The Nintendo Download: Elastic Boy Saves The Day

In a week with only four downloadable Nintendo titles, two of which aren't technically games, one small blob carries the weight of the Nintendo Download on his shoulders.

THat's right folks, there are only four downloadable titles this week across WiiWare and DSiWare, and one of them is a virtual notebook. Another is a DSiWare piano trainer, and a third is Cosmos X2, a DSi space shooter I've never heard of.


That leaves Tales of Elestic Boy – Mission 1 from Lexis Numerique, this week's sole WiiWare release. The blobs were leaving peacegfully on their planet, until the black clouds arrived. Now a hero named Mooky and his friends must use their elastic arms and physics to swing, punch, and slingshot the invaders off of their world.

It's a sort of puzzle platformer with a heavy emphasis on physics and a main character named Mooky. Sounds perfect to me. It even supports two players, which is one more player than Music on: Learning Piano supports!

So who is buying myNotebook: Pearl?

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Tales of Elastic Boy – Mission 1

Publisher: Lexis Numerique
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Tales of Elastic Boy offers a totally innovative and unique style of game play that takes full advantage of the Wii Remote™ controller. To fulfill your quest and save your planet, you'll have to travel through many lands, defeat various enemies, meet unexpected friends and solve tricky puzzles. Play in single-player mode or with your friends and discover funny games. Use your stretching arms to swing and punch, roll as fast as you can or jump onto your enemies. Based on a powerful physics engine, Tales of Elastic Boy offers a truly original and entertaining gaming experience that's easy to learn but challenging to master.

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Cosmos X2

Publisher: Saturnine Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Pilot the Cosmos X2 to defend your planet against an alien invasion. Battle your way through the solar system to the alien home world to defeat their army. Equip your ship with two weapons of your choice and switch between them at any time during battle. Your active weapon takes damage when your ship gets hit. Defeating enemies regenerates energy in your inactive weapon. The key to your survival lies in finding a balance in your weapon usage. Battle your way through six levels of action and test your skills with three difficulty levels. Three bonus modes provide additional challenges.

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myNotebook: Pearl

Publisher: Nnooo
Players: 1
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: myNotebook allows you to take notes wherever you go. Just pop open your Nintendo DSi system and jot down your thoughts. Make a list and cross it off, or play your favorite pen-and-paper games (games not included). You can even personalize your notebook by drawing on the cover and changing the paper type with 24 different unlockable paper styles. Use the pen or pencil to make your notes or doodles and then erase the bits you don't like. With five ink colors, you'll always be able to make your notes and doodles look stylish. myNotebook also includes 128 pages to write on and the ability to export your pages to your Nintendo DSi Photo Album.

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Music on: Learning Piano

Publisher: Abylight
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: An entire orchestra follows your performance of 15 great classics. By playing each day, your ability may increase. Earn the bronze, silver and gold medals for each song, completing each different level. A simplified music score is shown on the upper screen and a full piano keyboard appears on the touch screen, guiding beginners note by note on their first steps. Learn works by famous composers including Beethoven, Pachelbel, Bach, Strauss and Verdi.



I always hate how so many DSI and WiiWare games get brushed aside because people haven't "heard of them before" and fuel the idea that there is nothing good available on either system's service (and by extension smaller XBLA and PSN games that aren't being published or hyped by big studios or publishers).

The point of these services were to release smaller, more independantly-minded games so its obvious you won't have heard of many of these.

Cosmos X2 looks pretty good and it kind of sucks how the article just discourages people from trying it out by just brushing it off because not much is known about it.

Granted the game may be bad, but we won't know that unless people play it and when the people reporting on it can't be bothered to play it (or at least convey interest in it as a game), I don't see how how we're expected to know.

I can see how this sort of attitude leads to the industry's dependance on sequels. A sequel is familiar, you know what to expect, and you've "heard of it," whereas random games go ignored.

Still, he showed interest in Elastic Boy, so not all is lost. Still it would be nice if the site had a more "go on and explore" mentality, than the "play it safe" mentality. Mention which one's you've played and liked, and look promising, sure, but don't brush off what you don't know simply because you don't know it.