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Nintendo Download: Week of May 2, 2011.
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May 02, 2011, 15:44:25
This week's Nintendo Download: BINGO PARTY Deluxe and BIT.TRIP RUNNER (demo) for WiiWare; RIVAL TURF! for Virtual Console; Anonymous Notes Chapter 2 - From The Abyss -, Ikibago, and Picture Perfect Pocket Stylist for DSiWare.


Publisher: Ateam Inc.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: In BINGO PARTY Deluxe, play with up to four players in 75-Ball BINGO, 90-Ball BINGO or BINGO PARTY game modes. (Additional controllers are required for multiplayer game play and are sold separately.) The more you play, the more BINGO points you collect. Keep collecting BINGO points to unlock fun goodies such as new game modes and BINGO card patterns. All BINGO game modes can also be played with computer players, and the difficulty setting can be easily adjusted to match your skill level. The exclusive BINGO PARTY game mode adds excitement by having players compete to find and stamp BINGO numbers on multiple BINGO cards, eventually completing patterns to earn big points. Players can also enjoy the classic 75-Ball BINGO and 90-Ball BINGO game modes. There's plenty of fun for everyone.

BIT.TRIP RUNNER (demo version)
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 800 Wii Points
Description: Race across the moon, kicking down crystal walls and sliding under chomping moon-slugs. Bound through the Robotic Mines and face off against the MinerMech. Dash through the Big City on a quest to find friends and defeat the final boss. BIT.TRIP RUNNER is the fourth entry in the award-winning and critically acclaimed BIT.TRIP series. Players control CommanderVideo as he runs, jumps, slides and kicks through more than 50 levels. Chiptune supergroup Anamanaguchi makes a guest appearance. Join CommanderVideo on his most epic journey yet.

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: Super NES
Publisher: Jaleco
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Take back the streets with RIVAL TURF!, the classic two-player action game that originally launched on the Super NES. Clean up the streets in a fast and furious display of tag-team street-fighting action. Get your licks in with a range of attacks, from body slams and leg sweeps to jabs, hooks and uppercuts. Go it alone in single-player mode, fight alongside another player, or go head-to-head and toe-to-toe in the special Versus Mode. This could be the toughest fight of your life, so you'd better start swinging.

Nintendo DSiWare

Anonymous Notes Chapter 2 - From The Abyss -
Publisher: Sonic Powered Co., Ltd.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Discover an action-packed RPG set inside an infinitely extending dungeon. Sweep away the monsters wriggling in many places and defeat a strong boss monster lurking in the deepest part of the dungeon. Even after the boss monster is defeated, the dungeon automatically re-creates itself, so players can try new games over and over. Using a skill called Soul Capture, the male character can take magic and other skills away from the monsters, as well as weapons and shields to power up. It's exhilarating to strengthen your character by combining equipment and skills, and then crush the monsters in a sweep.

Publisher: Neko Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Alcohol Reference
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Play the role of a pirate and set out to discover the lost treasure of Ikibago in this fascinating puzzle-action game. Differently colored barrels move from left to right. Your objective is to align at least three barrels of the same color in one column before they disappear from the screen. Use the stylus to switch the barrels while anticipating different traps. Bonuses are available - be sure to use them carefully to succeed in the game's 121 missions.

Picture Perfect Pocket Stylist
Publisher: 505 Games US Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Thanks to Picture Perfect Pocket Stylist, your hairdresser will always be with you. Have fun inventing new hairstyles for cartoon characters or for yourself and your friends. Take a picture of yourself and see how you look with a new haircut. When you find the right style, save it to your Nintendo DSi system's photo album. You can also import pictures from the album and use them to create new styles. Enjoy thousands of combinations of styles and makeup.


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lol, Rival Turf! Now that's the kind of old game that's best left in the past...

But hey, if Jaleco wants to bring more games to the VC, I've always wanted to play The Ignition Factor.

edit - Oh crap, The Ignition Factor was released just a few days ago on the European VC, I like my chances...

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 16:18:20  - Edited by 
 on: 05/02/11, 16:25:42
Hmm, Ikibago sounds like it might be good. I'm waiting for F.A.S.T. on the WiiWare front this month.

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 16:28:03
Finally the SNES game we've all been waiting for.

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 16:35:38
Oh man, Triforcebun is going to be SOOOO HAPPY about today's Virtual Console release!

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 16:46:34

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 16:54:58

Haha, I was just about to post that boxart. Beat me to the punch.

'It's soooooo bad.'

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 16:58:43
That boxart is great! Good for BTRunner, I guess. It will probably get many more sales. Bad for me, because I don't care about much else. Bingo could do well, though...

It seems like Nintendo is pretty much done with DSiWare. Done, done, on to the next one. Kind of sad, but I hope this means more support for 3DSWare.

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 17:28:26

Yeah, that boxart pretty much sums up Nintendo's marketing art style for the entire SNES life cycle. Awesome! Play it LOUD!!

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 17:42:10  - Edited by 
 on: 05/02/11, 17:42:26
Who needs FF3 when we can get a game with one of the worst boxarts ever?

Heck, I'd be happy with Adventure Island 2 (which hit Europe like 2 weeks ago). I need to stop getting my hopes up for these things...

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 18:22:14

Nintendo really does this in the most cruel way possible. What is the possible downside of making a release schedule and sticking to it? It's not like these are regular development cycles where delays are expected. Even if it was six months from today, I'd rather know that FF3, for example, was coming at a specific time, or even knowing that it for sure wasn't coming anytime soon.

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 18:33:58

That came out before the Play It Loud! campaign and was by Jaleco. I don't recall Nintendo having any boxarts that amazingly cheesy.

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 22:56:58
If the perspective in that boxart is to be believed (judging from the building's placement), those two tough guys would have to be falling forward towards the viewer for that image to make sense.

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 23:02:09

And if they are to represent the player characters in the game, one of them has to be 44 years old.

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 23:17:18
Glad we FINALLY got Bingo Party.

Bout freaking time, am I right?

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 23:19:01
I'd like to play The Ignition Factor. It reminds me of another Super NES game called The Firemen, which never came out in America but came out in Europe. I guess publishers don't think "disaster"-related games have as much of a chance in the US?

Posted by 
 on: 05/02/11, 23:53:01
Hey I loved Rival Turf and wanna buy it on VC!

Posted by 
 on: 05/03/11, 00:49:01

BIT.TRIP RUNNER is sort of like Adventure Island 2. From what I've read in a few semi-credible reviews.

Posted by 
 on: 05/03/11, 02:37:26
It's kinda funny, but the DSiWare releases actually aren't bad.

No one cares about handheld downloadables, though.

Posted by 
 on: 05/03/11, 07:25:59
Secret_Tunnel said:
I've considered picking this up in the past based on what this board has said about it. But the thing is, I didn't much care for the two Bit.Trip demos I played (Beat and...Fate, I think? The one with the orb on rails). I know Runner is more of a platformer but I'd really like to try before buyin'.

BIT.TRIP RUNNER is sort of like Adventure Island 2. From what I've read in a few semi-credible reviews.

Posted by 
 on: 05/03/11, 08:17:35
I HAVE always wanted to be a stylist...

J/K. I'd care if I had room on my DSi.

Posted by 
 on: 05/03/11, 15:48:45
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