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Nintendo Download: 10th January 2011 (North America)

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

A scoop of fun with a dash of soul-crushing


JellyCar 2 (Disney Interactive Studios, 500 Points) - The sequel to the popular iOS game hits WiiWare, promising even more driving platforming fun(ing). We'll give this one a proper whirl and let you know if it's a joyride or if it melts in the sun.

Soccer Bashi (Icon Games, 500 Points) - A Breakout-esque game with a soccer theme that we weren't too hot on when it was released in Europe. Check out our Soccer Bashi review to see why.

WiiWare demo

Art of Balance demo (Shin'en Multimedia, 0 Points) - If our Art of Balance review wasn't enough to convince you to pony up some cash for this excellent puzzler, maybe trying it out for yourself will. Snag the demo while you can and see how this one stacks up.

Virtual Console

Ghosts 'N Goblins (Capcom, 800 Points) - The NES version of this game was released on VC over two years ago, but if you need prettier graphics and stronger sound then this original arcade version might be for you. Check out our Ghosts 'N Goblins review for our take.

Exed Exes (Capcom, 800 Points) - Another one pulled from Capcom's stable of arcade titles, this one is a vertical-scrolling shoot 'em 'up and got released last Friday in Europe. One of our esteemed pilots is currently taking this one out for a whirl, so look for a review soon.


Petz Catz Family (Ubisoft, 800 Points) - Ugh. Read our Petz Catz Family review if you must, but otherwise just slowly back away from this one and never look back.

Surfacer+ (Lexis Numerique, 500 Points) - This one promises "totally innovative gameplay" and something about flowers and monsters. We'll figure it out and let you know.

EJ Puzzles: Hooked (Electron Jump, 500 Points) - A fishing game where you're supposed to be strategic and catch in order by weight. We've yet to see a fishing game on a Nintendo downloadable service done right, so hooks crossed EJ Puzzles pulls it off.

Quick, bring that press release to justice before it escapes!

Squishy Cars, Classic Ghosts and Cuddly Pets Set to Invade Nintendo Systems

Whether you enjoy gaming in the living room or on the move, you’re in good company with this week’s new downloadable games for the Wii™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. Disney’s JellyCar 2 is among the latest additions to the WiiWare™ service, putting an irreverent spin on console racing games. On the Virtual Console™ service, you’ll find a couple of Capcom classics from 1985, including the timelessly spooky GHOSTS‘N GOBLINS™. Hand-held gamers might purr with delight to discover Petz® Catz® Family for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, which gives players a new way to tote adorable feline friends with them everywhere they go.


JellyCar 2
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: JellyCar 2, the hit driving platform game, is here and fully loaded with more than 30 levels, multiplayer action and much more. Play head-to-head or co-op in Multiplayer Flag, Gems and Tether modes. (Additional accessories are required for multiplayer modes and are sold separately.) Post high scores, best times and longest jumps in the Hall of Fame. With so much squishy goodness, you’ll want to drive JellyCar 2 all around town.

Soccer Bashi
Publisher: Icon Games Entertainment
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Experience soccer of the future. Destroy the defender blocks and smash the ball into the goal to win, but watch for enemy defenders out to destroy you. A built-in game editor offers unlimited level design possibilities. Play through the 90 game levels over several different play modes, including Arcade and Customizable Tournaments.

Art of Balance (demo version)
Publisher: Shin’en Multimedia
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 800 Wii Points
Description: Grab your Wii Remote™ controller and build a balanced stack in this physics-based puzzler. Enjoy 100 levels that challenge not only your skills but also your imagination. The game is easy to pick up and hard to put away. Play alone or invite a friend to grab a second Wii Remote (sold separately) and drop in at any time for co-op play. We even added a dedicated two-player split-screen “versus” mode for extra fun.

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

Virtual Console

Publisher: Capcom
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: GHOSTS’N GOBLINS is a classic game that packs a heavy punch (and lance). Experience the smash arcade hit from 1985 as you help Arthur defeat hordes of monsters in his attempt to rescue the princess. This is the first (and possibly only) game in which taking a hit can reduce you to your underwear.

Publisher: Capcom
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: A retro classic from Capcom’s arcade lineup from 1985, EXED EXES is a vertically scrolling shooter that’s sure to bring back fond memories. Dodge bullets, collect fruit and go for high scores in one of the most furious sci-fi insectoid shoot-’em-ups ever made.

Nintendo DSiWare

Petz Catz Family
Publisher: Ubisoft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Care for and bond with a whole family of adorable cats. Play fun games with them, give them lots of love and watch them grow. Discover their unique talents and personalities and teach them fun tricks like running through obstacle courses and walking down the runway.

Publisher: Lexis Numerique
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Surfacer+ is easy to pick up and has totally innovative game play that’s suitable for all gamers – casual and hard-core alike. Fill the screen by producing white flowers with your stylus. Control the size of your flowers and use the bonuses at the right moment. Watch out for enemies who pounce from either side of the screen. Surfacer+ will test your skill, strategy and insight. How far will you go to cover the screen?

