Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. Publisher: Gameloft Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Suggestive Themes, Tobacco Reference, Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Move to the West Coast and immerse yourself in Los Angeles gang life with Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. Complete 75 different missions that combine the best of action games and driving games.
* Explore Los Angeles and its famous neighborhoods, including Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown, the suburbs and the harbor. * A unique feeling of freedom: Drive or walk anywhere in massive, open environments. Feel free to complete missions at your own pace, or just do absolutely anything you want. * A thrilling storyline with flashbacks and unexpected developments: Go from rags to riches, connect with relatives and help out their gang until you're living the golden life. * Improved driving experience: Drive cars, quads, motorcycles and use the environment to perform unbelievable stunts. * Use the inner camera or outer camera to decrease your wanted status, take a new photo of your face and fake your ID card to remain incognito.
AlphaBounce™ Publisher: Mad Monkey Studios Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Drug Reference, Violent References Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: AlphaBounce combines the classical brick-breaking concept with strong RPG features, offering you the chance to explore an endless universe with millions of levels. Discover items hidden in the deepest corners of the galaxy. Use these items to modify your spaceship and improve your firepower. You have been taken prisoner by an evil intergalactic mining corporation and exiled to outer space. With the help of your spaceship, your mission is to blast your way through the bricks in order to find a way back to Earth.
7 Card Games Publisher: cerasus.media Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Simulated Gambling Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Who has the best hand? Take a seat, have a drink and get started: Keep a straight face during poker while you wager the bluff of your life. Put it all on one hit in Black Jack - and take the jackpot. You choose the number of opponents. Prefer something quieter? Then try a Solitaire game like Freecell or Klondike. Whether you prefer a quick round here and there or fun for the entire evening, now you can always have your favorite card games right at your fingertips. The detailed graphics and authentic atmosphere will wow you.
AiRace Publisher: QubicGames Players: 1-6 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: AiRace is a high-octane, adrenaline-fueled air, speed and stunt game for the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL™ systems. AiRace is not your typical hand-held racing - it's high-sky racing at its best. There are no limits to your flight with 360° movement and unique steering with the Nintendo DSi stylus. AiRace offers you a chance to control one of nine planes and compete against AI or human opponents in six exotic locations. With great physics, plane upgrades, on-the-track power-ups and unique maps, AiRace offers a little bit more than your average racing. Now it's time to leave your cars and switch to airplanes.
Military Madness: Nectaris Publisher: Hudson Entertainment Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 1,000 Wii Points™ Description: The Military is back for a new generation of recruits. The classic turn-based strategy series Military Madness, aka Nectaris, is exploding onto the WiiWare service. With a new graphical barrage, a new commander unit, online team and vs. multiplayer modes, and a platoon of other new features, this is the maddest game in the series yet.
* 4-Person Online Multiplayer: Coordinate strategies or taunt foes in team or vs. multiplayer modes for up to four people. * A new unit - Commanders: Choose a commander to lead your forces in multiplayer and choose from 20 unique abilities. * Multiple command views: Plan out strategy in the overhead map view and watch glorious battles unfold with cinematic camera action. * Detailed stat-tracking leaderboards: Increase your rank as you march up the leaderboards on your mission to prove you're the top general around.
Zaxxon Original platform: Arcade Publisher: SEGA Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Travel back to a time when a lovable alien phoned home, gas cost a mere 90 cents a gallon and everyone was wearing high-tops, leg warmers and had big hair. This was the early '80s, and this was when video gamers nationwide were wowed by the cutting-edge graphics and sound effects of the first three-dimensional-like intergalactic arcade shooter: Zaxxon. Touted as the first game to put video display in perspective, Zaxxon featured "looks" and "sounds" like actual aircraft flight, allowing players to command their ship just like a real fighter pilot. Dive, bank, fly left and right, and up and down - Zaxxon had it all. Fly through heavily armored space fortresses while strafing fuel tanks, dodging walls and blowing up enemy missiles and gunnery. This game is littered with explosions. Then take the fight to the enemy fighter fleet and destroy the aggressor ships with extreme prejudice. Blasting pixels has never been so fun.
It's pretty weird Nectaris took so long to come to Wiiware, especially since the original is on the VC. It's been on PSN for ages, and on Live for even longer. Oh well, it's not supposed to be that good anyway, but now I'm reminded I should check out the original.
I didn't check the link, but when I saw that text, I'm reminded of anandxxx's Sonic and the Black Knight thread back on the IGN board. Does anyone still have that boxart that we modified? Because that quickly became hilarious!
I have Zaxxon on the Colecovision, but never played it. I also have Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection though, but I don't think I've unlocked it in there yet. It requires me to get a ton of points in Super Thunder Blade, which is totally lame
Military Madness: Nectaris sounds interesting. I've never played the series, nor have I read much about it, but I sometimes like to play turn-based strategy games.
I love the Play logo in that boxart. That's actually pretty low for them. Must have been their anti-Wii bias.
@X-pert74 Super Thunder Blade suuuuucks. A lot of those games are almost painful to play, Super Thunder Blade chief among them. Sonic's Genesis Collection is the only 360 game that I've 1000'd. I was going to write a review of the entire Genesis first-party library, as filtered through Sonic's Genesis Collection. But then I forgot about it.
Man, I was always a big fan of Zaxxon! Only thing is, I sucked majorly at the game. Back in the day, it did look cutting edge. I remember having the game for an atari system, not sure. But the graphics were really disappointing. I dont think I remember any home versions that was even close to the arcade.
Im thinking about downloading it just for the fact that the game always picqued my intersest, and where I lived it was hard to find the game. When the Balley arcades was here in town and one or two other major arcades had the game.
Plus, I want to have another go at the game and see if I can become better at the game that always taunted me, that is when I had the chance to be around one.
Oh memories....how they can deceive tho...
It will probably be a like crystle castles. Another game I thought was really cool. Not too many places had the game. And a few years ago I finally got the chance to play the arcade version as much as I like and when I started playing the game, Im like...WTF?! Is this really the game Ive been longing to play all these years, only to find out that its not nearly cool as I remember. And what sucks about these memories, even though I think the game is just ho-hum now, I still get these warm waves of nostagila that comes over me, fully knowing if I boot the game up, Im going to quit playing within minutes.
Oh well. Such is life. (I have a feeling Im going to regret blowing $8. But hey, its only $8. And who knows, maybe I will enjoy the game and master it!!