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Nintendo Download: 1st November 2010 (North America)

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Robot boxes, genetic manipulation, super-powered babies and men dunking balls

If your trick-or-treat bag didn't have a Nintendo Points Card by the end of the night, well, you might want to look into buying a couple packages of toilet paper and retracing your steps. Just sayin'.

WiiWare

Robox (DreamBox Games, 1000 Points) — A gorgeous Metroid-style adventure game starring a bipedal box. It hit Europe a little while ago and turned out to be kind of a mixed bag, so you might want to read up on our Robox review to see if it's for you.

Gene Labs (FrontLine Studios, 500 Points) — An arcade puzzle game where you need to manage distribution of an anti-virus solution among a load of cells. It looks less Dr. Mario and more Galcon, which is not bad at all.

DSiWare

Gene Labs (FrontLine Studios, 200 Points) — Same premise, but more portable and less expensive.

Paul's Shooting Adventure (Agetec, Inc., 200 Points) — Super Baby Paul, which is an actual valid description of the character and not just some peculiar nickname, flies around and blows up aliens in order to save the oceans before nap time in this cute-em-up. Yep.

Peg Solitaire (CIRCLE Entertainment, 500 Points) — It's the kind where you have a big cross-shaped board and try to jump the other pieces in a manner that leaves you with only one left. A smaller variant has killed time at Cracker Barrels around the country for years.

Virtual Console

Street Slam (D4 Enterprise, 900 Points) — Also known as Street Hoop, it's the Neo Geo equivalent of NBA Jam, but with two more dudes on the court and addition of Super Shots. We thought it still held up pretty well in our Street Hoop review.

Press releases may not taste as good as Halloween candy, but at least they'll spare you a trip to the dentist:

Put That Sugar Overload to Good Use with New Games from Nintendo

Halloween has passed, but there’s no reason you can’t spend time pretending to be someone – or something – else. For the WiiWare™ downloadable game service, players can hop inside a robot in Robox®. For Nintendo DSiWare™, players can take on the role of the Ultimate Pacifier in Paul’s Shooting Adventure or go solo with Peg Solitaire. For a sporty look, try out a classic three-on-three basketball game for the Virtual Console™ service. Get the best of both worlds with a virus-controlling game, Gene Labs available for both WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare.

WiiWare

Robox
Publisher: DreamBox Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Fantasy Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: An exploratory probe has been sent to a strange planet to investigate the loss of several previous probes and to collect information. Following a crash landing on the planet’s surface, our main character loses the skills that were to enable the accomplishment of the mission. Help him recover them with the help of the strange creatures that have taken over his mechanical interior … and discover the truth behind his new mission. You can enjoy a complete adventure mode that takes place in different locations around the planet, exploring different paths and discovering the many secrets hidden in the planet. Inside the exploratory probe, you can control tiny creatures that will help you to repair the areas damaged by the crash landing, thus recovering skills and accessing memory files. If you cannot move through the interior of the robot you must find amber rocks on the outside in order to obtain to new creatures and progress through the internal circuits.

Gene Labs
Publisher: FRONTLINE Studios
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Gene Labs is an arcade puzzle game set in the world of genetic science and experiments. New viruses that are capable of genetically changing any living organism are spreading all around the world. The only hope is to cure the infected cells by looking at them under a microscope and injecting the anti-virus solution at your disposal. The goal of the game is to distribute the anti-virus solution to the cells visible under the microscope before they become infected by deadly virus. Drag the solution from healthy cells to infected cells to kill them and/or prevent the healthy cells from becoming infected by the bad virus.

Nintendo DSiWare

Gene Labs
Publisher: FRONTLINE Studios
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: The Nintendo DSiWare version of the WiiWare game.

Paul’s Shooting Adventure
Publisher: Agetec, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Super Baby Paul, the Ultimate Pacifier, stars in this classic side-scrolling shooter. The player controls Paul, the son of a super hero family who was born with innate super powers. Paul has the ability to take flight and attack with powerful projectile energy. But, most importantly, and unique to Paul is that he’s gifted with the ability to take the form and harness the weaponry from fallen enemies. Paul is summoned to take on an alien invasion force bent on conquering Earth’s oceans. It’s up to Paul to use both his own powers and the weapons obtained from the aliens to fight back and protect Earth’s most vital resource. His action-packed adventure goes from the seas to the stars themselves. Let’s hope Paul can save our oceans before nap time.

Peg Solitaire
Publisher: CIRCLE Entertainment
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: A classic thinking game, Peg Solitaire is a board game for solo players where you have to move pegs strategically on a cross-shaped board with 33 holes. Some boards use marbles that sit in shallow indentations. In the United Kingdom, this game is known as Solitaire, and the card games are called Patience. The game has five levels with 41 stages to allow players to learn the game-play techniques step by step.

Virtual Console

STREET SLAM
Original platform: NEOGEO
Publisher: D4 Enterprise
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 900 Wii Points
Description: This 3-on-3 street basketball game was released in 1994. Players choose from 10 teams vying for the position of the strongest street basketball team in America. The excitement of this game comes from the players’ ability to enjoy an exhilarating game of street basketball. In addition to pulling off fancy slam dunks, players can enjoy the thrill of basketball with simple controls that allow them to make passes to players in midair to throw down a slam dunk or dunk when rebounding the ball. Additionally, if players charge up their gauges, they’ll be able to make an earth-shattering super shot that can break any defense. This game successfully combines adherence to the basics of basketball with some outrageous special moves.

