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Nintendo Download: 4th April 2011 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Here's your Bonk

Banishing the memory of last week's poor showings on the Nintendo Download, this week offers up a bumper crop of games, with Virtual Console, DSiWare and WiiWare all receiving fresh new games to play.

Virtual Console

Super Bonk (Super NES, 800pts) — A platformer so classic it's practically prehistoric, Super Bonk takes the bone-headed hero through another adventure full of dinosaurs, headbutts and tanks outside the Eiffel Tower. If this sounds like your cup of tea, our Super Bonk review will fill you in on the rest.


Planet Fish (Ludia, 500pts) — If the My Aquarium games were just too sedate for you, you might want to take a look at Planet Fish, a game in which you search the world's oceans to catch all the fish you like. We'll dive into this one and let you know if it's worth taking the plunge with a review this week, probably with better puns.


Absolute Baseball (Tasuke, 500pts) — Having seemingly exhausted its supply of simple games to translate into 200 Point titles, Tasuke takes on the big leagues with the 500 Point Absolute Baseball. You step into the shoes of a baseball manager, aiming to take your team of young hopefuls all the way to the top, without ever swinging a bat yourself. We'll see if this one strikes out with a review in the coming days.

Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 — From the Abyss (Sonic Powered Co., 200pts) — A roleplaying game on DSiWare? These are strange days indeed, with this effort from Sonic Powered Co. promising infinitely rearranging dungeons, magic, monsters and more. We'll cast Journalistic Appraisal level 3 and see what happens.

A Fairy Tale (Lemon Team, 500pts) — Oh hey, a puzzle game: DSiWare is back in familiar territory now, matching things that are the same colour over 100 levels of "stunning graphics and magical music". Our resident fairy expert will sprinkle magic reviewers' dust everywhere and magic up a review.

WiiWare Demo

A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots (Onteca) — A strange merge of Pikmin-like gameplay and intergalactic space maggots, this is a decent title to pick up for 500 Points, especially now you can try before you buy. Our A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots review has all the answers.


April 4, 2011

Showers or no showers, the onset of April brings another round of new downloadable games for Nintendo systems. The Super NES™ favorite Super Bonk is now available on the Virtual Console™ service, giving Wii™ owners a fun new way to enjoy the hard-headed fun of the classic series. And as real-world baseball comes back to life in ballparks across the nation, the Nintendo DSiWare™ service offers the hand-held excitement of Absolute Baseball, challenging players to guide their own customized teams to big-league victory. Dark dungeons, fairytale adventures and exotic fish add even greater variety to this week's lineup.

Nintendo DSiWare

Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 - From The Abyss -
Publisher: Sonic Powered Co.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Discover an exhilarating RPG set inside an infinitely extending dungeon. Sweep away the monsters wriggling in many places and defeat the strong boss monster lurking in the deepest part of the dungeon. Even after the boss monster is defeated, the dungeon automatically re-creates itself, so players can try new games over and over. Using the skill called Soul Capture, the male character can take magic and other skills away from the monsters, as well as weapons and shields to power up.

A Fairy Tale
Publisher: Lemon Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: When a giant menace threatens the village, young faeries Delfbert, Wilf and Angelica set out on a fantastic journey to save their home. Join them on their whimsical quest through 100 puzzling levels, marked by stunning graphics and magical music that will fill you with wonder. Featuring an exciting new type of puzzle game play and a humorous, lighthearted storyline, A Fairy Tale is an unforgettable journey of enchantment.

Absolute Baseball
Publisher: Tasuke
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Become the manager of a baseball team and lead it to the championship. Make all the decisions for your team, from selecting the starting lineup and switching pitchers and runners to giving your players pitching, fielding and batting orders. Earn points as you play games throughout the season, and use them to increase your players' abilities. Build them into the team that will respond to your strategy and make it to the top. In addition to regular league games, there are interleague games, playoffs and the championship series.

