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This Week in Nintendo Downloads

by Nick DiMola - July 27, 2009, 12:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: Press Release

This surprisingly thin week reveals three new WiiWare titles and a mere single DSiWare offering.

This week in Nintendo Downloads brings us another week devoid of a single Virtual Console offering. Three new titles have been added for WiiWare alongside a single DSiWare title.

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1 is the first entry in the Tales of Monkey Island WiiWare and PC series. Players will join Guybrush Threepwood and Mighty Pirate in this humor and romance filled offering. A showdown with demon pirate LeChuck leaves Guybush on a strange island. Players must help him find his wife Elaine, solve the mystery of the spread of voodoo pox, and escape the island. Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1 is rated E10+ by the ESRB and is available now through the Wii Shop Channel for 1,000 Wii Points ($10).

The Three Musketeers: One for All! is the second title of the week. Players take control of famed member of the Musketeers, Porthos to save the Three Musketeers from the evil Count Xavier and his lieutenant, Count Orsini. Players will perform puzzles, fence, and platform all while collecting items in order to save the legendary crew. The Three Musketeers: One for All! is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available now through the Wii Shop Channel for 900 Wii Points ($9).

This week's final WiiWare offering will allow players to take part in a variety of classic card games. HB Arcade Cards offers Rummy, Hearts, Euchre, Canasta, Cribbage, and Solitaire, each with an interactive tutorial to show players the rules and basic gameplay. Players can use their Mii character and can play with a computer partner in both Euchre and Cribbage. HB Arcade Cards is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available now through the Wii Shop Channel for 500 Wii Points ($5).

The only DSiWare offering of the week comes from Hudson Entertainment. Sudoku Student offers players simple, easy-going sudoku puzzles designed for entry-to beginner-level players. Sudoku Student is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available now in the DSi Shop for 200 Wii Points ($2).

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: MONKEY ISLAND AND MUSKETEERS, CARD GAMES AND SUDOKU

July 27, 2009

Three WiiWare™ games anchor this week's Nintendo Download. Gamers can buckle their swashes with both the first installment of a five-part Tales of Monkey Island series and a Three Musketeers platform adventure. Meanwhile, fans of card games will enjoy a half dozen classic options in HB Arcade Cards. On the Nintendo DSiWare™ side, beginners can learn the basics of sudoku with Sudoku Student.

WiiWare

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1

Publisher: Telltale Games

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Alcohol Reference, Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes

Price: 1,000 Wii Points™

Description: Join Guybrush Threepwood, Mighty Pirate, in this first chapter of an epic five-part saga, filled with humor, romance and piratey swashbuckling. When a showdown with the demon pirate LeChuck goes up in flames, Guybrush gets marooned on a strange island. How will he escape? Where is Guybrush's beloved wife, Elaine? And what's up with the voodoo pox spreading through the isles? Jump into Tales of Monkey Island today to find out!

The Three Musketeers: One for All!

Publisher: Legendo Entertainment

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Cartoon Violence

Price: 900 Wii Points

Description: The Three Musketeers have been imprisoned by the treacherous Count Xavier and his sinister lieutenant, Count Orsini! Well, almost - take on the role of Porthos, famed member of the Musketeers, to save the day in this swashbuckling platform adventure inspired by the classic novel. Swing the Wii Remote™ to launch blistering sword attacks on your foes, avoid fiendish traps and discover hidden collectables. Packed with frenetic fencing, heroic leaps and fun puzzles, this is one adventure no aspiring hero will want to miss.

HB Arcade Cards

Publisher: HB Studios Multimedia

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: HB Arcade Cards is a great collection of fun and easy-to-play card games. The collection of games included in this title includes: Rummy, Hearts, Euchre, Canasta, Cribbage and the always-classic Solitaire. Each game comes with an interactive tutorial to show you the rules and basic game play. You'll need to be clever to outsmart your opponents, and you can even team up with a computer partner to play Euchre and Cribbage. You can play HB Arcade Cards using a Mii™ character from your Wii™ console, or play with one of our four new characters. HB Arcade Cards has lots of style and flare, and will keep you coming back for more. Remember, it's never the same game twice.

