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What’s New on the Wii/DSi Shop Channel for July 26, 2010

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Yep, you heard right: the Virtual Console is not quite dead. Nintendo’s remembered they’ve got a whole library of old games to go through, so they’ve decided to at least add one VC game for the month of July. Except it’s not one of Nintendo’s own. In total, this week sees eight games in total on the download services:

On DSiWare this week, we have Face Pilot: Fly With Your Nintendo DSi Camera! (Nintendo, 1 player, 500 DSi Points), Crystal Monsters (Gameloft, 1 player, 500 DSi Points), Puffins: Let’s Race! (Other Ocean Interactive, 1-4 players, 500 DSi Points), Petz Hamsterz Family (Ubisoft, 1 player, 800 DSi Points), and Absolute BrickBuster (Tasuke, 1 player, 200 DSi Points). Face Pilot: Fly With Your Nintendo DSi Camera! is pretty much what it says: you use your DSi camera and your face’s position in it to actually fly a plane. Seriously. Crystal Monsters from Gameloft is a Pokemon-like RPG where you train and battle monsters. Puffins: Let’s Race! is a racing game with puffins, Petz Hamsterz Family lets you raise hamsters and Absolute BrickBuster is another Breakout/Arkanoid-style game for the DSi. One of at least 10.

WiiWare has two titles this week: Dive: The Medes Island Secret (Cosmonaut Games, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points) and Heavy Fire: Special Operations (Teyon, 1-2 players, 500 Wii Points). Dive: The Medes Island Secret is a side-scrolling treasure hunting adventure, while Heavy Fire: Special Operations is another shooter on rails.

The Virtual Console is back! Seriously! And it’s brought Aero the Acro-Bat (SNES, 1 player, 800 Wii Points), another one of the many mascot-themed games from the 1990s and the 16-bit era.

Aero the Acro-Bat debuted last week on the PAL Virtual Console. Dive: The Medes Island Secret, and Heavy Fire: Special Operations are available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while Face Pilot: Fly With Your Nintendo DSi Camera!, Crystal Monsters, Puffins: Let’s Race!, Petz Hamsterz Family, and Absolute BrickBuster 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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