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Nintendo Download: 7th July 2011 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

A strong week?

Another one-two punch of 3DS Virtual Console games this week, as well as a mixed bag of DSiWare and a little musical entertainment on WiiWare. Let's do this.

3DS Virtual Console

Fortified Zone (Jaleco, Game Boy, $2.99) — Guide a male and female soldier through the fortified zone in this top-down shooter. It may not be the most well-known game from the Game Boy era, but we'll give it a fair shake in our upcoming review.

QIX (Nintendo, Game Boy, $2.99) — Use your spaceship to divide a grid into ever smaller sections, evading enemy and other harmful objects. This might be a neat little diversion for 3DS Virtual Console, so stay tuned for our review coming soon.


Just JAM (Zivix Interactive, 800pts) — Music comes back to WiiWare with this creative package developed by Big John Games, with a few neat additions: you can transport your creations around on your Wii Remote to share with a friend, for example. Our full review is coming in the next week.

DSiWare and 3DS eShop

Roller Angels (Agetec Inc., 500pts) — A truly off-beat looking game that blends platforming, rollerblading and graffiti, though with a very different graphical style to Jet Grind Radio. We'll have a full in-depth review on this soon.

Farm Frenzy (Alawar Entertainment, 500pts) — Start with a tiny plot of land and build it into a prosperous farm in Farm Frenzy from the team behind Beach Party Craze. With all the crazes and frenzies, perhaps Alawar needs to calm down. That aside, we'll have a review in the next week.

Jewel Keepers: Easter Island (Nordcurrent, 500pts) — Following the game's outing on WiiWare, Nordcurrent brings its match-three puzzler with a story to DSiWare. Read our Jewel Keepers: Easter Island WiiWare review for a taste of what's to come from this DSiWare release.

Make-Up & Style (Cypronia, 500pts) — Now you can finally accomplish your dream of becoming a make-up artist with this DSiWare application! With 16 different types of tool including pencils, lipsticks and brushes to use across the 'humorous' career mode, we'll see if this can beat the competition, Tivola's Beauty Academy.

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User Comments (51)



Kevin said:

Qix looks interesting but I'm waiting on Mega Man in Dr. Wily's Revenge.



47drift said:

I get the feeling I'll be counting down Mighty Switch Force for as long as I was counting down Shantae.



bezerker99 said:

OMG, I remember playing Qix in the arcade! What a fun, little game...from what I remember.



MrDanger88 said:

I remember playing my Dad's copy of Qix on his Gameboy when I was a kid. Really fun I might get it. The hell is Fortified Zone?



blackknight77 said:

Just a side note but you can now download Art Academy and Earthworm Jim from the E-shop they are no longer DSi exclusives



masterz13 said:

Glad I sold my 3DS. It's obvious that this virtual console will prove to be just as bad as the Wii's. And it was false advertising on their part regarding original DS games. They look absolutely terrible on 3DS. When Nintendo gets its act together, MAYBE I'll buy something from them again.



zeeroid said:

lol Qix. good god. I can probably play a more visually impressive version of that for free on my phone. Pass :/



Birdman said:

Both VCH titles have potential this week, along with Roller Girls ... but I'm waiting for their reviews.



TKOWL said:

Nothing much for me this week, though Qix does look interesting...



GreenSpleen said:

Qix is just one of those classic addictive games that whenever I see anywhere(which is very rare nowdays) I gotta throw a quarter in. Luckily, my kids dentist has a free arcade in the waiting room with Qix and Donkey Kong on a cabinet so Ive been able to get my Qix fix lately.



JeanLuc_Vaycard said:

YES! Finally Make-up and Style is released. I have been waiting for this game forever. My dreams of being a pretty pretty princess will now be realized! Best day of my life.



Stuffgamer1 said:


Holy crap, two 3DS VC games! And, not surprisingly, neither is all that interesting to me. Certainly, they're not big-name stuff like Donkey Kong and Kirby. With the exception of the bizarre and crappy week that gave us naught but Tennis, it appears that they want to continue the "one great game or two decent/bad games" release approach they once seemed to like on the Wii VC before they moved to "one game if you're lucky."

Of course, we're not really making any headway to catching up when Japan's been getting multiple games every week...



Ryno said:

I would be interested in Qix just for kicks if I had a 3DS. Oh, and Fortified Zone was big time. It was placed prominently on the cover of my Game Boy Players Guide.



pixelman said:

Couldn't care less about the games right now since I'm broke. All I want is Super GameBoy support for DK94. >:[



Tasuki said:

I remember both of those games back in the day of the original Gameboy as Ryno said I remember Fortified Zone on the cover of the Gameboy Players guide. I never did get a chance to play either of those games maybe when I get a 3DS I will pick those up.




sooo whens La Mulana coming out? i hope it gets released soon with a US confirmed date for Phalanx



jangonov said:

@africano Thanks! That is very good news. Ill post if Asphault 4 can be downloaded too. edit But at least I have my art academy. To think I almost went and bought the cartridge. (I didn't because I wouldn't be able to upload them to my camera when I painted something)



shonenjump86 said:

Hmm... Fortified Zone looks cool, I'll wait for a review. I still hope Double Dragon is on the way for a US release.



