It's Halloween week here in the States, and at least a few of the downloadable console games listed here are seasonally appropriate. And four of them have semicolons in their titles!
(And while I don't even try to keep up with the non-console download scene in these weekly updates, PC and Mac gamers should check out this year's Steam Halloween Sale -- there are quite a few good deals running through the weekend!)
WiiWare -- One new title, first in what appears to be an intended series: Anima: Ark of Sinners, a side-scrolling action RPG set in the world of the Spanish role-playing game system Anima: Beyond Fantasy. I'm not sure if it's much of a challenge, though, as Nintendo's promotional webpage promises "Exiting adversaries."
Wii Virtual Console -- Dormant yet again. Going once...
DSiWare -- Two new titles this week: Academy: Checkers, which attempts to dress up the basic, classic game with some customization features, and Halloween: Trick or Treat, a hidden-object game.
3DS eShop -- The 3DS gets the two DSiWare games, as usual, plus two more: Burger Time Deluxe, the 2-D black-and-white, visually restyled Game Boy version of the classic Data East arcade game, plus Pyramids, a new 3DS puzzle/platform game with an archaeology theme.
XBox Live Arcade -- Three new games this week: Sega's classic coin-op racer Daytona USA arrives in remade HD glory, as well as The War of the Worlds, a stylized H.G. Wells-inspired side-scrolling platformer with narration by Patrick Stewart. For Halloween fun, there's Konami's Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone, yet another twin-stick shooter carrying on the legacy of Robotron: 2084 in the HD/multiplayer/zombietastic era.
PS3 on PSN -- Four new games are available -- see above for details on Daytona USA and Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone. PixelJunk SideScroller brings the retro-styled series to classic platforming, and Worms Crazy Golf is a minigolf/puzzle game featuring the classic Worms characters and cartoon violence.
PSOne Classics -- A quiet week here.