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Nintendo Download: Week of May 30, 2011.
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May 30, 2011, 15:22:23
 
VC: Super Adventure Island; WiiWare: FAST - Racing League and BIT.TRIP VOID (demo); DSiWare: House M.D. - Globetrotting, B-Team: Episode 1 - Dust & Steel, and Valet Parking 1989

WiiWare™

FAST – Racing League
Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: In the year 2112, the masses are fascinated by extreme high-speed races. The latest antigravity racing technology introduced phase-shifting. Perfectly phase-matching tracks and racing machines is the key to survival. Prepare yourself for a whole new racing experience at breakneck speeds. Push your skills to the limit to win races and beat records. Challenge your friends to an all-out split-screen competition. Compete against ruthless opponents and race to the top of all leagues. Warm up your engines – the future is now.

BIT.TRIP VOID (demo version)
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 600 Wii Points
Description: BIT.TRIP VOID is the third installment in the retro-arcade BIT.TRIP saga. BIT.TRIP VOID is a synesthetic exploration of rhythm and music as they pertain to our everyday lives and moods. In a control scheme that's new to the series yet wholly familiar to gamers, players are given complete freedom to move about the screen wherever they desire and interact with the music in new ways. The classic game-play aesthetic remains – color and the absence of color are explored to the fullest. Trip out in four-player co-op and get lost in the beat with a friend. See if you can survive the onslaught of Beats and further your own BIT.TRIP.

Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions.

Virtual Console™

Super Adventure Island
Original platform: SNES
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Adventure Island is a mysterious and beautiful land that has many hidden dangers. The hero of the island, Master Higgins, protects its inhabitants from many deadly creatures. He has restored peace to the uncharted island on many occasions. But something terrible has happened. While Master Higgins and Jeanie Jungle were stargazing, a dangerous entity known only as Dark Cloak turned Jeanie to stone. Master Higgins must venture toward Dark Cloak's castle at the foot of Ice Mountain to rescue her.

Nintendo DSiWare™

House M.D. - Globetrotting
Publisher: Legacy Interactive
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Drug Reference, Sexual Themes
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Whenever a patient is dying and no one can find any answers, the elite Diagnostic Medicine department at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital must follow all leads to uncover the truth. Patients and family members lie to protect their own peculiar secrets, and the most unlikely clues sometimes can lead to answers. Dr. Gregory House and his team race to unravel a new medical mystery. An aging TV host seems to care less about his own health than his fame and reputation. Track down the correct diagnosis by interviewing and examining the patient, running lab tests and even performing surgery. Every piece of evidence reveals part of the solution, so careful observation and analysis are key. The clock is ticking – be prepared for multiple twists and turns as you solve the case.

B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel
Publisher: Subdued Software
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Use of Tobacco, Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel is a humorous, action-packed squad-based shooter in which players control a small private army whose soldiers were hired from all over the world. Lead your platoon through an onslaught of commandos, voodoo warriors, dangerous guerillas… and that's just the beginning. When the action gets too intense to manage on your own, hook up with a friend in multiplayer mode to battle your way through the bullets. While intense action is the game's chief focus, its multiple weapons, upgradeable equipment and destructible environment further enrich the experience.

Valet Parking 1989
Publisher: Zordix AB
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Language, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Valet Parking 1989 combines fun driving with the humor and style of the late 1980s. Park and deliver cars as fast as possible in this time-management puzzle game. The setting is California, where glamorous celebrities let you park their radical sports cars and luxurious limousines. Play the movie-like story mode to unlock levels for endless play. Earn money to buy a cool car and drive it to the beach in style. Don't let the VIP guests wait any longer. Put on your vest and push the pedal to the metal.

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YES, Super Adventure Island!

YES, FAST – Racing League!

YES... Valet Parking 1989?

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Posted by 
 on: 05/30/11, 15:24:40
By the way, people, BIT.TRIP VOID is excellent, check it out!


Gelatinous, will you get that House M.D. game?


Posted by 
 on: 05/30/11, 15:25:37
Good... week? I didn't even realize that it was Monday!


Posted by 
 on: 05/30/11, 16:25:39
FAST Racing League will be mine...today. I haven't day-one purchased a downloadable game in a long time, and it will feel good.

Super Adventure Island is a nice surprise!


