Monday, October 11, 2010

The LoadDown - 10/11/2010 - Sonic the Hedgehog 4!

Every week, we round up the latest games not available on disc...

WiiWare -- Two games this week.  One is Triple Jumping Sports, a simple track-and-field sports game focusing on long jumps and pole vaults.  The other is Sega's highly anticipated Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I -- at long last, a proper 2-D side-scrolling sequel in the classic Sonic style.  Early buzz has been very positive.  And it looks great - classic style with subtle modernizations:

Wii Virtual Console -- Quiet this week, leaving room for retro fans to indulge in Sonic 4.

DSiWare -- Three new titles on the handheld this week.  Ivy the Kiwi? Mini is an awkwardly-titled platformer sending a young kiwi on a quest to find her mother (the kiwi last starred in Taito's The New Zealand Story.Datamine seems to play a bit like Buster Bros. with puzzle elements.  And G.G. Series SUPER HERO OGRE is a fast-paced, minigame style action contest with an emphasis on chaining attack moves.

XBox Live Arcade -- Another substantial game from this fall's Game Feast lineup -- Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley, the latest from Twisted Pixel, throwing a sales-challenged superhero into various comic book genres, with hilarious results.

Game Room -- Four games last week.  Activision's rare Private Eye graces the Atari 2600 platform, Konami GT is a pseudo-3D racer from the mid-80s coin-op arcade scene, and the Intellivision lineup expands with the rare Body Slam! Super Pro Wrestling and the simple shooting game Sharp Shot.

PS3 on PSN -- One new title in the past week:  Deadliest Warrior: The Game, based on the Spike TV series, which came out on XBLA during the summer to middling reviews.  It's a weapons-based one-on-one fighter featuring eight warriors, each inspired by a specific era in the history of human warfare.

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