DSiWare Downloads: Mighty Milky Way, GO Series Tower of Deus and Whack-a-Friend; WiiWare Downloads: MDK2
Mighty Milky Way Publisher: WayForward Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Are you ready to pulse some planets and soar through space? With a pocket full of planet candy and a heart full of ennui, green-skinned cutie-pie Luna needs your help to accomplish her secret mission. Prepare for fever-pitched puzzles in another mighty game from WayForward. Luna uses her magical staff to create and destroy planets on a whim. Explode vicious space monsters, avoid sizzling electric barriers and grab all the delicious planet candy you can. But watch out for the T-Rex, Luna's arch-nemesis. His laser eyes are matched only by the awkwardness of his sketchy past.
GO Series Tower of Deus Publisher: Gamebridge Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Overcome a deadly curse as you race to the top of the tower in this dark, atmospheric 2D platformer. The only way to release the curse is to reach the top before the clock runs out. Tower of Deus is modeled after an old-fashioned 2D platform game from the 1980s. Take control of a cursed man and race upwards. Go higher and higher inside a tower in a desperate race to break the curse. You'll need to overcome hordes of ghastly creatures and demons that lay in wait. Run, jump and fly your way to the top as time ticks away. There are 40 eerie levels with 10 types of gothic-style graphics - not for the faint-hearted.
Whack-A-Friend Publisher: Agetec, Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Crude Humor Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Players are able to use their Nintendo DSi™ systems to capture a picture of a friend or anything else they desire. The picture will be then used in targets that pop up from various holes. Players must use the stylus to tap them back into their holes. The faster this can be done - without making mistakes - the more combos are achieved. As players continue to earn combos, the picture on the top screen will begin to display graphical changes such as bruises, bugs, black eyes, bandages and scars. The simple game design and easy, intuitive controls make it a game that the whole family can enjoy.
MDK2 Publisher: Interplay Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Animated Blood, Animated Violence Price: 1,000 Wii Points™ Description: Kurt Hectic must save the universe. He has teamed with the ingenious Dr. Hawkins and a six-legged, gun-toting robotic dog named Max. Together they must out-sneak, out-blast and out-think their enemies as they attempt to reclaim Earth from a vile alien menace. Play as all three characters, each with its own distinct style of game play. Save the world with unique gadgets and weaponry such as the Black Hole Grenade and the Sniper Shield. Ten massive environments will immerse you in an eccentric and wacky world. A captivating and humorous storyline unfolds through each level, all the way to the grand finale. Sniper mode allows you to shoot an enemy in the eye from more than a mile away. Solve puzzles to create deadly weaponry with the brilliant mind of Dr. Hawkins. Sneak, snipe and shoot with Kurt's suit, which is equipped with a cloaking device.
@GelatinousEncore I just watched the trailer for MDK2 on the Wii Nintendo Channel and found it completely useless. It showed nothing about what the game is about, it's just a 2 minute narration of a comic book panel...
MDK2 is a third-person shooter by Bioware. I don't know much more about it since I haven't played it, but it's supposed to be awesome. I'm surprised it just dropped by without any further notice, but at the same time it's Nintendo so I'm not surprised. I'd get it, but I don't have enough points on my system at the moment. Maybe next time I get a points card, I'll pick it up.
MDK2 is a gorgeous action/adventure/shooter with a wicked sense of humor.
You play as three different characters, rotating between each as you finish chapters. The main guy (sorry, don't remember names) is the one from MDK. He's your Sniper with a floating-type parachute...he platforms and takes out things from a distance. The dog is your guns. He's got 4 arms and each carries a weapon that you can mix and match (pistols, smg, rocket launchers)...he's your brute action. The doc is like a mad scientist. With him you mix items in your environment to solve puzzles. Sometimes it's for traversal, sometimes weapons (toaster + loaf of bread + toxic waste = toxic toaster gun).
The writing and voice acting is just hilarious. AAA top-quality stuff here. The action is fast and furious. The platforming can be brutal.
It's... okay. It's a pretty basic puzzle game so far. I stopped playing at world 3 (of 4?), and I stopped because the controls were starting to piss me off. I died over and over again in this one level, and it was never because I didn't know what to do, it was really just the game not doing what I was telling him to do. Very annoying.
You see, the game has you jumping from planet to planet, each with their own gravity, and the edge of every level killing you instantly. Don't miss a jump or you're dead. You can also collect candy, which allows you to create a planet by touching the screen with the stylus.
Up until world 3, everything was fine, but then they ask you to create these planets during a jump, and that's where the shit hits the fan. All of a sudden, the screen isn't responsive anymore. You'll touch the screen and nothing will happen, and even if it takes you just a fraction of a second to realize this and quickly try to press again, it's usually too late, and you start the level over.
And over. And over.
Pretty disappointing, I gotta say. I can think of tons of games that are a better $8 investment than this.
Nintendo World Report posted a video comparison of MDK2 Dreamcast vs. WiiWare. The Wii version looks pretty faithful, though it seems to be missing some lighting effects and such (WiiWare constraints most likely).
The top screen is Wii, the bottom screen is Dreamcast. The audio is from the Wii version.