Phoenix Wright™: Ace Attorney Publisher: Capcom Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence Price: 1,000 Wii Points™ Description: Meet Phoenix Wright, the rookie defense lawyer new to the scene with the wildest cross-examination skills in town. Take on four intriguing cases to reveal dramatic, stunning and even comical court proceedings. Use the Wii Remote controller to investigate the crime scenes, question witnesses and present shocking evidence.
Chronos Twins DX Publisher: EnjoyUp Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 1,000 Wii Points Description: Enter into the original world of Chronos Twins DX to live a fantastic adventure full of innovative ideas. Thanks to its Dual Gameplay game system, you'll be able to control Nec in two temporal scenarios at the same time. Chronos Twins DX mixes action, platforms, adventure and puzzles to challenge your intelligence and ability.
ShadowPlay Publisher: Deep Fried Entertainment Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Alcohol Reference Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Welcome to ShadowPlay. Let your imagination run wild when light meets everyday objects to create fascinating shadows. Play and experiment, make a monster out of a pineapple, a dolphin out of a banana - the only limit is your imagination. ShadowPlay challenges players by transforming shadows into more than 100 exciting, unique puzzles. As more challenging puzzles are unlocked, players will have to find more creative ways to solve problems. You will never look at a slice of pizza the same way again! Winning a round will allow players to advance to the next level as well as score another item to use in the Free Play Mode, where you can unleash your imagination and create your own shadow art. Family and friends can also jump in to help tackle a puzzle at any time using Local Co-op Mode. ShadowPlay will provide tons of brain-racking fun for players of all ages. How do you ShadowPlay?
Touch Solitaire Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Touch Solitaire features two of the most popular versions of the world-famous card game - Spider and Klondike - with simple touch-screen controls and an easy-to-understand interface. In Spider, the aim is to arrange cards in piles of a single suit from King down to Ace, thereby removing the pile from play. When all cards are removed, you win the game. The goal of Klondike is to arrange cards from Ace to King in piles, one for each suit, on the four foundations. You win when all cards have been moved to the foundations. Various difficulty levels are available for Spider and Klondike, allowing beginners or experts to enjoy the game at their own pace.
Jazzy Billiards Publisher: Aksys Games Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Challenge intelligent computers or even your friends to a traditional game of 9-ball while enjoying mind-soothing music with Jazzy Billiards. Take advantage of the intuitive stylus mechanic to aim and hit the cue ball with varying strength to sink the other balls. Defeat your opponents by being the first to sink the 9-ball. Jazzy Billiards' Stage Mode features nine different stages, each with an opponent of ascending difficulty. Find out how many computers you can defeat in a row with Challenge Mode, or challenge your friends to a game of 9-ball in Versus Mode.
Word Searcher Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: You'll need a sharp eye and a quick mind to complete these 100 themed word search puzzles. Word Searcher contains fun words from multiple categories including anatomy, world cities and U.S. presidents. Packed with a huge assortment of subjects to choose from, there's sure to be a puzzle anyone will enjoy. Help improve your vocabulary, memory and problem-solving skills with these challenging puzzles. Keep track of, and try to beat, your own play-through times again and again as words are scrambled every time you play. Get your thinking cap on and conquer all 100 today.
Shanghai® II: Dragon's Eye Original platform: Genesis Publisher: SEGA Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Wii Points Description: The ancient pastime of mahjong solitaire is reinvented as an interactive video game where each tile you remove may be your last. Discover enchanting music, fun animation and exciting obstacles that are built in to this intriguing board game that will keep you engaged for hours. This classic title challenges you to clear the board by removing matching pairs of tiles. Play the traditional Shanghai® II or take the game to a new dimension with Dragon's Eye. Don't let the simple rules deceive you - the depth and intricacy of this challenge will become your new obsession very soon.
Heads up: Phoenix Wright on WiiWare won't include the bonus episode featured in the DS release. The bonus episode will be released at a later point in the future for 100 Nintendo Points (if I recall correctly) as downloadable content.
Well, the third and final game I bought tonight during my Wiiware spending spree was Chronos Twins DX. I've only played for about 20 minutes, sadly. Only enough to be subjected to a pretty silly story, go through a cool intro level in the vein of Super Metroid, and get used to the basic idea behind the game in the first real level.
Keeping an eye on both halves of the screen at all times hasn't been to hard so far, but it's way too early to call anything, here.
At any rate, the graphics are decent. Your character is a sprite but most of the environments and enemies are 3d. Looks good for a Wiiware game, but it's no LostWinds.
Sounds cool. Do you know which is supposed to be better, between the DSiWare and WiiWare versions? It seems really suited for the DS, but the Wii has that snazzy "DX" suffix...
I have both versions. I got the Wii version thinking this would be my only shot at it, but then when I checked out the DSiWare, it was on there, too. Oops. Anyway, the WiiWare version definitely has the spruced up visuals, for what they are. Everything on the DS is 2D sprites, but it looks nice and seems more suited to the game. In particular, it is easier to make out low-lying enemies on the ground as opposed to the Wii version.
To the game, it will mess with your head. I really like the challenge, and this game packs a wallop on that front. Its not unfair, per se, but you're going to die and say 'Huh, how about that?' an awful lot. Actually, from what I've played so far, there has been something that struck me as cheap. There are these expanding/contracting blobs that you have to navigate successfully on both screens. The cheap part to them is that if they catch you in either one, I have not been successfully able to escape from one until it has killed me. Kinda not liking that much.
But overall, I really appreciate the quality of the title. These are the same guys that made Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ, so if that's the old-school type of difficulty you're into, then you should also give this one a look. Its not like 500 points on the DS version is too much to give it a shot. Isn't that about the price of a rental?