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Nintendo Download: 4th October 2010 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Shantae arrives!

No messing around this week, let's get straight to the good stuff.


Shantae: Risky's Revenge (WayForward, 1200pts) – The genial genie finally returns in this highly anticipated release. The price point may seem steep, but WayForward assures us this one is packed with enough content to keep you going for ages. Our full review will be up later this week.

Rummikub (Games Factory Online, 800pts) – A handheld version of the popular tile-based board game, this game offers four player action against players who also own the game. Our review later this week will let you know if this is basic or a Grand Blitz.


Racers' Islands: Crazy Racers (Zallag, 1000pts) – Zallag's first game melds driving with shooting to unspectacular effect. Zip around our Racers' Islands: Crazy Racers review to find out why we thought this wasn't worth the wait.

Learning with the PooYoos - Episode 3 (Lexis Numerique, 500pts) – The latest educational title from French developer Lexis Numerique, you can read our reviews of Learning with the PooYoos - Episode 1 and Learning with the PooYoos - Episode 2 for an idea of what to expect, and check back soon for our review.

Virtual Console

Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory (NeoGeo, 900pts) – The highly acclaimed and influential fighter makes its way to North American Virtual Console just six weeks after it appeared on the European service. You can read through our Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory review to get a feel for this fighting fiesta.


Oct. 4, 2010

From Samus Aran to Princess Zelda™, Nintendo® consoles have played host to some of the most memorable female characters in video game history. This week, a different breed of heroine makes her eagerly anticipated splash on the Nintendo DSiWare™ service. Shantae: Risky's Revenge finds the famous "half-genie" Shantae using her wits and her belly-dancing prowess in a wild new adventure that players can carry with them everywhere they go. You'll also find new additions to the WiiWare™ and Virtual Console™ services that offer more ways than ever to download a fresh dose of fun directly to your Nintendo game system.

Nintendo DSiWare

Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Publisher: WayForward
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence, Suggestive Themes
Price: 1,200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: The sequel to the critically acclaimed Shantae is here! Fans asked, and WayForward has answered with a powder keg of high-octane, hair-whipping, hip-shaking action available only on the Nintendo DSiWare service. Shantae: Risky's Revenge sets the bar even higher with thousands of frames of animation, huge multi-sprite bosses and a quest so big it's bursting at the seams. Guide "half-genie" Shantae through haunted wastelands, burning deserts, enchanted forests, dripping caverns and deadly labyrinths. Discover magical attacks, brew zombie coffee, save golden babies and master the art of belly dancing to transform Shantae into more powerful creatures. Use your powers to foil the lady pirate Risky Boots and save Sequin Land from certain doom. With its infectious characters, flirtatious humor and deliciously outlandish action, Shantae: Risky's Revenge offers up all the hair-whipping, belly-dancing action you can handle.

Publisher: Games Factory Online
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: For more than 50 years, players have loved Rummikub for its combination of tactical thinking, luck and tense competition. In this new edition for the Nintendo DSiWare service, combine the tiles to create the smartest combinations and play with friends who have their own copy of Rummikub. You can also pit your wits against the computer in single-player mode at various difficulty settings. Collect all the medals Rummikub has to offer and become the world champion.


Racers' Islands – Crazy Racers
Publisher: ZALLAG
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Six drivers are competing on a popular TV show: an English lord, a dangerous beauty from Russia, a Mexican desperado, an eccentric Frenchman, a Japanese prodigy and an American bulldozer. Whichever driver you choose, you'll have to drive and shoot simultaneously to be the first to cross the finish line. The game includes 20 different races and six thematic islands styled to look like a big amusement park. Unique game play lets you drive with one hand while aiming with the other. Discover tons of content like new items, trophies and time trials.

Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 3
Publisher: Lexis Numérique
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: EC (Early Childhood)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Welcome to the world of the PooYoos, the first fun poetic brain-trainer for children ages 3 to 6. With the PooYoos, a merry band of adorable baby animals, children will have fun while learning basic development concepts such as numbers, letters, lateralization, shapes and colors. Children get to dance with their new friends and earn lovely interactive rewards. With two levels of interactivity, children can play activities based on plants and music. This game has been designed for use by children who have not yet grasped reading. The instructions are spoken in French, English or Spanish, depending on the language setting of your Wii™ console.