Virtual Console

Super Bonk
Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: Dive headlong into the action in the first installment of the Bonk series on the Super NES. This time, Bonk has been caught in King Drool's trap and hurled into darkness. To find his way back to prehistoric times, he must embark on an adventure through streets, caves and eventually outer space. Control Bonk as you progress through the stages, but watch out for enemies blocking your path. Eat meat to transform Bonk and perform even more powerful attacks. Many challenges lie in Bonk's path. In addition to his spin and climb moves, you can use items such as candy, which changes Bonk's size, to overcome these obstacles.


Planet Fish™
Publisher: Ludia
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Ready, suction bubbles from your underwater craft to trap fish to display in your personal aquarium. Catch and collect exotic fish in colorful deep-sea environments such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Ryukyu Islands and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Try to avoid obstacles and dangerous species lurking in the depths. Grow your aquatic collection with beautiful marine life from around the world. Navigate through 30 unique levels of play, each with its own challenges and obstacles. Watch out for jagged surfaces, dangerous jellyfish and paralyzing algae. Win bonus collectible fish as you advance in the game. Unlock animated Trophies with each region that you successfully complete.

A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots (demo version)
Publisher: Onteca
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 500 Wii Points
Description: The planet Monsteca is no longer the harmonious world it once was. It's been overrun by a robotic army set on ruling and conquering. Monsteca natives, known as the Stompies, have no choice but to run or be captured. Unable to defend themselves against such heavy machinery, they must rely on the strength of their herd to work together and defeat the meddling robots. Take control of the cute, not-so-bright Stompies, and help them avoid being captured by invading robots. It's your duty to guide them successfully through each level. This fun strategy game offers 20 levels for many hours of game play.

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User Comments (42)



stinssd said:

Gotta look up the VC site--yes, the VC site. Wonder what games are now up there. Should I get the VC or the DSIware game? Oh, it's Monday, Monday, everyone knows it's Monday. Monday, Monday, everyone knows it's Monday...



James said:

I'll pay £5 to the first person who records a Nintendo Life-themed parody of that song.



Scarkaiser said:

So it's official, we aren't getting FF VI?

Oh and we aren't getting Chrono Trigger or Megaman X either... Probably not even Lufia, despite the ESRB stuff... :/

Nintendo you make me pessimistic...



sykotek said:

Ha! I was just shocked that it was Monday already...where did my weekend go? I only realized when I saw the Nintendo Download was up.

Anyways, I am definitely getting Super Bonk!

I also found DSiWare trailers for Anonymous Notes: Chapter 1 - From the Abyss - and A Fairy Tale



Megumi said:

...Ugh, I miss MegaMan X...not to mention the sequel. That whole ESRB (or was it that they were announced for Japan?) thing got me excited, probably isn't going to happen....waaaah! T_T



Link79 said:

Yay for Super Bonk! Seems like we're always playing catch up with Europe. I expected Final Fantasy VI this week but this will do I guess.



JayArr said:

Normally I would be happy with Super Bonk being released.........but right now I am so disappointed its not FFVI I don't even care. =[



MeloMan said:

Interesting... I never even played Bonk, and if I did, I'd start w/ the first and work my way up. Anonymous notes, RPG... hmmm, I need a review for that one. Same for Absolute Baseball. I will sample A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots as well. Can't say this release is bad, just... interesting.




I have the retail version of From the Abyss but haven't played it yet (it's in my 40+ still need to play DS pile). I wonder if it's a small chunk of the full game or if it's new content.

If you like Pikmin and haven't tried A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots yet, definitely download the demo, it's a fun little game.



GreenAbobo said:

Absolute Baseball looks interesting. I used to play a BB management sim on my C64 called Micro League Baseball, and this looks at least as deep as that. Definitely something different for the DSiWare service. Despite my distaste for previous "Absolute" offerings, I'm interested enough to risk a purchase.



KingMike said:

Hmm... "first installment of the Bonk series on the Super NES"
Makes me wonder if the second game will appear as an import sometime. Or if I'm just reading too much into it.



Otty_Ott said:

I have the retail version of "From The Abyss"... it is pretty abysmal...

Seriously... for $2, this excerpt might be good enough. But it definitely isn't as good as Zenonia etc...



