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Nintendo Download: 31st May 2010 (North America)

Posted by Sean Aaron

Tanks, blocks, sudoku and SPARTA! on DSi whilst Ben-10, Dice, Beavers and Wild Guns grace the Wii

It's a pretty good mix of new and catch-up titles this week in North America, so hopefully everyone will find something that takes their fancy.


X-Scape (800pts - Nintendo) — A sequel to game that was released on the Gameboy a million years ago called "X," complete with slick retro two-tone 3D graphics. Since it's from Q Games we know there's going to be a lot of people interested in this one, so we'll try to get a review online soon.

Hero of Sparta (800pts - Gameloft) — This action/fighting game was just released last week in Europe, so you can expect our review soon.

A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back (200pts - Tecmo-Koei) — The second upside-down DSi game from Tecmo-Koei, this is essentially Star Force only the player controls the enemy ships on a mission to destroy the Earth Defence Force, which can be played by a second player for two-player action on one DSi. Until we get a review up, you can find out more about this game by reading our preview of the Japanese version.

Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro (200pts - Sanuk Games) — Though there may seem to be enough sudoku games on DSiWare already, the Telegraph begs to differ. On the plus side there's multiple game modes, including an additional game called kakuro. We'll let you know if that's enough to warrant a buy for newspaper puzzle fans.


Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex (1000pts - Konami) — Cartoon hero Ben 10 comes to WiiWare in this action-adventure title. Find out if he made the trip intact in our upcoming review!

Voodoo Dice (1000pts - Ubisoft) — This die-rolling puzzler may or may not fit the bill for many. Best read our Voodoo Dice review to see if you should take a chance!

Robacalypse: Beaver Defense (600pts - Vogster Entertainment) — A comedic tower defence game that's been in the works for quite awhile. The premise of beavers fighting off waves of wise-cracking robots sounds cute enough, but you'll have to wait for our review to find out for sure.

Virtual Console

Wild Guns (800pts SNES - Natsume) — A sci-fi themed western shooter in the same vein as TAD's arcade game Blood Bros. We'll let you know if this one is worth the 32-quarter asking price.

As usual you can read Nintendo's prose on this week's downloads below:

Temperatures aren't the only thing heating up this season as Nintendo celebrates the unofficial onset of summer with another round of red-hot game downloads. May has been an especially big month for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, with notable recent releases such as Photo Dojo™, Frogger Returns and Metal Torrent™. This week's additions keep the momentum going strong with awesome hand-held games like X-Scape™ and Hero of Sparta. X-Scape is developed by Q Games, the same team that created Trajectile™ and STARSHIP DEFENSE™. (Also, remember that Photo Dojo™ is available for zero Nintendo DSi Points™ through June 10. The game will require 200 Nintendo DSi Points for download as of June 11.) Of course, Wii™ owners have plenty to be excited about too: New offerings include a Ben 10 Alien Force adventure for the WiiWare™ service and the Virtual Console™ debut of a classic cowboy shooter from the Super NES™ era.

It's also time to announce a new addition 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. Created by Nintendo Power™ magazine staffer Steve Thomason, this week's featured game, Revenge, puts an unusual spin on familiar characters from the Mushroom Kingdom. 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

Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Your journey through the universe of X-Scape begins as you wake from 10 years of cryosleep, only to find yourself unexpectedly thrown into a fearsome battle against an evil empire bent on your destruction. You'll travel to numerous planets in the Kiisa system and engage in a wide variety of challenges (including optional side quests) in your fight for survival. At your command is VIXIV, an advanced battle tank able to deftly maneuver on land or in the air while loaded with an array of formidable weapons. To help with advice or upgrades to VIXIV's abilities, you've also got your highly capable support bot, VIX-529. Use the touch screen to pilot VIXIV in one of two modes: tunnel mode and free-movement mode. In tunnel mode, you'll navigate through narrow, dangerous tunnels that connect planets. Successful completion of tunnel mode opens free-movement mode, which allows you to freely roam the surfaces of planets and take up missions. Presented in 3-D with a stylishly retro graphic presentation, X-Scape combines continuous action with an epic story to create an experience that's sure to keep players on the edge of their seats.

Hero of Sparta
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Blood, Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: You wake up alone on an unknown beach to find your boat and entire fleet missing. It's the beginning of an epic odyssey to find out just what game the gods are playing with you, King Argos. Your fate now lies in their hands. Battle like the fierce Spartan warrior you are to avoid a tragic death as you journey through mythical lands and even probe the depths of the Underworld. You will fight the most phenomenal monsters from mythology, defy Minotaurs and the Cyclops, and challenge the gods themselves. Unleash your hero's special powers by performing combos to defeat legions of enemies in thrilling fights. You'll have fabulous equipment and four mythic weapons to upgrade: draw your mythic swords, axe and shield. Fight, explore and solve puzzles - this is more than a basic hack-and-slash. Use the exclusive camera feature to collect epic pictures and become a real hero yourself.

