The Nintendo Download: Countdown To Excitement

If you had the Nintendo Countdown Calendar app for the DSi last week, you would have been acutely aware of the Nintendo Countdown Calendar's release this week, along with Aero the Acrobat 2 and one very hungry caterpillar.

Of course then we'd be delving into the realm of temporal paradox, and I believe Nintendo has a strict no temporal paradox policy, so if you're surprised by the release of the Countdown Calendar, there's no reason to be ashamed.

Yes, it's that exciting this week folks. So exciting I'm harping on this countdown dealie rather than poking fun at The Code Monkeys' Triple Throwing Sports, which set up an excellent 'Throwing: The Game' pun I failed to take advantage of.

Oh well.

Triple Throwing Sports Publisher: The Code Monkeys Ltd. Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Triple Throwing Sports is the most advanced recreational throwing game available for the WiiWare service, immersing players in the world of competitive projectile throwing. Most Olympic events consist of activities that are traditionally derived from hunting and combat skills. Over time these practices have evolved into a variety of competitive sports that include Javelin, Discus, Shot Put and Hammer. As with real-life throwing events, you will have full control over the aim of the projectile. You must also take into account the angle, release point and power - all of these factors can influence the success of your throw.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's ABCs Publisher: CYBIRD Co Ltd Players: 1 ESRB Rating: EC (Early Childhood) Price: 800 Wii Points Description: The Very Hungry Caterpillar's ABCs is an educational game based on the children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It allows parents to help children learn basic English while enjoying a game together. The game consists of four parts, including alphabet flash cards featuring coloured letters and pictures by Eric Carle, plus a vocabulary quiz for preschool-aged children that includes numbers, colours, shapes, animal names and simple verbs and adjectives. Young players can also engage in fun activities such as erasing parts of a coloured screen to reveal a hidden illustration, or placing a variety of animal stamps on the screen. Finally, parents can use the "To The Parents" option to check their children's progress in remembering vocabulary words. Your whole family is sure to appreciate the colourful illustrations by Eric Carle, internationally renowned as a creator of beautifully illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for children.

AERO THE ACROBAT 2 Original platform: Super NES Publisher: Sunsoft Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 800 Wii Points Description: The aerialist extreme, Aero the Acro-Bat, bounds back into the spotlight once again to stop the wicked industrialist, Edgar Ektor! Aero has entered a new realm of enchantment and must now use all of his acrobatic prowess to foil a criminal plot known only as "Plan B." Join Aero as he discovers new friends - and enemies - in a world custom-built for his high-flying adventures. There are 45 levels of acrobatic fun, including Bonus Rounds, Chance Stages and Hidden Chambers. Discover new villains and original digitised character voices. A password feature allows you to return to any level. The Chillin' Snow Boarding Stage adds a new twist to Aero's style, and you'll find new moves and fighting techniques for Aero's attacks.

Nintendo Countdown Calendar Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: Not Rated Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: With Nintendo Countdown Calendar, you can add and track all of your important events in a fun and exciting countdown format. Simply set up your personal profile and then start entering events. Adding events is easy: Choose a date for the event, decide whether it will be an open event (which you name yourself) or a set event (chosen from the School, Work or General Events categories), and select an icon from the wide variety of available options. If necessary, you can set the recurrence of the event or even move the event to the Hidden Events List. From there, the calendar does the rest - just watch the days count down! On subsequent visits to the application, you may see special greetings or suggested seasonal events you can choose to add to your calendar. All events added to the calendar are displayed chronologically, so you can quickly view all of your upcoming events in one place.

GO Series 10 Second Run Publisher: Gamebridge Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Run like the wind in this unique twist on the classic platform game. Take control of a stick man and run for your life across an obstacle course to reach the goal within 10 seconds. Dash across platforms and avoid various hazards, desperately trying to reach the exit in time. Ten seconds is all you've got. Go flat out over 50 stages and three game modes. Do you have what it takes to reach the finish line?

Everyday Soccer Publisher: Aksys Games Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Play soccer against teams from all over the world. customise your characters to be normally sized, small, tall or muscular. You can also customise their shirts, shorts and shoes. Take advantage of your players' specific traits as dictated by their body types. Assembling a well-balanced team is the key to becoming world champions. There are many teams to play against, so keep your mind sharp and your kicking foot sharper. Play against friends via DS Download Play and find out who's the true soccer champion!


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