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This Week in Nintendo Downloads

by James Jones - February 21, 2011, 1:21 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Another week, another digital reinvention of things cavemen held most sacred.

In celebration of Presidents' Day, Nintendo has a new batch of Nintendo Ware available this week. One NES Virtual Console title, two WiiWare titles (along with two demos), and three DSiWare games constitute an ample offering of downloadable delectables.

From the NES, the now-defunct Hudson Entertainment brings us Faxanadu. In Faxanadu, you're an elf who lives at the base of the World Tree. All is not well beneath the World Tree's branches, however, as monsters are attacking, the water supply has dried up, and the tree itself is dying. Using magic and weapons (but not a ladder), you need to climb to the top of the World Tree and fix whatever is causing this disturbance. Climb ostentatiously titled trees now for 500 Wii Points ($5).

On WiiWare, we have two new titles. The first is Nordcurrent's Jewel Keepers: Easter Island. In Jewel Keepers, you play as Professor "H" (Editor Note: quotes are the publisher's, not mine). He has received a strange letter asking him to help solve a mystery that is gripping Easter Island. He, along with his assistant, and his granddaughter, sets out to solve puzzles and unravel mysteries. You'll need to provide your own top hat, but you can pretend this is a Professor Layton game for 500 Wii Points ($5).

In this week's second WiiWare title, you find yourself transported to a red and barren landscape. A sweltering heat incinerates all life, and a thick smoke fills the lungs. Cozy Fire from dtp young entertainment is the latest in downloadable fireplaces. Heat not included. Burn up your TV for 500 Wii Points ($5).

There are two demos on WiiWare this week. First is Rage of the Gladiator, from Ghostfire Games. It's like Punch-Out!! but with meteors, tornadoes, and colossi.

The second demo this week is Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 1, from Lexis Numérique. It is a great deal like Rage of the Gladiator. Just replace the gladiators with cute race of creatures known as PooYoos and violence with lessons on topics like shapes and numbers.

Both demos are available for 0 Wii Points (free).

This week brings a trio of Nintendo DSiWare games, starting with G.G Series DRIFT CIRCUIT, from Genterprise Inc. It's a racing game, with drifting. Drift to victory for 200 Nintendo DSiWare Points ($2).

The second DSiWare title this week is Remote Racers, from QubicGames. No comment on if the game includes drifting, but it does include transformations. You can transform to the podium on 15 tracks for 500 Nintendo DSiWare Points ($5).

Lastly, Arctic Escape from Teyon is a puzzle game where you need to help lead a group of kidnapped penguins to safety. Avoid cages, wolves, and broken ice to lead this muster of penguins back to their Antarctic home. No idea why the game is called Arctic Escape when the ultimate objective is to return to Antarctica, but you might find out for 500 Nintendo DSiWare Points ($5).

Nintendo Download: This Presidents Day, Make an Executive Decision to Download New Games

Not everyone is cut out to be a president, but every Wii™ and Nintendo DSi™ user must act as commander-in-chief of his or her own gaming republic. On this Presidents Day holiday, Nintendo recommends reaching across the aisle in the spirit of bipartisanship, creating harmony between new and classic titles, puzzle games and platformers, sprawling console adventures and crisp hand-held challenges. Start with the fantasy-fueled fun of Faxanadu, a memorable RPG from the NES™ era making its appearance on the Virtual Console™ service. Test your resolve even further with a demo version of the action-filled Rage of the Gladiator for the WiiWare™ service, available to download for zero Wii Points™. Most importantly, boost your diplomacy by sharing your favorite WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare™ game recommendations with friends and spreading fun throughout the 50 states and beyond.

Virtual Console

Original platform:
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence, Use of Tobacco
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: You are an adventurer who has just returned to his hometown, the Elf town of Eolis, at the base of the World Tree. You find the village in peril: The Elven water supply has dried up, monsters are causing chaos and the once-proud Tree is slowly wilting. Equipped with the last of the King's money and the trust of the people, you set out to climb the World Tree, braving obstacles, fiends and dangers to discover the source of this corruption. Wield weapons and magic, get hints from townsfolk and experience a world of new environments as you ascend to the top of the world.


