Toribash fights way to WiiWare

Nintendo Store Update: Nabi Studios' $10 belligerent title for Wii hits virtual storefront next to Balloon Pop Festival; color-matching puzzle game, Primrose, hits DSiWare alongside 24/7 Solitaire, adventure game Pop Island: Paperfield, and Music On: Retro Keyboard.

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Nintendo's catalog of digital titles expands this week with seven new titles in a variety of genres. The lineup includes an indie fighting game and a balloon-popping puzzler for the Wii, and a DSiWare roster, which includes a card game, a French vocab energizer, an iPhone puzzle game port, and others.

From Nabi Studios this week comes Toribash (1,000 Wii points, or $10). The fighting game with rag-doll-style physics lets players manipulate their fighters' specific joints with the Wii Remote in any way they see fit. The belligerence also extends to online play, where players can fight for virtual dominance. Additionally, the title features a replay system, which allows players to revisit a fight and learn from past wins or losses.

Fight your way to victory.
Fight your way to victory.

The second title hitting WiiWare this week is Balloon Pop Festival (800 Wii points, or $8). The goal of this one-to-two player title from UFO Interactive is to point the Wii Remote at balloons, pull the trigger, and watch them fall and create combos.

Switching to DSiWare, one of the more prominent releases this week is Primrose (200 DSi points, or $2). The title, which was originally released on the iPhone, is a puzzle game with very few rules. The premise is simple: Any colored tile completely surrounded by another color will disappear from the game board. Each time that happens, points are awarded and chain combos can happen.

Also arriving on DSiWare this week is Pop Island: Paperfield (200 DSi points, or $2). The game allows up to eight players to join in at the same time in a variety of game modes. Portable gamers can race, surf, or fly through the game's colorful words taking part in a variety of game types.

For the music-game enthusiast, this week Nintendo added Music On: Retro Keyboard (200 DSi points, or $2) to DSiWare. From Abylight, the single-player game morphs the DSi into an electronic keyboard with multiple sounds and rhythms built in. The game sports 16 instruments, an integrated sequencer, metronome, recording and replay options, and a number of other features.

For the solitary portable gamer, cosmigo's 24/7 Solitaire (500 DSi points, or $5) came to the portable marketplace. The title includes 24 variations on the classic card game, including Klondike, Freecell, Spider, Pyramid, Yukon, and seven versions of Peg-Solitaire.

The final game to come to DSiWare this week is 4 TRAVELLERS - Play French. The vocabulary-training title puts up to four players on a digital board where they are tasked with acquiring objects, money, and friends. There are 240 "carefully selected" words in the game, and each completed tasks helps players learn the French language.

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I confess I haven't heard of this game before.

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well its free on pc, why not pay for it now!

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gonzalezj1, that would be player 2 grabbing player 1 by the wrist and KICKING HIM IN HALF. Not easy to do :P

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I agree with Rayzakk, the WiiWare releases should be included in the Shippin' Out articles. Also, can anyone tell me what in the world is going on in that Toribash screencap? All I'm seeing is a jumble of shapes.

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@Rayzakk Thank you for your latest reply, which contained very much what I have been trying to explain. My apologies for taking too much of your time on this matter. If you would like to know, I would prefer not to make any critiques on the journalistic prowess of GameSpot and its staffers if the article concerned do not have anything overtly worthy of immediate criticism, unless it does happen to have them, e.g. serious misspellings, gross misinterpretation of given information. Articles like these are what I would deem "<< LINK REMOVED >>" articles; they are just there to plug the gaps in information that needs to be published. In any case, this article's author, Eddie Makuch, is a recent addition to the staff of GameSpot News. I would give him the benefit of the doubt, as he has yet to accrue the experience that the senior staffers like Tor Thorsen and Tom Magrino already has. Again, I am sorry if you feel this has divested too much of your time.

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@Gelugon_baat To further clarify my point, this type of "news" is not something that is obtained by research and going after a story. Information is given to them so they can cover it or contacted in an effort to get coverage. It is only my opinion but it certainly would appear that as this has it's own article on gamespot and IGN it is an effort to maintain these "sources" in order to stay informed in the future regarding other news. I don't see that as necessarily wrong, it just makes for a boring story which has received far more visits and discussion from me than it warrants.

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@Rayzakk I wasn't alluding to CBS being biased or anything; I was simply mentioning that being part of an official media group, and being a site concerned with << LINK REMOVED >>, GameSpot is obliged to report on the industry it is watching. I merely included the IGN article to show what a site similarly affiliated with official media and video game journalism would do (IGN is owned by News Corp.). I was not alluding to any direct competition between GameSpot and IGN. Perhaps my mentioning of CBS was not phrased in the right way intended to give the impression mentioned in this comment. It was certainly not intended to suggest any insinuation that you mentioned. I do agree that announcements for these shovelware could have been woven into the earlier "Shippin' Out" article as an update. However, if one were to (waste time to) check on the release dates on them, all of them except Pop Island appears to have a release date of August 12, suggesting that a typo may have slipped itself into the information that GameSpot obtained (likely in the form of numerical dates). Thus, I would conjecture that this article is actually a quiet correction of sorts. An update to the previous article would not have sufficed if this is so.

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@Gelugon_baat This could have been lumped as a footnote in the shipping now article along with the xbl and psn games. I stand by my original statement and I was unaware because IGN did it Gamespot had to do it. It makes it appear as more a commercial they were forced to run. CBS would never be biased.

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@Rayzakk As journalists covering the games industry (being a CBS subsidiary and all), GameSpot's News division has to report on even the most mundane stuff; otherwise they get accused of not covering everything (even those not seemingly worth covering). Even IGN covered this game with, in fact, << LINK REMOVED >>, instead of being lumped together with other games like this article here.

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Sad that it seems like Nintendo has already completely given up on the Virtual Console, when they still have tons of games- that people actually want- to release yet.

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toribash is a great physics game but its a pain to do anything cool. i hope the wii version isnt some redoing gone wrong.

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Play this game it's very fun but kinda complicated!!!

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How would this work on wii? o.0 I don't have faith in this version. haha

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sheesh.. will people even be able to play it properly?... its got such a steep learning curve!!

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Can you say shovelware? This is worthy of an article why?

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