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Nintendo Download: 16th July 2010 (Europe)

Posted by James Newton

Flying and fighting on Wii; French, Darkness, solitaire and 3D tanks on DSi

Another Virtual Console holiday, but WiiWare gets Pearl Harbored and then engages in some funky fighting. Conspicuous by its absence is Furry Legends, previously believed to be released this Friday but Gamelion has confirmed to us there will be an announcement of its new release date in the near future.


Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising (700pts - Legendo) – Take to the skies in this aerial dogfighting game, with real WWII aircraft engaging in some of the war's most famous battles. It's proved popular since its North American release, so have a look at our Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising review to see if this one's for you.

Kung Fu Funk - Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting! (500pts - Stickmen Studios) – This one's been available in North America for a few months, and is now finally chop-sockying its way to European Wiis. You might want to read our Kung Fu Funk review before dropping your points to see if this one's a black belt beauty or a dojo disaster.


Soul of Darkness (500pts - Gameloft) – Taking more than just a leaf from the Castlevania book, this one cribs the whole thing, with a combination of platforming, castle exploration and upgradeable powers. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery however, so have a read of our Soul of Darkness review to find out more.

4 Travellers: Play French (800pts - Agenius Interactive) – Released in North America this past Monday, this is the latest linguistic release from Agenius following its Play Spanish product a few months ago. Promising to help you take your first steps into French through a fun boardgame setting, we'll have a full review of this one very soon.

5-in-1 Solitaire (200pts - Digital Leisure) – Had enough solitaire yet? Well anyway, here's Digital Leisure with a collection of five variations: Klondike, Spider, FreeCell, Golf and Gaps. It's a decent effort so have a look at our 5-in-1 Solitaire review to see this one can entice you back into the card game waters.

3D Space Tank (800pts - Q Games) – Otherwise known as X-Scape, this sequel to obscure 1992 GameBoy adventure X is a truly unique proposition on DSiWare. With stacks of content, brilliant aesthetics and an atmosphere all its own, read our 3D Space Tanks review to find out why this is a must-have purchase for all DSi owners.

Here's the press release to dot the is and cross the ts.


16th July 2010: Make sure you check out the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop this week, as they are jam packed with new games.

Wii owners will be pleased to know that there are two new action thrillers now available on WiiWare: Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising and Kung Fu Funk™ - Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting!

Nintendo DSi fans won’t be disappointed, as four new games have been added to the mix: Soul of Darkness, 4 TRAVELLERS™ - Play French, 5 in 1 Solitaire and 3D Space Tank™.

WiiWare – Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising
(Legendo Entertainment, 700 Wii Points)
Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising is the first title in a set of three air-combat action games for WiiWare.

Take off from aircraft carrier decks and historical military bases as you conduct covert strikes, engage in furious dogfights and fly search and destroy missions. Pilot the most prolific fighter, bomber and torpedo-bearing aircraft of the WWII Pacific Theatre.

Featuring two campaigns spanning the early years of the Pacific War, you can play as either the United States Naval Air Force or the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force. You can also choose to practice your combat skills in the Avenging Ace or Survival dogfight modes.

WiiWare – Kung Fu Funk™ - Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting!
(Stickmen Studios, 500 Wii Points)
Kung Fu Funk is an off the wall 1970's 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 with learning the Zen arts, a chilled out mode to get you familiar with the controls. Once your skills are fully waxed you enter the Kung Fu training movie montage which consists of insane mini-games. Once your skills are honed, you enter the ultimate battle as the instructor in your own disco Kung Fu dojo.

Kung Fu Funk is played using Wii Remote and optionally the Nunchuk. You will have to perform all kinds of Kung Fu to progress. If you decide you don't want to use the Nunchuk you can just unplug it at anytime to play one handed.

Nintendo DSiWare – Soul of Darkness
(Gameloft, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)
Enter a fascinating gothic world as Kale: try to save your beloved's life and soul from an evil vampire's clutches. Explore dark woods and caves, huge castles and cathedrals under the full moon's light. Master and upgrade your sword and spear, and learn how to control your powers: use the Fire and the Ice, or transform into your enemies. Face and defeat werewolves, gargoyles, zombies, and more, thanks to the exclusive camera features. Good or evil - be the sole master of your destiny.

Nintendo DSiWare – 4 TRAVELLERS™ - Play French
(AGENIUS Interactive, 800 Nintendo DSi Points)
Challenge your family and friends in a new digital board game and at the same time learn your first words in a new language together.

You compete in a foreign hotel where the goal is to acquire objects, money and friends. Your ability to strategize and learn fast is essential. The game is suitable for both young and old, and no previous knowledge is necessary.

