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Nintendo Download: Week of May 23, 2011.
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May 23, 2011, 16:04:25
 
DSiWare: PuzzleQuest: Challenge of the Warlords, 99Bullets, and 3D Twist & Match; WiiWare: Overflow

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Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Publisher: 1st Playable Productions
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Suggestive Themes
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords delivers classic puzzle action combined with an epic story of good versus evil. Enter the world of Etheria, a land that is quickly becoming swamped with evil. Help protect the kingdom of Bartonia from the undead invasion and seek out the source of these vile creatures to ensure the safety of your countrymen. Challenge your skills in single-player campaign mode or battle your friends via wireless multiplayer (broadband Internet access required). Match gems and unleash devastating spells to defeat your opponents. Complete more than 150 quests in the expansive and immersive story mode.

99Bullets
Publisher: EnjoyUp Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: 99Bullets is a fun space shooter with a retro look. The galaxy IRATA 2601 is threatened by Black Eye and his minions, but V-99 is ready to stop him with his 99 bullets. Control V-99 by avoiding, shooting and taking care of the 99 bullets available on each level. The game features more than 10 levels, incredible final bosses and an Arcade Mode.

3D Twist & Match
Publisher: Sanuk Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: How quickly can you rotate 3D objects to match their silhouettes? Challenge your spatial visualization skills and make optimal moves to build combos. With its intuitive controls, 3D Twist & Match is easy to pick up, yet its intense, frantic game play will have you coming back again and again. The game features 10 themes: Beach, Halloween, Christmas, Jungle, Food, Vehicles, Tools, Music, Sports and Electronics. Game modes include Classic, Rush and Practice. There are three levels of difficulty, 200 objects to match and oodles of trophies to unlock.

WiiWare

Overflow
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: Professor Lexis just finished his greatest and most energy-efficient machine yet. However, the moment he flipped the switch for the first official test, the machine exploded and sprayed all of the professor's new multicolored fuel everywhere. He now needs your help to collect the precious fuel and repair the damage before the worldwide energy symposium begins. Twist your Wii Remote™ controller to place wooden planks, funnels and particle transportation portals to guide the fluids back to the correct collection channels and repair the damage in 30 warped levels. The professor will even have you tackling the dangerous task of mixing fluids to create new fuel colors. Just be sure to contain the spill before you cause an overflow.

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Posted: 05/23/11, 16:04:25    
 
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99 Bullets... for some reason, that name rings a bell. Wasn't that supposed to be a Gamecube game, at one point? Or was that some other game with the same/similar name?


Posted by 
 on: 05/23/11, 18:09:53
Is this the full game of Puzzle Quest? If so, I'm very interested. Always heard good things but never picked it up. 99Bullets sounds interesting too.

On the WiiWare front, I'm waiting for FAST next week.


Posted by 
 on: 05/23/11, 18:12:48
Is Puzzle Quest the entire game?

EDIT: Mikey beat me by four seconds!!


Posted by 
 on: 05/23/11, 18:12:52  - Edited by 
 on: 05/23/11, 18:13:22
Yeah, the DSiWare version of Puzzle Quest is the entire game that was originally released at retail back in 2007.

DSiWare seems to get a lot of the retail games released digitally. Need for Speed: Nitro, Tetris Party, Zombie BBQ and pretty much all of Popcap's games got a retail *and* digital release on DSi(Ware).


Posted by 
 on: 05/23/11, 21:03:09
@GameDadGrant

Interesting. Once the 3DS gets the upcoming software update, I may give a few of those a try.


Posted by 
 on: 05/23/11, 21:07:47
@GameDadGrant
I guess, if the file size is small enough at a certain point the publishers say why the hell not?

I'm definitely going to get Puzzle Quest, it'll be my next puzzle game after I finish up with Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes.


Posted by 
 on: 05/23/11, 22:32:26
@GameDadGrant
But, of those, only Zombie BBQ was the full version, right?


Posted by 
 on: 05/23/11, 22:43:25
@Anand

I can't speak for the Popcap games (didn't really look into them), but I think the only one that isn't the full game is (oddly enough) Tetris Party. EA's Need for Speed: Nitro X on DSiWare is (reportedly) better than the retail version.

And so far, I haven't seen any evidence that Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords isn't the full game.

I'm not sure what the file limit is for DSiWare, but apparently developers can fit a lot into those downloadable titles. Heck, the DodoGo! series was originally planned to be retail releases, but ended up being DSiWare instead since there are (theoretically) lower overhead costs.


Posted by 
 on: 05/23/11, 22:52:16
99 Bullets does look interesting, kind of has a BIT.TRIP feel to it maybe?



Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 03:56:45  - Edited by 
 on: 05/24/11, 07:23:37
Aw, man! For a second there I thought Overflow was a sequel to Fluidity.


Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 04:04:46
@roykoopa64

Hmm, seems interesting, looks like perhaps a kind of puzzle shmup? It has obvious performance issues, though.



I just tried, and failed, to find a trailer for Overflow. Oh well.


Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 05:05:59
@roykoopa64

Hm, it does look BIT.TRIPPY...


Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 07:21:37
Guillaume said:
@roykoopa64
I just tried, and failed, to find a trailer for Overflow. Oh well.

FYI, the 99 Bullets trailer I posted is the same shown on the Nintendo Channel in today's Wii update.

Nintendo Channel also has a trailer for Overflow, which I must say looks kind of... unappealing.

Nintendo.com has a page for Overflow, but the video there is blank right now.


Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 07:32:54
gah, another game I hadn't finished, comes back for a re-port! (Puzzle Quest)

Puzzle Quest is highly recommended!


Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 08:17:23
99 Bullets looks kinda like it was developed by one or two dudes, in their garage, which is cool, but isn't Nintendo supposed to be above that kind of thing?


Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 14:00:57
@deathly_hallows

I don't think they are against that. What they are against (or at least, what Iwata is against) is charging $0.99 for it. Iwata's concerned about the value of games. If selling games for a buck a pop becomes the standard, then bigger companies such as Nintendo can't support their infrastructure. Even if a cheap downloadable sells like, a million downloads, that's *only* a million dollars for Nintendo. And even though that sounds like a big number, that don't mean much to Iwata. He can't pay his employees with a 'mere' million dollars. Games need to be priced higher, but they also need to be worth that value. That way big companies can make big, epic games that gaming enthusiasts enjoy - those kind of projects cost a lot of money. If the revenue isn't there, then... that's not good.

If the value of games goes down, that's bad news not only for Nintendo, but for the industry at large. That's what Iwata (and by association of course, Nintendo) is getting at.


Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 17:30:38  - Edited by 
 on: 05/24/11, 17:31:16
@deathly_hallows
For their downloadable services? Nintendo isn't above anything. I'm sure a lot of devs have scammed them (and pretended to have a brick-and-mortar company) to get a kit.

Yeah, Overflow and 99 Bullets are on the Nintendo Channel. Overflow looks kind of spastic.


Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 17:37:13  - Edited by 
 on: 05/24/11, 17:38:09
@Anand

Hey! Listen! (read my post above!)


Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 17:43:58
Haha, I posted before I saw it, but I think DH was referring to Nintendo's requirement for a brick-and-mortar operation, which some indie devs have complained about.


Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 17:49:55
@Anand

Bob never got a dev kit. He wanted a retail release at first, but judging from where he is now you'd think he would've taken anything.


Posted by 
 on: 05/24/11, 20:16:39
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