Monday, February 7, 2011

The LoadDown - 02/07/2011

New downloadable games during the past week for a variety of platforms...

WiiWare -- One new title and two free demos this week.  Spot the Differences! is a casual game in which one tries to... yes.  There's also a demo version of last year's LIT, an interesting action/puzzle game centered around light and shadow, and a demo of the more recent territory-claiming game Urbanix

Wii Virtual Console --An unusual and unexpected title this week, Natsume's S.C.A.T. for the NES, an action title similar to Capcom's Forgotten Worlds with two-player co-op featuring heroes named Arnold and Sigourney.

DSiWare -- Four titles up this week.  G.G. Series Dark Spirits is a side-scrolling shoot-'em-up with a formation-based fleet mechanic.  Boom Boom Squaries is a chain-reaction puzzler.  505 Tangram is a collection of five hundred and five Tangram shape-assembly puzzles.  Shawn Johnson Gymnastics is an athletic simulation with career features and a variety of gymnastics events, featuring the licensed participation of the young Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson. 

XBox Live Arcade -- One new title this week, Capcom's Bionic Commando Rearmed 2.  Unfortunately, critical reception has not been kind to this sequel.

Game Room -- Even the guy who stands out in the arcade's back alley selling weed is starting to notice the lack of activity around here.

PS3 on PSN -- Two titles this week: Capcom's Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (see above), and Atari's The Undergarden, an atmospheric puzzle game released last November on XBLA.

PSOne Classics -- Capcom keeps the PSX Mega Man goodness coming, with the Japanese title Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo.


  1. Is Game Room on its way out? There are some good titles in there that might be worth a few dollars on their own, but I doubt there's much demand for Atari 2600 Combat, Realsports Volleyball or Intellivision's Frog Bog.

  2. It certainly seems to have stagnated. I think they've released most of the Atari, Intellivision and Activision catalog at this point, and rights for a lot of third-party titles are probably not easy to track down.

    Personally, I've only been buying some of the Konami coin-op arcade games that haven't previously been released in official emulated form -- most of the other stuff available has been released on more cost-effective compilations, and hasn't in my opinion aged as well as the more polished arcade games of the era.

    I'll still be disappointed when the Game Room closes down, but judging from the small number of players on some of the leaderboards, it has not been a big hit.