USA WiiWare Update: Bit.Trip Beat

Downloading this week’s WiiWare release might cause some of you to make confused grunting sounds and paw angrily at your Wii Remote, because the retro visuals and 8-bit music of Bit.Trip Beat might suggest to some that they’ve accidently downloaded a Virtual Console release.

However, you should turn that frown upside down because Aksys Games’ latest WiiWare title is a love-letter to the days of yore when the Atari VCS was king and Sonic was but a glint in Yuji Naka’s mischievous eye.

This ‘rhythm action’ title has been on our radar for quite some time now, and at 600 Wii Points it’s certainly priced competitively. But, as always, we recommend you wait for the definitive WiiWare World review.

BIT.TRIP BEAT (Aksys Games, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points): BIT.TRIP BEAT is a rhythm game that brings retro action into the present, letting you use the motion-sensing Wii Remote™ controller to bounce beats. Retro visuals, classic game play, four-player multiplayer and an 8-bit soundtrack will get you in the zone and rock your world. The challenges are mighty, but if you can stay cool as the difficulty increases, you'll discover the beginnings of the BIT.TRIP saga.

Don't forget to check out our exclusive interview with the developer Gaijin Games.

In the ‘real’ world of retro gaming, Virtual Console fans can enjoy the C64 sports classic Summer Games II.