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What’s New on the Wii/DSi Shop Channel for February 21, 2011

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This week on the download services, Nintendo’s brought us a Virtual Console title that’s sometimes forgotten, but always good. DSi owners get a couple new racing games that show promise, but Wii owners have a nice fireplace to cozy up to. A virtual fireplace.

This week’s games are as follows:

On DSiWare this week, we have G.G. Series Drift Circuit (Genterprise, 1 player, 200 DSi Points), Arctic Escape (Teyon, 1 player, 500 DSi Points) and Remote Racers (QubicGames, 1 player, 500 DSi Points). G.G. Series Drift Circuit is an old-school top-down racing game focused around drifting. Arctic Escape has you helping out a pack of penguins, who are breaking out of captivity and looking to get back to Antarctica. Finally, Remote Racers lets you race an RC car, capping off a really good week for racing game fans like yours truly.

WiiWare has a few titles this week: Jewel Keepers: Easter Island (Nordcurrent, 1 player, 500 Wii Points), Cozy Fire (dtp young entertainment, 1 player, 500 Wii Points), and demos of Rage of the Gladiator (Ghostfire Games, 1 player) and Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 1 (Lexis Numerique, 1 player). Cozy Fire is what it sounds like: a silly little fireplace app for the Wii. Do we really need one of these? Esepcially for 500 points? Meanwhile, Jewel Keepers: Easter Island is a jewel-matching game that’s pretty much like Bejeweled.

The Virtual Console gets one very cool game this week: Faxanadu (NES, 1 player, 500 Wii Points). The classic side-scrolling action title is like Zelda II without Link and with more of a traditional medieval theme to it. A very cool and challenging title for both old-school and new gamers alike.

Faxanadu came out in October on the Japanese Virtual Console and in November on the PAL Virtual Console. It, along with Jewel Keepers: Easter Island, Cozy Fire and the two demos, is available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while G.G. Series Drift Circuit, Arctic Escape and Remote Racers 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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