This Week in Nintendo Downloads

by Andy Goergen - December 28, 2009, 10:28 am PST
Total comments: 7

Castlevania finally gets its wings.

This week in Nintendo downloads brings us 10 new games, highlighted by the long-awaited releases of Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth and PilotWings for Super Nintendo.

There are four new titles for download on WiiWare. The first is Konami's Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth, a brand-new Castlevania game in the style of the original NES and Game Boy games. It is, in fact, a spirited re-imagining of the 1989 Game Boy game Castlevania: The Adventure. Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth is available from the Wii Shop Channel for 1,000 Wii Points ($10).

Also available on WiiWare is Eat! Fat! FIGHT! from Tecmo which is an arcade-style sumo wrestling game featuring mini-games to change your characters appearance, and the use of Miis for complete customization. The game features secret movies and two-player battles. Eat! Fat! FIGHT! is available on the Wii Shop Channel for 1,000 Wii Points ($10).

The next title for WiiWare is Rabbids Lab from Ubisoft. The game gives you control of a Rabbid who is stuck inside of your Wii Remote. You can change his appearance, shake him around, and then take a picture of him to send to friends on your Wii message board. A similar mode was available in Rabbids Go Home. Rabbids Lab is available on the Wii Shop channel for 500 Wii Points ($5).

Finally, the last game this week for WiiWare is The Magic Obelisk from Game Arts. The game has you controlling a light spirit named Popo to create shadows for Lukas, a tree spirit who can only travel in shadows, so he can reach the end of each stage. This action-adventure game is available on the Wii Shop channel for 500 Wii Points ($5).

For Virtual Console, there is only one game for release. The game is Pilotwings, the SNES classic from 1991. The game has you piloting a biplane through all sorts various types of exercises such as flying through rings. The game also boasts a hang-gliding simulator that starts from heights of up to 3,800 feet. Pilotwings is available on the WiiShop channel game for 800 Wii Points ($8).

On DSiWare, there are five titles for download this week. First on the list is The Oregon Trail, a classic game that has you braving the western frontier to reach Oregon. The game will have you hunting, trading, and travelling down-river in your quest to reach the west. The Oregon Trail is available from Gameloft, and is available in the DSi Shop for 800 Nintendo DSi Points ($8).

Next up on DSiWare is Sudoku Sensei, another Sudoku puzzle game that features hand-crafted puzzles, including 100 Super Hard puzzles. Sudoku Sensei is available from Hudson Entertainment for 500 Nintendo DSi Points ($5).

The third DSiWare game is Glow Artisan from Powerhead Games. The game contains over 100 puzzles and 300 medals you can earn. It also supports multiplayer, and the ability to turn your DSi Photos into new puzzles. Glow Artisan is available on the DSi Shop for 500 Nintendo DSi Points ($5).

The fourth title for DSiWare this week is yet another game in the Master of Illusion Express lineup: Psychic Camera. This budget title is a trick that lets you take a photo of a friend, and have the photo display an object that they're thinking about, such as a card or a letter or number. Master of Illusion Express: Psychic Camera is available on the DSi Shop for 200 Nintendo DSi Points ($2).

The final title this week for DSiWare is Arcade Hoops Basketball from Skyworks Interactive. This game gives you 45 seconds to drain as many baskets as you can, and features three soundtracks and 3D graphics. This is a single-player game only. Arcade Hoops Basketball is available on the DSi Shop for 200 Nintendo DSi Points ($2).

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: PREPARE FOR '10 WITH 10 NEW DOWNLOADABLE GAMES FROM NINTENDO

Dec. 28, 2009

With only a few days left until the end of 2009, Nintendo is already uncorking 10 new games to help you ring in the New Year. Thanks to the ever-expanding WiiWare™ service, you can keep it spooky with a captivating Castlevania title, bulk up sumo-style with Eat! Fat! FIGHT! or customize crazy creatures with RABBIDS LAB. The Virtual Console™ service welcomes the high-flying classic PilotWings™, while a new edition of the timeless pioneer adventure The Oregon Trail® arrives on the Nintendo DSiWare™ service. No matter which of these 10 terrific titles you choose, hoist your Wii Remote™ controller or Nintendo DSi™ stylus and join us in a toast to a fabulous 2010. Cheers!

