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Nintendo Download: 14th March 2011 (North America)

Posted by Corbie Dillard

They're coming!

It seems North America is getting quite the variety of download releases this week, although the Virtual Console is taking a vacation. The mulltiformat smash hit Plants vs. Zombies finally arrives on DSiWare and the extremely long-awaited WiiWare puzzler Liight has finally made its way to a release. There's also yet another WiiWare demo for gamers to try out, rounding out a rather unique lineup of games for the week.

WiiWare

Liight (Studio Walljump, WiiWare, 500pts) — Liight puts you in charge of a variety of colored flashlights and challenges you to solve intricate color-based puzzles by aiming them in the correct direction. And with several modes to choose from, players of all ages and skill levels should find a fun and challenging puzzle experience. It's been a long time coming as the game was announced way back in 2008! You can enjoy our exclusive interview and first impressions while you wait for our upcoming review.

WiiWare Demos

Mix Superstar Demo (Digital Leisure, WiiWare, 0pts) — Compose and record your very own music tracks in an effort to become the next big superstar. With loads of loops and musical instruments to choose from, you'll have the power of your very own recording studio right there on your Wii console. We awarded this an impressive 9/10 in our review last November.

DSiWare

Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap, DSiWare, 800pts) — PopCap brings their hit multiformat tower defense title to the DSiWare service complete with five game modes and 4 new mini-games. Can you keep the undead baddies from reaching your house? Watch out for our review coming soon if a zombie doesn't eat it first!

Rabi Laby (Agetec, DSiWare, 500pts) — Join Alice and Rabi on their magical journey through a hole in a tree. You'll have to make use of both characters using each of their unique abilities in order to traverse the challenges that lie ahead of you.

5-in-1 Mahjong (cerasus.media, DSiWare, 200pts) — 5-in-1 Mahjong takes the Mahjong experience and reduces it to its simplest form. You'll still have a wealth of layouts and themes to choose from, not to mention several modes of play. The game will even toss you a hint for those times when you find yourself stuck.

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: THE IMMINENT ARRIVAL OF SPRING MEANS BEAUTIFUL PLANTS AND HORDES OF THE UNDEAD

March 14, 2011

Spring is just about a week away. It's a time of renewal. For some, that means the budding of new flowers. For others, it's a chance to reanimate their dead tissue and go on the attack. Over on the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, Plants vs. Zombies reminds you that when the mob comes for you, foliage might be the only friend you have left. If you're in the mood for a different kind of single-player strategy, the WiiWare™ service shines some Liight on a creative new puzzle-solving game that incorporates color, light and music.

Nintendo DSiWare

Plants vs. Zombies
Publisher: PopCap Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Get ready to soil your plants in the zombie-zapping phenomenon from PopCap. A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home, and the only defense is your arsenal of home-guardin' plants. You'll have to think fast and plant faster as you fight the fun-dead through day, night and fog, in the swimming pool and on the roof. Dig into five game modes and get more zombie-zapping action in four new mini-games. You can even make your own zombie creation with the Zombatar™! The fun never dies.

Rabi Laby
Publisher: Agetec, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Rabi Laby requires teamwork, dedication and the love of a great adventure. Alice is a spunky young girl who adores her fluffy pet rabbit named Rabi. One day Alice was looking for Rabi and finally found him right before he jumped into a small hole in a tree. Without thinking twice, Alice jumped in after him. This is where their magical adventure begins. Alice and Rabi encounter intriguing animals and creatures that may lead them to the exit, or stop them from escaping. Together they will explore and discover things unlike anything they've ever seen before. They must work as a team to find the key and escape each area of the mighty labyrinth. Both Alice and Rabi have their own unique abilities and you must switch between them in order to complete each area and ultimately escape the labyrinth's grasp. The labyrinth awaits you...

