This week in Nintendo downloads: Heavy Fire: Black Arms and a demo for Soccer Bashi on Wiiware; Bomberman Hero (N64) on the Virtual Console; and G.G Series HORIZONTAL BAR, GO Series EARTH SAVER and JellyCar 2 on DSiware.
Heavy Fire: Black Arms Publisher: Teyon Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Blood, Violence Price: 500 Wii Points™ Description: Set out on a dangerous campaign in South America in a continuation of the popular shooter Heavy Fire: Special Operations. As a Special Forces recruit, you will take part in the operation to stop an illegal arms trade. Heavy Fire gives players a classic arcade light-gun experience, enhanced with stunning graphics and exciting new features. Destroy the biggest weapon cartel, Fuerza de Voluntad, which is influential all over the continent. Team up with a friend and experience an immersive co-op mode. Enjoy dynamic minute-to-minute game play in various weather conditions and settings in the heart of a jungle. Smash objects and interact with them. Perform quick events and face your enemies with new powerful weapons. With plenty of weapon types and various vehicles at your disposal, put an end to the expansion of the paramilitary organization. Take full advantage of the Wii Remote™ controller and optional Wii Zapper™ accessory (sold separately).
Soccer Bashi (demo version) Publisher: Icon Games Entertainment Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 500 Wii Points Description: Experience soccer of the future. Destroy the defender blocks and smash the ball into the goal to win, but watch for the enemy defenders out to destroy you. A built-in game editor offers unlimited level design possibilities. Play through the 90 built-in game levels in several different play modes, including Arcade and Customizable Tournaments. Special level features include animated blocks, exploding blocks, shield blocks, invisible blocks and deadly 3D defender enemies. Face challenging end-of-zone bosses. Use the Level Editor to build your own levels - up to 100 user-created levels can be stored. Tournament Mode allows you to create your own unique tournaments using built-in game levels or your own levels. Special Power-Ups and Super Power-Ups including lasers, bombs, flaming power balls and multiple balls and bats can help (or hinder) you on your way to the goal.
Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions.
Bomberman Hero Original platform: Nintendo 64 Publisher: Hudson Entertainment Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Violence Price: 1,000 Wii Points Description: Bomberman returns in his own full-on action game. One day, out of nowhere, a spaceship crash-lands on Planet Bomber. Journeying to the Peace Mountains to investigate, Bomberman encounters Pibot, the dazed robot pilot. According to Pibot, the evil Garaden Empire attacked Primus Star and kidnapped Princess Millian from Pibot's escape ship. Hearing this, Bomberman vows to save the princess, even if he has to travel the length of the galaxy to do it. Bomberman is equipped with an infinite supply of bombs and can count on a variety of upgrades to aid him in his quest. His search for the princess takes him to five exciting planets, reuniting him with his old friend Louie and uncovering new items. Fly, swim, shoot and bomb your way through the galaxy and save Princess Millian.
G.G Series HORIZONTAL BAR Publisher: Genterprise Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: This is a new type of action game that will have you swinging and jumping from bar to bar, just like the parallel bars in gymnastics. The controls are simple. Grab onto a bar, add momentum to your swing by pressing left or right on the +Control Pad, then jump and spin to the next bar by pressing the A Button. Gauge the force of your swings and the timing of your jumps just right to cross the course in the fastest time possible. Do you have what it takes to be a star gymnast?
GO Series EARTH SAVER Publisher: Gamebridge Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: A giant meteorite is headed straight for Earth. Land your spaceship on the meteorite and set explosives to break off small pieces so the rock breaks up in Earth's atmosphere. Chunks of meteorite that are too big will smash into Earth, wiping out mankind. As an explosives expert, you can plant a series of bombs to create chain-reaction combos, easily blasting off chunks of rock the size of houses. You'll also need to tackle the many strange alien life forms you encounter by either blowing them up or cunningly blasting around the piece of rock they're standing on so they fall with the meteorite. Can you save Earth from obliteration and secure the future of mankind?
JellyCar 2 Publisher: Disney Interactive Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: JellyCar 2, the hit driving platform game, is here and fully loaded with three game modes and more than 30 levels. Post high scores, best times and longest jumps in the Hall of Fame. With so much squishy goodness, you'll want to drive JellyCar 2 all around town. In Classic mode, drive your squishy car and use your special abilities to drive through squishy worlds. In Factory mode, guide the falling parts into matching chutes, tap the levers to open different pathways and guide each part down the conveyor belts. In Long Jump mode, you're going for distance and speed - watch out for objects that can slow you down, and look for objects that can help give you a boost!
I guess I'll have to check out a youtube video. Never even heard of that game!
In other news, I checked out the demos for Urbanix, which is just a Qix clone where you don't see the whole playing field, disappointing and stupid; and Rage of the Gladiator, which is Punch-Out with light RPG elements, which totally makes it a deeper experience. Right?
@Pandareus Absolutely! Because it has RPG elements, Rage of the Gladiator is undoubtedly a deep experience due to those RPG elements adding soo much longevity to the game. In fact, I believe there was some obscure podcast about this not too long ago...
Anyway, interesting VC release this week. I had a great time with Bomberman 64 with its single and multiplayer, but I never checked out Hero. Kind of sucks that Hero didn't also have multiplayer, though I understand they wanted to focus on the adventure mode (hence the name).
Wow, I'd never have expected Bomberman HERO to come to the Virtual Console. I rented it as a kid and enjoyed it. I got myself a used copy online a few years ago, and it was still fun, but I didn't feel like beating it for some reason. Maybe I should give it another try. I remember liking that I could finally jump in a Bomberman game.
Gave Bomberman Hero a 6, but "my" kind of 6, not Zero's or Mr_Mustache's kind of 6: a very flawed but still interesting game.
Oddly enough, Bomberman Hero seems to have picked up some added curiosity value for me here on the Wii's Virtual Console, as it's an interesting example of a lesser-polished early 3D platformer. Almost all of the other emulated N64 offerings on sale in the Wii Shop are first-party Nintendo games, each of which has retained a bit more of its luster to help it withstand the test of time. Not Bomberman Hero. It's just early, blocky, ugly 3D.
Dude we already discovered the root, the difference between American and Canadian grading scales in schools. Panda's scoring makes perfect sense based on the grading scale he grew up with... ours is just different.
Hmm... quick Mustache, go check how other Canadians score games! I'm curious, but lazy.
Er... the lowest score thing is easily explained by the difference in our scoring scales, yeah? If I'm using the full 6-10 range of scores to evaluate the games I like or find worthwhile, and people use the 8-10 range instead, then of course most of my scores are lower.
And that review is totally my 6. If it's your 6 as well, then we have the same scoring scale. But you and Zero made it clear a 6 was not worth farting on.
MM Anniversary Collection has broken controls (the jump and shoot buttons are inverted), so it gets a 4.