More downloadable games continue to hit the wire, with some decent online pricing specials in certain venues, even as the holiday shopping season favors physical media that can be gift-wrapped and/or stocking-stuffed. To wit:
WiiWare -- One new seasonal title: Xmas Puzzle, a series of progressively more difficult jigsaw picture puzzles. Most of the images are fairly secular in nature -- there are some Wise Men on camelback, but it's mostly Santa and festively generic holiday animals, and no sign of "X," though for some reason we get one image of a rabbit surrounded by apples, carrots and mistletoe.
DSiWare -- Two new games here. The House M.D. series of medical mystery puzzles, based on the popular TV series -- must be doing well on the DSi, as it's now up to episode 5: Under The Big Top, concerning a middle-aged circus manager strangled by a horse. DSi/3DS gamers also get to consider Double Bloob, a rather simplistic vertical shooter that would be twice as interesting with half as many Ls in the title.
3DS eShop -- Another Game Boy classic arrives in emulated, original 2-D black-and-white form -- Hudson Soft's Adventure Island, a slimmed-down version of the 8-bit NES classic.
XBox Live Arcade -- Two new games, plus one I missed last week. Thanksgiving Day family gamers could sample Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: Special Edition, and this week we get trivia game Scene It? Movie Night, along with the decidedly retro-flavored action game Voltron: Defender of the Universe.
PS3 on PSN -- See above -- Scene It? Movie Night and Voltron: Defender of the Universe are also freshly available on PSN.
PSOne Classics -- Another big name, though this fighting game port suffered quite a bit in translation from the arcade to the PSX -- Capcom's Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors.