Nintendo weekly releases — Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Battle Poker, 5 Spots Party

By Nathan Grayson, Monday, 20 July 2009 18:03 GMT


Nintendo’s put out its list of downloads for the week, with this week’s obvious standout being Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord.

There’s also Battle Poker, which — sadly — puts a heavy emphasis on the poker, and not the battling. 5 Spots Party rounds out the Wii’s portion of the line-up, and Art Style: Zengage (uh, yeah) serves as the sole DSiWare representative for the week.

The Virtual Console, meanwhile, is hiding its head in shame over a release-free week.

Full details on each game are after the break.


Publisher: SQUARE ENIX, Players: 1, ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Price: 1,000 Wii Points™

Description: Step into the royal shoes of the Darklord’s daughter as she installs traps and monsters inside her tower to fight back the endless waves of invading adventurers in this world-conquest RPG. Known as Artifacts, these monsters and traps are your only hope in keeping the adventurers from destroying the Dark Crystal on the top floor. Fly your tower across the land and conquer every stage on your way to dominating the entire world.

Battle Poker
Publisher: Left Field Productions, Players: 1-4, ESRB Rating: E (Everyone), Price: 800 Wii Points

Description: Battle Poker is a family-friendly card game with up to four players battling against the clock to make the best five-card hand possible. Battles are played across multiple rounds, and points are scored for each round based on the quality of the hand. Each player uses a Wii Remote™ controller to point and click on a standard deck of cards on the screen. The first click flips the card over, at which point it can be grabbed by anyone else. You’ve got to have fast fingers and eyes to grab the cards you need before someone else snatches them.

5 Spots Party
Publisher: Cosmonaut Games, Players: 1-4, ESRB Rating: E (Everyone), Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: Have fun with the entire family and compete in three different play modes. 5 Spots Party is a game of skill for all ages based on the popular game of finding five differences. The goal is to find the greatest number of differences in the pictures shown. In the party modes, you must compete with other players and find as many mistakes as possible. In the 1-Player mode, you must find the differences before time runs out in order to beat the game’s highest scores. How far do you think you can go?

Nintendo DSiWare
Art Style: ZENGAGE™
Publisher: Nintendo, Players: 1, ESRB Rating: E (Everyone), Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™

Description: Do you dream of relaxing with a great puzzle game? Art Style: ZENGAGE revolves around sliding cells (squares) to match colors with cores (beads) located on the board. Clear each stage by matching all of the cores and cells. As you progress through the game’s 100-plus stages, you’ll encounter cells with special characteristics, such as immovability, which further add to the challenge. To truly master ZENGAGE, you must keep your mind sharp and employ careful strategy to complete stages in as few moves as possible. Combining wistful graphics and mesmerizing sound, ZENGAGE creates a surreal world that should be experienced by all puzzle gaming fans.

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