Nintendo Download: 10/18/10

A major franchise hits the Virtual Console, joining six other downloadables.

DSiWare: Snapdots, 500 Nintendo Points

This new breed of picture-puzzle game has you rotating the picture and firing blocks at a large canvas with a UFO. Each puzzle can have special blocks and spaces with certain characteristics that might make your puzzle-solving harder or easier. Take on puzzles one at a time in Puzzle Mode, or do as many as you can in Time Attack.

DSiWare: Armada, 500 Nintendo Points

Armada puts you in control of a military aircraft carrier, where you will land and refuel a number of aircraft like bombers or medical helicopters. Battle the water, the weather, and the enemy as you try to get your carrier to safety in each mission.

DSiWare: Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe, 200 Nintendo Points

Play against a friend (on one system) or against the AI in a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Advance through the ranks, starting with the Tic-Tac-Toe League and careening up all the way to the Super Stars League. If 3×3 isn’t enough for you, you can also play on the special Nine Board mode.

DSiWare: Music On: Playing Piano, 200 Nintendo Points

A previous Music On taught you piano, now you get to play it. This title includes fifteen different songs to play using the DSi touch screen, with notes appearing as colored rectangles. The speed of the notes increases with difficulty.

WiiWare: ThruSpace, 800 Nintendo Points

This title forces you to rotate a shape known as a keydron so that it will fit in the gaps in the oncoming walls. As you come to terms with the gameplay, you’ll learn to pick up crystals and perform combos and tricks. When not checking out Normal, Endless or Trick Challenge mode, you can check out the game’s tutorials, or watch your old replays. The game also has an online leaderboard, so you can see how you compare.

WiiWare: Happy Holidays Halloween, 500 Nintendo Points

Create fun Halloween cards to send to friends! Dress up your character in one of many outfits, then combine it with a festive background and some stickers. You can send cards to people in your Wii Address Book.

SNES: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, 800 Nintendo Points

Play as young Benjamin on his quest to recover the stolen crystals and restore balance to the four elements. This Final Fantasy spin-off sought to combine the RPG genre with action-adventure elements, to make RPGs appeal to a wider audience.

Clearly there are games still to be released on the VC, so I hope that support doesn’t die off prematurely. In other news, I like some of the first-party stuff Nintendo is putting out on WiiWare and DSiWare.