Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
My Aquarium 2 Publisher: Hudson Entertainment Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points™ Description: My Aquarium 2, the sequel to the hit WiiWare title My Aquarium, is here. This time, the theme is the mysterious deep sea. With a single Wii Remote™ controller, you can raise fascinating creatures of all shapes and sizes, including deep-sea fish and glowing jellyfish. As with the original My Aquarium, you can customize your aquarium, by choosing which fish to include and where to place various decorations. You can also choose from a variety of colored lights to illuminate your aquarium. In time, your fish might breed to give you a whole new school. Create your very own aquarium for endless hours of relaxing fun and entertainment. This sequel features a larger selection of fish and objects than the original. You can also link up to the Forecast Channel to have your aquarium's appearance reflect the actual weather, or send your aquariums to registered friends via WiiConnect24™. Additional content will be available for purchase at a later date. Dive in and see all the wonderful creatures of the deep blue sea!
Enjoy your massage! Publisher: Microforum Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Suggestive Themes Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Congratulations! You have just been hired as an apprentice masseur at Giselle's beauty farm, one of the most famous in the city. Learn new relaxing massage combinations and use them on your stressed customers. As an apprentice, you'll have to do your best. If your client gets angry, no one will save you from losing your job, but if you prove capable, you might even become the director of the whole beauty farm. So, what are you waiting for? Six clients are waiting for your help!
TURN: The Lost Artifact Publisher: Creative Patterns Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: TURN: The Lost Artifact is an adventure puzzler with fun, intuitive game play. Kurt and Camila are explorers on a mysterious journey to find a lost artifact. You guide them through rooms filled with various dangers, from enemies to rolling boulders. Your main power is the ability to rotate the rooms 90 degrees to the left or to the right. Mastering the law of gravity is essential to your success. Everything and everyone in the room is subjected to gravity and falls when you turn the room. Watch your head! Featuring three worlds with nine levels of about 10 rooms each, the game promises a whole lot of brain-twisting fun on your Nintendo DSi system.
Rhythm Core Alpha Publisher: SoftEgg Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Make music with your Nintendo DSi system! Rhythm Core Alpha is an advanced music creation system, designed for creating and performing live music in front of an audience. Rhythm Core Alpha makes it easy to build drum and instrument loops, and then allows you to play solos over them using the stylus. It automatically detects the key and scale of the music you have created and allows you to change chords at the press of a button. All notes in the solo match the selected key and scale, so you can never hit a wrong note. Rhythm Core Alpha also includes a powerful pattern mode that allows you to set up chord changes and arrange your sequenced parts, enabling you to build a whole song or make sections that you can play back as you desire. Hundreds of adjustable drum and instrument sounds are included. You can edit while the song is playing, so you really can build the song in front of an audience.
Absolute Chess Publisher: Tasuke Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: This easy-to-understand chess game explains everything from basic rules to aggressive strategies. There are two modes of play. In Free Play, you can play against a number of preset characters, ranging from a young kid to a grouchy old man. The Challenge mode gives players multiple levels and missions to complete. Player support features include a function to indicate possible moves for the player and the opponent, as well as the ability to undo your previous move. You can also enjoy matches with friends via DS Download Play.
Did It Myself ABC123 Publisher: Powerhead Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: EC (Early Childhood) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Did It Myself ABC123 is packed with different activities to stimulate your young child's brain, including counting, colors, letters, drawing and music. The target age range is roughly 2 to 3, but kids aged 1 through 5 should be able to enjoy Did It Myself ABC123. There are options for parents to adjust the counting range, the amount of games to play in "shuffle" mode, and the overall game speed. "Slow" and "medium" are recommended for younger kids, while older kids may enjoy "fast" and "ridiculous."
I'm sure it does, but it's not like they have to put much effort to get it on the Wii Shop channel. Some games have been ready to go for months or years but they've just vanished. These games aren't doing any good just sitting around, they might as well try to make some profit. I stopped using emulators when the Wii came out because there was finally a good way of supporting retro gaming. But as far as I'm concerned, there's no way I'm going to wait around anymore for games I want to play. I've been waiting for Earthbound forever, but if I get in the mood to play it, I have no problems just hooking my computer up to my TV and playing like that.
I wouldn't have a problem if they were at least releasing something each week to show that they still care about the service, but they obviously don't want my money so I'm not going to wait around to give it to them.
@Simbabbad There was a recent interview in Nintendo Power where, while not coming out and saying that they would transfer games over, they seemed to be hinting that they understand this is expected and want to meet that expectation.
Of course, it is Nintendo, so it could still go either way.
I keep most of my old consoles hooked up anyway, and if Wii 2 has no Gamecube backwards compatibility (as it probably won't), my Wii will definitely remain hooked up as it will be my only working Gamecube (actual Gamecube broke.)
I think, going forward (3DS and Wii2), Nintendo will transition to a 'user-license' model, like the iPhone, but I wonder how easy it is to retrofit the existing system. It doesn't seem like it should be impossible, but any amount of difficulty would probably scare Nintendo off.
I mean, look at the DSiXL. That was their first opportunity, right there. That said, I think the VC stuff WILL carry over.