Thursday, November 24, 2011

The LoadDown -- 11/24/2011

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us in the US, which means tomorrow (or even tonight) is a huge shopping day period.  Or we can all just stay home and buy some new environmentally-friendly games...

WiiWare -- One new game this week, Big Bass Arcade from Big John Games -- it's patterned after Sega's classic fishing coin-ops but as a downloadable title suffers visually from limited textures and simple models.  Maybe I'm just bitter because I wish that second "B" was not sitting there in the title, taunting me with dreams of a more expansive experience.

DSiWare -- Two new titles this week. Come on! Heroes is a tower-defense game with cute anime stylings, and a fun concept -- an heiress has left her father's mansion, and decided she does not want to return, so the player must help her defend herself from the men sent by her father to bring her home.  Battle of the Elements sounds like an RPG but it's just yet another match-N puzzle game; they're not just colors, but elements, you see.

3DS eShop -- The two DSiWare games are also available here, plus the Game Boy classic Metroid II: Return of Samus.  It's a smaller-scale adventure than any other Metroid game, but it still provides plenty of action and exploration.

XBox Live Arcade --  Nothing new here this week, which is unusual, but there are a lot of good existing XBLA titles on sale at a 25%-50% discount this week.

PS3 on PSN -- Just one new game this week, for early learners -- Ubisoft's Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 2, following up the first game released in June (both brought over from WiiWare.)

PSOne Classics -- Never fear, because while there's not much new PS3-wise, Square/Enix brings the PSX port of role-playing classic Final Fantasy V to the system (released in the US on the PSX, and originally as Final Fantasy III on the SNES -- the numbering is odd because the Japanese FF II & III never came out here, and the series didn't get back to synchronized numbering until VII.)

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