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Nintendo Download: Week of December 6, 2010.
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December 06, 2010, 15:23:48
Not just one, but TWO VC releases?


Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 1,200 Wii Points; demo version available for 0 Wii Points
Description: A magical illustrated encyclopedia called Aquaticus has been tainted by a vial of evil ink called the Influence. As a pool of water that can take on alternate forms of ice and steam, you must overcome obstacles scattered across the pages of Aquaticus and save it from the corruptive Influence. Tilt and twist your Wii Remote™ controller to use the various forms and properties of water on your free-flowing journey through Aquaticus, where every page has multiple panels and illustrations that come to life. Tackle problems and defeat enemies to reveal magical Rainbow Drops, each of which will restore some of Aquaticus' power and allow it to open more chapters and grant you new powers. These additional powers, such as sticking to objects as a block of ice or shooting bolts of lightning as a steam cloud, will be essential to destroying the Influence and its minions. Along the way, you can also test your ingenuity and reflexes by finding hidden puzzle pieces. These pieces unlock playrooms that give you the opportunity to use the skills you've learned and race against the clock to complete as many challenges as possible. These challenges won't affect your quest to restore Aquaticus' powers, but everyone needs a break now and again, right? Fluidity offers the chance to slosh and slide your way through an imaginative environment filled with challenging adventures. Are you ready to dive into this unique experience?

Racers' Islands - Crazy Arenas
Publisher: ZALLAG
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Cartoon Violence
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Do you like unusual motor sports challenges? Racers' Islands - Crazy Arenas includes five wacky activities/challenges: a golden totem to capture in a lost temple, a wild ascent to an infernal mountain peak, an ice hockey tournament between racing cars, a paintball contest powered by engines and a time bomb to toss to your opponents as quickly as possible. During these frenzied events, players must drive with one hand while aiming with the other.

Publisher: Korner Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Turn your television into a virtual fireplace equipped with realistic graphics and a fire effect that will almost make you want to warm your hands by it. Prepare the wood, light the fire and stoke it. Or, if you prefer, choose the Automatic option to have the fireplace on your screen while you eat with your family, celebrate with friends or dine with your partner. There are fireplaces for every occasion.

Virtual Console

Wolf of the Battlefield: COMMANDO
Publisher: Capcom
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Violence, Use of Tobacco
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Experience the Capcom arcade game that spawned a multitude of clones as the original commando comes to your living room courtesy of the Virtual Console service. Take control of Super Joe and shoot your way upwards into enemy territory, using grenades to wreak havoc with enemy placements in this seminal genre creator.

Publisher: Capcom
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Experience the original adventures of the Monkey King in this action-packed side-scrolling adventure. Rapidly switch between different levels of play to shoot dangerous enemies in the face. A truly original concept, this quirky, old-school arcade classic has been hard to find in the West since its arcade debut in 1984 - until now!

Nintendo DSiWare

Dairojo! Samurai Defenders
Publisher: Abylight
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: On the awakening of the Edo period, Shoguns fight ferocious battles to win over the Land of the Rising Sun. From Kumamoto to Tsuruga, six emblematic castles are under siege by implacable ninjas attacking from land and air. Strategically position your spears, archers, gunners, generals and cannons. Promote their ranks and wisely employ the smoke bombs and rice balls to your advantage. But don't get overly confident - the art of war of Hana, the Geisha, is a reminder that appearances can be deceptive. Four game-play modes include Score Attack, Normal Mode, Random Mode and Versus (via DS Download Play). The game also includes a Fast Forward function and several degrees of difficulty.

Space Ace®
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Play as the heroic Ace and stop the evil Commander Borf from taking over the Earth. Borf plans to reduce all of humankind to infants and take over the planet. Only two people have the courage and strength to stop Borf and save Earth: the beautiful Kimberly and the heroic Ace. But as they approach Borf's stronghold, Ace is changed into a child by the Infanto Ray and Kimberly is kidnapped by the evil madman. Space Ace is a fully animated arcade classic from legendary animator Don Bluth. You'll make your way through bizarre new worlds by using your Nintendo DSi™ system to move and fire your laser gun. Beware of your foes, as they are numerous. The fate of Earth is in your hands.

