Weekly instant gratification roundup... it's a pretty fine week this week!
WiiWare -- Two releases, and a big hooray from yours truly! Tales of Monkey Island - Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay is available on the Wii, following the PC release on August 20th by only a couple of weeks. I prefer to play these kinds of games on the TV -- they just seem more at home there. Telltale's extension of the classic Lucasarts series continues in fine form by all accounts, and I may have to tear myself away from the Savage Island to spend a little time with Guybrush and friends. There's also something called 3-2-1, Rattle Battle! -- apparently a collection of waggle-intensive minigames. I think I can afford to skip that one.
Virtual Console -- The good news continues with the original Phantasy Star, for the Sega Master System. Colorful anime graphics and 3-D dungeon crawling (a feature oddly abandoned in the 16-bit Genesis sequel) make this an old-school RPG classic.
DSiWare -- Puzzle League Express, in downloadable form, sure to appeal to fans of the game.
XBLA -- Last week saw three releases: Watchmen: The End is Nigh - Part II - more uncharacteristically brawlsome exploitation of Alan Moore's characters. NBA 2K10 Draft Combine -- fantasy football, methinks. And Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao, which features old-school kick-'em-up gameplay and is of some historical note as one of the first console games to support those newfangled 3-D televisions. I'm still holding out for some sort of glasses-free imaging solution -- 3-D has come a long way, but I still don't want to watch EVERYTHING that way.