Nintendo DSiWare – 5 in 1 Solitaire
(Digital Leisure Inc., 200 Nintendo DSi Points)
Now you can take five of the most popular solitaire games with you on the go. 5 in 1 Solitaire features the always popular Klondike, Spider and FreeCell games as well as the unique Golf and Gaps versions of solitaire. Each of these versions has a unique gameplay style that is easy enough for any novice player to enjoy, but will also challenge the expert solitaire player. You’ll also be able to view tutorials for each game as well as track your scores and gaming stats to see your progress. See how fast you can win.

Nintendo DSiWare – 3D Space Tank™
(Nintendo, 800 Nintendo DSi Points)
Space year XXXX: humanity leaves Earth for the stars. A mere 20 years later, the oppressive Kiisan Empire, led by your former commander, is threatening galactic peace. Our last hope is VIXIV, a state-of-the-art space battle tank capable of all-range surface combat and interplanetary travel. Taking control of VIXIV, you must engage in daring land and aerial combat, in thrilling first-person view, and restore peace to the galaxy.

With the help of your support bot, VIX-529, travel around the Kiisa System via high-speed interplanetary warp tunnels and take to the skies or planet surfaces in all-range sections. Use the radar to track enemies and to locate vital power crystals, which allow you to open new warp tunnels and explore new planets.

Complete missions and side quests to increase your rank and gain powerful new weapons to assist you in your fight for freedom.

As the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are continually updated with exciting and refreshing games and applications, make sure you keep checking the Nintendo Channel, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop for all the latest news and releases on already available and upcoming Virtual Console, WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare titles.

Be sure to also check out Nintendo of Europe's WiiWare portal, which functions as the main hub for the latest WiiWare news and game sites, while at the same time providing the perfect entry point for newcomers to the service. Weekly and all-time Top 10 lists show which WiiWare titles the UK Club Nintendo members are currently downloading most, and which are the most popular of all time.

The portal also provides step-by-step tutorials explaining how to connect the Wii console to the Internet and how to download WiiWare games, as well as a video showing how to use Nintendo Points. Visit for all the details. Downloaded games can be saved to Wii's internal memory or SD card and added to the console's Wii Menu or SD Card Menu for anytime easy access.

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User Comments (25)



KDR_11k said:

Typical, the big interesting update comes when I'm not anywhere near an internet connection for two weeks...



Shiryu said:

Pearl Harbor Part #1 for me for sure. Now, if only Nintendo would go on about stepping up on the ability to move our digital downloads to new machines, Gameloft would also get 5€ from me...



Yasume said:

Forever Skate seems to be delayed too. Not that anyone cares lol.



FonistofCruxis said:

I've never played a castlevania before, so as soul of darkness is cheap, would it be a good place to start?



KeeperBvK said:

What about that Girlfriend thing for WiiWare? Nintendolife still lists it as coming tomorrow, but it's obviously not mentioned in this news.

Terrible update, BTW.



ShinRPGGamer said:

You guys got Pearl Harbor so one would think it's a decent update for you guys

@7 I think it plays like one but I'm not sure, You should check out the reviews



Imerion said:

Yeah, finally I can get Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising, all the info and nice screens/videos has convinced me since long. Might get Soul of Darkness as well, the review convinced me there.



cheapogamer4life said:

@ 7
I really like it, but its kinda short. After my 4-5 hour play through i got a strong feeling to look for a cart version of Castlevania as I have yet to try that series out.



Bassman_Q said:

This update would have been horrible had it not been for Pearl Harbor and X-Scape.



Pj1 said:

No VC! Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



pianoman said:

Downloaded today. The overall gaming experience isn´t bad, but too far from SUPERB. You can fly with nunchak which emulates the stick, but the problem is with the positioning of the nunchak in your hand during flight and maneuvres. Real stick isn´t controlled by wrist twisting - that´s what is far from reality. The sound is fine, the graphics not so well - occassional stuttering above detailed terrain is definitely letdown. Lack of ground details in many locations. Lack of details regarding airstrips. You can lower the gear + slow the airplane and land, but not with flaps down - flaps are missing too... On screen flight instruments are completely missing. I know they aren´t important but still I would like to know what is my indicated airspeed and altitude. Because the indicated airspeed is missing, it is very difficult to know when the aircraft will stall - which is bothering in combat (per example during intentional spins during close combat). Next problem is the AI in dogfight mode - they fly like butterfly and they are everywhere - to close, too low, to high and mainly: too many. The AI in campaign mode is much better because you can follow your opponent - which isn´t the case in dogfight (stand alone) mode. I know it isn´t flight simulator, it´s an arcade game, but some more "life like" features and it could be a blast! What I would like to see in next installments?

  • on screen displays (speed, altitude)
  • or at least spare 3D cockpit
  • flaps
  • more details on the ground
  • better airport environment
  • nunchak positioning (forward/backward motion instead of wrist motion)
  • better AI in dogfight mode
  • less airplanes in the air
  • on_line dogfight mode


Alfred_ENG said:

Thank you Pianoman, You have made my mind my about this game. I am not getting it now. Saved me 700 points thanks.

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