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What’s New on the Wii/DSi Shop Channel for December 21, 2009

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With only two weeks left in 2009, the Virtual Console has hit a milestone, adding the 500th game to its massive library. But which game gets the distinction of being #500? And what about WiiWare and DSiWare this week?

This week's games are as follows:

On DSiWare, we have five new games: Uno (Gameloft, 1-4 players, 800 DSi points), Dragon's Lair (Digital Leisure Inc., 1 player, 800 DSi points), Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure (Majesco Entertainment, 1-2 players, 800 DSi points), High Stakes: Texas Hold'Em (Hudson Entertainment, 1-4 players, 500 DSi points) and myNotebook: Green (Nnooo, 1 player, 200 DSi points). myNotebook: Green is, you guessed it, the green version of the same notebook app we've seen before. High Stakes: Texas Hold'Em and Uno bring some digital card games to the DSi, while Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure is a game that sends you on a search for people's missing stuff across town. Oh, and there's a port of some game called Dragon's Lair. Ever heard of it?

On WiiWare, we've got Eco Shooter: Plant 530 (Nintendo, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points), TV Show King 2 (Gameloft, 1-4 players, 800 Wii Points), Pallurikio (Playstos Entertainment, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points), and Happy Holidays Christmas (505 Games, 1 player, 500 Wii Points). Happy Holidays Christmas lets you send Christmas cards over the Wii's Internet connection to your other Wii friends. Whether that requires you to put in a Friend Code for each card is unknown, and no one may ever know because I doubt anyone's going to pick this up.

TV Show King 2 is a sequel to Gameloft's earlier trivia title, featuring 8,000 new questions. Pallurikio is a platforming title that involved a whole lot of rolling, perhaps similar to Kororinpa: Marble Mania but with more action and fewer puzzle elements. Lastly, Eco Shooter: Plant 530 forces me to string together words I would never have thought I'd ever use: Nintendo, WiiWare, first-person shooter. Another totally unannounced game, Eco Shooter: Plant 530 puts you in the shoes of a lone man who must battle invading aliens that are made of empty cans using his recycling gun. Yeah, it's not Halo, that's for certain, but it's interesting, especially since your ammo also doubles as your health. Gotta at least give them points for trying to be a little different.

Two more games hit the Virtual Console this week. One is game #500, Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo, 1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points) from the Nintendo 64. The other is the arcade version of Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo, 1 player, 600 Wii Points). While Ninja Gaiden's already been released in other forms, the release of Super Smash Bros. puts the entire series on the Wii. The only problem was last time I played the original Super Smash Bros., it felt incredibly slow due to the Nintendo 64's older technology. I don't know if it's any different on the Wii, but if it's the same, you're missing little.

Super Smash Bros. came out in January on the Japanese Virtual Console and in June on the PAL Virtual Console. Ninja Gaiden came out in June on the Japanese Virtual Console and in November on the PAL Virtual Console. They, along with Eco Shooter: Plant 530, TV Show King 2, Pallurikio and Happy Holidays Christmas, are available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while Uno, Dragon's Lair, Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure, High Stakes: Texas Hold'Em and myNotebook: Green 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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