Finally available in North America!

We only just reported on the ESRB rating a classic Star Wars SNES game less than an hour ago, but it turns out the rating isn't going to be sitting there without the game actually being out for multiple months - Super Star Wars is available today! It's accompanied by the long-awaited North American releases of NyxQuest and the mysterious Rock 'N Roll Climber. Oh, and another bitesize package of a full DS game for DSiWare.

NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits doesn't really need an introduction by this point - It's that great-looking WiiWare platformer/puzzler in which you simultaneously move around with the control stick and perform special feats with the Wii remote's pointer. We personally think any comparisons with LostWinds are well-observed - The games are quite alike. But that doesn't mean NyxQuest is automatically bad, in fact, we gave it a 9 out of 10! Get your 1000 Wii Points ready, it's one of the best WiiWare games yet! Aside from the review, maybe you want to read the interview as well before the game is released.

Rock 'N Roll Climber is a very mysterious games. Nintendo announced it many, many months ago, but never really released any information on it. A month or so later, a leaked gameplay video from a special press conference surfaced, but since then everything has been completely silent. As you can imagine, it's a rock-climbing game, but other than that, we don't know much! It'll cost you 800 Wii Points. We'll reveal what the game is like in our review, which should be up within the next few days.

It seems like today's planned LucasArts announcement will be about Virtual Console - Super Star Wars is available today, so the timing couldn't be better. This awesome SNES game puts you in the shoes of Luke, Han, and Chewbacca, as you make your way through various locations you'll recognize from the first Star Wars film. Although it's a game based on a movie license, LucasArts obviously owns the Star Wars rights, and they're the publisher for the game on VC - So it'll only cost you the standard SNES price of 800 Wii Points. We wonder which of LucasArts' many games will be next to hit VC - Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures, perhaps? We'll have a review of the game up soon.

DSiWare gets more art this week, although it's not a new Art Style game this time. It's Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, which seems to include the more arty games from the Brain Age games, along with some new content. Strangely, this means Nintendo has skipped the Brain Age Sudoku package which Europe recently got, but oh well, variety is the spice of life! We'll review this package soon. It'll run you 800 DSi Points.

A lot of surprises this week! Here's the full press release, which actually isn't available on Nintendo's press site yet:

Aug. 10, 2009

Nintendo Download

Big Names and Brilliant Games Make for a Must-See Downloadable Lineup

There’s one word to describe the latest downloadable game offerings from Nintendo: phenomenal. For starters, Wii™ owners can dive into a space adventure for the ages as the Super NES™ classicSuper Star Wars™ makes its Virtual Console™ debut. WiiWare™ devotees have two extraordinary new titles to choose from, including the high-flying NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits and the super-chargedRock N’ Roll Climber™. And don’t miss this week’s Nintendo DSiWare™ Brain Age™ title, which will help keep your mind buzzing wherever you go.


NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
Publisher: Over The Top Games
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Experience the awesome story of Nyx, an enigmatic winged girl who must descend from heaven in search of her missing friend, Icarus. Fly over the ruins of ancient Greece and avoid falling into blazing sands or perishing in the claws of cruel harpies and hydras. You will need the help of Zeus and other benevolent gods from Olympus to summon their powers. They will let you cast rays, modify the scenery and control winds as you wish. By making your own wrist movements and pointing to the game screen, you will be able to achieve these and many other feats. Fly, aim and shoot using your Wii Remote™ controller. Play with a friend and maximize your abilities: While one controls Nyx, the other will control the powers from the gods.

Rock N’ Roll Climber
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Prepare to “rock out” like never before in Rock N’ Roll Climber. Climb rocks using the innovative control scheme, which has you controlling your character’s movement using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk™ controllers. If you want an even more immersive experience, optional support for the Wii Balance Board™ is also available. Make your way up an array of courses, ranging from the Pop level’s indoor rock wall to the Heavy Metal level’s waterfalls (watch out for those moss-covered rocks – they’re slick). In addition to the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel upon reaching the top, you might just be rewarded with your own guitar.

Virtual Console

Super Star Wars
Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: LucasArts
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Risk your life as a Jedi Knight. Join Luke, Han and Chewbacca in their fierce war against the Evil Empire. Battle treacherous aliens. Pilot two vehicles in high-speed, first-person 3-D sequences. Rip through the desert in Luke's landspeeder. Clash with aliens in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Blast menacing boss monsters and Imperial stormtroopers. Attack TIE fighters in the trenches of the Death Star. Fight your way through the wastelands of Tatooine to the hostile streets of Mos Eisley and beyond. Grab your blaster, strap on your lightsaber and take on the fight for galactic freedom.

Nintendo DSiWare

Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Language
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: This edition of the popular Brain Age series offers players a mix of new and familiar exercises, all with an artistic focus. Test your spelling in Word Attack, enjoy literary classics in Reading Aloud and tune your musical skills in Piano Player. A new Themes mode challenges you in drawing, photography and voice acting and lets you share your creativity with friends and family. And if you need a break, the always-enjoyable Virus Buster makes its return. Prepare for another round of training your brain in minutes a day.