The Nintendo Download: When Sonic Met Ivy

It's something old, something new, something kiwi and something blue from game industry legend Yuji Naka, as two of his creations meet for the first time in this week's Nintendo Download.

Yuji Naka created Sonic the Hedgehog. More recently he created Ivy the Kiwi. Both of these creations appear in this week's Nintendo Download, albeit on two different platforms.

First off we have the long-awaited release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1, blasting onto WiiWare this week at the speed of a very fast hedgehog. Fans complaining about the poor quality of Sonic's 3D titles now have a new 2D title to keep them occupied until Sonic Colors releases later this year and the bitching continues.

I'm not finger pointing here folks. I'm right there with them, bitching up a storm. Hopefully Colors is as good as Totilo seems to think it could be. We Sonic fans have very itchy bitchy trigger fingers.

Then we have Ivy the Kiwi, Naka's latest creation. In Ivy the Kiwi Mini, players guide the titular bird through more than 50 stages, stretching vines and keeping her safe as she searches for her lost mother.

That's two Yuji Naka creations for the price of... well, two. But they are small prices, so that's OK.

Check out those prices and more in today's Nintendo Download gallery!

Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I Publisher: SEGA Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief Price: 1500 Wii Points Description: The sequel fans have waited 16 years to experience is finally here! Featuring enhanced gameplay elements such as the classic Sonic Spin Dash and the versatile Homing Attack, Sonic 4 picks up right where Sonic and Knuckles™ left off. With Eggman finally defeated, Sonic runs off to explore new zones and uncharted lands. Dr. Eggman, furious at the destruction of the Death Egg and the failure of his plans, puts all of his most devious schemes into action. In an effort to finally rid himself of Sonic, he revisits - and improves - the very best of his creations. Get ready for the next chapter in an epic 2D saga built for old and new fans alike.

Triple Jumping Sports Publisher: The Code Monkeys Ltd Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Triple Jumping Sports is the most advanced recreational jumping game available for the WiiWare service, immersing players in the world of competitive jumping. Most 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 Long Jump, High Jump and Pole Vault. As with real-life jumping events, players have full control over the speed, height, angle and distance. All of these will influence the success of the jump.

Ivy the Kiwi Mini Publisher: XSEED Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Ivy is on a search for her mother and she needs your help! Help guide Ivy by stretching vines and protecting her from treacherous terrain and mean animals that stand in her way. She's a bird, but she can't fly, and she's going to need all the help she can get if she's going to find her mother. Will Ivy find her mother? More than 50 stages provide loads of fun for the whole family.

Datamine Publisher: Enjoy Gaming ltd. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: You are the safety inspector at the largest data storage facility in the world. Unfortunately, your laziness at work has led to the biggest cataclysm of the wireless age: the loss of all mankind's data. You have been chosen to embark on a dangerous journey to retrieve the lost data. Datamine is a great arcade-style action game where you control a robot and beam at data bubbles to split and catch them. Test your skills in 100 challenging levels. Grab equipment upgrades like speed boost, sticky shots and shields. Break encrypted data and fusion bubbles that multiply when they touch others.

G.G. Series SUPER HERO OGRE Publisher: Genterprise, Inc Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Cartoon Violence Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Charge up your Superhero Attacks and be a super-cool superhero. An evil army is on the march. Confront it and save the day in this superhero action game. Each time you defeat an enemy with a Hero Attack, your Hero Gauge goes up. Then, with simple button commands, you can use the charged-up Hero Gauge to unleash powerful Superhero Attacks on your foes. Continue to land Hero Attacks to keep the Hero Gauge charged and perform a devastating chain of Superhero Attacks. After you destroy the lesser enemies, a boss will appear. Defeat it to clear the level.

Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9am Pacific time on Mondays (3am Tuesday AEDST). Users with broadband internet access can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Nintendo DSi Shop or the Wii Shop Channel. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.


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