X-Scape makes it to DSiWare

Nintendo Store Update: Publisher's battle-tank shooter makes handheld bow alongside Gameloft's Hero of Sparta; Ben 10 rolling Voodoo Dice on Wii.

Nintendo has returned with another healthy infusion of content to the Wii's and DSi's online stores this week. DSi gamers in particular have something to look forward to, as Nintendo's own highly stylized far-future shooter X-Scape joins Gameloft's fantasy adventure Hero of Sparta on the handheld device.

First shown during Nintendo's Q1 Media Summit, X-Scape sees players control the versatile VIXIV battle tank. The war machine's battle prowess extends to land and air engagements, and players pilot the tank through touch-screen controls. The 800-DSi-point title ($8) also features retro-style graphics in the vein of the 1980 classic Battlezone.

The battle tank genre is alive and well on the DSi.

Hero of Sparta also costs 800 DSi points and sees gamers assuming the role of a marooned King Argos on an adventure to defy the gods and return to his people. Along the way, gamers will battle a variety of mythical beasts, such as the Minotaur and the Cyclops, as well as wield enchanted, upgradable weapons against the gods themselves. Elsewhere on DSiWare, gamers can pick up the arcade shooter A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back and the puzzler Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro, which cost 200 DSi points ($2) apiece.

This week's WiiWare lineup is led by Konami's Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex. Available for 1,000 Wii points ($10), the side-scrolling action platformer lets gamers metamorphose Ben into 10 different alien breeds to complete 15 levels. Also this week, Ubisoft has on tap Voodoo Dice for 1,000 Wii points. The puzzle game involves clearing a level of dice by matching sides with a die controlled by the player, as well as finding creative ways to dispatch enemies.

Vogster delivers the final original game to WiiWare this week in the form of Robocalypse - Beaver Defense. Built in the tower defense tradition, Beaver Defense features an off-kilter storyline from the writer of SpongeBob SquarePants as well as hordes and hordes of lethal robots that must be decimated. The game costs 600 Wii points ($6).

Lastly, Natsume's third-person shooter Wild Guns, first released for the Super NES in 1995, has been added to the Wii's Virtual Console. Available for 800 Wii points ($8), Wild Guns accommodates play for up to two, as gamers take control of either Clint or Annie as they shoot their way through the Old West.

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EyeShatteredSky
EyeShatteredSky

sfried: Thanks for the correction! I just now realized what game the poster below my older comment was referring too. For some reason I was under the impression that he was talking about Star X on the Game Boy Advance. Just checked up some videos on the original GB title, and this download here actually could pass off as a sequel to the 1992 original!

sfried
sfried

X for Game Boy was not a on-rails game...at least not entirely. The tunnel segment is memorable enough that it got a SSBB remix, but most of the game plays like a cross between Battlezone and Star Fox. It was only released in Japan.

EyeShatteredSky
EyeShatteredSky

Kirb!tchu: Heard it was created by the same people who did Star Fox back on the SNES, but as for it being a sequel to that overlooked on-rails handheld clone, no dice!

Kirbichu
Kirbichu

Isn't X-Scape like a sequal to X on the GameBoy?

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Glad I could finally see this, with Memorial Day every site seemed to have stopped, and IGN cancelled their Nintendo systems downloadable games article they do every Monday.

mandmsrock
mandmsrock

seems kinda cool, would get it if i had some points

QWERTYCommander
QWERTYCommander

After seeing that gameplay video, I want X-Scape. But I don't have any Nintendo points...

WllDan7
WllDan7

@ CyleM yes @Halloll you are late for the party and the normal is not the way to go now.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Just downloaded Ben 10 Rise of Hex. It's awesome and funny :)

Halloll
Halloll

whaaaaat, Im not buying a DSI for this. I just got my DS normal last month.

CyleM
CyleM

Wasn't X-Scape made by the people who worked on the original Star Fox.