It's now officially autumn, which means that as the temperatures get cooler, you have no excuse to stay inside and play more video games. I mean, sure the leaves are pretty, but they can't give you the fun of blasting aliens out of existence, can they? Didn't think so.
Once again, Nintendo is here to offer up a trio of new WiiWare titles and Virtual Console classics. One of those games is Bomberman Blast, which we saw at PAX 2008. The other WiiWare title is one that wasn't even known about until the press release dropped into our inbox this morning. There's only one Virtual Console game this week, but it's a classic from way back in the day. This week's titles are:
Art Style: ORBIENT (Nintendo, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points): Explore the universe like never before in Art Style: ORBIENT. Take control of gravity and anti-gravity and carefully maneuver your small star through 50 stages set in multiple galaxies. Collide with other stars to absorb them and make your own star expand in size, or capture the stars in your orbit and have them become your satellites. Space isn’t empty, though, and you’ll have to avoid bumping into obstacles or getting pulled into a black hole. If you feel like relaxing while still being challenged, this is the game for you. Its combination of simple controls, atmospheric sound and unique environment make for an experience unlike any other.
Bomberman Blast (Hudson Entertainment, 1-8 players, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Cartoon Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): A brand new addition to the Bomberman series is available on WiiWare. Up to eight players can battle online simultaneously via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Simple controls make this a great game for family and friends to enjoy anytime. You can trigger new items by shaking the Wii Remote controller, creating new levels of Bomberman excitement. You can even take the intensity up another notch by adding your own Mii caricatures to the mix. Battle results can be recorded on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Ranking, so you can see how you stack up against others around the globe. This title will prove to be a blast for everyone–from those who’ve never touched a Bomberman game to the Bomberman masters.
Super Turrican 2 (Super NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Violence, 800 Wii Points): As the last survivor of the United Freedom Forces, it is your duty to destroy the Machine’s forces that have devastated the galaxy. Fight through countless hordes of enemies using everything at your disposal. Use weapons and power-ups to fight back the tide of oncoming enemies. Use special abilities like the Energy Wheel and Cyberfist to find secret areas and score extra lives. When your lives and continues are gone, the mission ends. You are the galaxy’s last hope. Are you up to the challenge?
Super Turrican 2 is debuting on the North American Virtual Console. It, along with Art Style: ORBIENT and Bomberman Blast, is currently available for download off the Wii Shop Channel. And, as an interesting side note, Super Turrican 2 was one of the earliest games developed by a little company known as Factor 5. Maybe you have heard of them elsewhere?
Check back next week for the latest round of releases for the Wii. Until then, happy gaming!