This week's Nintendo download update attempts to prove that Virtual Console is still alive and kicking with Natsume Championship Wrestling from the SNES. Unfortunately, my dreams were dashed when I realized this is an actual wrestling game and not a Smash Bros-like amalgamation of Natsume characters letting you pit Harvest Moon kid against Pocky & Rocky. On the WiiWare front, gamers can now download Arcade Essentials which features clones and copies of some of your second-favorite arcade games. There's a Galaga clone, Qix clone, Missile Command clone, Q-bert imitation, and even a Bust-a-Move rip-off. Quite the impressive collection.
On a brighter note, you can also download a free demo for Dive: The Medes Island Secret, which is a pretty great underwater exploration game that would categorically fall somewhere halfway between Endless Ocean and Super Metroid.
DSi owners can download two new titles: G.G Series D-Tank and Shapo. D-Tank is another entry in the simple but addicting G.G Series, this time as a top-down action gaming using the stylus to aim your tank. Shapo, on the other hand, is an interesting puzzle game where you must match shapes of different materials to keep a scale balanced.
Check out the full descriptions of this week's Nintendo download titles after the break.
Natsume Championship Wrestling
Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: Natsume Inc.
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Step into the ring. Choose from 12 outrageous wrestlers and bring the pain. Wield the massive power of Asteroid, the lightning-fast strikes of Viper, the underhanded attacks of Phantom and many more madmen of the ring. With its robust grappling system and more than 50 moves to master, Natsume Championship Wrestling delivers the deepest and most realistic wrestling action of the 16-bit era. Test your might against the crafty AI, or up to four players can compete in exhibition, tag team and round-robin matches. (Additional accessories are required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately.)
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Arcade Essentials is a collection of five classic arcade games. All are presented in a modern reincarnation with enhanced game play, stylish graphics and sound effects. Jump right in, enjoy the nonstop game play and immerse yourself in these popular games as you did many years ago. Discover lots of levels to unlock, plus high score tables and other cool stuff to keep you entertained.
Dive: The Medes Islands Secret (demo version)
Publisher: Cosmonaut Games
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Violence
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 1,000 Wii Points
Description: Over the past five centuries, hundreds of ships flying every ensign have succumbed to the power of the ocean. Merchant boats, pirate ships, navy vessels - all of them have ended up covered in coral at the bottom of the ocean. They all guarded secrets that remained hidden over the years, secrets that have always been a mystery...until now. In Dive: The Medes Islands Secret, you are John Sanders, a treasure hunter and experienced diver who spends months planning and documenting a major expedition to locate and recover several ships of different ensigns around the world.
Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions.
G.G Series D-TANK
Publisher: Genterprise Inc.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: You control a tank that can respawn any number of times. The focus of this shooting game is to put your life on the line to successfully carry out a variety of defensive and offensive missions. In defensive missions, you must take out the enemy tanks targeting your base before it is destroyed. In offensive missions, you must capture the enemy's stronghold within the time limit. The key to success in these missions is the strategic use of items such as bombs and special ammo.
Publisher: Tik Games, LLC.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Shapo is a challenge that will keep you on the edge. Balance the scales as you place shapes made of different materials. Play more than 150 levels in Classic or Puzzle mode to unlock the greatest wonders of the world. Stunning art brings 15 wonders of the world to life. Enjoy exciting power-ups such as the material bomb and line bomb. Each ball and shape has a different weight, so be careful when placing your pieces. In Classic mode, create lines to remove balls. Match sequential lines and watch the combo multiplier grow. In Puzzle mode, complete increasingly complicated levels by filling the grid with the given balls.