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This Week in Nintendo Downloads

by James Jones - December 27, 2010, 1:56 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: (Press Release)

Karnov is here to hurt people.

It's the last Nintendo Downloads of 2010, and the year is going out with a bang. This week we have two WiiWare releases, one WiiWare Demo, two NEO-GEO Virtual Console releases, and three DSiWare releases.

The first WiiWare title is chick chick BOOM, which turns the statement about ending the year "with a bang" into a terrible pun. In this game from tons of bits, you throw items (like pianos, elephants, and jellyfish) at your opponent, who has to block them by drawing lines. There's also a corncob and a piñata who'll help. You can throw stuff with them for 800 Wii Points ($8).

The second WiiWare title is Around the World, from Wizarbox. It's a geography quiz game with mini-games added for good measure. You can play it with friends and family, and if you've spent too much time with an atlas you'll finally have something to show for it. The opportunity to brag about your knowledge of East African national capitals is yours for 500 Wii Points ($5).

Press Play's Max and the Magic Marker has a demo added to the WiiWare service this week. It's a physics based platformer where you draw items that interact with the world to solve puzzles. It's yours for 0 Wii Points (free).

The first Virtual Console title is Fighter's History Dynamite, which was originally released for the NEOGEO. As the title suggests, it is a fighting game, however, it actually contains no dynamite. In Fighter's History Dynamite you compete in The Great Grapple, a martial arts tournament that pits 13 of the world's best fighters against each other. A sequel to Fighter's History, Dynamite lets you play as the predecessor's bosses, Karnov (of Karnov fame) and Clown (of clowning fame). All this grappling is available for 900 Wii Points ($9).

The other Virtual Console title this week is also from NEOGEO. In Magical Drop III you control a clown (presumably not of Fighter's History Dynamite fame) as he throws colored water balloons at other colored water balloons. Match colors and the balloons pop. Nothing new here, except the ESRB has rated this game T for Teen and lists "Mild Suggestive Themes" as the rational. You'll have to drop 900 Wii Points ($9) to see what all that's about.

Our first DSiWare title is G.G Series Z•ONE, from Genterprise Inc. It is a side-scrolling shooter where you're tasked with breaching enemy emplacements. These block-based structures can be destroyed with pods that shoot in eight directions. The game's description lists features such as "multiple levels," "varying difficulty," and the ability to learn "advanced shooting skills" such as "shooting backwards."  You can shoot backwards too for 200 DSi Points ($2).

Our second DSiWare title is DodoGo! Challenge, from Neko Entertainment. The sequel to DodoGo!, you have to rescue endangered eggs spread across nearly 100 levels. Environmental puzzles need to be solved in order to escort the eggs to the safety of the basket. This eggventure can be had for 500 DSi Points ($5).

Our final DSiWare title is Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games, from Big John Games. If the title seems familiar that is because there was a game with the same name released on WiiWare back in the summer. Players have access to various forms of "simulated gambling" (ESRB), and can use their simulated winnings to buy and decorate simulated hotel suites in a simulated casino. This simulated experience can be yours for 500 non-simulated DSi Points ($5).

Nintendo Download: Count Down to 2011 With New Game Downloads for Nintendo Systems

Dec. 27, 2010

Confetti and noisemakers are essential to any New Year's Eve bash, but don't forget to stock up on new downloadable games that'll keep the fun going as the clock hits midnight. The WiiWare™ service welcomes chick chick BOOM, an irreverent action game involving everything from UFOs to corncobs. Wii™ owners can also download a demo version of the award-winning game Max & the Magic Marker for zero Wii Points™. For fans of classic console action, two games from the NEOGEO era are available on the Virtual Console™ service: FIGHTER'S HISTORY DYNAMITE and MAGICAL DROP III. And for Nintendo DSi™ users, G.G Series Z•ONE and DodoGo! Challenge bring new shooting thrills and egg-saving puzzle action to the Nintendo DSiWare™ service. Pop the cork on these great games and ring in the New Year with a smile.


chick chick BOOM
Publisher: tons of bits
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: In chick chick BOOM, you throw pianos, pink elephants and sumo chicks or summon slimy giant jellyfish and real UFOs. Draw lines in the arena to defend against your opponent's attacks. The skill lies in your use of ink, creativity and timing. Extra help is provided by a corncob and a piñata (yes, really!). Play on your own or with friends. To keep things interesting, there are various game modes and different arenas, each with its own special attack. Arenas include City, Ship and Haunted Wood. Five teams are playable immediately, and there are 10 more to unlock. Game modes include Duel Mode, Time Mode and Pro Mode. Your best scores will be saved for you to beat.

