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What’s New on the Wii/DSi Shop Channel for December 7, 2009

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With Christmas only a few weeks away, now's the time to make sure your shopping list is close to complete. Of course, Nintendo Points cards for the Wii or DSi owner in your life is always nice, but will they be using those points for anything released this week? And just which games are coming out this week? One of those questions is answered below. The other … well, it depends.

This week's games are as follows:

On DSiWare, we have five new games: Rayman (Ubisoft, 1 player, 800 DSi Points), Ball Fighter (Teyon, 1-2 players, 500 DSi Points), Pop Island (odenis studio, 1-8 players, 500 DSi Points), Army Defender (Mindscape, 1 player, 200 DSi Points) and myNotebook: Red (Nnooo, 1 player, 200 DSi Points). Rayman is the same Rayman that was originally released on the DS, now here in a downloadable flavor. It's an okay game, not the best in the series but not the worst. Ball Fighter has little to do with fighting and a lot to do with balls. Matching colored balls, that is, since it's a puzzle title. Pop Island plays off Capture the Flag, allowing up to eight people to play via DS Download Play, scurrying around maps to collect flags while avoiding different themed pitfalls. Army Defender is a pretty standard tower defense game, of which the DSi seems to be getting a lot of. myNotebook: Red lets you take notes on your DSi. Really, that's all it does.

On WiiWare, we've got My Dolphin (T&S Ltd., 1 player, 500 Wii Points), Magnetis (Yullaby, 1-4 players, 500 Wii Points), Stop Stress: A Day of Fury (Abylight, 1 player, 800 Wii Points) and Flowerworks (Nocturnal Entertainment, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points). Kind of a weird and weak lineup on WiiWare this week. To start with, My Dolphin is a dolphin-training sim title that tries to be like a watery Nintendogs. Magnetis is a puzzle game that involves connecting magnets together to create explosions, though I don't know what the basis in reality is for that idea. Stop Stress: A Day of Fury lets players grab a baseball bat and "beat a path through traffic or at the office, and face off against incredible hallucinations." I can just feel the controversy radiating off that game based on the description alone. Lastly, Flowerworks stars Follie, whose ship, filled with seeds, crashes on a planet as she's on her way to visit grandma. The only way to get off the planet and get to her destination is to go collect all of those said seeds, and thus, we have the plot.

Two more games hit the Virtual Console this week. One is Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Capcom, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points) from the Super NES and the other is the arcade version of Shinobi (Sega, 1 player, 800 Wii Points). Street Fighter Alpha 2 is a good game and the Super NES port is not bad, but it was also ported to the PlayStation and Sega Saturn, both of which were more powerful systems at the time. As for Shinobi, its arcade version is your fairly-standard 1980s Sega side-scroller. It's also a pretty hard game to actually finish.

Street Fighter Alpha 2 surprisingly debuts on the North American Virtual Console. Shinobi came out in July on the Japanese Virtual Console and October on the PAL Virtual Console. They, along with i>My Dolphin, Magnetis, Stop Stress: A Day of Fury and Flowerworks, are available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while Rayman, Ball Fighter, Pop Island, Army Defender and myNotebook: Red are available for download off the DSi Shop Channel.

Check back next week for the latest round of digital releases for the Wii and DSi. Until then, happy gaming!

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