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Nintendo Download: August 23rd (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Anticipated games arrive and the Virtual Console returns!

With Rytmik, And Yet It Moves and Ufouria: The Saga all in one day, this week's download fares better than previous outings. The debut of the G.G Series, a classic puzzle game and farming on the go round out this week's line-up.


And Yet It Moves (1000pts, Broken Rules) – This paper-based puzzle platformer is certainly one of the quirkier games to reached WiiWare, and that's saying something. Based on rotating the game world to succeed, it's got an aesthetic style all its own and gameplay we enjoyed in our And Yet It Moves First Impressions from earlier this year. We'll have a full review soon.


Rytmik (800pts, Cinemax Games) – This powerful pocket studio has been out in Europe for some time, and now North American musicians can lay down their own beats wherever they are. You can read our Rytmik review to find out why this is the DSi's top music package.

My Farm (200pts, BiP Media) – Are there enough farming games these days? No, no there are not. Here comes BiP Media with My Farm, a game that starts you out with just a few coins and some land and charges you with turning it into an agricultural empire. With the ability to customise your animals combined with the thrill of farming, we'll review this one in the coming days.

Absolute Reversi (200pts, Tasuke) – From the makers of Absolute Brickbuster and Absolute Chess, Absolute Reversi does everything it says on the tin, offering a portable version of the classic black-and-white board game that isn't chess. With a range of opponents, a Challenge mode and Download Play, we'll have a review of DSiWare's first Reversi game in the near future.

G.G Series Ninja Karakuri Den (200pts, Genterprise Inc.) – Many gamers dream of becoming ninja, so this long-awaited debut for the G.G Series should find an audience with ease. Have a read of our G.G Series Ninja Karakuri Den First Impressions of the Japanese version and expect our review to ninja stealth from the shadows when you least expect it. Or sometime this week.

Virtual Console

Ufouria: The Saga (600pts, Sunsoft) – A cutesy platformer with a little dash of Metroid thrown in for good measure, this may not be an all-time classic but it's certainly better than nothing. Have a read of our Ufouria: The Saga review for more on Bop-Louie and friends.


Aug. 23, 2010
Rules are made to be broken - or at least bent a little, right? This week, the latest downloadable games for the Wii™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems offer some fun ways to defy convention. The award-winning And Yet It Moves for the WiiWare™ service invites players to mess with the laws of physics and turn their worlds upside-down. In the imported NES™ classic UFROURIA™: THE SAGA, you'll need to switch between characters and do whatever it takes to complete a challenging quest. On the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, Rytmik lets you create your own musical compositions, while G.G Series NINJA KARAKURI DEN lets you play by your own rules as a stealthy ninja. If there's one rule you shouldn't break while using Nintendo systems, it's this one: Have a blast!


And Yet It Moves
Publisher: Broken Rules
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: And Yet It Moves is an award-winning, physics-based platform game in which players run and jump through a world made of paper. To aid in completing its twisted, mind-bending levels, you possess the unique ability to rotate the world at will. Walls become floors, slides become platforms - but a harmless pile of rocks becomes a hazardous threat when turned upside-down. Use the Wii Remote™ controller like a magic wand to tilt the world. Explore beautifully crafted environments. Survive 20 challenging levels filled with strange creatures, traps and puzzles. Unlock bonus levels, competitive play modes and surprising modifications that change the entire game. Turn your world upside-down with And Yet It Moves!

Virtual Console™

Original platform: NES
Publisher: Sunsoft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Join Bop Louie as he searches for three friends - Shades, Freeon Leon and Gil - to help him complete his mad scramble. It won't be easy. Brain-boggling mazes, traps and bizarre pitfalls stand in your way on the journey back to Ufouria. You'll rely on your friends to survive in this strange, changing world, and you'd better have the right powers for the strange worlds you'll encounter. As you make your trek through mystical forests, deserts and oceans, you'll need to seek out and destroy monstrous creatures every step of the way. Will you have the right powers at the right time? Don't let the mind-zapping colors and stupefying sound effects throw you off.

