeDeDe and/or Dark Matter (I only got up to his second form) to actually make through it). As for the Jumping, I got up to eight, and I have to absolutely be precise when landing my jumps (I pay attention to how high or low Kirby has his hands in the air, or anywhere inbetween).

I do concur that Nago, Pitch, and ChuChu need to make another appearance. A Kirby's Dream Land 4 would be awesome! :D :)

And while we're still talking about Kirby, I've beaten Kirby's Dream Course for the first time tonight. Hooray!!!! :)

WildPidgeyAppears

#97

WildPidgeyAppears said:

@StarBoy: even if those hints of a new full-blown Kirby don't bear fruit, I'd be happy with a WiiWare 1000-point sidescrolling installment...maybe if it combined Dreamland series elements with the more standard elements used now. I mean they're doing a retro-sequel to Bonk of all characters, so...

Stuffgamer1

#98

Stuffgamer1 said:

@StarBoy: I found the jumping challenge easier when using animal helpers, actually. I think I used Coo, but it might've been Kine. One of those.

And yes, Boss Bunch is really only managable if you get to Dark Matter virtually damage-free. Not really all that hard with some practice, IMO. YOU CAN DO IT!:D

WanderFan91

#99

WanderFan91 said:

Thanks, Stuffy. :)
I love Jun Ishikawa's soundtracks. :) His Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby Super Star, and Arcana soundtracks are his best works, imo. :) Especially Arcana (most overlooked and underrated first-person RPG ever crafted, and was only released in NA and JP back in 1992 by HAL America [HAL Laboratory prior to Kirby's Dream Land's release]), which has some of my favorite RPG music ever.
It might just be me, but I find one of King DeDeDe's second form's attacks (the one where his body opens up and teeth appear) very disturbing.
EDIT: Stuffy!!! I've read your post and decided to use animal helpers, and it worked!!! :) I used Rick the Hamster (one of my favorite animal helpers), and I managed to beat the Jumping challenge with fifteen points! :) It took many tries before I pulled it off. Now I only have 1% more until I complete the game! Hooray!!! :) :) :)

SuperTeeter64

#100

SuperTeeter64 said:

Didn't see Kirby Super Star coming... But, it's a very nice game and all... Like most are saying... I too have the DS version, which has even more modes and everything on it... But, I do miss the classic SNES sound effects and music... So I MIGHT get it... Always did want to buy the original SNES game... I remember seeing it at a store and really, really wanting it. I also really enjoy the cover for the game over the DS one. Though that doesn't really matter.

Now I would like to say is...
Good things happen to those who wait...
Doesn't it pay off to be patient people? :D

Yes, I'm aware this doesn't benefit everyone...

WanderFan91

#101

WanderFan91 said:

Good things happen to those who wait

That's a really good adage, and it's true. :)


I've persevered to the end, and I finally managed to beat Boss Butch in Kirby's Dream Land 3 tonight, after many tries. :)

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