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Nintendo Download: 3rd May 2010 (North America)

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Zombies, funk, but sadly no funk zombies for WiiWare; and five more for DSiWare. Virtual Console, where art thou?

WiiWare brings the funk and sees some long-awaited zombie killing action, and DSiWare has a bumper week with five titles full of crazy, balloons, mazes and other stuff we're not entirely sure of. Virtual Console fans can resume the weekly tradition of crying in the corner as the service gets benched again.

This week's WarioWare D.I.Y. Big Name Game is from Todd Lewis of 5TH Cell, developer of Scribblenauts, who has created a microgame called Fly Home!


Zombie Panic in Wonderland (Akaoni Studio, 1,000 points) – Too amorous for Europe alone to contain, these fairytale zombie fighters have finally blasted their way over to North America. We thought this one turned out to be quite fun in an irreverent, over-the-top kind of way in our Zombie Panic in Wonderland review, so feel safe in grabbing this one if you're looking for some arcade fun. Those zombies won't shoot themselves, you know.

Kung Fu Funk: Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting! (Stickmen Studios, 500 points) – Challenge your friends to see who really wears the 'fro in this 1970's-themed party game that handily reminds you that everyone is fighting, as opposed to kung fu knitting or napping. Oh, and there are singing yaks too. Somehow.


Bloons (Hands-On Mobile, 500 points) – Grab a monkey, fling some darts, pop some balloons. Sounds bulletproof, but we found the WiiWare version to be lacking. Hopefully this portable edition fares better.

Sokomania (CINEMAX, 200 points) – Also out in Europe already, this puzzle game has you sliding boxes around a warehouse to fit them in designated areas. While the premise was intriguing, we found the package to be quite sloppy in our Sokomania review.

Bounce & Break (Enjoy Gaming Ltd., 500 points) – Based on the name, we're assuming this one is a Breakout-type game. The press release description fails to actually describe the premise other than that "in this Zen world, you will play in four different universes." Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense when you think about it.

1001 Crystal Mazes Collection (Teyon, 500 points) – The value proposition is off the chart for this logic puzzle game. With 1001 puzzles for 500 points, that amounts to about half a point per puzzle. Teyon released a trailer of this one last week, and we'll put it through its paces to see if it's a steal worthy of Thomas Crown.

Crazy Golf (dtp entertainment AG, 500 points) – This four-player golf game promises seven courses with six holes all goofy-like. How crazy is Crazy? News at 11.

As always, you may giggle uncontrollably while reading the official press release:

Stay Motivated in May with Marvelous New Game Downloads

What’s your motivation? It all depends on which of this week’s downloadable games you choose to play. In Zombie Panic in Wonderland for the WiiWare™ service, the goal is survival. In both Sokomania and 1001 Crystal Mazes Collection for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, you’re driven by a need to arrange objects in their proper places. With seven new titles added to the ever-growing library of downloadable games from Nintendo, players can be motivated and mesmerized in more ways than ever.

Also this week, the “Big Name Games” section of the WarioWare™: D.I.Y. series continues to offer new downloadable microgames created by the industry’s most talented designers. The latest addition comes from Todd Lewis of 5TH Cell, developer of the award-winning Scribblenauts. 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 watch a video of ace designer Todd Lewis working on his original microgame, Fly Home!


Zombie Panic in Wonderland
Publisher: Akaoni Studio
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Mild Suggestive Themes, Fantasy Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: A sudden wave of zombies is attacking Wonderland. To save your friends from the spell of the “amorous zombies,” you’ll have to solve the mystery of the “scented dwarves” in time and put an end to the evil power hidden in the castle in the northern city. Game features include cut scenes, music with lyrics, seven playable characters, hidden levels, final bosses, multiple weapons, nonstop zombie attacks, explosions, demolitions and fire.

Kung Fu Funk™: Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting!
Publisher: Stickmen Studios
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Kung Fu Funk is an off-the-wall 1970s kung fu movie-themed party game. Challenge up to three of your friends to see who has what it takes to become the ultimate kung fu master. There are many trials to overcome in three zany game modes. True to any kung fu movie, you start by learning the Zen arts – a chilled out stage to get you familiar with the controls. Once your skills are fully waxed, enter the kung fu training movie montage, which consists of insane mini-games. Once your skills are honed, enter the ultimate battle as the instructor in your own disco kung fu dojo.

