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Nintendo Download: 30th May 2011 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Leagues, islands, houses, valets and B-teams

All being well, next week we'll be able to access the 3DS eShop, hopefully creating an upsurge in the number of interesting handheld titles to download. Here's what's on the way this week for all you North American Nintendo Points-lovers.


FAST — Racing League (Shin'en Multimedia, 1000pts) — The latest downloadable outing from the team behind Jett Rocket and Art of Balance, this racing game blends F-Zero with Ikaruga to create something hopefully as brilliant as its inspirations. While waiting for our review to come around the corner, read our First Impressions: FAST - Racing League.

WiiWare Demo

BIT.TRIP VOID (Aksys Games, full version: 600pts) — The free samples of the BIT.TRIP journey continue with this slice of the third adventure. Read our BIT.TRIP VOID review alongside the demo for maximum information.

Virtual Console

Super Adventure Island (Super NES, Hudson, 800pts) — Just a few weeks after his appearance in Europe, Master Higgins hops across the Atlantic. Read our Super Adventure Island review to see if this one deserves a place in your VC collection.


House M.D. Globetrotting — Episode I (Legacy Interactive, 800pts) — The first of five slices of House M.D. action, with Legacy planning to publish one episode a month. The first instalment follows Henry, an aging television archaeologist who's more concerned about saving face than saving his own life. Our review will be up soon.

Valet Parking 1989 (Zordix AB, 500pts) — The one and only DSiWare valet parking game comes to North America with all its big hair, shoulder pads and Axel F-insipired music intact. Read our Valet Parking 1989 review while telling yourself the 1980s were cool.

B Team: Episode I — Dust and Steel (Subdued Software, 800pts) — Another episodic game reaches DSiWare, and one that might be familiar to players of retail release B Team — Metal Cartoon Squad on DS. Stand to attention and salute our review later this week.


This week's new downloadable games for Nintendo systems include two different ways to get behind the wheel – one futuristic, the other retro. In FAST – Racing League for the WiiWare™ service, players can fast-forward 100 years into the future to experience antigravity racing thrills. In Valet Parking 1989™ for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, they can jump back a couple of decades to strategically handle a host of vintage '80s automobiles. For those who prefer hospitals instead of hot rods, House M.D. - Globetrotting gives Nintendo DSi™ owners a way to immerse themselves in a rich medical drama. And for timeless console fun, the Super NES™ classic Super Adventure Island is now playable on the Wii™ system via the Virtual Console™ service. Whatever your gaming appetite demands, these great new downloads can help you kick off your summer with a smile.


FAST – Racing League
Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: In the year 2112, the masses are fascinated by extreme high-speed races. The latest antigravity racing technology introduced phase-shifting. Perfectly phase-matching tracks and racing machines is the key to survival. Prepare yourself for a whole new racing experience at breakneck speeds. Push your skills to the limit to win races and beat records. Challenge your friends to an all-out split-screen competition. Compete against ruthless opponents and race to the top of all leagues. Warm up your engines – the future is now.

BIT.TRIP VOID (demo version)
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 600 Wii Points
Description: BIT.TRIP VOID is the third installment in the retro-arcade BIT.TRIP saga. BIT.TRIP VOID is a synesthetic exploration of rhythm and music as they pertain to our everyday lives and moods. In a control scheme that's new to the series yet wholly familiar to gamers, players are given complete freedom to move about the screen wherever they desire and interact with the music in new ways. The classic game-play aesthetic remains – color and the absence of color are explored to the fullest. Trip out in four-player co-op and get lost in the beat with a friend. See if you can survive the onslaught of Beats and further your own BIT.TRIP.

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

Virtual Console™

Super Adventure Island
Original platform: SNES
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Adventure Island is a mysterious and beautiful land that has many hidden dangers. The hero of the island, Master Higgins, protects its inhabitants from many deadly creatures. He has restored peace to the uncharted island on many occasions. But something terrible has happened. While Master Higgins and Jeanie Jungle were stargazing, a dangerous entity known only as Dark Cloak turned Jeanie to stone. Master Higgins must venture toward Dark Cloak's castle at the foot of Ice Mountain to rescue her.

