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Nintendo Download: 15th November 2010 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Need for Speed Nitro-X, puppies and cards

EA's high-octane racer Need for Speed: Nitro-X should have seen the light of day back in September according to an early release schedule, but delay caused it to burn rubber in November instead. It's easily the highlight of this week's release, which seem to show WiiWare and DSiWare have gone to the dogs.


Need for Speed: Nitro-X (EA, 800pts) – 24 vehicles including licensed supercars and police cars, 16 tracks that can be reversed and local multiplayer for four players is a lot of content to cram into a DSiWare download, but that's what Nitro-X offers. If the gameplay is up to speed this could be DSiWare's best racer yet, so stay tuned.

Go Fetch! (Agetec Inc., 500pts) – Yep, it's a fetch game on DSiWare. You throw a ball and then use the touchscreen to guide the puppy to retrieve aforementioned ball. The blurb promises a range of environments including a riverside and a parking lot and obstacles including cats. Should be a real treat.

21: Blackjack (Digital Leisure, 200pts) – The card game returns to DSiWare with this simulator promising advanced options including dealer AI, payouts, the number of decks in play and more. For 200 Points this might be worth a gamble, so we'll take the hit and deal you a review soon.


Derby Dogs (Aksys Games, 500pts) – Keep a race dog: feed it, breed it, enter it into events and hope you don't have to shoot it when it comes last. With online play via WiFi Connection and a range of courses and trophies to win this might have some legs to it.

Triple Running Sports (Code Monkeys, 500pts) – The latest part in a WiiWare series that needs no introduction: Throwing, Jumping and Shooting are all available on WiiWare in North America, and are all of the same quality. You have been warned.

Hit the nitro button for a press release.


Nov. 15, 2010

This week's additions to the WiiWare™ and Nintendo DSiWare™ downloadable game services offer fast cars, talented canines and classic casino kicks. Get behind the wheel of a world-class speedster in Need for Speed™: Nitro-X, or enjoy short- and long-distance running challenges with Triple Running Sports. If it's pet-oriented fun you're after, Derby Dogs lets Wii™ owners raise their own talented pups and train them for competition, while Go Fetch! gives Nintendo DSi™ users a way to give their virtual pooches an active workout. For a taste of Las Vegas anywhere you go, 21: Blackjack puts a high-stakes card table in the palm of your hand.

Nintendo DSiWare

Need for Speed: Nitro-X
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Get in gear for the super-charged thrill of driving the world's hottest cars and the flat-out fun of arcade-style racing. Access awesome custom features such as the Camera Tag Editor. Snap images with the built-in camera and plaster racing environments with your personal tag. Touch controls give you the feel of real racing, too. Push it to the limit in up to 18 supercars, including the Pagani Zonda R, Porsche Carrera GT and Lamborghini Gallardo. You can also set your sirens off in the exclusive Super Pursuit Mode that lets you drive as a cop. Lay down the law in up to six never-before-driven police cars, including the Hummer H2 SUT. Chase or be chased through 16 detailed tracks. Factor in tracks that can be reversed and you've got nearly 30 amazing runs to choose from. Accelerate through three streamlined tiers as you pull off extraordinary maneuvers, win awards and blow away up to three friends in local multiplayer mode. Feed your need for speed like never before on the Nintendo DSi system.

Go Fetch!
Publisher: Agetec, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: The idea of Go Fetch! is simple yet entertaining. Balls are thrown and players must use the stylus to guide the puppy and collect balls. The puppy must avoid various obstacles and collect items in order to complete stages. A wide variety of locations, including Backyard, Park, Beach, Riverside, School, Plaza and Parking Lot, offer various challenges. Choose from different breeds of puppies, each with its own unique appearance and attributes. Remember, puppies are easily distracted, so don't get too close to a cat or you'll lose valuable time. If the puppy knocks something down, time is lost since the item must be picked up. Fetch this game and enter the doggy dog world.

