Nintendo Download: 2nd August 2010 (North America)

Chibi fighters, dogzzzz and slots

There's something for everyone in this week's Nintendo Download. Or is that nothing for everyone? Something for no one? Anything for nothing? Everything or Nothing?

Wouldn't that be something.

WiiWare

Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots (Big John Games, 700 Points) — A whole mess of themed slot machines, including piratical, Grecian and Arthurian. We'll take this one-armed bandit for a spin and let you know if it's robbery or a steal.

Deer Captor (Aksys Games, 500 Points) — It sounds non-violent enough, but we're not sure how exactly you "capture" a deer using a crossbow or a rifle. Either way, any excuse to don the ol' camouflage and urine is enough for us. The TV won't know what hit it! Or the couch, for that matter.

DSiWare

Match Up! (Digital Leisure, 200 Points) — The second DSiWare game to feature Professor Lexis, this time around it looks like he wants to play a Memory-type game. Hopefully the unsettling death animations like in Mega Words are kept to a minimum, but this one has exploding cards so who knows.

BlayzBloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale (Aksys Games, 500 Points) — Arc System Works' praised 2D arcade fighter goes portable, chibi and 3D for DSiWare. The service is pretty thin on fighters apart from the odd round of Photo Dojo, so we'll punch things in the face for a while and let you know how it is. Then we'll go play some BlayzBloo for review.

Hints Hunter (CIRCLE Entertainment, 500 Points) — You don't actually hunt hints in this one, but there should be plenty to go around in your quest for hidden keys. Why, the press release blurb even contains two hints!

Petz Dogz Family (Ubizoft, 800 Pointz) — The Petz seriez rollz on with itz third outing on DZiWare. We'll have a full review up zoon enough, but you can probably deduce whether thiz one iz for you by checking out our reviewz for Petz Kittens and Petz Hamsterz Family.

Damn it feels good to be a press release:

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: FROM CASINO KICKS TO CANINE TRICKS, THERE'S DOWNLOADABLE FUN FOR EVERYONE

August 2, 2010

Whether your tastes run to hunting, gambling, puzzles, battles or virtual pets, Nintendo has you covered with a fresh batch of downloadable games for the Wii™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. For the WiiWare™ service, Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games invites you to chase giant jackpots, while Deer Captor challenges you to pursue big bucks of a different sort. For the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, both Match Up! and Hints Hunter offer portable puzzle fun for players of any background. Hand-held gamers can also interact with personalized pooches in Petz® Dogz® Family or brawl with fierce competitors in Blayzbloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale. Whichever type of play you prefer, the selection of downloadable games is wider and wilder than ever.

WiiWare

Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games
Publisher: Big John Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Simulated Gambling
Price: 700 Wii Points™
Description: Players can bring the exciting "Slots" experience home. Choose from six adventure-themed, five-reel bonus slots, or try your luck with classic Cherries or Diamonds slots. Win big jackpots and earn access to VIP suites. Players can use their winnings to purchase vibrant merchandise to customize their suites. As players progress, they can win multiple awards and achievements. Five-reel bonus slots include Gold Rush, Power of Zeus, Pirate Cove, Wild Safari, King Arthur's Excalibur and the Rising Sun. Classic three-reel slots are Diamonds and Cherries. Additional features include: High Roller Suites, where you can live like a VIP while customizing your own high roller suite with items such as artwork, pool tables, trophies and furniture; Bonus Games, offering six great games that can be played separately to challenge your nerves and increase your winnings; and Unlockables with achievement trophies that are tracked and awarded for exceptional play.

Deer Captor
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Deer Captor is a shooting game that offers an immersive hunting experience. Choosing from a rifle or crossbow, players can put their marksman skills to the test as they try to capture a variety of wildlife such as deer, hares and kites in the comfort of their living rooms. Aim for a high score in Instant Mode, where the objective is to capture as many animals as possible within a set time, or test your mettle in Mission Mode, where you must complete a series of objectives to advance to the pinnacle of the hunting world. Play against your friends and family in friendly competition, or post your single-player score to online leaderboards for nationwide bragging rights. (A broadband Internet connection is required for online play.)

Nintendo DSiWare

Match Up!
Publisher: Digital Leisure
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Flip, match and…kaboom! How fast can you find the right set in Match Up!? No matter how old you may be, Match Up! will have you captivated for hours. Reveal shapes, colors and hidden bonuses with a new take on a childhood favorite. You'll need quick hands and a sharp mind to beat the clock and disarm the explosive cards riddled throughout the game. Not quite ready for the explosive action? Start with the engaging classic concentration play and see if you can level up.

BlayzBloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Blayzbloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale pits Ragna, Rachel, Jin, Noel, Taokak and others against one another in five stages of rumble-and-tumble brawling action to see who's the best. There's also a Free Battle mode you can play to your heart's content. Use items in battle to pummel your opponent into oblivion. Drive attacks and special moves may also come in handy to finish off your opponents. Do you have what it takes to become the best Blayzbloo brawler?

Hints Hunter
Publisher: CIRCLE Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Hints Hunter is an easy, casual game that you can play anytime and anywhere. The objective is simply to find hidden keys by working out the meanings of the hints in each level. You can play using only the stylus. Most of the hints are helpful and may require you to think about the time of day, game functions like clicking or dragging, or the principle of opening or closing. Be sure to observe the smallest details very carefully, including the name of a level or even a tiny flower.

Petz Dogz Family
Publisher: Ubisoft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: There's a whole family of dogs you can adopt and love! Take care of them, discover their unique personalities and teach them fun tricks. Choose from favorite breeds such as golden retrievers and Labradors. Give your dogs the best care. Feed them, groom them and discover their individual personalities – some will be funny, others will be shy. Engage in fun activities with your pups – including playing with a flying disc and running obstacle courses – to turn them into talented dogs.