Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
BIT.TRIP FATE Publisher: Aksys Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 800 Wii Points™ Description: BIT.TRIP FATE is an on-rails side-scrolling shoot-'em-up that finds CommanderVideo riding the vibe to discover his fate. CommanderVideo will need a little help from the friends he made in BIT.TRIP RUNNER to thwart the Mingrawn Timbletot, who has mutated the world into an ugly technological nightmare. Join forces with the Junior Melchkin, CommandgirlVideo and others to increase CommanderVideo's power and save the world. Whether you play in single-player mode or team up with a co-pilot, you'll need a steady hand to navigate the vibe and aim your blasters at the twisted souls out to destroy you.
My Planetarium™ Publisher: Hudson Entertainment Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Alcohol Reference, Violent References Price: 500 Wii Points Description: My Planetarium is a game that allows you to observe celestial bodies from the comfort of your living room using the Wii Remote™ controller. Choose from three main modes. Observation Mode contains approximately 20,000 celestial objects up to stars of the 7th magnitude. Changeable settings include the ability to display the latitude and longitude of constellations and choose how fast time elapses. In Planetarium Mode, you can take 11 different tours that cover subjects such as stars, nebulae, constellations and other celestial objects. The Celestial Guidebook contains detailed information and mythology on celestial objects and constellations as well as a helpful glossary of astronomy terms used in observation. Enjoy a deep look into the stars and mysterious objects that fill the night sky. (Information on celestial objects is up-to-date as of June 2010.)
Go! Go! Island Rescue! Publisher: Connect2Media Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Comic Mischief, Tobacco Reference Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: This is the worst vacation ever! The hotels are collapsing, the robot waiters are going berserk and the picturesque volcanoes are exploding. You'll be lucky to make it out alive, let alone get a suntan. It's time to scramble the Rescue Squad! Take control of a squad of brave firefighters who must save the hapless Darwins from all manner of disasters, including fire, floods and rampaging robots. To do this, you must throw the Darwins around the levels until they reach a fire exit. Luckily, some of the Darwins bounce, so don't worry too much if you drop some of them. And you can always rewind time in case of any fatal accidents. With more than 50 levels of unique, laugh-out-loud game play spread across four colorful zones, panic rooms and bonus levels, Go! Go! Island Rescue! will have you smiling for hours.
Spot the Difference Publisher: Enjoy Gaming Players: 1-6 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Photos are displayed on both screens. You must select the areas on the bottom screen where you see a difference and find all differences in a limited amount of time. If you manage to discover the differences within the time limit, you'll be rewarded with Cups according to your performance. There are Bronze, Silver and Gold Cups to be won. The game features 160 different photos from established photographers, with more than 1,000 combinations of differences to find in the images. Choose between one-player and multiplayer modes. The multiplayer mode is a turn-based mode in which each player must spot the differences in the same image.
GO Series Defense Wars Publisher: Gamebridge Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Defend your base by taking control of a mini-arsenal of weapons and fighting off wave after wave of enemy attackers. Use the stylus to fire bullets and bombs at oncoming enemies. Arm your base with guns, cannons and tanks in preparation for the onslaught, then attack with everything you've got. Your mission is to survive. Good luck!
Flashlight Publisher: Kaasa Players: 1 ESRB Rating: Not Rated Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: When it's dark, people need a simple source of light. Flashlight changes the dual screens of your Nintendo DSi system into a flashlight with added features. You can change the color and the intensity of the light. Use your Nintendo DSi system to read under a blanket or to get a serious source of light while taking night hikes. Flashlight could also be helpful in other situations, such as using the warning light when your car has broken down.
Yup, this flashlight thing is right up my alley. I took a look at that Ivy game and thought, "Where's the flashlight? Where's the waste of money?" No thanks good sir. If it's not useless crap, I ain't getting it.
Maybe they're trying to change said connotation. I think they have the best shot at it, especially since, if you think about it, every other game in the series (outside of Void, possibly) is technically on-rails and they're a lot of fun.
Yeah I think we all use our handhelds as flashlights (right?) but who needs a particular ap for it?! You can use anything!
Speaking of which I went on an ill-planned camping trip with a couple of my cousins a few years back and we forgot flashlights and ran out of firewood and then my one cousin broke our only lamp with a football so... my GBA SP became our only light source for the rest of the night until bedtime. Thank god for GBA SP's awesome battery life!
A definite point. I have a flashlight app for my Evo that I use because it flashes the LED on the front of the camera which is brighter and goes a distance, but any app that just lights up the screen is kind of redundant.
Back in the summer of 2003, there was a major power outage in south-eastern Michigan that kept the lights off in my apartment for over a week. I also used the GBA SP as a makeshift flashlight. I'm not sure exactly why I didn't have an actual flashlight, but... whatever. Gameboy to the rescue!