A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back™
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Turn your Nintendo DSi™ system upside-down and play as the Imperial Armada out to destroy the Earth Defense Force in this topsy-turvy take on arcade shooters. You control the unsung forces of arcade shooters past with three kinds of ships, including giant bosses. Draw a line to send the fighters down. Touch the guards to make them shoot. Make your boss ship fire multiple weapons, including an enormous blast that destroys everything in its way. Two players can even battle each other on one Nintendo DSi system. Will the Earth Defense Force win again? Or will the Imperial Armada find victory at last?

Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro
Publisher: Sanuk Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Play number puzzles from the Telegraph like you've never played them before. Discover a whopping 500 puzzles of multiple types. You're in for many hours of game play. The game includes Sudoku (classic 9x9 sudoku grids with four levels of difficulty), Mini-Sudoku (easier 6x6 grids), Sudoku-X (9x9 grids in which the diagonals must also be filled with all numerals from 1 to 9), Jigsaw Sudoku (9x9 grids with uncommon box shapes) and Kakuro. With its handy interface and intuitive controls, Kakuro transfigures the classic pen-and-paper experience. Notable features include registration of best times in the Hall of Fame, interactive hints to prevent you from getting stuck and an Autosave option to stop and resume a puzzle at any time.


Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Cartoon Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex follows Ben Tennyson as he finds himself in the middle of Hex's villainous plan to control the Earth. Using the powers of the Omnitrix, players can transform Ben into 10 different alien forms including Big Chill, Spider Monkey and, for the first time ever, Lodestar. Choose from 10 different aliens to platform your way through 15 levels, completing puzzle challenges along the way. Fight menacing villains and bosses in Ben's newest adventure. Experience the world of Ben 10 Alien Force with 3-D characters set in a vibrant, 2-D-styled environment.

Voodoo Dice
Publisher: Ubisoft
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: Mixing action and puzzle mechanics in a 3-D world, Voodoo Dice is an innovative, challenging puzzler that invites you to solve puzzles in unique and interesting ways. Encounter a funny and original universe with great style and distinctive vibes. Travel between different maps, defeat your enemies and solve enigmas.

Robocalypse™ - Beaver Defense
Publisher: Vogster Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor, Suggestive Themes
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Set in a world of wisecracking, battling robots, Robocalypse - Beaver Defense offers madcap weaponry and uproarious destruction in a "tower defense"-style game. Players must create and strategically position towers to annihilate waves of enemy robots, while player-controlled Hero robots act as mobile weapons units, bringing heavy firepower to all areas of the battlefield. Players can experience the hilarious Story Mode or face the Beaver's never-ending supply of robots in Survival Mode.

Virtual Console

Wild Guns™
Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: Natsume Inc.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Animated Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Discover the wildest West you've ever seen in this action-packed third-person shooter. The Kid gang and their army of robots have taken over the town. The only ones who can stop them are Clint, a tough-as-nails bounty hunter, and Annie, a beautiful-but-deadly woman with a serious score to settle. Blast your way through villainous outlaws, diabolical robots and towering, screen-filling bosses. Play by yourself or with a friend at your side in the two-player co-op mode. You'll need a sharp eye and quick-on-the-draw reflexes. Fortunately, you've got plenty of moves to help you survive the hail of bullets heading your way. You can dive-roll, jump, double-jump, rope enemies with a lasso and clear the screen with explosive special attacks. Blast apart just about everything in the environment to find guns, bombs and other hidden power-ups. It's up to you to bring justice back to town - or whatever's left of the town when the gun smoke clears.

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 (74)



Tsuchinoko said:

After all that complaining everyone did and its a pretty good week, with another VC (so soon after Kirby Super Star, there's Wild Guns, why Nintendo, aww shucks you shouldn't have), and decent Wiiware.

See, Nintendo does care



KnucklesSonic8 said:

What, no love for Robocalypse? And for only 600 too. Unless they changed things at the last minute, it has online. I'm surprised it was mentioned in the PR.

Yay for X-Scape.



Mayhem said:

The one thing I can say is that Wild Guns on VC is gonna be a huge bargain compared to how much it costs to get a CIB copy of the actual thing...!



Mike1 said:

Nothing for me as usual. I wish the TMNT games would come out. Stupid license issues!



EdEN said:

Beaver Defense and X-Scape. Waiting for reviews on the new Topsy Turvy. Considering Wild Guns for the nostalgia factor.



ocarinaoftime said:

im glad to see a vc game this game a week should be a min for if we can get some more vc arcade games.......