Bass_X0 said:


Never. There is no link-up support so there would be huge backlash about not being able to trade to other cartridges. Can you imagine not being able to trade Pokémon at all? It'd be crazy.



Samholy said:

oh well, another disapointing week. didnt have much money to invest anyway.
i dont recall any worthy gameboy titles. it was fun when i was very young, because it was rudimentary and nothing was too complicated.
bring NEW titles, not gameboy stuff.



Bassman_Q said:

Hooray! More shovelware for the DSi! Yay!

But where is my Amoebattle and Flipper 2?



grumblebuzzz said:

Nothin' for me on the eShop shelves this week. I guess I'll take the 5 dollar weekly download allowance that I've set for myself and get Kenshi in Mortal Kombat instead.



Sabrewing said:

I'm starting to grow twitchy from the lack of news regarding La-Mulana coming out of Japan. Heck, I don't even know if it met Japan's June 21 release date, between the lack of updates here AND on the official blog.



sketchturner said:

To anyone not familiar with Fortified Zone, it is very worth getting. It was one of my most-played games on the original GameBoy. I have sold most of my old GameBoy games, but I kept that one. Heck, a few of the songs alone justify the purchase (Stage 3, Stage 4, Boss music).



sketchturner said:

Fortified Zone probably will only score a 7 or 8 in its review. But it's one of those games that, while not perfect, has that certain x-factor that makes it something special. Of course, maybe that's just the nostalgia talking, but I really do still play and enjoy this game after 20 years! That's gotta count for something...



Gery said:

Played a lot of Qix in the ol' arcade back in the day. Really enjoyed it.
I'd get this iteration if I had a 3DS... waiting for the flame red version to hit NA.



cheetahman91 said:

Glad to see we got 2 3DS VC games this week. I honestly thought we would only get one but thankfully NOA proved me wrong.



Link977 said:

got both Qix and Fortified Zone, both are fun, Fortified Zone gets difficult at some times and Qix is a fun quick play.



Vinsanity said:

Roller Angels looks neat. I can swear I've seen those character designs before. Nano-onsha? Nah.... They kinda look like Animal Crossing people...mixed with Super Milk Chan. Either way, it's charming. I hope the game's good.

Glad to see Nintendo keeping GB games to 1 or 2 a week though. Hopefully this way they'll still have to stuff to release 4 years from now on a weekly basis. But they really should've begun dropping OTHER systems by now. They totally missed Sonic's birthday; I can't think of a better day to start releasing Game Gear (or Neo Geo Pocket Color*) titles than on Sonic's 20th Anniversary.

    • Seriously. The Game Gear Sonics kinda blow. Camera's too close, frame rate's too sh**. Sonic's Pocket Adventure for the NGPC is pretty sweet though.


Supremeist said:

Inchworm Animation came out...

Qix, not interested, but, I speak for myself.

Fortified Zone, screenshots look cool but I'll just wait for the reviews before I make a purchase this week.



tripunktoj said:

"Another one-two punch of 3DS Virtual Console games this week"

No, this is not another, this is the first one for America, we missed GB Double Dragon.



bonesy91 said:

Inchworm Animation, downloaded it today amazing. 0.0

also might pick up Fortified Zone, looks alright.



Retro_on_theGo said:

I'm not supporting Nintendo getting rid of Multiplayer. The screenshot for Fortified Zone freaking has a 2 player option right there and yet we can't use it.



Bass_X0 said:

I'm not supporting Nintendo getting rid of Multiplayer.

They're not getting rid of anything. You're just playing it as if you don't have a link cable.



MoistVomit said:

Sadly it has reached the point where Nintendo has a huge back catalogue & they merely push old games a 2nd time onto new hardware. This philojusophy will only carry you so far. Forrtified Zone and all other et al possibly multiplayer games are merely emulated to 3ds with no additional features beyond the original. The programming/coding for original GB games is more than well understood at this point so what possible legal reason would exist which would prevent Nintendo to add additional content to an extremely old title. Nintendo needs to look towards the future. Releasing their wii version of Castlevania or Wii version of Contra with 3D enhancements (which requires an extremely simple programming intervention) is more along the lines of what fans deserve.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Bass X0: The thing is, we DO have a link cable. Or rather, we have something BETTER, namely wireless connectivity. There's absolutely no chance they couldn't have managed to put that functionality in the emulator...they simply chose not to, and that's bullcrap.

Now, personally, I can't think of very many link-cable Gameboy games I'd want to download on 3DS to begin with. But if one came up and the feature was missing, heck yeah I'd refuse to download it! Not that Nintendo would actually learn anything from it, because they're far too dense for that nowadays, but it's still a matter of principle to me.

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