Fortified Zone For Virtual ConsoleAnother week gives us another Nintendo Download Update. This week doesn’t have any major titles so I have mixed feelings on the update. A lot of people are complaining about the lack in the Nintendo eShop. Yes, I agree that some of these titles are lackluster, but as a whole I think they’re doing quite all right. Many of these DSiWare games are a lot of fun, and there are quite a few to choose from. I’ve already posted about Cave Story, and have beaten it twice since I downloaded only a week or two ago. I’m currently playing it on the hardest skill level and am having a ball. I brought it to class the other day, and all of my fellow game design students were huddled around me as I yelled out, “YES! MACHINE GUN UPGRADE!”

One of my favorite features on these downloads are the ratings. Take Cave Story for example. I wasn’t sure if I was willing to spend the $9.99 on it until I selected the ratings. The game has been rated (at this current moment) 1164 times, and 981 of those ratings are five star. Shantae: Risky’s Revenge has 816 ratings, with 611 five star. I haven’t played it yet, but Shantae was a Staff Pick and doesn’t look like a bad title either.

Not all of the games on the Nintendo eShop and DSiWare are a waste of time and money. It depends on how much you are willing to spend. Nintendo has done great with giving us a free Excitebike 3D, the Pokedex, and Internet browser. Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Kirby’s Dream Land, and Super Mario Land are all major titles as well.

So give them time. It’s only been about a month since the update. With my rant done, here are the updates.


Just JAM – pick up that Wii remote controller and get ready to mix, match and lay down your own tunes. Just JAM offers a live music experience featuring your favorite genres and cool artists.

Nintendo eShop

Fortified Zone – Originally released in 1991, this action game allows two characters to be used alternately. Secret agents Masato and Mizuki have been dispatched to infiltrate and destroy an enemy fortress.

Qix – An arcade classic. Use your spaceship to divide a grid into ever smaller sections, evading enemy and other harmful objects. This might be a neat little diversion for 3DS Virtual Console, so stay tuned for our review coming soon.


Jewel Keepers: Easter Island – With mind-blowing visuals and an engaging storyline, this game will keep you entertained for hours as you travel across Easter Island and help to unravel its mysteries.

Make Up & Style – Now you can finally accomplish your dream of becoming a make-up artist with this DSiWare application! With 16 different types of tool including pencils, lipsticks and brushes to use across the ‘humorous’ career mode, we’ll see if this can beat the competition, Tivola’s Beauty Academy.

Roller Angels – A truly off-beat looking game that blends platforming, rollerblading and graffiti, though with a very different graphical style to Jet Grind Radio.

Farm Frenzy – Start with a tiny plot of land and build it into a prosperous farm in Farm Frenzy from the team behind Beach Party Craze.

There you have it. I will never get Make Up & Style, despite being a girl. I can hardly put on my own make up, and that’s only one or two things. I don’t really need it, and would probably go for Fortified Zone if I had to pick between the two.

Are there any titles here that you’re excited for?

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