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Nintendo Download: 29th November 2010 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Cave Story DSiWare is here

A little delayed but still delicious, it's this week's Nintendo Download for North America and a cracking week it is too. Let's get on with it.


Cave Story (Nicalis, 1000pts) – The portable version of WiiWare's top notch Cave Story, this can hopefully live up to the standard of its home console predecessor whilst making some much-needed improvements. Our resident cavern expert is digging through this one and we'll have a thorough review up shortly.

Frenzic (Two Tribes, 200pts) – Released in Europe last Friday, this cut prize puzzler scored plenty of awards in its previous states so let's hope it's just as playable on DSi. Our review will be ready this week.

Spot It! Challenge (Big John Games, 200pts) – It sounds like a hidden object game on paper, but the photographs used to form the puzzles of Spot It! Challenge could set this apart from the competition. We'll cast our eagle eyes over it and let you know soon.


Airport Mania: First Flight (Lemon Games, 500pts) – Already available on other formats (see here for more details), Airport Mania tasks you with getting a range of planes to their designated runways. New to the WiiWare version is a simultaneous four-player mode, which could result in air traffic chaos. We'll have our review soon.

HB Arcade Disc Golf (HB Studios Multimedia, 1000pts) – Players familiar with Wii Sports Resort should recognise the sport of disc golf, but for the uninitiated it's essentially golf, with a flying disc. For 1,000 Points this might seem steep, but it can't be any worse than WiiWare's other entry in the genre, Zoo Disc Golf... can it?

WiiWare Demos

Cave Story (Nicalis) – Get a free slice of this title with a demo.

Virtual Console

Magical Drop II (NeoGeo, 900pts) – A reasonably rare event these days: a Virtual Console game releasing in North America before Europe. This is a colourful and cutesy colour-matching puzzler that hopefully will be worth a pop. We'll have our review for you soon.

Give thanks for the press release below and the bountiful information it contains.


Nov. 29, 2010

While the rest of your home might be cluttered with leftovers from a weekend of Thanksgiving revelry, this week's downloadable games from Nintendo provide a palate-cleansing mix of fun puzzles and challenges to start your week off right. The popular Cave Story™ makes its debut on the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, while a demo version of the game becomes available for the WiiWare™ service. Other Nintendo DSiWare games include the frenzied Frenzic puzzler and Spot It! Challenge, which tests players' ability to locate various objects. On the WiiWare service, travelers this holiday season will want to check out Airport Mania®: First Flight for a different perspective on the travel industry, while HB Arcade Disc Golf brings the popular outdoor sport into your living room. Finally, the classic 1996 NEOGEO game MAGICAL DROP II brings its balloon-bursting action to the Virtual Console™ service.

Nintendo DSiWare

Cave Story
Publisher: Nicalis
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Language
Price: 1,000 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Cave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent rabbit-like creatures, called Mimiga, run free. You wake up in a dark cave with no memory of who you are, where you came from or why you're in such a place. Uncovering Mimiga Village you discover that the once-carefree Mimiga are in danger at the hands of a maniacal scientist. Their only hope rests squarely on the shoulders of a quiet, amnesiac boy who can't remember his own name. Take control and learn the origins of this world's power, stop the delusional villain and save the Mimiga.

Publisher: Two Tribes
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Frenzic is a unique puzzle game that dazzles the eye, teases the brain and keeps you coming back for more. It takes only minutes to learn, but months to master as you devise new, impressive play strategies to push your brain to its limit. Compete against your personal best and climb through seven levels of Devotion from Newbie all the way to Frenzic Master. Frenzic is a must-have for puzzle enthusiasts of all ages.

Spot It! Challenge
Publisher: Big John Games
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In Spot It! Challenge, players race the clock to find the hidden objects in cleverly arranged scenes. The puzzles are based on the popular Spot-It book series published by Capstone Press. See how many objects you can spot in 10 different puzzles. Vibrant graphics make spotting objects fun and challenging. Players use the stylus to tap on the hidden objects and also to navigate the extra-large play areas. Spot hundreds of hidden objects in 10 themed puzzles, including Outdoor Sports, Board Games and Fun with Food. Players can compete against their friends using the "Pass Around Play" feature. Up to four players can race to find 10 objects hidden within a puzzle. Each player has to spot the objects and then pass it on to the next player. See who can get the best score! Find objects fast to score the most points. Three levels of difficulty (Easy, Medium and Insane) provide lots of replay value.


