Soccer Bashi's skull is on fire

Brace yourself for a truly rare week: Virtual Console receives two games today, putting it level-pegging with WiiWare and DSiWare for the first time in ages. What's occurring this week? Read on and find out.

Virtual Console

Magical Drop II (NeoGeo, 900pts) – A cutesy colour-coded puzzler from way back, this one found its way to North America first so we'll have a full review for you very soon.

Karnov's Revenge (NeoGeo, 900pts) – This week's NeoGeo double header is rounded out by another 2D fighter from Data East. The best part? Do well enough against the human fighters and you can take on a bull. We'll grab this game by the horns for our review shortly.


Soccer Bashi (Icon Games, 500pts) – It's Breakout with football, in the simplest terms. With stacks of stages and a level editor for you to make your own creations, we'll soon see if this hits the back of the net or just sails wide of the mark.

Sneezies (Chillingo, 500pts) – A variation on the chain reaction genre, Sneezies comes from the same stable as Angry Birds so hopefully will match that title for addictive powers. We'll have a full review soon.


Tetris Party Live (Tetris Online Inc., 800pts) – It's Tetris, it's portable and it's good, with online multiplayer modes through Nintendo WiFi Connection. If you fancy some portable block-dropping beats, have a read of our Tetris Party Live review for the full lowdown.

Rocks N' Rockets (Tik Games LLC, 500pts) – From the press release this sounds like Missile Command on the go, which could work out quite nicely, so we'll dive in and bring you a full review soon.

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This Friday sees an array of games available to download on WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare, as well as two classics on Virtual Console

29th November 2010: This Friday sees the launch of an all-time puzzle classic with a modern twist as Tetris® Party Live comes to Nintendo DSiWare. Take on a host of modes in single-player to hone your skills and then challenge up to three friends to duels and battles via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service for hours of twisting and turning conundrum fun.

A hero is required to step up when meteors fall to earth in Rocks N' Rockets™ on Nintendo DSiWare. Grab hold of a rocket launcher and protect your city from the hundreds of falling rocks in this heart racing adventure.
Soccer Bashi™ arrives on WiiWare this week, with exploding blocks to fight your way past and flaming soccer balls to score with, while Sneezies requires you to pop a number of cute characters by setting off a chain-reaction of sneeze-induced bubble popping.

If you’ve ever dreamed your drawings might come to life, have a first look at the WiiWare demo* for Max & the Magic Marker where anything you draw can jump off the page and be used to chase away the purple monster rampaging through your world.

What’s more, two action packed games are available to download on Virtual Console this week. Burst balloon after balloon in the 90’s classic MAGICAL DROP II and take on the best martial arts fights the Great Grapple tournament has to offer in KARNOV’S REVENGE.

Nintendo DSiWare - Tetris® Party Live
(Tetris Online, Inc., 800 Nintendo DSi Points)
Tetris® Party Live, the latest in the classic Tetris® Party series, lets you join the party whenever and wherever you like. Challenge yourself on several exciting game modes made popular by games gone by, including Marathon (1P), Computer Battle (1P vs CPU), VS Battle (2P) and Duel Space (2P).
But the party doesn’t stop there! Take the Tetris fun online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, where you can play multiplayer Tetris against up to three other players at a time.

Nintendo DSiWare - Rocks N' Rockets™
(Tik Games, LLC, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)
Are you ready to take the hero's seat in this gripping arcade game? Civilization is threatened by a terrifying Global Multi-Phased Meteor Attack - thousands of strange rocks are hurtling towards the earth.
Your mission is to protect our cities by controlling a rocket launcher that is built to protect our city. Different types of Meteors, innovative power ups and
beautiful graphics only increase the thrill and challenge and guarantees everyone hours of non-stop action.

WiiWare - Soccer Bashi™
(Icon Games Entertainment Ltd, 500 Wii Points)
Take lasers and flaming power-balls onto the soccer pitch in Soccer Bashi™. Smash through invisible and exploding blocks on your way to scoring goal after goal, but watch out for the enemy defenders out to destroy you. Take on the nine bosses, multitudes of 3D defender enemies and 90 game levels over game modes including Arcade and Tournament. You’ll also be able to create your own levels and tournaments and pick up Power-Ups including multiple balls, bats and bombs.

WiiWare - Sneezies
(Chillingo, 500 Wii Points)
Sit back in your favourite armchair and enjoy soothing, relaxed gameplay, hilarious sound effects, elegant graphics and graceful melodies.
Drop a burst of sneezing powder into the field of floating Sneezies and watch as they sneeze themselves out of their bubbles in a beautiful chain reaction.
Try to rescue as many Sneezies as you can in one go, through 45 relaxing levels in Classic Mode, or in the 15 Challenge Mode levels. Post your high scores online for free, straight from the game, and see how you stack up against other Sneezies players around the world.

Virtual Console - MAGICAL DROP II
(D4 Enterprise, Neo Geo, 900 Wii Points)
Revisit the 90’s with this puzzle action game released by Data East in 1996. The rules are simple: control the clown to grab and throw balloons as they appear on screen. Line up three or more balloons of the same colour in a vertical row and watch them burst. Use Special balloons, Arrow balloons, Rainbow balloons and more to create combos, whether battling a host of comical characters in VS CPU Mode, or taking on the challenge of Puzzle Mode. Both modes support player-versus-player action, so you can take a trip back to 1996 and bring all your friends with you.

Virtual Console - KARNOV'S REVENGE
(D4 Enterprise, Neo Geo, 900 Wii Points)
Return to the Great Grapple martial arts tournament in this fast-paced sequel to the well-loved Fighter's History. This time, thirteen combatants have emerged to test their skills against the best of the best in a series of dramatic showdowns; among them, bosses Clown and Karlov from the original game return as playable characters. Use a wide range of secret attacks and a weak spot system that assigns a vulnerable area to each fighter, and if you fight well enough the bull from the bonus stage of the Data East classic Karate Champ will also make a special appearance!
As the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are continually updated with exciting and refreshing games and applications, make sure you keep checking the Nintendo Channel, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop for all the latest news and releases on already available and upcoming Virtual Console, WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare titles.

Be sure to also check out Nintendo of Europe's WiiWare portal, which functions as the main hub for the latest WiiWare news and game sites, while at the same time providing the perfect entry point for newcomers to the service. Weekly and all-time Top 10 lists show which WiiWare titles the Club Nintendo members are currently downloading most, and which are the most popular of all time.
The portal also provides step-by-step tutorials explaining how to connect the Wii console to the Internet and how to download WiiWare games, as well as a video showing how to use Nintendo Points. Visit for all the details. Downloaded games can be saved to Wii's internal memory or SD card and added to the console's Wii Menu or SD Card Menu for anytime easy access.

  • WiiWare demos offer players the ability to trial select WiiWare games without using up any of their Wii Points, giving players the enjoyment of testing out the game before ultimately deciding whether to download the full version of the game or not. WiiWare demos are currently available for download via a dedicated list on as well as on the Wii Shop Channel itself.