Nintendo Download: 18th October 2010 (North America)

Happy holidays and mystic quests

The past two weeks have seen high profile downloadable releases in both shapely and spiny forms, so whilst this week lacks a true flagship title it does offer two new Nintendo-published titles and the scheduled Virtual Console download.

WiiWare

ThruSpace (Nintendo, 800pts) – Formerly known as the far more descriptive ThruSpace: High Velocity 3D Puzzle, this is all about manoeuvring an object called a Keydron into gaps, and rotating it to alter the direction of its shadow earns you bonus points. Our expert Keydron moving team will have you covered with a review this week, and in the meantime you can read our first impressions of the title.

Happy Holidays: Halloween (505 Games, 500pts) – If our Spook Month celebrations have got you in the mood for something a little creepy, you can share that feeling with your Wii-owning friends by sending a card made this terrifying application. We reviewed this one when it was released in Europe last year, so peek through your fingers at our Happy Holidays: Halloween review for more on this truly hair-raising title.

Virtual Console

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (Super Nintendo, 800pts) – This simplified version of Final Fantasy may divide fans, but it's still well worth picking up for anyone wanting a streamlined RPG experience. Corbie's Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest review grants you +100 wisdom.

DSiWare

Snapdots (Nintendo, 500pts) – A new puzzle title from Nintendo that combines everyone's two favourite things: picture puzzles and UFOs. A grid-based picture puzzle, the screenshots make it look a little like a cross between Picross and Art Style: Pictobits: our review will let you know if it's as good as these two.

Armada (Zoo Games, 500pts) – You're in charge of military aircraft carrier, and it's your job to land fighters, refuel jets and avoid blowing up. A little tactical strategy can be refreshing from time to time, so we'll soon find out if Armada is the bomb or a dud.

Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe (Gamelion, 200pts) – Another cheap and cheerful title from Gamelion following the success of Extreme Hangman. Released in Europe last Friday, we'll have a winning review shortly.

Music On: Playing Piano (Abylight, 200pts) – The latest in Abylight's melodic series, Playing Piano lets you play piano to 15 well-known songs, achieving medals according to your performance. Another title that found European shores on Friday, we're tuning our review now.

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: DOWNLOAD CLASSIC FANTASY AND FRESH CHALLENGES FOR NINTENDO SYSTEMS

October 18, 2010

It's been nearly two decades since FINAL FANTASY® MYSTIC QUEST® first thrilled audiences on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System™. Now, thanks to the Virtual Console™ service, Wii™ owners can enjoy this classic adventure all over again. Meanwhile, the latest additions to the WiiWare™ service include ThruSpace™, a remarkable puzzle game that challenges players to think quickly under pressure while vying for sky-high scores. New offerings on the Nintendo DSiWare™ service will put hand-held gamers' strategic mettle to the test, whether they're shooting blocks from a UFO to complete picture puzzles in Snapdots™ or commanding a massive aircraft carrier in Armada. Browse, download and let the fun begin!

Virtual Console

FINAL FANTASY MYSTIC QUEST
Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: Square Enix
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: Return to a time of classic action and adventure. Young Benjamin embarks on a quest to reclaim the stolen crystals that are the key to balancing the four elements of the world. Experience this treasured Super NES™ game on the Wii system and save the world once more!

WiiWare

ThruSpace
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: ThruSpace is an exciting puzzle game in which you move and rotate an object called a keydron through gaps in walls. Putting your keydron through a gap earns you points, but mastering this ability allows you to perform combos (picking up pairs of crystals simultaneously) and tricks (rotating the keydron so that its shadow covers all of the gap before passing through it), which are key to achieving high scores. Refine your skills in multiple game modes (Normal, Endless and Trick Challenge), brush up on the rules in Keydron Tutorial, or watch replay data in Keydron Memories. As the game progresses, the number of available keydrons, backgrounds, stages and levels will increase. If you have a broadband Internet connection, you can register your high scores on the leaderboard via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection and compare scores with other ThruSpace players. This game is easy to play but difficult to master. Do you have the skills and reflexes necessary to overcome the increasingly complex challenges of ThruSpace?

Happy Holidays Halloween
Publisher: 505 Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Create and send fun Halloween cards! Use your imagination and dress your character in different costumes, then decorate the card choosing a background, music and lots of stickers. Using the Wii Remote™ controller, you can easily navigate through the different menus and add stickers in the position and size of your choice. Once the card is finished, write a personal note and send it to your friends.

Nintendo DSiWare

Snapdots
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Welcome to Snapdots! Complete dozens of puzzle pictures by rotating the puzzle to find the best angle and shooting blocks from your UFO. If the placement isn't quite right, use the UFO to retrieve blocks and shoot them in different spots. Adding to the challenge, puzzles often contain several types of blocks and spots, each with its own characteristics. Journey to multiple planets to tackle puzzles individually in Puzzle mode, or try to clear as many puzzles as you can within a time limit in the frenetic Time Attack mode. In either mode, strategy and action combine to create a classic puzzle game that definitely hits the spot.

Armada
Publisher: Zoo Games, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Armada puts you in command of a military aircraft carrier. It's up to you to safely land and refuel fighters, bombers and medical helicopters. Avoid deadly collisions, battle turbulent weather conditions and engage the enemy. With your reputation on the line and lives at stake, you'll need quick thinking and smart strategies in order to protect and direct the military aircraft to safety. If you aren't careful, enemies will surround your carrier and sabotage your mission. Take control and prove yourself a hero!

Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe
Publisher: Gamelion
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: One of the world's most famous pen-and-paper game for two players can now be in your pocket wherever you go. If there's no one around to play the game with you, don't worry: skillful AI players will gladly play with you in any of the four Tic-Tac-Toe variants available. If a single 3-by-3 playing field makes you claustrophobic, try the new Nine Board mode that adds a nice twist and more strategic depth to the game. Prove you're a worthy Tic-Tac-Toe player by entering the Tic-Tac-Toe League and advancing from the initial School Club League, through Academic, City, National and World Leagues, all the way up to the Super Stars League. Claim the top spot and become the Tic-Tac-Toe champ!

Music on: Playing Piano
Publisher: Abylight
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Playing the piano has never been so easy and so much fun! This new collection of 15 popular songs allows you to enjoy a complete musical experience even if you have no prior knowledge of the piano. Notes transformed into rectangles appear over the piano keys to show you where, when and how to play them. The song speed increases depending on the game's level. Music on: Playing Piano is an easy and intuitive game that will challenge your auditory and visual coordination.

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