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User Comments (39)

Belgicario

#5

Belgicario said:

"...blows up aliens in order to save the oceans before nap time in this cute-em-up." Hardcore, man. Hardcore.

surrealizm420

#7

surrealizm420 said:

DAMN VC!!! There are sooooooooooo many good games theat haven't been released, but they keep on releasing crap!

Bass_X0

#8

Bass_X0 said:

There are sooooooooooo many good games theat haven't been released, but they keep on releasing crap!

8/10 is crap? Just be thankful you got this before Rival Turf! - which you will very likely get in two weeks.

Stuffgamer1

#11

Stuffgamer1 said:

zionich is correct; crap is a relative concept. I'm inclined to agree with surrealizm420 on the basis that I'm simply not the slightest bit interested in a basketball game period, and I believe that a relative minority is.

SwerdMurd

#12

SwerdMurd said:

Super Baby Paul!? Wat!?

Why is that the type of game that always makes me wanna break out the DSi?

Might be the remaining 200 points once Rock Rytmik comes out...

JayArr

#13

JayArr said:

Robox looks so freaking hot! I know it got a mediocre review but dang that's the best looking WiiWare game I've seen. I may have to give it a go anyway.

KyubiStewie

#14

KyubiStewie said:

It seems that October was the only good month for DSiWare. Unless Cave Story arrives this month.

CanisWolfred

#15

CanisWolfred said:

@stuffgamer1

Aye, but there's a difference between a game that is crap and a game you're not interested in. "Crap" implies that it is "Bad", and to call a game "bad" generally means it is technically flawed in some way, of poor quality, or that it is inferior compared to those similar to it. However, judging by most available accounts, it is not particularly flawed, and it holds up compared to other, similar arcade sports titles on the VC, Neo Geo, etc. Therefore it is not "bad", and it is not "crap", at least, not from a logical standpoint. But really, what sense is there to apply a qualitive labelling to a game just because it "doesn't interest you"? Why not just say "it doesn't interest you", and leave it at that. It's functionally correct, and it's less offensive by comparison, which would be beneficial in the long run.

LuWiiGi

#16

LuWiiGi said:

Not a bad week, to be honest. Wait 'til you all find out the crap that Europe is getting.

FonistofCruxis

#17

FonistofCruxis said:

I hope we get Paul's shooting adventure soon.
@LuWiiGi How do you know it's going to be crap this week? It might be but I don't think you can say that when we only have two games confirmed for this week and neither look crap anyway.

zionich

#18

zionich said:

@ Mickeymac

Those are by your deffinitions though. A person could hate a technically sound game for many reasons, and therfore determin it to be "crap". Of course supporting arguments would be nice.

PSICOffee

#19

PSICOffee said:

even if something good was coming out I still wouldn't have the money to get anything anyway so whatev.

Tasuki

#21

Tasuki said:

@Bass X0: Id rather have Rival Turf than Street Slam. Oh well I guess its a good thing that there is no good VC game coming out this week since GoldenEye is coming out tomorrow and I will be busy with that game for sometime.

WaLzgiStaff

#22

WaLzgi said:

@Mickeymac: Personal opinion. Everyone has a varying definition of "crap". I find Halo to be crap because it's tedious and boring. Other parts of it like graphics and sound were good, yet I still disliked it and thus it was crap to me.

WanderFan91

#28

WanderFan91 said:

@JumpMad - Shaq Fu is a licensed title, because the main character is a real person [Shaquille O'Neal]. Plus, I heard bad things about that game.

Sean_Aaron

#31

Sean_Aaron said:

@JayArr: It is beautiful and I agree one of the very best-looking WiiWare games around, but it's also a brutally difficult hardcore platformer. If you're a fan of the genre then definitely check it out.

Stuffgamer1

#32

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Mickeymac: I generally would agree with you, but the low percentage of VC releases I've cared about at all these past few months leaves me feeling somewhat less than charitable. I agree wholeheartedly with your point inasmuch as the one game within the last two months if not more I DID want was Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, which many people do indeed consider "crap."

In point of fact, I do somewhat often say "doesn't interest me" when a bigger, more anticipated title releases. This one, while perhaps good, is not one such. I therefore feel less need to be nice to it.:P

WolfRamHeart

#35

WolfRamHeart said:

I am curious about Robox but I'm still on the fence about getting it. Hopefully, it will be getting a demo now that Nintendo will be starting it's demo service again.

StarDust4Ever

#36

StarDust4Ever said:

As always, they couldn't get NBA Jam for the Sega Genisis, likely due to licensing issues, so they dump some other crap on us instead. :|

dhowerter

#39

dhowerter said:

@StarDust

As has been said many times in this thread, Street Hoop (also known as Dunk Dream btw) is NOT crap (Nintendolife gave it a 8/10)

When I think "crap", I think a game I would rate as 3/10 or below (ya know, because it has SERIOUS gameplay problems that prevent almost any enjoyment from the game).

Clearly, this is NOT that kind of game.

Oh and if it's not your kind of game, it does not automatically make it crap either ;)

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