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EU WiiWare Update: Alien Crush Returns, Brain Challenge and Space Invaders Get Even

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

This week doesn't just bring us one game from a high-profile developer - It brings us two! They come together with yet another game from one of WiiWare's strongest supporters, Gameloft.

The release of Alien Crush Returns shouldn't really come as a surprise if you keep an eye on every region's releases - The US got it earlier this week. Alien Crush Returns is sort of a sequel to the TurboGrafx-16 game Alien Crush (Although its real sequels were Devil's Crush, also on TG16, and Jaki Crush for SNES), featuring the same theme - Defeat hordes of aliens with pinball power! The game has a lot more content than its predecessor - Bosses, more than one table, online play and more - We think you'll be entertained for quite a while. The game only costs 800 Wii Points as well.

Gameloft's Brain Challenge is exactly what you think it is - Yet another "brain training" game. Brain Challenge was already released on Xbox Live Arcade and the Nintendo DS before, and it actually got some pretty positive reviews - It certainly seems to be one of the better clones of the original Brain Training, but we're a little put off by the 1000 Wii Points price tag.

Our favourite pixellated invaders have also finally arrived on WiiWare. Space Invaders Get Even is the first Space Invaders game to do things a little differently - After years of being shot by laser cannons over and over, it's now finally time to get revenge! In this game, you don't play as the laser cannon, but as the invaders themselves -Your aim is to destroy everything on planet Earth! How can you not like the game's plot? For 500 Wii Points it's also a steal, but beware - You'll only get a "starter pack", and you have to buy the rest of the game's levels for a total of 1500 Wii Points (3 packs of 500 Points each). The game also already came out in Japan a while ago - We wrote some first impressions for it, which might be interesting to read.

That's it for this week - Yes, still no Strong Bad Episode 3! At this rate the US will have Episode 4 before we get 3!

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User Comments (57)

KeeperBvK

#1

KeeperBvK said:

first!!

Wow, not a bad week...not bad by any means. Certainly makes up for the last few disappointments. I might get Alien Crush Returns. :)
...or Space Invaders get Even?...or wait for Gradius Rebirth? Or just go out and buy some more Wii points?! Ahhh, too many options...options...I'll wait for Gradius. ^^

Wiiloveit

#3

Wiiloveit said:

WHERE'S MY STRONG BAD?!?

At least we got ACR, though: w00t! Not as bothered about the other two, though I may give 'em a wizz if I have some spare points.

ElectricSplash

#4

ElectricSplash said:

This is a good week, two well spected games, and not very expensive.

Waiting for Space Invaders' Review.

CorbsAdmin

#6

Corbs said:

Not too shabby. I'm anxious to see the Space Invaders Get Even review as well. :)

Starwolf_UK

#7

Starwolf_UK said:

STILL NO ARTSTYLE...STILL NO ART STYLE. Seriously, I'm considering boycotting WiiWare until they arrive.

Well I only have 500 Wii Points left and would prefer not to buy Wii points @ £7/1000 (I can get £6/1000 but I have to wait for delivery) so that leaves it with Space Invaders.

On the bright side two new games means the European review team can get busy :)

PALgamer

#8

PALgamer said:

Not bad, they are getting there, but they are still missing one game. You need four games each fortnight NoE. Artstyle or SB would of been a nice fourth.
~ Here I come Space Invaders!!!

Wiiloveit

#9

Wiiloveit said:

Yay for reviews!
@Starwolf: I presume you were reffering to Tesco's £11.99 for a 2000 card deal on their 'site? I know what you mean, though. I only tend to get stuff online if it's a pre-order these days.

danik

#10

danik said:

Good week for releases! i have just recieved wii 2000 wii points aswell so good timing! Think i will have to try out space invaders as i have been looking forward 2 it even tho its going to cost 1500 in the end worth seeing wot its like for 500 points and maybe get brain challenge for my other half.

danik

#13

danik said:

Downloaded space invaders now to try it out and im loving it already! already uploaded a high score to the rankings! pitty it was crap lol but nevermind.

Objection

#14

Objection said:

I am really gonna keep an eye out for the Space Invaders review. If it is good then I will get it (just it) as I happen to have exactly 500 points!

Crazynoodle

#19

Crazynoodle said:

the get even company is very sneaky. They bait u in with a low price, and if u get addicted u pay lots more lol. Hopefully they keep makin more DLC too.

