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Nintendo Download: 8th October 2010 (Europe)

Posted by James Newton

Three for DSiWare, one each on WiiWare and VC

In an unexpected turn of events, the press release for this week's European Nintendo Download turned up early, but who's complaining? Well, anyone hoping to grapple with Shantae: Risky's Revenge and Cave Story, but at least next week sees the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, so there's a definite bright side.


Datamine (Enjoy Gaming, 500pts) – Datamine opens with that classic gaming intro: "You are the safety inspector at the largest data centre facility in the world." You control a robot who must retrieve lost data over 100 levels, grabbing power-ups along the way. We'll break into our own gaming data banks to compute a review shortly after release.

Thorium Wars (Big John Games, 800pts) – Slightly cheaper than its North American release, Thorium Wars has been slightly tweaked according to feedback from players, making it a little more forgiving in places. You can read our Thorium Wars review to find out why this space adventure deserves its place in your DSiWare collection.

Match Up! (Digital Leisure, 200pts) – A puzzle game that's essentially the classic card-matching game Concentration, our Match Up! review matched up the game with a 5/10 score.


Fenimore Fillmore "The Westerner" (Revistronic, 1000pts) – A revisiting of an old PC franchise, this places you in the boots of a cowboy charged with protecting a typical Western town. Our Fenimore Fillmore "The Westerner" review explains why the bounty on Fenimore's head just isn't worth it.

Virtual Console

Rival Turf! (Super Nintendo, Jaleco, 800pts) – One of approximately 40,000 scrolling beat 'em ups from the 16-bit era, we'll let you know if Rival Turf! is a tough contender or a six stone weakling with our full review just after release.


Check out the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop for a whole new host of games to download this week!

4th October 2010: Full throttle action or deep thinking play awaits you this week on the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop. Robot delights are in store in the data centre adventure, Datamine, flip and match the colours in Match Up! & enter the tank filled battle fields in Thorium Wars, all on Nintendo DSiWare. If you’re a fan of the Wild West, look out for Fenimore Fillmore© The Westerner making its way to WiiWare, or how about harking back to the Super NES era, in the street-fighting classic RIVAL TURF! available to download on Virtual Console this Friday!

Nintendo DSiWare - Datamine
(Enjoy Gaming Ltd., 500 Nintendo DSi Points)
You are the safety inspector at the largest data centre facility in the world. Unfortunately your laziness at work has created the biggest cataclysm of the wireless age: the loss of all mankind's data. You have been chosen to retrieve the lost data and must go on a dangerous journey to try to recover them all.

Datamine is a great arcade action game where you control a robot and beam at data bubbles to split and catch them. Test your skills in 100 challenging levels. Grab equipment upgrades like speed boost, sticky shots and shields, break encrypted data and fusion bubbles who multiply when they touch others.

Nintendo DSiWare - Match Up!
(Digital Leisure Inc., 200 Nintendo DSi Points)
Flip, match and…kaboom! How fast can you find the right set in Match Up!? Whether you’re four or forty, Match Up! will have you captive for hours. Reveal shapes, colours and even hidden bonuses with a new take on a childhood favourite. Quick hands and a sharp mind are the only way to beat the clock and disarm the explosive cards riddled throughout.

Not quite ready for the explosive action? Then start with the absolutely addictive classic concentration play, and see if you can level up. So come on – get matching!

Nintendo DSiWare - Thorium Wars
(Big John Games, 800 Nintendo DSi Points)
You are tasked with stopping the Thorions, a super species of Thorium-powered machines, from destroying mankind. Blast through waves of Thorions by controlling an arsenal of tanks, skyfighters, hovercrafts, gunboats, and starfighters with either the standard or Touch Screen controls.

In twelve exciting missions, navigate through a variety of combat environments viewing 360 degrees of the battlefield, fully rendered in 3-D. Toggle between first and third person views to destroy the terrifying army of Thorium beasts ranging from swarms of Redeye Drones to the bone crushing Manticore Walker. Take control of the outcome in this man vs. machine extreme battle as Thorium Wars proves to be the ultimate test for the survival of the fittest.

