Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
FISHIE FISHIE Publisher: DK GAMES Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief Price: 500 Wii Points™ Description: Welcome to FISHIE FISHIE, a game that can be played with just one button. You're going to experience something extraordinary that will really test your reflexes. The game contains a series of tutorials that will teach you not only how to control your fishie, but also how to use the various game modes. In Fishie Fishie, you are a fish that must eat all the time. You also have to finish several different game modes as quickly as possible. Every second counts. To win, you'll have to get through more than 100 levels spread over seven game modes: Story, Soccer, Capture the Star, Survival, Skill and a large competition. Play solo or allow up to four people to play on the same screen.
Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 2 Publisher: Lexis Numérique Players: 1 ESRB Rating: EC (Early Childhood) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Welcome to the world of the PooYoos, the first fun, poetic trainer for children aged 3 to 6. With the PooYoos, a merry band of adorable baby animals, children will have fun while learning the basics: numbers, letters, lateralization, shapes, colors and more. Children get to dance with their new friends and earn lovely interactive rewards. With two levels of interactivity, children of any age and development level can enjoy activities based on plants and music. This game was designed for children who have not yet grasped reading. The instructions are spoken in French, English or Spanish, depending on the language setting of the Wii console.
IRONCLAD Original platform: NEOGEO Publisher: D4 Enterprise Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Fantasy Violence, Mild Language Price: 1,000 Wii Points Description: IRONCLAD is a side-scrolling shoot-'em-up originally developed by SAURUS in 1996. You operate a warship and team with the mighty Iron Clad in order to fight the Iron Mask Republic and save the Kingdom of Chop. The biggest appeal of this game comes from discovering all the ways you can attack your enemies. Your weaponry includes three main blast weapons upgradable by collecting more items, a charged attack you can use when Iron Clad is attached to your ship, three types of melee weapons you can brandish to show off your strength in close-range combat, a bomber that clears all enemy bullets, and shooting patterns that change based on whether the Iron Clad is attached or disconnected from your ship. A vast array of weaponry lies waiting to become part of your arsenal. You can even select the stages you want to play, feeding your hunger for combat and allowing you to see different endings for each play-through.
Game & Watch: Manhole Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Move quickly and use your manhole cover to prevent the pedestrians from falling through the holes. Pedestrians appear from the left on the upper path and from the right on the bottom path. Earn a point every time a pedestrian walks safely over a covered manhole, or receive a mistake icon for every pedestrian who falls down an uncovered manhole. Receive three mistake icons and it's game over!
Game & Watch: Helmet Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Tools are falling from the sky! Help the worker at the construction site move from the building on the left to the office on the right while avoiding the hammers, wrenches and pliers dropping from above. Earn five points for entering the office and one point for every three tools that hit the ground. Receive a mistake icon each time the worker gets hit with a falling tool. Receive three mistake icons and it's game over!
Game & Watch: Vermin Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: It's time to clean up the neighborhood. Move the player to the left or right and hit the moles that pop out of holes in the ground. Moles appear from four holes in GAME A and from five holes in GAME B. The moles in GAME B move faster than those in GAME A, and they also appear more frequently. Earn one point for each mole hit, or receive a mistake icon for each miss. Receive three mistake icons and it's game over!
Mr. DRILLER: Drill Till You Drop Publisher: NBGI Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Drill till you drop with the latest version of Mr. DRILLER, created exclusively for the Nintendo DSi system. Featuring the classic game play that the series is known for, Drill Till You Drop has three different game modes and more than 40 stages of nonstop drilling action. Go underground with Mission mode and dig into various locales with deeper and more challenging goals. Race against the clock to reach the goal in Time Attack mode. Drill through a labyrinth of stones to collect the rare and precious Dristones in the Dristone mode, exclusive to the Nintendo DSi system. Choose from six different drillers, drill through a seemingly endless onslaught of colored blocks, avoid falling obstacles and strategically manage your oxygen on the go.
I love love love love Mr. Driller, and have been waiting for it to hit the service, so it can live on my DS for-ever and -ever. I'm still not sure whether this is brand new content or a portion of the retail game, though.
Regardless, I would recommend the franchise. Super-tough and super-addictive. Did I mention it was super-tough? But not in a cerebral, "I don't understand this" way. More like in a "OMIGOD, I'm about to be crushed by an avalanche of falling bricks!!" kind of way.
Part of it I think is that getting good at another puzzle game seems, for me at least, to take away from your prowess at another one because so much is reflexive. I'd rather just stay keep myself at a high level of Dr. Mario than start fresh with another franchise.
@Jargon I don't know if you can actually get GOOD at Mr. Driller. Less bad, maybe...
But, you know, maybe it is a case of liking games that come easily to you and hating the ones that don't. That is a very common reaction, in my experience.
It's more complicated, though. Some games are "just one more try!" punishing, and others are "burn the cartridge and piss on the ashes" punishing. I don't know if it's always a case of whether the mechanics are fair. Similarly, the people playing a game (or doing anything, really) can either be encouraged or discouraged by failure. That response differs from person to person.
Well, by the end I really enjoyed parts of Super Ghouls n Ghosts, but to start I think I never would have kept going if I didn't want to add something impressive to my gaming resume. If it was just some random game no one had ever heard of, I probably would have put it down.
I've never tried Mr. Driller though, so I can't comment on that.