Another Monday, another handful of games vying for your hard-earned Nintendo Points! The offerings are all across the board today with new DSiWare apps for musicians and a much-anticipated N64 release on Virtual Console.
While not releasing today, Nintendo slips in the date for the upcoming Club Nintendo release of Grill-off with Ultra Hand. You'll be able to spend 80 of your coins on it this Wednesday.
Let's see what's on tap for this week then, shall we?
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase (800pts - Nintendo) – There's already plenty of WarioWare on both Wii and DS already, but this is the first time we've seen the zany "microgames" on WiiWare. Not only does it include loads of microgames "out of the box," but you can download games created using the companion DS release WarioWare D.I.Y., changing these single player games into full 1-4 player experiences you can share with people in your lounge. We thought WarioWare D.I.Y. was excellent, so check out our review and know that we will be putting this companion release through its paces soon.
Diner Dash (1000pts - Hudson) – A popular game in the PC space and already released on Xbox Live Arcade, Diner Dash turns running a restaurant in an experience that's essentially a turbocharged version of the arcade classic Tapper. It was just released in Europe last Friday and you can expect our review as soon as we've finished serving those demanding customers!
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (1000pts N64 - Square Enix) – This classic strategy title from the N64 marks the first third-party release for that platform on the Virtual Console. The fact that this was a domestic release in North America means it is 200 Points cheaper than in PAL territories, but either way it's a sought-after game that strategy fans will enjoy. It was just released last week in Europe and our review is still in progress, but should hopefully be up soon.
Disney Fireworks (800pts - Disney Interactive Studios) – A simple puzzle game where players are tasked with firing rockets at targets of the same colour in order to trigger fanciful explosions. This seems to be firmly targeted at younger players, so we'll get one of our "young at heart" members of staff to review it soon.
Save the Turtles (500pts - Sabarasa) – A cute and colourful puzzle game where players must, well, save the turtles! Our resident turtle youth advisory committee will get to work reviewing this one right away. In the meantime you may want to read our interview with developer Sabarasa about the game and their future plans.
Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventures (800pts - Mastertronic) – A fun little game where you must guide Leon the chameleon (clever) through multiple stages of fruit collecting and baby chameleon rescuing. Just released last week in Europe, we've recently published our review and thought it was a good effort from Mastertronic, if a little uneven in places.
Nintendo DSi Metronome (200pts - Nintendo) – More a tool for musicians than a game, this was originally released last September in Japan simply titled, "Metronome," and turns your DSi into a (surprise) metronome! There's a Game & Watch-style game included called "Donkey Kong Metronome" which sees players making sound into the microphone in time to the beat to help Mario jump over barrels. For the most part you'll be using it to keep time, using either included sounds or your own. We'll be reviewing this soon.
Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner (200pts - Nintendo) – Another tool for musicians, this time turning your DSi into an instrument tuner. It can be used in one of two ways: either you can play into the microphone and have your pitch analysed or play a tone on the DSi and use that as a base reference, adjusting pitch and notation as required. There's also a Game & Watch-style mini-game based upon the NES classic Balloon Fight in which you need to create sounds matching the displayed pitch in order to burst balloons rising from pipes on screen - a true challenge for the musically inclined!
As usual here is the full Nintendo press release for your reading pleasure:
Wario™ may be known as a troublemaker, but this week he deserves a friendly high-five for helping to deliver a mother lode of downloadable fun for Wii™ owners. The new WarioWare™: D.I.Y. Showcase game for the WiiWare™ service lets users with broadband Internet access download all kinds of outrageous content, from music and microgames to four-panel digital comics – some created by users themselves. Meanwhile, a classic RPG has arrived on the Virtual Console™ service, while Nintendo DSiWare™ users will find new ways to tune musical instruments, rescue turtles, launch their own fireworks display and more.
This week also marks the kickoff of Nintendo's WarioWare: D.I.Y. "Big Name Games" series. Several of the industry's most talented game designers are using WarioWare: D.I.Y. software for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems to create their own one-of-a-kind microgames. New microgames will be added every Monday through July 26, all available for download to anyone with broadband Internet access and a copy of either WarioWare: D.I.Y. for Nintendo DS or WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase software for the WiiWare service. The series gets underway with inventive new microgames from Super Smash Bros.™ creator Masahiro Sakurai and Metroid™ designer Yoshio Sakamoto. To learn more about the games and view an exclusive behind-the-scenes video featuring Masahiro Sakurai, visit http://www.wariowarediy.com.
And just for Club Nintendo™ members, we've got a little something extra to offer this week. Starting March 31, members can redeem 80 Coins to download Grill-Off with Ultra Hand!™, a wild game for the Wii console that challenges players to cook a variety of meats with an extendable arm. What better way to prepare for barbecue season than some fast-paced grilling drills on your Wii system? For a taste of the action, visit http://grilloff.nintendo.com.