5 in 1 Mahjong
Publisher: cerasus.media
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Play Standard mahjong without all the bells and whistles. You can choose from more than 300 layouts or try different variations of the game. In "Countdown," you only have 20 minutes to clear the tiles. With "Remember," you can train your memory as every tile is only briefly visible. Don't dally in "Shuffle" mode - the board will rebuild itself if you don't make a match in time. In "Match" you simply need to search for particular tiles. The tile images are strikingly sharp, making them easy to recognize. Choose your favorite tile design, plus enjoy the great soundtrack and high-quality animation that create an authentic gaming experience. Challenge yourself with a range of difficult layouts. If you are stuck, hints will help you out.

WiiWare

Liight
Publisher: Studio Walljump
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: Liight is a unique, award-winning, puzzle-solving game where you use colored lights and shadows to solve puzzles and make music. Each puzzle in Liight is a unique combination of colored lights and targets arranged on a special board. If you completely cover a target with light of the matching color, the target will glow and play music. A puzzle is solved when all of the targets are glowing and playing music together. Every puzzle makes a different song each time you play. Nonstop mode in Liight is a fast-paced arcade puzzle game that uses the same basic concepts you learn in Solve mode in a constant struggle for a high score. Liight also has a Create mode to make your own puzzles any way you want, and a Share mode to send them to your Wii™ friends using the WiiConnect24™ service.

Mix Superstar (demo version)
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 500 Wii Points
Description: Think you can be the next big music star? Well now you've got all the tools right at your fingertips with Mix Superstar. Create, mix and record your own royalty-free musical masterpieces right on your Wii console. There are more than 1,000 Dance, Hip Hop and Techno loops included across multiple instruments like Drum, Bass, Synth, Guitar and even voice tracks. Once you've got that next hit created, it's time to show it off. Mix Superstar allows you to export your music creations, and download them to your computer so you can take them on the go. You can also use the WiiConnect24 service to send those hits to your Wii friends who own the game, and even collaborate on mixes. Also included is full support for both the Logitech® USB Microphone and the Wii Speak™ accessory (sold separately) so you can lay down your own vocals. Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play service even allows you to enhance your music creation experience with additional loop packs from a variety of genres. Now go on and make some noise.

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

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User Comments (41)

eviLaTtenDant

#5

eviLaTtenDant said:

Not a bad week for you guys it seems.

Xkhaoz 3D wrote:

Wait, Plants Vs. Zombies? On DSiWare?

Yeah, i'm a little surprised too. I thought it would only get a retail release. At least in Europe
It would be great if you could tell us about the differences in the inevitable reviews then. :)

bboy2970

#6

bboy2970 said:

I'll definitely be picking up Liight. Plants vs. Zombies........I don't know. I've heard good things about it but I don't really know if its for me.....I guess I'll just wait for the review. And can anyone give Mahjong a recomendation to someone who really enjoys things like Sudoku and Picross? I have no idea how the game works and if it has the same "logical" appeal as those games. Anyway, even without VC, nice week overall!

shinesprite

#7

shinesprite said:

Yay! Another demo. :)

The first time I read through the DSiWare, I read "Rabi Lady" strange title nonetheless.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#8

Philip_J_Reed said:

Wow. Great update. Liight should be a blast, PvZ is almost guaranteed to be awesome (as long as it's not too stripped down), a demo for a game I've been wanting to try...

Yeah. Can't complain!

Wildvine53

#9

Wildvine53 said:

It sounds like Plants Vs. Zombies is exactly the same as the retail release. If it's true, I'll definitely be downloading it.

Objection

#11

Objection said:

PvZ is pretty awesome. I'm a little worried about the downgrade on DS, from what I saw in a preview vid, the frame rate took a hit among other things. I'll wait for the review to see what they thought, hoping the reviewer can compare to other versions.

The_Fox

#13

The_Fox said:

PvZ is a fantastic game, but I'm not so sure how well it will run on the DS.

