Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
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Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney®: JUSTICE FOR ALL Publisher: Capcom Entertainment, Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Blood, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes Price: 1,000 Wii Points™ Description: Phoenix Wright is back as the second game in the popular Ace Attorney hand-held franchise comes to the WiiWare service. As Phoenix Wright, you'll play through four shocking new cases in first-person perspective. The game features two unique game play modes. In Investigations Mode, you'll survey crime scenes, interview witnesses and gather evidence. You'll then present findings, listen to testimonials and examine witnesses in Court Mode. JUSTICE FOR ALL also includes a new "Psyche-Lock" feature that allows Phoenix to use a line of questioning to reveal inconsistencies in witness testimony.
Art of Balance Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Grab your Wii Remote™ controller and build a balanced stack in this physics-based puzzler, featuring 100 levels that challenge not only your skills but also your imagination. The game is easy to pick up and hard to put away. Play alone or invite a friend to grab a second Wii Remote controller and drop in at any point for co-op play. There's even a dedicated two-player split-screen "versus" mode for extra fun.
WarMen Tactics Publisher: CALARIS Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Blood, Violence Price: 800 Wii Points Description: In the year 2013, civil unrest across the globe has prompted world leaders to merge the police and military into a single force called the Department of Control. This force is opposed by a resistance made up of former military members who refused to join the Department. Marco is one of them, and the game tells his story. Join Marco as he is deployed on a mission to destroy scrambler devices placed around the city. Created to reflect the realities of urban warfare, the game requires players to take cover behind walls and other obstacles as they strive to defeat enemies and advance to the next post.
Spotto! Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Meet Spotto, a plucky duck on a mission. Ill-behaved ghosts have kidnapped Chikkie Wowwow, President Wowwow's daughter. Spotto, being the world's foremost Bombirdier, must follow these ghosts to a haunted house and use his trusty bombs to blast the baddies. Take control of Spotto, adjusting his aim with the stylus and trying to toss bombs into the ghosts' mouths in 50 "explosive" stages. Along the way, you'll avoid obstacles (or use them to your advantage), find powerful Super Bombs to inflict even more damage and even encounter a frighteningly large ghost or two. With multiple modes of play and numerous solutions for successfully blasting ghosts to pieces, this is one haunted house you'll want to visit often.
Spaceball: Revolution Publisher: Virtual Toys Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Spaceball: Revolution will put your intelligence and skill to the test as you solve puzzles in a futuristic environment. Copy the figures that appear on the top screen, using energy balls that make the boxes correctly change color. It won't be an easy task. Different obstacles will be thrown into your path, challenging you to polish your aim and think rapidly. Fifteen different levels are waiting for you in Spaceball: Revolution. Are you up to the challenge?
Scrabble Classic Publisher: Electronic Arts Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Scrabble, one of the world's most popular board games, is enjoying a tremendous surge in popularity, both online and in the real world. Scrabble for the Nintendo DSiWare service allows you to play this exciting game in both Single Player and Multi-Player modes.
Real Soccer 2010 Publisher: Gameloft Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Real Soccer is back for the most exciting season yet. Choose from more teams than ever before and compete in new stadiums around the world. Lead your team to victory on the field and make tactical decisions as the coach.
Prehistorik Man Publisher: Interplay Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Violence Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Life is hard for Sam the Prehistorik Man. With three-and-a-half hours of work each week, there's barely time to fit in all the sleeping, eating and cave-painting that needs to be done. When greedy dinosaurs guzzle his village's winter food source, Sam gets mad. Armed with his best club and his powerful hunter's voice, Sam needs your help to proceed through 22 levels of food-gathering and dinosaur-bashing. With fast-paced action, hundreds of secret areas, weapons and unlikely vehicles to find, you'll need to be smart. Well…smarter than Sam, anyway.
Virtual Console Sonic & Knuckles Original platform: SEGA Genesis Publisher: SEGA Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Sonic, the world's fastest hedgehog, continues his adventures in this fourth installment of the Sonic The Hedgehog™ series. This time, he buddies up with his former enemy, Knuckles the Echidna, in order to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman (a.k.a. Dr. Robotnik). At the end of Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Dr. Eggman's ultimate orbital weapon for global domination, the Death Egg, was badly damaged in an epic battle with Sonic. The Death Egg, losing power rapidly, hurtled back down to the planet below and crash-landed on the mysterious Angel Island again. Now Sonic and Knuckles must put a stop to Dr. Eggman once and for all before Eggman and his no-goodniks find the secret to Angel Island's floating power, the Master Emerald. This game features Lock-On Technology, which allows you to play as Knuckles in other Sonic titles available for the Virtual Console, including Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and Sonic The Hedgehog 3, as long as these titles are part of your Virtual Console library.
Art of Balance looks pretty promising. I know the balance game in Clubhouse Games for DS was one I enjoyed quite a bit, so I am interested to see how this seemingly more advanced version of the kind of gameplay this game features plays out. The graphics look clean, and the music sounds rather good. Shin'en Multimedia has kind of a spotty reputation, but they do have a few quality titles under their proverbial belt that gives this game some promise of being worth its asking price.
I own and have completed Smooth Moves, but I don't recall a specific balance game with falling blocks. I remember the games such as balancing the broom in one hand and the like, so I can imagine the game featuring more subtle control. I may have to check into this to see what's what and how it compares with what Art of Balance may offer. I still think Art of Balance may offer a fun gameplay experience, and I appreciate the effort it seems the developer has put into the game. Of course, I've been duped before by games with fairly slick trailers. So, I may wait to see what NintendoLife has to say about this one.
The game Simbabbad is referring to in Smooth Moves is called Block Star. I think it had fifty levels, and you unlock it after clearing Young Cricket's games. I remember the later levels were tough, but it was beatable in one sitting.
I'm waiting for Trials and Tribulations to pop up on the VC so I can get that since I can't seem to find my damn T&T cart for the DS. I KNOW it's somewhere in my room, but I can't find the stupid thing, which sucks. ><
As for Sonic and Knuckles...nice to see that one but...and I know I'll catch flak on this one...it's DR. ROBOTNIK! NOT ******* DR. EGGMAN! ><
Ah, I remember it now. I seem to forget that Smooth Moves featured mini-games more involved in nature with respect to those you play throughout the game. Thanks for the clarification and sorry for making your thread heavy with my digressions, ludist210.
Nothing that tickles my fancy much this week...although I don't really mind. I downloaded Tomena Sanner and Zelda II last week, and still have plenty of VC, WiiWare and DSiWare games on my to-buy list. I really want to pick up Trajectile, and Glow Artisan after watching the Nintendo Week coverage.
ooooh, Scrabble! I'd been wanting it, but not wanting to play the $25 for the cart in the store, when the only time I would ever bring it to play on is in airports. (Had the original GB version) I'll have to wait to hear if the $8 is worth it, or if it's like UNO, which sounds overpriced for $8.