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Nintendo Download: 24th December 2010 (Europe)

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

A mix of old and new

This week offers yet more catchup titles, consisting of games released in North America within the past few weeks, as well as the last few months. There's also two new games, however, both of which are for DSiWare and both of which are new instalments in two series which have been going for a while now.

WiiWare

Hydroventure (Nintendo, 1200pts) – Another unique, quirky physics-based puzzle game, this one is published by Nintendo themselves, so you can be almost assured of quality. It's been out in North America for some time under a different title, so you can read our Fluidity review to see why it's worth getting.

Mix Superstar (Digital Leisure, 500pts) – Digital Leisure has pumped out some not-so-stellar titles, but don't be quick to write this one off as a guaranteed failure. There's plenty of music creation "games" on DSiWare, but WiiWare was lacking in this department until now. It got it right on the first try however, as this tool is surprisingly good. You can read what we thought in our Mix Superstar review.

WiiWare Demos

Hydroventure (Nintendo) – As seems to be a trend recently, if you want some more convincing besides our review, you can also play a demo version.

Virtual Console

Mario Party 2 (Nintendo 64, 1000pts) – Nintendo has chosen to skip the first part of the Mario Party series for VC release, which is slightly disappointing for those not familiar with the series' humble beginnings, but don't worry too much, as number 2 is generally considered to be the best game in the series. We'll have a review available soon.

DSiWare

Zenonia (Gamevil, 800pts) – A serious attempt at a DSiWare RPG, this one trumps any other attempts made so far and then some. Aside from having great gameplay it's also quite lengthy, so this one will keep you satisfied for some time to come. You can read our Zenonia review for more information.

GO Series: Dark Spirits (Gamebridge, 200pts) – Gamebridge's latest Japanese game, this is actually another game from the G.G series, which is being released in North America and already came out in Japan. This one is a horizontal shoot 'em up, which we'll have a review for within the next few days.

Music On: Drums (Abylight, 500pts) – If you've bought any Music On titles so far you should have a general idea of what to expect from this one - Generally the same stuff, just with a different instrument, in this case, drums. We will of course review it soon.

Anything that catches your eye in this update?

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User Comments (21)

Sneaker13

#1

Sneaker13 said:

Mix Superstar is downloading as we speak. Curious about Fluidity, but glad that we get a demo.

Pj1

#5

Pj1 said:

Another Mario game what a suprise! not.........

Where's Axelay Nintendo?

however I am playing Super Mario All Stars on the Wii, So I'm happy with that.

Fuzzy

#6

Fuzzy said:

Might try Zenonia as I'm sure it will be better playing on the DSi than iPhone. Will also try the flui...hydroventure demo too. Maybe Mario Party as well, as it makes a good drinking game ;)

Overall nice update. :)

Ntommy

#7

Ntommy said:

GO Series Dark Spirits costs only 200 points, not 500! I'll probably buy it.

Mr-Mobius

#8

Mr-Mobius said:

Seems a simple choice. Hydroventure all the way. Will make for an amazing Christmas Eve gaming session.

FonistofCruxis

#11

FonistofCruxis said:

It's annoying that nintendo aren't releasing the first Mario party on vc, probably due to the blisters that it caused people but the second still looks great and I'll definetley get that as well as zenonia. G.G. series dark spirits looks awesome too.

DarkEdi

#13

DarkEdi said:

The best Mario Parties are the unpair, the 3,5 and 7, and in second place i can put the 6 and the 2 ;) and the regular i consider are the 1,4 and 8.

FJOJR

#14

FJOJR said:

It would be cool to have the original Mario Party as a Club Nintendo exclusive with a disclaimer to "play at your own risk" for like 500 coins or something.

LuWiiGi

#15

LuWiiGi said:

Zenonia, you will be mine! This is quite a good week actually. :)

Any word on Shantae yet? I'm getting impatient.

Mahe

#16

Mahe said:

What's with Nintendo and all these weird name changes between US/Euro?

Nacho-Abylight

#17

Nacho-Abylight said:

#Mahew because we speak many languages in Europe and not everybody understand English. For instance, "Hydroaventure" means "Hidroaventura" in Spanish, but "Fluidity" sounds weird. That's a good reason :)

FantasiaWHT

#18

FantasiaWHT said:

I'm not sad about skipping Mario Party 1... I doubt the modern joysticks would hold up too much longer than the classic ones.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#19

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Great week. 3 insta-DLs in mix superstar, hydroventure (maybe one of the very best wiiware games out there revws wise) and Mario Party 2 (very good). Revw required for interesting Dark Spirits. Zenonia is not for me, but is a good game by the looks of it.....quality....

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