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.
BINGO PARTY Deluxe 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.
RIVAL TURF! 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.
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.
Ikibago 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.
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.
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?
@TriforceBun 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.