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NintendoWare Weekly: Rayman, Stop Stress, Shinobi, Street Fighter Alpha 2


There's some classic platforming to be had in both Rayman and Shinobi in this week's Nintendo downloads, and even a way to deal with Jack's overabundance of stress in Stop Stress: A Day of Fury. There's over ten titles in all, so cruise past the break for the full list.


  • Rayman (Ubisoft, 1 player, 800 DSi Points): Michel Ancel's classic has been available for the DS for quite some time now, but those with a taste for downloads can fetch this cartridge-less version starting today on the DSi.
  • Ball Fighter (Teyon, 1 - 2 players, 500 DSi Points): If you've got a prejudice against spheroids, then Ball Fighter just might be your cup of tea. By matching balls of the same color in this puzzle title, you essentially eliminate them from existence. How could you be so heartless?!
  • Pop Island (odenis studio, 1 - 8 players, 500 DSi Points): A variant on the popular game, Capture the Flag, Pop Island charges players with gathering up flags on a variety of planets, using the talents of members of the animal kingdom (e.g. surfing penguins, flying fish and water-skiing crocodiles). Utilizing DS Download Play, you can even get seven of your DSi-owning friends involved.
  • Army Defender (Mindscape, 1 player, 200 DSi Points): This is a Tower Defense game where you literally man a tower and defend you base from waves of enemy attacks. It also includes a kind of Ikaruga-like ammo system where players must flip between green and red ammo to take out enemies of the corresponding color.
  • myNotebook: Red (Nnooo, 1 player, 200 DSi Points): This DSi application allows you to take notes directly on your DSi system. No, seriously, that's what this does.
  • My Dolphin (T&S Ltd., 1 player, 500 Wii Points): Become a dolphin trainer and conduct live shows with the aquatic mammals in this game from T&S Ltd. And if you're dying to give your virtual dolphin all of the things an animal star deserves, you can spend your real money on in-game toys like balls and rings.
  • Magnetis (Yullaby, 1 - 4 players, 500 Wii Points): This is a puzzle game where you must connect corresponding magnets to create explosions and not a game based on Magneto's little brother. The game includes co-operative and competitive modes for up to four players.
  • Stop Stress: A Day of Fury (Abylight, 1 player, 800 Wii Points): I am Jack's sense of unresolved stress -- er, rather, players are in this game from Abylight. Pick up Jack's trusty baseball bat and "beat a path through traffic or at the office, and face off against incredible hallucinations."
  • Flowerworks (Nocturnal Entertainment, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points): While on her way to visit her grandmother, Follie's ship -- which is packed to the brim with Flowerworks seeds -- suddenly crashes on a drab planet called Elilia. Players must help Follie navigate the planet and locate all of the missing seeds in this "20-hour adventure."
Virtual Console
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 (SNES, 1 - 2 players, 800 Wii Points): Back when the Saturn and the PlayStation were the new hotness on the console scene, the SNES was beginning to conclude its time on store shelves -- but that didn't stop it from getting its own version of Street Fighter Alpha 2. While the best way to play this game was undoubtedly on Sega and Sony's consoles, the SNES port actually isn't that bad.
  • Shinobi (VC Arcade, 1 player, 800 Wii Points): It feels weird to finally get Shinobi, considering the third game and first Sega Genesis title have been available for a while now. Still, it's nice to finally check out the Arcade game that started it all.

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