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Nintendo Download: Week of June 28, 2010.
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June 28, 2010, 15:22:05
Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!


Jett Rocket
Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Jump and run and fly. Let Jett Rocket explore the beautiful planet of Yoroppa and find out why it has been attacked by the evil Power Plant Posse. Visit tropical islands, poisonous swamps and freezingly cold glaciers. Ride the ocean on your Jet Boat, parachute from giant cliffs, speed through arctic regions on your Jet Snowboard or skyrocket with your Jet Turbine. You will need everything you've got to fight back and save Yoroppa. Just be Jett Rocket in this epic futuristic full 3D action adventure.

Pong Toss Pro – Frat Party Games®
Publisher: JV Games Inc.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Alcohol Reference, Comic Mischief, Mild Language
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Born on college campuses, Pong Toss is the ultimate party-game favorite. Now Pong Toss Pro takes it to the next level by featuring a completely redesigned throwing system for complete accuracy and improved graphics. Also new to Pong Toss Pro is Tournament Mode. You can have a four-, eight-, or 16-team bracket play in Pong Toss & Speed Pong. Pong Toss Pro features six regulation tables and the ability to modify simple house rules. Rock it with a high-energy rock soundtrack; listen to the announcer commenting on your play. Rule the table with Fireball bonuses for consecutive shots. In Speed Pong, up to three challengers can compete at the same time. Speed and strategy are the keys to this fast-paced game. Jack up your opponents by using a slew of power-ups that will slow them down. The first one who sinks the last cup wins it all.

Robin Hood: The Return of Richard
Publisher: Nordcurrent
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: While Richard, the true King of England, is absent from his throne, his country rages in chaos. England has been invaded, and enemies burn and destroy local towns and villages. After the house of expert archer and hunter Robin Hood was burned down, he, together with a group of free archers like himself, hides in Sherwood Forest and begins his fight for justice. The fate of the people now lies in your hands. Help Robin to defeat the villains and restore peace in this shooting game.


* Complete 12 levels, defeating numerous enemies and visiting different locations in medieval England
* Search for hidden objects to get bonus points
* Fight with super villains, such as the Sheriff of Nottingham
* Replay the game to improve your score in the High Score Table

Virtual Console

Mario Tennis
Original platform: Nintendo 64
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: The Mushroom Kingdom welcomes another sport to its lineup in the Nintendo 64 smash Mario Tennis. In addition to the bright graphics and intuitive, but incredibly tight, controls that all Mario™ games are known for, a cast of 16 Nintendo characters (including the first introduction of Waluigi™) is ready to take to the court. Along with the ability to unnerve an opponent by varying shots and precisely target their destination, each character has specific attributes in categories such as speed, power and control, all of which combine to offer multiple play styles to choose from. A variety of game modes ranging from a standard tournament to the crazy, item-filled Bowser Stage will keep you – and up to three of your friends – running around the court for quite some time. Whether trying to unlock all the secrets in single-player mode or challenging friends with some intense fun in multiplayer mode, this is a game that definitely holds its serve.

Nintendo DSiWare

Maestro! Green Groove
Publisher: Neko Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Animated Blood, Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Hello. Do you like music? Do you like platforms? Do you like pink bird-like things? Do you like the jungle? You'll love Maestro! Green Groove edition! So jump in and enjoy this wonderful feeling of being a virtuoso using your heart, stylus and voice. Everything you do is music – EVERYTHING! Hit the spiders to play some drums, shoot the fruit to bring out the melody, pinch the strings to play the tune and so on. Challenge the mischievous Staccato the Spider in a melodious battle in which the most talented one will win. For those of you who have no fear, once you have finished the adventure, you can activate the SING/WHISTLE mode to bug everyone around you with your precious talents. And for the talented ones, there is an improvisation mode in which you'll play the levels with the instruments and at the speed of your choice. Enjoy, Maestros from all around the world!

Date or Ditch
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Think you're a real Casanova? Let's see how you act in real-life situations when you face a whole gamut of dates, from romantic to wild. Date or Ditch is an absorbing dating adventure for both guys and girls, testing you through an evolving scenario. Discover unique game play mixing social simulation, hilarious face-to-face conversations and fun quizzes. Randomly meet someone at a party, go to the movies together, invite your date to dinner and more. And a surprise visit from your ex may spice up your love story a bit. Enter even deeper into the game thanks to the exclusive camera feature: Add your photo within the game and change your face according to your feelings. In real life, make sure you are compatible with your date by taking the Love Test: Based on your names and appearance, are you made for each other? Love has always been a game. We just made it more fun.

Animal Color Cross
Publisher: Little Worlds Studio
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Get hooked on colorful puzzles. The goal of the game is to reconstruct a mysterious animal image that lies beneath the grid. You just need to fill in each square of the grid with one of the appropriate colors available. To solve the puzzle, you can simply deduce the right color by using the numbers written around the grid. Don't worry, a short tutorial shows you the basic rules within a minute. Puzzle-solving champs, sudoku fans or even kids can enjoy the game. You can play 72 individual grids in up to 50 hours of game play. Players can select among eight levels presented as geographical zones including Europe, Oceania, North Pole, Pacific, North America and South America to discover local fauna. Enter a new world filled with fancy colored pixel art.