Posted by 
 on: 05/30/11, 16:27:21
FAST looks good but I think I'll wait on some impressions. Too bad there's no online


Posted by 
 on: 05/30/11, 16:28:17
Super Adventure Island is the only game that somewhat looks tempting. My cousin used to play this game a lot and I'm not sure if I found it entertaining or not. Saw the video of FAST and found it boring. House M.D......love the show, love the actor, want to keep it that way. Not sure if a game (that might play like a low budget Trauma Center game) was a smart route to go considering its a dsiware game and we all know there are limitations when it comes to that. B-team episode 1 Dust & Steel, never heard of it. I'll research that. Valet Parking 1989? I'll pass just because of the stupid title.


B-team Episode 1: Dust & Steel


Valet Parking 1989


House MD - Globetrotting


Posted by 
 on: 05/30/11, 18:21:42
Fast will be mine when I get home from work.


Posted by 
 on: 05/30/11, 20:21:13
Yay, more Virtual Console

I'll download that Bit.Trip demo, like I've done with a bunch of their other demos, and probably never play it. Although I'm planning on getting Bit.Trip Saga for the 3DS when I get one, since I've never played any of the games before.


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 00:04:35


Fairly impressive looking.


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 00:46:33
I'm curious what you guys will think about Super Adventure Island. I remember being pretty peeved, at the time, because it didn't have dinosaurs, making it feel like a step back from the NES games. I also remember playing through it like 10 times, despite lacking dinosaurs it was just... fun?

I think I'll wait for some reviews/impressions on FAST. Also, I'm mostly likely getting Wipeout as one of my free PSN games so not sure if I really need FAST as well.


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 01:20:52
OMFG!!! Super Adventure Island?!?!?!!?! And FAST?!

K I seriously need to get them today. No more BSing saying I'm gonna get a game and then wait YEARS to get it!!!


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 02:30:20
@Zero I remember renting Super Adventure Island back on my SNES and really loving it for the whole weekend I spent with the game. At the time I was still super impressed with the SNES big bright graphics and advanced sound technology. I had never played any of the Adventure Island games prior to that.

I may get it for the VC just to relive those happy memories.


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 02:34:06
I Dl'ed Fast tonight and got to play it for a few minutes. I definitly will be playing this more tomorrow. The contols are great, and between graphics and sound, its a great package for 10 bucks. I recommend it to those who like racing games.


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 05:09:40
@roykoopa64

I just got the game, and... if you haven't already, get New Adventure Island instead. It's way better-looking and it plays better.


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 05:18:53
Cool, almost forgot today was Monday! I'll be checking out FAST for sure. Probably try out some Super Adventure Island as well - it was one of those SNES games I wanted to play but never got around to.

That B-Team game on DSiWare sounds kinda intriguing too, but not enough to actually download. I've got plenty of other downloadable games from the DSiWare service that are further up the priority list anyway.


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 05:49:23
I got to the end boss's second form in Super Adventure Island but he killed my ass instantly.

Be warned, it's a really short game, only 5 areas (3 levels each). It goes by fast. But it's challenging enough, it's not as if I breezed through the thing. I used up all my continues before finishing the 2nd area the first couple of times.

Mostly because Hudson insists on COMPLETELY changing the way Master Higgins controls from game to game. I have played though Adventure Island, New Adventure Island, Adventure Island: The Beginning and Super Adventure Island, and at this point, there has been NO consistency whatsoever. He doesn't feel the same in any two game.

In this one, for some reason, you can't run anymore. But you can crouch for a super jump. Heh. Works pretty well, actually.

Oh, and finally, this game got some decent bosses that fill the screen. Prior to that, all of them shared the puny bosses twice your height that you simply shoot in the head. That said, this game needs more of them.


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 09:43:41
If I hadn't gotten addicted to Pinball since podcast ep. 9 I would download FAST. Marvel Pinball is just too much fun at the moment.


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 10:27:17
In case anyone here doesn't know...Super Adventure Island has one of the best VG soundtracks on the SNES...maybe of all time?


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 16:10:59
I want Super Adventure Island II... although I guess it's pretty different than previous games. Still, I remember this game being pretty awesome.


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 16:14:18
@carlosrox

The soundtrack IS pretty damn awesome. But the New Adventure Island soundtrack was just as good, or so I remember. I'll have to check.

I beat Super Adventure Island last night, it took about 3 hours. With New Adventure Island playing a bit better, looking better, and being 2 dollars cheaper, though just as short, I have to recommend New over Super.


Posted by 
 on: 05/31/11, 17:59:06
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