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Nintendo DLC Update: 2/3/12
By: | February 3rd, 2012

Nintendo DLC

Slim pickins’. That’s all I got to say about this week’s new offerings from Nintendo. But you know what they say, “One man’s slim pickins’ is another man’s DLC GOTY.” Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s how the saying goes.

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Over the past few years Nintendo’s online shop has developed a bit of a reputation. WiiWare was once looked at as a platform for indie developers and small studios to showcase their work. In reality, however,  it’s something more akin to a dumping ground for sloppy, poorly made games that no-one really wants.

Despite that negative distinction, the service has accumulated a number of outstanding titles that clearly stand apart from cashgrabs and shovelware. Unfortunately for Wii owners searching for the next diamond in the rough, Zombii Attack just isn’t one of them.

Still interested? Well then, read on after the break for the full breakdown of the latest gem to join the Wii’s library.

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Zombies are attacking Nintendo’s digital platform and the only way to stop them is…a massive slingshot apparently. This new shooting gallery title from Gamers Digital pits survivors against an oncoming zombie horde.

Players will need to launch everything from anvils to boxes filled with dynamite to stop the undead menace (and maybe destroy a few buildings along the way). Zombii Attack is now available on WiiWare for 500 of Nintendo’s moon bucks.

Twenty years ago, shoot ‘em ups were one of the most prolific genres on the market. Since then, they’ve fallen into decline and become something of a rarity. Now, fans of the venerable genre always have their eyes on the horizon, on the lookout for the next slice of bullet heaven to waltz their way.

A couple of months ago that might have meant the British colonization of Mars on PC, but this week you might want to set your sights on Nintendo’s WiiWare service. If you enjoyed Ikaruga (how could you not) and its unique polarity mechanic, you may just want to check out what Microforum has in store.

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Last week’s update featured the comparatively awesome offering of Kirby’s Dream Land and Final Fantasy III. It left me wondering if Nintendo was finally going to start getting its act together. Would next week’s update bring Metroid II, Pokemon Red, or even Sonic Chaos? Nope. The disappointment continues.

Hit the jump for this week’s list of games with funny names.

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After being virtually omitted from this year’s showing at E3 and with a complete lack of software coming down the pipeline, it’s become apparent that the Wii is on its way out and the Wii U will soon take center stage. Because of that, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight many the successes that the Wii has achieved over the past five years.

Nintendo may have forgotten the Wii, but that doesn’t mean we have to.

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It’s Thursday and you know what that means, yet another offering of downloadable titles from Nintendo. While they’re still no where near competing on the level of Microsoft and Sony in the online department, with Kirby and Final Fantasy titles in the mix, this week’s offering is an easier pill to swallow than the last.

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Were you hoping that the arrival of the 3DS eShop would mean exciting things for Nintendo’s downloadble services? Well, that won’t be happening — at least not this week.  The most exciting title of the week features Chimaki from Guilty Gear 2 in a “quirky” platformer called Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent. It could be alright.

Hit the jump for the rest of this weeks titles, or not. Better luck next week, Nintendo.

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Gaijin Games has announced that all six Bit.Trip games will be making the move from Nintendo’s WiiWare service to store shelves. The upcoming disc-based Wii title includes the following special features:

  • 120 completely new BIT.TRIP challenges spanning all six games
  • Exclusive Audio Gallery with fan remixes, original songs, and demo versions of existing BIT.TRIP themes
  • Exclusive Image Gallery with production stills, concept art, and promo images
  • Exclusive Video Gallery with more than 25 movies telling the story of CommanderVideo
  • 6 Letters to BIT.TRIP Fans, written by Alex Neuse, the series’ director
  • Exclusive BIT.TRIP Soundtrack Sampler CD with music from all six games
  • All 6 games in the award-winning BIT.TRIP series in one completepackage
  • New difficulty modes in all games
  • Online leaderboards

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If you update your 3DS you’ll notice that the Nintendo 3DS eShop just went live. The firmware update is accompanied by a 3D Pokédex application and a free download for NES classic Excitebike remastered in 3D. Forthcoming 3DS Virtual Console releases include Super Mario LandAlleyway and Radar Mission.  If you’re interested in those titles or downloadable titles on your 3DS in the future, the eShop will update weekly on Thursdays.

Nintendo DSiWare

  • GO Series Picdun, Gamebridge, 1 player, 500 DSi Points
  • Dreamwalker, Code Mystics Inc, 1 player, 500 DSi Points
  • Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party, Cypronia, 1-2 players, 200 DSi Points

WiiWare

  • Ubongo, Korner Entertainment, 1-4 players, 800 Wii Points Read more… »

It’s kind of an awesome week to be a Wii owner. There may not be that many big releases to look forward to anymore, but at least there’s still the occasional downloadable gem.  Bit.Trip CORE just got a free demo via WiiWare. If you haven’t checked out the full game yet — download that demo!  Also, Mega Man X was re-released on the virtual console today. It’s about time, Capcom!

The full update awaits after the break.

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This week’s Nintendo Update is a great babysitting tool. Afterall, the Gameboy experience is something young kids will enjoy on airplanes — when there’s nothing else to do. If you’re interested in keeping your kid busy, I recommend Play with Birds; I hear games about birds are popular these days.

Nintendo DSiWare

  • Art of Ink, Sabarasa, 1 player (800 DSi Points)
  • Slingo Quest, MumboJumbo, 1 player (800 DSi Points)
  • Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison, INTENSE CO Ltd, 1 player (500 DSi Points)

WiiWare

  • Play with Birds, Games Farm, 1 player (500 Wii Points)
  • Fast Draw Showdown [demo version], Digital Leisure Inc, 1-2 players (0 Wii Points; full version available for 500 Wii Points)

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