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Kirby's Fun Pak, Lead the Meerkats, Hero of Sparta, BLOONS and Just SING! National Anthems among this week's DSiWare/WiiWare releases.

28th May 2010: Kirby's Fun Pak™ blazes a trail against classic foes such as Meta Knight and King Dedede this week on Virtual Console.

On WiiWare this week - Lead the Meerkats™ is front of the pack in this endearing yet strategic game and solve puzzles in unique and interesting ways with Voodoo Dice .

Nintendo DSiWare Hero of Sparta offers players the chance to become a Greek hero, while BLOONS, and Animal Colour Cross offer hours of puzzle-based fun.

Flips: The Magic Faraway Tree is a kid-tastic treat this week while Just SING! National Anthems offers football fanatics the chance to test their vocal cords in readiness for the World Cup.

Virtual Console - Kirby's Fun Pak™

(Nintendo, Super Nintendo, 800 Wii Points)

Kirby's Fun Pak™ was remade for Nintendo DS in 2009 as Kirby Super Star Ultra – but now you can experience the Super Nintendo original. Prepare yourself for the ultimate Kirby combo. Kirby’s Fun Pak™ features six unique adventures plus additional modes and mini-games, starring the powerful pink hero with the uncanny ability to copy the powers of his enemies.

Each adventure has its own storyline, featuring Kirby battling against classic foes like Meta Knight and King Dedede. Kirby’s Fun Pak™ also offers players unique gameplay with a mix of traditional platforming, treasure-hunting and even a galactic shoot ‘em up.

Kirby’s Fun Pak™ isn’t simply a single-player experience, either. A friend can join in as Kirby’s helper, using their own copy abilities to attack enemies and come to Kirby’s aid*.

WiiWare - Lead the Meerkats™

(Lapland Studio, 1000 Wii Points)

In Lead the Meerkats™ players take on the role of a young meerkat with much to accomplish. Separated from their pack, players must form their own meerkat pack in this stimulating challenge.

Players are able to name their pack and its meerkats, dig burrow networks, enlarge their territory, forage for food and grow the pack size. However, players need to keep their guard up and be ready to make quick decisions – should they run to the safety of the burrows or fight their enemies and go head-to-head with a rival meerkat pack. Make the right decisions and players can lead their pack to victory and rule the savannah.

Lead the Meerkat is the first game to simulate the exciting life of meerkats, offering a fun gameplay experience for animal lovers of all ages.

WiiWare - Voodoo Dice

(Ubisoft, 1000 Wii Points)

Mixing action based and puzzle mechanics in a 3D world, Voodoo Dice is an innovative, challenging puzzle-based game which challenges players to solve puzzles in unique and interesting ways.

WiiWare - Art Style: Penta Tentacles™

(Nintendo, 600 Wii Points)

Take an unusual journey into a microscopic world, in this unique action game from the genre-redefining Art Style series.

As a tiny tentacled organism, you have one simple purpose: to grow. Swim through the primordial ooze, using your tentacles to absorb other organisms whose colour matches that of each tentacle. Match the colours correctly and the tentacle grows; mismatch and you lose a life – and some of your tentacle.

Control your organism by simply spinning your way through the ooze; however keep a close eye on your flailing tentacles, to avoid absorbing the wrong colour.

Enjoy three different modes of play, and relaxing yet challenging gameplay with simple Wii Remote controls (or use the optional Classic Controller). It's a microscopic masterpiece!

Nintendo DSiWare - Hero of Sparta

(Gameloft, 800 Nintendo DSi Points)

Players adopt the guide of King Argos, a Spartan hero who’s not afraid to defy the Gods themselves. Take up the challenge in this colossal, full-3D odyssey and battle with phenomenal mythical creatures.

This epic action game will take players from mythical lands to the depths of the Underworld in hours of gaming and visual enjoyment. Collect and upgrade four mythic weapons to unleash your hero’s special powers and perform dazzling combos. It's your chance to write your own legend...IF you can survive the adventure.

Nintendo DSiWare - BLOONS

(Hands-On Mobile, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)

BLOONS is an exciting puzzle game, based on the simple fact that popping balloons is fun. Pop your way through dozens of puzzling levels in this exciting puzzle adventure. Each level has a different arrangement of balloons and players must try and pop as many as they can with the darts they are given.

Look out for special balloons, blocks and darts, and have fun discovering what they do. With 70 levels, BLOONS is a great game whether players are on-the-go or have time to sit down and tackle these fiendishly fun puzzles. As an added bonus a level editor enabling players to create their own balloon puzzles has also been included in the game.

Nintendo DSiWare – Flips: The Magic Faraway Tree

(Electronic Arts, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)

Flips Interactive Books – the Fun New Way for Kids to Read have released Flips The Magic Faraway Tree. Jo, Bessie and Fanny take their cousin Rick on an adventure he’ll never forget to the magic Faraway Tree. Whilst there, Rick meets Moon-Face, Silky the Fairy and Saucepan Man and visits all the different lands at the top of the Faraway Tree.

Like the Land of Spells, the crazy Land of Topsy-Turvy and the Land of Do-As-You-Please has a runaway train which players can take a fun-filled ride on*.

Nintendo DSiWare - Animal Colour Cross

(Little Worlds Studio, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)

In Animal Colour Cross, players must travel across 5 continents to look for their emblematic animals and solve graphic puzzles along the way by recreating pictures of animals according to the numbers shown on both sides of the grid*.

Nintendo DSiWare - Just SING! National Anthems

(Engine Software B.V., 200 Nintendo DSi Points)

It is the greatest sporting event of 2010 - the World Cup. All eyes are on South Africa and all ears are on you in the karaoke game of the year.

Enter the hallowed turf of football-dome and display your talent by singing a number of National Anthems into the Nintendo DSi microphone; Germany, England, France, Italy and the Netherlands.

*Please note that elements of this software may have been featured in previously released software.

As the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are continually updated with exciting and refreshing games and applications, make sure you keep checking the Nintendo Channel, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop for all the latest news and releases on already available and upcoming Virtual Console, WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare titles.

Be sure to also check out Nintendo of Europe's WiiWare portal, which functions as the main hub for the latest WiiWare news and game sites, while at the same time providing the perfect entry point for newcomers to the service. Weekly and all-time Top 10 lists show which WiiWare titles the UK Club Nintendo members are currently downloading most, and which are the most popular of all time.

The portal also provides step-by-step tutorials explaining how to connect the Wii console to the Internet and how to download WiiWare games, as well as a video showing how to use Nintendo Points. Visit www.wiiware.co.uk for all the details. Downloaded games can be saved to Wii's internal memory or SD card and added to the console's Wii Menu or SD Card Menu for anytime easy access.

For further information on each of this week’s game please contact:

Lead the Meerkats™

Lapland Studio

Petri Hannula - petri.hannula@laplandstudio.com

Voodoo Dice


Guillaume Gad - guillaume.gad@ubisoft.com

Hero of Sparta


Yann Fourneau - yann.fourneau@gameloft.com

Aude Fouquier - aude.fouquier@gameloft.com


Hands-On Mobile

Patrick Horne - phorne@handson.com

Flips The Magic Faraway Tree

Electronic Arts

Naomi Brookes - nbrookes@ea.com

Animal Color Cross

Little Worlds Studio

Anh Nguyen - anguyen@little-worlds.com

David Chomard - dchomard@little-worlds.com

Just SING! National Anthems

Engine Software B.V.

Stephan Schrut - s.schrut@dtp-young.com

Christina Bathmann - c.bathmann@dtp-young.com

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