Nintendo Download: 21st June 2010 (North America)

Spin some tentacles, strategize against dinsoaurs, and puzzle puzzle puzzle

Nintendo hopes you like puzzle games, because that's five of the eight games released this week across WiiWare and DSiWare. To nobody's surprise, the Virtual Console has yet again been left out on a hill to die or something. But look, puzzlers!

WiiWare

Art Style: Rotozoa (Nintendo, 600 Points) – This entry in the Art Style series emerged in Europe a few weeks ago under the guise of Penta Tentacles, and now it's arrived in North America with an infinitely less crap name. Check out our Art Style: Rotozoa review to see why it's the best thing to happen to tentacles since Dr. Octopus.

The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflicts (Square Enix, 1000 Points) – One half of a Bearsworth duo this week. The description in the press release doesn't do a whole lot of explaining as to what this is all about apart from that you'll be flinging paper bears at a storybook. We'll let you know how that works out.

The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages (Square Enix, 1000 Points) – More Bearsworth, but this one focuses on "innovative puzzles" as opposed to Chaotic Conflicts' action-oriented approach. Completing both games will reveal "an even deeper mystery," so get crackin', we suppose.

DSiWare

Spin Six (Nintendo, 500 Points) – A puzzle game in which you rotate numbered panels to line them up and make them disappear. Sounds like Bejeweled with math, a potentially terrifying experience for the Liberal Arts crowd.

Puffins: Let's Fish! (Other Ocean Interactive, 500 Points) – The Puffins are back after their roll-a-thon and apparently hungry for capelin. Hopefully this one is more majestic-catch-hooray and less sad-dolphin-caught-in-net.

Mega Words (Digital Leisure, 500 Points) – Hundreds of puzzles worth of word scrambles, anagrams and Hangman make up this package to potentially soothe those frightened by Spin Six.

Super Swap (Teyon, 500 Points) – We have to hand it to Teyon; they write the best press releases. This block-swapping match-three puzzler promises "plenty of twists and never-before-seen game play" that has "so much fast and furious puzzling fun, you'll never want to stop the swapping!" Your move, PopCap.

Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble (Interplay, 800 Points) – Humans vs. dinosaurs face off in this historically inaccurate real-time strategy game where you must save the fate of mankind.

Direct your angry Virtual Console fist-shakes to the full press release below.

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: NINTENDO LETS THE FUN SHINE IN WITH EIGHT NEW GAME DOWNLOADS

June 21, 2010

This week brings the longest daylight hours of the season across North America. Whether your own neighborhood is under sunny skies or summer clouds, the weather on Nintendo's Wii™ Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi™ Shop is always inviting. New additions for the WiiWare™ service this week include an eye-popping new installment in the Art Style™ series and a pair of The Tales of Bearsworth Manor™ action-puzzle games. Hand-held gamers can choose from five new games for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, including the puzzle fun of Spin Six™, the undersea amusement of Puffins: Let's Fish! and the prehistoric adventure of Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble.

We've also got new arrivals in 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 additions come from the Treehouse, Nintendo's game localization team. 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.

WiiWare

Art Style: Rotozoa™
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 600 Wii Points™
Description: Control a circular creature-like organism known as a rotozoan and nimbly make your way through level after level of primordial ooze. Comprised of only three distinct parts (colored sides, tentacles and life force), the focus of your rotozoan life is simple: grow your tentacles. After playing a few levels and learning the basics of your microscopic world, you begin to unlock additional modes of play and the ability to choose the number of tentacles on your rotozoan. Each mode has its own specific purpose: reach a particular length with your tentacles or grow them to the greatest length possible. In either mode, growing your tentacles means absorbing enemies known as goobugs by touching them. There's just one catch: Successfully absorbing a goobug depends on matching its color to your tentacle. Also, longer tentacles can more easily come in contact with incorrectly colored goobugs (causing damage to the tentacle and decreasing your life force), and the goobugs themselves multiply and begin adapting to your movement. Luckily, objects such as the restorative heart item and special attack-enabling cyclone item can be found floating in the ooze to help your rotozoan survive. With atmospheres ranging from peaceful to intensely challenging, Art Style: Rotozoa offers a wide variety of levels. Victory can only be achieved through quick, precise movement and the ability to remain calm under pressure. Are you ready to take on the goobugs? 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.

