Nintendo Download: 11th June 2010 (Europe)
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
Plenty of puzzling, some strategy and racing, and an import
Despite the release of Super Mario Galaxy 2 today, Nintendo of Europe isn't neglecting their download services. The Virtual Console gets a new one-off import game while WiiWare and DSiWare get a whole bunch of catchup titles, plus one completely new game.
NEVES Plus: Pantheon of Tangrams (500pts - Abylight) -- It took almost a year for it to be released here, but at least it's finally available! In this fairly simple puzzle game, you're presented with a number of fragments which you must assemble into a specific shape. With tons of puzzles on offer and a slightly lower price of just 500 Wii Points rather than 600, it's a pretty good buy. Check out our NEVES Plus review to see more reasons.
Mister Bumblebee Racing Champion (500pts - h2f Games) -- The only release this week not already previously released elsewhere, this seems to be a racing game in which you play as bees, ladybugs and other garden insects. We'll have a review soon.
Final Fantasy II (900pts - Square Enix) -- This is really Final Fantasy IV, but as the second and third games were not originally released in North America, the game was retitled to make more sense. Europe never got any Final Fantasy games until VII, so it's even weirder for us, but nevertheless, you can now play the original North American translation of IV, confusingly known as II, as an import! Read our Final Fantasy II review to find out more.
Fieldrunners (500pts - Subatomic Studios) -- Another tower defense title, in which the objective is, as usual, to strategically place towers that will take out the incoming enemy forces, gaining resources for more towers in the process. Read our Fieldrunners review to see why this is one of the better DSiWare tower defense games.
Advanced Circuits (200pts - BiP Media) -- A puzzler in which you have to correctly assemble a road in order to let certain vehicles move around with no problems. More simple fun, and for only 200 DSi Points it's a solid buy. Check out our Advanced Circuits review for the low-down.
Puffins: Let's Roll (500pts - Other Ocean Interactive) -- Another puzzler of sorts, in which you must roll puffin eggs towards the exit in each level using the touch screen. Sadly, however, the controls don't seem to function quite as well as intended, read our Puffins: Let's Roll review to find out why!
A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back (200pts - Tecmo) -- Another game in which things are totally turned upside down. In this one, you're playing shoot 'em ups as the bad guys. Sounds fun, but it gets repetitive rather fast, as our A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back review will gladly inform you.
Tales in a Box: Hidden shapes in perspective! (500pts - Nintendo) -- It's got a different title in every region, but this is indeed that 3D diorama game in which you can look around using the DSi's camera. It's pretty neat, but our Looksley's Line Up review will tell you why it's not really great.
No press release to accompany today's releases, so you'll have to make do with this! Will you be getting anything or will you be too busy with a certain Wii retail game today?