Monday, June 28, 2010

The LoadDown - 06/28/2010

Another week in downloads...

WiiWare -- Three new games this week.  Jett Rocket is a fairly substantial and nice-looking 3-D platformer.  Pong Toss Pro - Frat Party Games is that rarity of rarities, an E-rated frat party game.  And Robin Hood: The Return of Richard is a reasonably-priced target-shooting game with lovely 2-D artwork -- it reminds me of Exidy arcade classics like Crossbow

Wii Virtual Console -- Even with all the WiiWare releases today, we still get a Nintendo 64 release on the Virtual Console --  the original Mario Tennis.

DSiWare -- Six, count 'em, six releases this week.  Either somebody's making money on this platform or hope springs eternal.  Maestro! Green Groove is a musical platformer.  Animal Color Cross is a sudoku-style image puzzler.  Ancient Tribe is a real-time strategy game set in a tribal village, similar to another recent DSi release.  Brain Drain is a stylus-driven puzzler that sometimes fights back against the player's attempts to unscramble the puzzle.  Battle of Giants: Mutant Insects - Revenge is a sequel providing ten more levels of bug-battling action.  And Date or Ditch proves that, just like manga several years back, dating sims are making inroads in North America with younger folks.  It has DSi camera support so you can put your own face in the game, which is kind of creepy, so I'll stick with the original character screenshot:

XBox Live Arcade -- Two solid games last week - Duke Nukem Manhattan Project continues the wise-cracking violence with 2.5D, low-polygon visuals.  Risk: Factions brings the classic strategy boardgame to XBLA, with new mission and campaign modes.

Game Room -- Game Pack 006 debuted, with its first week of releases including Atari's rarely-seen vector coin-op Black Widow, three Atari 2600 games including Atari's Casino and Activision's H.E.R.O. and Laser Blast, and Intellivision omnibus title Triple Action.

PS3 on PSN -- Nothing new last week.  But I do notice that the PSOne Classics downloadables have been coming out very regularly, with major classics and interesting obscurities available, so there shouldn't be any shortage of stuff to play on the PS3.

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