The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflicts™
Publisher: SQUARE ENIX
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: A crumbling mansion is home to a most peculiar picture book. Gather your courage and open the door to this odd, unsettling and slightly scary tale. Turn the tide of frantic battles by using the Wii Remote™ controller to throw animated paper bears into the picture book's unusual pages. Use all the tools at your disposal to defend the shining blue jewels found within against Kina, the mysterious young boy residing in the mansion. Thirty exciting and challenging stages await you.

The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages™
Publisher: SQUARE ENIX
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: A crumbling mansion is home to a most peculiar picture book. Gather your courage and open the door to this odd, unsettling and slightly scary tale. Solve innovative puzzles by using the Wii Remote controller to throw animated paper bears into the picture book's unusual pages. Grab all the red candies found inside, carefully place your bears and cleverly manipulate the unique environments. Delve into the unfolding drama of Pina, the mysterious young girl residing in the mansion. Thirty exciting and challenging stages await you.

Nintendo DSiWare™

Spin Six
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Spin Six is a puzzle game in which you rotate numbered panels to line them up and make them disappear. The real challenge lies in your ability to create chains of uninterrupted changing or elimination of panels and to connect many chains to score big points. Puzzle mode offers nearly 200 puzzles to solve, either in the One-Turn or Chain categories, while Time Attack mode allows you to challenge yourself to see how quickly you can eliminate a set number of panels. If you're more into points, the goal of Score Attack mode is to see how many points you can score within a set time limit (make the Spinnerator appear and get into Fever Time to really maximize your score!). Chain Challenge mode is all about the number of chains you can make without interruption. Give Spin Six a whirl to discover its multiple modes and deep yet easy-to-master game play.

Puffins: Let's Fish!
Publisher: Other Ocean Interactive
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Dive into the deep blue sea and fill your belly with delicious fish in Puffins: Let's Fish! This action game has you swimming the beautiful ocean in search of a puffin's favorite meal: the elusive capelin. But watch out! The ocean can be a dangerous place, and you're not the only one hunting for food. Sharks, jellyfish and other fearsome predators are just waiting to take a bite out of you. It's an all-you-can-eat feast with two different and exciting modes across 18 underwater stages. Take a deep breath, jump in and come out with a full belly!

Mega Words
Publisher: Digital Leisure
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: It's time to put on your thinking cap and see how many of the hundreds of puzzles you can solve in Mega Words. Three classic puzzlers are included in this puzzle pack: Word Scrambler, Anagram Hunt and Hangman. There's no need for erasers here! These portable editions feature extensive dictionaries to challenge novices and expert players alike. See how fast you can unscramble words, sharpen your vocabulary and stretch your mind with Mega Words.

Super Swap
Publisher: Teyon
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Can't get enough of swapping puzzle games but want something different? Swap till you drop with Super Swap, an exciting blend of arcade action and matching fun. Drag colorful blocks in one of four directions to connect three or more blocks and clear the board. As new blocks fall, you'll have to move fast to keep the stack from reaching the top. Experience plenty of twists and never-before-seen game play as you make combos, collect special power-ups and gain additional points in four different game modes. With so much fast and furious puzzling fun, you'll never want to stop the swapping!

Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble
Publisher: Interplay
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In a dark corner of prehistory, a tiny tribe of humans fights for the future of mankind. Struggling to survive, these ancestors of humanity desperately search for food and the means to defend their village. The human race teeters on the brink of extinction. Only inspired leadership can save them. Command more than 20 men to defend your village and simultaneously manage the constant search for food. Lead your warriors against hordes of dinosaurs in real-time battles. Control your tribe's actions to efficiently gather resources and boost their numbers. Gather knowledge to increase their power. Enlist the help of a powerful Shaman and direct his magic to heal your men and confound your enemies. Do all this using a new style of interface to intuitively group your men and issue orders with simple drags of your stylus. Under your leadership, the human race has a fighting chance.