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What’s New on the Wii/DSi Shop Channel for May 17, 2010

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The Virtual Console returns after a short vacation, bringing with it a Super NES classic. The Wii gets two new downloadable titles, including the latest installment in a popular series. The DSi gets a game that drove the Internet wild, but partially because they thought it was something else to begin with. Yes, it’s quite a busy week on Nintendo’s digital download services, so let’s jump right into the thick of it!

This week’s games are as follows:

On DSiWare this week, we have Looksley’s Line Up (Nintendo, 1 player, 500 DSi Points), Frogger Returns (Konami, 1 player, 500 DSi Points), A Topsy Turvy Life: Turvy Drops (Tecmo Koei, 1 player, 200 DSi Points), and Flips: More Bloody Horowitz (EA, 1 player, 200 DSi Points). Looksley’s Line Up is a hidden object game that features some 3-D like gameplay as it forces you to move the screen around and find hidden items. This, if you recall, was the game that everyone thought was a 3DS title. Frogger Returns is a new take on a classic with 3-D graphics and a few new surprises. A Topsy Turvy Life: Turvy Drops is a block clearing puzzle game with several modes, while Flips: More Bloody Horowitz is a collection of horror stories from children’s novelist Anthony Horowitz.

This week, WiiWare has two games: Bit.Trip Runner (Aksys Games, 1 player, 800 Wii Points) and Blood Beach (Coresoft Inc., 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points). Bit.Trip Runner is the latest Bit.Trip title and falls into the rhythm-platformer genre, with the action on the screen coinciding with the music being played. As usual with these games, there’s plenty of challenge and a lot of fun to be had. Blood Beach, meanwhile, has you storming islands and trying to fight off Japanese Imperial forces during World War II. By the way, it also includes bombers and battleships. Yikes!

The Virtual Console is back with one new game, the Super NES classic Kirby Super Star (1-2 players, 800 Wii Points). A six-in-one game compilation that has also been ported to the DS, Super Star is very fun for Kirby fans and new gamers alike, but it gets pretty difficult towards the end. A solid choice for Wii owners this week, indeed.

Kirby Super Star debuted in October 2009 on the Japanese Virtual Console. It, along with Bit.Trip Runner and Blood Beach, is available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while Looksley’s Line Up, Frogger Returns, A Topsy Turvy Life: Turvy Drops, and Flips: More Bloody Horowitz 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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