Nintendo Download: 9th August 2010 (North America)

Aquariums and Massages for Wii; ABC123, Rhythm, Chess and Lost Artifacts for DSiWare; no VC game.

If you're a Wii owner looking for a relaxing experience, this week's download is enough to send you into nirvana, with massages and fish-staring ahoy. DSi owners receive some rather more cerebral offerings, with chess, puzzles, music and even a learning game. No Virtual Console title this week, sadly – the wait for Ufouria: The Saga and Aero the Acrobat 2, among others, continues.


My Aquarium 2 (500pts, Hudson) – Fresh from our revelation of the official website earlier, My Aquarium 2 emerges from the briny depths of Nintendo's WiiWare approval system to bring yet more aquatic action to the Wii. With brand new species and features, as well as the ability to transfer certain fish from its predecessor, My Aquarium 2 will no doubt float to the top of the WiiWare sales charts in no time. We'll have a full review soon, but in the meantime, check out our My Aquarium review to see if this kind of thing is worth raiding your treasure chest for.

Enjoy Your Massage! (500pts, Microforum) – You thought WiiWare couldn't get any juicier after Sexy Poker, but here comes a parade of anime ladies ready to let you press squares on their backs in a pre-determined order. Our upcoming review will let you know if this is worth your points or just a load of shiatsu.


TURN: The Lost Artifact (800pts, Creative Patterns) – A puzzle game that asks you to rotate the room to solve a series of mindbenders, we'll see if this is intriguing enough to enter the DSiWare puzzle pantheon in our upcoming review.

Absolute Chess (200pts, Tasuke) – Following the release of its disappointing Absolute Brickbuster, Tasuke is taking on another much-loved pastime: chess. With a challenge mode, learning aids including showing available moves and DS Download Play, read our upcoming review to see if this is checkmate or a rooking disaster.

Did It Myself ABC123 (200pts, Powerhead Games) – The last thing most people expected from the creators of Glow Artisan was a release aimed at pre-school children, but that's exactly what this is. Full of the things that kids love – apart from screaming and soiling themselves – this could be a worthwhile buy for DSi-owning 2-year olds or their parents. Find out in our review later this week.

Rhythm Core Alpha (500pts, SoftEgg Enterprises) – A live music performance tool, Rhythm Core Alpha may not be the most beautiful-looking DSiWare title (no, really) but hopefully it'll deliver in the sonic department. You'll know for sure later on this week.

Here's the press release for your digestion and subsequent comments:


Aug. 9, 2010

As always, Monday is an especially fun day for Wii™ and Nintendo DSi™ owners, kicking off the week with a wide variety of new downloadable games. On the WiiWare™ service, My Aquarium 2 offers a fresh selection of virtual deep-sea creatures to arrange and admire. Also, things are a bit topsy-turvy on the Nintendo DSiWare™ service as TURN: The Lost Artifact invites players to meddle with the forces of gravity in fascinating ways. A total of six new games are now available for download, giving Nintendo fans easy access to yet another slew of extraordinary gaming experiences.


My Aquarium 2
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: My Aquarium 2, the sequel to the hit WiiWare title My Aquarium, is here. This time, the theme is the mysterious deep sea. With a single Wii Remote™ controller, you can raise fascinating creatures of all shapes and sizes, including deep-sea fish and glowing jellyfish. As with the original My Aquarium, you can customize your aquarium, by choosing which fish to include and where to place various decorations. You can also choose from a variety of colored lights to illuminate your aquarium. In time, your fish might breed to give you a whole new school. Create your very own aquarium for endless hours of relaxing fun and entertainment. This sequel features a larger selection of fish and objects than the original. You can also link up to the Forecast Channel to have your aquarium's appearance reflect the actual weather, or send your aquariums to registered friends via WiiConnect24™. Additional content will be available for purchase at a later date. Dive in and see all the wonderful creatures of the deep blue sea!

Enjoy your massage!
Publisher: Microforum
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Congratulations! You have just been hired as an apprentice masseur at Giselle's beauty farm, one of the most famous in the city. Learn new relaxing massage combinations and use them on your stressed customers. As an apprentice, you'll have to do your best. If your client gets angry, no one will save you from losing your job, but if you prove capable, you might even become the director of the whole beauty farm. So, what are you waiting for? Six clients are waiting for your help!

Nintendo DSiWare

TURN: The Lost Artifact
Publisher: Creative Patterns
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: TURN: The Lost Artifact is an adventure puzzler with fun, intuitive game play. Kurt and Camila are explorers on a mysterious journey to find a lost artifact. You guide them through rooms filled with various dangers, from enemies to rolling boulders. Your main power is the ability to rotate the rooms 90 degrees to the left or to the right. Mastering the law of gravity is essential to your success. Everything and everyone in the room is subjected to gravity and falls when you turn the room. Watch your head! Featuring three worlds with nine levels of about 10 rooms each, the game promises a whole lot of brain-twisting fun on your Nintendo DSi system.

Rhythm Core Alpha
Publisher: SoftEgg
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Make music with your Nintendo DSi system! Rhythm Core Alpha is an advanced music creation system, designed for creating and performing live music in front of an audience. Rhythm Core Alpha makes it easy to build drum and instrument loops, and then allows you to play solos over them using the stylus. It automatically detects the key and scale of the music you have created and allows you to change chords at the press of a button. All notes in the solo match the selected key and scale, so you can never hit a wrong note. Rhythm Core Alpha also includes a powerful pattern mode that allows you to set up chord changes and arrange your sequenced parts, enabling you to build a whole song or make sections that you can play back as you desire. Hundreds of adjustable drum and instrument sounds are included. You can edit while the song is playing, so you really can build the song in front of an audience.

Absolute Chess
Publisher: Tasuke
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: This easy-to-understand chess game explains everything from basic rules to aggressive strategies. There are two modes of play. In Free Play, you can play against a number of preset characters, ranging from a young kid to a grouchy old man. The Challenge mode gives players multiple levels and missions to complete. Player support features include a function to indicate possible moves for the player and the opponent, as well as the ability to undo your previous move. You can also enjoy matches with friends via DS Download Play.

Did It Myself ABC123
Publisher: Powerhead Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: EC (Early Childhood)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Did It Myself ABC123 is packed with different activities to stimulate your young child's brain, including counting, colors, letters, drawing and music. The target age range is roughly 2 to 3, but kids aged 1 through 5 should be able to enjoy Did It Myself ABC123. There are options for parents to adjust the counting range, the amount of games to play in "shuffle" mode, and the overall game speed. "Slow" and "medium" are recommended for younger kids, while older kids may enjoy "fast" and "ridiculous."

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