Nintendo Downloads: Bejeweled 2, Shadow of the Ninja, Silent But Deadly

Not even E3 can hold back the inevitable weekly batch of downloadable releases for the Nintendo DSi and Wii, which is jolly lucky for us all as this week's brings not only Bejeweled 2 but also the opportunity to beat the fast fingers of "Master Higgins."

    WiiWare
    • Bejeweled 2 - $10
    • Arcade Sports - $8
    • Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville - $5
    Wii Virtual Console
    • Shadow of the Ninja (NES) - $5

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    DSiWare
    • A Kappa's Trail - $5
    • Telegraph Crosswords - $5
    • Flips: Silent But Deadly - $5
    • Music on: Electronic Keyboard - $2
    • 16 Shot! SHOOTING WATCH - $2

All titles will be available from 9am PST. Would you like to know more?

Nintendo DSiWare

A Kappa's Trail
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Step into the world of a kappa, a mythical river spirit famous in Japanese folklore, as he tries to make his way to the human world. In addition to the challenging main game, you'll find three different minigames to further improve your kappa-related skills. You'll start your journey in Kappa Cove, a good place to go exploring, practice getting around and munch on a few fish. The intuitive controls are all handled with the stylus (draw a trail and the kappa will follow it), but the helpful Chumfish is more than willing to teach you the basics. Once you begin your path down the Kappa Trail, you'll encounter coins to collect, boulders to shatter and various mini-kappas that can help you in specific ways. Just be sure to avoid the Devil Hand. If you need a break, you can collect paintings or cassettes from the Chumfish Shack, count plates at a sushi restaurant or test your mettle in the treacherous Trial of Tiles. With its cute graphics and charming story, your time with the kappa will certainly be memorable. Who knows what you'll find as you make your way through A Kappa's Trail?

Telegraph Crosswords
Publisher: Sanuk Games
Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Drug Reference, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Play crossword puzzles from the Telegraph like you've never played them before. Discover 500 puzzles of multiple types. You're in for many hours of game play. With its handy interface and intuitive controls, this game transfigures the classic pen-and-paper experience. Notable features include:

  • A huge selection of quick puzzles, cryptic puzzles and general-knowledge puzzles.
  • Registration of best times in the Hall of Fame.
  • Interactive hints to prevent you from getting stuck.
  • Auto-save function so you can stop and resume a puzzle at any time.

Flips: Silent But Deadly
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: When Mr. Watts, the science teacher, turns up for class and tries to open his briefcase with his teeth, James, Alexander and Lenny realize he's not quite himself. The friends investigate and uncover a plot so dangerous that the life of every pupil and teacher is at risk. How will they foil the plot and restore Mr. Watts to normal? The new Flips range brings modern classics to the Nintendo DSiWare service. Readers can collect, solve, interact and learn as they progress through various stories and challenges.

Music on: Electronic Keyboard
Publisher: Abylight
Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Get creative and spend relaxing moments transforming your Nintendo DSi system into a complete electronic keyboard with a great variety of instruments and rhythms. This is the perfect way to have fun and impress your friends with your musical creations. Whether you're already an expert or just taking your first steps, Electronic Keyboard will help you capture your inspiration wherever you are. Features include:

  • Automatic accompaniment function with chord recognition
  • Up to eight user-definable chords
  • Five different styles, each with four variations
  • Independent drum, bass and chorus parts
  • Six-octave keyboard (two visible)
  • Pitch-bend function
  • 16 instruments
  • Integrated sequencer
  • Metronome
  • Recording and replay option

16 Shot! SHOOTING WATCH
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Back in the 8-bit glory days, Hudson's own "Master Higgins" (a.k.a. Takahashi Meijin) made a splash in the gaming world with his astonishing trigger-finger speed of 16 shots per second. Can you break the Master's record? A graph analysis feature breaks down your stats and indicates your weak spots. Use it effectively to improve your trigger-finger performance. If you get a high score, you can leave a customized signature using the touch screen. Get your family and friends to compete for some serious rapid-fire fun.

WiiWare

Bejeweled 2
Publisher: PopCap Games, Inc.
Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 1,000 Wii Points

Description: Get set to play the world's No. 1 puzzle game, now available for the Wii console. Match sparkling gems three at a time to make them burst in showers of color and points. Match four or more to create flashy power gems that boost your score and your mood with brilliant cascades and combos. Soar to gem-matching heights in Classic mode, or speed through matches against the clock in Action mode. For even more dazzling fun, bump up your brain waves with multi-faceted Puzzles, or enter the Zen state of Endless play. Every match is high-carat fun!

Arcade Sports
Publisher: Icon Games Entertainment
Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points

Description: Arcade Sports consists of a selection of four full-featured arcade sports games including Air Hockey, Bowling, Pool and Snooker. The following modes are available:

  • PRACTICE: This mode allows you to play a practice game and brush up on your skills.
  • VERSUS MATCH: Play a one-on-one "friendly" match versus any of the game opponents in any game type.
  • SEASON MODE: Season Mode is a series of linked tournaments with 10 tournaments of mixed game types. The objective is to make it to the top of the rankings. Play through each event in turn. After each one, you'll be awarded a world ranking position and achievement rewards.
  • MULTIPLAYER: Arcade Sports allows up to two players to compete head-to-head in a versus match on one Wii console.

Yard Sale Hidden Treasures: Sunnyville
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: Welcome to the town of Sunnyville! Search local yard sales on your mission to find hidden treasures and objects. Use your fantastic finds to decorate your dream home in a competition to win the illustrious "Superstar Homes Magazine Contest!" Beat the clock or play at your own pace, searching for hundreds of items hidden in fun locales. Enjoy nonstop challenges in this expansive seek-and-find game.

Virtual Console

Shadow of the Ninja
Original platform: NES
Publisher: Natsume Inc.
Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: Get ready for furious side-scrolling, platforming ninja action. The mad emperor, Garuda, has the city trapped in his diabolical claws. Only two brave ninja warriors dare to stand against him. They move as silently as shadows in the snow, swift and graceful as the wind, and strike with the explosive fury of razor-clawed tigers. Playing solo or cooperatively with a friend, you'll slice, bomb and shuriken your way through Garuda's army of vicious soldiers, agile ninjas and monstrous robots. Use your ninja skills to hang from moving platforms, leap over lethal pitfalls and dodge diabolical traps. Collect deadly power-ups to give yourself an edge against the overwhelming odds. It'll take all of your platforming prowess to navigate the game's 13 intense levels and bring some old-fashioned ninja justice to Garuda.