Nintendo DSiWare

Sudoku Student

Publisher: Hudson Entertainment

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™

Description: Sudoku Student brings you the first Nintendo DSiWare sudoku experience with all the features you'd expect. For "students" of sudoku who are just getting their feet wet, Sudoku Student comes with a full tutorial. Once you've completed the tutorial, jump into simple and easy-going sudoku puzzles. Designed for entry- to beginner-level players, you'll find just the right amount of challenge to keep you hooked.

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.

Talkback

TJ SpykeJuly 27, 2009

WHAT THE FUCK NINTENDO (sorry for the profanity). 2 straight weeks of NO Virtual Console games? That is inexcusable.

NES- Skate or Die!, Devil World, Smash Table Tennis

SNES- Mario's Super Picross

N64: Super Smash Bros.

GEN/MD- Crack Down, ESWAT: City Under Siege

VCA- Altered Beast

C64- Uridium, Impossible Mission, World Games, Paradroid, Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance, Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine, International Karate +, Jumpman, Mayhem in Monsterland, Impossible Mission II, Last Ninja 3: Real Hatred is Timeless, Winter Games

Those are the Virtual Console games Europe has that have not been released in North America. Nintendo of America couldn't have given us at least 1 of those?

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusJuly 27, 2009

Where the fuck is my Art Style: KUBOS, Nintendo?

vuduJuly 27, 2009

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Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusJuly 27, 2009

That too.

TJ SpykeJuly 27, 2009

While I am pissed at this second week of no VC games, Chapter 1 of Tales of Monkey Island looks good from what I have seen (only videos, I haven't played it).

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusJuly 27, 2009

I heard that Cave Story is almost done. I bet that we will see it in August or September.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusJuly 27, 2009

Looking at a recent interview that wired.com had with Denise Kaigler from Nintendo, the last question caught my eye.

Wired.com: Some gamers have complained about the lack of offerings on the Virtual Console. Has that taken a backseat?

Kaigler: We’ve got the Nintendo downloads that we announce every Monday. There’s at least one VC title in that announcement. We’re making sure we put VC titles out. Not every title can be a VC title. Not every game that I grew up with, and others in my generation grew up with, will be made for the Wii. It just depends. We don’t do it just to do it, we do it if the experience can be enhanced by offering it on the Wii.

PeachylalaJuly 27, 2009

Dennis Kaigler is doing a good job in following the NoA tradtion of LYING.

Reggie would be proud.

TJ SpykeJuly 27, 2009

She basically says at least 1 Virtual Console game every week, but we have not had 2 straight weeks with zero Virtual Console games. It's not like Nintendo has no VC games to choose from.

Ian SaneJuly 27, 2009

Quote:

We don’t do it just to do it, we do it if the experience can be enhanced by offering it on the Wii.

What the fuck does this mean?  All of the VC titles are straight conversions with no Wii-related enhancements.  That's like the whole point.  So currently exactly ZERO VC games fit this criteria.

Nintendo can't even argue about certain games being dated and thus uncommercial.  Once they put Urban Champion on there all past Nintendo titles became fair game.  We know you guys will put on outright junk so unless there is some legal issues involving rights to a licenced character or something there is no excuse.

ShyGuyJuly 27, 2009

So, Pepsi is going to give me Monkey Island for free. I'm still working on how this scheme is pulled off.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJuly 27, 2009

Quote from: Ian

What the fuck does this mean?  All of the VC titles are straight conversions with no Wii-related enhancements.  That's like the whole point.  So currently exactly ZERO VC games fit this criteria.

LIES!

Pokémon Snap is enhanced for the Wii.  :p

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusJuly 27, 2009

Quote from: Ian

Quote:

We don’t do it just to do it, we do it if the experience can be enhanced by offering it on the Wii.

What the fuck does this mean?  All of the VC titles are straight conversions with no Wii-related enhancements.  That's like the whole point.  So currently exactly ZERO VC games fit this criteria.

Nintendo can't even argue about certain games being dated and thus uncommercial.  Once they put Urban Champion on there all past Nintendo titles became fair game.  We know you guys will put on outright junk so unless there is some legal issues involving rights to a licenced character or something there is no excuse.

Virtual Console Arcade allows some Wii Remote functionality in specific games. But I am as perplexed with that comment as well. And some VC games do have Wii functionality like UB's example. 

SteleJuly 28, 2009

I'm more annoyed that Monkey Island is $10.  You can get them for $7 each chapter for PC on Steam.  Guess Valve gets my money instead of Nintendo.

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