Here are some Nintendo downloads for you to enjoy if you get off on that sort of thing. Bejeweled 2 is arguably the biggest title, heading to WiiWare for 1,000 Wii Points. Arcade Sports also appears for 800 Wii Points and some other crap. On the DSiWare we have some game about a river spirit, and on the Virtual Console, there’s Shadow of the Ninja.
That’s all fun for you, isn’t it? Why not download them, or choose instead to look at a fancy painting of a man? Why not indeed?
No More Teachers, No More Books – Give These Great New Games a LookSchool may be out, but there’s no shortage of interesting subjects for you to learn about: Fascinating spirits, dazzling gems and stealthy ninjas are all ready to be discovered in this week’s lineup of new game downloads for Nintendo® systems. Guide a mythical spirit through a series of puzzling trials as he attempts to make his way to the human world in A Kappa’s Trail for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service. Experience a famous puzzle game on America’s top-selling home console with Bejeweled® 2 for the WiiWare™ service. A total of nine new games are now available for download, but that’s not the only big news this week. The annual E3 Expo kicks off in Los Angeles on June 15, and Nintendo is inviting fans with broadband Internet access to watch a live video stream of its E3 Expo presentation. Go to e3.nintendo.com at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, June 15, and watch all of Nintendo’s announcements as they happen.You’re also invited to check out the latest addition 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, the team at EnjoyUp Games takes the spotlight with a new Chronos Twins microgame. 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 DSiWareA Kappa’s TrailPublisher: NintendoPlayers: 1ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic MischiefPrice: 500 Nintendo DSi PointsDescription: Step into the world of a kappa, a mythical river spirit famous in Japanese folklore, as he tries to make his way to the human world. In addition to the challenging main game, you’ll find three different minigames to further improve your kappa-related skills. You’ll start your journey in Kappa Cove, a good place to go exploring, practice getting around and munch on a few fish. The intuitive controls are all handled with the stylus (draw a trail and the kappa will follow it), but the helpful Chumfish is more than willing to teach you the basics. Once you begin your path down the Kappa Trail, you’ll encounter coins to collect, boulders to shatter and various mini-kappas that can help you in specific ways. Just be sure to avoid the Devil Hand. If you need a break, you can collect paintings or cassettes from the Chumfish Shack, count plates at a sushi restaurant or test your mettle in the treacherous Trial of Tiles. With its cute graphics and charming story, your time with the kappa will certainly be memorable. Who knows what you’ll find as you make your way through A Kappa’s Trail?Telegraph CrosswordsPublisher: Sanuk GamesPlayers: 1ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Drug Reference, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive ThemesPrice: 500 Nintendo DSi PointsDescription: Play crossword puzzles from the Telegraph like you’ve never played them before. Discover 500 puzzles of multiple types. You’re in for many hours of game play. With its handy interface and intuitive controls, this game transfigures the classic pen-and-paper experience. Notable features include:A huge selection of quick puzzles, cryptic puzzles and general-knowledge puzzles.Registration of best times in the Hall of Fame.Interactive hints to prevent you from getting stuck.Auto-save function so you can stop and resume a puzzle at any time.Flips: Silent But DeadlyPublisher: Electronic ArtsPlayers: 1Price: 500 Nintendo DSi PointsDescription: When Mr. Watts, the science teacher, turns up for class and tries to open his briefcase with his teeth, James, Alexander and Lenny realize he’s not quite himself. The friends investigate and uncover a plot so dangerous that the life of every pupil and teacher is at risk. How will they foil the plot and restore Mr. Watts to normal? The new Flips range brings modern classics to the Nintendo DSiWare service. Readers can collect, solve, interact and learn as they progress through various stories and challenges.Music on: Electronic KeyboardPublisher: AbylightPlayers: 1ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)Price: 200 Nintendo DSi PointsDescription: Get creative and spend relaxing moments