WiiWare

Castlevania The Adventure ReBirth

Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence

Price: 1,000 Wii Points™

Description: Another 100 years have passed since the death of Count Dracula, but his curse has emerged once again within the realms of Transylvania. Play the role of the ultimate gothic hero from the long lineage of vampire hunters, the Belmont clan, and rid the universe of Dracula's legion of darkness and doom. Based on the classic 1989 original Castlevania: The Adventure, this WiiWare version will allow players of a new generation - and older fans - to experience one of the most popular games within the storied Castlevania timeline from a new perspective.

Eat! Fat! FIGHT!

Publisher: TECMO

Players: 1-2

ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

Price: 1,000 Wii Points

Description: Forget about being healthy. Here's a game that celebrates eating, getting fat and fighting. Hold the Wii Remote controller horizontally and tilt it left, right, up or down to perform all kinds of lifts and throws just like in real sumo. There are also hidden moves like suplexes and scrapbusters thrown in for fun. Use all the moves you learn in tournaments around the world to reach the peak of sumo and become a yokozuna. In ONE PLAYER mode, play eating or sparring mini-games to make your wrestler stronger and change his look. You can also use your own Mii™ character's face on your wrestler. In TWO PLAYER mode, take on another person using default wrestlers or the wrestlers that you have created. (Additional accessories are required for two-player mode and are sold separately.) Chow down, bulk up and fight on to become the strongest sumo wrestler ever.

RABBIDS LAB

Publisher: Ubisoft

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Cartoon Violence

Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: A raving Rabbid is stuck inside the Wii Remote controller. Come play with him. First, try interacting with him by moving the Wii Remote or pressing the buttons and seeing how much he loves it. Once you've gotten to know the crazy guy, it's time to change his appearance in the Lab. Mess with his head and place seasonal accessories on him, or change his look entirely with the painting module. When you've made your raving Rabbid completely unique, you can take a photo and send it in a Wii™ message to show your Wii Friends (broadband Internet connection required).

The Magic Obelisk

Publisher: GAME ARTS Co., Ltd.

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief

Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: The Magic Obelisk is an action-adventure game in which you become Popo, a light spirit. Your mission is to guide Lukus, a tree spirit, to each stage's goal while moving only within the shadow. You can help him do this by shining your light near the mysterious magic obelisks, allowing you to create and connect shadows to solve tricks and gimmicks along the way. Join Lukus as he travels through a light-filled realm filled with quirky creatures and spirits, trying to find the perfect spot to become a tree. Experience meaningful encounters and partings, climb hills, cross rivers and traverse a vast desert on your way to the very edge of the world.

Virtual Console

PilotWings

Original platform: Super NES™

Publisher: Nintendo

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Violence

Price: 800 Wii Points

Description: Join the Flight Club to take to the skies and experience a variety of aerial activities. Take off and pilot a biplane through rings along a predetermined flight path, or drift serenely in a hang glider, catching thermal currents to gain altitude. In either case, just be sure to stick the landing. Looking for more speed? Strap on the rocket belt to blast your way around an obstacle course. If that's not enough, reach maximum velocity as you tackle a skydiving lesson at 3,800 feet. Complete specific objectives within a set time limit to score points (and maybe even a bonus chance) and obtain certification in eight different lessons. Your goals will become more challenging, and weather conditions will make controlling your vehicle more difficult as you progress. If you succeed, you will be rewarded with the opportunity to pilot an attack helicopter on a daring rescue mission. It's time to earn your wings.

Nintendo DSiWare

The Oregon Trail

Publisher: Gameloft

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence, Use of Tobacco

Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™

Description: Westward, ho! Your favorite pioneering adventure game takes you on an exciting, historic, side-scrolling adventure with your Nintendo DSi™ system. Take the Oregon Trail experience further than ever before with all of the decision-making and problem-solving fun of the original game plus additional challenges. Leave your mark on America's history. Take a picture of yourself at each landmark with the Nintendo DSi system's built-in camera. You'll have your portrait and party's name printed in the Daily Oregon Trail newspaper in the game. Play eight skill-based mini-games that will impact your resources: Hunting, Fishing, River Crossing, Rafting, Wagon Repairing, Telegraph, Berry Picking and Gold Panning. Random events faced by real pioneers - such as disease, bandits and hitchhikers - and side missions add more excitement to your westward trek.

SUDOKU SENSEI

Publisher: Hudson Entertainment

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Introducing 100 “Super Hard Puzzles” for the hardened sudoku veteran. All puzzles are skillfully designed for a level of satisfaction that computer-generated puzzles just can't offer. You can play through puzzles to learn about rules and controls in Tutorials mode. Other handy features include Write Mode and Temp Number for an easier, more enjoyable sudoku experience.

