After a month of getting three or more releases a week, Nintendo decides to go back to only two this week, making me a sad panda. Surely they must be hoarding their games in some secret underground vault, and I’m determined to find them. Anyone with me?
For those who aren’t, there’s a new WiiWare title and a Neo-Geo classic on the Virtual Console this week:
Magnetica Twist (Nintendo, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone—Comic Mischief, 1,000 Wii Points): The classic puzzle game Magnetica is now available on WiiWare , putting its own unique “twist” on the puzzle-game experience. You’re surrounded by marbles, marching slowly but surely down a track. Use a launcher (piloted by a Mii of your choice) to shoot marbles with matching colors and wipe them out before they reach the end of the track. Control couldn’t be simpler, as all you need to do is twist the Wii Remote controller to aim and press the A button to shoot. And the game play remains as addictive and deep as you’ve come to expect in Nintendo’s puzzle games, with five varied play modes, advanced mechanics such as the ability to lob marbles, and a never-ending supply of combos. This definitely isn’t your typical game of marbles.
Fatal Fury 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen—Animated Blood, Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1992 by SNK, Fatal Fury 2 is the second installment in the renowned fighting-game series. In addition to Terry, Andy and Joe, who appeared in the original game, another five distinctive fighters gather from around the world to compete for the championship title. Also newly added are stage-specific hazards and the ability to perform desperation attacks when a character’s strength is low. These particularly deadly techniques create the chance for a come-from-behind victory achieved with a single strike. Moreover, the innovative two-line battle, which proved popular in the previous version, also has been radically enhanced. Pressing the weak-attack and strong-attack buttons simultaneously enables players to move their fighters to another line themselves, or to launch an attack that pushes opponents back to another line. This game mechanic, unique to this title in the series, allows the player to take advantage of the depth of the screen and create even more exciting bouts. Can you prove yourself the king of fighters again?
There is also apparently downloadable content for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, but I keep getting an error when I try to connect to see what it is. So unfortunately, I don’t know what it is, but given what we know about the DLC in Japan, it might be some of the extra Crystal Chronicle races that were 200 Wii points a piece.
Fatal Fury 2 was released on the Japanese Virtual Console in May and on the European Virtual Console two weeks ago. It, along with Magnetica Twist and the My Life as a King DLC, can be downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel.
Check back next week for the latest news and the newest Virtual Console and WiiWare titles!