21: Blackjack
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Simulated Gambling
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Now you can take the thrill of the casino on the go with 21: Blackjack. Whether you're a seasoned player or a rookie at the table, 21: Blackjack has a variety of game-play options to take your skills to the next level. You can change the payouts, the number of decks in play, splitting options and even choose whether or not the dealer hits on a soft 17. These are just a few of the many advanced game-play options. If you want to know how well you've been playing or how many Blackjacks have taken you to a winning hand, check out a full range of player stats available for viewing at any time. Now's your chance to Hit, Stand or Double Down with 21: Blackjack.


Derby Dogs
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1-8
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: Derby Dogs is a simulation that lets you raise, breed and compete with dogs by feeding them and training them in a variety of exercises. You can also frequent a virtual dog shop to rent dogs or buy new doghouses or meals. Your dogs can race on numerous courses to win titles and prize money. You can also breed your dogs to create even better dogs. Raise your dogs and have them compete with players far and wide via the Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection service (broadband Internet access required). Can you become the best handler around?

Triple Running Sports
Publisher: The Code Monkeys Ltd
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Triple Running Sports is one of the most advanced recreational running games available for the WiiWare service, immersing players in the world of competitive running. Most events consist of activities that are traditionally derived from hunting and combat skills. Over time these practices have evolved into a variety of competitive sports that include 100-meter, 400-meter Sprints, Hurdles and the 1,500-meter race. As with real-life running events, players have full control over the pace of each race. They must also account for the finish-line surge and the timing of hurdle jumps, as these factors can all influence their success.

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User Comments (55)



Bass_X0 said:

I expected America to get a VC game this week. Now they're even further behind Europe. SNES Rival Turf!, Super EDF and NeoGeo SpinMasters have to be released in America before they see Mario Party 2 and Faxanadu. America would be quite lucky to see those two long awaited games this year. You should get a VC game next week but it'll probably be Rival Turf! (4/10).



manleycartoonist said:

It would be pretty easy to make most people happy. Less Shovelware, more VC! How many people would buy Derby Duds if Mario Party 2 came out at the same time?.. better yet, how many people are actually going to buy Derby Dogs? And is anyone besides Carl Lewis interested in a Running sports title?



bboy2970 said:

And yet, STILL NO DEMOS!!! I don't know why NOA is dragging their feet with this when Europe has had demos for 2 weeks. C'mon Nintendo!!



iphys said:

I don't think I'm going to buy any racing games till the 3DS comes out.



KeeperBvK said:

It's astonishing how Nintendo manages to do the limbo below last week's releases just about every week.



Atlantis1982 said:

No demos. Nice way to keep up with their fail-streak, NOA.

This kind of bull is going to keep me from buying a new system if they continue to slack their online system, and their complete dismissal of missed opportunities.



golfisfun said:

Lets hope for Xmas they shock us in the US this year and give us some AWESOME VC games



Varoennauraa said:

"Some people are never happy"

Why should Wii owner be anything other than pissed off about this never ending stream of worthless online shop offerings?



Varoennauraa said:

I was the greatest enthusiast of VC and Wiiware, but now I'm embarrassed and being laughed at of my naive zeal of getting "new kinds games, that you cannot find at retail because of risks of expensive game publishing". But for almost a whole year the best that Nintendos online shop can offer is a couple of demos. (and if defence mechanism starts to roll, I'm widely accused of being a Nintendo fanboy, which is derived from me liking the Wii more than the HD-Ready consoles)




StarDust4Ever said:

@Mike: I assume you are talking about the n64 game. Mario Party 1 has to come first.

Lately VC releases are becoming exceedingly obscure, and on rare occasion, you'll find a piece of junk, sort of like what you'd expect to find combing the desert with a metal detector.

And the plethora of crap they are shoveling into Wiiware reminds me of the great E.T. debacle just prior to the video game crash of 1983, in which millions of unsold Atari cartridges were buried in a landfill. Get your shovels ready: Enter Wiiware, your new virtual game dumping grounds!



