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Nintendo Download: 17th January 2011 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

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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User Comments (40)

Atlantis1982

#3

Atlantis1982 said:

Didn't we already seen BEAT become a demo from '09? :Checks:

Yep. :sigh:

Plus, I already got Toasted Sandwich from Steam (along with four other games for 5.00 total).

Tethers

#5

Tethers said:

@ 1# Acerocksyourworld "DSiWare is crap"

So you've already played all these games...?

Bass_X0

#6

Bass_X0 said:

So you've already played all these games...?

Well, do any of those games sound like instant must buy classics? You don't need to have played every game to know which ones you'd be interested in and which ones you wouldn't.

Omega

#9

Omega said:

Doc Clock looks interesting. The graphics style is like Robox's. I like Robox.

Slapshot

#10

Slapshot said:

Hmmm. I bought Doc Clock for $1 on Steam. Yet to play it, but have heard great things about it.

Omega

#11

Omega said:

The average review score for the PC version is currently 7.3/10, according to GameFAQs.

Birdman

#12

Birdman said:

Glory Days for sure, and perhaps Animal Boxing and Alien Puzzle Adventure as well for me.

Alias

#13

Alias said:

I don't know about BEAT, I'll check out the demo but I'm not sure if I want it on Wii or iPhone. :/

kam

#15

kam said:

its been 3 weeks into 2011 when angry birds comen to dsiware and wiiware?

Sylverstone

#18

Sylverstone said:

I'm only interested in the Glory Days game, cheap and made by quality DSiWare developers.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#19

Philip_J_Reed said:

"The average review score for the PC version is currently 7.3/10, according to GameFAQs."

I'm speechless.

/me disappears to work on extremely long review suggesting otherwise

cheapogamer4life

#22

cheapogamer4life said:

Can't wait to try out Glory Days. Its been a while since I've downloaded a TD game in the DSiware shop. Might not turn out as great as Starship Defense, but graphically its on another level.

Stuffgamer1

#23

Stuffgamer1 said:

Booo-riiing! Back to gaming as usual, then. As usual.:P

@kam: And to add insult to injury, it's already available on PSN in a format that runs on both PSP AND PS3 for only $4. I guarantee you it's not going to be that good a deal on Nintendo platforms.:P

CorbsAdmin

#24

Corbs said:

I'll be stepping into the ring with Animal Boxing. Looks interesting. :D

WolfRamHeart

#25

WolfRamHeart said:

It looks like DSiWare got some decent offerings this week with Glory Days and Animal Boxing. The only game I am interested in on WiiWare is Doc Clock but I am cautious since it is made by Stickmen Studios. I'll just wait for the review on that one for now.

GreenAbobo

#26

GreenAbobo said:

I got Glory Days, and it's quite well done. In particular, the frame rate is like butter. It's weird seeing 60 fps on the DS screen. Looks like there's lot's of achievements, maps and difficulty settings too.

MeloMan

#29

MeloMan said:

I'm waiting on a review of Glory Days as I may pick that up... not really too interested in anything else. Still no myDiary :(

slidecage

#30

slidecage said:

waiting for reviews on glory days and The seller :) hopefully reveiews be up by weeks end :)

though may end up picking them up on weds either way

BulbasaurusRex

#31

BulbasaurusRex said:

Ugh, WiiWare's in another one of those "no good games with a good amount of direct combat" mood. Outside of a few demos, there's hasn't been anything WiiWare worth getting for me since Sonic 4: Ep. 1. Where're Sonic 4, Ep. 2, Pearl Harbor Ep. 2, Descent, or that other FPS?

Ravage

#34

Ravage said:

I saw CB playing Doc Clock today, or maybe yesterday! He played it for 2.6 hours, so I can`t imagine it being that bad, and the forums have plenty of users that agree. Let us just hope they can pull off a competent port.

rjejr

#38

rjejr said:

To save some people the extra clicks - Doc Clock is currently $9.99 on Steam, no demo. There is a new demo of the Secret Magic Crystal pony sim if anyone is interested ;-)

Punny

#39

Punny said:

@mmarkster: You are absolutely correct. BIT.TRIP BEAT already had a demo that was released in 2009. It's on my SD Card Menu.

That one Toasted Sandwich game sounds interesting, but the rest is meh.

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