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Nintendo Download: 24th May 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Metal, Poker, "Saucy Jack" and Circuits for DSi and Art Style, Viruses and Monkeys on the Wii this week in North America


Metal Torrent (500pts – Nintendo) – Nintendo dips its toes into the bullet-hell shooting arena via developer Arika's latest DSiWare game. This has been out in Japan for a while and was published in Europe earlier this month. Read our Metal Torrent review to find out what we think of it.

World Poker Tour: Texas Hold 'Em (500pts - Hands-On Mobile) – Apparently you cannot have too many card games for your DSi, especially this one variant of poker which seems to be the sole poker game people would want to play on their Nintendo handheld or console given that it's the only one represented. If you and five of your friends buy this game you can all play together courtesy of built-in support for local wireless play. We'll be bringing you a review soon.

Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper (800pts - Virtual Playground) – Finding hidden objects seems to be a fairly popular pastime on the DSi, though this one is different from others by engaging you in a mystery to discover the "true identity" of Jack the Ripper! We'll find out if the experience warrants the premium pricetag in an upcoming review.

Advanced Circuits (200pts - BiP Media) – Based on the description this budget puzzle game sounds like a spin on the venerable 8-bit computer and arcade game Pipe Mania. We'll put it through its paces and let you know if it's worthy to be in the same company as its inspiration.


Art Style: light trax (600pts - Nintendo) – We would normally associate the "Art Style" brand with puzzles, but here's a racing game, though it still has the abstract visuals you'd expect. We'll have a review soon.

Manic Monkey Mayhem (800pts - Code Monkeys) – Virtual coconut fights against friends online is offered in this WiiWare game from Code Monkeys. We offered our thoughts on it some time ago, so check out our Manic Monkey Mayhem review for more information.

Viral Survival (500pts - NIS America) – We were a bit surprised to find out this collection of similarly-themed score attack games was being brought over from Japan, but given Nippon Ichi Software's other recent Wii release it seems logical. It's been nearly a year since we posted impressions on the Japanese release, Escape Virus, but we've been told Viral Survival has been localised without any real changes and includes online leaderboards as well. Read our Escape Virus First Impressions for more info until our review is ready.

As usual you can check out Nintendo's press release below:

This week the Nintendo DSiWare™ service asks players to try their hands at a number of divergent occupations. You might pilot a ship in Metal Torrent™ or try a bluff at the poker table in World Poker Tour Texas Hold ’Em. Once you master those, you can try your hand at solving transportation problems through deductive reasoning or go on a hunt for the notorious Jack the Ripper. Over on the WiiWare™ service, things get a little more “natural.” You might play as a monkey or as a unit of DNA. You can even become a trippy beam of light in ArtStyle™: light trax™, the latest title in the critically-acclaimed Art Style series. Don’t forget 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).

This week also brings new additions to the “Big Name Games” section of the WarioWare™: D.I.Y. series, which features downloadable microgames from some of the industry’s most talented figures. This week’s featured game, Funky Boxing, was created by Chris Slate, editor in chief of Nintendo Power™ magazine. Funky Boxing is an homage to Punch-Out!! ™ and asks players to score three hits on the Champ. 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.

Nintendo DSiWare

Metal Torrent
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Prepare for a high level of intensity as you pilot a solo ship deep into enemy space in this vertically scrolling shooter. Battle wave after wave of relentless attackers aiming to do one thing – destroy you! Your goal, beyond mere survival, is simple: Get the highest score possible and earn bragging rights in online leaderboards. Two powerful fighters are at your disposal: the Accipiter and Bateleur, tailored for beginner or expert players. Progress through eight phases of action and take out enemies by tactically using your weapons: an unlimited-fire blaster weapon available to both ships and an energy-consuming special weapon unique to each craft. Absorb energy cubes from destroyed enemies to replenish your energy gauge and increase your score. Collect a series of consecutive cubes to create a chain and boost your score even higher. Choose from pattern or random modes to vary the level of challenge, but the real indication of skill comes from competing with players around the world for the highest score possible. Use Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to upload your score to the online leaderboards to see where you stack up or even view replays of top-ranking players’ games and study their secrets. Do you have what it takes to be the best?

World Poker Tour Texas Hold ’Em
Publisher: Hands-On Mobile
Players: 1-6
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Simulated Gambling
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Play like the pros in World Poker Tour Texas Hold ’Em on the Nintendo DSiWare service, the official game tested and approved by the experts at the World Poker Tour. Whether you’re just learning to play or you’re an old-school player wanting to hook some fish, Texas Hold ’Em has tables for all players. Choose to play solo in two unique tournaments designed specifically for the Nintendo DSiWare version or use a local wireless connection and play with your friends and take down monster pots. The action is in your hands in one of the most authentic poker games ever brought to the Nintendo DSi system.

Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper
Publisher: Virtual Playground
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Blood, Mild Sexual Themes, Violent References
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper – the fabulous, chart-topping hidden-object game with amazing graphics is now available on the Nintendo DSiWare service. One of the first and best games of its type, Jack the Ripper features numerous atmospheric 3-D locations and oodles of hidden objects to find. The realism of the scenes and the accuracy of the storyline will fascinate all ages from young teen to adult. Travel back to 1880s London to help Scotland Yard’s detectives solve the crime of the century. Visit world-famous landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace. Search crime scenes and solve mini puzzles in your hunt for clues. Was Jack a doctor, a royal prince, a barber or something else? Was he mad? This game will tell you. Enjoy hours and hours of game play in this truly absorbing game. Whether you are an experienced player or a newbie, once you start your investigation, you will be on an adventure you won’t want to stop – until you discover Jack the Ripper’s true identity, that is.

Advanced Circuits
Publisher: BiP media
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Whether with a train, a car or a tank, are you ready for a new challenge? This brain-boggling puzzle game will put your powers of deduction to the test. Complete the circuits by connecting squares on the game board with pieces of track. Some pieces of track are already shown on the board at the beginning of the game to give you a head start. There is only one solution to each puzzle. The rules are simple but the challenges are tough.

  • Challenge mode features 60 predefined game boards of increasing difficulty.
  • Free Play mode lets you select the game board size and practice on any number of randomly generated puzzles.
  • 72 awards to be won.
  • Also features a tutorial, hints and tips and even the solution if you feel like giving up.


ArtStyle: light trax
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 600 Wii Points

Description: Art Style: light trax takes racing to whole new (and very surreal) levels as you control a white beam of light moving perpetually forward while your viewpoint shifts between 2-D and 3-D perspectives. Start by choosing one of the two main modes of game play, each with its own distinct goal. In light tours mode, you vie with other light beams for the most points in a three-course racing tour. Watch out for obstacles, use items and strategically use your dash ability to finish first. In freeway mode, your objective is to set a high score by traveling the greatest distance within a set amount of time. Mastering the intricacies of each setting is crucial: you’ll have to alternate between them in order to progress through the game and unlock all of its modes. With precise controls packed in and a driving techno soundtrack, Art Style: light trax offers an experience unlike any other. Are you ready to compete in a mind-bending race at the speed of light? Games in the Art Style series feature elegant design, polished graphics and pick-up-and-play controls, creating an experience focused purely on fun and engaging game play. For more information about Art Style: light trax and other games in the Art Style series, please visit

Manic Monkey Mayhem
Publisher: The Code Monkeys Ltd.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points

Description: Controlling one of eight monkeys, you will do battle with up to seven others across eight differently themed landscapes. In single player, battle through three increasingly difficult campaigns of missions ranging from survival to coconut fights, or have a one-off battle against the clock as a team or in a standard deathmatch. Connect additional Wii Remote™ controllers (each sold separately) to battle against up to three additional players or compete against anyone or your friends using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Connect an optional Wii Balance Board™ accessory to add more mayhem to the fun.

Viral Survival™
Publisher: NIS America
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: Viral Survival is an “escape” action game where you control a special DNA unit and dodge through enemy virus attacks. If you save a friendly DNA unit they will connect to you, creating a tail. The more you save, the higher point total you will accumulate. There are also four other game modes, including one where you can shoot the enemy down and compete for number of kills, and a time attack mode to save 128 DNA units in the shortest time possible. For all five game modes your score can be ranked online. Try your best to become number one in the world.

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.

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User Comments (49)



WarioFan63 said:

Nintendo's definitely not going to end the VC or anything. They just don't have all that much to release right now. Sure even without licensing or any other kind of problem there are several games that could be released, but Nintendo needs to have those games in the first place to put them on VC.



LztheQuack said:

@Master: Well there was never an actual date for Shantae, so there's no telling when it's gonna be released, and this is just that time of year for a VC drought



winter123 said:

"Art Style: light trax (600pts" Seriously 600? Looks like a tron ripoff but could be fun. Rest this week is garbage.



wanderlustwarrior said:

Well, isn't it the same price as the other Art Style/Bit Generations games?
And "Light Trax" isn't that unheard of, it's one of the many bitGenerations games that Art Style is based off of. I was waiting for this one more than the rest, so I'll pick it up when I have money.

Also, the Metal Torrent review link is broken. Remove the "[/Url" part.



LittleIrves said:

Been waiting for Art Style: light trax (Dotstream) since they first revealed old Bit Generation games would be released on WiiWare. With this and RUNNER in the same month, I will have my crazy abstract racing fix for many moons to come.... Multiplayer would've been cool, though. But I see it as more of a puzzle game anyway, even if it doesn't look like one, so it's not a deal-breaker for me.



Hardy83 said:

Glad I gave up on Nintendo's online service. Too many weeks being dissapointed over being excited.



Bass_X0 said:

And yet you're still here, Hardy. I'm sure if there was a great game you really wanted, you would download it immediately.