Nintendo DSiWare

Publisher: Hands-On Mobile
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: BLOONS is an exciting puzzle game based on the simple fact that popping balloons is fun. Pop your way through dozens of puzzling levels in this exciting puzzle adventure. Each level will have a different arrangement of balloons. Use darts to try and pop as many as you can. Watch for special balloons, blocks and darts, and have fun discovering what they do. BLOONS is a great game that you can pick up and play for a few minutes while you’re queued up at the store, or sit on the couch for hours as you work your way through 70 included levels. As an added bonus, there’s also a level editor that you can use to create your own balloon puzzles.

Publisher: CINEMAX
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Several crates have been placed on the playing area. Players must control a figure that can push the crates forward. The aim is to get all the crates to their designated places. Players select the episode they want to play and the level they wish to start at. Only completed levels (highlighted in green) and the first unfinished level in each episode are accessible. By repeating previously finished levels, players can try to finish them with fewer crate movements. But be warned: Those movements are added to the total movement number of the actual game, so for the best (i.e., the lowest) number of movements, it’s advisable to finish the game in one run.

Bounce & Break
Publisher: Enjoy Gaming Ltd.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In this Zen world, you will play in four different universes. Each universe is divided into four seasons. The best two scores are saved in the Top Ranking table. Be the best player to enter this Hall of Fame. There are two different game modes: classical and orientation. Depending on which mode that has been selected, the game’s rules will change slightly. There are many different bonuses that can be collected during the game.

1001 Crystal Mazes Collection
Publisher: Teyon
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Give your brain a workout with 1001 Crystal Mazes Collection, the deceptively simple jewel logic game. It’s easy to learn but hard to master. Your task is to push the crystals forward to their target destinations one at a time. It sounds simple, but be careful. You can push your jewel into an impossibly locked position if you don’t plan ahead. As the mazes get harder and the crystals pile up, you’ll need clever thinking to clear the labyrinth. With more than 1,000 jewel-filled puzzles, this fun collection will challenge your mind and push your skills to the limit.

Crazy Golf
Publisher: dtp entertainment AG
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Welcome to Crazy Golf, where seven different courses with six different holes will put your skills to the test. Guide your ball to the hole, navigating tricky corners and avoiding wacky obstacles along the way. Accurate controls give you complete control over the ball. Play alone or challenge your friends in multiplayer mode and show them who’s the true champ.

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 (55)



gameking23 said:

Wow this week looks pretty bad for downloads. At least next week we get Photo Dojo!!!



retro_player_22 said:

So Virtual Console took another break this week. Sad because I was looking to see if Fatal Fury 3 was gonna hit.



Sneaker13 said:

I'm glad that you guys get Zombie Panic in Wonderland. It really is a great, fun but short game. Kung Fu Funk on the other hand doen't look that great to me.



Pepe said:

I'll have to wait another week to download virtual console games and maybe another year to download Megaman 5, Battletoads, Jackal, and Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers. Virtual Console should have better games to offer!!!



pixelman said:

Zombie Panic is tempting, but I'm saving my points for Pearl Harbor or Runner.



MasterGraveheart said:

Still no Shantae? sniff Such a sad week for the Nintendo Download... I miss my favorite half-genie girl...



brandonbwii said:

Has anyone seen the trailer for kung-fu funk? Let me just say I don't expect a glowing review for the game.



Stuffgamer1 said:

To quote myself from the forum thread about today's release:

"...this is why Sony gets all my money on downloadable sales. They actually release GOOD CONTENT (and have frequent sales, which is a HUGE plus when my income is so pathetic)!"



WolfRamHeart said:

Zombie Panic in Wonderland is the only title that I would consider getting but I think that it is just too expensive so I'm going to pass. Everything else this week is just garbage.



Aronos said:

Oh, I guess I have to wait even longer for La-Mulana or Bit.Trip Runner.



iAmThetot said:

Zombie Panic here I come.

Does anyone else want Harvest Moon 64 for VC? =O Kind of surprised it hasn't already.



Rapadash6 said:

After seeing Japan's May release schedule, I'm not too surprised to see us getting another no VC week. I expect plenty more but hopefully they'll be kind enough to space them apart so we are still getting classic games fairly regularly.

