Nintendo Download: 17th January 2011 (North America)

Puzzles, pugilists and more puzzles

Another varied array of titles this week, with time-travelling toasted sandwiches, boxing animals, tactical defending and more. Let's get right to it.

WiiWare

Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time (Stickmen Studios, 1000pts) – Hopefully this game has more than just a fantastic title to offer, but considering it's from the same team behind Dragon Master Spell Caster and Kung Fu Funk we're not holding our breath. Our own Philip J. Reed is on the case, so look out for a full and honest review later this week.

Urbanix (Nordcurrent, 500pts) – Essentially a variation on classic title Qix with tractors, our Urbanix review has all the information you need to make a buying decision.

WiiWare Demos

BIT.TRIP BEAT (Aksys Games) – If you haven't checked out one of the most unique games on WiiWare by now, this demo is the perfect opportunity to try out a classic title for nothing. If you like what you see and hear, our BIT.TRIP BEAT review should convince you to reach for your nearest Nintendo Points card.

DSiWare

Glory Days - Tactical Defense (odenis studio, 200pts) – A military-flavoured title from odenis studio, the team behind Pop Island and Pop Island: Paperfield, this runs on the same smooth engine as those two titles. Our finest tactical minds are devising strategies as we speak to put this one through its pace, with a review coming later this week.

Animal Boxing (Akaoni Studio, 800pts) – The fact this game is all about cartoon animals fighting would normally be enough, but it's the first game to ask you to play your DSi upside-down, with stylus control over a range of punches. We're stepping in the ring with this one and we'll let you know if it's a knockout or not even a contender.

The Seller (CIRCLE Entertainment, 500pts) – A card game about introducing people to bankruptcy: now there's a winning idea. At least the 500 Point asking price won't clear you out, but our review will tell you if it's worth stumping up for.

Alien Puzzle Adventure (Mastertronic, 500pts) – Only just behind Doc Clock in the "best game title" race this week, this is a match-three game unlike any seen on DSiWare yet. Why? It's got aliens in it. Our review is gestating below the surface, ready to burst through your Internet at any minute.

We're going for a lie down now. Here's the press release!

Nintendo Download

Time-Twisting, Beat-Tripping, Battle-Packed Adventures Await You

Whether creating the perfect sandwich or stepping into the boxing ring with wild animals, the latest additions to the WiiWare™ and Nintendo DSiWare™ downloadable game services are anything but ordinary. Doc Clock™: The Toasted Sandwich of Time treats Wii™ owners to a wild time-traveling adventure with an industrious, snack-happy hero. A demo version of the acclaimed BIT.TRIP BEAT game for WiiWare lets players sample its dazzling retro action for zero Wii Points™. For hand-held gaming fans, Glory Days – Tactical Defense brings rich military strategy to Nintendo DSiWare, while Animal Boxing pits the player against a passel of pugilistic critters against one another in the squared circle. Visit the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop every Monday to discover an inventive, ever-growing variety of games.

WiiWare

Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time
Publisher: Stickmen Studios
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: Have you fallen off a cliff? Are you burning in lava? Did your latest invention just get crushed by a frozen polar bear? Avoid these misfortunes with Doc Clock’s amazing Time Slider. Enjoy the first Doc Clock time-travelling adventure. Invent almost anything using the items you find, from catapults to incredible flying machines. Travel through time with Doc Clock as he battles mad, misguided robots to save his beloved cat and invent the perfect toasted sandwich machine.

Urbanix
Publisher: Nordcurrent
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Welcome to Urbanix, a game inspired by classic computer games. You play as Urbanix, a tiny little tractor that has to build a town on an empty field. Avoid enemies and chase away house crashers – they will try to spoil your game. Play on Earth, in the North Pole or on the moon – each location has its own unique game-play mechanics, so you’ll have to adapt your strategy. Be accurate, be quick and collect bonuses on your way. Enjoy 150 levels plus an intense multiplayer mode.

BIT.TRIP BEAT (demo version)
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 600 Wii Points
Description: The retro action of rhythm game BIT.TRIP BEAT challenges you to use the Wii Remote™ controller to bounce beats. Retro visuals, classic game play, a four-player multiplayer mode and an 8-bit soundtrack will get you in the zone and rock your world. Pay attention, though – as with most classic games, the challenges are mighty. If you can stay cool as the difficulty increases, you’ll discover the beginnings of the BIT.TRIP saga.

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

Nintendo DSiWare

Glory Days – Tactical Defense
Publisher: odenis studio
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Howling sandstorms blaze across the barren plains. A violent storm is brewing on the horizon. Get ready to repel waves of enemies amid the finely orchestrated chaos. As the ground trembles, artillery is being massed in the distance. If you’re outnumbered, move your units to high ground for a strategic advantage. Use your AAA to shoot down enemy planes, fight off tanks with your guns and sink subs with your missile launchers. Master the battlefield by using the “Big One,” a gun that will terrify and cause devastation among all units, enemies and friends alike. Expect your units to suffer losses under enemy fire. Repair and improve them because the show must go on. When the dust settles, you may have attained glory, even if the battle is lost. Special features include 3D field management, a 60-frames-per-second 3D engine, dynamic music and up to 300 units in real time.

Animal Boxing
Publisher: Gammick Entertainment
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Animal Boxing is one of the first games to require players to invert the Nintendo DSi™ system. Use the stylus for motion-based controls. Throw jabs, hooks and uppercuts with simple stylus movements. Step into the ring against 50 wild fighters with different fighting styles. Go toe-to-toe against opponents such as Lee the cat, Sauda the rhino and Fore the bull. Build your own male or female character, then step into the ring in eight unique environments. Customize fighter attributes like gloves, clothing and hairstyle. Face off against another Nintendo DSi player using a local wireless connection.

The Seller
Publisher: CIRCLE Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Once a big-time boss, you are now down and out, forced into the small time after your company was driven into bankruptcy by an underhanded competitor who stooped lower than even you would dare. Of course, revenge is a dish best served cold – over a drink at an expensive club, which is where the game takes place. Rebuild your fortune and show your competitor who’s really the boss. This is a witty card game with a few simple rules to test your intelligence. Starting with a small amount of resources, money and action cards, try to use those cards to cunningly step forward until you have sold all of your resources to others. Set strategies in motion to increase the value of your resources. Don’t forget: Your ultimate goal is to introduce your competitors to bankruptcy.

Alien Puzzle Adventure
Publisher: Mastertronic
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Alien Puzzle Adventure is a fast-paced, colorful and cartoonish puzzle game that combines Match 3 game play with a humorous and quirky storyline. The player sets out to save the world from a mysterious chemical attack. Armed with Professor Weinstein’s Pseudo-quark Generator Gun, the player must neutralize packs of differently colored quarks over the course of 35 stages by matching three quarks of the same color. Can you help stem the tide and save the world? Your adventure starts today.

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