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What’s New on the Wii/DSi Shop Channel for February 7, 2011

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This week is an interesting one for Wii and DSi owners. Perhaps nothing stands out as must-buy this instant, but there’s plenty of choice. Also, there’s a game with an acronym that 20 years later seems like a bad call.

This week’s games are as follows:

On DSiWare this week, we have G.G. Series Dark Spirits (Genterprise, 1 player, 200 DSi Points), Boom Boom Squaries (Gamelion, 1 player, 200 DSi Points), 505 Tangram (cosmigo, 1 player, 500 DSi Points) and Shawn Johnson Gymnastics (Zoo Games, 1 player, 500 DSi Points). G.G. Series Dark Spirits is a side-scrolling shooter with a neat little twist: you get little “familiars” (think options from Gradius) around your ship that you can upgrade by collecting souls. Boom Boom Squaries is another puzzle-type game that requires you to make chains out of blocks. 505 Tangram is true to its name in that it features 505 different tangram puzzles for you to solve. Shawn Johnson Gymnastics has you working your way up the gymnastic ranks, though I don’t know how well something like this might control on the DSi. At least it’s not on the Wii; someone might get hurt trying to pull a cartwheel or something.

WiiWare has but one lonely full game this week, Spot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 1-4 players, 500 Wii Points). There are also demos of previous releases Lit (WayForward Technologies, 1 player) and Urbanix (Nordcurrent, 1-2 players). If you guessed Spot the Differences! is about spotting the differences between two photos, well, good for you, because that’s exactly what the game’s all about.

The Virtual Console has a new game this week for everyone to enjoy: S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (NES, 1-2 players, 500 Wii Points). Despite the poor acronym (it’s called Final Mission in Japan, by the way, which is much better), the game is decent; you play as a cyborg that can fly and you get to fly around and shoot stuff.

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team was released last week on the PAL Virtual Console. It, along with Spot the Differences! and the two demos, is available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while G.G. Series Dark Spirits, Boom Boom Squaries, 505 Tangram and Shawn Johnson Gymnastics 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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