March came in like a lion for Wii owners, and it seems to perhaps be going out like a lamb. Actually, maybe less like a lamb and more like Sheep Man from the March WiiWare release Mega Man 10. DSi owners are probably still so mesmerized about the 3DS that they'll ignore a weak DSiWare line-up this week, but the Wii certainly has some if not good then interesting games.
This week's games are as follows:
On DSiWare this week, we have five games: Disney Fireworks (Disney Interactive Studios, 1 player, 800 DSi Points), Save the Turtles (Sabarasa, 1 player, 500 DSi Points), Nintendo DSi Metronome (Nintendo, 1 player, 200 DSi Points), Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner (Nintendo, 1 player, 200 DSi Points) and Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventures (Mastertronic, 1 player, 800 DSi Points). Disney Fireworks is a simple game where players shoot off fireworks then time their explosions right to fill up a meter and gain points. Save the Turtles is pretty much a literal title, because players are sent to beaches to uncover baby turtles and help them get to safety. Nintendo DSi Metronome and Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner are both music-related apps, but they also have little minigames in them just for fun, so there's a bit of value there, too. Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventures follows a chameleon named Leon as he tries to get around mazes by using his tongue to pull him from places to place.
WiiWare has quite a bit this week, with WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase (Nintendo, 1-4 players, 800 Wii Points), Diner Dash (Hudson, 1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points), and Grill-Off with Ultrahand (Nintendo, 1-2 players, 80 Club Nintendo Coins). So, let's see: this week brings us an application that lets us play WarioWare D.I.Y. games on the Wii, or lets you pick from some 72 minigames included for those who don't have the DS game; a port of a popular PC game that's gotten about five of six sequels and spawned plenty of knock-offs; and a game that's exclusive for Club Nintendo people. Ultra Hand, for those of you lacking in Nintendo history, was one of Nintendo's most successful toys when they were an up and coming toy company in the 1970s and was designed by Gunpei Yokoi, the same fellow who designed the Game Boy and has a huge influence on Nintendo's early gaming years. You do have to be a Club Nintendo member and have enough coins to get the game, though!
The Virtual Console has a lone title for it this week: Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (Nintendo 64, Quest, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points). A fairly solid RPG and one of the few on the Nintendo 64, this game's a bit of a sleeper. RPG fans should enjoy it, though.
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber debuted on the Japanese Virtual Console in January and the PAL Virtual Console last week. It, along with WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase Diner Dash, and Grill-Off with Ultrahand, is available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while Disney Fireworks, Save the Turtles, Nintendo DSi Metronome, Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner, and Super Yum Yum Puzzle Adventures 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!