Metal, Poker, "Saucy Jack" and Circuits for DSi and Art Style, Viruses and Monkeys on the Wii this week in North America
Metal Torrent (500pts – Nintendo) – Nintendo dips its toes into the bullet-hell shooting arena via developer Arika's latest DSiWare game. This has been out in Japan for a while and was published in Europe earlier this month. Read our Metal Torrent review to find out what we think of it.
World Poker Tour: Texas Hold 'Em (500pts - Hands-On Mobile) – Apparently you cannot have too many card games for your DSi, especially this one variant of poker which seems to be the sole poker game people would want to play on their Nintendo handheld or console given that it's the only one represented. If you and five of your friends buy this game you can all play together courtesy of built-in support for local wireless play. We'll be bringing you a review soon.
Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper (800pts - Virtual Playground) – Finding hidden objects seems to be a fairly popular pastime on the DSi, though this one is different from others by engaging you in a mystery to discover the "true identity" of Jack the Ripper! We'll find out if the experience warrants the premium pricetag in an upcoming review.
Advanced Circuits (200pts - BiP Media) – Based on the description this budget puzzle game sounds like a spin on the venerable 8-bit computer and arcade game Pipe Mania. We'll put it through its paces and let you know if it's worthy to be in the same company as its inspiration.
Art Style: light trax (600pts - Nintendo) – We would normally associate the "Art Style" brand with puzzles, but here's a racing game, though it still has the abstract visuals you'd expect. We'll have a review soon.
Manic Monkey Mayhem (800pts - Code Monkeys) – Virtual coconut fights against friends online is offered in this WiiWare game from Code Monkeys. We offered our thoughts on it some time ago, so check out our Manic Monkey Mayhem review for more information.
Viral Survival (500pts - NIS America) – We were a bit surprised to find out this collection of similarly-themed score attack games was being brought over from Japan, but given Nippon Ichi Software's other recent Wii release it seems logical. It's been nearly a year since we posted impressions on the Japanese release, Escape Virus, but we've been told Viral Survival has been localised without any real changes and includes online leaderboards as well. Read our Escape Virus First Impressions for more info until our review is ready.
As usual you can check out Nintendo's press release below:
This week the Nintendo DSiWare™ service asks players to try their hands at a number of divergent occupations. You might pilot a ship in Metal Torrent™ or try a bluff at the poker table in World Poker Tour Texas Hold ’Em. Once you master those, you can try your hand at solving transportation problems through deductive reasoning or go on a hunt for the notorious Jack the Ripper. Over on the WiiWare™ service, things get a little more “natural.” You might play as a monkey or as a unit of DNA. You can even become a trippy beam of light in ArtStyle™: light trax™, the latest title in the critically-acclaimed Art Style series. Don’t forget to download the hilarious new Photo Dojo™ game, available for zero Nintendo DSi Points through June 10 (the game will require 200 Nintendo DSi Points for download as of June 11).
This week also brings new additions to the “Big Name Games” section of the WarioWare™: D.I.Y. series, which features downloadable microgames from some of the industry’s most talented figures. This week’s featured game, Funky Boxing, was created by Chris Slate, editor in chief of Nintendo Power™ magazine. Funky Boxing is an homage to Punch-Out!! ™ and asks players to score three hits on the Champ. New “Big Name Games” will be added every Monday through July 26, all available to download for zero Nintendo DSi Points™ to anyone with broadband Internet access and a copy of either WarioWare: D.I.Y. for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems or WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase software for the WiiWare service. Visit the Nintendo Channel on your Wii™ system today to learn more about these games.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Prepare for a high level of intensity as you pilot a solo ship deep into enemy space in this vertically scrolling shooter. Battle wave after wave of relentless attackers aiming to do one thing – destroy you! Your goal, beyond mere survival, is simple: Get the highest score possible and earn bragging rights in online leaderboards. Two powerful fighters are at your disposal: the Accipiter and Bateleur, tailored for beginner or expert players. Progress through eight phases of action and take out enemies by tactically using your weapons: an unlimited-fire blaster weapon available to both ships and an energy-consuming special weapon unique to each craft. Absorb energy cubes from destroyed enemies to replenish your energy gauge and increase your score. Collect a series of consecutive cubes to create a chain and boost your score even higher. Choose from pattern or random modes to vary the level of challenge, but the real indication of skill comes from competing with players around the world for the highest score possible. Use Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to upload your score to the online leaderboards to see where you stack up or even view replays of top-ranking players’ games and study their secrets. Do you have what it takes to be the best?
