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This week's downloads (February 1) from Nintendo.
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February 01, 2010, 15:30:29
 
Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!

Nintendo DSiWare

True Swing Golf Express
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Tee off with power, drive with accuracy and putt with precision. True Swing Golf Express is a realistic golf simulation that makes full use of the Nintendo DSi touch screen to offer in-depth control over your actions. Vary shot power, apply topspin or backspin and more, all with a touch of the stylus. Beginners and experts alike can choose from two main modes. Round mode offers play across 3-, 9- or 18-hole courses, each with varying difficulty levels and some in an exciting tournament setting. Challenge mode puts a unique spin on golf with a wide selection of special tasks to complete. Completing these tasks in Challenge mode allows you to improve your character's skills and unlock new courses in Round mode. The fairway awaits!

Legends of Exidia
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: An army of demons called Morgost has invaded Exidia, defeating Princess Sofia and capturing the Orb of Spell. The Morgost's dark intentions include the resurrection of the almighty Daraka. Listen only to your courage and help Sofia drive back this threat. As a fearless warrior, you'll fight the most evil of creatures. With every quest, you'll get closer to discovering the source of the plague.

DOWNTOWN TEXAS HOLD'EM
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1-5
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Simulated Gambling
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Go all-in with EA's DOWNTOWN TEXAS HOLD'EM. Sharpen and show off your poker skills in two exciting game modes and take on up to 20 players in authentic showdowns. Put on your best poker face and challenge friends who also have a Nintendo DSi system and a copy of the game to a multiplayer match. Start with a practice game, play a round of classic poker, then jump into turbo tournament to win the grand prize. Buy your way into gambling halls and casinos, each with its own unique background, realistic tables, cards and chips.

Move your Brain Rollway Puzzle
Publisher: Assoria
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Help the ball of Move your Brain Rollway Puzzle to find the way out of each level. To do so, you must solve riddles and use your dexterity to escape enemies without falling. Move your Brain Rollway Puzzle uses the Nintendo DSi system's built-in camera to detect your movements. While playing, tilt the system to move the ball. Collect gold coins to open certain passages, activate switches to set off mechanisms, use catapults to jump over walls or use bumpers to climb ramps. Time to complete each level is limited, so hurry up!

5 in 1 Solitaire
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Now you can take five of the most popular solitaire games with you on the go. 5 in 1 Solitaire features the always-popular Klondike, Spider and FreeCell games as well as the unique Golf and Gaps versions of solitaire. Each of these versions has a unique style of play that's easy enough for novice players to enjoy but will also challenge experts. You can also view tutorials for each game, track your scores and view gaming stats to see your progress.

WiiWare

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5
Publisher: Telltale Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Alcohol Reference, Cartoon Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Here's a shocking series finale that's sure to shiver your timbers. With the Monkey Island world in tatters at the conclusion of the fourth Tales of Monkey Island chapter, we were left to wonder: Who can save the Caribbean?! LeChuck is revealing surprising new characteristics yet again, Guybrush has met a shocking fate and Elaine must confront the ultimate evil with everything at stake. This adventure takes you far beyond the stormy isles as you experience the Rise of the Pirate God.

Tumblebugs 2
Publisher: Gameshastra Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: There's a battle brewing in the backyard, and only you can save the day. Tumblebugs is the hit action-puzzler in which Black Bugs round up and trap the peaceful underground Tumblebugs. Now the Black Bugs are back - meaner, faster and nastier. They've crashed the garden party and are rounding up the colored beetles. Once again it's Tumble to the rescue, but this time she's got backup. Call on your friends to help you battle your way through 89 stunning new levels. Thrilling new power-ups can also help you free bugs like never before.

5 in 1 Solitaire
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Now you can play five of the most popular solitaire games on your Wii™ console. 5 in 1 Solitaire features the always-popular Klondike, Spider and FreeCell games as well as the unique Golf and Gaps versions of solitaire. Each of these versions has a unique style of play that's easy enough for novice players to enjoy but will also challenge experts. You can also view tutorials for each game, track your scores and view gaming stats to see your progress.