Around the World
Publisher: Wizarbox
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Whether you want to improve your own knowledge of geography or compete with friends and family in exciting mini-games, Around the World is for you! The game features a solo mode for building your knowledge and a multiplayer mode for playing against others. Topics include monuments, history, sports, art, literature and people. Players may be asked to choose the right answer from a list of options or point as closely as possible to a given place.

Max & the Magic Marker (demo version)
Publisher: Press Play
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 1,000 Wii Points
Description: One day, Max receives a mysterious marker in the mail. The first thing he draws is a monster, but as soon as the pen leaves the paper, the monster comes to life and jumps into another drawing. The monster must be stopped, so Max draws himself onto the page and the chase begins. Max & the Magic Marker is an award-winning physics-based puzzle platformer. The game is suitable for all audiences yet still challenging for hard-core gamers. It plays like a classic platformer, but with a twist. You have a magic marker that enables you to draw freehand, and everything you draw becomes real. You must help Max overcome enemies, obstacles and puzzles along the way. Enjoy loads of puzzles with multiple solutions. Collect hidden orbs to unlock extras. Explore 15 awesome levels in three unique worlds.

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: NEOGEO
Publisher: D4 Enterprise
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Mild Blood, Violence
Price: 900 Wii Points
Description: FIGHTER'S HISTORY DYNAMITE is a fighting game that was first released in 1994. In this sequel to the well-loved FIGHTER'S HISTORY, the action takes place once again at a martial arts tournament called the Great Grapple. This time, 13 combatants have emerged to test their skills against the best of the best. Notable playing features include a wide range of secret attacks, a weak-spot system that assigns a vulnerable area to each fighter and the introduction of original bosses Clown and Karlov as playable characters. The bull from the bonus stage of the Data East classic Karate Champ will also make a special appearance if you're able to clear certain secret conditions.

Original platform: NEOGEO
Publisher: D4 Enterprise
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 900 Wii Points
Description: This puzzle-action game was released by Data East in 1997. Control a clown to pull in and throw back balloons hurled from the top of the screen. If you line up three or more balloons of the same color in a vertical row, they will burst. If you're not quick enough, the balloons will squash the clown and the game is over. Once you've got the hang of bursting balloons, you'll need to master combos and chains. The basic rules of the game haven't changed since MAGICAL DROP II, but with 16 playable characters and a new Magical Journey mode, there is much to explore in MAGICAL DROP III.

Nintendo DSiWare

G.G Series Z•ONE
Publisher: Genterprise Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Breach enemy lines in this technical side-scrolling shooter. The enemy has bolstered its defenses with a perilous fortress of blocks. Skillfully maneuver and make use of pods that fire in eight directions to vanquish foes as you advance toward the heart of enemy territory. Each level features a unique landscape and varying difficulty, forcing you to adapt. Learn the art of quick evasion as some levels scroll faster than others. Master advanced shooting techniques such as shooting in the opposite direction.

DodoGo! Challenge
Publisher: Neko Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: DodoGo! Challenge, the sequel to DodoGo!, is a unique puzzle game that will put your intelligence to the test. You must save as many endangered eggs as possible in nearly 100 dangerous, trap-infested levels. Use the stylus to dig in the terrain, set fire to objects, cut ropes and plenty of other mechanisms. Will you find the solution to bring all the eggs safely to their nest? Your perseverance will be rewarded with unlockable bonus levels and trophies. Beat your own score and see how it ranks against the rest of the world.

Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games
Publisher: Big John Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Simulated Gambling
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Players can bring the exciting slot machine experience anywhere they go. Choose from six adventure-themed, five-reel bonus slots, or try your luck with classic Cherries or Diamonds slots. Win big jackpots and earn access to VIP suites. Players can use winnings to purchase vibrant merchandise to customize their suites. As players progress, they can win multiple awards and achievements.



broodwarsDecember 27, 2010

While I'm happy to see life in the Virtual Console again, I really don't give a damn about anything from the Neo Geo.  I'm tempted to try out the WiiWare demo for Max and the Magic Marker, though.

AVDecember 27, 2010

Max is a pretty good game. THe controls are odd ( Z to jump) but the overall gameplay is sound and fun.

On a totally unrelated note I picked up Zombie Panic in Wonderland.

You got my hopes up with the Karnov reference, but I don't like the character enough to play some old fighting game just for his cameo. However, I am excited to finally try Max and the Magic Marker!

TJ SpykeDecember 27, 2010

Why did you write "of Karnov's Revenge fame"? This IS that game, it's called Fighter's History Dynamite in North America and Japan but is called Karnov's Revenge in Europe.

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