Ancient Tribe
Publisher: CIRCLE Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In the ancient world of Savage, you play the god of an ancient tribe in this real-time strategy game. Expand your village by guiding its inhabitants on the hunting grounds to find food and resources. Use them to upgrade your village and increase its population. When the primitive tribe develops to a certain level, they will build a temple to pay tribute to your mightiness. You can recruit new troops and research new classes of tribal people by upgrading the existing tribe's equipment and technology. Besides improving your tribe you can improve your godly powers by sacrificing some of your tribesmen and resources. On the hunting ground your tribe will explore forests, deserts, volcanoes and frozen lands. They will meet various kinds of beasts such as boars, elephants and even dinosaurs. You can help trap and tame them so your tribe can ride on them as part of your army and hunting troop.

Brain Drain™
Publisher: Enjoy Gaming
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Brain Drain is a funny and challenging puzzle game. You have to place the elements of a scrambled puzzle according to a given model. Select four elements at a time with the stylus and spin them to move the elements to the right positions. Some puzzles may feature malicious game effects that will slow you down during your puzzle solving. There are three game modes to choose from:

* Challenge: 200 fixed puzzles with preset best times to solve and beat.
* Race: A stream of puzzles and best time tables to beat in four difficulty levels.
* Random: Relaxed, random puzzling that continues endlessly.

Battle of Giants™: Mutant Insects – Revenge
Publisher: Ubisoft
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: After the defeat of the Mutant King, the Mutant Queen rose up from the core of the Earth and forced the remaining giant insects into submission. Now it is your job to locate and free the Scorpion Champion, the only giant insect with the ability to defeat the Mutant Queen. Complete 10 new missions, defeat your enemies and liberate the Scorpion Champion! Customize your giant insect with tribal stripes, equip it with special powers and enhance your abilities. Challenge your friends to duels of supremacy on the Nintendo DS™ system. Are you strong enough to win this Battle of Giants™?

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Posted: 06/28/10, 15:22:05  - Edited by 
 on: 06/28/10, 15:22:26    
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Whoa, whoa, whoa Mario Tennis 64? Awesome!

Posted by 
 on: 06/28/10, 15:26:17
Wow, what a coincidence. A former roommate of mine is staying at my place for a while and was asking me if MT64 was on the VC. Guess I know what we'll be playing tonight.

And I can't believe the Beer Pong game was successful enough for a sequel. Crazy.

Posted by 
 on: 06/28/10, 16:08:35
Mario Tennis 64 is a great game..too bad I own the cartridge...and the Gamecube (better) game..

I want more SNES/NES/Arcade games per week.. I'm not going to get them am I?


Posted by 
 on: 06/28/10, 16:27:18
Smerd said:
Mario Tennis 64 is a great game..too bad I own the cartridge...and the Gamecube (worse) game..
Fixed that for you.

Waluigi will be very happy with this week's Nintendo Download.

I'll probably get Jett Rocket after I've completed Galaxy 2.

Posted by 
 on: 06/28/10, 18:37:43
No new downloadable Nintendo puzzlers???


I've heard a lot of people say that they like the N64 version better. I don't really understand why, since you can disable all of the gimmicky stuff. Do you think the GCN version plays worse on a base level?

Posted by 
 on: 06/28/10, 18:53:49  - Edited by 
 on: 06/28/10, 18:55:03
anon_mastermind said:
Smerd said:
Mario Tennis 64 is a great game..too bad I own the cartridge...and the Gamecube (worse) game..
Fixed that for you.

wait a minute!!! I thought the GCN version had more options? Couldn't you stop the 'power shots' (edit: Like anand said "gimicky") in that game as well to closely resemble the n64 version? I'm going to have to boot it up as I have forgotten - all I remember is that I liked that version better - although it wasn't miles ahead of it's great predecessor.


Posted by 
 on: 06/28/10, 19:06:40  - Edited by 
 on: 06/28/10, 19:07:52
Question about Mario Tennis 64: weren't there features or characters that could only be unlocked with the Game Boy pack thingy?

Posted by 
 on: 06/28/10, 19:33:01
@Pandareus I'm pretty sure both Golf and Tennis had that feature. I don't have either game, but if it's anything like Mario Kart 64 for instance, then those features are out.

@Smerd I too wish there could be more arcade games. Particularly Nintendo ones like Donkey Kong and Popeye

Posted by 
 on: 06/28/10, 19:46:34

Hmm, according to Wikipedia there are courts that become unlockable after you link with the GBC game. I hope Nintendo has thought of making those courts available on the VC version.

Posted by 
 on: 06/28/10, 19:55:58
I remember the AI being better in Mario Tennis 64, as well as the "gimmicky" courts being more fun. I guess it's because IMO everything they added to Power Tour was a downgrade...while the same basic tennis is still there it felt stagnant when held up to its predecessor. Oh and I had a lot of fun with items in the N64 version, I forget if they had them in the GCN game.

Intense difficulty with items Mario & Luigi vs Bowser and Boo on Bowser's court. That shit was epic!

Posted by 
 on: 06/28/10, 20:31:07
Are you sure it wasn't just a nostalgia thing?

I have both, but I haven't played them thaaat in-depth, so I don't think I'm qualified to judge.

The GBA Mario Tennis was really good, though, even if the mini-games were sometimes frustrating.

Posted by 
 on: 06/28/10, 21:40:56
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