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Best Of GamerBytes: Crack That Whip

We round up the top console digital download news of the last week from GamerBytes, including Nintendo-related announcements of new Castlevania and Shantae titles for WiiWare and DSi and much more.
[We round up the top console digital download news of the last week from GamerBytes, including brand-new game announcements and scoops from the world of Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, WiiWare, PSP Minis and DSiWare.] This week has been incredibly good for Nintendo fans, with the announcement of a mass of new WiiWare and DSiWare titles at a European event. Many of these certainly look like something to look forward to. New Castlevania, new Clayfighter, new Shantae? I'd almost say that Nintendo's digital service has more interesting games for me personally than their retail space. Can't wait! Here's the top stories in the digital download space over the last seven days: Store Updates XBLA Update - Red Alert 3: Commander's Challenge, Bubble Bobble, cheap Lode Runner NA PSN Store Update - Switchball, Interpol, Lemmings Update, Final Fantasy Tactics, Tomb Raider 3 EU PSN Store Update - Trine, RA3: Commander's Challenge, Bomberman Ultra and bargain PSN games NA Nintendo Update - Spaceball, Texas Hold'em, Mart Racer, Crash ‘N The Boys, Oscar In Toyland and Art Academy EU Nintendo Update - Pooyoos, Magnetis, Super Star Wars, Golden Axe, MySims Camera GamerBytes Originals Xbox Live Rating System Helps Indie Games Sales "How has the rating system and price drop affected Xbox Indie Games? We contacted several developers to get their side of the story." Leaked: Screenshots, Concept Artwork For Spongebob GravJet Racing "Thanks to an anonymous tipster, we've been able to secure the first screenshots of Spongebob GravJet Racing, an upcoming title for the Xbox Live Arcade." Microsoft (Xbox Live Arcade, Xbox Live Indie Games) First Footage Of QIX++, Plus Loads More "Taito's classic arcade title is making a return on the Xbox Live Arcade." Rainbow Islands XBLA Supports Avatars, Online Play "Bubble Bobble may have been missing some extra features, but Rainbow Islands will come with the lot." Sony (PlayStation Network, PSP Minis) Thexder NEO Revealed, Out In Two Weeks "Square Enix have added the official page of Thexder Neo to their Japanese website, complete with the first trailer of the game in action." PSP Minis To Drop Features To Decrease Approval Time "At the Game Developers Conference in Austin, TX, it has been revealed that PSP Mini games will not be allowed to have wireless multiplayer functionality, downloadable content, or software updates, claiming the rules are in place to "speed up the approval process"." Soldner Sequel Coming This Winter "Hong Kong publisher Eastasiasoft has announced that a sequel to their PSN game Soldner-X: Himmelssturmer, will be making its way back to the platform this winter." Nintendo (WiiWare, DSiWare) "Castlevania Gets Rebirth Treatment "A surprise weekend update to the ESRB listings has revealed that Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth will be coming to WiiWare." Clayfighter Gets Remade For WiiWare And DSiWare "Interplay are doing quite a bit with their old IPs - first the sale of Fallout to Bethesda, then the Gameloft remakes of Earthworm Jim, and now they're going to publish a new Clayfighter game for WiiWare and DSiWare." Nintendo Revealed WiiWare, DSiWare LineUp For The Holiday Season "Nintendo has revealed the majority of their holiday lineup, and it includes a lot of surprises." WiiWare Summit - First Worms: Battle Islands Footage "Team 17 are finally bringing Worms to WiiWare, following that strange retail Space Oddity game." WiiWare Summit - First Super Meat Boy Footage "Super Meat Boy will be moving away from his vertical platforming prison and can now move around the world much more freely." DSiWare Summit - Castle Of Magic, Completely 2D Adventure "While Castle of Magic is well known as a popular iPhone title, this new DSiWare game is an entirely different adventure." Shantae Returns In Episodic Adventure For DSi "It's been a long time coming, but WayForward's Shantae is finally making a return, and on DSiWare."

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