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NintendoWare Weekly: Mario Tennis, Jett Rocket, Maestro


There's a Virtual Console game this week! It's kind of hard to believe. It's even a Mario game -- a Mario sports game, but a Mario game nonetheless.

Meanwhile, WiiWare hosts a 3D platformer that appears very Mario-like, and DSiWare introduces North America to Maestro, a musical platforming game that was only released in Europe in its full cartridge incarnation.


  • Jett Rocket (Shin'en, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points): This 3D platformer allows the title character to use a jetpack, snowboard, or boat to navigate the planet Yoroppa.
  • Pong Toss Pro: Frat Party Games (JV Games, 1-4 players, 600 Wii Points): If you're going to buy one game about throwing ping-pong balls into cups, it should probably be this one. Graphics, controls, and tournament options have all been redone.
  • Robin Hood: The Return of Richard (Nordcurrent, 1 player, 500 Wii Points): Defeat the enemies of England by ... hiding in the forest and shooting arrows at them as they run by.
Virtual Console
  • Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64, 1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points): This tennis game is responsible for introducing Waluigi to the world. Don't hold that against it.
  • Maestro! Green Groove (Neko Entertainment, 1 player, 500 DSi Points): A musical platformer in which you strum on-screen strings to make a little bird jump between them.
  • Date or Ditch (Gameloft, 1 player, 500 DSi Points): A "dating adventure" in which you go on several dates and attempt to successfully converse with your counterparts.
  • Animal Color Cross (Little Worlds Studio, 1 player, 500 DSi Points): A picross game about reconstructing pictures of animals.
  • Brain Drain (Enjoy Gaming, 1 player, 500 DSi Points): Unscramble a puzzle by rotating the pieces with the stylus.
  • Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects - Revenge (Publisher, player, DSi Points): Free the Scorpion Champion from the clutches of the Mutant Queen, so other ... giant insects can live in peace.
  • Ancient Tribe (Circle Entertainment, 1 player, 500 DSi Points): Use your powers as a god to lead a tribe of people through history. And to help them tame and ride dinosaurs, because who doesn't want to ride a dinosaur?

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