Virtual Console

Original platform: NEOGEO
Publisher: D4 Enterprise
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Violence
Price: 900 Wii Points
Description: Originally released in 1995, this is the fourth title in the Fatal Fury series of beat-'em-up games. Previous releases in the series used a two-plane battle system allowing you to move and fight between the foreground and background. This game features a three-plane format – foreground, background and main plane – known as the Oversway System. Characters will automatically move back to the main line after a certain period of time in the foreground or background planes. Other new features include Combination Arts (the ability to execute combo attacks with simple rhythmic button taps), Hidden Abilities (superior versions of the popular Special Moves and Super Special Moves from previous installments) and minor tweaks to all of the characters' Special Moves. As a result, this installment offers the deepest strategies and tactics in the Fatal Fury series to date.

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User Comments (97)



Gavin_Rozee said:

When is Shantae released here? If it takes as long as Mighty Flip Champs I'll skip it out of principle.

EDIT: Typo.



Zach said:

The Nintendo Life Challenge: How will people find something to complain about this week?



Slapshot said:

ITS ABOUT TIME! Really though, the wait for the full Shantae game is worth it. Seems like we have been waiting forever for this game to release and Im now off to buy it



xAlias said:

Want Shantae really bad, but I NEED Nintendo Points!! (aka cash )



SuperPeach said:

@zkaplan I could come up with tons of things to complain about. I'll just do one small one for now though.

1200 points for a DSiWare game!? No way!



Kevin said:

Correct me if I'm wrong but is this two weeks in a row with a VC release? If so awesome!



Tsuchinoko said:

Where's MasterGraveHeart? He screams every week about this game. I would think he'd be the first to post about it here



plankton88 said:

Ahh! I read Crazy rRacers and thought maybe it was the GBA version with Goemon!! Tha would be awesome!



Super-Peach said:

I can't believe Shantae is FINALLY here. There for a few months I was checking every Monday for it, and was heartbroken every time. Anyways bought some points this past Friday just for this, and I'm downloading it as soon as it hits here.



Tethers said:

@ #6 SuperPeach: "1200 points for a DSiWare game!? No way!"

Why not? It seems to be one of the best DSiWare games. If it had been released on a cartridge nobody would complain about even 20 or 30$/€...



SuperPeach said:

@L.Brown Well in order to buy I'd have to buy $20 of Nintendo Points, for a $12. The biggest reason why I say that though is that I don't have $20 to spend so I need to stay as unhyped as possible.

And I really wanted to find something to complain about after zkaplan's post.



Spoony_Tech said:

@#6SuperPeach When you really think about it 12 dollars isn't all that bad considering all the content its supposed to have. It was going to be split up into 3 parts so it might actually be cheaper in the long run. Anyways I here its somewhat like the metroid games so I will give it a whirl.



North99 said:

No thanks. To any of it.
Might head to the video store today though. To pick up a PS3 game.



Bass_X0 said:

No Mario Party 2 this week?

Europe's getting it in December. So you'll have to wait until then too.



TheBaconator said:

I don't feel like paying $20 for a points card, spending $12, and having $8 that I'll never use or buy something I want. Saving money for the 3DS means I'll have to make sacrafices...unless there's a contest and I win. Fat chance.



outrun2sp said:

Fatal fury 3 is ok. Real Bout 1 and special are the best ones while Real Bout 2 is unbalanced. Fatal Fury 3 is part of the new generation of heavyweight neo-geo games so its good to see that its moved into that era.



irken004 said:

I'll try getting Shantae and Zenonia today.
EDIT: I'll just wait until after Sonic 4 comes out :3



akacesfan said:

I have no DSi points, ugh.. but seriously, I don't like the WiiWare offerings. As soon as I pick up some points I'll get Shantae..



LordJumpMad said:

IGN gave Shantae a 90.

But again, the game is six hours long, and you need the other Wayforward games to unlock more.



GumbyX84 said:

So very very VERY happy Shantae is out. I've been wanting a decent DS platformer that isn't a Mario game for awhile. I know I should play GBC original before Risky's Revenge, but I don't really want to wait. Anyone think that is a bad idea?

@JumpMad I pretty sure it is the other way around. You unlocked stuff in Mighty Flip Champs, the only other WayForward DSiWare game, by playing Shantae



MysticX said:

@GumbyX84 Nope, you unlock stuff in Shantae by playing MFC, makes more sense since Shantae is the more recent game and all...

And the newsletter thingy mentioned an "Import room in Scuttle town", a location in the original Shantae game, so'my "Logic 8-ball" says "All signs point to MFC gives perks in Shantae" _

Now hope that Shantae:RR doesn't take the usual half year to arrive in Europe, it's not as if there's a lot of translation-work to be done...



DrCruse said:

Well, for one it's stupid for Shantae to come out on DSi, because many, many more people have the ability to buy WiiWare than DSiWare, and I don't have a DSi



Objection said:

Well, Shantae finally came out which is awesome. Of course, I don't have a DSi, which is why I'm perfectly fit to complain~! Just kidding, even though I don't want this week's VC, its appearance has still appeased me.



