Monday, November 16, 2009

The LoadDown - 11/16/2009 - WiiWare Demos!

Significant news this week -- Nintendo is now releasing free demos of WiiWare games!  The system is clunky compared to the XBLA trial-then-unlock approach, but the service kicks off with some demos worth taking a look at:  BIT.TRIP BEAT, FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: My Life as a Darklord, NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits, World of Goo and the new Pokémon Rumble.  To find these games, look for WiiWare entries with "Demo" in the title -- they're separate downloads from the full games, and the Wii Shop channel isn't treating them as a separate category.

Aside from that, here's our regular roundup:
WiiWare -- one truly new game, Pokémon Rumble, an action game where the player's Toy Pokemon battles waves of other Pokemon, plus the five demos.

Virtual Console -- Two new games.  First, a pleasant surprise from Lucasarts in the form of Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures for the Super NES, an action platformer in the vein of the company's Star Wars game trilogy.  Also, a rare import version of a classic game -- the TurboGrafx-16 version of Capcom's Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, one of the largest HuCard games ever released for the PC Engine.

DSiWare -- Three games.  Art Style: DIGIDRIVE is a traffic-routing puzzle game.  Arcade Bowling is a bowling game, notable for retro fans as it's designed by Activision legend David Crane.  Robot Rescue is a logic/puzzle game challenging the player to move multiple robots out of a maze, moving all of them with a single control setup.

XBLA -- Three games last week.  Encleverment Experiment is sort of a Brain Age minigame collection aimed at families.  0D Beat Drop is a rhythm puzzle game worth taking a look at.  NBA Unrivaled attempts to revive the fast-paced, arcade basketball style of NBA JAM for a new generation of players, with fully licensed teams and players.

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