Nintendo of Europe announced that the demo program is returning this Friday, November 5. Encouragingly, it's referred to as an "ongoing" demo program, suggesting that the whole thing won't disappear in a month. However, the individual demos will be rotated out regularly, which is back to being a bit frustrating. The latest demos will be listed here after the program starts up.
The first set of demos includes Furry Legends, Jett Rocket, ThruSpace, and Zombie Panic in Wonderland. We're checking with Nintendo of America about the prospect of a similar program here.
WiiWare demos join a host of new games available for download on WiiWare & Nintendo DSiWare this Friday
This week sees the launch of a new service added to the Wii Shop Channel, in the form of ongoing downloadable WiiWare demos. Containing a taster of the full version of a WiiWare game, WiiWare demos offer players the ability to trial select WiiWare games without using up any of their Wii Points, giving players the enjoyment of testing out the game before ultimately deciding whether to download the full version of the game or not using their Wii Points.
Every WiiWare demo featured on the Wii Shop Channel will be available for a limited time only ensuring the line-up is constantly kept refreshed to provide players with a varied and entertaining experience. Players will be able to see the WiiWare demos currently available for download via a dedicated list on wiiware.nintendo.co.uk as well as on the Wii Shop Channel itself.
Available across Europe from the 5th November 2010, players will be in for a treat as four WiiWare demos are made available to play including Furry Legends Demo (Gamelion), Jett Rocket Demo (Shin'en Multimedia), ThruSpace™ Demo (Nintendo) & Zombie Panic in Wonderland Demo (Akaoni Studio).
As if that wasn't enough, there's also an array of new, full version WiiWare & Nintendo DSiWare games available for download this Friday. From a reaction taxing puzzle with ThruSpace™: High Velocity 3D Puzzle on WiiWare, to the brain-teasing Bookworm™, on Nintendo DSiWare. And whatever hero you worship, from superhero to rock hero, GO Series: Fatal Blow and Rytmik Rock Edition on Nintendo DSiWare have them both.
WiiWare - ThruSpace™: High Velocity 3D Puzzle
(Nintendo, 800 Wii Points)
ThruSpace™: High Velocity 3D Puzzle is a unique 3D puzzle game that will test your spatial awareness and reactions to the limit. Players must guide a 'Keydron' - a simple geometrical shape, travelling at speed - through gaps in a series of walls, rotating the Keydron to the correct angle in order to fit through. The more walls you pass through, the higher your score will become; keep an eye out for crystals along the way, as every crystal you manage to collect will boost your points.
Once you've mastered the basics, go a step further and learn how to do tricks and combos - skills you'll find useful to score additional points. You'll notice that some gaps in the walls are bigger than the Keydron – use your skills to fill the entire space with the Keydron's shadow before passing through it, and you'll increase your score.
There are three modes to enjoy: 'Normal', 'Endless' and 'Trick Challenge'; you can even save three of your best runs as watchable replays in 'Keydron Memories' mode. As if that wasn't enough, the online leaderboard allows you to compare scores and compete with players around the world, via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service.
*This title launches with a free demo, available for download for a limited period.
Nintendo DSiWare - Bookworm™
(PopCap, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)
Players must connect letter tiles - left, right, up and down - to build words and satisfy Lex's appetite in 'Bookworm Classic' mode. Watch out for burning letters though - they could spell disaster for you and Lex. You can use 'Reward Tiles' and spell 'Bonus Words' to boost your score, as well as linking your best words to enter the Hall of Fame. With unlimited levels of word-puzzle fun, you'll enjoy exercising your brain and learning new words on the go every time you play!
*Bookworm™ is only available for download, via Nintendo DSiWare, to players based in the UK and Ireland.
Nintendo DSiWare - GO Series: Fatal Blow
(GAMEBRIDGE, 200 Nintendo DSi Points)
GO Series presents Fatal Blow from Suzak. Confront an evil army and save the day in this superhero fighting game. Each time you defeat an enemy with a 'Hero Attack', the 'Hero Gauge' increases. Use simple button commands to charge-up the 'Hero Gauge 'and unleash powerful 'Superhero Attacks' on your foes. Continue to land 'Hero Attacks' in a bid to keep the 'Hero Gauge' charged and perform a devastating chain of Superhero Attacks.
Nintendo DSiWare - Rytmik Rock Edition
(Cinemax, 800 Nintendo DSi Points)
Rytmik Rock Edition is an application for creating both rhythmical and melodic themes as well as whole songs. It blends the fast and well-arranged interface of classic drum machines with the flexible pattern interface of popular trackers and a modern sound library. As if that wasn't enough, Rytmik Rock Edition also contains more than 130 carefully selected sound samples of drum set, keyboards, bass, clean, lead and rhythm guitars instruments.
With Rytmik Rock Edition you can quickly and easily create the basic music building block – an audio clip. It consists of musical notations for up to four instruments that you may transpose, select their location in the stereo field, and modify their volume, polyphony (with extended polyphony handling), chorus/widening stereo effect and echo. You can also combine up to 128 audio clips in four tracks to create complex pieces of music. To help you on your way, you'll discover a collection of 10 pre-made compositions at your disposal, with which you can quickly compose your own pieces.
However, Rytmik Rock Edition is not only for playing with sounds; in the hands of a skilful musician it can become a serious musical instrument and a surprisingly powerful, pocket music station. With Rytmik Rock Edition you'll become the king of the rock party in no time.
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.