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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
Publisher: Engine Software
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.
Publisher: Neko Entertainment
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.