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Nintendo Download: 28th March 2011 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

No new WiiWare this week

We often talk about rarities in the Nintendo Download, but here's a truly surprising event: this week's download sees no new WiiWare title available for download. There's a pair of demos, two DSiWare titles and no Virtual Console outing, making a pretty underwhelming week for those with Nintendo Points.

WiiWare Demos

Dart Rage (JV Games, full game 600pts) — A playable version of those angry darts, this game actually isn't as terrible as its name might have you believe. Our Dart Rage review hits the bullseye, information-wise.

Learning with the PooYoos Episode 2 (Lexis Numérique, full game 500pts) — The second part of the cutesy educational game, you can now give it a go thanks to this free demo, and read our full Learning with the PooYoos Episode 2 review for our marks out of 10.


Simply Solitaire (Engine Software, 200pts) — It's taken the best part of a year for Engine Software's deck to shuffle its way across to North America, but now it's joined the ranks of the many card games on the service. Our Simply Solitaire review explains that sadly this one wasn't worth the wait.

Faceez: Monsters! (Neko Entertainment, 200pts) — The second instalment in the face-altering game, this one has a definitely ghoulish atmosphere that might have gone over better had it been released around Hallowe'en. As it stands, it's a fun way to spend 200 Points if you want to mess with your friends' faces, as our Faceez: Monsters! review points out.


March 28, 2011

This week, players of any age are invited to check out new demo versions of games for the WiiWare™ service – one offering competitive darts challenges, the other giving preschoolers a fun way to learn by interacting with baby animals. For the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, there's a new version of a classic card game, plus a wild new photo-manipulation game that can turn an ordinary face into something eerie and outrageous. The wide selection of downloadable games for Nintendo systems truly has something for everyone.


Dart Rage (demo version)
Publisher: JV Games Inc.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Alcohol Reference
Price: 0 Wii Points™; full version available for 600 Wii Points
Description: Grab your Wii Remote™ controller and prepare for the ultimate game of darts on your Wii™ console. With no buttons to push, you'll be completely immersed in the game's realism. Dart Rage puts you in the spotlight as you compete against friends, the computer or both. With four great games to choose from – including 301-901, Cricket, Poker and American (Baseball) darts – Dart Rage has plenty of options to keep the game fresh. There is also a VS mode in which you can compete at the same time in a race to the finish. Rock out to the sizzling soundtrack with a commentator announcing your every shot or miss.

Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 2 (demo version)
Publisher: Lexis Numerique
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: EC (Early Childhood)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 500 Wii Points
Description: Welcome to the first fun, poetic brain-trainer for children aged 3 to 6. With the PooYoos, a merry band of adorable baby animals, children will have fun while learning the basics for development, including numbers, letters, lateralization, shapes and colors. Children get to dance with their new friends and earn lovely interactive rewards. With two levels of interactivity, children of any age or level can play the activities based on plants and music. This game has been designed for use by children who have not yet grasped reading. The instructions are spoken in French, English or Spanish, depending on the language setting of your Wii console.

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

Nintendo DSiWare

Simply Solitaire
Publisher: Engine Software
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Simply Solitaire gives you exactly what you want: pure Solitaire on your Nintendo DSi™ system. Solitaire (also called Patience) is a single-player card game involving a layout of cards with a goal of sorting them. Solitaire games involve dealing cards from a shuffled deck into a prescribed arrangement on a tabletop. The player attempts to reorder the deck by suit and rank through a series of moves, transferring cards from one place to another. The simple game design and easy, intuitive controls make it a game that the whole family can enjoy. The game has 50 puzzles in each level to guarantee hours of fun game play.

Faceez: Monsters!
Publisher: Neko Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Blood, Comic Mischief, Alcohol Reference
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Faceez is back, and this time it will scare your friends. Faceez: Monsters! features frightening new disguises and accessories, including the living dead, werewolves, vampires and zombies. Take pictures of your friends' faces, turn them into abominable monsters and place them in your own settings. Expect lots of laugher and fun as you share your monstrous creations.

