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This Week in Nintendo Downloads

by Nick DiMola - August 31, 2009, 8:51 am PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: Press Release

The Tales of Monkey Island series continues alongside one new offering for each of the other services.

This week in Nintendo Downloads brings players a total of four new titles: two for WiiWare, one for DSiWare, and one for the Virtual Console.

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2 is this week's headlining title. Guybrush returns for more adventures, and in this case he must defend the innocent Mer-people and eradicate the Pox of LeChuck. Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2 is rated E10+ by the ESRB, and is available now through the Wii Shop Channel for 1,000 Wii Points ($10).

3-2-1, Rattle Battle! is this week's other WiiWare title, and it features a theme common amongst many other titles offered on the service. Players can shake the Wii Remote to achieve high scores in this single-player party game. With online leaderboards, players can compare their scores with players all around the world. 3-2-1, Rattle Battle! is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB, and is available now through the Wii Shop Channel for 500 Wii Points ($5).

This week's Virtual Console offering comes from the Sega Master System and is the first title in a long, still-running franchise. Phantasy Star is an RPG developed by Sega where players take control of Alis who seeks to avenge her brother's death. King Lassic, the man responsible for his death, is also enslaving the people of Agol. Alis' success will also free the people and bring peace to the world. Phantasy Star is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB, and is available now through the Wii Shop Channel for 500 Wii Points ($5).

Puzzle League Express is this week's final title, and only DSiWare offering. The game offers the same gameplay of Nintendo's DS offering Planet Puzzle League, but in Express only the Endless, Clear, Score Attack, and Vs. COM modes are available. Players will connect blocks of the same color in order to prevent the stacks from getting too high, so as to avoid death. Puzzle League Express is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB, and is available now in the DSi Shop for 500 Nintendo DSi Points ($5).

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: PIRATES, PUZZLES, RATTLERS AND ROLE-PLAYING

Aug. 31, 2009

"All for one and one for all" is an apt way to describe the latest lineup of downloadable games from the Wii™ Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi™ Shop. Each of this week's new titles is a single-player affair, but they're all quite different in genre and style, offering something special for a variety of gaming tastes.

WiiWare™

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2

Publisher: Telltale Games

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Alcohol Reference, Cartoon Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes

Price: 1,000 Wii Points™

Description: Guybrush's adventures continue on the high seas as pox-plagued pirates lay siege to the innocent Mer-People. Between defending the Mer-People and dodging the persistent pirate hunter hot on his trail, Guybrush manages to catch up to his beloved wife and despised arch-nemesis, but the reunion is short-lived. Now Guybrush must focus on eradicating the Pox of LeChuck before more harm can be done. And as the Mighty Pirate draws closer to a cure, the waters will only grow murkier in this thrilling chapter of the epic saga.

3-2-1, Rattle Battle!

Publisher: Tecmo

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief

Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: 3-2-1, Rattle Battle! is a party game packed with exciting mini-games. Intuitive controls mean that anyone can enjoy playing - just grab the Wii Remote™ and shake it to "rattle." Great fun for single players, but the party really gets started when you register high scores on Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to see how you measure up against players from around the globe.

Virtual Console™

Phantasy Star™

Original platform: SEGA Master System

Publisher: SEGA

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence

Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: Originally released on the SEGA Master System, Phantasy Star is a pioneer in the role-playing game genre. Alis is the fearless female protagonist out to avenge her brother's death at the hands of cruel dictator King Lassic. Players must guide Alis and her troops through the sprawling environments of the Agol solar system in an attempt to defeat King Lassic and liberate the people of Agol. Engage in dynamic turn-based combat with dragons, ghouls, giants and magicians by using unique weapons such as glowing daggers, crossbows and magic spells.

Nintendo DSiWare™

Puzzle League™ Express

Publisher: Nintendo

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™

Description: The ever-popular Puzzle League comes to Nintendo DSiWare. As it is with all good puzzlers, the concept is simple: Connect blocks of the same color to clear them from the screen and prevent your stack from becoming too high. There are four single-player modes to choose from: Endless (survive to earn a top score), Clear (eliminate all blocks above the line), Score Attack (score as high as possible in two minutes) and Vs. COM (use items and combos to attack a computer opponent). You can choose from a variety of background music to help get you in the zone, and even play in horizontal or vertical mode by holding the Nintendo DSi system normally or like a book. Whichever way you play, you're guaranteed maximum fun.

Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays. Users with broadband Internet access can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Nintendo DSi Shop or the Wii Shop Channel. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

Remember that both Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit Wii.com or NintendoDSi.com.

Talkback

Woo! Puzzle League!
I'll be downloading that as soon as I can.

vuduAugust 31, 2009

Quote from: NWR_Neal

Woo! Puzzle League!
I'll be downloading that as soon as I can.

Ditto.  I'm currently playing Henry Hatsworth.  I really dig it.

I've never played a "real" Puzzle League game before, so I'm interested in seeing what differences there are from HH.

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusAugust 31, 2009

Five dollars for Puzzle League is enticing... Not sure if it's worth just grabbing the actual game though...

Argh, decisions!

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusAugust 31, 2009

Planet Puzzle League (the retail game card) is actually pretty damn awesome, hell the online mode even includes voice chat. I think the DSi one has most of the single player modes.

The next Tales of Monkey Island game... *happy*

that Baby guySeptember 01, 2009

Puzzle League is definitely a sweet IP, definitely one of the stranger IPs Nintendo has localized, too.

As far as it goes, in North America, the game was called "Tetris Attack," and filled to the brim with characters from Yoshi's Island, with both a GB and Super Nintendo release.  Later on, it made it back to our consoles under the "Pokemon Puzzle League" moniker, using Pokemon and characters from the show as avatars for the person playing, as well as the CPU that was being played against.  It looks like the "Puzzle League" part of the name stuck when the game was released on the GBA, with Dr. Mario featured on the same cartridge.  The Japanese original series is called Panel De Pon and features fairies.  It's definitely odd that a simple, fun, fast-paced puzzle game could undergo so many major changes, though.

If I had a DSi and didn't have Planet Puzzle League, I'd certainly buy this.  I would consider it even owning PPL, too.  If you don't have it, I'd recommend it.

Mop it upSeptember 02, 2009

Tetris Attack/Puzzle League/Panel de Pon is one of my favourite puzzle games. My only complaint about the series is that none of the iterations ever really added anything to the game.

BeautifulShySeptember 02, 2009

Nick I was wondering if you guys are still doing the monthly Wii and DS release dates still. I think Neal was doing them.

As far as the games launched I will probably get Phantasy Star.

Quote from: Maxi

Nick I was wondering if you guys are still doing the monthly Wii and DS release dates still. I think Neal was doing them.

As far as the games launched I will probably get Phantasy Star.

They became too much of a drain on me to get them up with regularity. I'm hoping that down the line, we'll be able to bring them back in some form, but as of now, it's just a really tasking job to carry on each week.

vuduSeptember 03, 2009

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Tetris Attack/Puzzle League/Panel de Pon is one of my favourite puzzle games. My only complaint about the series is that none of the iterations ever really added anything to the game.

Have you played the newest one on DS?  They added a 2D platformer to the top screen!

Mop it upSeptember 03, 2009

Quote from: vudu

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Tetris Attack/Puzzle League/Panel de Pon is one of my favourite puzzle games. My only complaint about the series is that none of the iterations ever really added anything to the game.

Have you played the newest one on DS?  They added a 2D platformer to the top screen!

No I haven't, since I don't have a DS. They made it a platformer? That makes no sense.

GoldenPhoenixSeptember 03, 2009

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Quote from: vudu

Quote from: Mop_it_up

Tetris Attack/Puzzle League/Panel de Pon is one of my favourite puzzle games. My only complaint about the series is that none of the iterations ever really added anything to the game.

Have you played the newest one on DS?  They added a 2D platformer to the top screen!

No I haven't, since I don't have a DS. They made it a platformer? That makes no sense.

He's talking about Henry Hatsworth

Mop it upSeptember 03, 2009

I thought he was talking about Planet Puzzle League? I'm so confused...

vuduSeptember 04, 2009

It's a 2D platformer on the top screen and Planet Puzzle League on the bottom screen.

When you defeat enemies on the top screen they get sent to the bottom screen.  You need to eliminate them in puzzle mode or they'll come back to fight you on the top screen.

When you collect power ups on the top screen they get sent to the bottom screen.  You need to collect them there in order to power up your character on the top screen.

Your projectile attacks on the top screen are weak.  But you can power them up by clearing blocks on the bottom screen and turn them into devastating attacks.

It's a wonderful blend of two game types that you wouldn't think would work well together.

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