As 2008 comes to an end and Nintendo counts up all the money they made off their hardware and software this holiday season, they have one last hurrah left in store for us via this week's releases on the Wii Shop Channel. Like most weeks, it's a combination of two WiiWare titles and one Virtual Console classic, but unlike some past weeks, the line-up this time around is particularly strong.
Looking back, there are a lot of games that didn't make it to the Virtual Console that we would have liked, especially titles like Earthbound/Mother 2 that fans are practically begging for, but hopefully, 2009 will be the year those games get released. There was also the launch of WiiWare, which has had some great titles like World of Goo, LostWinds, Mega Man 9, Dr. Mario Online Rx and Alien Crush Returns. I expect a lot more of the same in 2009, but before we look too far ahead, let's get to the last games of 2008, shall we?
This week's new titles are:
Maboshi’s Arcade (Nintendo, 1-3 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Featuring three distinct modes and simultaneous play across three game windows, the constantly changing environment of Maboshi’s Arcade creates an atmosphere unlike any other. Each of the modes is based on one of three familiar shapes (circle, stick and square) and offers the same goal: score a million points. Use the intuitive controls to bash enemies in Circle mode, weave your way through Stick mode or burn a path around obstacles in Square mode—all while dealing with power-up items and keeping watch on which effects the other game windows may have on your own. Also featuring Mii characters, action replays that you can send to your Wii Friends via WiiConnect24, and the ability to download a version to a Nintendo DS, you may never want to leave this arcade.
Cue Sports – Pool Revolution (Hudson Entertainment, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Grab your Wii Remote controller and take a shot at this virtual billiard game. Enjoy match-ups, playing classic favorites such as 9 Ball, 8 Ball, Rotation and Snooker, as well as walk-through trick shots in Puzzle mode. Connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (Nintendo WFC) to go head-to-head with your friends, or even hustle opponents across the world in Nintendo WFC match-ups. This game offers two types of controls, allowing you to virtually strike the cue ball with your Wii Remote controller or use the buttons to adjust the strength of your shot and then strike. Hone your skills in Practice mode, learning all the cool techniques you need to be a true hustler. Use the edit feature to create your own challenge and nail the trick shot you’ve always dreamed of sinking. Pull off an amazing shot and show everyone who’s the biggest shark in the pool.