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NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GAMING

March 15, 2010

How tough do you think you are? This week's roster of new downloadable games from Nintendo gives you several ways to prove it. Now available for the WiiWare™ service, Rage of the Gladiator puts players face-to-face with flurry of fearsome foes, enhancing the motion-control action with support for the Wii MotionPlus™ accessory. Meanwhile, Wii™ owners with a taste for cIassic gaming can test their mettle against bloodthirsty vampires in CASTLEVANIA RONDO OF BLOOD for the Virtual Console™ service. Other fresh releases challenge you to excel as a sharpshooter, a prehistoric beast or a criminal mastermind. Whichever setting you choose, just be prepared to step up and show your stuff.

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WiiWare

Rage of the Gladiator
Publisher:
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Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Animated Blood, Alcohol Reference, Violence
Price: 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. One of the most gorgeous WiiWare games ever, it features amazing 3-D graphics, animation, lighting, shadows and special effects. Full voice acting means each boss has its own personality and taunts you mercilessly. Discover insane finishing moves: Summon a fiery meteor or savage tornado, or transform into a hulking colossus 10 times your normal size. Customize your character and specialize in skill trees – Offense, Defense or Magic – to gain new powers. You'll also enjoy epic, blood-pumping music by legendary composer Sean Beeson. For added replay value, unlock Challenge Mode and encounter tougher bosses with new abilities. The game also supports the Wii MotionPlus accessory.




Triple Shot Sports
Publisher:
The Code Monkeys Ltd.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Triple Shot Sports is one of the most advanced recreational shooting games available for the WiiWare service, immersing players in the world of competitive target shooting. Most competitive events consist of activities that are traditionally derived from hunting and combat skills. Over time, these practices have evolved into a variety of competitive sports that include Archery, Pistol Shooting and Free Rifle. As with real-life shooting events, you will have full control over the aim of the weapon. You must also account for prevailing weather conditions and the athlete's breathing pattern, as these factors can influence the accuracy of your shot.


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Virtual Console

CASTLEVANIA RONDO OF BLOOD
Original platform:
TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM
Publisher: Konami
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence
Price: 900 Wii Points
Description: This is the 10th action-packed installment in the ever-popular CASTLEVANIA series, which depicts the epic struggle between the Belmont clan and the dark forces of Count Dracula. An instant cIassic, this title is recognized far and wide for its beautifully rendered world, outstanding game balance and haunting CD-quality music. The player takes control of RICHTER, the clan's ultimate Vampire Killer, guiding him through a total of nine stages filled with treacherous traps and hidden secrets. Using your legendary whip – passed on from generations of Belmonts – and a powerful selection of Item Crash attacks, it's up to you to destroy Dracula and his evil horde. What's more, rescuing MARIA at some juncture in the game allows you to use her as a playable character for even more vampire-slaying fun.

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Nintendo DSiWare™

Zoo Frenzy
Publisher:
Gameloft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) –Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Create the zoo of your dreams and try to maximize your profit by managing tons of parameters. Enjoy five fun mini-games to train and support your animals: Feed them, heal them and even play soccer- or hockey-themed games with them. Your best-trained pets will go back into the wild to fight dangerous monsters and find cute new animals for your zoo. Enjoy use of the Nintendo DSi™ system's built-in microphone and camera – wake up the hero by shouting at him, and see yourself in the game.

101 MiniGolf World
Publisher:
Teyon
Players: 1-8
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: 101 MiniGolf World is one of the first-ever 3-D miniature golf games for the Nintendo DSiWare service. Your stylus becomes the putter for an incredibly fun mini-golf experience. Play more than 100 challenging holes solo or with up to eight players on one system. Send your ball flying through loops, pipes, arches, extreme ramps and mind-blowing obstacles. Enjoy a combination of real golf rules and wacky mini-golf fun.

Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs – Fight For Survival
Publisher:
Ubisoft
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Long before mankind stepped into the world, the Earth was a harsh environment dominated by dinosaurs. Every species of dinosaur had to fight to survive in this hostile environment. Travel through the hostile lands as one of three breeds of dinosaur while battling giant enemies to save your kind. Create and customize your own unique dinosaur. Explore four mysterious territories and discover buried fossils to complete your mission. Enhance your dinosaur's abilities and compete against your friends in epic duels.

Car Jack Streets
Publisher:
Tag Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Mild Language, Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: A critically acclaimed game with high-octane action, innovative real-time game play, stunning visuals and an awesome soundtrack, Car Jack Streets will take you to the limit. The Italian mob is calling in your gambling debt of $1 million. Attempt a wide variety of criminal and legitimate jobs to earn as much cash as possible, but remember to avoid attracting attention from the cops and other gang members. Do you have what it takes to stay alive, pay your debt and rise to the top of the criminal underworld?


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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:18:52
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Kinda want Rage of the Gladiator, it looks like a fun Punch-Out!! clone with decent depth (+WoW-like talent tree for upgrades, and quite a few bosses, almost the same as Punch-Out!! Wii - which claimed to fill the DVD - including tougher rematches) crammed into the 40MB, and has some M+ support (not 1:1 but more intuitive gesturing).
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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:26:01
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Is Rondo of blood a straight side scroller or a metroid vania? 

