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Nintendo Download: 25th October 2010 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Meet your FATE!

October has been a good month for fans of downloadable games, with Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and now BIT.TRIP FATE to round out the month with a bang.


BIT.TRIP FATE (Aksys Games, 800pts) – The fifth BIT.TRIP title takes on another new genre: the shoot 'em up. With more of the same chiptunes, retro graphical stylings and hardcore gameplay, this one promises to be another excellent addition to the series. We'll be bringing you a world exclusive review of BIT.TRIP FATE in a very short time, so stay tuned to Nintendo Life later today to see how this one shapes up.

My Planetarium (Hudson, 500pts) – Already available in Europe under the name My Starry Night, this aims to do for stargazing what My Aquarium did for fish. We're presently plotting our review and will have it ready shortly.


Go! Go! Island Rescue (Connect2Media, 500pts) – A port of the popular iPhone puzzler, as Robbie the firefighter your job is to protect the hapless "Darwins" from a number of disasters, including rampaging fires. The original title is well-regarded so hopefully this one can set DSiWare alight too.

Spot the Difference (Enjoy Gaming, 500pts) – You should be able to guess what this one's about, but if not our Spot the Difference review might make things a little clearer for you. It's not a bad little title if you know what to expect: lots of difference-spotting.

GO Series: Defense Wars (Gamebridge, 200pts) – The second bite-sized entry in the GO Series, Defense Wars is a nice little twist on the standard tower defence genre. You can tackle our GO Series: Defense Wars review for more information.

Flashlight (Kaasa Solution, 200pts) – We were beginning to lose hope of ever seeing this DSiWare classic reach North America, but after six months of European exclusivity it's time to turn on the lights. You can read our illuminating Flashlight review and then remind yourself never, ever to purchase this game. We suffered so you didn't have to.


Oct. 25, 2010

Wanna treat yourself to some new games? There's no trick to it. Just visit the Wii Shop Channel or Nintendo DSi Shop to browse and download hundreds of instantly enjoyable games for Wii™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. The latest additions to the WiiWare™ service include BIT.TRIP FATE, a new entry in the acclaimed series that blends retro aesthetics with modern gaming thrills. New for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, Go! Go! Island Rescue! invites you to endure a disaster-laden vacation, while GO Series Defense Wars challenges you to protect your base against heavily armed enemies. No matter what you plan to wear on Oct. 31, these new downloads will keep you grinning like a jack-o'-lantern.


Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: BIT.TRIP FATE is an on-rails side-scrolling shoot-'em-up that finds CommanderVideo riding the vibe to discover his fate. CommanderVideo will need a little help from the friends he made in BIT.TRIP RUNNER to thwart the Mingrawn Timbletot, who has mutated the world into an ugly technological nightmare. Join forces with the Junior Melchkin, CommandgirlVideo and others to increase CommanderVideo's power and save the world. Whether you play in single-player mode or team up with a co-pilot, you'll need a steady hand to navigate the vibe and aim your blasters at the twisted souls out to destroy you.

My Planetarium™
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Alcohol Reference, Violent References
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: My Planetarium is a game that allows you to observe celestial bodies from the comfort of your living room using the Wii Remote™ controller. Choose from three main modes. Observation Mode contains approximately 20,000 celestial objects up to stars of the 7th magnitude. Changeable settings include the ability to display the latitude and longitude of constellations and choose how fast time elapses. In Planetarium Mode, you can take 11 different tours that cover subjects such as stars, nebulae, constellations and other celestial objects. The Celestial Guidebook contains detailed information and mythology on celestial objects and constellations as well as a helpful glossary of astronomy terms used in observation. Enjoy a deep look into the stars and mysterious objects that fill the night sky. (Information on celestial objects is up-to-date as of June 2010.)

Nintendo DSiWare

Go! Go! Island Rescue!
Publisher: Connect2Media
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Comic Mischief, Tobacco Reference
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: This is the worst vacation ever! The hotels are collapsing, the robot waiters are going berserk and the picturesque volcanoes are exploding. You'll be lucky to make it out alive, let alone get a suntan. It's time to scramble the Rescue Squad! Take control of a squad of brave firefighters who must save the hapless Darwins from all manner of disasters, including fire, floods and rampaging robots. To do this, you must throw the Darwins around the levels until they reach a fire exit. Luckily, some of the Darwins bounce, so don't worry too much if you drop some of them. And you can always rewind time in case of any fatal accidents. With more than 50 levels of unique, laugh-out-loud game play spread across four colorful zones, panic rooms and bonus levels, Go! Go! Island Rescue! will have you smiling for hours.