Glow Artisan

Publisher: Powerhead Games

Players: 1-2

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Solve mind-bending puzzles in this unique and colorful game. Use your wits and ingenuity to solve more than 100 puzzles and earn more than 300 medals. Play Time Trial, Randomizer and Multiplayer modes for an endless supply of new challenges. Create new puzzles with the built-in editor or use the Nintendo DSi Camera application to turn your photos into puzzles.

Master of Illusion™ Express: Psychic Camera

Publisher: Nintendo

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Master of Illusion Express titles include mind-boggling magic tricks that you perform with your Nintendo DSi system. Learn the illusions, practice them and amaze your friends. Your audience will never look at your Nintendo DSi system the same way again after Master of Illusion Express: Psychic Camera proves that it has psychic powers. Astound others by taking their picture and revealing an item (such as a card, picture, letter or number) that they're thinking about.

Arcade Hoops Basketball

Publisher: Skyworks Interactive, Inc.

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: From Skyworks comes the slickest basketball game for the Nintendo DSi system. See how many baskets you can sink in a fast-moving 45 seconds, using only your stylus and, of course, your lightning-fast hand-eye coordination. Arcade Hoops features your choice of three rockin' soundtracks, state-of-the-art 3-D graphics and thrilling, high-speed game play for the most fun possible in under a minute. Advanced hoopsters can move on to the progressive level, where a moving basket provides an additional challenge - plus the chance to rack up even more points. For the real pros, there's 3 Point mode, where speed and accuracy are a must as you shoot “threes” from downtown.

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

Yay, Castlevania! Finally! I'm totally buying this today.

And with the extra 1,000 points I end up with, I may get either Smash Bros. or Majora's Mask. I HAVE Majora's Mask on my N64, but it looks really, REALLY dark on my TV. Don't know if that's fixable...

broodwarsDecember 28, 2009

Quote from: Halbred

Yay, Castlevania! Finally! I'm totally buying this today.

And with the extra 1,000 points I end up with, I may get either Smash Bros. or Majora's Mask. I HAVE Majora's Mask on my N64, but it looks really, REALLY dark on my TV. Don't know if that's fixable...

It's probably your TV, because I recently played the VC version of Majora's Mask and it looked fine (hell, "great" even with no slowdown from the GC CE).  Of course, N64 Composite's going to look like crap no matter what you play it on, so that's definitely a point in the VC version's favor.

As for this week's lineup, "meh."  I'm not a huge fan of the original Castlevania games and how (cheaply) they played, nor the original Pilotwings.  Still, I suppose it's nice to finally have both on their respective services.  Hopefully we'll see some more N64 games and SNES RPGs in the coming year.

NinGurl69 *hugglesDecember 28, 2009

FINALLY

Now where is NES Contra1?

MorariDecember 28, 2009

This Castlevania Remix is interesting. I would rather have something along the lines of "Symphony of the Night" however. That almost Metroid-esque level structure suits the series well.

Bah. Every Castlevania game since 1998 has been a Symphony remix. Ecclesia is the only game that has somewhat broken from tradition (and then, at the end of the game, realigned with it fully). The old games are great, and I miss them dearly.

This is coming from a guy who could beat Castlevania III ten years ago but is currently STUCK on the goddamn ghost ship level. Oh, I can get past the Medusa and the Mummies, but then the Cyclops comes out and I'm at like critical health and he's all like WHAM and I die.

BlackNMild2k1December 28, 2009

Quote:

RABBIDS LAB
  Publisher: Ubisoft
  Players: 1
  ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Cartoon Violence
  Price: 500 Wii Points
  Description: Araving Rabbid is stuck inside the Wii Remote controller. Come play withhim. First, try interacting with him by moving the Wii Remote orpressing the buttons and seeing how much he loves it. Once you'vegotten to know the crazy guy, it's time to change his appearance in theLab. Mess with his head and place seasonal accessories on him, orchange his look entirely with the painting module. When you've madeyour raving Rabbid completely unique, you can take a photo and send itin a Wii message to show your Wii Friends (broadband Internetconnection required).

Isn't this basically the Rabbids Channel that you get along with Rabbids Go Home?

Mop it upDecember 28, 2009

I was just about to ask that.

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