This week's downloadable Nintendo games
9/28/2009 11:18:00 AM
If last week’s
Nintendo downloads weren’t enough to get you salivating, they’re bringing you more again this week – rife with diversity in genre.
If you’re in the mood for some classics, WiiWare will be providing you with ARKANOID Plus!
– an update on the arcade blockbuster you all know and love. To keep the game fresh and exciting, there will be new modes and settings to play around with including Arcade Mode that tests you on 61 rounds, VS Mode for friendly human or CPU challenges, and Time Mode. If racing is more your thing, Konami presents DRiiFT Mania
where you will need to adjust to the terrain in each racing environment.
DSiWare also has two new downloadable games. Screw art school, Art Academy: Second Semester
will teach you to create complex artwork that Monet would be proud of. Nintendo brings you more in-depth lessons and tools to experiment and learn techniques of developing impressionist art. You can also play around with Free Pain mode to get a feel for it outside of the lessons. The second game they are offering on DSiWare is a bit more action oriented. DRAGON QUEST WARS
is a grid-based strategy game featuring all the familiar faces from the DRAGON QUEST
series. Play off or online.
In an ode to old school Sega, Virtual Console will now have Altered Beast
for download. Partake in the Greek mythology we have all almost assuredly read in detail in high school (or whatever grade it is they decide Greek mythology must be taught). Zeus resurrects you to set on the mission of rescuing Athena from Neff, God of the Underworld, in Altered Beast
. Battle against three-headed wolves in different levels to obtain the Spirit Balls that allow you shape shift leading to the eventual badass Golden Werewolf.
That’s all for this week on Nintendo downloads, but they will be releasing new ones weekly.
Sept. 28, 2009
Art Lessons, Auto Racing and Arcade Action Multiply the Downloadable Fun
Greek mythology, grid-based strategy, high-speed racing, classic arcade action and a hand-held art course — this week’s additions to the Wii™ Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi™ Shop deliver a wildly entertaining mix. With new WiiWare™, Nintendo DSiWare™ and Virtual Console™ games debuting each week, Nintendo offers downloadable games to please everyone under the sun, and the list keeps on growing. For Nintendo DSi users looking to grow their own game library, here’s a valuable tip-off: Consumers can still receive 1,000 bonus Nintendo DSi Points™ by purchasing a new Nintendo DSi game system and connecting to the Nintendo DSi Shop by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Oct. 5, 2009. For full offer details, please visit DSiOffer.Nintendo.com
Art Academy™: Second Semester
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Art Academy is a portable art course that anyone can enjoy. Art Academy: Second Semester provides new and returning students with a larger set of tools and in-depth lessons designed to encourage the creation of more complex artwork. By gaining an even deeper understanding of colors and techniques used by famous impressionist artists, you will be ready to take on more challenging themes that include moving objects, and vast landscapes with distant objects. The openness of Free Paint mode offers plenty of opportunities to hone your skills and boost your confidence as an artist.
DRAGON QUEST® WARS™
Publisher: SQUARE ENIX
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Language
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: DRAGON QUEST WARS is a grid-based strategy game featuring all of your favorite quirky DRAGON QUEST monsters. Choose from several modes and get ready for battle. While the rules are simple, strategy is the key to victory. The game features single-player and DS Wireless Play, as well as battles with foes worldwide via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection. (Broadband Internet access is required for online play.)
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 600 Wii Points™
Description: ARKANOID Plus! is an updated version of the original arcade blockbuster. Players must destroy colored blocks by guiding an Energy Ball around the screen using a spaceship called a VAUS. The game features a host of new modes and settings that radically alter the experience: Arcade Mode consists of 61 rounds divided into left and right versions, with two types of boss characters appearing in the last round; VS Mode lets players face off against a friend or the CPU; and the unfailingly frantic Time Mode challenges players to clear rounds within a strict time limit. With the subtle differences arising from the choice of “Lives” or “Barrier” rules, plus a plethora of exciting items, you’re in for hours and hours of block-busting fun.
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: DRiiFT Mania is the ultimate top-down multiplayer racing experience. Challenge your friends in fast, exciting races and some totally crazy game modes. You’ll need to adapt your driving skills to the different racing environments if you want to succeed.
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Fantasy Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: “Rise from your grave!” When legendary Greek god Zeus brings you back to life with those famous words, you set forth on a mission to rescue his daughter, Athena, from the wicked God of the Underworld, Neff. To survive the gauntlet of mythological foes, you must hunt down the three-headed wolves that inhabit each stage and collect the Spirit Balls that they release. The Spirit Balls increase your strength and allow you to transform into a variety of forms, including a Werewolf, Weredragon, Werebear, Weretiger and the ultimate form, the Golden Werewolf. Each creature possesses powerful attacks to help bring an end to Neff's scheme.
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.