JonWahlgren said:

No love for NFS? I'm kinda interested in that one actually. Anyone play the DS game last year?



KeeperBvK said:

@ StarDust: Mario Party 1's not gonna come, the second is already on the way, though...



Objection said:

I believe there'll only be one or two VC for the rest of the year, and one will be Mario Party 2. People really should get used to about one or two quality WW releases a month nowadays and maybe a VC, if we're lucky.



bboy2970 said:

@WarioFan63: Good! At least someone gets to share in our misery! I can't figure out though why NOJ would give NOE the green light for demos when they themselves aren't even providing them :/



bboy2970 said:

Also, to put a little balance to my apparent negativity here, I'm excited that NFS is out today. It saved the download from being total crap. Here's hoping the Wireless multi-player will be DL Playable.



irken004 said:

Nothing for me. I have plenty of unfinished games to keep me busy though, so it's no big deal.



CodyRBurns said:

The US Virtual Console schedule has been so depressing lately, I don't even know why I check if any cool games have come out every Monday



LuWiiGi said:

Other than NFS: Nitro X, this week is utter crap for you poor Americans. Still better than most of what Europe gets, though.



FonistofCruxis said:

At least your update isn't as bad as our last one was but this weeks eu update is looking pretty good so far.



MrDanger88 said:

Oh wow it's Monday again? Didn't even realize since I don't care about these **** updates anymore.



Token_Girl said:

Meh, I'm guessing they're saving stuff, so they can slam us with decent releases around X-mas like they did last year.



MeloMan said:

I was looking for the Nintendo Download update and passed right by it on the homepage... now I see why. Guess I'll keep it moving...

...And where's myDiary?



ReddLionz said:

Come on guys. The full retail release of Nitro on the Wii didn't even have online play. What makes you think an $8 DSiWare game is going to?



sonic_brawler95 said:

The update on my birthday is lacking Cave Story and Odenis' new game.
I'd download Need for Speed, but I'm getting Sonic Colors tomorrow.



cheapogamer4life said:

@jumpmad: plus one!

Or for 500 np's would have made it an instant download for me. Guess I'll just have to hold off depending on the review for Nirto X.



Crunc said:

I can't wait to be excited about a handful of demos only available for a limited time. Can someone explain to me why they are using this approach? Do they not have the capacity or is it just some weird marketing gimmick? If the latter, I wish they'd just drop it already and release demos for everything. Could be made available over time, I could understand that, but certainly the demos should not expire. That's just incredibly stupid.

And of course this week in downloads is another embarrassment. Closest thing to not being embarrassing is Need for Speed except of course for the fact that iOS (iPod touch/iPhone/iPad), once claimed to NOT be a competitor, is getting Need for Speed Hot Pursuit today. Ouch.



GammaGames said:

Darn. I was hoping for demos. And kinda for Five, even though I doubted it being released this early (DLC for Black Ops)



rjejr said:

No demos is a bit of a letdown but wasn't really expecting them. I'll be disappointed if/when they announce a date but THEN they don't come out.

Was super stoked to see PvZ but then the usual letdown when I realized it was a DS game. Watched the video anyway, can't wait for 2 player vs. on whatever system I can get it on. My son had me playing his pen and paper version for months. He finally figured out a way to replicate the game (ie plants always win) but he could never come up with a parity formula.

The highlight of the week was Alison's FM boots.



Mike1 said:

@22. StarDust
Nintendo is already planning to reelase Mario Party 2 in Japan and Europe, so it will likely come to the US as well. Mario Party 1 will never come out because of all of the controller issues.



SwerdMurd said:

not really my week...not a big racing or virtual dog-play person. for those that are....enjoy...?



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Bass: I wouldn't necessarily say those games HAVE to be released first...granted, we've been playing an extremely slow game of catch-up recently, but it's not entirely unheard of for things to come out of order. I choose to believe that Nintendo will uphold the tradition of good December releases, which would by default mean skipping some of that junk to get us the goods for a change.

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