Jewel Keepers: Easter Island
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: One day, world-renowned Easter Island expert Professor "H" received a strange letter from the capital city of Hanga Roa. It was a cry for help from an unknown person, saying that something bad was happening on the island. Without hesitation, the Professor, his assistant Joel and his granddaughter Ivie rushed to the island, where many puzzles, mysteries and quests awaited them. Can you help him to reveal the greatest secret of Easter Island?

Cozy Fire
dtp young entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: We all long for a cozy open fire, particularly during the cold season. But not everyone is able to snuggle in front of a warming blaze. The WiiWare service opens the door for a fireplace to fill the room with a magical and cozy atmosphere. Select from a variety of logs and use the Wii Remote™ controller to stack them up. Next, light the virtual match and your home will soon be snug and glowing. Choose from six available fireplaces: fire alone, campfire, rustic, classic, elegant and Zen. Poke and tend the fire to keep it going. Add more logs to keep the fire burning, just like a real fire. Want to just sit back and relax? In Butler mode, new logs will be placed on the fire automatically, and the logs never burn down in Non-stop mode.

Rage of the Gladiator (demo version)
Ghostfire Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Animated Blood, Alcohol Reference, Violence
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 1,000 Wii Points
Description: Rage of the Gladiator is a fantasy-based fighting game in which you must fight for your life in the arena. Prove yourself by conquering all opponents. Features include: amazing 3D graphics, animation, lighting, shadows and special effects. With full voice acting, each boss has its own personality and taunts you mercilessly. Use insane finishing moves – summon a fiery meteor or a savage tornado, or transform into a hulking colossus 10 times your size. Customize your character and specialize in skill trees – Offense, Defense or Magic – to gain new powers. Enjoy masterpieces of blood-pumping music by legendary composer Sean Beeson. Beat the game to unlock Challenge Mode, where bosses are much tougher. The game also supports the Wii MotionPlus™ accessory.

Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 1 (demo version)
Lexis Numérique
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: EC (Early Childhood)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 500 Wii Points
Description: Welcome to the first fun, poetic brain-trainer for children aged 3 to 6. With the PooYoos, a merry band of adorable baby animals, children will have fun while learning development basics like numbers, letters, lateralization, shapes and colors. Children get to dance with their new friends and receive lovely interactive rewards. There are two levels of interactivity, so any child can play. This game has been designed for use by children who have not yet grasped reading.

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

Nintendo DSiWare

Genterprise Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Use your drifting technique to gracefully slide past the competition. Steering around corners lowers your speed, so it's all about choosing the best course line and being able to use your drifting skills with precision. At the start of each three-lap race, conditions for winning will be displayed. After that, it's up to you and your speed-demon prowess to drift through the Grand Prix and steal first place. Choose between EASY, NORMAL and HARD difficulty levels – perfect for beginners and advanced racers alike.

Arctic Escape
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Take control of a bunch of penguins that are always getting into all sorts of trouble. A cunning scientist abducted them from Antarctica, and now they need your help to get back home. Lead them safely through more than 100 frosty levels by using commands such as walking, jumping and waiting. Guide them to avoid broken ice areas, falling cages, wolves and other dangerous obstacles. This special top-down-view puzzle game is easy to pick up but impossible to put down.

Remote Racers
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Select one of eight vehicles: Speeder, Monster, Candy, Dozer, Tank, Stunt, Mantis and Rocket. Race against AI or the clock on 15 great tracks. Jump in the garden, drift through the cellar, ride on the beach and dive in the ocean. Use power-ups and transform your vehicle to gain an advantage over your opponents. Complete 32 challenges in eight Championships.

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 http://wii.com or http://www.nintendodsi.com.



TJ SpykeFebruary 21, 2011

I would love to see sales numbers for these interactive screensavers.

yoshi1001February 28, 2011

Remote Racers could have been good-if the contols were actually decent.

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