Nintendo DSiWare™

House M.D. - Globetrotting
Publisher: Legacy Interactive
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Drug Reference, Sexual Themes
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Whenever a patient is dying and no one can find any answers, the elite Diagnostic Medicine department at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital must follow all leads to uncover the truth. Patients and family members lie to protect their own peculiar secrets, and the most unlikely clues sometimes can lead to answers. Dr. Gregory House and his team race to unravel a new medical mystery. An aging TV host seems to care less about his own health than his fame and reputation. Track down the correct diagnosis by interviewing and examining the patient, running lab tests and even performing surgery. Every piece of evidence reveals part of the solution, so careful observation and analysis are key. The clock is ticking – be prepared for multiple twists and turns as you solve the case.

B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel
Publisher: Subdued Software
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Use of Tobacco, Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel is a humorous, action-packed squad-based shooter in which players control a small private army whose soldiers were hired from all over the world. Lead your platoon through an onslaught of commandos, voodoo warriors, dangerous guerillas… and that's just the beginning. When the action gets too intense to manage on your own, hook up with a friend in multiplayer mode to battle your way through the bullets. While intense action is the game's chief focus, its multiple weapons, upgradeable equipment and destructible environment further enrich the experience.

Valet Parking 1989
Publisher: Zordix AB
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Language, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Valet Parking 1989 combines fun driving with the humor and style of the late 1980s. Park and deliver cars as fast as possible in this time-management puzzle game. The setting is California, where glamorous celebrities let you park their radical sports cars and luxurious limousines. Play the movie-like story mode to unlock levels for endless play. Earn money to buy a cool car and drive it to the beach in style. Don't let the VIP guests wait any longer. Put on your vest and push the pedal to the metal.

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User Comments (30)



J-Forest-Esq said:

@James Really? I thought it was one of those age-old series that's been churning out parking games for donkey's years. Maybe I'm getting confused with all the parking games you can find on the internet.



Blaze said:

So.... do we get it too? I couldn't be bothered to read through the entire thing



KaiserGX said:

Fuuuu I have to wait another 2 weeks for FF having a CHANCE of being released.



irken004 said:

FAST for me First Wiiware game I've bought since Sonic 4 episode 1 I believe o.O



Punny said:

I'm going to check out that demo. I'm not planning on buying the BIT.TRIP series on WiiWare, though. I'll get the entire series on Nintendo 3DS.



komicturtle said:

lol House MD?

I find the show annoying- particularly House. Should be good for the fans though.



theblackdragon said:

@komicturtle92: how could you possibly find House annoying? He's kind, he cares about his coworkers and subordinates and treats them fairly, he'd never do anything nasty or underhanded in order to get his way, he takes a genuine interest in every single patient he's ever treated, and he certainly wouldn't be addicted to drugs to the point of wrecking every single interpersonal relationship he's ever had-- oh, wait, no :3



FluttershyGuy said:

Man, haven't played Super Adventure Island in, like, 19 years. Until about 10 minutes ago after I downloaded it. Man it'd suck for your girlfriend to be turned to stone while you're making out. Intro of Higgins dropping from the sky seemingly onto your TV screen cracks me up.

Now, just think. One... week... away. I anticipate the Nintendo Downloads announcement to be quite interesting and LARGER next week (hopefully).




rjejr said:

How long do the demo's normally remain available to DL? I checked today and there were exactly 4 which includes VOID (I'm in the US). I know they are temporary but that seems really short.



slidecage said:

at least we get picdun next monday in the states (too bad it didnt come out today



sfog said:

"How long do the demo's normally remain available to DL?"

Anywhere between 4 and 12 weeks, depending on the game.



JusticeColde said:

This week is boring as well, 2 straight weeks where I'm bored by the VC release is supritingslymagidoushisly possible.



retro_player_22 said:

I'm still waiting for Final Fantasy VI. I still can't believe we haven't got the game yet especially when Japan and Europe already got it.



bozo_sawborg said:

Im getting sick of the most recent (far and few) VC titles...ASIDE from Chrono Trigger of course....I wonder how long they are going to even bother to keep bringing them on Wii since the Wii2 is on its way...



yoyo1212 said:

you know what vc game i want donkey kong 64 everybody want's it wake up nintendo and do this

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