Spot the Difference
Publisher: Enjoy Gaming
Players: 1-6
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Photos are displayed on both screens. You must select the areas on the bottom screen where you see a difference and find all differences in a limited amount of time. If you manage to discover the differences within the time limit, you'll be rewarded with Cups according to your performance. There are Bronze, Silver and Gold Cups to be won. The game features 160 different photos from established photographers, with more than 1,000 combinations of differences to find in the images. Choose between one-player and multiplayer modes. The multiplayer mode is a turn-based mode in which each player must spot the differences in the same image.

GO Series Defense Wars
Publisher: Gamebridge
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Defend your base by taking control of a mini-arsenal of weapons and fighting off wave after wave of enemy attackers. Use the stylus to fire bullets and bombs at oncoming enemies. Arm your base with guns, cannons and tanks in preparation for the onslaught, then attack with everything you've got. Your mission is to survive. Good luck!

Publisher: Kaasa
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: Not Rated
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: When it's dark, people need a simple source of light. Flashlight changes the dual screens of your Nintendo DSi system into a flashlight with added features. You can change the color and the intensity of the light. Use your Nintendo DSi system to read under a blanket or to get a serious source of light while taking night hikes. Flashlight could also be helpful in other situations, such as using the warning light when your car has broken down.

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User Comments (43)



Dazza said:

I really hope you guys don't overlook FATE just because triple-A classic Flashlight is also out today. Just buy both



xAlias said:

Yeah! CommandergirlVideo!

And FLASHLIGHT! It's worth paying two bucks to have it on your DSi even though the iTouch version is FREE!
Wait, I said that wrong



Cipher said:

I am so pleased you guys have got Flashlight. I just wish it was possible to relive the excitement we felt when we got it, because we'll never feel that again.



Bass_X0 said:

NO VC!!!

You got one last week. You'll get one next week. You'll get Rival Turf!



Odnetnin said:

Flashlight, GO Series: Defence Wars, Go! Go! Island Rescue!, My Starry Night, Spot the Difference, all in one fantastic download?! I think I might be in gamer heaven.



gojiguy said:

What great Halloween-inspired releases to celebrate the last monday before halloween!

And I love the great Virtual Console release!

...seriously, Nintendo? This is it?



Bass_X0 said:

And I love the great Virtual Console release!

...its once every two weeks except for in July and August. Halloween wasn't going to make them break the pattern. Nintendo of America doesn't care enough to give you special themed releases.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@LuWiiGi: That's EXACTLY what I was thinking by the time I'd gotten through post #5.

Nothing for me today, but that's just fine. I've got plenty of games to play, including FF Mystic Quest which I have yet to finish from last week (at the volcano currently).



PSICOffee said:

BIT.TRIP FATE? Seriously? That's dumb. My Planetarium is something I've waited forever for! Finally I can look at stars without having to assume constellations like on the weather channel! About time we have a useful application on the dsiware too, so Flashlight has an instant download.



worrybomb said:

Oh eff yeah, WE HAVE FLASHLIGHT NOW! Best 2010 update so far.

Oh yeah and something called FATE is released too.



Punny said:

Oh boy! We finally get Flashlight!

Just joking! That "game" is terrible! BIT.TRIP FATE is the game of the week!



Moco_Loco said:

I am so jealous of you DSi owners. I mean, sure, the free Flashlight app on my phone is pretty good, but with only one screen it feels so limited. For just $2, all of you lucky people can have TWO screens worth of flashlight goodness.

Just in time for trick-or-treating, too!



Odnetnin said:

Actually guys I was just kidding, I don't want Flashlight after all. I actually like FATE. Sorry to rain on your parade.



theJudeAbides said:

Boy, I'm sure glad I'm not the guy at Nintendo who has to make the tough decisions of what to release every week...
Flashlight or Mega Man V, Flashlight or Mega Man V.... Hmmmm....
Better release Flashlight.

God I hate Nintendo.

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