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Another week and another download to entice you to part with your hard-earned Nintendo Points. What wonders await in the world of WiiWare and beyond? Let's find out.


Spot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 500pts) – A pleasingly to-the-point title for this WiiWare release, it does what it says on the tin, and is a passable way to spend 500 Points. Our Spot the Differences! review lays it all out for you to check with your own two eyes.

WiiWare Demos

LIT (WayForward) – Just like Europe, gamers in North America can now try out WayForward's creepy puzzle adventure game. Players must use the light to illuminate a path to the exit to guide hero Jake through an abandoned school. Our LIT review is, of course, equally illuminating.

Urbanix (Nordcurrent) – Your chance to take a cartoon tractor for a spin, this is essentially a cutesy take on Qix that improves on Nordcurrent's previous outings on the service. Our Urbanix review is ripe and ready for reading.


Boom Boom Squaries (Gamelion Studios, 200pts) – A variation of popular time vacuum Chain Reaction, this is a decent way to pass the time if you're after a bit of mindless popping. Our Boom Boom Squaries review covers everything you need to know.

505 Tangram (GameOn, 500pts) – Among the world's oldest puzzle pieces, tangrams are shapes used to create silhouettes, with this title boasting 505 different puzzles to beat. Our 505 Tangram review slots all the pieces into place.

G.G Series: Dark Spirits (Gamebridge, 200pts) – Another G.G Series title, this one is a side-scrolling platform shooter hybrid that's well worth a look, as our G.G Series: Dark Spirits review explains.

Shawn Johnson Gymnastics (Zoo Games, 500pts) – American gymnast Shawn Johnson is no stranger to the hallowed pages of Nintendo Life, having collaborated with Nintendo in 2010, but now she's got her own game. Train on the beam and vault, working your way up through the world of gymnastics to take part in competitions and earn medals. Our reviewer is ready to start his review routine, so we'll present you with a full assessment later this week.

Virtual Console

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (NES, 500pts) – Released in Europe last week for 600pts, this is a side-scrolling shooter with a two-player co-operative mode as well as a slightly dodgy title. We'll have a full review for you soon.

The workers are going home.


Feb. 7, 2011

You needn't choose between action-packed games and mind-bending puzzle fare when the Wii™ Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi™ Shop offer plenty of both. This week, you can face down monstrous mutations of high school teachers in a demo version of LIT for the WiiWare™ service, now available for zero Wii Points™. Enter an intergalactic battle in the NES™ shooter S.C.A.T.™, which has just landed on the Virtual Console™ service. Action and strategy combine in G.G Series Dark Spirits for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, while 505 Tangram offers pure hand-held puzzle bliss.


Spot the Differences!
Publisher: Sanuk Games
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Enjoy the ultimate spot-the-difference game for the WiiWare service with 160 scenes, three levels of difficulty and 1,600 differences to spot. Play either solo or with friends to find out who's the best spotter. Browse odd and attractive scenes in various categories: Landscapes, Pets, Playtime and Yummy. Four game modes are available. In Arcade mode, spot five differences in randomly ordered scenes. In Time Attack mode, spot one difference in each scene for as long as the timer runs. In Select Scenes mode, play with the scenes of your choice and find five differences in each one. In Multiplayer, up to four players can play against each other. (Additional accessories are required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately.)

LIT (demo version)
Publisher: WayForward Technologies
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Violence
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 800 Wii Points
Description: Dark creatures have taken over Jake's high school, and it's up to you to guide him through each classroom in order to be reunited with his girlfriend, Rachael. Existing light sources must be used wisely to create bridges of light for Jake to cross. One false step and Jake gets pulled into the darkness. Along the way he'll encounter twisted versions of his school's faculty, who he must battle in order to advance. LIT is a horror-puzzle game that requires the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ controllers. It contains 30 levels, five boss battles, replay modes and several unlockables, including multiple endings, Dark Mode timed challenges and an unlockable character.

Urbanix (demo version)
Publisher: Nordcurrent
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 500 Wii Points
Description: Welcome to Urbanix, a game inspired by classic computer games. You play as Urbanix, a tiny tractor that has to build a town on an empty field. Avoid enemies and catch and chase away house crashers - they will try to spoil your game. Play on Earth, at the North Pole or on the moon. Each location has its own game-play mechanics, so you'll have to adapt your strategy. Be accurate, be quick and collect bonuses on your way. The enhanced game play is based on decades-old classics. Discover 150 levels plus an intense multiplayer mode.

Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions.

Virtual Console

Original platform: NES
Publisher: Natsume Inc.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: It's the year 2029 and humanity faces certain extinction. An alien force led by the Supreme Commander Vile Malmort is positioned to destroy the Earth. With little time to act, the president assembled the greatest scientists from around the globe to stop this menace. From their laboratory came mankind's last hope: the members of the Special Cybernetic Attack Team. S.C.A.T. has one goal: complete destruction of the alien fleet. Capture and adapt multiple weapons systems. Enjoy single-player mode or two-player cooperative play. (Additional accessories are required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately.)

Nintendo DSiWare

G.G Series Dark Spirits
Publisher: Genterprise Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: In this side-scrolling shooter, it's up to you to destroy the enemy by making use of the four familiars that fly in formation around your vessel. Quickly switch the formation pattern of your familiars with the touch of a button. When you destroy an enemy, its soul becomes available to collect. Collect the soul with one of your familiars to upgrade its attack or switch to a different attack type. The familiar's attack can be upgraded by collecting multiple souls of the same color in a row. The four familiars power up and change independently of each other, adding an element of strategy as you plan how to use each one effectively.

Boom Boom Squaries
Publisher: Gamelion
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Furries are cute, happy, round beings that enjoy rolling around in the sun all day long. But the bad-tempered, stone-cold Squaries, who hate everything that is round and fluffy, attack the unsuspecting Furries. Now it's up to you to create chain reactions that will pop the evil invaders. Prove your skill in four different game modes: Classic, Challenge, Time Trial and Endless. Use Squaries' special abilities such as gravity, air blast and split to plan your blasts for maximum efficiency. When you are done with 40 levels of Classic mode and 40 Challenges, you can enjoy the never-ending fun of Endless mode and beat your high score in Time Trial.

505 Tangram
Publisher: cosmigo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Solve 505 tangram puzzles from different groups and become a Tangram Master. Numerous challenges await you. Tangram is the puzzle game for purists. Assemble seven pieces of a puzzle correctly to create a preset shape. Animals, humans or objects - can you complete them all? Statistics are available for players who love to track their wins. Save the game status at any time and continue later. The game's style and interface have been designed for easy, intuitive operation with the stylus or the + Control Pad.

Shawn Johnson Gymnastics
Publisher: Zoo Games, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Go for the gold with Shawn Johnson as you compete in the world of competitive gymnastics. Stick your landings on vaults and nail your combinations on the beam to impress the judges. Start as an amateur and work your way up, earning awards on your way to the World Championships. Train diligently during practice and you'll be ready for competition in no time. Earn your way through bronze, silver and gold medals as you evolve into an all-around star in the world of gymnastics. Perfect your routines and score high marks to earn a place on the podium - and in the hearts of your fans.