The Nintendo Download: Who Needs Red Dead Redemption?

Who needs a high-definition cowboy title when you can play SNES classic Wild Guns on the Virtual Console? It joins this week's Nintendo Download line-up along with Ben 10, Beaver defence, and the sequel to 18-year-old Game Boy title X.

Wild Guns might capture the Red Dead vibe for Nintendo Wii owners this week, but DSiWare title X-Scape is the most interesting release from a historical point of view. The original game, X, was a Japanese exclusive title released on the Game Boy in 1992, featuring 3D wireframe graphics. It was the first 3D title released on a portable system in Japan.

And now it has a sequel, which you can play for a meagre 800 DSi points! I'm downloading it as soon as I remember where I left my DSi.

Check out the rest of this week's releases below, while I avoid pointing out that this week's Nintendo Download post is a day late.

X-Scape Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Your journey through the universe of X-Scape begins as you wake from 10 years of cryosleep, only to find yourself unexpectedly thrown into a fearsome battle against an evil empire bent on your destruction. You'll travel to numerous planets in the Kiisa system and engage in a wide variety of challenges (including optional side quests) in your fight for survival. At your command is VIXIV, an advanced battle tank able to deftly manoeuvre on land or in the air while loaded with an array of formidable weapons. To help with advice or upgrades to VIXIV's abilities, you've also got your highly capable support bot, VIX-529. Use the touch screen to pilot VIXIV in one of two modes: tunnel mode and free-movement mode. In tunnel mode, you'll navigate through narrow, dangerous tunnels that connect planets. Successful completion of tunnel mode opens free-movement mode, which allows you to freely roam the surfaces of planets and take up missions. Presented in 3-D with a stylishly retro graphic presentation, X-Scape combines continuous action with an epic story to create an experience that's sure to keep players on the edge of their seats.

Hero of Sparta Publisher: Gameloft Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Blood, Violence Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: You wake up alone on an unknown beach to find your boat and entire fleet missing. It's the beginning of an epic odyssey to find out just what game the gods are playing with you, King Argos. Your fate now lies in their hands. Battle like the fierce Spartan warrior you are to avoid a tragic death as you journey through mythical lands and even probe the depths of the Underworld. You will fight the most phenomenal monsters from mythology, defy Minotaurs and the Cyclops, and challenge the gods themselves. Unleash your hero's special powers by performing combos to defeat legions of enemies in thrilling fights. You'll have fabulous equipment and four mythic weapons to upgrade: draw your mythic swords, axe and shield. Fight, explore and solve puzzles - this is more than a basic hack-and-slash. Use the exclusive camera feature to collect epic pictures and become a real hero yourself.

A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back Publisher: TECMO KOEI GAMES Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Turn your Nintendo DSi™ system upside-down and play as the Imperial Armada out to destroy the Earth defence Force in this topsy-turvy take on arcade shooters. You control the unsung forces of arcade shooters past with three kinds of ships, including giant bosses. Draw a line to send the fighters down. Touch the guards to make them shoot. Make your boss ship fire multiple weapons, including an enormous blast that destroys everything in its way. Two players can even battle each other on one Nintendo DSi system. Will the Earth defence Force win again? Or will the Imperial Armada find victory at last?

Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro Publisher: Sanuk Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Play number puzzles from the Telegraph like you've never played them before. Discover a whopping 500 puzzles of multiple types. You're in for many hours of game play. The game includes Sudoku (classic 9x9 sudoku grids with four levels of difficulty), Mini-Sudoku (easier 6x6 grids), Sudoku-X (9x9 grids in which the diagonals must also be filled with all numerals from 1 to 9), Jigsaw Sudoku (9x9 grids with uncommon box shapes) and Kakuro. With its handy interface and intuitive controls, Kakuro transfigures the classic pen-and-paper experience. Notable features include registration of best times in the Hall of Fame, interactive hints to prevent you from getting stuck and an Autosave option to stop and resume a puzzle at any time.

Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Cartoon Violence Price: 1000 Wii Points™ Description: Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex follows Ben Tennyson as he finds himself in the middle of Hex's villainous plan to control the Earth. Using the powers of the Omnitrix, players can transform Ben into 10 different alien forms including Big Chill, Spider Monkey and, for the first time ever, Lodestar. Choose from 10 different aliens to platform your way through 15 levels, completing puzzle challenges along the way. Fight menacing villains and bosses in Ben's newest adventure. Experience the world of Ben 10 Alien Force with 3-D characters set in a vibrant, 2-D-styled environment.

Voodoo Dice Publisher: Ubisoft Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 1000 Wii Points Description: Mixing action and puzzle mechanics in a 3-D world, Voodoo Dice is an innovative, challenging puzzler that invites you to solve puzzles in unique and interesting ways. Encounter a funny and original universe with great style and distinctive vibes. Travel between different maps, defeat your enemies and solve enigmas.

Robocalypse - Beaver Defense Publisher: Vogster Entertainment Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor, Suggestive Themes Price: 600 Wii Points Description: Set in a world of wisecracking, battling robots, Robocalypse - Beaver defence offers madcap weaponry and uproarious destruction in a "tower defence"-style game. Players must create and strategically position towers to annihilate waves of enemy robots, while player-controlled Hero robots act as mobile weapons units, bringing heavy firepower to all areas of the battlefield. Players can experience the hilarious Story Mode or face the Beaver's never-ending supply of robots in Survival Mode.

Wild Guns Original platform: Super NES Publisher: Natsume Inc. Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Animated Violence Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Discover the wildest West you've ever seen in this action-packed third-person shooter. The Kid gang and their army of robots have taken over the town. The only ones who can stop them are Clint, a tough-as-nails bounty hunter, and Annie, a beautiful-but-deadly woman with a serious score to settle. Blast your way through villainous outlaws, diabolical robots and towering, screen-filling bosses. Play by yourself or with a friend at your side in the two-player co-op mode. You'll need a sharp eye and quick-on-the-draw reflexes. Fortunately, you've got plenty of moves to help you survive the hail of bullets heading your way. You can dive-roll, jump, double-jump, rope enemies with a lasso and clear the screen with explosive special attacks. Blast apart just about everything in the environment to find guns, bombs and other hidden power-ups. It's up to you to bring justice back to town - or whatever's left of the town when the gun smoke clears.


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