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Nintendo Download: 20th December 2010 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Mario gets the party started!

It's the week before Christmas and plenty is stirring in the Wii Shop Channel, with everything from Virtual Console party games to WiiWare games about killer robots with afros. DSiWare doesn't do without though, with more Christmas carols, dragon's lairs and more.

Virtual Console

Mario Party 2 (Nintendo 64, 1000pts) – A classic multiplayer outing from the plumber's 64-bit days, Mario Party 2 offers a familiar combination of themed boards, chaotic minigames and last-gasp turnarounds where unlucky players rack up plenty of stars to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. We'll have a full review available later this week.


Frobot (Fugazo, 1000pts) – The coolest killer robot in the galaxy arrives on WiiWare after a long wait indeed. A mixture of top-down shooter and puzzle result in a unique combination that's got buckets of style. We've spent a long time in Frobot's company so our review will be ready to hit the dance floor later today.

Inkub (Cosmonaut Games, 500pts) – Billed as a strategy-action hybrid in which you "lead a bionic vegetative growth enterprise", Inkub is another new take on the tower defence genre, with you protecting incubators from invaders. We'll have a review available later this week.

WiiWare Demos

Frobot – See if the baddest robot in the galaxy is your cup of tea with this free sample of his steely delights.


Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp (Digital Leisure, 800pts) – The Don Bluth trilogy is now complete on DSiWare, with Dragon's Lair II rounding out the triptych alongside Dragon's Lair and Space Ace. We'll follow the on-screen prompts to navigate our way through the review later this week.

Cosmo Fighters (Abylight, 500pts) – A four-player, retro-styled beat 'em up on DSiWare? Your eyes aren't lying, it's Abylight's latest downloadable title. DS Download Play could make this one a smart buy to play with regular DS owners over Christmas, so our review squad will knuckle down to bring you the verdict this week.

Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 2 (dtp Entertainment, 200pts) – Get another pair of carols to warble with this seasonal songbook. Or read our Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 2 review and save your money instead. This press release says "merry Christmas".

Paul's Monster Adventure (Agetec Inc., 500pts) – Presumably an accompaniment to bizarre baby blaster Paul's Shooting Adventure, Paul's Monster Adventure tasks you with stealing food to feed starving bosses. A sharp satire on the current economic climate or just a fun way to blow 500 Points? Our review will tell all.

Deck the Halls with Mario Party 2 and Other Downloadable Delights

If there’s one guest who’s welcome at any holiday party, it’s Mario™. This season, the Virtual Console™ service invites you to join Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom crew for the classic, family-friendly fun of Mario Party™ 2, now playable on the Wii™ system for the first time ever. You’ll also find new additions to the WiiWare™ service to help keep your days merry and bright: the unique sci-fi strategy of Inkub and the funky robot challenge of Frobot. (A demo version of Frobot is available for zero Wii Points™.) If you aim to fill your holiday week with hand-held adventure, take a look at the latest arrivals for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, including Dragon’s Lair® II: Time Warp and Cosmo Fighters. No matter where the season leads you, here’s hoping it’s a warm and happy one.

Virtual Console

Mario Party 2
Original platform: Nintendo 64™
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points

Description: Get ready to party like it’s the year 2000 all over again, complete with fancy costumes, bags of surprises and games galore. Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom friends return for a new round of Bowser-bashing board game action in Mario Party 2. Each of your favorite characters dons a differently themed outfit to take part in five fun-packed Adventure Boards: Pirate Land, Western Land, Space Land, Mystery Land and Horror Land. Then battle Bowser™ on his own specific board – if you’re brave enough. Up to four players (additional accessories required, sold separately) can travel around the boards and compete in minigames for coins while also using items to gain an advantage. Win the most stars and become the ultimate victor: the Super Star. Or, if you just feel like proving your minigame mettle, visit Mini-Game Land. Head to the Mini-Game Stadium and replay your favorites, including the Item, Battle, Duel and Chance Time minigames.


Publisher: Fugazo
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 1,000 Wii Points; demo version available for 0 Wii Points

Description: Frobot is programmed to make love, not war. But when his five foxy girlfriends get botnapped, he doesn’t skip a beat in taking the fight to the streets. Blast your way up from the Funkytown Slums to the BotBlocker HQ and save them. In Burn Baby Burn mode, earn powerful weapons including the Robo Hustle dash and the Jivestalker disco ball to help take on the Man. In The Big Payback, journey through a story mode filled with action, adventure and fro-frazzling physics puzzles to rescue your girlfriends. In Superfreak, find hidden power picks and upgrade your style. It’s a fight to the last Fro in Frobot’s multiplaya arena. Face off with up to three of your friends on one screen to see who will earn the spotlight. In It’s Raining Guns, access an expanded arsenal of funky weapons, including the Bass Bomb grenade and the Heartstopper shield. And in Do the Hustle, you can unlock multiplaya maps by beating single-playa levels in record time.