Rapadash6 said:

Not surprised to see Super Bonk. That one's been in the que for months and for those disappointed that Final Fantasy III wasn't released today should've known this one would be given priority as a result. Unless Europe pulls out some surprise with it's next VC release to fill the que, which has been known to happen, I fully expect FF3 to be our next classic release. Jaleco games don't seem to have a publisher in North America, so the likes of Earth Defence Force, Rival Turf!, Brawl Brothers and The Ignition Factor, which I suspect will be Europes next game, don't really affect our schedule.



WarioFan63 said:

@5 That's uh...ridiculously pessimistic. Just because we didn't get FF6 so soon after everyone else doesn't mean it's not coming, it's just coming later. Chrono Trigger and Mega Man X are coming too, there's really no reason they wouldn't come. We don't even need a rating or anything, these are pretty much implied.



Scarhino89 said:

Please Square Enix. Can you release Final Fantasy VI for the American Virtual Console? They want it, thanks.



Tsuchinoko said:

Wow, why is everyone whining so much? Chrono trigger isn't even out in Japan yet, Mega Man X is about to come out today in Japan (April 5th), and Final Fantasy VI only came out 2 weeks ago. These games will come out here, just give it time...



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Tsuchinoko: Probably has something to do with the fact that we wanted these games to release on VC FOUR YEARS AGO! The wait seems well more than long enough already, without tacking on extra weeks, or worse, months. That is, of course, generally speaking...I'm not personally planning to download any of those titles due to having other versions readily available.



Capt_N said:

I'll have to save some,...err get more points for MMX. I'll have to look into Bonk. Never played it before, not that I can remember...

Happy Full Nintendo D/l week, everyone!



bboy2970 said:

Nothing for buying this week but I did try the Monsteca demo. It was actually quite good, especially for its 5 dollar price tag. I will surely give it a download the next time I get some points into my account! Chalk another sale up to the demos



Portista said:

Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 — From the Abyss looks cool! I'll wait for a review first though.



DrDaisy said:

I remember Super Bonk. I think it was one of the last new (as in not pre-played) video games I got for SNES. Somehow I lost the cartridge so I'll consider getting this. It's far from perfect though; the graphics and music are great, but the gameplay can get stale fast, and the controls, while better than the TG-16 Bonk games, still leave a bit to be desired.



cheetahman91 said:

Glad to see that Super Bonk is finally out. Hopefully the Adventure Island games will start being released after they get FFVI out of the way.



IAmChristinaAguilera said:

Patience, everyone. I hate it too, but we should know by now that the gap between Japanese VC releases and North American ones is often like 2-4 months. We'll be rocking some FFVI and Chrono Trigger soon enough.



slidecage said:

baseball game = good game
from the abyss = watered down verison of the cart From the abyss

both worth the cash though



JohnDoe123 said:

I wasn't going to get any more DSiWare until May with the update, but now I'm not sure...



Henmii said:

Have fun with Super Bonk, guys! I already have it on European vc, and it's quite fun. A pity that it is so short though. I have almost finished it!



Vinsanity said:

Well, it's not Adventure Island II or Monster World IV, but Super Bonk seems like it's worth a look-see. Except for me, I HATED the first Bonk, skipped the second, and gave the third one another chance on TG-16...which I actually ended up liking a lot. So it could go either way. To Hardcore Gaming for research! Link:

Also, Monsteca Corral looks weird as sh**. Sort of reminds me of Dojin the Giant...but with much worse animation.



Urbanhispanic said:

well at least it's another VC game added to the line-up and a decent one at it. Let's continue to talk about bringing Mega Man X and Chrono Trigger to us so they get the damn hint and release it here!



Bassman_Q said:

Thanks @ Sykotek for the From the Abyss trailer.
IDK if its any good, but for 200 points, I'm willing to risk the money before a review is up. Seriously, a 200 point RPG game on DSiWare is truly something to behold. Hopefully its good.



Crunc said:

That's some pretty sad WiiWare. If Nintendo had not been such idiots and had demos for all WiiWare from the beginning, and from day 1 for all titles, they would A) sell more good WiiWare and B) have more good WiiWare. Sigh. Well, at least I can look forward to MotoHeroz, which is a game I await with baited breath.

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