JamieO said:

Woo hoo! I agree with KakumeiSenshiYoshi, Tsuchinoko, The Fox and StarBoy91, I am really pleased to hear that Natsume's Wild Guns is heading to Virtual Console, I can't wait to read the Nlife review for that one.

Mayhem is right, it is a bargain on VC, compared to some of the prices it can command nowadays. Sweet indeed.



TheLonelyGamer said:

Great week! I really wanna play X-Scape so badly, but I don't have any money.
Wild Guns is a great addition to VC.



xAlias said:

X-Scape rules. I want a review so I can download it. Wild Guns looks interesting, too. Co-Op is always a good thing for me. I play a lot with my Dad and siblings.



theblackdragon said:

@labrat7: how do you know it rules if you haven't even played it or seen any reviews yet? lol... just download it if you think it's gonna be that great and have fun. :3



sonic_brawler95 said:

Of course X-Scape came out today, it look so cool. But, still no points. I'm guessing the next DIY games are going to be the NP one for the next few weeks. No problem.



Virus said:

Decent set of downloads. I'm hoping Robacalypse receives some good reviews. I've needed something like it since I finished My Life as a Darklord.



Tsuchinoko said:

Many things from Natsume are good, though I prefer their sims. I never played Wild Guns, but any kind of revisionist sci-fi history/western/period game is all right with me.



Egg_miester said:

great week for the wii, and i am shocked with the ben 10 wiiware game but it looks like a great 2d brawler game



Yanagi said:

Wow, I'm surprised that something as rare as Wild Guns came out on VC. I'm gonna have to download that.



WolfRamHeart said:

Awesome, we finally get Wild Guns! Ben 10 and Voodoo Dice both came out last week on XBLA so if you have an Xbox 360 you can just try the demos there. Lastly, I really hope that Beaver Defense turns out to be good. 600 points is a great price.



MasterGraveheart said:

Still no Shantae? Once again, I gripe...

I'd better see something like Metal Storm for the NES or EarthBound for the SNES later this year for the wait I'm being subjected to... _



Caliko said:

Hmmm... Ben 10 and Wild guns looks interesting cool. We don't get enough platformers on Wiiware either.



BrazCanaMan said:

Anyone try Robocalypse yet? I want to buy it and I'm thinking about biting the bullet and getting it, but the last game I bought before a review or playing it on someone elses Wii was Hockey Allstar Shootout (I'm still kicking my own ass for that choice).



CanisWolfred said:


Well, now you have heard of it. Now go to go watch the video on its NL profile and be amazed how freakin' awesome this game is and get it!



Stuffgamer1 said:

More VC support from Natsume is definitely a plus (hopefully it will eventually lead to Lufia), but I don't think Wild Guns is for me based on the gameplay video. I'm glad people are excited for it, though, especially with all the reports of physical copies being expensive.

Don't really care about anything else on today's release, though. Which is fine, as I still have no money anyway.

@Kevin: It wasn't...we already got Kirby Superstar. Now, wether or not we'll get anything in June, which starts tomorrow, is another matter.



StarBoy91 said:

I think the only game I played from Natsume was Shadow of the Ninja. I should try some other games from Natsume.
@Kevin - we got Kirby Super Star this month.



suburban_sensei said:

I don't get too excited for DSiWare, but X-Scape looks like something I might pick up in the future. I really want a review before I blind buy that game, but the trailer makes it look fun (and also a bit like Tron.)



Tsuchinoko said:

@MasterGraveheart Are you actually expecting Earthbound to show up on the VC? I think you're going to be greatly disappointed. We've all been over this many times.

Nintendo isn't "subjecting" you to anything. Its not their decision when to put a certain game on the service. If it's not ready, then what can they do? Blame the producing company, otherwise maybe you need to find something a bit more interesting to do with your monday mornings.

Some companies like Team Meat update us constantly as to why they have release delays. Maybe you should e-mail the company that makes the game you're waiting for to see whats up eh?



JamieO said:

Wow, I am really impressed, I can feel the SNES Wild Guns love in this room. I did not even realise that the old school blast-and-dodge, third person shooting gallery gameplay of arcade games like Cabal, Blood Bros and Nam-1975 was so popular. I am always a big fan of the retro appreciation displayed by Nlife users!

Am I right in thinking that Taito's Super Famicom KiKi KaiKai Tsukiyozoushi was released by Natsume in the West as Pocky & Rocky 2? That would be another cool game for the Virtual Console if Natsume still have the license.

