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 Elastic Boy – Mission 1 from Lexis Numerique, this week's sole WiiWare release. The blobs were leaving peacefully 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?

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 fulfil 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.

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.

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 favourite pen-and-paper games (games not included). You can even personalise 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 colours, 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.

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.


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