This Week in Nintendo Downloads

by Pedro Hernandez - March 14, 2011, 9:51 pm PDT
Total comments: 6

Plants fight off zombies and lights create music in this week's crop of games.

The week's update sees three games for DSiWare and one game and one demo for WiiWare. Highlighting the week's DSiWare updates is PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies. The tower defense-style title has players fighting off hordes of zombies using plants. Alongside the main game, there are four additional mini-games. Plants vs. Zombies can be downloaded for 800 DSi Points ($8).

From Agetec Inc. is Rabi Laby, an Alice in Wonderland-themed co-op game in which players must use the abilities of the main protagonists in order to survive the game's labyrinths. The title has been priced at 500 DSi Points ($5).

The final DSiWare game for the week is cerasus.media's 5 in 1 Mahjong. The 200 DSi Point ($2) title features several variations of the famous game, including "Memory" and "Shuffle".

The WiiWare game for the week is Liight, from Studio Walljump. Liight is a puzzle game in which players must correctly place beams of light in their corresponding places. Doing so will create music. Puzzles can be created and sent to friends over WiiConnect24. Liight is available for 500 Wii Points ($5).

This week's update wraps up with a demo version of Mix Superstar from Digital Leisure. The title turns player into music mixers as they use various beats to create songs. The Wii Speak microphone is also compatible with the game. The demo can be downloaded free of charge.

Nintendo Download: Plants vs. Zombies

The Nintendo Download: The imminent arrival of spring means beautiful plants and hordes of the undead.

March 14, 2011

Spring is just about a week away. It's a time of renewal. For some, that means the budding of new flowers. For others, it's a chance to reanimate their dead tissue and go on the attack. Over on the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, Plants vs. Zombies reminds you that when the mob comes for you, foliage might be the only friend you have left. If you're in the mood for a different kind of single-player strategy, the WiiWare™ service shines some Liight on a creative new puzzle-solving game that incorporates color, light and music.

Nintendo DSiWare

Plants vs. Zombies
Publisher: PopCap Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Get ready to soil your plants in the zombie-zapping phenomenon from PopCap. A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home, and the only defense is your arsenal of home-guardin' plants. You'll have to think fast and plant faster as you fight the fun-dead through day, night and fog, in the swimming pool and on the roof. Dig into five game modes and get more zombie-zapping action in four new mini-games. You can even make your own zombie creation with the Zombatar™! The fun never dies.

Rabi Laby
Publisher: Agetec, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Rabi Laby requires teamwork, dedication and the love of a great adventure. Alice is a spunky young girl who adores her fluffy pet rabbit named Rabi. One day Alice was looking for Rabi and finally found him right before he jumped into a small hole in a tree. Without thinking twice, Alice jumped in after him. This is where their magical adventure begins. Alice and Rabi encounter intriguing animals and creatures that may lead them to the exit, or stop them from escaping. Together they will explore and discover things unlike anything they've ever seen before. They must work as a team to find the key and escape each area of the mighty labyrinth. Both Alice and Rabi have their own unique abilities and you must switch between them in order to complete each area and ultimately escape the labyrinth's grasp. The labyrinth awaits you...

5 in 1 Mahjong
Publisher: cerasus.media
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Play Standard mahjong without all the bells and whistles. You can choose from more than 300 layouts or try different variations of the game. In "Countdown," you only have 20 minutes to clear the tiles. With "Remember," you can train your memory as every tile is only briefly visible. Don't dally in "Shuffle" mode - the board will rebuild itself if you don't make a match in time. In "Match" you simply need to search for particular tiles. The tile images are strikingly sharp, making them easy to recognize. Choose your favorite tile design, plus enjoy the great soundtrack and high-quality animation that create an authentic gaming experience. Challenge yourself with a range of difficult layouts. If you are stuck, hints will help you out.

WiiWare

Liight
Publisher: Studio Walljump
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: Liight is a unique, award-winning, puzzle-solving game where you use colored lights and shadows to solve puzzles and make music. Each puzzle in Liight is a unique combination of colored lights and targets arranged on a special board. If you completely cover a target with light of the matching color, the target will glow and play music. A puzzle is solved when all of the targets are glowing and playing music together. Every puzzle makes a different song each time you play. Nonstop mode in Liight is a fast-paced arcade puzzle game that uses the same basic concepts you learn in Solve mode in a constant struggle for a high score. Liight also has a Create mode to make your own puzzles any way you want, and a Share mode to send them to your Wii™ friends using the WiiConnect24™ service.

Mix Superstar (demo version)
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 500 Wii Points
Description: Think you can be the next big music star? Well now you've got all the tools right at your fingertips with Mix Superstar. Create, mix and record your own royalty-free musical masterpieces right on your Wii console. There are more than 1,000 Dance, Hip Hop and Techno loops included across multiple instruments like Drum, Bass, Synth, Guitar and even voice tracks. Once you've got that next hit created, it's time to show it off. Mix Superstar allows you to export your music creations, and download them to your computer so you can take them on the go. You can also use the WiiConnect24 service to send those hits to your Wii friends who own the game, and even collaborate on mixes. Also included is full support for both the Logitech® USB Microphone and the Wii Speak™ accessory (sold separately) so you can lay down your own vocals. Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play service even allows you to enhance your music creation experience with additional loop packs from a variety of genres. Now go on and make some noise.

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

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 http://wii.com or http://www.nintendodsi.com.

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Talkback

TJ SpykeMarch 15, 2011

I wonder what was taken out from the retail DS version of the game for the DSiWare release.

Wow, I had completely forgotten about Liight. That was announced way back near the launch of WiiWare in 2008 - took them long enough. I remember thinking it looked like a neat little puzzle game.

Mop it upMarch 15, 2011

It can't be a good thing that I first read the abstract as "this week's crap of games."

The amusing thing about Rabi Laby is that in Japanese it's called Rabi x Rabi since there is no differentiation between L and R.

ShayminMarch 15, 2011

Quote from: TJ

I wonder what was taken out from the retail DS version of the game for the DSiWare release.

I've got a request into Popcap, hopefully they get back to me soon. But I just bought the cart (well, got it for free on credit) and if they didn't cut anything and added stuff, I'll be slightly distressed.

ShyGuyMarch 15, 2011

So I never heard of this Plants vs. Zombies. Is it any good?

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