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User Comments (41)



Bass_X0 said:

Worst week ever? First week I am aware of with only demos on the WiiWare. And before anyone complains about the lack of VC, it wasn't expected to be seen this week. One game every two weeks is quite normal and does not signify the death of the VC or anything. You got Natsume Championship Wrestling last week and will get a game next week, possibly Final Fantasy III.



Link79 said:

Well this surely is the worst update ever but since there's quite a few games coming eventually I won't complain. There's also Chrono trigger, Lufia and the Adventure Island games to look forward to. They probably figure everyone's to busy playing 3DS to care about this weeks update.



James said:

@Cangelo Europe had a monster download last week with loads of new stuff. That said, if you thought this was lacklustre, wait until you see the EU download — two titles and a demo!



Terra said:

Wow, that's.... just wow. Pretty shoddy update. Not surprised about no VC release but nothing at all for WiiWare outside demos is strange to say the least



OldKai said:

Wish that Nintendo cared about the US to enough to release Virtual Console titles.. Final Fantasy will be here next week....... right? Or will it be some stupid Xth title thing and then Chrono Trigger ends up the next one a year later? Whatever.



motang said:

That's horrible, Nintendo though we wouldn't notice anything bad since the 3DS came out yesterday.



MeloMan said:


That's all I can muster for this update today... goes off to play real darts



Sneaker13 said:

Damn, bad week for you Americans. But maybe it's because of the 3DS release. We also got a pretty bad week (two boring and uninteresting WiiWare titles).



Capt_N said:

"underwhelming week"

I agree with Robin from Young Justice,
"Overwhelmed, underwhelmed... Why isn't anyone just whelmed?"

N is just concentrating on 3DS now..



cyrus_zuo said:

I want Line Attack Heroes!
It was one of my personal favorites at E3 of 2009.
The Nintendo rep who demo-ed it promised it would be released (that always makes me uneasy, b/c it seems whenever someone feels the need to promise a game release the opposite happens!)

It's been released in Japan.
It's a Nintendo-made title.
It was on a 2009 release schedule...but has never been heard of since.
Please email Nintendo and ask for the game to be released here.

It may not be your personal most looked-forward-to-release, but it is definitely better than NOTHING.

Time to start a Line Attack Heroes email campaign!




TheGreenSpiny said:

This is sad... So many great games that could be released. Forget the ones that came out in Europe and the ones supposedly coming. Where the hell is Star Fox?



Scarkaiser said:

For a second I honestly thought we were going to get FF VI today. I won't be surprised if it winds up being another game the US does not get. I can say the same for Lufia, Chrono Trigger, Megaman X, and more.

Now I know how Europe used to feel



Bass_X0 said:

Where the hell is Star Fox?

Presumably we won't see any game on VC that used the FX Chip. Yoshi's Island included.



Megumi said:

is sad



Douglasdlrs said:

Claro, se estan concentrando en el 3DS, asi es, mejorenlo mucho mas de lo que ya esta. Pero no olviden al Wii, que se esta quedando atras con respecto al 3DS.
(Of course, they are concentrated in the 3DS, so is it much better than it already is. But do not forget the Wii, which is lagging behind compared to 3DS.)
please use English when posting at Nintendo Life. Thank you — TBD



Dr_Corndog said:

Nintendo downloads are a joke. Oh, well. I already have Mega Man X, Final Fantasy VI, and Chrono Trigger on my PS2.



astarisborn94 said:

Worst update we've ever seen. There is absolutely no justified reason for this, not even the 3DS release makes up for this.

@Bass X0: Are there any concrete evidence that the Super FX games will not be on the Wii's VC? The only lead we have is the length it's taken for them to come.



rayword45 said:

Wow, usually I'm against people being so pessimistic, but this is seriously the worst Nintendo Download ever XD



HandheldGuru97 said:

I feel bad for those left on their DSI's. What surprises me is the fact they didn't release wiiware why not release no DSiware games, with most people to focused on their 3DS's any way. Still pretty bad week.



MrDanger88 said:

Holy hell just when you think it can't get any worse, more tears, sadness and failure get thrown at us like never before. Monday's have turned from awesome to meh to anger in like a year and a half's time.



Noire said:

3DSWare had the best update of the week, then, is what you're saying.

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