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Nintendo Download: 25th March 2011 (Europe)

Posted by James Newton

Dodos, Wallies, maths

It's new game overload in this week's Nintendo Download, with no fewer than four brand new titles appearing on European shores, a stark contrast to the most recent North American Nintendo Download. What's on offer for European download fans? Scroll down and don't waste another second waiting.


DodoGo! Robo (Neko Entertainment, 200pts) — Following previous enjoyable entries in the series this one should offer more of the same extinction-related entertainment. Guide your dodo to the exit while keeping your eggs intact, presumably to maintain the existence of the species. We'll review this one shortly.

Dancing Academy (Tivola, 500pts) — Tivola's Academy series marches on, after the underwhelming Model Academy and Beauty Academy. We'll get on our best leotards and legwarmers to flashdance a review to you shortly.

Simply Minesweeper (Engine Software, 200pts) — Masters of the self-explanatory game title, Engine returns with Simply Minesweeper, following on from simplistic takes on Sudoku, Mahjong and Solitaire. Except similar no-frills gaming in this classic bombs and flags game, a review of which is coming soon.


Where's Wally? Fantastic Journey 1 (Ludia Inc., 500pts) — After several appearances on the small screen, the bespectacled beanpole is on his way to the Wii. Local multiplayer will pitch you into the chaotic world of Wally, where only the fastest survive. Our review is hiding in the background, between a wizard and a palm tree, but will become more easily visible when it's posted next week.

Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 4 (Tivola, 800pts) — Maths, education, vampires: you know the drill. Review next week.

WiiWare Demo

Fast Draw Showdown (Digital Leisure, full version 500pts) — A full motion video lightgun shooter, this is far from the best shooter on Wii but at least now you can try its hokey charms for yourself. Our Fast Draw Showdown review explains in more depth.

Get up to date with the latest WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare available for download this Friday!

The latest instalment in the DodoGo! series is set to delight fans old and new with intriguing new puzzles and challenges to overcome. In DodoGo! Robo on Nintendo DSiWare, players of all skill levels will be able to immerse themselves in the engaging and entertaining gameplay, as they guide and protect a number of eggs through various levels.

Also on Nintendo DSiWare this week, break out your dancing shoes and get ready to dance your way to fame and fortune in Dancing Academy. Tap your toes and every other part of your body to a rocking soundtrack composed of music hits you will surely recognise. Alternatively, if you fancy tapping into your brain cells look no further than Simply Minesweeper.

On WiiWare this week, the popular Where’s Wally character sets off on a new adventure in Where's Wally?® Fantastic Journey 1. Use a keen eye to pick out Wally who is hidden within in different colorful locations in order to progress to the next challenge. Play with friends and unlock other secret surprises. Successfully Learning Mathematics Year 4 is also available now, with your helpful vampire friend, Freddy, once again returning to help you progress to the next level of your mathematical capabilities.

Nintendo DSiWare – DodoGo! Robo (Neko Entertainment, 200 Nintendo DSi Points)

Following the acclaimed DodoGo! and DodoGo! Challenge, the popular puzzle game returns with DodoGo! Robo. Your task is to guide eggs through maze-like levels to the safety of their nests with the use of the Nintendo DSi Stylus. Just make sure you don’t break any eggs along the way.

Players can collect target icons as they navigate around obstacles and use springs to bounce over small gaps to complete levels and progress onto the next challenge.

There is no need to have played previous versions of the game as the gameplay is accessible, entertaining and will appeal to all levels of skill.

Nintendo DSiWare – Dancing Academy (Tivola Publishing, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)
This is your chance to become the dancing star you have always dreamed of becoming. Head down to the casting calls and dance your way through the audition rounds and outshine other contestants in the TV show with your natural sense of rhythm. Dance to world famous tunes of music hits your sure to recognise.
Nintendo DSiWare – Simply Minesweeper (Engine Software, 200 Nintendo DSi Points)

Simply Minesweeper gives you exactly what you want - pure minesweeper action on your Nintendo DSi. The simple game design and easy, intuitive controls make it a game that the whole family can enjoy. With 50 puzzles in each level, it is sure to entertain for hours on end
WiiWare - Where's Wally?® Fantastic Journey 1 (Ludia, 500 Wii Points)

After successful versions on Nintendo DSiWare, Where’s Wally makes the leap to Wii in Fantastic Journey 1. Search for Wally and his friends in the ultimate search and find game based on the world famous books. Where’s Wally will see you travel to the magical worlds of The Gobbling Gluttons, The Battling Monks, The Carpet Flyers and more!