Rexy

#22

Rexy said:

Looks like a good week on the Wiiware front. I know a lot of people have gone crazy over Alien Crush Returns, so I can appreciate this being one to look out for, that's for sure.

Concerning those disappointed that SBCG4AP Episode 3 didn't come out this week, I know how it feels like. In America, the games usually get released the Monday AFTER a recent Wiiware update, and coupled with the not-so-powerful European sales I shouldn't be surprised over the delay.

If you really can't wait for just two more weeks in the hope of seeing it again, you can still give the PC version a go - I'm not usually a PC gamer at all due to the awkwardness of maintaining your computer with the latest specs, but it somehow works fine on my wimpy machine, or at least from what I saw in the demo. So, if you want, you can try the demo and if you still think you'd get a kick, then go on and buy that. I know it won't be the same, but it'll hold you over either way :)

Dbc

#24

Dbc said:

Been Waiting for alien and space invaders .finally play something totally different than MM9 been addicted to that game ever since it came on wiiware.untill a MM10 comes along.

Clayfrd

#25

Clayfrd said:

I'm still not sure what to think of Space Invaders Get Even. I'll have to check the review.

Kawaiipikachu

#26

Kawaiipikachu said:

Corbi its your fault that i only got 100 points left .
You review engorage me to buy Alien Crush Returns & now i don't have enough points for any trackpacks for GHWT

Twilight_Crow

#28

Twilight_Crow said:

Nice update for EU, I'm eagerly awaiting get even to come to NA, I'm glad I'll get to check the review before that; and I still need to dowload ACR.

BiggerJ

#30

BiggerJ said:

Edward J Grug III: I remember reading that World of Goo is being released on a retail disc in Europe instead of on Wiiware. However, I doubt they'd bother releasing it in Australia, which means your best bet is to buy it for PC/Mac, on the World of Goo website, playgreenhouse.com or Steam.

Edward_J_Grug_III

#31

Edward_J_Grug_III said:

Waaah?!

That doesn't make sense, it's the highest rated game on Wii right now, why would they not release it here?

Kenji510

#32

Kenji510 said:

Good week for you guys in EU... i prolly wouldve get me the "Brain Challenge and Space Invaders Get Even". :D

Most-Excellent

#33

Most-Excellent said:

You know on the Nintendo Channel, Brain Challenge is dated for a November 10th release... so I'd highly predict it'll come out next week!! ;)

And yes, not a bad week for EU... and hopefully Space Invaders will come out here soon too!! ;)

calculon

#34

calculon said:

I'm glad we didn't get Strong Bad seeing as it sucks and I'm sick of seeing reviews that say each episode is more of the same. Lucky for us then we got a pretty strong week - I've actually managed to spend the 3,000 points I've been waiting to spend for the past month!

As one of the few occasions where NoE have done something right, I must congratulate them.

aphexbr

#35

aphexbr said:

"You'll only get a "starter pack", and you have to buy the rest of the game's levels for a total of 1500 Wii Points (3 packs of 500 Points each)."

...and that's why I'm not going to be buying the Space Invaders game! Way to price yourselves out of the market, idiots! Alien Crush Returns looks pretty cool though...

EJD

#36

EJD said:

Not a bad week but I won't be getting any of these.

@Wiiloveit: Thanks for telling me about that offer, I'll be buying points more often now. I wish I found this earlier, I only bought a card last week.

If we don't get an Art Style game in two weeks I'll be severely disappointed.

Starwolf_UK

#38

Starwolf_UK said:

They bait u in with a low price, and if u get addicted u pay lots more lol. Hopefully they keep makin more DLC too.
I don't think there can be much more DLC. You see the base game take ups over 300 blocks then each of the DLC packs is about 100 blocks totaling just under 600 blocks for the whole package.

Who has that sort of space on their Wiis? :P

If the DLC was more like 200 points I doubt anyone would complain :(

ness

#39

ness said:

A good update, but still no 'Art Style' game, i can't understand it =(.

@ Space Invaders Get Even: O.K., it's not expensive, but you just get one stage!
And 500 Points for each level pack? So you have to pay 2000 points to get the full game?! Sorry, but for me this looks like a deceptive package and is definitively to pricey...

And ~ 650 blocks are also too much in comparison to the space on the Wii.

