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Nintendo Download: 17th December 2010 (Europe)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Lots and lots of catchup titles

This week is almost exclusively made up of catchup titles, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it means that there's so many releases. Maybe there's something you'd like in the bunch.


My Fireplace (Korner, 500pts) – Secretly the recently released in North America Fireplacing, for some reason, Korner has picked up the title and renamed it for European release. You can read our thoughts in our Fireplacing review.

Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex (Konami, 1000pts) – Based on the animated series of the same name, this was released in North America over six months ago. It's a pretty decent little platformer, despite the common thought all licensed games are bad, and you can read what we thought in our Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex review.

WiiWare Demos

Art of Balance (Shin'en Multimedia) – A surprisingly fun game, which is all about creating stacks of oddly shaped blocks which you must try and keep upright. If you want some additional information, you can always read our Art of Balance review.

Dive: The Medes Islands Secret (Cosmonaut Games) – Basically an underwater version of Metroid; in this game you swim through numerous underwater caverns, either simply completing the main game or attempting to get the countless collectable pickups scattered around. Our Dive: The Medes Islands Secret review will give you some more info.

Virtual Console

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando (Virtual Console Arcade, 800pts) – The first game in the Commando series (of which we already had the sequel, MERCS), it's an overhead run and gun shooter which, we thought, hasn't aged very well. See why in our Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando review.

SonSon (Virtual Console Arcade, 800pts) – A better pick on the retro front this week is SonSon, a relatively obscure old Capcom arcade game starring the main character from the classic tale Journey to the West. It's not an amazing classic, but it's still fairly enjoyable. You can read everything about it in our SonSon review.


101 Minigolf World (Teyon, 500pts) – A collection of 101 putt-putt courses. Sounds pretty innocent, but when the game was released in North America we found it was nearly impossible to control and had very common game-breaking bugs, and it remains to be seen if those are still present now. You can read our original thoughts in our 101 Minigolf World review.

Divergent Shift (Konami, 800pts) – Here's another game that makes full use of both DSi screens. In this one you control both a character on the top screen and her reflection on the bottom screen. It's nothing fantastic, but a neat little game if you've got some points to use. Our Divergent Shift review will give you the lowdown.

Arc Style: Everyday Football (Arc System Works, 500pts) – Yet another new "series" for DSiWare, this one was released as a standalone title in North America, but is otherwise the same game. It basically offers a slightly more cartoony alternative to Gameloft's Real Football games, but we wouldn't exactly call it as good. Our views can be found in our Everyday Soccer review.

Biorhythm (Cinemax, 200pts) – The only new game for Europe this week, it's some sort of emotion tester that measures how you feel every day and then gives you a bunch of results. Let's hope it actually works.

Plenty of games this week, but is there anything in there for you?

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User Comments (24)



skywake said:

They must be watching the Mitchell Johnson's bowling and are distracted by the very small possibility the English cricket team might possibly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.



bboy2970 said:

They better be planning on giving us the Dive demo! I've been on the fence about that one since its release and a demo could very well help me finally settle on the game.



Aviator said:

I haven't seen the My Fireplace anime, I've heard its getting rave reviews.



RedYoshi999 said:

Change the country on your Wii to the UK and you can get all the demos the UK has. Thats what I did as I realised Aus/NZ would miss heaps of demos and now I've got them all. Plus if you buy Wii points with a credit card its cheaper to buy them off the UK Shop. Nintendo points cards from Australia won't work on the UK shop though so if thats how you buy things it mightn't be a good idea to change the country. You lose any points on your account if you do.



Olorin said:

nice! I was hoping for an Art of Balance demo. I'll be downloading now.



Omega said:

What has Konami to do with My Fireplace? If they have anything to do with it, I guess the Konami Code turns your fireplace into a flamethrower with unlimited fuel. Maybe this makes the 'game' more interesting.



James said:

Errors now corrected.

Also, the Dive demo will be coming to North America shortly, so I'm told!



Bass_X0 said:

I enjoyed the Art of Balance demo. But 800 points is better spent on a SNES game than a WiiWare game to me. I suppose WiiWare doesn't interest me much in many cases.



GamesCom said:

@The Amazing Raccoon

Nothing, it may add the demo or purchased game to your list, in your Club Nintendo account ...but that's about it!

Just make sure you don't have any Wii Points left as you will lose them. I changed mine from UK to AUS just so I could purchase Axelay, only down side is that if I wanted to redownload it I would need to change back to AUS.



killer6370 said:

a little tipp for europeans, you can change your wii shop channel to every european country(all points and purchases will remain unchanged) you want but never go on the australian shop if your from europe (all things will be erased so all purchases are lost)



Scottie said:

Think i might download demo of Art of Balance and Dive - wonder what is better? Guess i will find out soon.




Ben 10 insta-download. The DS games (and wiiware game) are always consistently 6 or 7/10 platformers....Both Art of Balance and Dive are brilliant wiiware games, but the former has the edge. I loved them both back when I was devouring them a few months back!



Scottie said:

Did not like Dive but Art of Balance was okay. Not sure about getting as saving my points for Fluidity on Xmas Eve - this has to be better.

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