Virtual Console™

Alex Kidd in Shinobi World™
Original platform: SEGA Master System
Publisher: SEGA
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: What do you get when you combine the monumental SEGA classics Alex Kidd in Miracle World™ and Shinobi™? Alex Kidd in Shinobi World, of course! Though never released in Japan, this game has it all: Alex Kidd, kidnapped princesses and evil Dark Ninjas, all played to a rockin', remixed Shinobi soundtrack. Run, jump, swim and slash your way through 12 stages teeming with monstrous foes from the world of Shinobi, plus some more lighthearted ones from Alex Kidd. Just don't let the barracudas turn you into sushi!

(edit: Zero, when will you make this gentleman level -3?)

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Posted: 02/01/10, 15:30:29  - Edited by 
 on: 02/18/11, 01:02:11    
 
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Bleh.

Though I have nothing to complain about, as I can't catch up with the good Wiiware games. One day I'll get Castlevania and LostWinds 2. One day...


Posted by 
 on: 02/01/10, 15:44:08
I'm eventually going to get Monkey Island 5, but I need to download 4 first. Well, my wife did find full-time work, so soon I'll be able to afford more downloads. If only I could make more time...


Posted by 
 on: 02/01/10, 16:19:19
Wow, that's some good DSiWare support. I might very well check out True Swing Golf Express and 5 in 1 Solitaire for 1000 points flat.


Posted by 
 on: 02/01/10, 16:38:14
Yay-he-heeeyyyy! Finally, the Monkey Island finale!

Nearly two months after it released on PC it's here at last!


Posted by 
 on: 02/01/10, 16:43:11
That's neat that they're using the DSi camera for a tilt game. I always thought it was possible. Wonder how well it works. Alex Kidd in Shinobi World sounds oddly intriguing...

That's kind of a neat idea, having a transdimensional character who visits a bunch of a company's franchises. The actual game is probably not that great, but still.


Posted by 
 on: 02/01/10, 17:25:04  - Edited by 
 on: 02/01/10, 17:26:04
I'd probably read about it before I bought it.

edit - Oops, I thought I could count on Levi writing more than anyone would even want to read on this series no one cares about, but he barely mentions the game. I guess it's that forgettable.

Levi said:
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World, one of the last Master System games released in America in 1990, is an impish take on the arcade classic Shinobi. The game is frighteningly short for its ten $30 price tag -- just four stages. The game plays out somewhat like a parody of Shinobi, such as the first boss, which is a silly take on Ken-Oh. Never really a serious entry in the limited Alex Kidd canon, Shinobi World is desired more as a collector's item for franchise fans


Posted by 
 on: 02/01/10, 17:36:22  - Edited by 
 on: 02/01/10, 17:39:13
I was gonna say the same thing, that's a ton of DSiWare support. Odd that EA would do Texas Hold 'em though. I wonder if it uses the camera any. Now you're not just bluffing with your bets, you can put on your best poker face! As for WiiWare, Tumblebugs 2 sounds like fun, but it will probably stink.

David V


Posted by 
 on: 02/01/10, 19:30:38
That camera utilization sounds pretty cool, actually.


Posted by 
 on: 02/01/10, 19:35:54
porphyrous said:
Now you're not just bluffing with your bets, you can put on your best poker face!
I think it was released today in honor of Lady Gaga and Elton John's duet last night.

Or maybe not. I dunno. I want EA to get on porting Rock Band Mobile to Android, stat!


Posted by 
 on: 02/01/10, 21:42:32  - Edited by 
 on: 02/01/10, 21:42:51
I wonder how deep True Swing Golf Express is? I have the retail release that I was able to snag from Best Buy... YEARS AGO ... I'm curious how much of the full game got into the "Express" version.

It's a fun game. I'm not even really that much into golf, but it's enjoyable.


Posted by 
 on: 02/01/10, 21:53:48
if legends of exidia was an eposodic wiiware rpg then i would buy it, i just do not game on my dsi that much anymore.


Posted by 
 on: 02/02/10, 05:29:42
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