VC: Super Adventure Island; WiiWare: FAST - Racing League and BIT.TRIP VOID (demo); DSiWare: House M.D. - Globetrotting, B-Team: Episode 1 - Dust & Steel, and Valet Parking 1989
FAST – Racing League Publisher: Shin'en Multimedia Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 1,000 Wii Points™ Description: In the year 2112, the masses are fascinated by extreme high-speed races. The latest antigravity racing technology introduced phase-shifting. Perfectly phase-matching tracks and racing machines is the key to survival. Prepare yourself for a whole new racing experience at breakneck speeds. Push your skills to the limit to win races and beat records. Challenge your friends to an all-out split-screen competition. Compete against ruthless opponents and race to the top of all leagues. Warm up your engines – the future is now.
BIT.TRIP VOID (demo version) Publisher: Aksys Games Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 600 Wii Points Description: BIT.TRIP VOID is the third installment in the retro-arcade BIT.TRIP saga. BIT.TRIP VOID is a synesthetic exploration of rhythm and music as they pertain to our everyday lives and moods. In a control scheme that's new to the series yet wholly familiar to gamers, players are given complete freedom to move about the screen wherever they desire and interact with the music in new ways. The classic game-play aesthetic remains – color and the absence of color are explored to the fullest. Trip out in four-player co-op and get lost in the beat with a friend. See if you can survive the onslaught of Beats and further your own BIT.TRIP.
Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions.
Super Adventure Island Original platform: SNES Publisher: Hudson Entertainment Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Adventure Island is a mysterious and beautiful land that has many hidden dangers. The hero of the island, Master Higgins, protects its inhabitants from many deadly creatures. He has restored peace to the uncharted island on many occasions. But something terrible has happened. While Master Higgins and Jeanie Jungle were stargazing, a dangerous entity known only as Dark Cloak turned Jeanie to stone. Master Higgins must venture toward Dark Cloak's castle at the foot of Ice Mountain to rescue her.
House M.D. - Globetrotting Publisher: Legacy Interactive Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Drug Reference, Sexual Themes Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Whenever a patient is dying and no one can find any answers, the elite Diagnostic Medicine department at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital must follow all leads to uncover the truth. Patients and family members lie to protect their own peculiar secrets, and the most unlikely clues sometimes can lead to answers. Dr. Gregory House and his team race to unravel a new medical mystery. An aging TV host seems to care less about his own health than his fame and reputation. Track down the correct diagnosis by interviewing and examining the patient, running lab tests and even performing surgery. Every piece of evidence reveals part of the solution, so careful observation and analysis are key. The clock is ticking – be prepared for multiple twists and turns as you solve the case.
B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel Publisher: Subdued Software Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Use of Tobacco, Violence Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel is a humorous, action-packed squad-based shooter in which players control a small private army whose soldiers were hired from all over the world. Lead your platoon through an onslaught of commandos, voodoo warriors, dangerous guerillas… and that's just the beginning. When the action gets too intense to manage on your own, hook up with a friend in multiplayer mode to battle your way through the bullets. While intense action is the game's chief focus, its multiple weapons, upgradeable equipment and destructible environment further enrich the experience.
Valet Parking 1989 Publisher: Zordix AB Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Language, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Valet Parking 1989 combines fun driving with the humor and style of the late 1980s. Park and deliver cars as fast as possible in this time-management puzzle game. The setting is California, where glamorous celebrities let you park their radical sports cars and luxurious limousines. Play the movie-like story mode to unlock levels for endless play. Earn money to buy a cool car and drive it to the beach in style. Don't let the VIP guests wait any longer. Put on your vest and push the pedal to the metal.
Super Adventure Island is the only game that somewhat looks tempting. My cousin used to play this game a lot and I'm not sure if I found it entertaining or not. Saw the video of FAST and found it boring. House M.D......love the show, love the actor, want to keep it that way. Not sure if a game (that might play like a low budget Trauma Center game) was a smart route to go considering its a dsiware game and we all know there are limitations when it comes to that. B-team episode 1 Dust & Steel, never heard of it. I'll research that. Valet Parking 1989? I'll pass just because of the stupid title.
I'll download that Bit.Trip demo, like I've done with a bunch of their other demos, and probably never play it. Although I'm planning on getting Bit.Trip Saga for the 3DS when I get one, since I've never played any of the games before.
I'm curious what you guys will think about Super Adventure Island. I remember being pretty peeved, at the time, because it didn't have dinosaurs, making it feel like a step back from the NES games. I also remember playing through it like 10 times, despite lacking dinosaurs it was just... fun?
I think I'll wait for some reviews/impressions on FAST. Also, I'm mostly likely getting Wipeout as one of my free PSN games so not sure if I really need FAST as well.
@Zero I remember renting Super Adventure Island back on my SNES and really loving it for the whole weekend I spent with the game. At the time I was still super impressed with the SNES big bright graphics and advanced sound technology. I had never played any of the Adventure Island games prior to that.
I may get it for the VC just to relive those happy memories.
I Dl'ed Fast tonight and got to play it for a few minutes. I definitly will be playing this more tomorrow. The contols are great, and between graphics and sound, its a great package for 10 bucks. I recommend it to those who like racing games.
Cool, almost forgot today was Monday! I'll be checking out FAST for sure. Probably try out some Super Adventure Island as well - it was one of those SNES games I wanted to play but never got around to.
That B-Team game on DSiWare sounds kinda intriguing too, but not enough to actually download. I've got plenty of other downloadable games from the DSiWare service that are further up the priority list anyway.
I got to the end boss's second form in Super Adventure Island but he killed my ass instantly.
Be warned, it's a really short game, only 5 areas (3 levels each). It goes by fast. But it's challenging enough, it's not as if I breezed through the thing. I used up all my continues before finishing the 2nd area the first couple of times.
Mostly because Hudson insists on COMPLETELY changing the way Master Higgins controls from game to game. I have played though Adventure Island, New Adventure Island, Adventure Island: The Beginning and Super Adventure Island, and at this point, there has been NO consistency whatsoever. He doesn't feel the same in any two game.
In this one, for some reason, you can't run anymore. But you can crouch for a super jump. Heh. Works pretty well, actually.
Oh, and finally, this game got some decent bosses that fill the screen. Prior to that, all of them shared the puny bosses twice your height that you simply shoot in the head. That said, this game needs more of them.
The soundtrack IS pretty damn awesome. But the New Adventure Island soundtrack was just as good, or so I remember. I'll have to check.
I beat Super Adventure Island last night, it took about 3 hours. With New Adventure Island playing a bit better, looking better, and being 2 dollars cheaper, though just as short, I have to recommend New over Super.