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: The frantic fun of WarioWare is available for the first time on the WiiWare service! WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase shows off all the different elements found on the WarioWare: D.I.Y. game for the Nintendo DS family of systems. The WiiWare software includes microgames, music and four-panel comics – all with simple controls using only the Wii Remote™ controller. Use the Game Blender and its many modes to play microgames featuring Wario™, ninjas, animals and even classic Nintendo franchises. Check out the Music section to hear or play a selection of songs using a character from Balloon Fight™. In addition to the bevy of preloaded products, you can also receive content from friends, play with products made using WarioWare: D.I.Y. or download games from the NinSoft Store. Let your creativity run wild – even Wario would be impressed with the possibilities for new content!
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Use of Alcohol
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: Diner Dash, a popular PC action-puzzle game, has landed on the WiiWare service. Guide Flo, an office worker-turned-restaurateur, as she builds up her empire over four unique diners. Go online to face players in head-to-head. If you feel up to the challenge, join up with a friend or another player online for a Team Dash game where your team will take on six other players to see whose diner is the best in town. (Broadband Internet access is required for online play.) Players take direct control of Flo as she runs around to seat patrons, take orders, deliver food, take payment and bus tables as efficiently as possible within the time allowed. Players who are fond of traditional control schemes may also use a point-and-click style with hotkeys to aid Flo in her quest for customer satisfaction, which is reflected in a heart meter that empties as customers lose patience. If the meter empties completely, then the customer will leave the restaurant.
Ogre Battle® 64: Person of Lordly Caliber™
Original platform: Nintendo 64™
Publisher: Square Enix
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Mild Language, Mild Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber is a tactical RPG originally released for the Nintendo 64™ system. Featuring a gripping storyline with many possible endings, plus a genre-defining character class system, this strategic epic has rightly retained its place in the hearts of tactical RPG fans for more than a decade. The game tells the story of Magnus Gallant, a recently graduated officer of the Palatinean Army who is assigned to the troubled southern region of his native land. There he witnesses the plight of the lower classes – the victims of a tyrannical ruling elite whose only thought is for the preservation of its own lofty status. With civil war brewing, Magnus is faced with a terrible choice: to betray his own noble origins in the name of liberty, or to turn a blind eye to the evils of his rotten society.
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Light up the night with Disney Fireworks! Touch and flick to trigger a dazzling nighttime extravaganza of color and fun. Aim rockets to their matching colors in the sky to set off an explosion and score points. Time them perfectly to improve your Wow Meter and unlock special surprises and rockets. Disney Fireworks comes with five themed environments, original music, 15 challenging levels for each world, high-score tracking and much more.
Save the Turtles
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Save the Turtles takes players to more than 32 of the world's most exotic beaches in a quest to help tiny turtles find their new home. Players must use the stylus to rub and tap the touch screen of the Nintendo DSi system, digging eggs from the sand and lining up cute reptiles while avoiding crabs, seagulls and litter on their way to the safety of the sea. The game features four modes, including a never-ending survival mode called Turtles Forever, plus several unlockable trophies. Give Mother Nature a hand and help save the turtles.
Nintendo DSi™ Metronome
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: The Nintendo DSi Metronome software can be used to help keep tempo –when playing an instrument, for example. It creates a rhythm by playing sounds based on beat and tempo settings, both of which allow a wide range of adjustments. Choose from three metronome designs (including one based on Nintendo's Game & Watch™: Ball title) and record your own sounds for the metronome to use. Or, if you want to take a break, enjoy a unique minigame: Donkey Kong™ Metronome, in which you make sounds into the microphone to match the beat and have Mario™ jump over Donkey Kong's barrels.
Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: The Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner software can be used to tune an instrument by aligning tonal pitches. The software offers two methods of handling this: feeding sounds into the microphone to measure the difference with a target pitch, or listening to a sample tone. In addition, the standard musical pitch and notation can be changed, as well as the design of the tuner (choose one of three designs). If you're feeling especially in tune, test your ear by taking on the Tuner Fight minigame's challenge: Pop balloons as they rise from pipes by making tones that match the displayed pitches.
Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventures
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventures is a multi-award-winning puzzle game starring a chameleon called Leon. Featuring 48 levels across four worlds and exclusive Nintendo DSi features, the game asks players to navigate many hours of mind-bending game play while trying to rescue Leon's babies from the belly of Ms. Tum Tum. Leon must eat his way through fruity, fiendish puzzles, licking fruit to change color and choosing the right combinations of fruit to finish each level.
Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays. Users with broadband Internet access can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Nintendo DSi Shop or the Wii Shop Channel. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.
Remember that both Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit Wii.com or NintendoDSi.com.
Nothing this week for me.
This is probably the best week NA has had this year. Almost everything looks like a buy
Glad to see Ogre Battle 64 made it. I was so waiting for that game for a very long time.
Nothing for me this week, but it's nice to see another N64 game.
yay, warioware! finally.
so umm...gotta wait another 2 hours still. I never played ogre battle. If i liked Fire Emblem, will i like this? I can't get any Fire Emblem games on the VC, even though Japanese VC already has 5 Fire Emblem games on there, but this seems like it might be fun.
Edit: Wait, hold up. DISNEY Fireworks? Since when did disney liscence stuff for Wiiware? Does this mean we might get stuff for the VC? I am of course, referring to the underrated gem, World of Illusion!
Well that would require negotiations with Sega since they were the one who developed the game. Disney Fireworks would have been developed by Disney themselves. Not the same.
Wow... I'm not sure that I'll be getting anything (at least not right now, since I'm buried under great games already) but that's a strong week for Wii owners. Solid WiiWare, and great Virtual Console to boot.
Ogre Battle 64 is a title that I missed out on previously but would love to try! After I'm done with Cave Story and Rage of the Gladiator, that'll be my next stop.
I'm looking forward to Magical Quest, provided that the poor game doesn't get shot by certain "Megamen."
I'm interested in seeing the reviews of Wario DIY Showcase and Save the Turtles.
ogre battle 64 the best 64 game made this week is pure epicness
Orge Battle! Will be getting it this weekend And possibly Ultra Hand, we'll see...
I already have Diner Dash DS and 1000 is a little high for my tastes, especially since its available in so many forms.
Sigh, World of Illusion is one of those VC wishlist games i've always had in mind, but, like anything in the Mother series, i kinda just move on to other things. Just like in a few other situations i've found, Japanese-developed takes on american franchises can be really good. World of Illusion, and to a lesser degree Micky Mousecapade were prime examples of that.
Orge Battle 64 and WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase looks intresting.
Not a bad week compared to most.
This week is such a slap in the face.
Q1 ends without Shantae?
@Wiiplayer26 Like, in what way? I like this weeks downloads. I've been waiting for warioware for months, so, if you mean how a dungeon master/dominatrix slaps you for being a "bad boy", then i'd agree with you~
As in a suprise way. I was not expecting an N64 game, much less a strategy game.
Darn...nothing interesting for me...besides Showcase, but we already knew about that one anyway, lol.
Cool, I'm getting the Metronome!!
once again we have a bunch of games but only one is interesting(to me anyways)
I am interested in Ogre Battle 64. But with never playing it before, I am unsure if I would like it.
Yay, Ogre Battle! Looking forward to the review. :3
sucks, i want fire emblem
For some reason I think my kids and I would have fun together with the Ultra-Hand game. I've already got the coins and while I don't expect it to be one of our all-time greatest most-played games, it looks like something we might play a lot for a couple weeks. I'll wait for a review to make sure it's not broken or anything.
Not to mention that I still need to wait a couple more days for it to be available...
just wondering, how do i do the whole registering game thing? does that only work with retail titles? or download ones too? can it be from Wii games that came out at anytime? or only recent ones? DS is okay too? I want to start in on this whole nintendo club thing
Yay, Nintendo ends the 1st Q on a high note.
Boo, no Shantae this week. Ah well their always next Monday,(April/5) the 1 year anniversary for the DSi US/EU release.
I'll be getting the Warioware DS game in due time, so will be looking to see how the Wii companion pans out...
Ogre Battle is one of my favorite games ever and I just played it for the first time!!! ITS SO GOOOD!!!
Wonderful, Ogre Battle 64 finally comes out and I don't have enough points to get it.
Oh yeah, I also want Ogre Battle 64.
Today, finally, Ogre Battle 64 will be mine. Yeaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!
Ogre Battle will be a pruchase. I'm getting my refund from my school loans next week so I'll definitely pick this up then, and possibly the actual cartridge off of ebay
Interesting week, as I said before, I'm all over Wiiware versions of PC games, so I will get Dinner Dash, but later on, I'm totally money less . Congratulations, to all the strategy lovers for getting Ogre Battle 64, not my genre, but I've heard this game is sweet .
Also, After a good research on WarioWare DIY (that means, I just read Corbie's great review ), I really think is not for me, so no need for the Showcase.
I'll probably buy Warioware D.I.Y. Showcase and Diner Dash!
Ogre Battle 64 is one of my favorite strategy games of all time. I've been pining for it's release ever since the virtual console was announced, so this will be forever be remember as a glorious day of lordly caliber... Or something like that.