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

Publisher: Cosmonaut Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: In Inkub, you are responsible for the defense of incubators, each one connected to a life support system by means of transparent carbon tubes. For years, different organisms, viruses and bacteria have formed colonies that attack the species in each incubator. Your objective is to repel the attacks of these organisms and keep the eggs in the incubators safe. To do this, you have an arsenal of weapons, mines and blockers available. Different weapons will be unlocked as you progress through the game, including laser canons, projectiles, blockers, mines and speed inhibitors. Use them by placing them throughout the tube to repel enemy attacks.

Nintendo DSiWare

Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Suggestive Themes, Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™

Description: Princess Daphne has been spirited away to a wrinkle in time by the evil wizard Mordroc, who plans to force her into marriage. Only you, Dirk the Daring, can save her. Transported by a bumbling old time machine, you begin the rescue mission. But you must hurry, for once the Casket of Doom has opened, Mordroc will place the Death Ring upon Daphne’s finger and she will be lost forever in the Time Warp. Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp is a fully animated arcade classic from legendary animator Don Bluth. You’ll make your way through time by using your Nintendo DSi™ system to move and wield your sword. Beware of your foes, for they are numerous. Only you can save Princess Daphne.

Cosmo Fighters
Publisher: Abylight
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: There’s a battle to fight in outer space, but before you meet your fate, train yourself against the CPU to master all the tricks and combos. Whether playing one-on-one or against a group of three, your training will pay off once you challenge your friends and foes. Anyone can play, but only the well trained will win. Send your friends a demo via DS Download Play to allow them to play solo or in a Versus mode. Finding opponents for the Multiplayer mode is easy because only one player needs to have the game loaded onto his or her system. Let the fight begin!

Paul’s Monster Adventure
Publisher: Agetec, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Prepare to embark on an epic adventure and enter a land where monsters known as bosses once ruled with an iron fist. The local inhabitants have rebelled against the bosses by stealing their food supply. Now the bosses are slowly dying from starvation, and it’s up to you to save them. Explore and discover magical items that will aid you on your adventure. Interact with intriguing monsters that desperately need your help to regain their energy. Be warned: The inhabitants may consider your heroic efforts to be a threat and become aggressive if you are caught with food. Do you best to avoid them, but if you need it, you’re equipped with a powerful hammer that will temporally knock out the inhabitants. It’s time to step up to the challenge and restore order to this chaotic land.

Just SING! Christmas Vol. 2
Publisher: dtp young entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: You are the star! Prepare yourself for the next edition of Christmas karaoke. Holiday classics such as “We Wish you a Merry Christmas“ and “Deck the Halls” are waiting for you. Enter the festively decorated stage in a fancy Santa costume, then sing into the built-in microphone of your Nintendo DSi system to instantly capture the magical Christmas spirit. Hit all the right notes and sing in time to reach the top of the high-scores list.

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User Comments (52)



ToadFan said:

Mostly all these games look great, I'm getting Fluidity & Mario Party 2 this week. Maybe more if there is good reviews.



cheapogamer4life said:

Looking forward to reading to Cosmo Fighters review, but in the mean time I'll enjoy downloading two catch up titles for the DSiware service(CS & Zombie BBQ) later on today.



Draaknar said:

I'm all over Mario Party 2. Finally get to enjoy this with my wife on the Wii. But why, oh Nintendo, haven't you released the first one yet here in the States?



FonistofCruxis said:

@Draaknar Unfourtanetley, I don't think nintendo are releasing the first one because of the blisters it caused people when it first came out. I wonder what Paul's monster adventure is like and I hope Paul's shooting adventure is released i eu soon.



rjejr said:

Been waiting for Mario Party 2 since the announcement, but bought Wii Party so don't know if I need both. Are they different enough?

What's the DSiWare plan? Every week they just change all the expiration dates by a week and the downloadable demos are only available through the Nintendo Channel and not the store? Are the demos in Gamestop Download Centers the same as the Wii? The whole DSi thing seems unnecessarily confusing.



DiggerandIndy said:

I still think Mario Party 1 should be released on VC (does the GameCube and Classic Controllers give blisters?). Oh well. I still have my copy, so no worries.



