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What’s New on the Wii/DSi Shop Channel for February 8, 2010

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If you're a fan of Blaster Master, good news: the updated sequel to that classic title is now on WiiWare! It joins a quirky platform/rhythm title from Konami, a balloon-popping puzzle game, and a teddy bear-themed Winter Olympics game with 16-player support as this week's WiiWare releases! Oh, but the Virtual Console has a classic text-based adventure, and there's five new DSiWare games to check out, too!

This week's games are as follows:

On DSiWare this week, we have five games: Oscar in Movieland (Virtual Playground, 1 player, 800 DSi Points), Link 'n Launch (Nintendo, 1 player, 500 DSi Points), Fieldrunners (Subatomic Studios, 1 player, 500 DSi Points), Sudoku 4Pockets (4Pockets.com, 1 player, 500 DSi Points) and Extreme Hangman (Gamelion, 1-2 players, 200 DSi Points). Oscar in Movieland is a port, of all things, an Amiga platformer to the DSi. The others are all essentially the stuff we've seen before: Link 'n Launch resembles Pipe Dream but with rocket ships, Fieldrunners is another tower defense game, Sudoku 4Pockets boasts it has 3,600 different puzzles for portable gaming, while Extreme Hangman is classic hangman … only MORE EXTREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEME.

On WiiWare, we've got Blaster Master Overdrive (Sunsoft, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points), Tomena Sanner (Konami, 1-4 players, 500 Wii Points), Bloons (Hands-on Mobile, 1 player, 500 Wii Points) and Hubert the Teddy Bear Winter Games (Teyon, 1-16 players, 500 Wii Points). Blaster Master Overdrive is a sequel to the NES classic, featuring lots of updated graphics, but much of the same old-school and very tough Blaster Master game play. Tomena Sanner should be familiar to anyone who's been following WiiWare games, but for those who have no idea what to expect, it's a one-button game from Konami that's part platformer, part rhythm title, and a ton of fun with plenty of dancing mixed in. Bloons is a game that's just about popping balloons with a limited number of darts. Sounds like a puzzle title to me. Hubert the Teddy Bear Winter Games is a pretty small little casual-friendly game that has one interesting feature: it supports up to 16 players on the Wii. Considering the Wii only fits about eight controllers, I'm interested to see where the other eight people come from.

There's just one game on the Virtual Console this week and it's Hudson's Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom (NES, 1 player, 500 Wii Points). This is a text-based adventure title that was originally on the PC. However, it's got a pretty interesting storyline and characters, so it's worth taking a look at, even if it's not like many other NES games.

Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom debuted in January on the Japanese Virtual Console. It, along with Blaster Master Overdrive, Tomena Sanner, Bloons and Hubert the Teddy Bear Winter Games, is available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while Oscar in Movieland, Link 'n Launch, Fieldrunners, Sudoku 4Pockets and Extreme Hangman 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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