I think that Natsume may even have links to Taito's SNES Ninja Warriors Again, which would be another fine beat-em-up for Virtual Console, even if it would mean yet another of my boxed Super Famicom games plummeting in value! That is another game which is particularly expensive on SNES.



Sneaker13 said:

Wild Guns sounds great, especially after the HVGN's review. I'm not sure what Ben 10 is and I need a review for Robocalypse.



JamieO said:

@brandonbwii Good point mate, I always consider Sin and Punishment to be a 3D extension of fast paced Contra style run-and-gun games. I never really made the association between the Cabal style and viewpoint of gameplay, with that of Sin and Punsihment before.

I think that I associate the visuals of run-and-gun games with fast moving environments, whilst games like Wild Guns do not scroll their backgrounds nearly as much. They are almost like one static background, like in a Street Fighter II style one-on-one fighter, which only scrolls a little bit to the left and right. I realise that my description is not the hard-and-fast rule, many games in this genre are like a third person Operation Wolf, for example Nam-1975 scrolls past a number of different backgrounds.

I like all of the variety in different shooters anyway. I am looking forward to both Wii Sin and Punishment: Star Successor and VC Wild Guns.
It is all good arcade blastin'!



TwilightV said:

@Sneaker13: Ben 10 is a Cartoon Network original series that's grown popular with the young boy demographic. So far, it's the only Cartoon Network series to have a direct spinoff series (two actually). I'm not particularly fond of it, but it's definitely not the worst thing to come from the network.



Wolfcoyote said:

I've purchased X-Scape as the first title for my new DSi XL (long story about picking up a DSi XL instead of a DS Lite) and I've played it for almost four hours. I wanted to wait for a NL review but the game stirred up a few memories of the Mega CD/Sega CD game Stellar Fire (Sierra by Dynamix). Controls were rather touchy (especially flying) and there's a lack of variety in weapons, landscapes and upgrades. It doesn't detract too much from the entertainment factor and I can say that it was worth the 800 points and the chunk of storage space. I'll post more whenever NL publishes the review.



cheapogamer4life said:

Xscape for sure and I might take a chance on that Topsy Turvy game.

@ stone:
to bad Nintey doesnt let us gift points on the DSi because I would have surely gifted you 300 for Xscape.



Tsuchinoko said:

Wow, I thought Wild Guns might be popular, but im pleasantly surprised by the shown love for this game. I await the review with much interest.



Sean_Aaron said:

@Jamie: I was just reading about Pock & Rocky recently and definitely that looks like a quality game. It's based on a Taito arcade game - might they own the license? I'm actually surprised it's not on the Japanese VC yet or I'd get it!



Bass_X0 said:

I remember enjoying the second game but never played the first game which is supposedly incredibly difficult. If Pocky and Rocky 2 comes to the VC, I'll probably get it.



That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

In my oppinion the first SNES Pocky & Rocky is a lot better than P&R2. In the sequel, player 2 only gets to play as an assistant without real extralives. In the first game, co-op is a blast! The sequel also has some annoying soundeffects and a less good soundtrack. Yes it´s hard, but the stages are well made and fun to play.



JamieO said:

I join Sean, Bass X0, Guy from Faxanadu and StarBoy91 in keeping my fingers crossed that Natsume are able to release SNES Pocky and Rocky 2 on Virtual Console. I would especially like to play it in its 2 player simultaneous co-op form.

I have played the first arcade game, KiKi KaiKai (1986), on PSP Taito Pocket Memories and on PS2 Taito Legends 2. Bass X0 is right, the first game is a tough cookie!

However, I am more excited about the SNES release if I am honest. Perhaps while we are discussing this, it would be worth pointing out that a Taito Legends type compilation on Wii would be stupendous. I hope that someone out there at Taito listening. We would like a Wii Taito compilation, please !!!

@StarBoy91 Great link to Corbie's review, by the way. I am fully infatuated with Super Famicom games at the moment, so I often check in on Corbie's site, alongside visiting Nlife and reading old 'Mean Machines' SNES reviews at Mean Machines Archive. Nice one.



Bassman_Q said:

Great week! Will buy X-Scape, and Turvys Strike Back sounds good for the price. Also, Wild Guns looks very steampunk-ish, which is epic pwnsauce imo. Again, great week!



Nintendoftw said:

Im really surprised you guys actually even care about the Wii, I gave up on it a long time ago. But the DSi is great.



LittleIrves said:

@Nintendoftw: Say wha!? You crazy.
@everyone else: I, too, am pleasantly surprised at all the Wild Guns love. Y'all know your 16-bit games. And Pocky and Rocky? Haven't heard that name in a long time. First Sunsoft, now Natsume.... who's the next old-school publisher that will show its face on VC after long hiatus? I hope for Jaleco and Bases Loaded.

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