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This Week in Nintendo Downloads 5/16/11

by Neal Ronaghan - May 16, 2011, 12:43 pm EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: (Press Release)

Chrono Trigger makes a Virtual Console splash while fishing, ghost dancing, and more carry WiiWare and DSiWare.

Chrono Trigger, Square Enix's vaunted Super Nintendo RPG, is the most notable title of the week, appearing on the Wii's Virtual Console. Additionally, DSiWare features three new releases, and WiiWare is populated by a new game and a new demo.

Originally released in 1995, Chrono Trigger is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time. The story begins with protagonist Crono crossing paths with a disguised princess at a fair. Shortly after, he winds up traveling through time, and begins an adventure that spans thousands of years, featuring a cast of characters including a robot from the future, a medievil frog prince, and a cavewoman. It is available for 800 Wii Points ($8)

Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix, from Natsume, is the sole new release on WiiWare. The 500 Wii Points ($5) dancing game features four-player multiplayer, and is the first release in a new series, which will see a 3DS release this summer.

WiiWare also features a free demo of Lapland Studio's Lead the Meerkats, a simulation title in which you lead a group of meerkats. The full version is available for 1,000 Wii Points ($10).

On DSiWare, Big John Games leads the way with Big Bass Arcade. The game features D-pad and stylus control methods, and a variety of fish to catch. It is available for 500 Nintendo DSi Points ($5).

Word Searcher 3, the third version of the game to hit DSiWare, brings more word-searching gameplay to DSiWare. It is available for 500 Nintendo DSi Points ($5).

The last title of the week is Hellokids - Vol. 1: Coloring and Painting, which is available for 200 Nintendo DSi Points ($2). The game features more than 150 drawings that you can color in, and also allows you to draw on photos you've taken with the system.

Nintendo Download: Get Tangled In Time Or Angle For A Big Catch With The Latest Game Downloads

May 16, 2011

Ready to switch up your routine - or even your century? With the arrival of the Super NES™ favorite CHRONO TRIGGER® on the Virtual Console™ service, Wii™ owners can liven up their living rooms with a classic time-twisting adventure. For the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, Big Bass Arcade invites players to cast away boredom by casting a line in search of mighty fish, while Word Searcher 3 offers fresh puzzle-solving challenges that can be enjoyed anywhere. Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix for the WiiWare™ service sets monster-themed fun to an irresistible beat. Delightful deviation from the norm is just a download away.

Virtual Console

Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: Square Enix
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: A young man is transported into the past, altering the course of history and the outcome of the future. He has to find his way home, but first he must travel to the outer edges of time to repair the world's chronology. On the way, he encounters strange friends and foes, uses incredible devices and vehicles, and penetrates and neutralizes the fortresses of the past, present and future. A paradox has been created. If he does not restore the order of time, nothing will ever be the same. He is the one who will become a hero. He is Crono.

Nintendo DSiWare

Big Bass Arcade
Publisher: Big John Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Big Bass Arcade is all about the action where the bass are biting and fighting. Catch a boatload of fish and take a shot at the world-record bass. The game is packed with features: seven different lakes, nine lures, three multiple-lake tournaments, 42 events, high scores for each event and the elusive world-record bass. Big John Games brings 17 years of fishing game experience to Big Bass Arcade to create incredible fish behaviors, spectacular animations and second-to-none fish AI. Putting the fun back into hand-held fishing is the name of the game. Players choose from two control options - stylus or +Control Pad - for casting, reeling and controlling the fish-fighting action. Big Bass Arcade appeals to fishing enthusiasts and gamers alike by capturing the adrenaline rush of fish-fighting in an arcade-style game.

Word Searcher 3
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: You'll need a keen eye and a quick mind to complete 100 themed word-search puzzles. Word Searcher 3 contains fun words from multiple categories including astronomy, currency and rivers. Packed with a huge assortment of subjects to choose from, there's sure to be a puzzle anyone can enjoy. Keep your vocabulary, memory and problem-solving skills sharp with these challenging puzzles. Keep track of - and try to beat - your own play-through times again and again as words are scrambled every time you play.

Hellokids - Vol. 1: Coloring and Painting
Publisher: BiP Media
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Imagine a coloring book on your Nintendo DSi™ system, add the ability to create your own drawings and to draw over photos, and you've got Hellokids. Color and draw using the Nintendo DSi stylus. Enjoy more than 150 drawings you can color with three difficulty levels, including a "color containment" assistant. A Freehand Drawing mode includes simple, practical tools, such as an automatic fill function, a color palette and decorations. You can also draw on a photo you've taken or uploaded from your Nintendo DSi album. Hellokids is a great pocket companion for all budding artists.


Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix
Publisher: Natsume Inc.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Join Gabrielle and her monster friends as they dance along to a spooktacular selection of songs. Grab your Wii Remote™ controller and dance along as you shimmy, shake and spin in time to the music. There's trouble in Monster Town: Vlad the Vampire's loyal zombies have disappeared. Gabrielle and her monster friends will have to bust some serious moves on the dance floor in order to lure them back. Along the way, maybe they can uncover the identity of the mysterious creature that's terrorizing Monster Town's zombies. Up to four players can show off their best moves in the game's multiplayer mode. (Additional accessories are required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately.) Short and full versions of songs let you dance as much as you want. Unlock tons of outrageous outfits and items.

Lead the Meerkats™ (demo version)
Publisher: Lapland Studio
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Mild Violence
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 1,000 Wii Points
Description: In Lead the Meerkats, you are a young meerkat who has a lot to accomplish. You've been separated from your pack, and the time has come for you to form your own meerkat pack. Are you ready for the challenge? Name your pack and its meerkats. Dig burrow networks and enlarge your territory. Forage for food and grow your pack size. Stay on guard and be ready to make quick decisions. Run to the safety of the burrows or fight your enemies. Go head-to-head with a rival meerkat pack. Lead your pack to victory and rule the savanna. Lead the Meerkats is the first game to simulate the exciting life of meerkats. Lead your pack and enjoy the company of these lively and endearing animals. Lead the Meerkats offers fun game play for animal lovers of all ages.



SilverQuilavaMay 16, 2011

aauuuuhhhhggg.....Why is there no originality left in new downloadable titles?

AVMay 16, 2011

I bought Chronno Trigger 2 summers ago on the DS, because of the hype. I consider myself a softcore RPG gamer. I love Super Mario RPG, Final Fantasy IV, Paper Mario games, Harvest Moon games, and Zelda.

I LOVED the game for the DS, it held up wonderfully and sadly I didn't have a summer job so I traded it in after I beat it to buy something else ( i forgot what) and I regretted that because I wanted to replay that game so bad. I have exactly 800 wiipoints and I downloaded this when I got home from work.

I will miss some of the FMV's but the core game is intact and totally worthy of $8

fordrobMay 16, 2011

I tried to give the meerkat demo a go - either I'm too dumb to figure it out, or it's broken...I'm hoping for the latter...

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