Warioware: Showcase is also a must-buy for the old lady... Can't wait to pick up DIY and make her play all my devious microgames.
@Tsuchinoko: Go to www.nintendo.com and select the appropriate country. There should be a link or tab to take you to Club Nintendo, where you can sign up and start registering your games. You can register retail Nintendo-published games that you bought new. You can also take surveys both on these games and any games you've downloaded if you link your shop channel to your Club Nintendo account.
God! Why did it have to be him?! He was good as a villain in Super Mario Land 2 and funny as an anti-hero in Wario Land, but this is ridiculous. You've warn out your welcome, Wario! Go back to whatever ugly rock you crawled out from under!!!
Why did it have to be him?!
Well, the WarioWare games are his spin-off series. He'll be back to host later games too.
Wow amazing week! I want Wario, Ogre Battle, and the two DSi apps. I can't get them all today, of course, which is a bummer! So what should I get first?
I'm sorry if this offends you, but I find Wario annoying. He's almost as annoying as Bowser Jr.
@Blueflamebat Well, i mean, clearly the games are popular, and have a lot of fans, so it just seems like you're complaining to nobody in particular here.
Downloading Warioware D.I.Y. Showcase, I'm loving the actual game btw. :3
I'ma go grump in peace.
Im so tired fo epopele saying this is the best week, I would definately say this is the WORST. Every DSiware title looks bad. Ogre Battles is horrid. And Warioware belongs on the DS not the Wii.
these musical dsiwares sound interesting
i may end up using these spare 200 points in one of these if Photo Fighter doesnt comes out soon
I agree this update is a snooze fest..
This is a pretty bad week imo. Showcase is obviously the best download on Wii (since I don't like Battle Ogre) and the DSiware releases seem mediocre.
Again, why isn't the metronome free?
I say this is really one of the best week's we've had. And i'm not changing my opinion of it, so there.
Great week! The only thing for me here is Showcase!
I don't care about Ogre Battle 64 though.
The DSi Metronome and the Instrument Tuner seem interesting.
Meh, I would've preferred Ironclad. I hate strategy games.
WHERE THE HELL IS MEGA MAN 4!?!?
I've been waiting since February!
Giana Sisters is on the iPhone. It's almost identical to a European DS game of the same name. Why don't they make that an international DSiWare game?
Just because I paid nearly seventy bucks for it doesn't mean you should have to.
Warioware looks very tempting..and specially for that price. But is a stand alone game or you need the DS version to play too?
Nothing interesting for me. Not even WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase. I have never really liked WarioWare. I've finished the DS version, but I didn't find it that interesting.
We Americans have been getting decent updates for some time now. (As far as I know, as I've just been popping up here every couple of weeks now) WarioWare, Ogre Battle... and those DSi tools look pretty interesting.
So we finally get an 3rd party Nintendo 64 title?
Amazing news, I have to seriously download the game.
Ogre Battle 64 is a good sign.
Hopefully we see more 3rd party titles support for the N64 in the future.
Maybe even virtual peripheral support? I would have bought Star Fox 64 on the Virtual Console if it had vibration.
WHERE THE FLIP IS SHANTAE?
can we make microgames with the Wiiware version
Good week for US
YES! OGRE BATTLE 64!!!
It`s great to see Ogre Battle 64 on VC. I need some points though.
Lots of people excited for OB64 coming out, am I the only one with a proper cartridge of it then or something?
i don't care about the warioware games, but wario IS my favorite mario character. period. more wario land games for me please.
Donkey Kong Metronome... i'll give 1 week to Photo fighter to pop up... My 200points are burning... but... Donkey kong + Retro fun... quite a deal...
Nintendo DSi™ Metronome and Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner is an instant buy for me and i wanna try it out too!
if i had dsi i DL the metronome and the tuner, maybe when i buy the XL
and ogre battle 64 is one of my best, i don´t know if buy it again (it´s very long and i want buy first the snes game)
Hmm, the tuner looks useful, I often have my DS in the same room in which I play my cello...
WOW!! BEST week in a looong time!!
P.S. nothing for YOU this week. lol!!
Yay finally some instrument tuners. I only wish that the tuner CAME with the metronome and still only be 200 points. Or to be able to download both for free.
First week I actually downloaded something in quite a while (Wario Ware DIY Showcase)
What would you give Wario ware diy showcase as an review?
I'm still waiting for Megaman 4 and Jackal (NES)
I think I might get Ogre Battle.
Someone hacked the VC-Forums site...what gives?
@LinkFanatic: April Fools', dude.
is Ogre Battle good? I didn't play the original one and I was wondering if I should get it.
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