Terra

#40

Terra said:

Wow, really good week. I gathered that Alien Crush might be released and Space Invaders was due last month, so that's quite good but i was hoping for an Art Style game. I'm not too fussed over Brain Challenge so i'm just glad to see it out of the way but with Art Style games, we've been waiting for ages while America has 3. Hardly fair.

Also, i have to say that i had no idea there was another Crush game in the series. I know quite a few games that are pretty obscure but that one completely slipped me. I'll look out for that in the future, although with Alien Crush Returns out at the same price Jaki Crush, it might not sell well.

SmaMan

#41

SmaMan said:

Yes! Now I might have some more challengers on ACR's versus mode! Unfortunately, this also means my high scores are gonna get challenged back down to normal levels. Darn.

nintendo87

#43

nintendo87 said:

why does Australia get F in the A when it comes to video game releases just like Metal of honor heros 2 on the wii their is no online!!!!

MrPoo6321

#44

MrPoo6321 said:

Space Invaders Get Even looks like it could be fun... I really want Animales De La Muerte to come out on Monday, so I'm going to hold out for that. But if it doesn't come out yet, then I'll probably get Earthworm Jim and Proto Man with my 1,000 Wii Points that I have left right now.

Vortex99

#45

Vortex99 said:

Telltale Games? Are you listening? TELLTALE! Listen! Anyway, I thought that Strong Bad was supposed to be released every month, right? Well, how come our last Strong Bad dose was in September?

KDR_11k

#46

KDR_11k said:

Space Invaders seems like a cool concept and I'd probably get it if the review is positive and indicates that you aren't required to buy all the levels to get a decent game length.

dangermouseuk78

#47

dangermouseuk78 said:

I downloaded space invaders i think its quite cool and quite funny u can abduct a cow to get extra time and bit of good fun and the star fox esque voice chatter u get from the the people shootin at u, it more of a rack up as many points as u can game to get high on the leader board it is a good fun shooter and has good bright colourful look only downside i see really is the DLC 500 for few more levels and the total space it takes up somethin like 600 blocks.. So to me i think wont see to much more in the way of DLC as u wouldnt have much room for anythin else

Terra

#48

Terra said:

I'm trying to do a Wikipedia page on Jaki Crush. Can anyone give me more information? My friend has got it started and handed the job to me. I'm also trying to do a page abvout the series in general under it's unofficial series name, Crush Pinball.

ness

#49

ness said:

@ Alien Crush Returns: Yeah, i'm on the 12th place in the world wide ranking of Level 3 :-D. Wohoo^^.

Crazynoodle

#50

Crazynoodle said:

Has anyone baught space invaders yet? Is it fun? Does it feature leader boards and online, local multiplayer?

SmaMan

#51

SmaMan said:

@ ness
I think I hit somewhere in the top 30 on Level 3 the other day. It'll tell you that it took me 8 hours too! The thing is I had to go somewhere in the middle of it and it apparently continues to count time even when paused...

dangermouseuk78

#52

dangermouseuk78 said:

Crazynoodle:
No space invaders is a single player game works in the same way as star soldier does with the online leader boards

ness

#53

ness said:

@ SmaMan: It took me many hours, too. And does the time really influence the place?

Wiiloveit

#54

Wiiloveit said:

Not many people seem to have bought this game, or play it online. It took me ages to get an opponent this morning. Still, since all of you crazy Americans were asleep, I'll let you off.
Without looking at the Wii Shop sales though, I can tell that this game is being neglected. I mean, come on - the leaderboard only has the top 52 spaces filled so far (out of 1000).
I think what's more distressing (for me, at least), is that I'm 49th out of all those. Oops.

SmaMan

#55

SmaMan said:

@ness
No I don't think your place on the boards depends on time. With my 8 hour score I was placed between to one hour scorers.
@Ouazegaga
Try scrolling down a bit when you're looking at the Wi-Fi leaderboards. I missed mine a few times, but I'd always find it eventually.
@Wiiloveit
If you're still on, this crazy American is looking for some challengers right now! I was actually so lucky as to do a 4 PLAYER match just now!

ness

#56

ness said:

@ Wiiloveit: That is wrong, the leaderboard does not only has the top 52 spaces filled, because you always see some place behind you, not every place. For example 2 days ago i was on place ~ 120.

Killraven

#57

Killraven said:

wheres the review for space invaders.
demon212 has done a good review on youtube though.

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