EJ Puzzles: Hooked
Publisher: Electron Jump
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Can you catch all the fish? Take control of your fishing boat and search the waters for the freshest fish. Be careful to catch them in the right order. If you land a fish that’s too big too soon, you’ll break your line. The chef is waiting for your delivery, so get out there and catch all the fish you can. EJ Puzzles: Hooked is a brain teaser with a fishing theme. Search the waters with your fish scanner. If you find a fish you can’t handle yet, mark its location with a marker buoy and come back later. Your goal is to catch all the fish on the map. There are many maps to play, and each map changes every time. Can you beat them all?

Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays. Users with broadband Internet access can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Nintendo DSi Shop or the Wii Shop Channel. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

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User Comments (45)



The_Fox said:

Ghosts and Goblins would be an instant buy for me if it weren't so expensive. I wouldn't touch Exed Exes with a ten foot pole, personally.



Philip_J_Reed said:

/me opens email to see what Dazza has assigned to me this week.

/me reads it two or three times just be sure

/me takes head in hands

/me silently weeps



WaveGhoul said:

I remember playing the Nes version of Ghost 'N Goblins back in the day along with the original Arcade game at Chuck E cheese hehe. But honestly, is the Nes or Arcade version even worth playing if you've already played and beaten Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts for the SNES? I beat that one last year for Halloween on the VC and overall it was a smashing good time muhaha.



Crunc said:

Art of Balance is great. Definitely download the demo of that and check it out. It's not award winning in presentation, but the game is a good concept well implemented and is a lot of fun.



StarBoy91 said:

Oh, look, Exed Exes, the seemingly endless vertical shmup made by Capcom. I say "seemingly" because I actually did try to get to the end, but I only stopped somewhere in one of the teen stages, so I have no idea if it actually has an ending.



Gameday said:

another demo great keep it up , ghost and goblins time to represent arcade style. and as for jellycar theres always room for jello , sorry guys just had to do it



Destro said:

Good to see some VC love from Capcom. That Ghost N' Goblins game will surely try your patience. Really great music and it still looks super.



brooks83 said:

Capcom and Disney Interactive released games today, now if we can just get them to work together to bring out some of their old licensed games!



suburban_sensei said:

Nothing for me (Guess it's a good week to be broke, haha). I will admit though, I may download Jelly Car 2 on my iPod Touch, since it's only $1 on there, instead of $5 on WiiWare.



SwerdMurd said:

have yet to see a fishing game done right?

Cocoto Fishing Master was AWESOME! Right?


/everyone walks away



slidecage said:

im sorry but all of the DSIwere games look like they should of came out at 200 pts each.. not a single game there worth 5 bucks



TKOWL said:

Nothing here interests me. Though it's nice to see more support of VC Arcade.



the_shpydar said:

Hmm, to G&G or not to G&G? Pro: Great classic game that i certianly don't mind paying $8 for despite already having it through MAME; Con: Another game that will inevitably remain as Unbeaten in my Backloggery for quite some time, if not forever. XD



GreenAbobo said:

I also picked up Hooked, and it's actually not bad if you don't mind minesweeper. It features many well done intricacies beyond standard minesweeper, but at its core that what the gameplay amounts to. A pleasant suprise in this otherwise humdrum DSiWare update.



slidecage said:

is HOoked a long game? would of picked up hooked and surface day one if they were 200 pts each even if they were bad would been nice pickups... at 500 pts each will have to wait to see if they have major replay vaule (like how many maps how long does it last ... that defence war game comes out next week for 200 pts so im saving points for that as well



GreenAbobo said:

:@slidecage: Hooked seems it would last pretty long, but if you don't like minesweeper (which I know MANY do not) that length won't mean anything. Since you're uncertain, I'd say hold onto your points for now and wait for more impressions or a review. My taste in games is often different than common opinion, and I'd hate to hear you regret a purchase made based on my endorsement.



slidecage said:

@greenabobo thanks for the responce... i think if my car repair is less then what they said tonight (300 bucks Ouch ) i probally end up getting it tomorrow (that is if we dont get hit with the 8 inches of snow they are calling for ..... went to nintendo site too see a video and it does look like it will be a long game (got to buy upgrades, new boats ect ect.) will find out more tomorrow... heard first flight will be 500 pts as well when it comes out (was hoping 200) all depends on what happens tomorrow that and have kingdom hearts reloaded coming weds and ghost trick coming thursday from gamefly that will hold me over as well... but hopefully by this weekend there will be a major review on the game and will go from there (it has to be better then the last 500 pt game i wasted SIX SPIN)



MeloMan said:

Ah fungasm, GnG Arcade is here! ... But I'm broke until Friday... _

Ah well, at least this sentence cheers me up Petz Catz Family (Ubisoft, 800 Points) - Ugh.

Couldn't have put it better myself.



PSICOffee said:

Awesome, just when I said "this better come to the states soon!" about GNG. Good to see 2 VC releases at once for once.



Bass_X0 said:

I'm expecting America will get no VC releases next week. Then just one, a catch-up to something released in Europe last year, to be released the week afterwards. 1942 and Black Dragon will be released together at some point I think.



CBattles6 said:

Here's hoping that Nintendo can convince Disney to release some VC games. I'd love to give Mickey Mousecapade a spin now that I'm older and don't suck at platformers.



Kid_A said:

Keep your eyes on Surfacer+ guys. I've got the review and I think you'll be surprised at the score

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