Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
Max & the Magic Marker Publisher: Press Play Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief Price: 1,000 Wii Points™ Description: One day Max gets a mysterious marker in the mail. Not knowing better, the first thing he draws is a wacky, purple monster. As soon as the marker leaves the paper, the monster comes to life and jumps off the paper and into another drawing. With the monster on the loose and messing with Max's drawings, Max has no choice but to go after it. Armed with the magic marker, you must help Max track the monster through 15 inventive and challenging levels. You'll need more than good will and quick reflexes to tackle the challenges ahead. Draw freely inside the game to help Max defeat enemies, overcome obstacles and solve puzzles. As you draw stairs, seesaws, balloons, surfboards and whatever else you can think of, your creations will interact with the physical environment, making every session unique.
Dracula - Undead Awakening Publisher: Chillingo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Fantasy Violence Price: 1,000 Wii Points Description: Are you a vampire hunter? Are you ready to battle legions of undead foes including zombies, ghouls and werewolves? You'll need to wield an arsenal of powerful weaponry while using your skill and intelligence. Uncover devastating firepower - machine guns, buzz-saws, flamethrowers and more - and choose upgrades for them as well as unique new perks for your character as your enemies increase in number and ferocity. You're a tough customer, but beware - Lord Dracula is always on the hunt, and you are his prey. Enemies in Dracula have one thing in common: Undead, lycanthrope or mutant, they're all after your flesh.
FINAL FANTASY II Original platform: Super NES™ Publisher: Square Enix Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Follow the dark knight Cecil - Lord Captain of Baron's elite force, the Red Wings - as he embarks on a fateful journey riddled with trials, betrayals, friendship, loss and self-discovery. Plagued with uncertainty over his monarch's motives, can Cecil turn away from the path of darkness and destruction?
Elemental Masters Publisher: lbxgames Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: In this fantasy card game, stand your ground in a quest filled with magic and adventure, and experience a thrilling combination of strategy and role-playing. Choose your character, build up your army in your card deck and fight the mystical creatures of Elendior. With thoughtful use of your cards, you'll obtain the monsters of your enemy and support your attacks by using arcane spells and the rules of dark magic. Dive into this captivating story in the quest mode or duel with your friends in multiplayer mode. More than 100 creatures in numerous maps are waiting for you.
4 TRAVELLERS™ - Play Spanish Publisher: AGENIUS Interactive Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Whether played alone or together with friends, 4 TRAVELLERS can teach you new words in Spanish. The game is suitable for both young and old, and no previous knowledge is necessary. The more you play, the more your Spanish vocabulary increases. You can also play and learn with the game's unique learning mode. The game is perfect to bring on your trip, with more than 240 carefully selected words included specifically for this occasion.
Dracula - Undead Awakening Publisher: Chillingo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Fantasy Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Are you a vampire hunter? Are you ready to battle legions of undead foes including zombies, ghouls and werewolves? You'll need to wield an arsenal of powerful weaponry while using your skill and intelligence. Uncover devastating firepower - machine guns, buzz-saws, flamethrowers and more - and choose upgrades for them as well as unique new perks for your character as your enemies increase in number and ferocity. You're a tough customer, but beware - Lord Dracula is always on the hunt, and you are his prey. Enemies in Dracula have one thing in common: Undead, lycanthrope or mutant, they're all after your flesh.
Flips: The Bubonic Builders Publisher: Electronic Arts Players: 1 ESRB Rating: Not Rated Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Flips Interactive Books are the fun new way for kids to read. The builders are in to replace the girls' toilet block, but they're more interested in cups of tea and instant noodle snacks than doing any work. James suspects foul play, but Alexander and Lenny are doubtful until a strange accident hammers the truth home. How will the three friends stop St. Sebastian's from being reduced to rubble?
Cool, I'm curious about Max&TMM. (The rest, not so much.)
I love games that let you draw platforms. On Nintendo Voice Chat, they said that it was like the platform-drawing functionality in Drawn To Life, except with physics, which was weird, because the Wii version did have physics-based drawing puzzles, but whatever.
Great to see FFII hit the VC finally, although I think after the GBA and DS versions (and Final Fantasy Chronicles, and the Wonderswan version, and the original SNES version), most people probably have this or have played it to death. Still quite cool, and great news for FFIII (and by extension, Chrono Trigger). I know I'll bite the bait for FFIII, even though I own it on both the SNES and GBA.
I'm surprised so many people are surprised. They announced they'd release all of the FF games released on Nintendo consoles in the US at some conference last year (GDC?). Around the same time they announced arcade games for VC.
So I've put a little over an hour into Max & The Magic Marker. It's pretty good.
There's a physics engine in there that you'll be taking advantage of. Basically, draw just about anything you can think of to get through a level in this platformer. I use ramps and stairs a lot. Max can't jump very high, so using these wisely is key.
Speaking of jumping, here's where I gripe about the controls. Move the Wii Remote while holding A to draw in real-time. Hold B to erase whatever you've drawn (any ink you've erased will go back into your marker). It you press A and B simultaneously, you will go into make-believe time and you can take time to draw or erase whatever you want. Press A and B again to go back into real time. Press Z on the Nunchuck to jump. It's odd to me, but that's my gripe...Z to jump is really odd. Hold C to push or pull objects (they could be crates or something you drew).
It's a pretty good purchase for $10. If you have any questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them!
I'm waiting for FF3 so hard it's not even funny. That one's getting replayed for sure when it comes out. I'm gonna DL 2 any minute now actually. Unfortunately I'm not really gonna play the whole thing, I just need to own it.
I guess they're not releasing the Japanese ones so there won't be two of every FF game?
I'm not sure what their logic is. I would have argued that with the VC, they wanted to release games in the state they originally were with as few alterations as possible, if the modifications done to Wave Race 64 or Sin & Punishment didn't kind of throw that theory out the window.
The more likely answer is that they don't think the games originally unreleased in the US would sell enough to be worth the cost of bringing them over. I'm not sure what that cost would be, but from what I know, just submitting those games to be rated by the ESRB can be expensive. No doubt they'd make back their money (hell, it's Final Fantasy, people would buy them), but apparently, not profitable enough.
I wish dark_sider posted here. He knows so much about the VC, it's not even funny.
You also used Z to jump in Nyx Quest and I didn't trouble with it.
Looking forward to trying this game out.
Actually, Z was glide, you press A to jump. @ludist210 Thanks for the impressions, I think I'll check this one out when my girlfriend comes over, she absolutely loved World of Goo and this seems like another title that inspires creative thinking. Do the puzzles get tough quickly or are you breezing through it so far?