Rayman dials into DSiWare

Nintendo Store Update: Ubisoft's classic platformer leads quintet of additions to portable library; Ball Fighter, Pop Island on DSiWare; Shinobi, Street Fighter Alpha 2 hit Virtual Console.

Nintendo's Virtual Console on the Wii houses a number of classics from days gone by. However, Ubisoft is taking a different approach with its rerelease of the comic platformer Rayman. Originally available for the Saturn, PlayStation, and Jaguar in 1995, Rayman returns as a downloadable DSiWare title this week for 800 Nintendo DSi points ($8). Ubisoft has made a handful of additions to the portable installment, including camera support and a time-trial mode.

Rayman is just one of five new games coming to Nintendo's handheld this week. Teyon's multiplayer-enabled puzzler Ball Fighter runs for 500 DSi points ($5) and sees players matching like-colored spheres to clear a playing field. Pop Island, from Odenis Studio, is a whimsical capture-the-flag game in which up to eight players compete to secure the most markers across eight different levels. A demo for the 500 DSi-point ($5) game is also available.

Mindscape's Army Defender and Nnooo's myNotebook: Red both arrive on DSiWare for 200 points ($2). The former is a shooter in which gamers helm a machine-gun turret to fend off increasingly difficult waves of attackers. As the title of myNotebook suggests, Nnooo's DSiWare program serves as a portable notepad.

Rayman, before the Rabbids.

WiiWare is in for a busy week as well, as four new titles are available through Nintendo's console-based original game service. T&S's My Dolphin positions gamers in the role of a cetacean trainer, teaching their docile companions to do a variety of tricks using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. Magnetis, from Yullaby, is a puzzle game in which gamers use the polarization of magnets to form chains. My Dolphin and Magnetis are both available for 500 Wii points ($5).

Abylight challenges players to take a baseball bat to the everyday irritations of their lives with Stop Stress: A Day of Fury. Available for 800 Wii points ($8), the game lets players wield a variety of blunt objects in environments ranging from traffic to an office building. Flowerworks, from Nocturnal Entertainment, is a lighthearted exploration-based adventure game and can be purchased for 1,000 Wii points ($10).

Lastly, the Wii's Virtual Console picks up two new additions this week. Capcom adds yet one more installment from its Street Fighter franchise to the Wii's online library, as the SNES version of Street Fighter Alpha 2 debuts for 800 Wii points ($8). Sega's Shinobi ninja action platformer also heads to the Virtual Console this week for 800 Wii points ($8).

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37 comments
Aletunda
Aletunda

i think they absolutely killed this franchise when they released rabbids, i hated that game with a passion. yeh sure it was fun for 5 minutes, i would have prefered them to keep the same gameplay as the other rayman games.

solidsnakedude1
solidsnakedude1

I wouldn't have a problem with the Rabbids if they were separate characters in an actual Rayman game, sort of like the teensies

SuperfastSonic
SuperfastSonic

Glad to see Rayman back to formal glory, but if I remember right this game is very long and very diffilcult. I cried when I was a kid, because I died so many times.

GameShark9000
GameShark9000

@TheDromader The Rabbids are officially a separate franchise from Rayman, and Ubisoft did state interest in making a sequel, so I don't think they will toss out their long-time mascot just yet.

Linkzelda
Linkzelda

You guys are idiots who say its a crappy GBA port. The GBA version had crapped on music and sound. Im sure the DS will have the beautiful music the original did on PC/PS.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

when will they release a game for 400 points sheesh

payne6705
payne6705

wait didn't this rayman game come out for the GBA? if it did whats the point in taking memory space on ur DSi? that is why I love my DS lite I can play GBA games on it all I want

guichan
guichan

rayman was cool in 2d , i got little bored in 3d , the rabbids are fun but its not like rayman used to be

CyleM
CyleM

I'll probably d/l Rayman

ASG_
ASG_

I loved Rayman: The Great Escape, epic game.

TheDromader
TheDromader

I still await a REAL Rayman 4. Those rabbits need to die, or atleast become a separate franchise.

DaGamingDude
DaGamingDude

i just loved this game. played it countless times...

wh1te_m4trix
wh1te_m4trix

Rayman, before it got slaughtered by the craptacular Rabbids.

left4right
left4right

they are just morons, make 2 franchise, one for rayman, and one for rabbids.

sman3579
sman3579

Man! The old Raymans were hell of fun. Hope they make a Rayman 4 soon.

thetravman
thetravman

Another SNES street fighter. If I knew there were more and better versions of the game, I wouldn't have bought every one.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Dear UbiSoft, kill those rabbids and bring Rayman back to his former spotlight. Now that DSiWare port is sweet.

TissueShoe
TissueShoe

Is this a sign that Rayman 4 just might be in the works? If Rayman 2 comes out on VC, I think I will officially say they're trying to build up hype... the Rabbids are funny and all but they need to completely sever off of the Rayman franchise and we need another Rayman game!

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

I think it would be safe to say that Rayman is the most underrated platformer. I hope Ubisoft will take a page from Nintendo and make a new Rayman game along the same lines of the New Super Mario Bros.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

I miss Rayman. These Rabbids are nice, but they're overstaying their welcome. :(

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

Rayman was also on Genesis 32X, Game Boy Color, MS-DOS for IBM clones, Macintosh, Amiga, etc. So, next time you report on a game, report on every console and format it has appeared on. Also, boo to Capcom and Nintendo releasing that terrible version of Street Fighter Alpha 2 on SNES. Before I left high school and got me a paying job, I owned that version of Street Fighter Alpha 2. It has access time on every round after the narrator says, "FIGHT!" for two seconds. Unless that's been removed, and it'll cost me 800 Wii points to find out if I want to find out, I think I'll pass. I also wrote a letter to Nintendo of America, like it matters, that for games like Street Fighter Alpha 2 and other PlayStation games that they ought to just dump these games into the generic Virtual Console Arcade. By this rationale, Square can go ahead and release Final Fantasy VII, if they so choose, onto the Wii, heavily compressed, of course. Ah, nuts, I think I just started a rumor.

tjoeb123
tjoeb123

@gohoanq Yeah, they really need to start doing that. I mean, Rabbids is a nice idea and all, but I really feel like they need to go home and stay home (hence Rabbids Go Home), so that Rayman can come out to play.

gohoanq
gohoanq

I agree COMPLETELY halosniper52.. I miss the classics, but I'd like for them to be "brought back" as "new" games but with the classic style.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I knew it, a red myNotebook. Is Rayman the start of of portable virtual console? I doubt it, but it's nice to hope.

halosniper52
halosniper52

Old Rayman is the best. They need to make a new REAL Rayman game.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Now this is what Nintendo needs badly! Third Party Support. If Rayman sells well, then Nintendo will add more third party support. Hopefully the new Wii will be HD and has a lot of memory. / Games for the xbox360 and ps3 would take about 1/4 or 1/5 of the Wii's total memory discouraging third party support.

shii666
shii666

I want the remake of Rayman.... That is awesome.

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

I'd probably get Rayman for 8 bucks.

Cruse34
Cruse34

Might get the Rayman game but dont got no points

fon1988
fon1988

$8 for an enhanced version of Rayman is awesome.

nintendo-naut
nintendo-naut

Wow that's awesome! Rayman was great, and I'd definitely pay $8 for it.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I wonder if Street Fighter Alpha 2's release on Wii Virtual Console is gonna make up after adding Fighting Street. Other than that, I can't wait to play Alpha 2. But I need more Nintendo Points.