On the outset, today's offerings don't really look like anything special, and that may lead some to feel that Nintendo couldn't keep up the string of good updates forever, but things aren't as bad as they seem.
I doubt any of WiiWare's offerings-- UNO, bittos+, or the transparently-titled "Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game will have anyone jumping out of their seats, though DSiWare's AiRace: Tunnel, Escapee GO!, and NUMBER BATTLE may pique some curiosity. But perhaps the hidden standout amongst today's offerings?
Ghoul Patrol. It may not sound familiar, but this LucasArts title just so happens to be the sequel to Zombies Ate My Neighbors, and so may be worth a look for those who enjoyed the cult classic.
But while that may be all well and good, I know some people are getting impatient and wondering the same thing as I: where is Cave Story already? Read More
Some said that it would never happen, that such a game could never come to America. A troupe of muscular men, women, and even bears in speedos engaging in a wild chase, flexing to fit through holes in the wall? For America, it sounds like an event which would evoke madness; for Japan, it sounds like Tuesday.
And yet, here we are on Monday in America, and Muscle March has been released on WiiWare. It leaves me wondering where Pole's Big Adventure is.
But despite this mark for progression and Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi appearing on the Virtual Console, I have to admit that for once, I'm more envious of the DSi owners: they not only get Chronos Twins (granted, WiiWare got the DX version last week), but Dark Void Zero, Capcom's "NES prequel" to this week's Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 release.
For more details on these and the rest of the lineup, check out the press release after the cut. Read More
Ah, now this week provides an interesting treat for Virtual Console players. Fans of Capcom have been posting to the company's Unity message boards their desire to see the return of the classic Final Fight franchise which spun off of the desire to create a sequel for Street Fighter back in the day. And while this isn't the HD remix some have hoped for, at least it's something to check out, as Final Fight 2 is Nintendo's big VC release for the day at a price of 800 Wii Points. Better still, this one allows up to two players, versus the original's single-player action.
DSiWare also has something with a retro sort of vibe in the 500-point "Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon." And it's retro in more ways than one; besides being based on the classic game of pinball (whose history we've covered here), it also features a distinct Greek mythological theme. That's oldschool on top of oldschool.
WiiWare also has Gravitronix for 500 points, but it's kind of tough to make out what you're getting into from the text alone. You're welcome to try, however, by reading the press release after the cut. Read More
This week's Nintendo Download looks like an interesting one for retro fans and fans of Pokemon alike. Though there aren't any of the latter critters available for download this week, diehard fans might be interested in Pulseman, a SEGA Genesis game now on the Virtual Console which was created by Pokemon developer Game Freak, with Pokemon designer Ken Sugimori designing the titular character, and Pokemon composer Junichi Masuda creating the soundtrack.
It's 900 Wii Points, however, but it may be worth it to check out what the group did before their breakout Game Boy hit seemingly ensured they'd never work on anything ever again.
In addition, the 600 Wii Point Bit Boy!! is also available, which follows the eponymous Bit Boy, Kubi, through progressively advanced eras of video game technology to rescue his friends, beginning in a 4-bit dawn and going as far as 128-bit.
See what else is available this week in the press release after the cut. Read More
Before there was Sonic the Hedgehog, blazing trails for SEGA as the company's mascot, there was Alex Kidd.
Or was there?
The strange boy with the monkey-like features is often regarded as SEGA's pre-Sonic mascot, but according to IGN, that is only unofficially. Officially, it was the sentient spaceship who starred in the Fantasy Zone games, Opa-Opa, who carried the company's banner. And today, that very same mascot's second title for the Master System is our sole Virtual Console release.
Other goodies for download today include the 500 DSi Point Sudoku Master by Hudson, as every DS unit needs Sudoku on it.
Every. Single. One.
WiiWare has a triple threat, and two of them are all wet. Water Warfare from Hudson is a deathmatch-- better make that "wet match"-- for up to 8 players. If you have that many people together and they all pay you a dollar to play, you'll have recovered your costs. 500 Wii Points can get you Natsume's Reel Fishing Challenge.
Finally, 500 more points will bring you Agetec's Silver Star Reversi, whose description is so vague, I really have no idea what it's about. See for yourself, along with details for the rest, after the cut. Read More
June 29, 2009 It's No Reel Fantasy: Water, Sudoku and Silver Stars Can Boost Your Skills This week's new downloadable games include a trio of WiiWare Read More
If you own a Wii, I hope you're ready for action! Adventure! Suspense! Drama! Romance! And more!
If you own a DSi, then I hope you're ready for... numbers!
Yeah, this week, there seems to be a slight disparity between the downloads available for WiiWare and the Virtual Console, and those for DSiWare. WiiWare gets Eduardo, the Samurai Toaster, RAINBOW ISLANDS: TOWERING ADVENTURE!, and Let's Catch, two 800 Wii Point and one 1,000 Wii Point game, respectively. And over on Virtual Console, the VC Arcade gets a new addition in the form of SEGA's Space Harrier.
But on the DSi? You get your choice of a Mario Calculator, and a Mario Clock. Rendered in the style of the original NES classic, there is no doubt that these are quite a nice clock and calculator, but don't do much to keep the momentum rolling after Mario vs. DK last week.
Perhaps they're taking turns between the Wii and DSi?
Anyway, full descriptions follow after the cut. Read More
Compared to the retail games shipping out this week, the latest Nintendo Download isn't so bad. In fact, with the arrival of the first episode of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years to WiiWare, it's a bit better than some weeks altogether.
Of course, the price for a single episode may be off-putting to some at 800 Wii Points, but I suppose it could be worse; Strong Bad's episodes went at a thousand Wii Point apiece.
If RPGs with green-haired ladies aren't your thing, then WiiWare also has a new Texas Hold'em game, aptly titled Texas Hold'em Tournament. It's only 500 Wii Points and supports up to six players. Or, there's Boulder Dash from the Commodore 64, also for 500, which is described as "one of the big computer-game classics," and is a rare instance of a home game being ported to arcades, rather than the other way around.
And finally, if you're on the go, WayForward's Mighty Flip Champs! lands on DSi, and costs a whopping 800 DSi Points. Nonetheless, the puzzle-platformer looks to be rather innovative, and hopefully as fun as it sounds.
Hit the jump for the full press release with more info. Read More
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