It's an unusual occasion in the Nintendo Download this week: this week's games are all brand new for Europe, with not a single catch-up title for North America. Virtual Console receives its first-ever wrestling title and there's cricket, babies, noodles, monsters and celestial bodies too. Let's get to it.
Cricket Challenge (GameShastra, 500pts) – Only the second incarnation of cricket to hit Wii after Ashes Cricket 2009, this is a more arcade take on the sport, based in an urban environment rather than the usual English country surroundings. We'll take on the challenge and see if it hits us for six.
My Little Baby (dtp Entertainment, 600pts) – A conversion of the DS original, this game offers all the excitement of having a kid: changing, feeding, clothing and playtime, as well as teaching it to crawl and walk.
chick chick BOOM (tons of bits) – A simple, addictive one- to four-player battle game about chicks blowing each other up for no apparent reason, you can read why we thought it was such a blast in our chick chick BOOM review.
Pucca Noodle Rush (Big Ben Interactive, 500pts) – Following Pucca's Kisses Game on WiiWare is Pucca Noodle Rush on DSiWare, in which the tiny titular character must serve customers at her uncle's noodle bar. It sounds like a Pucca-themed version of Diner Dash, which could be a tasty mix. We'll chow down and give you our culinary musings soon.
Puzzle to Go Planets and Universe (Tivola, 500pts) – Yet another entry in the Puzzle to Go series, all the previous entries have been very much the same so don't expect anything out of the ordinary here. We'll review it and give you a verdict soon.
Faceez: Monsters! (Neko Entertainment, 200pts) – A follow-up to silly photo manipulator Faceez, this one has the advantage of being based on monsters. We'll dare to look under the bed for the courage to bring you a review.
Natsume Championship Wrestling (Super Nintendo, 900pts) – Another Super NES import, this is actually the first wrestling game on Virtual Console, quite an achievement considering the service has been going for four years now. After a few grapples and body slams we'll finish celebrating and start working on a review.
GET BOWLED OVER AS CRICKET TAKES TO THE STREETS
Get the lowdown on the latest WiiWare, Virtual Console and Nintendo DSiWare available for download this Friday!
This week on WiiWare, cricket fans will be able to practice their cover drives, hook shots and slog sweeps from the comfort of their own home as Cricket Challenge* is released just in time for the Cricket World Cup. This street version of cricket will see you play as a batsman using your Wii Remote to plunder run after run. Do you fancy yourself as a centurion? Whatever you do, don’t get bowled out!
My Little Baby takes things a slower pace. Starting off with a new born baby, you are charged with looking after every aspect of your little bundle of joy’s life. Feed, change and even teach your baby how to walk as you help it grow into a toddler that will make you proud.
If you want something a bit more adventurous, then set forth in your spaceship on a mission to clean up virus-infested planets in the fast-paced space adventure WiiWare demo, ColorZ**. Or pit your team of five chicks against an opposing team of fluffy foe in the demo of chick chick BOOM**. Throw pianos, pink elephants and Sumo chicks or summon slimy giant jellyfish and real UFOs to defend against your opponent's attacks.
On Nintendo DSiWare this week the popular manga character, Pucca, returns in Pucca Noodle Rush. Help Pucca as she struggles to keep the customers at her uncle’s restaurant happy. Another favorite returns with Faceez: Monsters! which takes all the fun of Faceez and adds a monstrous new element. Take pictures of your friends and turn your chums into ghouls and other terrifying creatures. Once you are happy with your creations, you can share the pictures with friends on Facebook.
Available on Virtual Console this week is the rough and tough Natsume Championship WrestlingTM. Available for the first time in Europe, choose from 12 grapplers and battle your way to becoming the king of the ring.
WiiWare – Cricket Challenge* (GameShastra, 500 Wii Points)
Cricket Challenge is an arcade style sports game that gives you a fun filled experience while playing as a batsman in a street version of cricket. Using the Wii Remote as a real cricket bat you can swing and control all the actions of a batsman to make him play strokes, hit boundaries, slog sixes and try a variety of other shots.
The game is set-up in a playground surrounded by an urban environment with buildings, apartments and a lush green outfield giving a casual feel to the game.
WiiWare – My Little Baby (dtp entertainment, 600 Wii Points)
Have you always dreamed of having a cute little baby to lovingly care for? Well now is your chance. A little virtual cherub will now be yours to look after and you will need to change, bathe and feed your baby as part of your duties, as well as shopping, preparing meals and rocking your baby to sleep.
You will also be able to take part in playtime, dress your baby and teach it how to crawl and walk. But above all, what your little angel needs is your love and attention. All this plus an enormous selection of toys, clothes and other objects will make your little one the happiest baby in the whole wide world!
WiiWare Demo – ColorZ** (EXKEE) WiiWare Demo – chick chick BOOM** (tons of bits)
Nintendo DSiWare – Pucca Noodle Rush (Bigben Interactive, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)
In Pucca Noodle Rush you control Pucca, who is in charge of customer service at her uncle’s restaurant.
You will need to seat customers, take their orders, serve them, clear the tables, pocket the cash, give priority service to your important friends, bring your impatient customers back to their tables, make sure that you seat your customers according to their respective affinities and rivalries...
Inspired by Pucca television series you will quickly become the consummate restaurateur.
Nintendo DSiWare – Faceez: Monsters! (Neko Entertainment, 200 Nintendo DSi Points)
Faceez is back, and this time you will have a whole raft of new features at your disposal to help scare your friends with some ghoulish pictures!
Take pictures of your friends’ faces, turn them into abominable monsters and use the Facebook connection of your Nintendo DSi, share your monstrous creations with the entire world.
Faceez: Monsters! features new disguises and accessories, allowing you to choose from the living dead, werewolves, vampires or zombies.
Nintendo DSiWare – Puzzle to Go Planets and Universe (Tivola, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)
Puzzle to Go Planets and Universe is the jigsaw puzzle for people on the move. Puzzle together ten of the most beautiful motifs wherever and whenever you like.
Collect stars for each completed jigsaw puzzle and release new images. Each motif is available in three different levels of difficulty, so you are bound to come back for more fun. Puzzle to Go also allows you to puzzle together all the images from the photo album on your Nintendo DSi.
Virtual Console – Natsume Championship WrestlingTM (Natsume Inc., Super Nintendo, 900 Wii Points)
Step into the squared circle and choose from 12 outrageous wrestlers to bring the pain to your opponent!
Wield the massive power of Asteroid, the lightning-fast strikes of Viper, the underhanded attacks of Phantom, and many more madmen of the ring.
With its robust grappling system and over 50 moves to master, Natsume Championship WrestlingTM delivers the deepest and most realistic wrestling action of the 16-bit era. Test your might against the crafty artificial intelligence, or up to four players can compete in exhibition, tag team, and round robin matches!