On another note, does it concern anyone else that we STILL haven't seen any signs that Nintendo is going to release any Super FX games? I assumed they were working on it, but I also assumed we'd start to see them by now. I REALLY want to see Yoshi's Island, as I am sure many of you do as well.



Kholdstare said:

hmmm ... well i have 1800 points on my Wii so maybe i will get Zombie Panic In Wonderland and have 800 left for Runner ... awesome idea



Scottie said:

Remember in the US you have Cave Story, we don't here in the EU so don't complain too much please!



Kevin said:

No VC games=waste of a week. Screw the other two downloadable services.



CanisWolfred said:

Eh, nothing for me at all this week, and no VC makes matters that much worse. Even if they released the crappiest game no one knew about, it would've been better than nothing.



Scottie said:

No moaning i said remember lol!!! We went through this in Europe for a while as well. Zombie Panic is worth a download though.



vio said:

2 WiiWare and 5 DSiWare, but not a single VC release. I'm not really even surprised. Sometimes NOA can really suck.



Aenaida said:

Even though I have a more than sufficient backlog, they could have released something.



cheetahman91 said:

Another Monday, another pathetic update. Thankfully Bit Trip Runner comes in a couple of weeks.



mnementh said:

So there are what , 355 games on the VC? that's more than any other system.. people shouldn't complain.



vio said:

@ Banana_Jane: Well, they originally promised 2 VC releases every week and 1 N64 release every month, so yeah... They're basically liars.



Cocoa_Man5 said:

remember the good ol' days when there were 3-4 VC games per week. well, thats a faded memory now. i want kirby superstar damnit!



WarioFan63 said:

No they didn't... They never promised an n64 game a month.
And I don't think Nintendo ever promised at least one VC game every week either.

And you know what? If they did that was back in 2006, how could they have forseen the future? It's not Nintendo's fault Konami is being a jerk about Castlevania: Bloodlines or they haven't been getting a lot of other games lately.



EdEN said:

I'll be getting Zombie Panic in Wonderland. The VC releases have been pretty far away from each other but I still have 4 VC games to finish so the pacing is good for me.



BlueFlameBat said:

If I had a DSi, I'd probably be wanting Shantae as well. Hopefully Capcom isn't trying to figure out which parts of the game to lock and make available via "DLC".



JonWahlgren said:

@BlueFlameBat: Capcom has nothing to do with Shantae. It's being developed by WayForward, who did Boy and his Blob Wii and Mighty Flip Champs on DSiWare.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@WarioFan: You say it's not Nintendo's fault nobody is submitting games to be released? Like heck it's not! Need I remind you that VC releases saw a sudden drop after the August 2008 incident? Nintendo treated the publishers like crap, so they said "screw them" and just gave up on the whole thing! Some of them have come back somewhat, but I can't help but notice that they don't all stick around long. It's obvious that Squenix is pissed that FFIV took so long to hit the VC when they'd promised it by the end of LAST YEAR, for example.

Basically, NoA is full of complete and utter morons who screwed their entire retro fanbase over. To say it's in no way their fault is entirely absurd.



WaveGhoul said:

I'm still blown away at why Nintendo hasn't released SMW2 Yoshi's Island Like Super Mario Sunshine, it's the only other Mario title I never really got around to playing much.



cheapogamer4life said:

That zombie game for wii ware makes me think about that zombie game that EU has in their DSiware shop that we still dont have yet....
anyways,YAY, only a week into Photo Dojo and Earthworm Jim gets here.
And about this weeks update:
to many puzzles for me



Steviis_Father said:

Zombie panic... kinda feels like Sin & Punishment, without the running... and for casuals...

But Rondo of Blood is on VC anyway... that alone makes any Virtual Console break fine.



HanuKwanzMasBif said:

I hope there are some new N64 games coming soon, not enough right now... Especially Mario Party 2. I want Mario Party 2 NOW.



SuperTeeter64 said:

Then buy an N64 and the game and there you go. Otherwise, you're gonna have a loooooong wait.

MAN. Is everyone whining about the VC? For God's sake people, get over it. Try something on Wiiware or something else on VC. Honestly. Zombie Panic is actually pretty darn fun! But nooooooo~ You're all too stubborn to try something new and different...

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