Bass_X0

#15

Bass_X0 said:

Final Fantasy VI? Where are you?

Well, Natsume Championship Wrestling is coming to America next week. So maybe two weeks after that?

I thought it was Final Fantasy VI on Virtual Console for you, my dear Americans.

America gets one VC game once every two weeks. Bomberman Hero came out last week.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#16

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Plants vs Zombies is coming out in retail here soon but I hope we get it on download (which I'd prefer). We finally got Bejeweld Twist and Bookworm so there is a chance I s'pose.

Liight too? Awesome NA update.

rjejr

#18

rjejr said:

PvZ, which I'ld known, bought it Saturday for $20 (along with Lego Battles at TRU B1G1 50% off sale). Got it in part for the multiplayer so if this doesn't have it I'll be ok.

SwerdMurd

#19

SwerdMurd said:

/groan at plants vs zombies

create bunch of units on squares.
upgrade every unit in squares.
put pumpkins around every unit in squares.
put little flaming vestibule at the end of each line of squares.
watch the game play itself.
watch your 800 wii points aflame along with your taste in games.

EdEN

#21

EdEN said:

So, what was the point of the retail release for $20 if they knew they'd release it for $8 on DSiware? Any difference between both versions?

CanisWolfred

#23

CanisWolfred said:

No Final Fantasy III this week after all. Not too surprised, though. Hopefully we'll get it next week.

kurtasbestos

#24

kurtasbestos said:

I'm going to do something CRAZY and not even wait for a review before downloading Liight tonight. CRAZY!

koops330

#25

koops330 said:

Whats the difference with the Plants vs zombies on the DS and the one on DSi Ware because I was going to buy the DS one when I got some money but now I might wait.

Xiao_Pai

#28

Xiao_Pai said:

Eh, nothing much for me...go figure. (already have Plants vs. Zombies on computer, lol)

IAmChristinaAguilera

#30

IAmChristinaAguilera said:

Yeahhhh... I got my Faxanadu, wake me back up when they put Adventure Island II, Final Fantasy III, or Chrono Trigger on. Or if everyone goes kuh-ray-zay, adds Sega CD/32X VC support, and adds Snatcher, Knuckles Chaotix, or Sonic CD.

So, see you in half a year for Final Fantasy, everybody!

sykotek

#32

sykotek said:

If PvZ DSiWare takes advantage of the extra power in the DSi, it'll be a must buy. The retail release is plagued with slowdown when you get to higher levels. Please review it soon!

Xiao_Pai

#34

Xiao_Pai said:

Just thought of something, these DSiWare games are going to be available on the 3DS too right? My sister would love to have PvZ.

Vinsanity

#35

Vinsanity said:

Well....that's a shame.

When Adventure Island II or Super Adventure Island drops by (or La Mulana...or that futuristic racer by Shin'en whose name I'm forgetting), I'll care about downloading something on Wii again.

Metal_Slime

#37

Metal_Slime said:

Just my luck to launch with Plants vs $*@# Zombies!!! Stupid headline grabbing vegetables...

Bassman_Q

#38

Bassman_Q said:

Not a bad week for Nintendo downloads. :D I'm quite curious with the plants vs. Zombies game (didn't it recently get a retail DS release?) and Liight doesn't seem to bad either.

Plus, Okamiden comes out on Tuesday, so its gonna be one awesome week! :D

Birdman

#39

Birdman said:

If the PvZ on DSiWare contains all (or a significant chunk) of the content on the cart version I'm gonna be pissed.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#40

Philip_J_Reed said:

#37:
Ouch, yeah, sorry about that man. At least it's not on the same service, though!

(Small comfort, I know...)

MeloMan

#41

MeloMan said:

Wow, nothing I want to play... Liight's the highlight, but it's not my cup o' tea. It's cool, I'm still too busy w/ 999, Ghost Trick, Faxanadu, and Bomberman Hero, so I'm good.

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