MasterGraveheart said:

@Tsuchinoko: Sorry, but even the most dedicated fans have commitments. I'm just glad I had my classes end before noon this semester.

Now, without furhter ado... NintendoLife, it's...


For your viewing pleasure, I'm allowing you all to pick my response to today's God blessed day, this, the release of Shantae: Risky's Revenge for DSiWare. If you don't download it, you may technically be on the Amrica's Most Wanted list. So, let us begin!

Response #1: Where's my Shantae?! Where's my Shantae?! HERE'S MY SHANTAE! <3<3<3 ...Where's Shantae 3?! RAGE

Response #2: You need a Nintendo DSi to download this game? inhale FRRRRAAAAAAACCCCCKKKK!!!

Response #3: All right! Shantae is HERE! But... now how will I irritate you guys on a weekly basis?



GumbyX84 said:

@MysticX I admit it make sense, but I never read anything about MFC unlocking stuff in Shantae. I only heard about unlocking something in MFC through Shantae via the newsletter. IGN does insinuate that you can unlocking stuff with other DSiWare games, but WayForward only has one other game on the service (MFC). So either IGN got its facts mixed up (which isn't a stretch) or WayForward let slip some info (like extra unlockables and/or another game) that we haven't heard about yet. If there are hidden unlockables, we are bound to hear about it before the week is out.

@JesusSaves I understand how you feel, but WayForward started this series on a handheld console. Originally, Risky's Revenge was originally developed for the GBA, then was moved to the DS. It just makes sense that is was released as a DSiWare title. Making it a WiiWare title would have only increased development time and probably raised the price higher then it is. To be honest, one of the major factors in me breaking down and getting a DSi XL was this game (and the larger screen).



theblackdragon said:

@zkaplan: i shall rise to your challenge, good sir, and bemoan the fact that i have limited funds this week, and my purchase will (unfortunately?) have to be 4 Heroes of Light at the moment. :3



LuWiiGi said:

@MasterGraveheart Now you can die happy.

@Gavin Yeah, I refuse to wait six months while our friends across the pond brag about how great their Shantae is, while all we get from NoE is the Petz series.

(Imagine if NL give Shantae a 5/10, I think it would break my heart)



FonistofCruxis said:

It's annoying that europeans will probably have to wait ages for shantae, I hope the wait isn't as long as the wait for lit.



KyubiStewie said:

It's sad that some people don't appreciate indie companies because they only release their games through download services. Can't they understand that if a company like WayForward gives Shantae RR a retail release and no one buys it, then they'll end up bankrupt.



Bass_X0 said:


You'll be wanting the original game released on the 3DS' Virtual Console.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@zkaplan: I was hoping for Final Fantasy Mystic Quest on VC, and we got this stupid fighting game instead. Now I have to wait another two weeks minimum...

I downloaded Shantae, and it now holds the new personal record for largest DSiWare title at 128 blocks. Also, one of the screenshots in the shop looked like it had a map displaying on the bottom screen. I hope that's an option, since my #1 complaint with the original game is "no maps." Now to play and find out...



Token_Girl said:

Pretty good update today. Wait! Hold on, did Nintendo just honor a preannounced release date?

Maybe they ARE learning.

That being said, Wayforward is becoming one of my favorite developers. Thank you for giving us an honest price point and not trying to trick consumers with lower priced pieces of games as "episodes." The informed video game consumer thanks you.



MasterGraveheart said:

@Bass_X0: That'd be pretty darn cool, but since I own the GBC version, I probably won't be gushing week after week like I did this one.

@billy-beauts: I wish! My own game company, create tons of fun for gamers... maybe one day I'll be the Mark Bozon of the EAST coast!

in all seriousness, while I highly anticipated Shantae, and it has met and exceeded my expectations thus far, I think in my case it became a matter of not knowing when it would be out. We get bigger games like Kirby's Epic Yarn, Goldeneye, and Golden Sun, but those have definate release dates, so I'll be less vocal about it. Something like Shantae, whose release was so in the dark, put my anticipation into overdrive.

If I irritated anyone during my tenure here thus far, I do apologize. And I hope I haven't spoiled any fun for Shantae owners/hopefuls out there.



suburban_sensei said:

I just got home from work and downloaded Shantae The excitment has built for so long! What really stinks though, is I had maybe an hour or two sleep at the most last night, so I am probably gonna nap before I even play the THAT out of it, at the moment. I am just so freaking excited it's finally arrived!



