Thursday, September 6, 2012

The LoadDown -- 09/06/2012

What's new on the wire this week?  Quite a few titles, though most are on the smaller end of the scale...

Wii Virtual Console -- Konami's Super NES version of Jordan Mechner's classic Prince of Persia comes to the Wii, published now by Ubisoft, current controller of the franchise.  This version is notable for some additional levels and more detailed graphics.

DSiWare -- Something called Crazy Hunter arrives, and it's making a stab at originality -- players control an alligator who must use a speedboat to knock goats into the water, then use them with a crane to build a tower in order to reach hens that lay golden eggs.

3DS eShop -- Two new games here.  Heyawake by Nikoli is another Sudoku-esque puzzle game; oddly, it's only being released on the 3DS but doesn't appear to rely on any 3-D effects.  Balloon Pop Remix takes the Balloon Pop puzzle formula and brings the stylus to bear, with accurate swipes popping multiple balloons.

XBox Live Arcade -- Two new games up here too.  Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise is an overhead beat-'em-up with co-op features and waves of enemies to pummel into submission.  Dogfight 1942 takes arcade airplane action and adds more realistic flight dynamics.

PS3 on PSN -- Just one new game, Zen Pinball 2, which is not so much a sequel as an upgrade for the original Zen Pinball.  Fortunately all of the DLC from the original game works with the improved graphics and physics engine, so fans will likely find it worth the investment.

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