Nintendo DSiWare

Publisher: CINEMAX
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Rytmik is an application for creating rhythmical and melodic themes and composing whole songs. It contains more than 170 carefully selected sound samples of drums, cymbals, percussion, bass and melodic instruments. With Rytmik you can quickly and easily create the basic building block: an audio clip. It consists of musical notations for up to four instruments that you may transpose, select their location in the stereo field and modify their volume, polyphony and echo. You can arbitrarily combine as many as 128 clips in four tracks to create complex pieces of music. You also have a rhythm library with a varied collection of 16 pre-made compositions that can be used to help quickly compose your own pieces. For the best musical experience, we recommend connecting headphones or a quality speaker system (not included).

Publisher: Genterprise Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Jump and slash as a gravity-defying ninja in this acrobatic action game. Control a jumping ninja as he fights his way through a booby-trapped mansion. When your ninja touches a platform, it will automatically disappear and he will jump, making for pretty unstable footing. But where some see obstacles, a ninja sees opportunity. You will be forced to think on your feet, push your reflexes and bend the very rules of physics to conquer your treacherous surroundings. Master the art of the dash, shuriken and sword. Be a ninja.

My Farm
Publisher: BiP media
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: My Farm is a livestock farming simulation game. At the beginning, all you own is an empty field, a few pennies and a single hen. If you feed the hen and take care of it, she will lay eggs that can be sold. With this money, you can buy new animals at the Farmers' Market and purchase equipment from the shopkeeper. Little by little, as your farm builds up, you will unlock bonuses including a wind turbine, rooster, guard dog and tractor. You will be able to exchange your animals with your friends who play My Farm or My Exotic Farm. There are six kinds of animals to customize, many farm improvements to buy and bonuses to collect.

Absolute Reversi
Publisher: Tasuke
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: This reversi game is for all players at any level. Absolute Reversi takes the classic strategy game and updates it for the 21st century with three modes of play. Free Play mode lets you select one of eight characters with different abilities to play against. In Challenge mode, you are given missions to complete to advance in the game. With the third mode, you can play against a friend using DS Download Play. Additional features include a strategy guide, different ability levels and the "Assistance" function, which highlights all possible moves per turn.

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User Comments (71)



HolyMackerel said:


And Yet It Moves is great. I bought the PC version a while back and it's a great indie game with some pretty devious physics puzzles. Enjoy it!



FonistofCruxis said:

You guys got an awesome udate. You finally got Ufouria, you got and yet it moves and G.G. series ninja karakuri den. I hope the G.G. series comes to eu soon.



MeloMan said:

From "nothing I want" to "more than enough at one time", it's amazing they can't find a balance. So I have to shell $20 to make AYIM and Ufouria happen... as a gamer, I will do it cause I want both of these anyway, but this just means next week is bound to suck (which is ok for my wallet but I'd still rather shell out 10 or less one week maybe, 10 another week, 0 another, etc... meh).

Anyone hear of anymore VC games on the way, cause isn't this the last VC release til... well um... eternity?



Kid_A said:

Quick question about Rytmik: can you only use audio samples or can you also lay down individual notes like in WarioWare DIY?



Kevin said:

Good to see the VC back in action. I'll wait till after I beat Metroid Other M to get Uforia.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@MeloMan: We don't have Aero the Acrobat 2 yet, so that'll probably be the next VC game sometime within the next month-ish.

Finally, Ufouria! I'll have to download that when I get home from work this afternoon.



vherub said:

enjoyed the pc version of yet it moves. not sure about a second playthrough on the wii



Banana_Jane said:

Better than nothing?



MeloMan said:

@ Stuffgamer1
Oh yeah, forgot we don't have that yet. I'm good with that, not really a fan of the Aero series. Talk about slim pickins with the VC

Now, if Sunsoft wants to REALLY start diggin' in their vault, pull out Journey to Silius... THERE'S a game that MANY folks missed. It's a short game, but I'd pay 5 bucks just to hear that awesome music again.



Hokori said:

Man I thought this was Sutte Hakken when I saw the pic. I was like I might get it. Oh well ill see what this ones like with the review giving it an 8.



MasterGraveheart said:

Well whaddya know? A halfway decent week. But, it woudln't be a release week without me asking...

...Where's my Shantae?! <3



Sylverstone said:

LOL @ MasterGraveHeart (Psst... Holiday 2010!)

Anyways, good update today, I'll see if I can get points for Rytmik and the G.G Series game.



EdEN said:

Mmm, My farm sounds interesting and for 200 points it can't be a reaaally bad game. I'll be getting Uforia ASAP.



