Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I Publisher: SEGA Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief Price: 1,500 Wii Points™ Description: The sequel fans have waited 16 years to experience is finally here! Featuring enhanced game-play elements such as the classic Sonic Spin Dash and the versatile Homing Attack, Sonic 4 picks up right where Sonic and Knuckles™ left off. With Eggman finally defeated, Sonic runs off to explore new zones and uncharted lands. Dr. Eggman, furious at the destruction of the Death Egg and the failure of his plans, puts all of his most devious schemes into action. In an effort to finally rid himself of Sonic, he revisits - and improves - the very best of his creations. Get ready for the next chapter in an epic 2D saga built for old and new fans alike.
Triple Jumping Sports Publisher: The Code Monkeys Ltd. Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Triple Jumping Sports is the most advanced recreational jumping game available for the WiiWare service, immersing players in the world of competitive jumping. Most events consist of activities that are traditionally derived from hunting and combat skills. Over time these practices have evolved into a variety of competitive sports that include Long Jump, High Jump and Pole Vault. As with real-life jumping events, players have full control over the speed, height, angle and distance. All of these will influence the success of the jump.
Ivy the Kiwi? Mini Publisher: XSEED Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Ivy is on a search for her mother and she needs your help! Help guide Ivy by stretching vines and protecting her from treacherous terrain and mean animals that stand in her way. She's a bird, but she can't fly, and she's going to need all the help she can get if she's going to find her mother. Will Ivy find her mother? More than 50 stages provide loads of fun for the whole family.
Datamine Publisher: Enjoy Gaming ltd. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: You are the safety inspector at the largest data storage facility in the world. Unfortunately, your laziness at work has led to the biggest cataclysm of the wireless age: the loss of all mankind's data. You have been chosen to embark on a dangerous journey to retrieve the lost data. Datamine is a great arcade-style action game where you control a robot and beam at data bubbles to split and catch them. Test your skills in 100 challenging levels. Grab equipment upgrades like speed boost, sticky shots and shields. Break encrypted data and fusion bubbles that multiply when they touch others.
G.G. Series SUPER HERO OGRE Publisher: Genterprise, Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Cartoon Violence Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Charge up your Superhero Attacks and be a super-cool superhero. An evil army is on the march. Confront it and save the day in this superhero action game. Each time you defeat an enemy with a Hero Attack, your Hero Gauge goes up. Then, with simple button commands, you can use the charged-up Hero Gauge to unleash powerful Superhero Attacks on your foes. Continue to land Hero Attacks to keep the Hero Gauge charged and perform a devastating chain of Superhero Attacks. After you destroy the lesser enemies, a boss will appear. Defeat it to clear the level.
I love Buster Bros. (Pang)! It was actually created by Mitchell (a company with close Nintendo ties), like PuzzLoop (the game that PopCap ripped off for Zuma), and they just released a follow-up game in Europe (it has some horrible title - Magical Michael's somethingorother?). I'm super-psyched for it!
Datamine seems like Buster Bros. crossed with Jetpac.
@Smerd Your Thanksgiving seems to be coming around a little early there, Smerd! And you may want to not include the deserts this year, their arid nature typically isn't conducive to a celebratory family environment.
Ivy the Kiwi? mini is a lot of fun. I'm enjoying the game way more than I did the demo for some reason. It doesn't exactly play better, but I do know more what I'm doing, and so the game seems to play more smoothly. I highly encourage anyone who can't easily grab the full retail game to download this.
I don't have much to say about G.G. Series SUPER HERO OGRE except that it's hard as hell. Took me more than 4 tries to beat the first level's boss. The mechanics are predictably simple but solid. I do wish I had a block button, though.