Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
And Yet It Moves Publisher: Broken Rules Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Violence Price: 1,000 Wii Points™ Description: And Yet It Moves is an award-winning, physics-based platform game in which players run and jump through a world made of paper. To aid in completing its twisted, mind-bending levels, you possess the unique ability to rotate the world at will. Walls become floors, slides become platforms - but a harmless pile of rocks becomes a hazardous threat when turned upside-down. Use the Wii Remote™ controller like a magic wand to tilt the world. Explore beautifully crafted environments. Survive 20 challenging levels filled with strange creatures, traps and puzzles. Unlock bonus levels, competitive play modes and surprising modifications that change the entire game. Turn your world upside-down with And Yet It Moves!
UFOURIA: THE SAGA Original platform: NES Publisher: Sunsoft Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief Price: 600 Wii Points Description: Join Bop Louie as he searches for three friends - Shades, Freeon Leon and Gil - to help him complete his mad scramble. It won't be easy. Brain-boggling mazes, traps and bizarre pitfalls stand in your way on the journey back to Ufouria. You'll rely on your friends to survive in this strange, changing world, and you'd better have the right powers for the strange worlds you'll encounter. As you make your trek through mystical forests, deserts and oceans, you'll need to seek out and destroy monstrous creatures every step of the way. Will you have the right powers at the right time? Don't let the mind-zapping colors and stupefying sound effects throw you off.
Rytmik Publisher: CINEMAX Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Rytmik is an application for creating rhythmical and melodic themes and composing whole songs. It contains more than 170 carefully selected sound samples of drums, cymbals, percussion, bass and melodic instruments. With Rytmik you can quickly and easily create the basic building block: an audio clip. It consists of musical notations for up to four instruments that you may transpose, select their location in the stereo field and modify their volume, polyphony and echo. You can arbitrarily combine as many as 128 clips in four tracks to create complex pieces of music. You also have a rhythm library with a varied collection of 16 pre-made compositions that can be used to help quickly compose your own pieces. For the best musical experience, we recommend connecting headphones or a quality speaker system (not included).
G.G Series NINJA KARAKURI DEN Publisher: Genterprise Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Jump and slash as a gravity-defying ninja in this acrobatic action game. Control a jumping ninja as he fights his way through a booby-trapped mansion. When your ninja touches a platform, it will automatically disappear and he will jump, making for pretty unstable footing. But where some see obstacles, a ninja sees opportunity. You will be forced to think on your feet, push your reflexes and bend the very rules of physics to conquer your treacherous surroundings. Master the art of the dash, shuriken and sword. Be a ninja.
My Farm Publisher: BiP media Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: My Farm is a livestock farming simulation game. At the beginning, all you own is an empty field, a few pennies and a single hen. If you feed the hen and take care of it, she will lay eggs that can be sold. With this money, you can buy new animals at the Farmers' Market and purchase equipment from the shopkeeper. Little by little, as your farm builds up, you will unlock bonuses including a wind turbine, rooster, guard dog and tractor. You will be able to exchange your animals with your friends who play My Farm or My Exotic Farm. There are six kinds of animals to customize, many farm improvements to buy and bonuses to collect.
Absolute Reversi Publisher: Tasuke Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: This reversi game is for all players at any level. Absolute Reversi takes the classic strategy game and updates it for the 21st century with three modes of play. Free Play mode lets you select one of eight characters with different abilities to play against. In Challenge mode, you are given missions to complete to advance in the game. With the third mode, you can play against a friend using DS Download Play. Additional features include a strategy guide, different ability levels and the "Assistance" function, which highlights all possible moves per turn.
I didn't enjoy III at all. Maybe because the DS version was my first ever experience with it and old school RPGs only tickle my fancy if I played them near the time of their original release (also don't like Breath of Fire II for it's old-school-ness). Didn't like how all the characters looked like chicks, and not even in that exaggerated sense. Getting the airship and then instantly crashing it...
VI, however, is what I think JRPGs should be like. VII killed JRPGs, IMHO, but VI was that perfect blend of story telling and gameplay. I'd buy VI in an instant again. IV was also good, never got a chance to play V though.
Yes, but I just went with the Wii Remote sideways. It works just fine.
WHOA. How can you play like that? I had to break my wrist to do a full 360. Maybe it's just cuz I had just started. I'm using the Pointer Controls and while slightly awkward I find it more intuitive. I have yet to try the other two methods.
AYIM is AWESOME. The atmosphere is pretty incredible and I love the style. I love how in the Forest levels the foliage actually...moves within the paper cutout...it looks damn cool. I'm also liking the gameplay variety. Small puzzles abound. To me it's a 2D Portal.
Anyone notice AYIM is kinda buggy? When I use the pointer control method it keeps showing me every now and then that my pointer is off screen even though I'm not even moving it. There also seem to be a few graphical/audio stutters. It's a bit of a shame. I guess it's a performance issue?
Destructoid has reviewed G.G. Series NINJA KARAKURI DEN, check it out. And leave a comment, will you? I love that guy's articles. Have you ever read his "Off-Brand Games" blog entries? Just read his latest one about the ill-fated GCN game Tube Sliders, strangely relevant because a few days after he posted it, Nintendo acquired a majority of Nd Cube's shares (they're the makers of Wii Party, wouldn't ya know).
There are links to all the previous Off-Brand Games articles he's posted at the bottom, check them out.