The pre-E3 Nintendo Download is here, and there's not much to crow about for Nintendo's existing downloadable offerings; a handful of titles on DSiWare and a single WiiWare game are here to tide you over until the 3DS eShop update hits in the next 24 hours.
Ubongo (Korner Entertainment, 800pts) — A disappointing version of the popular board game, this accompanies the DSiWare release, but you might want to read our Ubongo review before rolling the dice on this.
GO Series: Picdun (Gamebridge, 500pts) — The best entry in the GO Series so far, this combination of Picross and roleplaying is a sizeable quest to get your teeth into. Our GO Series: Picdun review has more.
Dreamwalker (Code Mystics, 500pts) — A puzzle game that's not about matching things, this game puts you in charge of directing a sleepwalker towards the light by rotating platforms. Check out the Dreamwalker trailer and check back for our upcoming review.
Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party (Cypronia, 200pts) — A puzzle game that is about matching things, this game might well have the worst name of all time. From the creators of Ice Hockey Slovakia 2011, we'll review this one soon and see how it stacks up.
NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: NEW GAME DOWNLOADS INVITE YOU TO WALK TALL AND SLEEP TIGHT
June 6, 2011
Sometimes ordinary actions can lead you to extraordinary places. Case in point: this week's lineup of new downloadable games for the Wii™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. In GO Series Picdun, a dungeon-themed RPG for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, the simple act of walking can help you to solve scores of rich hidden-picture puzzles. In Dreamwalker, your goal is just to get a good night's sleep by overcoming a flurry of disruptive challenges. Browse hundreds of games available for instant download via the WiiWare™ and Nintendo DSiWare services and discover just how easy it is to go from zero to maximum gaming fun.
GO Series Picdun
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: PICture DUNgeon is a unique action RPG. As you explore the dungeon, every step you take will fill in the blanks of a hidden picture. Use your head to solve puzzles that unveil hidden passages, and use your pedometer to help find every step that will reveal the hidden images. Attack and counter with your sword and shield, charging up attacks to unleash killer blows. Upgrade your weapons and equipment and fight through hordes of creatures as you go deeper into the dungeon. Each of the 60 floors has a picture to unlock, each one more detailed than the last. Picdun will keep you playing for a very long time.
Publisher: Code Mystics Inc.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Meet Walker. Walker is wandering the land of dreams, following his sleepy path among the clouds and stars. Guide him peacefully through Dreamland to Sunrise without him waking up. But be careful: Walker faces many challenges to a good night's sleep. Alarm Clocks, Early Birds and Night Mares thwart your efforts. Dreamwalker is an action-puzzler in which you control the maze, shepherding Walker safely to his goal while counting sheep and avoiding sleep-disturbing hazards. Collect Reward Stars for clever solutions that complete the puzzle in minimal time or actions. Enjoy 40 levels of evolving challenges that introduce fresh puzzle features such as disappearing rainclouds, disorienting spinners and teleporters. Dreamwalker offers hours of game play, two bonus games and a rich soundtrack. Appealing to casual and core gamers alike, it's fun for all ages.
Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party is a drag-and-drop-style matching game that casual gamers will enjoy. The objective is to switch two objects to make a horizontal or vertical set of three or more objects of the same color. Players can win various awards by matching more objects and creating combos. The game contains colorful graphics, a Crazy Cheebo character and lots of humorous videos. You can have even more fun when you compete against your friends in multiplayer games.
Publisher: Korner Entertainment
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Language
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: What's Ubongo? Its mechanics are very simple. Just solve as many puzzles as you can and get gems of the same color. At the end of the established time, the player who has the most gems of any one color will be the winner. Modes include History Mode, Quick Game, Time Attack and Multiplayer Mode. The original board game is a blockbuster in many countries.