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Virtual Wares: Pirates suffer a Masterful Pitfall


It's Monday, which means that the Nintendo faithful get a slew of new downloadable content. DSiWare is the place to be this week, with two new titles available for download, one of which is the first third-party offering on the service. For the Wii, both WiiWare and the Virtual Console each have one item available for download this week.


  • Mixed Messages (Activision, 2-21 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Nintendo DSi Points): Vicarious Visions' crazy party game features support for up to 21 players and can best be described as Telephone for your DSi. That's pretty much it; players draw pictures or write sentences and pass along the message to others.
  • Master of Illusion Express: Shuffle Games (Nintendo, 1 player, 200 Nintendo DSi Points): Another installment in Nintendo's Master of Illusion Express series, this title includes the Vanishing Card trick, as well as tricks to help you "boggle your audience members' minds." Well, if you're dressed like a magician, you won't need a DSi game to perplex them, that's for sure.
  • Party Fun Pirate (TOMY Corporation, 1-4 players, 500 Wii Points): Based on the popular Pop Up Pirate toy, the game requires players to insert swords into a barrel, which holds your captured captain. The player that can put the most swords into the barrel without, uh, horribly maiming the captain wins. It doesn't seem like a sound strategy for freeing someone from captivity, but we guess it's the norm for drunken, surly pirates.
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  • Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (Sega Genesis, 1 player, 800 Wii Points): Famous adventurer Pitfall Harry's son, Pitfall Harry Jr., is the star of this 16-bit version of the classic Pitfall series. In search of his missing father, Pitfall Harry Jr. must take on Zakelua: Lord of Evil through 13 different levels of side-scrolling action.

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