WiiWare - Fenimore Fillmore© The Westerner
(Revistronic, 1,000 Wii Points)
Welcome to the Wild West. Get ready to experience the fastest cowboy in action. Set in a typical far west town; look out for the grand saloon and sheriff office. Here you will meet the classical drunk doctor, the powerful “master of the land”, an industrious pioneer, men and women who, with their sweat and their tears, raised a great nation.

Do prepare yourself for the continuous fighting between the farmers and cattle ranchers. Whilst the farmers have traditionally won the favour of most people, the truth is that cattle ranchers have always had victory in their hands. With more money and men, they have always been a powerful opponent.

Only a cowboy as peculiar as Fenimore Fillmore has the gall to fight with the farmers. The rest of the cowboys were paid off by the cattle ranchers, making Fillmore the most merciless and sinister character around.

Virtual Console - RIVAL TURF!
(JALECO, Super Nintendo, 800 Wii Points)
Take back the streets with RIVAL TURF!, the classic two player SNES action game.

Clean up the streets in a fast and furious fight of incredible two-fisted, tag-team street-fighting action. Get your licks in with a range of attacks; from body slams and leg sweeps to jabs, hooks, uppercuts and more.

Go it alone in single player mode, fight alongside another player, or go head-to-head and toe-to-toe in the special Versus Mode. This could be the toughest fight of your life. Better start swinging now!

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User Comments (33)



invmat said:

This lets me wondering, is Europe going to get Sonic the Hedgehog 4 AND Bit. Trip Fate on the same day (15th)?



evilralfwiggum said:

VC, hurray! Not interested in downloading Rival Turf though. But if you like beat'em ups a lot I'm sure you'd have at least a little fun playing through it.



Kimiko said:

Will NintLife be reviewing/comparing the updated version of Thorium Wars? I'd like to read your thoughts.



StarBoy91 said:

Wow, we get to know what Europe is getting four days in advance (instead of the usual one or two)? Nice!



WarioFan63 said:


If you check out right now you'll see WiiWare and DSiWare games scheduled for next week. How does that sound?



Tethers said:

@ 7. invmat: "is Europe going to get Sonic the Hedgehog 4 AND Bit. Trip Fate on the same day (15th)?"

Why? Fate can also arrive on the 23rd or even the 30th.



LuWiiGi said:

An interesting week, for a change. Funnily enough, neither Thorium Wars nor Datamine appeared on the Ninty website, but both sound awesome.



Bass_X0 said:

I'd have thought we would have gotten Faxanadu this week. But oh well. We knew this one was coming for a while so it had to be released some time. But I think anyone who enjoys scrolling beat 'em ups would be better off downloading Streets of Rage 2 or a Final Fight game over Rival Turf. Even if they already have those, then you'd have more fun playing them again than this.



MeloMan said:

Heh, Rival Turf... I remember playing that. Cant say it's as polished as Final Fight or Streets of Rage, but it was one of those "just some brawler to play" kinda games. It was ok back then, but I have a feeling it didn't age too well.

On the subject of Thorium Wars, um... are we gonna get a price mark-down, since 1000 dsipoints isn't the worldwide price? I'm just saying, it's not like we're getting content that Europe isn't...



romulo said:

I love the Rushing Beat trilogy! Hopefully the north american release will come next.



Arkaein said:

@MeloMan: sorry, but no markdown for Thorium Wars in North America. As you have probably noticed Nintendo has a policy of not changing prices on downloadable games, ever. Our hands are tied on this one.



LuWiiGi said:

@Arkaein I just wanna say thanks for bringing Thorium Wars here (at a lower price AND improved). From the trailer it looks fantastic, I can't wait to DL it.



KingMike said:

Well, Brawl Brothers (the sequel to Rival Turf) had creepy cover art. So I don't know if the omission of that on VC would be a good or a bad thing.



lOnE-WolF said:

Nice. US Thorium Wars: great an all, avoid it. But you lucky Europeans get a cheaper, tweaked copy =/



Chunky_Droid said:

Replace the F at the end of Rival Turf with a D and you'll pretty much get the picture on how good that game is....

So congrats on Thorium Wars!



KDR_11k said:

The US got Thorium Wars much earlier, Europe gets a small discount to make up for it .



Golgo said:

Cave Story will be Europe's Xmas present, I bet. Only to years late from original release date.

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