transforming your Nintendo DSi™ system into a complete electronic keyboard with a great variety of instruments and rhythms. This is the perfect way to have fun and impress your friends with your musical creations. Whether you’re already an expert or just taking your first steps, Electronic Keyboard will help you capture your inspiration wherever you are. Features include:Automatic accompaniment function with chord recognitionUp to eight user-definable chordsFive different styles, each with four variationsIndependent drum, bass and chorus partsSix-octave keyboard (two visible)Pitch-bend function16 instrumentsIntegrated sequencerMetronomeRecording and replay option16 Shot! SHOOTING WATCHPublisher: Hudson EntertainmentPlayers: 1ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)Price: 200 Nintendo DSi PointsDescription: Back in the 8-bit glory days, Hudson’s own “Master Higgins” (a.k.a. Takahashi Meijin) made a splash in the gaming world with his astonishing trigger-finger speed of 16 shots per second. Can you break the Master’s record? A graph analysis feature breaks down your stats and indicates your weak spots. Use it effectively to improve your trigger-finger performance. If you get a high score, you can leave a customized signature using the touch screen. Get your family and friends to compete for some serious rapid-fire fun.WiiWareBejeweled 2Publisher: PopCap Games, Inc.Players: 1ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)Price: 1,000 Wii Points™Description: Get set to play the world’s No. 1 puzzle game, now available for the Wii console. Match sparkling gems three at a time to make them burst in showers of color and points. Match four or more to create flashy power gems that boost your score and your mood with brilliant cascades and combos. Soar to gem-matching heights in Classic mode, or speed through matches against the clock in Action mode. For even more dazzling fun, bump up your brain waves with multi-faceted Puzzles, or enter the Zen state of Endless play. Every match is high-carat fun!Arcade Sports™Publisher: Icon Games EntertainmentPlayers: 1-2ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)Price: 800 Wii PointsDescription: Arcade Sports consists of a selection of four full-featured arcade sports games including Air Hockey, Bowling, Pool and Snooker. The following modes are available:PRACTICE: This mode allows you to play a practice game and brush up on your skills.VERSUS MATCH: Play a one-on-one “friendly” match versus any of the game opponents in any game type.SEASON MODE: Season Mode is a series of linked tournaments with 10 tournaments of mixed game types. The objective is to make it to the top of the rankings. Play through each event in turn. After each one, you’ll be awarded a world ranking position and achievement rewards.MULTIPLAYER: Arcade Sports allows up to two players to compete head-to-head in a versus match on one Wii console.Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: SunnyvillePublisher: Konami Digital EntertainmentPlayers: 1ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive ThemesPrice: 500 Wii PointsDescription: Welcome to the town of Sunnyville! Search local yard sales on your mission to find hidden treasures and objects. Use your fantastic finds to decorate your dream home in a competition to win the illustrious “Superstar Homes Magazine Contest!” Beat the clock or play at your own pace, searching for hundreds of items hidden in fun locales. Enjoy nonstop challenges in this expansive seek-and-find game.Virtual Console™Shadow of the Ninja™Original platform: NES™Publisher: Natsume Inc.Players: 1-2ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Fantasy ViolencePrice: 500 Wii PointsDescription: Get ready for furious side-scrolling, platforming ninja action. The mad emperor, Garuda, has the city trapped in his diabolical claws. Only two brave ninja warriors dare to stand against him. They move as silently as shadows in the snow, swift and graceful as the wind, and strike with the explosive fury of razor-clawed tigers. Playing solo or cooperatively with a friend, you’ll slice, bomb and shuriken your way through Garuda’s army of vicious soldiers, agile ninjas and monstrous robots. Use your ninja skills to hang from moving platforms, leap over lethal pitfalls and dodge diabolical traps. Collect deadly power-ups to give yourself an edge against the overwhelming odds. It’ll take all of your platforming prowess to navigate the game’s 13 intense levels and bring some old-fashioned ninja justice to Garuda.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.