You will be able to challenge friends or play solo as you search for hidden items, uncover surprises and even attempt to sabotage other people’s attempts to complete challenges.
WiiWare – Successfully Learning Mathematics Year 4 (Tivola, 800 Wii Points)

With Successfully Learning: Mathematics Year 4, pupils can solve exciting maths problems with the help of their little vampire friend, Freddy. Your companion will help you as you try to solve mathematical problems and the challenges you will encounter.
As a reward for hard study, you can unlock new levels and a funny bonus game to help make learning fun.

WiiWare Demo* – Fast Draw Showdown (Digital Leisure)
As the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are continually updated with exciting and refreshing games and applications, make sure you keep checking the Nintendo Channel, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop for all the latest news and releases on already available and upcoming Virtual Console, WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare titles.

Be sure to also check out Nintendo of Europe's WiiWare portal, which functions as the main hub for the latest WiiWare news and game sites, while at the same time providing the perfect entry point for newcomers to the service. Weekly and all-time Top 10 lists show which WiiWare titles the UK Club Nintendo members are currently downloading most, and which are the most popular of all time.

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User Comments (23)



Weskerb said:

I couldn't give a monkey's about WiiWare anymore.

Tomorrow I'll own a 3DS



Bass_X0 said:

Yeah, the most interesting weeks these days are the ones with Virtual Console games. Brawl Brothers that we are getting next week may not be one of the best game ever on the SNES (that was last week) but at least its more interesting than Where's Wally and Learning Mathematics even if you don't want to download it. I'm busy playing Pokemon Black and Final Fantasy III to care about bad download weeks. Plus the 3DS is out this week (but I won't be buying it just yet).



Pj1 said:

No VC, thanks Nintendo... I thought the VC wasn't going to be ignored just because 3DS is coming out......



jbrodack said:

Its a good thing nintendo has such tight quality control and won't work with garage developers....



Omega said:

I'm always only looking at WiiWare. Still waiting for Liight, Doc Clock and Frobot to come to europe. Those learning games for children are nothing for me.



Vinsanity said:

Hahahahahahaha. So true. I hate Reggie so much....

Also, I'm still waiting for Adventure Island II. I expect that when Europe gets it, us Americans will get it the following monday. So if they're not getting it this week, it's not looking good for us. Though that isn't a hard rule; sometimes we get games first.



Omega said:

I don't have the WiiWare demo (Fast Draw Showdown). I can't even see the full version. When I search for "Demos" it's not there and when I search for "Digital Leasure" it will not be displayed too. Is this game not available in germany?



Bass_X0 said:

No VC, thanks Nintendo...

Pay attention, PJ. We've known whats coming next and when for a week now. We get one VC game every two weeks. Final Fantasy III last week, and SNES fighter Brawl Brothers next week.



SKTTR said:

@16 Omega: Yes, Fast Draw Showdown is one of the games that haven't been released in the German Wii Shop. The other games that Germany is missing are Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (VC), Stop Stress: A Day of Fury (WW), Toribash: Violence Perfected (WW), Cricket Challenge (WW) and now Fast Draw Showdown Demo (WW).

You can get all these games/demos from the UK Wii Shop when you change your country setting.



Omega said:

^ For "Stop Stress" I knew this already. I even tried to change my language to UK but changed it back to german afterwards.

I wonder why that is. Okay for "Stop Stress", "Toribash" and "Fast Draw Showdown" I can imagine what the reasons are. They have something to do with a) destroying helpless office supplies, b) killing people by decapitating them and throwing their heads out of the ring or c) cold-blooded killing people with your revolver. That are real killergames that need to be banned.

But what is with "Shadow Dancer" and "Cricket Challenge". They do not look so violent? And why is "Heavy Fire" allowed in germany? Ahem?



MeloMan said:

I was about to say this was a complete phail release but I saw irken's post about Minesweep which "my" personal fav out of the Sodokus, Solitaires, etc. I hope it comes over here, that's JUST what I need in my DSi...



Weblaus said:

@Omega: Cricket probably wasn't released due to the very limited appeal it holds for Germans (and I assume it's most likely not available in most other European countries as well) - virtually nobody knows that sport here, after all. As for Shadow Dancer, the game was put on the Index way back and my guess would be that it's still on there because nobody wants to put money and effort in trying to get it off the list.

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