Slapshot said:

Frobot is a must-have game, and Fluidity is another I will be buying really soon!

Wonder if we will get a special Christmas download next week? Hopefully a great N64 VC Title!



Omega said:

I have a little bit of interest in Frobot. I wouldn't buy it immediately, but a demo would be helpful. I hope we get it on friday.



irken004 said:

Mario Party 2 and a demo for me. Waiting till Christmas to get some points though.



Hokori said:

Party Time! Man I cant believe iv never played Mario Party in my life, thisll be my 1st Mario Party game ever



Megumi said:

...What are the chances of seeing MP3 soon? Or should I go ahead and pick this up...gaaaah! xD



Yanagi said:

While I'm not a Mario Party fan, I'm glad to see the VC back in business. It's been so long since the classic games had any love.

I am a huge Dragon's Lair fan, though. I have the 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD, so I don't need a DSiWare version, but I recommend the games to anyone who's interested in the nostalgia of the old arcades.



jaw51 said:

Ha, that's funny because I just got all three of the N64 Mario Party games at a yard sale.



KeroKero_Cola said:

Will definitely pick up Mario Party here soon, haven't played the 2nd title in the series in ages.



NESguy94 said:

I love Mario Party 2, it is my favorite! I still have ti for the N64, so I won't be buying it. But I would definately recommend this game to anyone!



Tasuki said:

Ok I have never played Mario Party 1 or if I did it wasnt very long but what is this blister problem that everyone keeps talking about?



Objection said:

Damn fine update, with Mario party 2 and Frobot, which sounds likeits going to be pretty good. I'll wait for the review and checkout the surprisedemo though.



Zach said:

@Tasuki A lot of minigames in Mario Party involved rotating the analog stick very quickly, and it didn't take players long to realize that the most efficient way of doing this was to place their palms on the end of the analog stick and move their hands in a small circle. A lot of people got analog-stick-end shaped blisters in the middle of their palms as a result, not to mention a lot of broken skin and worn-down analog sticks.



TwilightV said:

I've been saying since the beginning that the Classic Controller's control stick is better suited to N64 games and their crazy amount of rotations. I really hope we see MP1 at some point...



Megumi said:

Can't remember 1 very well...but that explains the blisters thing, probably why they're skipping on to 2. Is this where they introduce items too?



LuWiiGi said:

Congrats NA on another great week. Fingers crossed for a similar week for Europe.

@PunnyGuy You're finally back! I haven't seen you on NL in ages.



metakirbyknight said:

Some idiots not playing the game as intended and blistering their hands as a result is not Ninty's fault. Release it anyways and put a disclaimer on the Wii Shop Channel page.



Tasuki said:

@Zach Kaplan: AH ok. So I guess that Mario Party 2 and all the others fixed that by not having the games require you to rotate the analog stick.



Nintendo64Dude said:



This is what Nintendo should be doing! Releasing their own games!!!!



FJOJR said:

Frobot is pretty cool, and interesting now that I've tried it. Can't say I'd buy it though.



WolfRamHeart said:

I'm not interested in Mario Party because I don't have anyone to play with. I was really hoping that Faxanadu would have made it out this week. Oh well. I am glad that we got Frobot this week. I tried the demo and thought that it was great so I downloaded it. I'm curious about Inkub but I think that I will wait until I read a review first. When are we going to get Chick Chick Boom? I thought it would have been released by now.

Edit: Nevermind, I just saw that Chick Chick Boom will be coming out next week.



MeloMan said:

... still no myDiary. Also not interested in much else, though that could change w/ the Frobot Demo... a pass week for me...



NintyMan said:

Even though I have the original cartridge, I wouldn't rule out dowloading Mario Party 2 for the Wii. I hope Mario Party 1 comes around at some point.



RedYoshi999 said:

Can't wait for Friday to get Mario Party 2!! But the whole issue about not releasing MP1 is ridiculous. There are many solutions for this problem.
1.The GameCube and classic controllers analog sticks are much better and softer than the N64's and shouldn't cause blisters.
2. Put a disclaimer on the Shop Channel or even in game to warn about using the palm of your hand.
3. Modify the game to pressing A instead of rotating like all newer Mario Party's do.
If Nintendo can't pick one of those then thats just sad.



rjejr said:

Got to the 3rd level on the Frobot demo - starts with a chasm and no hint what to do - so I told it to quit, then loud hissing noise and my Wii is frozen. My Wii's done this once or twice in the past so I'm not blaming the demo but i still hate when it happens.

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