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The Nintendo Download: Adventurous Islands, Bubbles Bobbling, And Clay Fighting

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While those of us in the U.S. were sleeping in, Nintendo spent yesterday adding a fresh crop of titles to their downloadable lineup, with a healthy dose of old games made new and the odd clock.

Five new games in total were released yesterday across WiiWare, DSiWare, and the Virtual Console, though since one of those is a Photo Clock for the DSi (200 points) we can probably whittle that number down to four, unless watching seconds tick by is your idea of interactive entertainment. Joining Photo Clock on the DSi is American Popstar: Road to Celebrity (800 points), a Gameloft music-themed social adventure that sees players rising from obscure high school student to pop celebrity. Form relationships, customize your appearance, sign autographs, and compete in four musical mini-games - singing, drums, guitar, and dance - on your road to becoming a silly person signing your name on your DSi screen.


On the WiiWare side of the fence we have two classic games given a Wii makeover. Taito brings us Bubble Bobble Plus! (600 points), with all of the classic bubble popping action of the arcade original, plus 100 Arrange Mode rounds. Players can also download Expert Mode 1 and Expert Mode 2 for even more levels of colorful ball-shooting action.


Continuing the WiiWare redux trend, Hudson delivers Adventure Island The Beginning (800 points), which has players exploring Adventure Island with new powers and skills and playing mini-games while trying to achieve the "Master Higgins Feat" and earn a Master Higgins costume.


Finally, on the third side of this very odd fence, comes Clay Fighter for the Virtual Console (800 points), the Sega Genesis version of the claymation fighter, complete with evil clowns, Elvis impersonators, and of course - Bad Mr. Frosty.

That's a hell of a lot of gaming for one week, and I'm sure the clock is nice as well. Check out the official descriptions below, and let us know if anything gives you that tingly must-buy feeling.


Nintendo DSiWare

American Popstar: Road to Celebrity (Gameloft, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, 800 Nintendo DSi Points™): This is your enthralling and interactive success story as a young hopeful in the music milieu. The adventure begins when you get the chance to audition at your Hollywood high school. But the road to celebrity isn't an easy one: Your secret crush is also auditioning, and so is your evil rival. This unique mix of music-themed gaming and social adventure will let you show your talents to the world, take your best photo with the Nintendo DSi system's built-in camera and meet lots of people who may help you build your career. You're about to become the greatest pop star in the world. Talk, share activities and be friendly or unfriendly with numerous characters. Customize your character's name and appearance, and develop skills and personality through your actions. Four musical mini-games include Guitar, Singing, Drums and Dance. Record your voice, take your own photos and sign autographs.


Photo Clock (Nintendo, 1 player, 200 Nintendo DSi Points): Photo Clock allows you to enjoy the photos taken with your Nintendo DSi Camera application in a new way. Watch your images appear on the top screen of your Nintendo DSi system according to your chosen display settings (specific photos or all photos; in order or randomly displayed). Select from either an analog or digital clock, using the system's internal clock or offsetting the time however you like. Program up to three alarms – with snooze functionality for those who need it – and assign them a preset ring or use a sound created in Nintendo DSi Sound. Experience all the enjoyment of a photo album while ensuring you won't lose track of the time.


BUBBLE BOBBLE Plus! (TAITO, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, 600 Wii Points™): BUBBLE BOBBLE Plus! is a simple yet exhilarating action game where you control the bubble-blowing dragons Bub and Bob, trapping enemies in bubbles and then popping them. You can play all 100 of the Standard Mode rounds, which faithfully recreate the nostalgic arcade game, or try 100 new Arrange Mode rounds, which allow up to four players to play on stages with exciting new features such as new enemies and stage layouts. There are also Super Mode rounds for you to enjoy. Determine the true ending by solving puzzles hidden on each stage to defeat the final boss. In Ranking Mode, players with broadband Internet access can use the Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection service to compete with players from around the world. Enjoy an additional 100 rounds and face off against new boss characters by purchasing "Expert Mode 1" and "Expert Mode 2" add-on content.


ADVENTURE ISLAND® The Beginning (Hudson Entertainment, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone – Cartoon Violence and Comic Mischief, 800 Wii Points): ADVENTURE ISLAND The Beginning comes to the Wii console with exciting new skills and elements. Learn how to use new skills while exploring Adventure Island from coast to coast. Search for Golden Melons hidden throughout the stages and mini-games. When obtaining Golden Melons, you'll be able to purchase various items to help you on your adventure. These items can increase your attack power or enable you to reach places you couldn't get to before. Fulfill certain requirements while playing in any of the modes to achieve a "Master Higgins Feat" and you'll be awarded a Master Higgins costume.

Virtual Console

Clay Fighter™ (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen – Comic Mischief and Mild Cartoon Violence, 800 Wii Points): In this zany 2-D fighter, it's just another day for a humble traveling circus troupe when a meteor crash-lands in their camp. The otherworldly orb, made entirely out of interstellar clay, contaminates all the circus employees, turning them into bizarrely superpowered versions of themselves. Choose from among the unique clay creatures, such as Bonker, the cheerfully manic clown, or Blue Suede Goo, the mild-mannered Elvis impersonator turned violent vocalist. Master their "Claytalities," like the operatic Helga's deadly high note and Bad Mr. Frosty's fists of snowball fury!