Airport Mania: First Flight
Publisher: Lemon Games
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: Pack your bags for a trip through the skies in Airport Mania. Travel through eight amusing airports while you land a variety of planes, purchase upgrades and avoid delays. Stay on your toes, as some planes carry precious cargo and will need to land in a hurry, while others might need a trip to the repair shop. But, with good planning, you're sure to make it to the gate on time. With unique challenges, whimsical characters and fun that'll put a smile on your face, Airport Mania is one flight you can't miss.

HB Arcade Disc Golf
Publisher: HB Studios Multimedia
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: HB Arcade Disc Golf re-creates the popular disc-flinging sport in the comfort of your own living room. Playing the game is as easy as tossing a disc around on a beautiful day. The goal of the game is to put the disc in the basket in the fewest throws possible. Disc golfers have three different types of discs at their disposal when out on the course: a driver, a mid-range disc and a putter. Also, there are three different types of throws available: forehand, backhand and the hammer throw. The forehand and backhand throws change based on the handedness of the player, and can be used to draw or fade a shot, while the hammer throw is less about distance and more about height. At the end of the round, scores are tallied and the player with the lowest score is the winner.

Cave Story (demo version)
Publisher: Nicalis
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Language
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 1,200 Wii Points
Description: Cave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent rabbit-like creatures, called Mimiga, run free. You wake up in a dark cave with no memory of who you are, where you came from or why you're in such a place. Uncovering Mimiga Village you discover that the once-carefree Mimiga are in danger at the hands of a maniacal scientist. Their only hope rests squarely on the shoulders of a quiet, amnesiac boy who can't remember his own name. Take control and learn the origins of this world's power, stop the delusional villain and save the Mimiga.

Virtual Console

Original platform: NEOGEO
Publisher: D4 Enterprise
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 900 Wii Points
Description: MAGICAL DROP II is a puzzle action game released by Data East in 1996. The rules are simple. Control the clown to pull in and throw back the balloons that appear on the screen. If you line up three or more balloons of the same color in a row vertically, they will burst. Some balloons feature unique characteristics. Special balloons, which come in all four colors, pop every balloon of the same color. Arrow balloons burst everything in the direction the arrow is facing. Rainbow balloons have the same effect as special balloons, but can be thrown against a balloon of any color. And then there are bubble balloons, which simply get in your way. Together, these provide you with great chains and combos that make a puzzle game so much fun. Choose between VS CPU Mode, full of battles with a host of comical characters, and Puzzle Mode, where you'll enjoy a one-player challenge. Both modes support player-versus-player action, meaning you can have a great time together with friends.

Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions.

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User Comments (51)



CanisWolfred said:

Magical Drop 2 was an unexpected but welcom surprise. Too bad I already have Magical Drop F or I'd be interested.



irken004 said:

That Cave Story demo should help sway those who were put off by it's price.



Denkou said:

dangit..... of course the download that happens 2 days after my dsi breaks..... CURSE YOU REALITY!!!!!!!! WHY DO YOU HATE ME SO!?!?!?!?!?!



Crunc said:

Will download the CS demo. If I like it I might pick it up for DSi. Would rather have it portable, I think. Not sure, though. Plus I'd need to add points, so that stinks.



Scarhino89 said:

Dear Americans, I thought it was Faxanadu for you. But, I'm sure that you will got this NES masterpiece.



komicturtle said:

Downloaded Cave Story. Was 200 points short, but used mah Debit Card to add 1000. Then I decided to finally get Zenonia.

So far, I'm liking CS



cheapogamer4life said:

Another week we knew everything that was coming to the DSiware shop.

Well... I'll for sure download the CS demo along with the rest of the demos soon enough.



shinesprite said:

Another Demo = Good Week

EDIT: Tried out the demo, and, as I suspected, the game's just not for me. Oh well, nothing lost.



FonistofCruxis said:

I hope the dsiware version of cave story doesn't take as long as the wiiware version(which is out next week) to come to eu because I'll probabaly get that version because of it being portable.



CanisWolfred said:

I personally didn't find the demo very helpful. It came off as being exactly the same as the PC version but with worse music and some touched up art. It gave me the sense that it wasn't worth my $12 for something I already got for free. Had it at least included the extra modes, even if they were locked, it might've been more enticing.



irken004 said:

@Mickey The full, paid version has the extras, and shouldn't you be able to change the soundtrack to the original version? You can do that too in the full game.



gojiguy said:

Well... Magical Drop II is already available on a disc compilation, right?

