GAME&WATCH NOW ON DSiWARE, HANABI SPECIAL OGRE BATTLE 64, DINER DASH AND MANY MORE GAMES TO DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK

26th March 2010: We want to invite you to take a trip down memory lane as the Game&Watch™ series returns. These little LCD game gems were released thirty years ago and marked Nintendo’s first foray into portable games. They were the first ancestors of your Nintendo DSi and will now be available once more, exclusively on DSiWare. The first three titles are Chef, Judge and Mario's Cement Factory.

Also on DSiWare this week: You’ll need a steady hand as the pressure is on to rescue Leon's babies from the belly of Ms. Tum Tum in SUPER YUM YUM Puzzle Adventures. And you better watch your back as gangsters are prowling the neighbourhood in Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A.

Get ready for some frantic fun this week as Diner Dash® comes to WiiWare. Help Flo complete all her tasks in the allotted time and pair up with players online to compete for the best diner in town. Or go for the almost spiritual experience of Art of Balance, a physics-based puzzler with great production values. Critically acclaimed when released in North America, it hits Europe this week!

And that’s not all for Wii! The Hanabi Festival has been a great success so far and SQUARE ENIX gives us the honour of an encore with Ogre Battle®64: Person of Lordly Caliber, the first N64 title on Virtual Console since June! There’s more for Neo Geo as well, with the entry of FATAL FURY SPECIAL, which pits fighters of the first games in this classic series against all new characters in one of the best fighting games ever made.

WiiWare - Art of Balance

(Shin'en Multimedia, 800 Wii Points)

Grab your Wii Remote and balance as many bricks into stacks as possible in this physics-based puzzler. With over 100 levels to challenge not only your skills but also your imagination, the game is easy to pick up and hard to put away.

Make the most of the dedicated two player split-screen "versus" mode for extra fun or take on the challenge by yourself.

WiiWare - Diner Dash®

(HUDSON SOFT, 1000 Wii Points)

Diner Dash®, the number one PC Action Puzzle game has landed on WiiWare. Guide Flo, an office-worker turned restaurateur, as she builds up her empire over four unique diners. Go online to face players in head to head matches. If you feel up to the challenge, join up with a friend or another player online for a Team Dash game where your team will take on six other players to see whose diner is the best in town.

Players take direct control of Flo as she runs around to seat patrons, take orders, deliver food, take payment and bus tables as efficiently as possible within the time limit allowed. Players fond of the traditional control schemes may also use a point-and-click style with hotkeys to aid Flo in her quest for customer satisfaction, which is reflected in a heart meter that empties as customers lose patience. If the meter empties completely, then the customer will leave the restaurant.

Virtual Console - Ogre Battle®64: Person of Lordly Caliber

(SQUARE ENIX, Nintendo 64, 1200 Wii Points)

Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber is a tactical RPG for the Nintendo 64. Featuring a gripping storyline with multiple possible endings, and a genre-defining character class system, this strategic game has rightly retained its place in the hearts of tactical RPG fans for over a decade.

The game tells the story of Magnus Gallant, a recently graduated officer of the Palatinean Army who is assigned to the troubled southern region of his native land. There he witnesses the plight of the lower classes– victims of a tyrannical ruling elite whose only thought is for the preservation of their own lofty status. With civil war brewing, Magnus is faced with a terrible choice: to betray his own noble origins in the name of liberty, or turn a blind eye to the evils of his rotten society.

Virtual Console - FATAL FURY SPECIAL

(D4 Enterprise, NEOGEO, 900 Wii Points)

This fighting game, originally released in 1993, pits a total of 15 different fighters against each other. The cast includes the original eight characters from Fatal Fury 2, along with previously unplayable characters Billy, Axel, Laurence and Wolfgang. Finally, three characters from the original Fatal Fury (Duck, Tung and Geese) have returned to the fight.

Building on the appeal from the previous game with its two-line battle system, its special moves and its powerful finishers, and further improving on the series' formula, this game is truly worthy of the title "special". Also, if certain conditions are met, special guest Ryo Sakazaki will make a shocking appearance.