Kyloctopus said:

This week may have been the best week for dsiware since a long time.
The very anticipated Rytmik.
The debut of the G.G Series
The final TASUKE game is out.
And after reading the description of My Farm. I might get it. (Or wait for My Exotic Farm)



rustythekid said:

hey guys to anyone that already played the wiiware version, I'm trying to decide, the PC version AYIM is on sale and I really want it, but the gameplay on the Wii grabs my attention too, is the game worth it for Wii? does it change a lot?



Punny said:

A GOOD WiiWare game, a GOOD DSiWare game, AND a Virtual Console game all in the same week!? Halleluja!



zezhyrule said:

I might actually get something this week!

And by 'might', I mean I'm already adding the points for Rytmik!



Birdman said:

Already picked up NKD, while it's not great it's still pretty good. I'll have to see how Abosulte Reversi turns out, as I'm interested in that one.



vio said:

The long awaited North American debut of Ufouria. Nearly 20 years in the making.



Swiket said:

I played And Yet It Moves on the PC and enjoyed it. Not enough to pay for it again on the Wii.



Odnetnin said:

I love D.I.Y's music maker, so I may have to check out Rytmik.
Uforia is 600 points, nooooo!!!! (I have to gift it to Adam. )
I would so get AYIM if I had the points, but oh well, at least others will enjoy it.
All around amazing week.



ogo79 said:

ufouria is here! thats what im talkin bout. as soon as i seen this update on here i headed straight for the wii and downloaded it.



ogo79 said:

i would have got this game even if it was 2000 points. i have to have all the games i want



SwerdMurd said:

that GG series game is incredibly fun. Only spent a couple minutes with Rytmik, but looks to be pretty promising (albeit stylistically not my favorite design--i prefer tracker interface to loop-based interface/drum computer style like that).

But yeah--if you have 200 points, get either the Pop Island game or that GG series ninjamode style game.



StarDust4Ever said:

Hmmmm... I may have to show my support to Nintendo VC by downloading Ufouria. First decent release in months



GammaGames said:

finnaly rytmik! i already downloaded it, ill wait till later to play it. have friends over.



SNK said:

whats with all this nes rubbish,why dont they just release more Neo-Geo games VC Arcade games and PC Engine games,because there are far more class games on them systems,its ok having some nes games but they seem to release nes games week in week out,its about time now they give the nes a break and starting releasing some HardCore games on the systems above.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@MasterGraveheart: 3...2...1...EPIC ASPIRIN MANEUVER!

@SNK: Right, because there are obviously no hardcore NES games. Besides which, the majority of recent releases have been SNES, not NES.

Oh, and Ufouria is very good. I give it my recommendation, especially in light of the quote from the article Aenaida posted. 'Cause I do NOT want another Retro Game Challenge incident, mmm'kay?



Vinsanity said:

Anyone else having immense troubles connecting to the Wii Shop? All errors about server issues, too?

If the answer is yes, it figures. The first worthwhile update in weeks or months, and Nintendo's screwing with our ability to connect. At least those gamers in the North-east US. They really have to open their wallet and buy some more damn servers.



SNK said:

if you compare whats been release on the Nes to the Neo-Geo you'll soon see what i mean,because there are 70 nes games released and only 22 Neo-Geo games,thats sad if you ask me,who in their right mind would want to buy Nes games before the Mighty Neo-Geo and PC Engine.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@SNK: Based on your screen name, it's quite obvious you love the Neo-Geo, but...not everyone does, okay? I have downloaded ZERO titles for it, and I plan to keep it that way. I do have a good number of NES games, however. Personally, the majority of the games not out that I was are SNES, not any other system, but I won't complain about a game from any other system that I actually want.



SNK said:

you dont know what you are missing pal,the Neo-Geo is an awesome machine with a lot of good games available for it,the Nes just dont cut it for me,the only 8-Bit machine i like is the Commordore 64.



Ian_Daemon said:

UFOURIA is surprisingly cool. (and extremely odd when you stop to think about what's really happening)

For instance - I can't over the fact that (at points) I'm playing as a ghost with sunglasses. His special attack features him pulling his sunglasses down at which point his EYES fly out their sockets, float around the screen killing every enemy, and then float back to his eye sockets at which points he puts his sunglasses back up.

I thought I was going to pass on this "simple NES Metroid clone", but this is easy and (when you really think about it) friggin' weird! I love it. I'm so glad this is on the Virtual Console.

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