Thursday, March 22, 2012

The LoadDown -- 03/22/2012

It's been unseasonably warm and sunny in my part of the world, but that doesn't mean I can't still stay inside and play new downloadable games.  Here's what's up on the wire...

WiiWare -- A continuing series gets a new installment, with Carmen Sandiego Adventures in Math: The Island of Diamonds, as players continue to try to hunt down the international criminal by doing math problems.  Geography always seemed a little more directly applicable to this series, but these new games must be selling well enough to keep the series going.

Wii Virtual Console -- Back to its usual quiet state here.

DSiWare -- One new title for the DSi and 3DS: 1st Class Poker & Blackjack, with solo and local multiplayer support.

3DS eShop --  One new 3DS title: Zombie Slayer Diox.  I know, the whole zombie thing is starting to wear out its welcome.  But one ought to at least take a look at a rhythm-action videogame hero whom Nintendo's press release describes as "a samurai guitarist living in a future time when zombies have taken over most of the world."

XBox Live Arcade -- Two intriguing titles arrive this week.  Rayman 3 HD is a high-definition remake of Rayman 3; with Rayman Origins out on disc, it's nice to see the armless animated hero making a comeback.  Grasshopper Manufacture's Sine Mora is a 2.5-D bullet-hell shooter with a sharp-looking diesel punk art style.

PS3 on PSN -- Rayman 3 HD also shows up here; the PS3 has been a great platform for HD remakes of worthwhile older games.

PSOne Classics -- Quiet... so quiet...

Notable on Steam -- Spanish developer Pendulo Studios (the Runaway series) has a new adventure game out called Yesterday.  Also, the 2005 PC remake of Ys III: Wanderer from Ys, confusingly retitled Ys: The Oath in Felghana, finally arrives on Steam.  I'm fond of the Ys series and may have to try this one out at some point.

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