Turn your Wii into a virtual aquarium, free Furland from the sinister Lord Squarie, and trap a helpless kitten inside your DSi, all in this week's installment of The Nintendo Download.
The classic games of the Wii Virtual Console are absent once again this week, but there are plenty of original titles to keep you occupied in the meantime. Titles like AquaSpace, Nintendo's virtual WiiWare aquarium, chock full of fishy information. You can even send your Mii into the tank to explore, adding an element of interactivity to what otherwise would simply be a glorified fake fish tank.
If fish aren't your idea of a good pet, then Ubisoft's bite-sized Petz Kittens for DSiWare might be up your alley. Feed and nurture adorable baby kittens, or pretend you've captured on inside your magical box, poking it mercilessly with your stylus should it get out of line.
There's even more fur flying in Furry Legends from Gamelion. It's a 3D platformer filled with physics-based puzzles. The player must save furballs from doom at the hands of a horribly unfurry villain, Lord Squarie. The description calls it "the furriest game of the century!" I don't think they mean it that way.
It's not a bad line-up this week, really. There's HoopWorld for sports fans, a Scrabble tool-kit, and even Crazy Sudoku, which is just like regular Sudoku, only...well, it's just like regular Sudoku.
See anything you like?
AquaSpace Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 600 Wii Points™ Description: Turn your television into a virtual aquarium with AquaSpace. You can simply relax and watch the fish or take the opportunity to read detailed information about them, such as scientific names and habitats, using the illustrated encyclopedia. If you want to get up close and personal with the fish, you can send your Mii character on a dive to swim with them, feed them or hunt for trivia icons to discover fish-related facts. Choose from eight aquarium themes and spruce them up with dozens of different fish and a variety of decorations, wallpaper and plant life. You can also change the background music by taking your pick from a selection of songs or using the sound of water. Then, once everything is set up, you can view your aquarium from a variety of camera angles (including a fish-eye view). Visit every day and watch your aquarium change – your fish will grow, and new fish may be born. Life continues in your aquarium even while the Wii console is turned off.
Furry Legends Publisher: Gamelion Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief, Mild Language Price: 1000 Wii Points Description: The legend starts here. Furry Legends is a dynamic platform adventure with the most fur ever seen in games. Solve fun, physics-based puzzles in a fantastic 3D world called Furland. It's a humorous and weird place populated by funny creatures you've never seen before, including five-eyed crabs, round cows, crazy rabbits and the lovely Furballs. Players control fluffy characters, each with a different set of special skills, such as the ability to manipulate time. Save the Furballs from their doom and keep Furland safe from Lord Squarie. Are you ready for a crazy adventure? Can you save Furland and its lovely Furballs? Try the furriest game of the century!
HoopWorld Publisher: Virtual Toys Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes Price: 1000 Wii Points Description: Long ago, a lost civilisation called the Elders, who worshipped the magical power of Nature, built a network of sacred temples around the world. Millennia have since passed, and the temples now lie in ruins. But their energy still resonates from the land, attracting adventurers from distant lands. Drawn by the unknown force, friends have begun to rebuild the ruins into ball courts, knowing only that they must relive the time-honoured test of the spirit of the Elders: the game now known as basketball. HoopWorld is a three-on-three basketball game with an arcade twist. Unique characters and beautiful natural locations set the stage, while fighting and random power-ups keep the game fast and rough. Choose your favourite team and basketbrawl across the globe to become the undisputed world champions. Play on your own or with a friend and see if you can beat the leaders of the HoopWorld global ranking.
Petz Kittens Publisher: Ubisoft Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: The cutest newborn kittens are here, and they need someone to care for them and love them. Adopt your very own kittens, bond with them and help them grow into strong and healthy cats. Choose from a variety of popular cat breeds including Siamese and Persian. Give your adorable baby kittens lots of loving care: Feed them warm milk, keep them clean and warm, and help them grow. Your kittens make cute faces and react in surprising ways when you play fun games with them, such as peek-a-boo or balloon games.
Scrabble Tools Publisher: Electronic Arts Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Scrabble, long one of the world's most popular board games, is enjoying a tremendous surge in popularity, both online and in the real world. Scrabble Tools for the Nintendo DSi system helps players hone their skills by strengthening their vocabulary, pattern recognition and point strategies through fun interactive training exercises.
Hospital Havoc Publisher: Hands-On Mobile Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Do you have what it takes to run your very own heart-pumping hospital? Help your doctor navigate through the havoc by admitting, diagnosing and treating some of the wackiest patients ever encountered. A comically fun time-management and strategy game, Hospital Havoc presents a challenging campaign with three levels of difficulty to choose from, plus 20 career levels, 19 possible illnesses, three-to-six bed conditions, 11 challenging scenarios (including zombies!), continuous play and rousing replay ability. personalise your doctor and nurse, and utilise various power-ups and medical machines to help send those patients home.
Happy Birthday Mart Publisher: Pixel Federation Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Have you ever dreamed of having your own shop where you sell the goods to your friends? You can make that dream come true in Happy Birthday Mart, and it's no ordinary store. Animals come here to buy gifts for their friends. Manage and serve your customers, clean up and fix broken shelves. Happy Birthday Mart offers tons of fun in six different stores with 12 animals and 24 minigames. You can play the minigames through a separate menu screen.
Crazy Sudoku Publisher: dtp entertainment Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Play sudoku on the go using your Nintendo DSi system. The game features five levels of difficulty, offering a fun challenge for beginners and pros alike. Choose from two different grid sizes: 9x9 or 6x6. Use the handy Note feature to add comments to each and every cell and solve even the hardest puzzles. Try challenging a friend with the brilliant two-player mode.