Last week was a bit of a down week on the Wii and DSi Shop Channels, but the good news is that this week is a definite improvement. Featuring the same DSiWare/ WiiWare/ Virtual Console set-up as previous weeks, here are a few titles definitely worth checking out, especially if you're looking for a bite-sized digital snack or a comprehensive strategy title.
This week's game are as follows:
On DSiWare, we get the first of what will be several Clubhouse Games Express titles with Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics (1-8 players, 500 Nintendo Points). This game is, as expected, the card games from the DS title Clubhouse Games, which was a pretty good, if sometimes hard-to-find title. 500 points still seems a little steep, but I have a little more faith in recommending this title than the past Master of Illusion Express titles.
The other DSiWare title is Paper Airplane Chase (1-2 players, 200 Nintendo Points), which was originally a WarioWare title. It seems like an incredibly stupid premise from the outset – maneuver a paper plane through a maze – but having played the Japanese version already, I can tell you it's actually kind of fun. And it's only 200 points, so what do you really have to lose?
On WiiWare, Cocoto Platform Jumper (Neko Entertainment, 1-4 players, 700 Wii Points) brings this series over to North America. Previously released on just about everything in Europe, the game's title says it all: you play as Cocoto, a little devil child, in a platforming adventure. The game was actually a GameCube title in Europe that's now getting brought over as a WiiWare game to North America, so the graphics are a bit dated. It could be fun at 700 points, but with the other games that are on the WiiWare service right now, Cocoto doesn't really stand out too well.
Nobunaga's Ambition (Super NES, 1-8 players, 800 Wii Points) rounds out the list of games this week. A strategy game from the kings of that genre, Koei,
Nobunaga's Ambition puts you in feudal Japan with the goal of conquering and unifying the island nation. It's a great title that has long been popular on both sides of the Pacific, and you're getting it 200 points cheaper than your Japanese counterparts did, so there's something to be thankful for there.
Nobunaga's Ambition was released in December 2008 on the Japanese Virtual Console. It, along with Cocoto Platform Jumper, is available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics and Paper Airplane Chase are available for download off the DSi Shop Channel.
Check back next week for the latest round of releases for the Wii and DSi. Until then, happy gaming!