While last week was a treasure trove for retro gamers, this week is much more skewed towards the new gamer crowd, and as a result, it doesn’t seem to be as strong. Another Mega Man title hits the Virtual Console, while a brain-training game and a cooking game show up on WiiWare. There’s probably not something here for everyone this week, but that’s okay. If there’s not, you can always hold on to your points for next week, right?
This week’s new games are:
Brain Challenge (Gameloft, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Just like your body, your brain needs to be exercised to stay in shape. Boost your brain and relieve stress through various minigames in a personal session to get a detailed evaluation. Challenge your friends’ brains in delirious party games to see who is the smartest. Test your brain’s abilities in Visual, Memory, Logic, Math and Focus minigames. Compare yourself with friends by challenging their brains in three multiplayer modes. Develop your resistance to stressful situations that could happen in real life. Use a customized Mii character to create personal sessions. Choose your favorite personal coach. Track your overall performance with detailed statistics and graphs. The special Kid Test and Senior Test modes will gather everyone around the game.
Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam (Virtual Toys, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone—Animated Blood, Comic Mischief, 1,000 Wii Points): Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam is a frenetically active cooking game in which you must serve food to your customers as quickly as possible. This could be a simple task, but the customers aren’t very patient, and you’ll find a multitude of annoying insects that make the noble mission of satisfying your small gourmets’ stomachs much more difficult. In the game’s Career Mode, your goal is to become the best chef in the city. To do so, you have to prove your worth by cooking in four fantastic restaurants: the Hot Dog, Hamburger, Pizza and Mexican Restaurant. Enjoy playing Yummy Yummy with your family, serving delicious food to the most surprising characters: vampires, ninjas, extraterrestrials and mafia thugs. Put on your chef’s hat, sharpen your knives and turn up the heat.
Brain Challenge is something we’ve seen before on the DS and more recently on the Wii, but the game itself doesn’t exactly seem to be setting the world on fire. Mii integration and using the Wii remote’s pointing abilities aren’t enough to really make this game stand out.
The same could be said for Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam. Besides having a ridiculous-sounding name that makes it seem geared towards the toddler crowd, the game is already well behind Wii titles Cooking Mama and Order Up right off the bat. Could this be worthwhile? Maybe, but it is probably not a 1,000 point title.
Mega Man 3 (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points): In the year 200X, the notorious Dr. Wily, now reformed and working for the forces of good, works hand-in-hand with Dr. Light to build a new type of peacekeeping robot. When a new set of eight Robot Masters escapes the lab to wreak havoc on the world at large, only Mega Man can save the day. This time, Mega Man must rely on his new slide move and canine companion Rush to conquer the stages and vanquish evil. A new character, Proto Man, adds to the mystery and appeal of this seminal title in the famous action-game series.
Mega Man 3 was never the best game in the series, but compared to the other games released this week, this is the game I would have to recommend. The two WiiWare games this week just don’t seem worth dumping $10 each on. Maybe I’ll be proven wrong, but that’s just my take on it.
Mega Man 3 was released on the Japanese Virtual Console last week. It, along with Brain Challenge and Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam, is currently available for download off the Wii Shop Channel.
Check back next week for the latest round of releases for the Wii. Until then, happy gaming!Powered by Sidelines