Here are this week's releases on WiiWare, DSiWare, and Virtual Console!
Space Trek Publisher: CALARIS Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Fantasy Violence Price: 700 Wii Points™ Description: As Captain Jay, you take control of a space jet deployed on an alien world. The planet you're on is inhabited by the Knagar, a race of big, green, self-important bullies. You must fight your way through, outsmart them and save the survivors. Fortunately, Jay can always throw a nice punch line when things get ugly. Fight floating drones, destroy Knagar ships, attack turrets and deal with gigantic worms before they swallow your ship or electrocute you. Access your handy map to avoid getting lost on one of six big levels. Pick up keycards, deactivate force fields, save survivors and collect power-ups. Rearm your ship to use one of six weapons, including the Quark Dispeller, Anti-Matter Thrower and Mega Rockets. Recharge your ship's battery by flying over heat-bursting volcanoes. Then use the surplus to power your weapons or energy shield. Enjoy humorous dialogue that accompanies players throughout the game.
A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots Publisher: Onteca Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: The planet Monsteca is no longer the harmonious world it once was. It's been overrun by a robotic army that's determined to rule and conquer. Monsteca natives known as the Stompies have no choice but to run. Unable to defend themselves against such heavy machinery, the Stompies must rely on the strength of their herd to work together and defeat the meddling robots. Take control of the Stompies, cute and not-so-bright monsters who need help to avoid being captured by invading robots. It's your duty to guide them successfully through each level. This fun, full-3D strategy game has a strong sense of flow, offering 20 levels to conquer and many hours of game play.
Divergent Shift Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Violent References Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Divergent Shift is a puzzle platformer. You'll run, jump and flip over obstacles, but you also may have to put on your thinking cap to figure out how to complete some of the levels. There are two primary mechanics in the game: the Reflection Mechanic and Shadow Mechanic. In both, you control two characters - one on each screen - at the same time. If you jump, both characters will jump; if you run, both characters will run. The only way to beat the game is to use the two screens together.
3D Mahjong Publisher: cosmigo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Relax your mind with the ancient game of tiles. 3D Mahjong features 50 layouts of the traditional tile-matching game in 3D, each with millions of different shuffles to play. The game's style and interface has been designed for easy and intuitive operation with the stylus or control pad. The graphics can be customized with six fabulous tile sets and backgrounds. Sit back, relax and enjoy the endless challenge with this Mahjong game collection. Additional brain-sharpening challenges come in the form of extra mini-games: "Memory" and "Matching."
myNotebook: Carbon Publisher: Nnooo Players: 1 Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: myNotebook allows you to take notes wherever you are. Just pop open your Nintendo DSi™ system and jot down your thoughts. Make a list and cross it off, or even play your favorite pen-and-paper games (games not included). You can even personalize your notebook by drawing on the cover and changing the paper type with 24 unlockable squared and lined paper styles. Use the pen or pencil to make notes or doodles, and then erase the bits you don't like. With five ink colors, you'll always be able to make your notes and doodles look stylish. myNotebook also includes 128 pages to write on and the ability to export your pages to your Nintendo DSi Photo Album.
Just SING! National Anthems Publisher: Engine Software Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: It is the greatest sporting event of 2010: the World Cup! All eyes are on South Africa, and all ears are on you in the karaoke game of the year. Enter the hallowed turf and display your talent by singing a selection of national anthems. There are five national anthems to choose from: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Japan and the United States. It's karaoke fun at its best. All text is displayed, and the game features optimum voice recognition. Just sing into the built-in microphone of your Nintendo DSi system. Don your jersey and step out onto the pitch - to sing!
Meat Boy is coming to XBLA presumably sometime in September, and it'll come to WiiWare and PC a month later. The Wii version has everything they originally intended to put in it, but the XBLA version has online leaderboards and a few extra songs. And achievements of course.
My only worry about the XBLA version is how well it'll control with an analog stick vs. a d-pad, but according to Edmund they spent two months perfecting the controls before they even starting making levels for the game. I think I'll get the XBLA demo and see how it feels.