Nintendo Download: 16th August 2010 (North America)

Monsters and Space on WiiWare; Mahjong, Reflections, Singing and Notes on DSiWare; nothing on VC

Another week, another round of "Where's My Most Anticipated Game?" with the Nintendo Download. There's no Shantae and no Virtual Console release, but don't be glum: there's still Quark Dispellers, Astro Maggots, Divergent Shifts and all manner of other bizarre word couplings to be downloaded from today.


Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots (500pts, Onteca) – Planet Monsteca is populated by Stompies, orange monsters who previously lived blissful lives, free from pain and oppression. Then along came robots, and the whole balance was upset to such an extent that only by guiding an army of monsters on a rampage can harmony be restored. Stay tuned for the definitive review coming later this week.

Space Trek (700pts, Calaris) – Hold onto your hats: Space Trek is a port of an iPhone game, handled by Calaris of WarMen Tactics fame. With six levels, the promise of humorous dialogue and weapons with names like Quark Dispeller and Mega Rockets, check back later this week to find out if Space Trek can avoid falling into the same generic dumpster as WarMen Tactics before it.


Divergent Shift (800pts, Intrinsic Games) – We previously knew this one as Reflection, a puzzle game that requires you to use both DS screens simultaneously to guide your character to safety. It seems to bear some similarities to Chronos Twins and Mighty Flip Champs, which is no bad company to be in, so stay tuned for our full review coming soon.

3D Mahjong (500pts, Cosmigo) – Matching tiles in 3D is now a reality thanks to Cosmigo. 3D Mahjong includes 50 layouts and millions of different shuffles for each, plus a selection of tilesets and backgrounds to mix things up a little. Check back later this week to see if this one is worth your while.

myNotebook: Carbon (500pts, Nnooo) – With 128 pages, a battery indicator and the ability to export your pages to an SD card, this looks like being a much improved version of myNotebook. If this is worth the virtual paper it's printed on, you'll find out in our review.

Just Sing! National Anthems (200pts, Engine Software) – With all the pageantry and patriotism of the World Cup well and truly over, let's have one last tuneless stab at singing one of five anthems: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Japan and the United States. Released in Europe two months ago, have a read of our Just Sing! National Anthems review. If you do pick it up this week, good luck singing the Japanese national anthem.

Do we have a press release for you? Yes, we do.


Aug. 16, 2010

Believe it or not, September is just around the corner. How do you want to spend the waning days of summer? You could plunge yourself into an intergalactic battle with Space Trek or A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots for the WiiWare™ service. You've also got some interesting hand-held options to consider via the Nintendo DSiWare™ service: rule two screens at once in Divergent Shift, enjoy classic tile-matching in 3D Mahjong, take note of the world around you with myNotebook: Carbon™ or try karaoke with a soccer-loving twist in Just SING! National Anthems. Choose any or all of the above and savor the downloadable fun before another summer slips away.


Space Trek
Publisher: CALARIS
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Fantasy Violence
Price: 700 Wii Points™
Description: As Captain Jay, you take control of a space jet deployed on an alien world. The planet you're on is inhabited by the Knagar, a race of big, green, self-important bullies. You must fight your way through, outsmart them and save the survivors. Fortunately, Jay can always throw a nice punch line when things get ugly. Fight floating drones, destroy Knagar ships, attack turrets and deal with gigantic worms before they swallow your ship or electrocute you. Access your handy map to avoid getting lost on one of six big levels. Pick up keycards, deactivate force fields, save survivors and collect power-ups. Rearm your ship to use one of six weapons, including the Quark Dispeller, Anti-Matter Thrower and Mega Rockets. Recharge your ship's battery by flying over heat-bursting volcanoes. Then use the surplus to power your weapons or energy shield. Enjoy humorous dialogue that accompanies players throughout the game.

A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots
Publisher: Onteca
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: The planet Monsteca is no longer the harmonious world it once was. It's been overrun by a robotic army that's determined to rule and conquer. Monsteca natives known as the Stompies have no choice but to run. Unable to defend themselves against such heavy machinery, the Stompies must rely on the strength of their herd to work together and defeat the meddling robots. Take control of the Stompies, cute and not-so-bright monsters who need help to avoid being captured by invading robots. It's your duty to guide them successfully through each level. This fun, full-3D strategy game has a strong sense of flow, offering 20 levels to conquer and many hours of game play.

Nintendo DSiWare

Divergent Shift
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Violent References
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Divergent Shift is a puzzle platformer. You'll run, jump and flip over obstacles, but you also may have to put on your thinking cap to figure out how to complete some of the levels. There are two primary mechanics in the game: the Reflection Mechanic and Shadow Mechanic. In both, you control two characters - one on each screen - at the same time. If you jump, both characters will jump; if you run, both characters will run. The only way to beat the game is to use the two screens together.

3D Mahjong
Publisher: cosmigo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Relax your mind with the ancient game of tiles. 3D Mahjong features 50 layouts of the traditional tile-matching game in 3D, each with millions of different shuffles to play. The game's style and interface has been designed for easy and intuitive operation with the stylus or control pad. The graphics can be customized with six fabulous tile sets and backgrounds. Sit back, relax and enjoy the endless challenge with this Mahjong game collection. Additional brain-sharpening challenges come in the form of extra mini-games: "Memory" and "Matching."

myNotebook: Carbon
Publisher: Nnooo
Players: 1
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: myNotebook allows you to take notes wherever you are. Just pop open your Nintendo DSi™ system and jot down your thoughts. Make a list and cross it off, or even play your favorite pen-and-paper games (games not included). You can even personalize your notebook by drawing on the cover and changing the paper type with 24 unlockable squared and lined paper styles. Use the pen or pencil to make notes or doodles, and then erase the bits you don't like. With five ink colors, you'll always be able to make your notes and doodles look stylish. myNotebook also includes 128 pages to write on and the ability to export your pages to your Nintendo DSi Photo Album.

Just SING! National Anthems
Publisher: Engine Software
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: It is the greatest sporting event of 2010: the World Cup! All eyes are on South Africa, and all ears are on you in the karaoke game of the year. Enter the hallowed turf and display your talent by singing a selection of national anthems. There are five national anthems to choose from: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Japan and the United States. It's karaoke fun at its best. All text is displayed, and the game features optimum voice recognition. Just sing into the built-in microphone of your Nintendo DSi system. Don your jersey and step out onto the pitch - to sing!

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