PSICOffee said:

HOLY RUMMIKUB!!!! RUMMIKUB RUMMIKUB RUMMIKUB!!! I LOOOOOOOOOOVVEEEEEEEEEE RUMMIKUB!!! This update is soo awesome! We even got a VC release to boot (not that I care about that game)! Why is the DSi ware soo much better than the wii ware crap!?! HUH!? WHY DOES THE WIIWARE HAVE TO SUCK SO BAD!? God this week is aweful now!!!!

I guess its a good thing I live in America and not Amrica then so I don't have to worry about being on their most wanted list! I mean, I'd love to get that game but I'd have to get a DSi or wait to download it on the 3DS once I have monnies.



Stuffgamer1 said:

I've put a little over an hour into Risky's Revenge thus far, and I can safely say it is 1000% better than the original Shantae. The controls are far smoother, the difficulty is MUCH more reasonable (meaning people who only love crazy hard games may be disappointed), and it has a map. Granted, the map isn't terribly detailed and doesn't cover dungeons at all, but it's still a huge improvement.

Better yet, it appears thus far that it really doesn't matter very much if you've never played the original, story-wise. I'm the kind of guy who tends to obsess over those kinds of details, so if I tell you it's "story-safe" to skip straight to the sequel, it definitely is.

Now, if WayForward wants to remake the original, I won't say no, provided it becomes much more like this one. But honestly, I'm not sure I could really recommend the original to someone who starts with the sequel.

Anyway, in short: Risky's Revenge is awesome. Buy it. If you're not in North America, buy it when it releases (hopefully soon).



GumbyX84 said:

@suburban_sensei You just got home from work? Dang. I'm stuck here for another 2 or so hours.

Random fun fact: Shantae GBC is selling for around $400 sealed on EBay right now. Loose/without box its between $160 and $200.



SwerdMurd said:

1200 points is too expensive, and Nintendo is way too idiotic to ever run sales on anything, so it looks like I ignore the fact that Nintendo even has a downloadable game service yet again.

I wish I could get back all the money I've spent on DSiWare and WiiWare...I seriously don't ever play any of the games. Rytmik was cool, and FF4 TAY, despite ludicrous overpricing, was fun. That's it. Every other game in either service has been under an hour of entertainment, then pushed into the deep recesses of my SD card and never played again.

/goes and fires up MM10, which was purchased for a reasonable price on PSN, again



GumbyX84 said:

@Swerd_Murd ... MM10 was the same price on WiiWare, PSN, and XBLA. Also, if you have had bad lucky with *Ware titles,maybe you should wait for reviews. Just a thought.



Scottie said:

Guess the US deserved a pick me up after losing the Ryder Cup hey! Good downloads for you this week, well done fellas.



SwerdMurd said:

@Gumby - my 10 dollars for both the game and the DLC beg to differ. A decent amount of my games were purchased due to good reviews...



GumbyX84 said:

@Swerd_Murd If you include sale prices, then yes you will always get it cheaper. I'm just saying that normally, they cost the same amount.

Not trying to start anything, but why would you come here only to complain about *Ware and then say PSN is better? If you don't care for *Ware, then that is your prerogative. The rest of us are happy with what is on the service this week.



lOnE-WolF said:

I DL'd Shantae on a whim, even though the 1300 points I had was for those nifty GG and Go series games, whenever they start releasing more in America. So far, music and graphics make it a good purchase, but only time will tell if I'm gonna regret picking it up (1200 points is alot - and I've never heard of the game before).



Kid_A said:

Blast! My stupid points card was faulty so I have to mail it in to Nintendo. But you will be mine Shantae! Oh will be mine!



Spoony_Tech said:

@71 that happened to me once from game stop. It might be because its not activated. I took it back and they said it was never scanned.



TheLonelyGamer said:

Good week, not very interested in Shantae though, maybe I'll download it someday just to see what's all the hype about it.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Swerd: I definitely understand the viewpoint that $12 is a lot for a DSiWare game, but this truly is no ordinary DSiWare game. It's actually worth it...really!

Don't get me wrong here; in general, I agree with you on the pricing on Nintendo's download services. The lack of sales is a huge problem, only made worse by the lack of decent storage (SO glad the 3DS is fixing THAT problem correctly). I don't download on Nintendo often at all...pretty much just for the must-have VC games, so pretty much once per quarter at this point ()...but Shantae was a must-have exception to the rule.



odd69 said:

if nintendo would put decent wiiware titles everyweek im sure we wouldnt have to complain.



Vinsanity said:

Shantae needs to come out on Wiiware, PSN/XBLA, or Steam/Direct2Drive/Impulse/Gamersgate. Dang it Wayforward; put this amazing game on a digital storefront that gamers actually use!?! So we can play this on our tvs or monitors, like "faux retro" games are meant to be played. Say, Mega man 9/10, La Mulana or Cave Story.