Rytmik Rock Edition
Publisher: CINEMAX
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Rytmik Rock Edition is an application for creating rhythmic and melodic themes and composing full songs. It contains more than 130 carefully selected sound samples of drums, keyboards, bass, lead and rhythm guitars. With Rytmik Rock Edition you can quickly and easily create the basic building block: an audio clip. It consists of musical notations for up to four instruments that you may transpose, select their location in the stereo field and modify their volume, polyphony and echo. You may arbitrarily combine up to 128 such clips in four tracks and create complex pieces of music. You also have a rhythm library and a varied collection of 10 pre-made compositions at your disposal. For the best musical experience, listen using headphones or a quality speaker system (not included).

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Holy ish... Virtual Console games? Way to go, Capcom! [wild applause]

In all seriousness, I've been curious about Sonson. Might look into that sooner or later.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 16:13:15
Hmmm... been kinda curious about Sonson, ever since the release of Marvel vs Capcom 2. Might have to check that one out.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 16:28:12
Well that's a letdown... 2 VC releases would have been perfect for both Lufia games Damn you Pandareus for getting my hopes up and expecting these to come out every week now.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 16:30:06

Surprised at the lack of a demo for Fluidity, I gotta say. I thought it had been announced and everything.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 16:39:16

What do you mean?

Nintendo PR said:
demo version available for 0 Wii Points

Unless it's not on the service like this PR thing says?

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 16:46:04
Not fully reading FTL.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 16:47:25  - Edited by 
 on: 12/06/10, 16:56:48

Oh. I didn't read the description, heh heh. It's just that previously they called out the demos with their own entries.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 16:53:11
It's crazy to me that Space Ace is still being sold 26 years after it came out. I remember the first time I saw it being demo'd on a PC at a Radio Shack or something back in the day, and I thought I was looking at the future of games, which just proves what I've always said... kids are really dumb all the time.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 17:23:03
I've never played these games. The IGN review for the PSN version of Dragon's Lair seemed to say that there is NO reason whatsoever to buy it unless you're nostalgic for it, that it won't do anything for anyone who hasn't played them back in the day.

I'm still kind of curious, though.

I did like Heavy Rain...

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 18:00:46
Fluidity for me! And those Capcom games are VC Arcade games, right?

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 18:15:29
I'm definitely gonna try out the Fluidity demo. It sounds right up my alley.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 19:39:42
I'll be downloading that demo as well. Seems like a cool concept.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 19:47:04
I can't handle the speed that demos are being released at. It's blowing my mind! (Plus, I still have 300 XBLI demos to try!!)

Another good week. Surprise, surprise. Surprise.

I'm interested in the Capcom arcade games. (They ARE arcade games, right?) I love Commando.

There's a Dragon's Lair Collection on Wii with DL 1 & 2 and Space Ace. $20, I think. I'll probably pick it up for sheer nostalgic value. Do you guys remember that humongous cockpit plane simulator that might have used laserdisc technology? Mach 3, or something?

Investigate if you want to see the origin of Quick-Time Events. These are the hardcore version, though. No on-screen prompts. You guess right... or you die! There was something kind of satisfying about figuring that game out. It was like a laserdisc version of Milon's Secret Castle.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 21:00:11  - Edited by 
 on: 12/06/10, 21:02:05
I have the DSiWare version of Dragon's Lair. That game is freakin' HARD.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 21:47:21
Today's the day of buying games I'm not so sure about.

Bought Fluidity. Impressions after I play it. Which will be right now.

BTW, I'm still a hater. But that "Published by Nintendo" tickles me in special places. Hopefully the game pwns me.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 21:55:17  - Edited by 
 on: 12/06/10, 21:58:25
Sweet It's about time those two arcade games came out.

Posted by 
 on: 12/06/10, 23:00:28
I'll probably be downloading Fluidity.

Posted by 
 on: 12/07/10, 10:24:50  - Edited by 
 on: 12/07/10, 10:26:17
Welcome to the booooooard.

Posted by 
 on: 12/07/10, 15:21:52
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