Nintendo Download: Bit.Trip Beat, Dr. Mario, Magic and Galaxy Force II (EU)
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
Alternating Virtual Console and WiiWare weeks come to an end!
WiiWare's almost been out for a year in Europe, and it seems that because of that, Nintendo of Europe has decided to start using the same schedule North America does - Releasing both VC and WiiWare games every week. Of course there's another DSiWare game as well. None of the games are actually available until tonight, NoE's simply chosen to reveal them in advance.
Obviously the most anticipated of these releases is Bit.Trip: Beat. This retro-flavoured rhythm game came out in North America some time ago and was met with very positive reviews. It doesn't look like much just going by screenshots, but trust us, looks can be deceiving! Read our Bit.Trip: Beat review to see why this is a must-buy.
A bit less interesting but still somewhat anticipated is Dr. Mario Express, which North America got earlier this week as Dr. Mario Express. This is really just a bite-sized version of Dr. Mario & Germ Buster on WiiWare - It only includes single player and Vs. CPU modes, there's no multiplayer. That said, it's only 500 points, half the price of the WiiWare game - And honestly, Dr. Mario is practically made for handhelds, so you really can't go wrong with this. Read our Dr. Mario Express review to find out more, the game will be the exact same anyway!
Thankfully not released as sole DSiWare game is A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Funny Face. This was a North American DSiWare launch title at the start of April. This is a pointless rerelease of two tricks from the DS game Magic Made Fun, known elsewhere as Master of Illusion. It only costs 200 points, but the original game sold terribly - Because of that, it can be found in a lot of stores for an incredibly cheap price. If you're the least bit interested in learning magic tricks we strongly recommend you pick up the full game instead. But if you want to know more about this small package, read our Master of Illusion Express: Funny Face review.
It's a bit disappointing that there are not two VC games this week - Especially after having to wait a week like before! It's even more disappointing that the one game Nintendo did choose to release isn't that good. Galaxy Force II is similar to games like Space Harrier, although not quite as good. And considering that neither Space Harrier game is that good either, that's saying something! Watch out for our upcoming review to hear our final verdict.
Let's hope this isn't just a one-off and we do indeed get VC and WiiWare games every week from now on - The amount of games we'd get per week will stay the exact same, the only change would be that both VC and WiiWare fans have something new every week, which is of course a good thing!