The Virtual Console and Nintendo's two console-specific channels aren't quite as full as they were in the past few weeks, but that doesn't mean the quality will suffer this week. A new Phoenix Wright WiiWare port appears, as does a Genesis game known more for how it interacts with other games than for the game itself. DSiWare has a few interesting titles for release, too.
This week's games are as follows:
On DSiWare this week, we once again have five games: Spotto! (Nintendo, 1 player, 200 DSi Points), Spaceball: Revolution (Virtual Toys, 1 player, 500 DSi Points), Scrabble Classic (EA, 1-4 players, 800 DSi Points), Real Soccer 2010 (Gameloft, 1-4 players, 800 DSi Points), and Prehistorik Man (Interplay, 1 player, 800 DSi Points). Spotto! is an odd duck. Literally. It's a game about a duck trying to rescue his friends from ghosts. And it's from Nintendo. Can't make it up if I tried. Spaceball: Revolution has nothing to do with the Mel Brooks' film of a similar name. It's a puzzle game that involves using shapes on the bottom screen to recreate an image displayed on the top screen. Thrilling. As for the rest, Scrabble Classic is a portable version of the popular board game, Real Soccer 2010 is a soccer sim, and Prehistorik Man puts you in the shoes of a caveman trying to save his village from some evil dinosaurs.
On WiiWare, we've got Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All (Capcom, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points), Art of Balance (Shin'en Multimedia, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points), and WarMen Tactics (Calaris, 1 player, 800 Wii Points). Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All is a port of the DS title of the same name, except with Wii remote controls and capabilities in place of the DS stylus. Art of Balance is a physics-based puzzle game with 100+ levels and drop-in co-op and versus mode play. WarMen Tactics puts players in a futuristic world where the military and police have joined forces to become one all-powerful entity called the Department of Control. Sounds scary.
There's just one game on the Virtual Console this week and it's Sonic & Knuckles (Sega Genesis, 1 player, 800 Wii Points). If you're wondering: yes, the lock-on ability is still here, but a bit different. If you have the earlier Sonic Genesis games on your Wii, once you download Sonic & Knuckles, you can play as Knuckles in those games. Nice to see them find a way to keep that capability in digital form so everyone can have fun with it!
Sonic & Knuckles debuted in October 2009 on the Japanese Virtual Console and last week on the PAL Virtual Console. It, along with Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All, Art of Balance, and WarMen Tactics, is available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while Spotto!, Spaceball: Revolution, Scrabble Classic, Real Soccer 2010, and Prehistorik Man 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!