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

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It's time for an adventure! Whether that means killing the undead with bullets, fighting monsters in dark caverns, or drawing your way to the next level, there's certainly a lot of exploring and fighting to do in this week's digital downloads for the Wii and DSi. Oh, and there's an e-book if adventure's not your thing.

This week's games are as follows:

On DSiWare this week, we have four games: Elemental Masters (Ibxgames, 1-2 players, 800 DSi Points), 4 Travellers – Play Spanish (AGENIUS Interactive, 1-4 players, 800 DSi Points), Dracula – Undead Awakening (Chillingo, 1 player, 500 DSi Points) and Flips: The Bubonic Builders (EA, 1 player, 500 DSi Points). Dracula – Undead Awakening gives you a gun and a bunch of monsters to shoot at. You know what to do. Elemental Masters is a card-based RPG where you collect a deck, fight others … hey, haven't we seen this kind of thing before? 4 Travellers – Play Spanish is a Spanish language training game, with up to four players, focusing on travel language. Seems interesting Flips: The Bubonic Builders is the second installment in EA's DSi e-book series.

WiiWare has but two games this week: Max & The Magic Marker (Press Play, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points) and Dracula – Undead Awakening (Chillingo, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points). Dracula – Undead Awakening is the same shooter that's popping up on DSiWare, except with new controls. However, the hidden gem this week might be Max & The Magic Marker, a side-scrolling adventure title where players draw elements of the environment on the screen with the Wii remote. It's like an interesting version of Scribblenauts with less of the let-down that game sort of had.

There's just one game on the Virtual Console this week and it's a big one: Final Fantasy II (Super Nintendo, 1 player, 800 Wii Points). Otherwise known as Final Fantasy IV, Square's classic RPG title for the Super Nintendo has indeed been remade a few times recently, but if you're a fan of the series and don't have the original version of this classic title, now's a perfect chance to scoop it up for, what, $8? Not bad at all.

Final Fantasy II debuted in August 2009 on the Japanese Virtual Console. It, along with Max & The Magic Marker and Dracula – Undead Awakening, is available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while Dracula – Undead Awakening, Elemental Masters, 4 Travellers – Play Spanish and Flips: The Bubonic Builders 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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