Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
Shantae: Risky's Revenge Publisher: WayForward Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence, Suggestive Themes Price: 1,200 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: The sequel to the critically acclaimed Shantae is here! Fans asked, and WayForward has answered with a powder keg of high-octane, hair-whipping, hip-shaking action available only on the Nintendo DSiWare service. Shantae: Risky's Revenge sets the bar even higher with thousands of frames of animation, huge multi-sprite bosses and a quest so big it's bursting at the seams. Guide "half-genie" Shantae through haunted wastelands, burning deserts, enchanted forests, dripping caverns and deadly labyrinths. Discover magical attacks, brew zombie coffee, save golden babies and master the art of belly dancing to transform Shantae into more powerful creatures. Use your powers to foil the lady pirate Risky Boots and save Sequin Land from certain doom. With its infectious characters, flirtatious humor and deliciously outlandish action, Shantae: Risky's Revenge offers up all the hair-whipping, belly-dancing action you can handle.
Rummikub Publisher: Games Factory Online Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: For more than 50 years, players have loved Rummikub for its combination of tactical thinking, luck and tense competition. In this new edition for the Nintendo DSiWare service, combine the tiles to create the smartest combinations and play with friends who have their own copy of Rummikub. You can also pit your wits against the computer in single-player mode at various difficulty settings. Collect all the medals Rummikub has to offer and become the world champion.
Racers' Islands – Crazy Racers Publisher: ZALLAG Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 1,000 Wii Points™ Description: Six drivers are competing on a popular TV show: an English lord, a dangerous beauty from Russia, a Mexican desperado, an eccentric Frenchman, a Japanese prodigy and an American bulldozer. Whichever driver you choose, you'll have to drive and shoot simultaneously to be the first to cross the finish line. The game includes 20 different races and six thematic islands styled to look like a big amusement park. Unique game play lets you drive with one hand while aiming with the other. Discover tons of content like new items, trophies and time trials.
Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 3 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 brain-trainer for children ages 3 to 6. With the PooYoos, a merry band of adorable baby animals, children will have fun while learning basic development concepts such as numbers, letters, lateralization, shapes and colors. Children get to dance with their new friends and earn lovely interactive rewards. With two levels of interactivity, children can play activities based on plants and music. This game has been designed for use by children who have not yet grasped reading. The instructions are spoken in French, English or Spanish, depending on the language setting of your Wii™ console.
FATAL FURY 3: ROAD TO THE FINAL VICTORY Original platform: NEOGEO Publisher: D4 Enterprise Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Violence Price: 900 Wii Points Description: Originally released in 1995, this is the fourth title in the Fatal Fury series of beat-'em-up games. Previous releases in the series used a two-plane battle system allowing you to move and fight between the foreground and background. This game features a three-plane format – foreground, background and main plane – known as the Oversway System. Characters will automatically move back to the main line after a certain period of time in the foreground or background planes. Other new features include Combination Arts (the ability to execute combo attacks with simple rhythmic button taps), Hidden Abilities (superior versions of the popular Special Moves and Super Special Moves from previous installments) and minor tweaks to all of the characters' Special Moves. As a result, this installment offers the deepest strategies and tactics in the Fatal Fury series to date.
I just downloaded, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, and I'm in 2D platforming love. I've only played it for a half an hour or so, but so far, so very good. The graphics are amazingly rich, and the music is very enjoyable. The action is a bit repetitive, but I'm guessing there'll be power-ups or something along the way to keep things interesting. DSi needs more games like this. Heck, the gaming world in general needs more games like this.
And yeah, don't forget there are two fighting game fans on Negative World. Myself, and our very own Dynablade!
Who, speaking of which, is pretty awesome at SUPER Street Fighter IV. We finally were able to get together online and face each other over LIVE. The victories went mostly in his favor... I shame myself as a fighting game fan. I need more practice! Then... I shall come back stronger than ever!
I will unleash my fatal fury, and invoke my killer instinct! True mortal combat will ensue, and I shall emerge as the king of fighters. Indeed, I shall go into this as if it were my final fight!!! ........... clayfighter.
@GameDadGrant LOL That was pretty clever... but please don't be a World Hero - I need you alive because you and I are due for a Samurai Shodown!
@Dynablade Yes I stand corrected - there are now two of you!
** I think we all need to play some TvsC soon..
What fighting games do you two suggest on the VC? I have Samurai Shodown II and Street Fighter II Turbo.. I grew up playing with a few Neo Geo games at the arcade years ago but I didn't play them all...
I've only scratched the surface of Shantae so far, and haven't really acquired any abilities. Looks like the game is going to be quite condensed, which should be expected, I guess. The file size isn't that big (about 120 blocks) and yet the amount of animation, sound samples and music is impressive. They really did a lot with what they had to work with, but that kind of severe file size restriction, there are limits to what you can do.