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This Week in Nintendo Downloads

by Jared Rosenberg - January 10, 2011, 12:18 pm PST
Total comments: 3 Source: (Press Release)

Virtual Console receives two Capcom arcade hits, while the Ware services get everything from block breaking, pet care, and 2D jelly driving.  

This week in Nintendo Downloads brings us seven new games: two for WiiWare, three for DSiWare, and two for Virtual Console. In addition, there is a new WiiWare demo.

The first WiiWare title is JellyCar 2 from Disney, which is a sequel to the popular iPhone/iPod Touch game. In this game, players must guide squishy cars through over 30 levels. Both co-op and versus play multiplayer modes are available in this driving platformer, which retails for 500 Wii points ($5).

The second WiiWare title is Soccer Bashi, from Icon Games Entertainment. In this Arkanoid clone, players must bounce soccer balls to break blocks and open up a pathway to the goal. There are over 90 levels and extra maps can be created using a level editor. This futuristic soccer game can be yours for 500 Wii points ($5).

The demo version of Art of Balance is also available for download. You can get a taste of the Jenga-like balancing fun found in this WiiWare puzzle game for 0 Wii points (free).

Virtual Console has been bestowed two Capcom arcade games from the year 1985. In the tough as nails 2D platformer, Ghost’n Goblins, players control the brave knight Sir Arthur who must defeat zombies and hordes of other monsters. Capcom's other Virtual Console game is Exed Exes, which is a vertically scrolling shooter that was originally released in North American arcades with the name Savage Bees. Both Virtual Console Arcade releases can be downloaded for 800 Wii points ($8).

Three DSiWare titles are available for download this week and each has either animals or flowers in a starring role. Take care and play with cuddly cats in Petz Catz Family, which is available for 800 DSi Points ($8).

In the iPhone port Surfacer+, players are challenged to fill the screen with white flowers of different sizes using the stylus. EJ Puzzles: Hooked is a fishing themed puzzle game with a variety of fish-filled maps. These two DSi releases (the ones that do not feature cute and frequently fluffy cats) retail for 500 DSi points ($5).

Nintendo Download: Squishy Cars, Classic Ghosts And Cuddly Pets Set To Invade Nintendo Systems

Jan. 10, 2011

Whether you enjoy gaming in the living room or on the move, you're in good company with this week's new downloadable games for the Wii™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. Disney's JellyCar 2 is among the latest additions to the WiiWare™ service, putting an irreverent spin on console racing games. On the Virtual Console™ service, you'll find a couple of Capcom classics from 1985, including the timelessly spooky GHOSTS'N GOBLINS™. Hand-held gamers might purr with delight to discover Petz® Catz® Family for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, which gives players a new way to tote adorable feline friends with them everywhere they go.


JellyCar 2
Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: JellyCar 2, the hit driving platform game, is here and fully loaded with more than 30 levels, multiplayer action and much more. Play head-to-head or co-op in Multiplayer Flag, Gems and Tether modes. (Additional accessories are required for multiplayer modes and are sold separately.) Post high scores, best times and longest jumps in the Hall of Fame. With so much squishy goodness, you'll want to drive JellyCar 2 all around town.

Soccer Bashi
Publisher: Icon Games Entertainment
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Experience soccer of the future. Destroy the defender blocks and smash the ball into the goal to win, but watch for enemy defenders out to destroy you. A built-in game editor offers unlimited level design possibilities. Play through the 90 game levels over several different play modes, including Arcade and Customizable Tournaments.

Art of Balance (demo version)
Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 800 Wii Points
Description: Grab your Wii Remote™ controller and build a balanced stack in this physics-based puzzler. Enjoy 100 levels that challenge not only your skills but also your imagination. The game is easy to pick up and hard to put away. Play alone or invite a friend to grab a second Wii Remote (sold separately) and drop in at any time for co-op play. We even added a dedicated two-player split-screen "versus" mode for extra fun.

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

Virtual Console

Publisher: Capcom
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: GHOSTS'N GOBLINS is a classic game that packs a heavy punch (and lance). Experience the smash arcade hit from 1985 as you help Arthur defeat hordes of monsters in his attempt to rescue the princess. This is the first (and possibly only) game in which taking a hit can reduce you to your underwear.

Publisher: Capcom
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: A retro classic from Capcom's arcade lineup from 1985, EXED EXES is a vertically scrolling shooter that's sure to bring back fond memories. Dodge bullets, collect fruit and go for high scores in one of the most furious sci-fi insectoid shoot-'em-ups ever made.

Nintendo DSiWare

Petz Catz Family
Publisher: Ubisoft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Care for and bond with a whole family of adorable cats. Play fun games with them, give them lots of love and watch them grow. Discover their unique talents and personalities and teach them fun tricks like running through obstacle courses and walking down the runway.

Publisher: Lexis Numerique
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Surfacer+ is easy to pick up and has totally innovative game play that's suitable for all gamers – casual and hard-core alike. Fill the screen by producing white flowers with your stylus. Control the size of your flowers and use the bonuses at the right moment. Watch out for enemies who pounce from either side of the screen. Surfacer+ will test your skill, strategy and insight. How far will you go to cover the screen?

EJ Puzzles: Hooked
Publisher: Electron Jump
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Can you catch all the fish? Take control of your fishing boat and search the waters for the freshest fish. Be careful to catch them in the right order. If you land a fish that's too big too soon, you'll break your line. The chef is waiting for your delivery, so get out there and catch all the fish you can. EJ Puzzles: Hooked is a brain teaser with a fishing theme. Search the waters with your fish scanner. If you find a fish you can't handle yet, mark its location with a marker buoy and come back later. Your goal is to catch all the fish on the map. There are many maps to play, and each map changes every time. Can you beat them all?



Ryan CannonJanuary 10, 2011

Is Jelly Car 2 for the Wii better than the iphone app?

AVJanuary 10, 2011

I downloaded the demo of Art of balance because I was curious how the game played after it was talked about on Newscast !

Kind of funny that Greg mentioned Virtual Console Ghost N goblins on RFN too. Maybe Nintendo is listening

Seventh DS Catz game.

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