Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
True Swing Golf Express Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Tee off with power, drive with accuracy and putt with precision. True Swing Golf Express is a realistic golf simulation that makes full use of the Nintendo DSi touch screen to offer in-depth control over your actions. Vary shot power, apply topspin or backspin and more, all with a touch of the stylus. Beginners and experts alike can choose from two main modes. Round mode offers play across 3-, 9- or 18-hole courses, each with varying difficulty levels and some in an exciting tournament setting. Challenge mode puts a unique spin on golf with a wide selection of special tasks to complete. Completing these tasks in Challenge mode allows you to improve your character's skills and unlock new courses in Round mode. The fairway awaits!
Legends of Exidia Publisher: Gameloft Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: An army of demons called Morgost has invaded Exidia, defeating Princess Sofia and capturing the Orb of Spell. The Morgost's dark intentions include the resurrection of the almighty Daraka. Listen only to your courage and help Sofia drive back this threat. As a fearless warrior, you'll fight the most evil of creatures. With every quest, you'll get closer to discovering the source of the plague.
DOWNTOWN TEXAS HOLD'EM Publisher: Electronic Arts Players: 1-5 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Simulated Gambling Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Go all-in with EA's DOWNTOWN TEXAS HOLD'EM. Sharpen and show off your poker skills in two exciting game modes and take on up to 20 players in authentic showdowns. Put on your best poker face and challenge friends who also have a Nintendo DSi system and a copy of the game to a multiplayer match. Start with a practice game, play a round of classic poker, then jump into turbo tournament to win the grand prize. Buy your way into gambling halls and casinos, each with its own unique background, realistic tables, cards and chips.
Move your Brain Rollway Puzzle Publisher: Assoria Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Help the ball of Move your Brain Rollway Puzzle to find the way out of each level. To do so, you must solve riddles and use your dexterity to escape enemies without falling. Move your Brain Rollway Puzzle uses the Nintendo DSi system's built-in camera to detect your movements. While playing, tilt the system to move the ball. Collect gold coins to open certain passages, activate switches to set off mechanisms, use catapults to jump over walls or use bumpers to climb ramps. Time to complete each level is limited, so hurry up!
5 in 1 Solitaire Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Now you can take five of the most popular solitaire games with you on the go. 5 in 1 Solitaire features the always-popular Klondike, Spider and FreeCell games as well as the unique Golf and Gaps versions of solitaire. Each of these versions has a unique style of play that's easy enough for novice players to enjoy but will also challenge experts. You can also view tutorials for each game, track your scores and view gaming stats to see your progress.
Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 Publisher: Telltale Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Alcohol Reference, Cartoon Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes Price: 1,000 Wii Points™ Description: Here's a shocking series finale that's sure to shiver your timbers. With the Monkey Island world in tatters at the conclusion of the fourth Tales of Monkey Island chapter, we were left to wonder: Who can save the Caribbean?! LeChuck is revealing surprising new characteristics yet again, Guybrush has met a shocking fate and Elaine must confront the ultimate evil with everything at stake. This adventure takes you far beyond the stormy isles as you experience the Rise of the Pirate God.
Tumblebugs 2 Publisher: Gameshastra Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Wii Points Description: There's a battle brewing in the backyard, and only you can save the day. Tumblebugs is the hit action-puzzler in which Black Bugs round up and trap the peaceful underground Tumblebugs. Now the Black Bugs are back - meaner, faster and nastier. They've crashed the garden party and are rounding up the colored beetles. Once again it's Tumble to the rescue, but this time she's got backup. Call on your friends to help you battle your way through 89 stunning new levels. Thrilling new power-ups can also help you free bugs like never before.
5 in 1 Solitaire Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Now you can play five of the most popular solitaire games on your Wii™ console. 5 in 1 Solitaire features the always-popular Klondike, Spider and FreeCell games as well as the unique Golf and Gaps versions of solitaire. Each of these versions has a unique style of play that's easy enough for novice players to enjoy but will also challenge experts. You can also view tutorials for each game, track your scores and view gaming stats to see your progress.
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World™ Original platform: SEGA Master System Publisher: SEGA Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 500 Wii Points Description: What do you get when you combine the monumental SEGA classics Alex Kidd in Miracle World™ and Shinobi™? Alex Kidd in Shinobi World, of course! Though never released in Japan, this game has it all: Alex Kidd, kidnapped princesses and evil Dark Ninjas, all played to a rockin', remixed Shinobi soundtrack. Run, jump, swim and slash your way through 12 stages teeming with monstrous foes from the world of Shinobi, plus some more lighthearted ones from Alex Kidd. Just don't let the barracudas turn you into sushi! (edit: Zero, when will you make this gentleman level -3?)
edit - Oops, I thought I could count on Levi writing more than anyone would even want to read on this series no one cares about, but he barely mentions the game. I guess it's that forgettable.
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World, one of the last Master System games released in America in 1990, is an impish take on the arcade classic Shinobi. The game is frighteningly short for its ten $30 price tag -- just four stages. The game plays out somewhat like a parody of Shinobi, such as the first boss, which is a silly take on Ken-Oh. Never really a serious entry in the limited Alex Kidd canon, Shinobi World is desired more as a collector's item for franchise fans
I was gonna say the same thing, that's a ton of DSiWare support. Odd that EA would do Texas Hold 'em though. I wonder if it uses the camera any. Now you're not just bluffing with your bets, you can put on your best poker face! As for WiiWare, Tumblebugs 2 sounds like fun, but it will probably stink.