Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising Publisher: Legendo Entertainment Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Violence Price: 700 Wii Points™ Description: Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising is the first title in a trilogy of air-combat action games for the WiiWare service. Take off from aircraft carrier decks and historic military bases as you conduct covert strikes, engage in furious dogfights and fly search-and-destroy missions. Pilot the most prolific fighter, bomber and torpedo-bearing aircraft of the World War II Pacific Theatre. Featuring two campaigns spanning the early years of the Pacific War, you can play as the United States Naval Air Force or the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force. You can also choose to practice your combat skills in the Avenging Ace or Survival dogfight modes.
Cruise Party Publisher: Enjoy Gaming Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Simulated Gambling Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Welcome aboard! Here you'll find four fabulous games to satisfy your appetite for gambling: Slot Machines, Roulette, Black Jack and "Video" Poker. Once on deck, you will be able to choose between Competition mode and Quick Play mode. If you beat a record, you'll have to enter your name in order to appear in the high scores table. Beware of bankruptcy!
QuickPick Farmer Publisher: Dancing Dots Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: It's time to shear your sheep, but a wolf named George is prowling around your farm, and he's hungry. Hurry up and put the wool in the barns for safekeeping. Use the stylus to round up identical sheep, shear them, collect the balls of wool and catapult them into the barns. If George is getting too close to your flock, fire a ball right at his muzzle to chase him away and gain some time. Experience 30 crazy levels, a nonstop mode, striped sheep, spotted sheep and a goofy wolf. Test your powers of observation, your reflexes and your tactics in the wacky world of QuickPick Farmer.
Soul of Darkness Publisher: Gameloft Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Enter a fascinating gothic world as the mysterious and powerful Kale. Try to save your beloved's life and soul by freeing her from an evil vampire's clutches. Explore dark woods, caves, huge castles and impressive cathedrals under the full moon's light. Master and upgrade your sword and spear, and learn how to control your powers. Use the Fire and the Ice or transform into your enemies to overcome the numerous obstacles in your way. Face and defeat foes such as werewolves, succubae, gargoyles and zombies. Exclusive camera features let you use your environment to gain power-ups and upgrades. Good or evil - be the sole master of your destiny!
SteamWorld Tower Defense Publisher: Image & Form Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Welcome to Cowbot County, home of the robotic master race of SteamWorld! As the sheriff, you must stop the human invaders in their mad hunt for gold. Build attack robots next to the roads they roam, then watch the invaders go down. Use your robots' special skills to your advantage in this original tower defense variation where strategy and execution are equally important. There's an Easy mode for rookies, but everyone will find a unique challenge in the great Western reaches.
101 Shark Pets Publisher: Teyon Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Choose from more than 101 baby sharks or simply adopt them all. Discover their personalities as you feed, clean and care for your new pets. Bring out each pet's talents by training sharks in a variety of fun and wacky activities. Enter your shark into pet shows and earn money to buy exciting upgrades, including toys, food, clothes and accessories. The more tricks you teach and the more games you play, the more fun you'll have!
Hello Flowerz Publisher: Enjoy Gaming Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Welcome to Hello Flowerz, the gardening game where you have fun with flowers. Sow your favorite flowers and look after them every day, helping them grow into healthy, beautiful flowers. Use your flowers to create wonderful bouquets and enter them in regular competitions. Landscape your own gardens, transplant flowers and arrange various items. Put on your gloves, grab your tools and start showing off your flowers!
Flips: The Folk of the Faraway Tree Publisher: Electronic Arts Players: 1 Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Jo, Bessie and Fanny have a visit from their snooty friend Connie. Connie won't believe in the Faraway Tree and the magical people who live there: Moon-face, Silky the fairy and Saucepan Man. There's only one way to prove her wrong. Together the children climb the tree and visit some of the lands at the top of it, such as the Land of Secrets and the Land of Treats. And after a few adventures, Connie learns to be a nicer person altogether!
I have Blazing Angels but haven't opened it yet (for some reason). I should rip it open tonight and see how much I like it. If its totally mint, I might not get this one. Aside from RPGs, I don't really get multiple games in the same genre (like some people buy every.single.FPS that comes out).
Nintendo has completely dropped the ball when it comes to WiiWare. There are quite a few quality games, but almost no one knows about them. It must be really disheartening for developers. I know if I were part of a small team, we wouldn't be making WiiWare games, that's for sure.
Nintendo had better step it up next generation. Downloadable games are awesome and they're going to be even more important next gen.
Yeah, I was just reading that review. Looks pretty rad. It's apparently about 2 hours long, but for $5 I don't mind too much. I've got enough long-lasting DSiware games as it is (why the hell did Q-Games fill Trajectile with so many boards?).