And is the text all translated or not?

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It's straight up platformer with branching paths and secret levels to find, similar to WiiWare's Rebirth.

Dunno about the translation (not a Wii vid above).
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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:34:02
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Is Rondo of Blood what Dracula X on the psp is a remake to?  i couldn't get into that so much.  i think i may only really like the DS/GBA castlevanias 

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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:36:14
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So is rebirth a better option? 

What about length comparisons? (no penis jokes)

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I think so bugs. DS/GBA vanias are caricatures of SOTN, you should play that at least (so, unlock it in your copy of Rondo's remake, it'll make the UMD more than worthwhile to you Nyaa). I see where you're coming from though, old school vanias are different to post-SOTN stuff. They have more in common with Mega Man than those games imo. Tough precision action platformers, not side scrolling Diablo-like loot and leveling fests Nyaa

I dunno gg, I haven't played Rondo, but I imagine it's the better classic experience, though I'm enjoying Rebirth.
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Agnates said:
It's straight up platformer with branching paths and secret levels to find, similar to WiiWare's Rebirth.

Dunno about the translation (not a Wii vid above).

 That music is great Grinning

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gamingeek said:

Is Rondo of blood a straight side scroller or a metroid vania?

And is the text all translated or not?

All anyone should need to know is: It is the direct prequel to CastleVania: Symphony of the Night!

FINALLY, I'll get to play this game other than just the 5 minute clip in the beginning of SotN!

I have no idea if it is translated or not. (Probably not.)

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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 15:38:37

Now you know what we need?  A cleaned up port of Symphony of the Night from the Sega Saturn.  The one with the extra level and Maria as a playable character.  

And Rage of the Gladiator does look surprisingly decent. I may have to check that one out. Still going to wait on some reviews though. Hopefully more than Nintendolife will cover it though.

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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 15:57:42

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Now you know what we need?  A cleaned up port of Symphony of the Night from the Sega Saturn.  The one with the extra level and Maria as a playable character.  

And Rage of the Gladiator does look surprisingly decent. I may have to check that one out. Still going to wait on some reviews though. Hopefully more than Nintendolife will cover it though.

 i often have trouble finding reviews of wiiware games.  a lot of sites don't even bother

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I think so bugs. DS/GBA vanias are caricatures of SOTN, you should play that at least (so, unlock it in your copy of Rondo's remake, it'll make the UMD more than worthwhile to you Nyaa). I see where you're coming from though, old school vanias are different to post-SOTN stuff. They have more in common with Mega Man than those games imo. Tough precision action platformers, not side scrolling Diablo-like loot and leveling fests Nyaa

I dunno gg, I haven't played Rondo, but I imagine it's the better classic experience, though I'm enjoying Rebirth.

 yep symphony of the night is one of those games i feel bad for not having played yet.  i should maybe just look at a guide of how to unlock it in dracula X.

also why do you guys think the game is not translated?  previous hanabi festival games i got (sin & punishment, mario picross) were translated even though they hadn't been released outside of japan before

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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:12:25
Rondo of Blood is awesome. I'm not a Castlevania fan, but Rondo I definitely enjoy.
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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:23:57
I don't think Sin and Punishment was translated... was it? You my want to go back and play again.

Rondo is --NOT-- translated AT ALL which kind sucks as it features Anime "movies."

In the movies they speak... German... or some Slavic language... (?) ...and the subtitles are entirely Japanese Hiragana; at the very least if it were Katakana, I could have read it, but nooo...

...Still looks amazing for a pre-SotN CastleVania!

It looks like a brighter, better animated NES game. Not as good as Super, but better than anything 8-bit!
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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:41:07
Lots of the sprites were reused in SOTN anyway, it certainly looks up to standard for the most part, though the levels have a more retro appearance with the stairs and everything.
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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:43:56

i seem to recall the movies in S&P being subtitled but i could be wrong.

the language in the movies in dracula x was also german which must be a design choice, or something, but there was an english option in the subtitles there.

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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:47:53

Rondo of Blood! Oh hell yeah! I'm grabbing some points and will download this later today. Grinning

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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:48:02
English option... where?
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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:58:44

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English option... where?

 that was in dracula x for the psp.  it was in the options menu under language or something.  i really don't know anything about the original turbographx game or the virtual console release.  sorry if that was misleading

edit: found this using google "Those looking for the authentic Castlevania: Rondo of Blood experience on Virtual Console, well... you're going to get it.  A representative from publisher Hudson has confirmed that the game will not be localized for its debut outside of Japan."

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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 19:15:32
One of the all time greatest Castlevania games. Not sure if I should get or wait for some day when I may get a PSP... like 5 years from now for $30
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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:26:10

Wow. Chi no rondo. Will use those 1000 points that were intended for Lost Winds.

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Lol, as if I was ever going to get Lost Winds. Nyaa

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