Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
Jam City Rollergirls Publisher: Frozen Codebase Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Comic Mischief, Mild Violence Price: 1,000 Wii Points Description: Blast off into the wild world of roller derby. Lace up your skates and join up with real-life roller derby teams the Texecutioners, Dairyland Dolls, Brewcity Bruisers, Rat City Rollergirls and Gotham Girls Roller Derby as they skate hard and hit harder in a battle for flat-track dominance. Create your own custom roller derby skater and level up as you progress through the season, or play as one of the readymade stars of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. Choose from five tracks and skate forward, backward, by yourself or with a friend. Skaters, refs, fans and gamers will be thrilled by the fast, furious game play.
Furry Legends (demo version) Publisher: Gamelion Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief, Mild Language Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 1,000 Wii Points Description: The legend starts here. Play Furry Legends, a dynamic platform adventure with the most fur you've ever seen. Start the crazy adventure and solve fun, physics-based puzzles in a fantastic 3D world called Furland. Furland is a humorous and weird place, populated by funny creatures such as five-eyed crabs, round cows, crazy rabbits and, of course, the lovely Furballs. The player controls fluffy characters with special skills such as the ability to manipulate time, which can influence the physics-driven environment. Save the Furballs from their doom and keep Furland safe from Lord Squarie.
Fish'em All!™ (demo version) Publisher: Abylight Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 800 Wii Points Description: Here's an arcade game with real coin-op flavor. Jack and Walter are two old fishermen in a fantasy world. They have found places where crazy fish leap out of the water all day long - the perfect place for a spot of fishing. It's a shame the other strange creatures aren't going to make things easy. In this surreal action game, you will experience the excitement of the great arcade classics on your Wii console. Hold on tight to your Wii Remote™ controller and fish 'em all. The game features nine colorful scenarios and three game modes. In Arcade mode, catch as many fish as possible within the time limit. In Challenge mode, note how many fish of each color you need to catch. In Fishtris mode, match three or more fish of the same color to make them disappear.
Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions.
1942 Publisher: Capcom Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Violence Price: 800 Wii Points Description: This classic, vertically scrolling shoot-'em-up is perhaps Capcom's finest moment of the pre-Street Fighter era. Spawning a million clones and reappearing throughout the history of gaming, 1942's biplane action needs no introduction. The original and best version is now available on the Wii console for the first time.
BLACK TIGER™ Publisher: Capcom Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: Everyone (Everyone) - Fantasy Violence Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Fight your way through colorful, action-packed levels in this 1987 arcade classic. Explore huge, sprawling levels as a powerful barbarian seeking to defeat menacing bosses. Plus, upgrade your character with one of the first inventory and power-up systems ever built.
Airport Mania: Non-Stop Flights Publisher: Lemon Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Hundreds of airplanes are on their way to your airport. In Airport Mania: Non-Stop Flights, you'll face the challenge of coordinating an endless number of incoming flights for as long as you can. You'll need to care for each plane by bringing it safely to the airport. Send each one to a gate to drop off and pick up passengers, then schedule them for a runway to ensure an on-time departure. Doing all this will maximize both customer satisfaction and your score. Upgrade your airport at any time to make sure you're ready for every color and type of plane. Enjoy frantic time-management action with an airport twist that you won't want to miss.
Rocks N' Rockets Publisher: TikGames, LLC Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Are you ready to take the hero's seat in this mesmerizing arcade game? Civilization is threatened by a terrifying, multi-phased meteor attack - thousands of strange meteors are heading toward Earth. Your mission is to protect our cities by controlling a rocket launcher that is built to protect each city. Experience waves of increasingly destructive meteors, innovative power-ups and more than 100 exciting levels.
Digger Dan & Kaboom Publisher: Virtual Playground Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Digger Dan has always loved digging. That's probably how he got his name, although nobody knows for sure. He also loves gems, and he just happens to have found a ton of them. However, all of the gems are in some pretty nasty caves, so you're going to have to help Dan get them out. Dan has sent Kaboom, his pet gopher, into the caves to find the best place to start, but he hasn't returned. Kaboom has a habit of falling asleep, though, so it looks like Dan is going to have to rescue him too.
Ante Up: Texas Hold'em Publisher: MonkeyPaw Games Players: 1-8 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Simulated Gambling Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: It's time to let your inner gambler get a turn at the table. While poker has always been a part of Western culture, the ease and accessibility of Texas Hold'em has brought the game to the masses, whether on TV or in casinos. Ante Up: Texas Hold'em makes poker fun portable with realistic mechanics and a compelling story to keep you stimulated and playing for hours. The game is graphically superb, and the players are realistic portrayals of uncanny casino characters. Choices include an undercover vice cop who practices what he patrols and an aspiring actress with a daring streak. You'll find 12 characters in all. Best of all, the game is based on the authenticity of poker and the algorithms that produce a natural falling of the cards. You'll swear you're in Vegas as you face the pressure of making a call or daring a bluff while your money sweats it out on the table.
Have you not played it? All this time I've said it's a slower-paced, more exploration-focused Mega Man X, I actually thought you were listening.
It's nothing like Super Ghouls and Ghosts. It's a slower-paced, more exploration-focused Mega Man X.
Which makes sense as it's from the same people, as far as I know. There are multiple endings based on how many items and weapons you find. And the stages are dynamic just like Megaman X, i.e. there's a forest stage, and the first time you play through it, a demon sets fire to it. If you decide to go back, the forest is burned down.
It's easily in my SNES top 5. Go play it now (if you can find a way, last I heard the game was not properly emulated, but I don't keep up with that stuff).
Well I already own Mega Man X on SNES, I don't really (personally) care if it comes to VC or not (although it should... why hasn't it?!)
But knowing there is another Mega Man X-esque game that I do not own... DO WANT.
Of course, I have wanted Demon's Crest for awhile. Whether because what Panda has said in the past stuck with me in some form, or because of the connection to Super Ghouls and Ghosts... either way, DO WANT.
I don't know if it's any good, but it's at least the second game to make the XBLA->Wiiware trip that I know of, the first being that NBA Jam-y arcade basketball game. Can't remember the title, but it actually got a good review from IGN (Lucas Thomas) from what I remember.
Demon's Crest does sound pretty cool. I too am a huge Mega Man X fan, so I should check it out. I remember wondering if I should play the Gargoyle's Quest games on Game Boy first, but it seems like that's not necessary.