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What’s New on the Wii/DSi Shop Channel for January 25, 2010

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This week on the Virtual Console, WiiWare, and DSiWare we only have seven games. Looking at the line-up this week there's nothing eye-catching, but there's a good possibility a week like this will have a hidden gem destined to become a classic on the DSi or Wii, because very few games in the line-up this week seem horrifically bad. Oh, and one of the titles is Zombies Ate My Neighbors' long-forgotten sequel.

This week's games are as follows:

On DSiWare this week, we have just three games: Number Battle (Nintendo, 1-4 players, 500 DSi Points), AiRace: Tunnel (QubicGames, 1 player, 200 DSi Points), and Escapee Go! (Gevo Entertainment, 1-4 players, 200 DSi Points). Number Battle comes from Nintendo and is a feng shui-inspired board game using numbered tiles. Linking together tiles is the name of the game, as players try to reach a certain number score. Kinda sounds sudoku-ish. AiRace: Tunnel puts you in a plane and has you dodging various obstacles in a tunnel as your speed increases gradually. Escapee Go! is a game where you play as an amnesiac on the run from some mysterious enemy. Maybe not the most original idea, but it should be fun.

On WiiWare, we've got Uno (Gameloft, 1-6 players, 1,000 Wii Points), bittos+ (Machine, 1 player, 800 Wii Points), and "Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game (Ateam Inc., 1-4 players, 500 Wii Points). Uno is the same game you've played in the real world and on just about every other console so far. "Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game has you looking for hidden objects in a bunch of other images. bittos+ is the most interesting of the three titles, in which you have to rotate the game board to fit objects together to make squares and score points. Sounds like a decent puzzle title.

There's just one game on the Virtual Console this week and it's Ghoul Patrol for the Super NES (LucasArts, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points). The sequel to Zombies Ate My Neighbors sends you to a library to do battle with spectral creeps. Never heard of this game? Don't worry: a lot of us forgot about it, even though we shouldn't have.

Ghoul Patrol debuts on the North American Virtual Console. It, along with Uno, bittos+ and "Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game, is available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while Number Battle, AiRace: Tunnel and Escapee Go! 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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