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SEE IN THE NEW YEAR WITH STYLE AND SUBSTANCE, COURTESY OF NINTENDO

Get your grey matter and your trigger finger primed for the tantalising line-up of WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare games, available for download this Friday!

Looking for some gaming direction this New Year? Let the stars guide you with Magic Destiny– Astrological Games, available for download from WiiWare. Heavy Fire: Special Operations and Bejeweled? 2, also available via WiiWare, will see you battling foe in the Middle East and completing a sparkling gem of a puzzle!

On Nintendo DSiWare, Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology offers philosophy and pleasure in equal measures, while Space Ace? tasks you with saving the human race and SPIN SIX™ provides devious, digit puzzling action.

Are you ready for some New Year action?

WiiWare Demo– BIT. TRIP BEAT (Aksys Games)

WiiWare - Magic Destiny– Astrological Games

(Shanblue Interactive, 500 Wii Points)

Discover the fascinating world of astrology and let the stars guide you with Magic Destiny. With highly entertaining games, such as Runeblock, Diamonds Link and Stellar Memory, Magic Destiny– Astrological Games mixes minigames with Astrology and helps you learn to read your future with seashells, numerology, tarot cards, palmistry and fortune cookies.

Players can also use the game’s vast encyclopaedia to learn about the ancient knowledge of astrology which features detailed background information on astrological symbols. So, if you’re looking for guidance from the heavens on your New Year’s resolutions, venture into this captivating, magical world if you dare…

WiiWare - Heavy Fire: Special Operations

(Teyon, 500 Wii Points)

Join the elite army unit in Heavy Fire: Special Operations. In this classic arcade shooter, players are tasked with challenging missions set in the Middle East, but be warned, you will need a quick trigger-finger to navigate the hazards of each level.

Rise through the military ranks to achieve more powerful weapons which offer assorted features and controls, and perform combos and smash things around you to get more points! The replay function enables you to review gameplay action in a bid to improve your best score, which can then be submitted to the world ranking.

WiiWare - Bejeweled? 2

(PopCap Games, Inc., 1,000 points)

Get set to play the world's #1 puzzle game, now available for download on WiiWare! Match three sparkling gems to make them explode in a shower of colours and points. Those with eagle eyes can aim to match four or more gems to create flashy‘power gems’ that boost both scores and moods with brilliant cascades and combos!

Soar to gem-matching heights in‘Classic’ mode, or race through matches pitched against the clock in‘Action’ mode. For even more dazzling fun, test your trigger-finger and your brain cells with multi-faceted‘Puzzles’, or enter the Zen state of‘Endless’ play. Get ready for some fast-paced, high-carat fun with Bejeweled? 2!

Nintendo DSiWare - Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology

(Sabarasa Inc., 200 Nintendo DSi Points)

Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology brings three of his original creations to Nintendo DSiWare. In this compilation, award-winning game auteur Jason Rohrer’s work comes to Nintendo DSiWare, including three of his best games to date: Passage, Gravitation and Between.

Introducing players to some of the most unique experiences this medium has to offer, Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology not only provides absorbing gameplay features, but will provoke you into thinking about morality and life. Due to the deep themes contained within the game, and the manner in which they are presented, Rohrer’s work helps to blur the line between art and games, evoking thoughts and emotions rarely associated with gaming. The perfect cerebral challenge to see in the New Year.

Nintendo DSiWare - Space Ace?

(Digital Leisure Inc., 800 Nintendo DSi Points)

In Space Ace, this fully animated classic arcade game from legendary animator Don Bluth, you play the heroic Ace who must prevent the evil Commander Borf from taking over Earth and reducing humankind to infants. Only two people have the courage and strength to stop Borf and save Earth: the beautiful Kimberly and the heroic Ace.

However, as they approach Borf's stronghold, Ace is hit by the Infanto Ray, changing him into a child, and Kimberly is kidnapped by the evil madman! Make your way through bizarre new worlds and fire the laser gun at your disposal in a bid to defeat your numerous foes…

With such odds stacked against you, how will you succeed? The fate of Earth is in your hands!

Nintendo DSiWare - SPIN SIX™

(Nintendo, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)

Spin Six is a puzzle game guaranteed to bring a new twist to the genre. It’s all about rotating number panels to make horizontal or vertical lines of the same number to clear them from the board. While that sounds simple, the challenge lies in your ability to make chains of number panels to score even more points.

There are four unique game modes, each with various skill levels. Puzzle mode offers almost 200 puzzles split into‘One-Turn’ or‘Chain’ categories, or you can challenge your panel elimination skills in‘Time Attack’ mode. Pit yourself against a time limit in‘Score Attack’ mode, (using the Spinnerator to get into‘Fever Time’ and really boost your score!), while‘Chain Challenge’ is about making as many chains as you can in one go.

With easy to master, but deep gameplay, isn’t it about time you gave Spin Six a whirl?

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 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 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.

* WiiWare demos offer players the ability to trial select WiiWare games without using up any of their Wii Points, giving players the enjoyment of testing out the game before ultimately deciding whether to download the full version of the game or not. WiiWare demos are currently available for download via a dedicated list on wiiware.nintendo.co.uk as well as on the Wii Shop Channel itself.

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

Magic Destiny– Astrological Games

Shanblue Interactive

Francisco Molla Gandia ( gerencia@shanblue.com)

Heavy Fire: Special Operations

Teyon

Katarzyna Stepien ( katarzyna@teyon.com)

Bejeweled? 2

PopCap Games, Inc.

Cathy Orr ( corr@popcap.com)

Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology

Sabarasa Inc.

Juan Pablo Bouquet ( juan.bouquet@sabarasa.com)

Space Ace?

Digital Leisure Inc.

Paul Gold ( paul@digitalleisure.com)

SPIN SIX™

Nintendo

Rick Moulton ( richard.moulton@nintendo.co.uk)

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