Nintendo downloads for the week of April 13

Well, the overwhelming amount of downloadable content that was last week’s “Nintendo Downloads” has skimmed down to a more reasonable number now, but adding in the DSi means this feature is going to be plenty full on a weekly basis from now on. This week we have four games out for release, which back in the early days of WiiWare and VC wouldn’t have been much. For DSiWare there is Mixed Messages (Activision, 2-21 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Nintendo DSi Points) and Master of Illusion Express: Shuffle Games (Nintendo, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 200 Nintendo DSi Points). WiiWare presents Party Fun Pirate (TOMY Corporation, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, 500 Wii Points) and the VC brings Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated T for Teen – Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points) back.

Mixed Messages is the first third party game to hit DSiWare, and it works as a game of telephone where up to 21 players draw a picture or try to solve another player’s picture until the message gets all crazily mixed up. Sounds dumb, but next time you’re at PAX with a large group of gamers it sounds like a stupid blast. Shuffle Games is more magic tricks for the DS.

Jumping over to home consoles we see Party Fun Pirate whose name alone should persuade you not to buy it. I’m pretty sure the words party, fun and pirate are the three most used words in bad casual gaming experiences. Pitfall on the other hand is nothing but awesome. If the only iteration of the game you’ve ever played is the current-gen Wii version be prepared to get your mind blown by how much better a 14-year-old game can be than a modern one.