World Poker Tour Texas Hold ’Em
Publisher: Hands-On Mobile
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Simulated Gambling
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Play like the pros in World Poker Tour Texas Hold ’Em on the Nintendo DSiWare service, the official game tested and approved by the experts at the World Poker Tour. Whether you’re just learning to play or you’re an old-school player wanting to hook some fish, Texas Hold ’Em has tables for all players. Choose to play solo in two unique tournaments designed specifically for the Nintendo DSiWare version or use a local wireless connection and play with your friends and take down monster pots. The action is in your hands in one of the most authentic poker games ever brought to the Nintendo DSi system.
Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper
Publisher: Virtual Playground
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Blood, Mild Sexual Themes, Violent References
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper – the fabulous, chart-topping hidden-object game with amazing graphics is now available on the Nintendo DSiWare service. One of the first and best games of its type, Jack the Ripper features numerous atmospheric 3-D locations and oodles of hidden objects to find. The realism of the scenes and the accuracy of the storyline will fascinate all ages from young teen to adult. Travel back to 1880s London to help Scotland Yard’s detectives solve the crime of the century. Visit world-famous landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace. Search crime scenes and solve mini puzzles in your hunt for clues. Was Jack a doctor, a royal prince, a barber or something else? Was he mad? This game will tell you. Enjoy hours and hours of game play in this truly absorbing game. Whether you are an experienced player or a newbie, once you start your investigation, you will be on an adventure you won’t want to stop – until you discover Jack the Ripper’s true identity, that is.
Publisher: BiP media
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Whether with a train, a car or a tank, are you ready for a new challenge? This brain-boggling puzzle game will put your powers of deduction to the test. Complete the circuits by connecting squares on the game board with pieces of track. Some pieces of track are already shown on the board at the beginning of the game to give you a head start. There is only one solution to each puzzle. The rules are simple but the challenges are tough.
WiiWare ArtStyle: light trax
- Challenge mode features 60 predefined game boards of increasing difficulty.
- Free Play mode lets you select the game board size and practice on any number of randomly generated puzzles.
- 72 awards to be won.
- Also features a tutorial, hints and tips and even the solution if you feel like giving up.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Art Style: light trax takes racing to whole new (and very surreal) levels as you control a white beam of light moving perpetually forward while your viewpoint shifts between 2-D and 3-D perspectives. Start by choosing one of the two main modes of game play, each with its own distinct goal. In light tours mode, you vie with other light beams for the most points in a three-course racing tour. Watch out for obstacles, use items and strategically use your dash ability to finish first. In freeway mode, your objective is to set a high score by traveling the greatest distance within a set amount of time. Mastering the intricacies of each setting is crucial: you’ll have to alternate between them in order to progress through the game and unlock all of its modes. With precise controls packed in and a driving techno soundtrack, Art Style: light trax offers an experience unlike any other. Are you ready to compete in a mind-bending race at the speed of light? Games in the Art Style series feature elegant design, polished graphics and pick-up-and-play controls, creating an experience focused purely on fun and engaging game play. For more information about Art Style: light trax and other games in the Art Style series, please visit artstyle.nintendo.com.
Manic Monkey Mayhem
Publisher: The Code Monkeys Ltd.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Controlling one of eight monkeys, you will do battle with up to seven others across eight differently themed landscapes. In single player, battle through three increasingly difficult campaigns of missions ranging from survival to coconut fights, or have a one-off battle against the clock as a team or in a standard deathmatch. Connect additional Wii Remote™ controllers (each sold separately) to battle against up to three additional players or compete against anyone or your friends using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Connect an optional Wii Balance Board™ accessory to add more mayhem to the fun.
Publisher: NIS America
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Viral Survival is an “escape” action game where you control a special DNA unit and dodge through enemy virus attacks. If you save a friendly DNA unit they will connect to you, creating a tail. The more you save, the higher point total you will accumulate. There are also four other game modes, including one where you can shoot the enemy down and compete for number of kills, and a time attack mode to save 128 DNA units in the shortest time possible. For all five game modes your score can be ranked online. Try your best to become number one in the world.
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.