Give us something new, nintendo....



CanisWolfred said:


I know, I'm just evaluating the demo. in fact I forgot to mention this:

It's not that good for convincing previous owners of the PC original to pick up a paid copy, but I suppose it does its job for enticing newcomers to the game.



sfog said:

"Well... Magical Drop II is already available on a disc compilation, right?"

No, but MD3, which is essentially MD2 with extra characters and play modes, is on the Data East Arcade Classics collection, and I'd recommend getting that instead, although both are solid puzzle games.



KyubiStewie said:

I just downloaded Cave Story today, it's pretty fun. This and Shantae are proof that the DSiWare service has quality games.



wanderlustwarrior said:

Wait... another demo? I thought they were just doing one group for the whole year, like last time.

I'm glad to see Nintendo isn't dropping the ball.



sfog said:

I own the full game already, but the Cave Story demo is decent. It gives you the various difficulty and new/old music and graphics options as in the full game, and starts you out just after what would be the introduction, when you fall into the village, and ends after completing the 2nd boss battle (which occurs upon finishing the first main area).



Odnetnin said:

What I thought was idiocy on Nicalis' part is actually evil genius, considering I told myself I would never buy it if it was over 800 because I already spent $12 on the WiiWare version and have the free PC one, but now I see myself downloading this as soon as I get the money.



ThreadShadow said:

Now that Nicalis is done with Cave Story, hopefully they'll release Night Sky sometime soon in December!
I can hardly wait for Fluidity, Night Sky, and Machinarium!



Token_Girl said:

Sweet, Cave story demo, 200 point cheaper version on DSiWare, and 2 weeks in a row (i think) for VC releases. Yay!



MeloMan said:

Meh, I've already played Cave Story, so I'm good on that... Still no myDiary



imapterodactyl said:

Airport Mania sounds a lot like the iDevice/PSN (Not yet released on PSN in the US) game Flight Control. Flight Control is amazing, btw. I hope Airport Mania is something other than a cheesy ripoff of it.

EDIT: Despite the description being similar, I did a little research on Airport Mania, and it actually seems to be a very different title than Flight Control. Even if it turns out bad, I still give it more credit than I would have if it was a decent ripoff of the excellent Flight Control.



Dr_Corndog said:

Wish that Cave Story demo had been available a few weeks ago before I burned $12 on the full version.



TKOWL said:

I just bought the WiiWare version 3 days ago, and then a demo shows up. At least I'm enjoying it.



Objection said:

VC gets a solid game. whatisthisidonteven. Not quite solid enough for me, as I'm not big on puzzles, but I appreciate that its there. I wish to pet it, like the cliche evil guy with the cat.



Slapshot said:

Cave Story on the go is Awesome!

I'm looking forward to seeing a review of the Disc Golf game. Hopefully its much better than the last.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Token Girl: Yes, this IS the second week in a row with a VC release! Doubtlessly due to the lead-up to Christmas, just like last year. And just like last year, releases will probably lower in quality/volume just after the start of the new year. Oh, well...we can enjoy it while it lasts!

That said, I don't personally care about Magical Drop 2. Nothing for me this week! Of course, Nintendo EXCELLS at that.



BulbasaurusRex said:

Just the Cave Story Demo for me. However, I'm using this demo to decide whether or not to install the PC version. I'm not wasting 12 bucks on updated graphics and some extra modes when I can get the critically acclaimed original PC version for free.



Jnes4 said:


I wonder how the portable version of cave story would turn out... and it's a good thing that magical drop 2 is out on VC, I love that game ! but where's the first one ?



LuWiiGi said:

I hope Cave Story comes to Europe DSiWare soon...if it comes at all. Still, I'm happy you guys got a great week.



cheapogamer4life said:

@ Stuffgamer: you must be referring to the Wiiware and VC shop slowing down after the holiday season last year cause the DSiware shop released some pretty great games after Christmas.

Anyone remember Dark Void, Starship Defense?



Stuffgamer1 said:

@cheapo: Never played either, sorry. I don't really go out of my way to research most just doesn't interest me much. VC has and always will be my main Nintendo download focus. In point of fact, I was referring to VC specifically, not even counting WiiWare in my statement.

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