MeloMan said:

I gotta see a review for this one. I may still consider it even w/o multiplayer. I just like the fact that it isn't so "puzzly" like all the other Art Style games.



Leshclen said:

Light Trax and Metal Torrent were the only things I was looking forward to, but since Light Trax lacks multiplayer I'll only be getting Metal Torrent.



Mike1 said:

Sucks that we get no VC again! Oh well, I just got Super Mario Galaxy 2 and I still need to finish The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, so I have other stuff to play.



cheapogamer4life said:

Looks like no one wants to put a poker game in the DSiware shop that includes wifi play. Sad really because thats what most DSi owners want to see for the service (more wifi enabled games).



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Bass: I assume he means he no longer gets excited at the prospect of something awesome releasing only to be disappointed upon seeing the actual list. Which is pretty much what I do.

I wasn't really expecting a VC release given recent history and the release of SMG2. I certainly hope people bought Kirby's Superstar lest Nintendo truly think the service isn't a viable moneymaker anymore! I mean, I can perfectly understand not wanting to if you already have Ultra, but...the situation is dire. The original is better for co-op anyway, IMO.



Porky said:

Woot, downloading all wiiware and DLC of Phoenix Wright 5th case this week =).



EdEN said:

Art Style: Light Trax it is then.

And for those complaining about no VC: Go create a Club Nintendo account, register your Wii, link it to your Club Nintendo account and then email Nintendo so they can add your Wii Shop Channel purchases made prior to you doing all of the above. If you've bought VC games, then on the "What do you think about the Virtual Console Service" question, answer that you think it's great but that more games need to be released. If several of us do that then they'll get the message.



Sabrewing said:

Didn't Phoenix Wright also release the unlock key for "Rise From the Ashes" today?



sonic_brawler95 said:

Shantae could come out today and I would'nt care, because Galaxy 2 is all I need this week. (plus, I have no points) But as always, I'll be downloading the Warioware DIY minigames (hella yeah, nintendo power!) and the Picross 3D level pack. Seems like a nice week.



WolfRamHeart said:

Light Trax looks really cool. It also looks like the only decent offering out of this week's releases. I'm not impressed by any of these other games. Not really a big deal because I will be spending all of my time playing Super Mario Galaxy 2 anyway.



Kevin said:

Another no VC week. WTF Nintendo?! If you're gonna cancel the service at least let us know. I won't bother checking the nintendo download every week if it weren't for the VC. And lately its been a complete waste of time to check it out if we're just gonna get WiiWare and DSiWare crap. At least Mario Galaxy 2's out.



rjejr said:

Does anybody know if the 2 SMG2 training videos on Nintendo Channel today are the ones on the DVD we aren't getting here in NA? If so, I'm glad I'm missing out, as that woman's voice could take the fun out of an orgy. Seriously lame.



suburban_sensei said:

While I do love Art Style games, I think that this is a pretty crappy week. I was hoping for a decent VC dumb of me.



jbrodack said:

We just got Kirby do you expect to get something like that for VC every week? Pretty good week nothing huge but some interesting stuff.



irken004 said:

My purchases for today:
Light Trax, Crystal Defenders R1 & R2, Zombie Panic in Wonderland, and Metal Torrent
I'll be busy this summer



vakama94 said:

damn, i forgot the day, i thought today was tuesday!, glad to know that light trax was released, i have to get it along with runner



No VC...oh well is sad but on the other hand there aren't many more big titles expected so I guess that they will made the releases more spare.



brainofj said:


I do that with every post-play survey. Doesn't seem to making a difference so far. One update in four weeks is PATHETIC. There should be somewhere we can complain to besides in surveys.



Token_Girl said:

I also make a point to ask for a DSiWare VC in every survey I can work it into somehow...hasn't helped, but I figure it hasn't hurt either.

Ninty must have finally exhausted all the crap games it could get to space out the good releases. Make nice with some 3rd parties or something Ninty, there are a few sections (I'm looking at you VC arcade) that could definitely use some more releases and wouldn't be that hard to find. I mean, they could just release Donkey Kong Arcade version or something to tide us over. There are also a fair amount of Namco releases in Japan that were brought over here, so I don't see why we don't have those released on these off weeks.

I guess we're just making up for those double game weeks we had during the holiday season. Maybe with all the big name retail releases, they don't want VC releases to get lost?




Art Style LT is a potential wiiware heavyweight! Looking forward to the revw. Hopefully, it won't be too long before the game come this way. Viral Survival looks like on that would require a revw to make a DL decision



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

@Kevin: Why would they cancel the VC? It makes them money, and they already have many good games. Just because they aren't releasing VC games regularly doesn't mean it's gone. It just means they've run out of games to squeeze in. Shut up and download Yoshi's Story.



Rerun said:

It's Metal Torrent for me. I won't get it til I get an XL though. I want all my DSi Ware titles on that HUGE XL screen. I would download it now if I had the option to transfer the games. I hate this no transfer crap!

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