You guys are just lucky I got my mom a DSi XL for her birthday months ago. So I'll download the hell out of Shantae (actually, I already did this morning), and enjoy it 'cuz it's awesome, but I'm telling you guys -- put this thing on a REAL storefront and I'll gladly buy it again. And probably gift it to a few friends too.



MasterGraveheart said:

@Vinsanity: I don't think we'll see Shantae off of a Nintendo console. WayForward kind of has a way with retro-style gaming and Nintendo is the pinnicle of that. As much as we love her, I especially, I don't think the XBLA or PSN or otherwise crowd would appriciate it so much and Shantae is meant to be LOVED!

I would, however, endorse an enhanced port to WiiWare or even a remake of the original on WiiWare.



EdEN said:

Well, guess Shantae it shall be.

I would buy a full retail Wii release at $49.99 if it was done as something similar to A Boy and his Blob and Wario Land: Shake It!



GumbyX84 said:

@MasterGraveheart I agree with you. Shantae would probably be overlooked on PSN/XBLA/Steam/etc. Not to mention the fact that the game would have to be recoded to work on those systems. I say we should be happy we got a sequel at all.

I do like the idea of a Wii-make of the original game for WiiWare. They could add a Metroid-esc map system that the game (and the sequal) badly need. And you would have to dance with the WiiMote to make Shanae dance!!! ..... Actually scrap that last one.



leifertin said:

Well, nothing for me. Don't have and never will buy a DS. I've bought and sold too many gameboys to fall for that again.

"Learning With the PooYoos" .... that's just an insult.
"Racers' Islands: Crazy Racers" ... already has a score of 2/10 here.

And as for the VC game, I bought Metal Slug 2 on the VC a couple months back and felt so raped. Seriously if more than 2 people (say, you and an enemy) are on screen, the game lags SO MUCH!

Haven't bought a NEO-GEO game from the VC since.

...great week...



LuWiiGi said:

@leifertin Welcome to NL, but remember, Learning With the PooYoos is meant for toddlers (and is very good according to the review). Also, you don't know what you're missing out on, not having a DS.



theJudeAbides said:

Disappointing update is disappointing. Lack of Mega Man V ALWAYS equals fail. It's a friggen tautology.



WolfRamHeart said:

Shantae is awesome! It is a must-buy if you own a DSi. It has the quality of a first-party Nintendo game and it is totally worth the 1200 points. Do yourself a favor and download Shantae ASAP.



leifertin said:

@LuWiiGi Thank you. I've been reading reviews (and the many comments which follow) on NL for a few months now but just decided to make an account and post today.

Anyway, yes, I know PooYoos is for kids but I don't know of any parents (I don't know any gamer parents) who know how to operate the Virtual Shop. I could see a 5 year old being able to do it if it weren't for the credit card step.

I'm just looking for something in my demographic...early twenties.
I don't think it's right for me to have an interest in <10% of what's offered then after reading reviews or playing those, only being satisfied with about 6%.

Also, I don't really have the money to keep up with more than one current-gen system. I may check out the DSi when I have more money or I could just wait until the 3DS.



ExploderReviews said:

Hmm, i have 2 dollars already on the dsiware shop, a lot of money to spend, and I live in NA. I wonder if i should go buy a $2 game.



CanisWolfred said:


Metal Slug 2 suffered greatly from lag, so they remade it later as Metal Slug X, which is far better. The NEO GEO's a pretty good maching, and most games don't lag. You just got unlucky and bought the worst case. Fatal Fury 3 is a pretty good game, regardless of the machine it's on, so no need to condemn it just because some completely unrelated game didn't work out for ya.



GumbyX84 said:

@Stuffgamer1 While lame, it still happens with games today. Don't think they should have put it on VC, but they probably only cared about the money people would pay to get it and then on Metal Slug X to play it without issues.



Stuffgamer1 said:

I'm well aware that games are still released with frame rate issues and the like; I simply wish that the VC could've been a service to run games as they were MEANT to be run instead of sticking to the original so blindly. Or they could've at LEAST skipped Metal Slug 2 and gone straight to X, seeing as the issues with the game were huge enough to warrant fixing YEARS AGO!



GumbyX84 said:

@Stuffgamer1 Like I said, I agree that they shouldn't have released Metal Slug 2. Sadly, SNK and Nintendo only saw monies and didn't put much thought or care into the decision into putting it up.



Gamebits said:

Every time I see the word "Racer" in a Wii download, I think it's going to be Uniracers.

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