NINTENDO DSiWare - Game&Watch™

Experience a piece of Nintendo history with the Game&Watch series on Nintendo DSiWare. Each title is a perfect recreation of a classic LCD game from the early 1980s, including normal Game A and alternate Game B modes.

And no Game&Watch title would be complete without the‘Watch’ function - each title includes a fully functional clock and alarm.

Game&Watch™: Chef

(Nintendo, 200 Nintendo DSi Points)

In Chef, you are a cook, frantically flipping food with your frying pan for as long as you can. Watch out for the pesky cat, trying to put you off by grabbing your food with a fork.

Game&Watch™: Judge

(Nintendo, 200 Nintendo DSi Points)

Judge is a game of quick reactions, starring the character that would later become known as Mr Game&Watch. Two characters hold signs, on which numbers appear after a countdown. The player with the higher number can hit the opponent, but the opponent can also dodge. Each player can also try to attack before the countdown ends, risking that they may have a lower number. Game A pits you against the computer while Game B lets you play against a friend.

Game&Watch™: Mario's Cement Factory

(Nintendo, 200 Nintendo DSi Points)

In Mario’s Cement Factory, your job is to keep the factory going. Move Mario around the platforms and elevators, pull the levers to drop cement into containers, and fill up the trucks waiting to make their deliveries. Just like other Game&Watch titles, Game B mode is the tougher challenge; with faster, randomly moving platforms.

NINTENDO DSiWare - Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A.

(Gameloft, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)

Move to the West Coast and immerse yourself in L.A. gang life with Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. Complete 75 missions that combine the best of action and driving games.

Explore L.A.'s famous neighbourhoods, like Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown and the harbour and experience a unique feeling of freedom as you drive anywhere in open environments and feel free to complete missions at your own pace.

With such a thrilling storyline with unexpected developments, will you live the golden life or become just another thug?

NINTENDO DSiWare - SUPER YUM YUM Puzzle Adventures

(Mastertronic, 800 Nintendo DSi Points)

SUPER YUM YUM Puzzle Adventures is a multi award winning puzzle game featuring a chameleon called Leon. With forty eight levels across four worlds and exclusive Nintendo DSi features, players need to navigate over many hours of mind bending gameplay while they try and rescue Leon's babies from the belly of Ms. Tum Tum!

There are four worlds and 48 individual levels - there are also four mini games in total, one in each world. The game stars Leon the Chameleon who must eat his way through fruity, fiendish puzzles, licking fruit to change colour and choosing the right combinations of fruit to finish each level.

As the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are continually updated with exciting and refreshing games and applications, make sure you keep checking the Nintendo Channel, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop for all the latest news and releases on already available and upcoming Virtual Console, WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare titles.

Be sure to also check out Nintendo of Europe's WiiWare portal, which functions as the main hub for the latest WiiWare news and game sites, while at the same time providing the perfect entry point for newcomers to the service. Weekly and all-time Top 10 lists show which WiiWare titles the UK Club Nintendo members are currently downloading most, and which are the most popular of all time.

The portal also provides step-by-step tutorials explaining how to connect the Wii console to the Internet and how to download WiiWare games, as well as a video showing how to use Nintendo Points. Visit www.wiiware.co.uk for all the details. Downloaded games can be saved to Wii's internal memory or SD card and added to the console's Wii Menu or SD Card Menu for anytime easy access.

For further information on each game please contact:

Art of Balance

Shin'en Multimedia - Manfred Linzner, linzner@shinen.com

Diner Dash®

HUDSON SOFT– Tomotaka Motoyoshi, motoyosi@tk.hudson.co.jp

Game&Watch™

Nintendo– lewis.digby@nintendo.co.uk

Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A.

Gameloft - Yann Fourneau, yann.fourneau@gameloft.com

SUPER YUM YUM Puzzle Adventures

Mastertronic– Garry Williams, garry.williams@mastertronic.com


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