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Nintendo downloads: from puzzles to art to the obligatory violence

Posted by: Tina at 5/24/2010 8:04 PM
Today, like every other Monday, Nintendo offers a new line-up of titles for you to download to play on your system of choice.

If you are looking for your hand-held downloadable titles, Nintendo offers quite the variety of games. Metal Torrent (500 points) is a space-centered scrolling shooter for the DSi. You can play one of the popular poker games in World Poker Tour Texas Hold 'Em (500 points), or pursue other puzzle-natured games like Advanced Circuits (200 points) or Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper (800 points).

The Wii has three titles of its own to offer, including the artistic ArtStyle: light trax (600 points) that lets you play between 2D and 3D perspectives using a beam of white light. If you prefer more violence to art in your games, you can play as battling monkeys in Manic Monkey Mayhem (800 points) or a DNA unit battling a virus in Viral Survival (500 points).

If it's feeling like a short list this week, it's most likely because of a lack of the typical Virtual Console addition. Read on for the full details of the games mentioned, as well as this week's featured DIY game.


This week the Nintendo DSiWare™ service asks players to try their hands at a number of divergent occupations. You might pilot a ship in Metal Torrent™ or try a bluff at the poker table in World Poker Tour Texas Hold ’Em. Once you master those, you can try your hand at solving transportation problems through deductive reasoning or go on a hunt for the notorious Jack the Ripper. Over on the WiiWare™ service, things get a little more “natural.” You might play as a monkey or as a unit of DNA. You can even become a trippy beam of light in ArtStyle™: light trax™, the latest title in the critically-acclaimed Art Style series. Don’t forget to download the hilarious new Photo Dojo™ game, available for zero Nintendo DSi Points through June 10 (the game will require 200 Nintendo DSi Points for download as of June 11).

This week also brings new additions to the “Big Name Games” section of the WarioWare™: D.I.Y. series, which features downloadable microgames from some of the industry’s most talented figures. This week’s featured game, Funky Boxing, was created by Chris Slate, editor in chief of Nintendo Power™ magazine. Funky Boxing is an homage to Punch-Out!! ™ and asks players to score three hits on the Champ. New “Big Name Games” will be added every Monday through July 26, all available to download for zero Nintendo DSi Points™ to anyone with broadband Internet access and a copy of either WarioWare: D.I.Y. for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems or WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase software for the WiiWare service. Visit the Nintendo Channel on your Wii™ system today to learn more about these games.

Nintendo DSiWare

Metal Torrent

Publisher: Nintendo

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Fantasy Violence

Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Prepare for a high level of intensity as you pilot a solo ship deep into enemy space in this vertically scrolling shooter. Battle wave after wave of relentless attackers aiming to do one thing – destroy you! Your goal, beyond mere survival, is simple: Get the highest score possible and earn bragging rights in online leaderboards. Two powerful fighters are at your disposal: the Accipiter and Bateleur, tailored for beginner or expert players. Progress through eight phases of action and take out enemies by tactically using your weapons: an unlimited-fire blaster weapon available to both ships and an energy-consuming special weapon unique to each craft. Absorb energy cubes from destroyed enemies to replenish your energy gauge and increase your score. Collect a series of consecutive cubes to create a chain and boost your score even higher. Choose from pattern or random modes to vary the level of challenge, but the real indication of skill comes from competing with players around the world for the highest score possible. Use Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to upload your score to the online leaderboards to see where you stack up or even view replays of top-ranking players’ games and study their secrets. Do you have what it takes to be the best?


World Poker Tour Texas Hold ’Em

Publisher: Hands-On Mobile

Players: 1-6

ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Simulated Gambling

Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Play like the pros in World Poker Tour Texas Hold ’Em on the Nintendo DSiWare service, the official game tested and approved by the experts at the World Poker Tour. Whether you’re just learning to play or you’re an old-school player wanting to hook some fish, Texas Hold ’Em has tables for all players. Choose to play solo in two unique tournaments designed specifically for the Nintendo DSiWare version or use a local wireless connection and play with your friends and take down monster pots. The action is in your hands in one of the most authentic poker games ever brought to the Nintendo DSi system.


Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper

Publisher: Virtual Playground

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Blood, Mild Sexual Themes, Violent References

Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper – the fabulous, chart-topping hidden-object game with amazing graphics is now available on the Nintendo DSiWare service. One of the first and best games of its type, Jack the Ripper features numerous atmospheric 3-D locations and oodles of hidden objects to find. The realism of the scenes and the accuracy of the storyline will fascinate all ages from young teen to adult. Travel back to 1880s London to help Scotland Yard’s detectives solve the crime of the century. Visit world-famous landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace. Search crime scenes and solve mini puzzles in your hunt for clues. Was Jack a doctor, a royal prince, a barber or something else? Was he mad? This game will tell you. Enjoy hours and hours of game play in this truly absorbing game. Whether you are an experienced player or a newbie, once you start your investigation, you will be on an adventure you won’t want to stop – until you discover Jack the Ripper’s true identity, that is.


Advanced Circuits

Publisher: BiP media

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Whether with a train, a car or a tank, are you ready for a new challenge? This brain-boggling puzzle game will put your powers of deduction to the test. Complete the circuits by connecting squares on the game board with pieces of track. Some pieces of track are already shown on the board at the beginning of the game to give you a head start. There is only one solution to each puzzle. The rules are simple but the challenges are tough.

Challenge mode features 60 predefined game boards of increasing difficulty.
Free Play mode lets you select the game board size and practice on any number of randomly generated puzzles.
72 awards to be won.
Also features a tutorial, hints and tips and even the solution if you feel like giving up.
WiiWare

ArtStyle: light trax

Publisher: Nintendo

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Price: 600 Wii Points

Description: Art Style: light trax takes racing to whole new (and very surreal) levels as you control a white beam of light moving perpetually forward while your viewpoint shifts between 2-D and 3-D perspectives. Start by choosing one of the two main modes of game play, each with its own distinct goal. In light tours mode, you vie with other light beams for the most points in a three-course racing tour. Watch out for obstacles, use items and strategically use your dash ability to finish first. In freeway mode, your objective is to set a high score by traveling the greatest distance within a set amount of time. Mastering the intricacies of each setting is crucial: you’ll have to alternate between them in order to progress through the game and unlock all of its modes. With precise controls packed in and a driving techno soundtrack, Art Style: light trax offers an experience unlike any other. Are you ready to compete in a mind-bending race at the speed of light? Games in the Art Style series feature elegant design, polished graphics and pick-up-and-play controls, creating an experience focused purely on fun and engaging game play. For more information about Art Style: light trax and other games in the Art Style series, please visit artstyle.nintendo.com.


Manic Monkey Mayhem

Publisher: The Code Monkeys Ltd.

Players: 1-4

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence

Price: 800 Wii Points

Description: Controlling one of eight monkeys, you will do battle with up to seven others across eight differently themed landscapes. In single player, battle through three increasingly difficult campaigns of missions ranging from survival to coconut fights, or have a one-off battle against the clock as a team or in a standard deathmatch. Connect additional Wii Remote™ controllers (each sold separately) to battle against up to three additional players or compete against anyone or your friends using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Connect an optional Wii Balance Board™ accessory to add more mayhem to the fun.


Viral Survival™

Publisher: NIS America

Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence

Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: Viral Survival is an “escape” action game where you control a special DNA unit and dodge through enemy virus attacks. If you save a friendly DNA unit they will connect to you, creating a tail. The more you save, the higher point total you will accumulate. There are also four other game modes, including one where you can shoot the enemy down and compete for number of kills, and a time attack mode to save 128 DNA units in the shortest time possible. For all five game modes your score can be ranked online. Try your best to become number one in the world.