EU WiiWare Update: Beer Pong and Snowboard Riot

It had to happen some day. We’d been hoping and praying that it would pass us by; that maybe Nintendo, in its infinite mercy would deem us Europeans likeable enough to avoid such digital garbage, but sadly it wasn’t to be. We’re sorry to report that the lamentable Beer Pong! Frat Party Games – the game that proved that quality and popularity don’t always go hand-in-hand by topping the US WiiWare charts for God knows how long - is now available on the EU WiiWare service.

The video game equivalent of watching paint dry (only not as exciting) singularly failed to impress us when we reviewed it some time ago. The only interesting aspect of this release is that the game’s title has reverted back to ‘Beer Pong’ rather than ‘Pong Toss’. For 800 points this is a bit of a sick joke; needless to say, we recommend you pass this one up. Thankfully our Aussie cousins don't need to worry about having to make the choice - they have been spared this game, presumably because it doesn't feature 'Castlemaine XXXX'.

It wouldn’t be so bad if there was a viable alternative available, but sadly the other WiiWare release this week is merely average. Snowboard Riot is Hudson’s attempt to top Nintendo’s 1080 Snowboarding, but as you can see from our review, it’s not entirely successful. At 1000 points it’s also pretty pricey.

What do you our faithful readers think of this week’s releases?