Nintendo Download: Fantasies, Fishing, Warfare, Reversi and Sudoku (US)

NoA's sudden WiiWare push continues, with yet another 3 WiiWare games and 1 game for both DSiWare and Virtual Console.

Nintendo seems to be focusing on WiiWare a lot lately. Perhaps they're just trying to stir up excitement for upcoming big releases? It mostly seems to be a Europe catchup week - Only two WiiWare games are new for the west and neither seems very interesting.

Water Warfare is Hudson's second WiiWare FPS, and it's pretty much the opposite of Onslaught, being heavily focused on multiplayer instead of single player. With 8-player deathmatch, capture the flag and base capture modes, along with "harmless" versions of weapons and items found in other FPS games, it's every bit as fun and deep as "hardcore" games - It's just less violent! We literally just put our review of the game online as well, so you can see if it's worth it before the game is released. As in Europe, it will cost you 800 Wii Points.

We didn't even know Reel Fishing Challenge was a WiiWare game until today! It's already the third WiiWare game about fishing, but only the second that actually makes you fish. We suspect that this will simply be a slightly more realistic approach to the sport as opposed to Cocoto Fishing Master's cutesy impression, but we'll have to wait and see when it's available. Perhaps it will be similar to Natsume's retail Reel Fishing game? For 500 Wii Points we assume you can't go too wrong with it...

Silver Star Reversi is the second "Silver Star" game, and is, as you might've guessed from the title, based on the board game Reversi. The first game, Chess, was fairly simplistic, but decent if you wanted a cheap chess game on your Wii - We suspect this will end up similarly, especially since it's 500 Wii Points as well.

DSiWare's single new game this week is the first of Hudson's two Sudoku packages, Sudoku Master, previously released in Europe as "Sudoku 150! For Challengers." We have no idea why Hudson has chosen to release this 150-puzzle version in North America first as well, surely it'd be smarter to release the smaller 50-puzzle package first? Nevertheless, as our review will tell you, it's quite a good package if you like solving Sudokus, and at 500 DSi Points it's decently priced as well.

The Virtual Console gets a long-overdue game - Fantasy Zone II was already released in Europe and Japan earlier this year. As you can imagine this is quite simply a bigger, better sequel to the original Fantasy Zone, making it one of the best Master System titles available on VC, and thus a great purchase for a measly 500 points.

Five new games, but some of them will likely only appeal to select gamers. Will you be getting any of them? More from Nintendo's press release:

NINTENDO DOWNLOAD - IT'S NO REEL FANTASY: WATER, SUDOKU AND SILVER STARS CAN BOOST YOUR SKILLS

June 29, 2009

This week's new downloadable games include a trio of WiiWare™ titles - two built around water-themed challenges and one designed to keep your mental chops in top shape. For Virtual Console™, you'll find a memorable SEGA character making his return in a classic single-player sci-fi adventure. Rounding out the lineup is a new Nintendo DSiWare™ title that's sure to have sudoku fans reaching feverishly for the nearest stylus.

WiiWare

Water Warfare™
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1-8
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: Water Warfare is a comical first-person shooter that uses water guns to battle and soak opponents. A map with a particular theme - Playground, Beach, Plaza or Nature Park - is generated automatically when the game begins, so you can think up new strategies each time you engage. Game modes include Single Player Missions, CPU Match and 2-Player Split Screen. On top of that, players with broadband Internet access can use Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to battle with up to eight players from around the world, or participate in Ranking Mode.

Reel Fishing® Challenge
Publisher: Natsume, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Reel Fishing Challenge offers a fun and challenging experience for novice fishers and master anglers alike. Put your skills to the test and discover new types of fish in the challenging mission mode, or relax and enjoy the game at your own pace in free play mode. No matter which mode you play, the game's beautiful graphics and natural setting bring the fishing experience to life. Choose from a variety of lures to attract and hook the game's numerous fish. Each fish looks and moves like the real thing - it's the closest you can get to real-life fishing without putting on your waders.

Silver Star Reversi
Publisher: Agetec, Inc.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Silver Star Reversi has two modes: 1-Player mode allows you to play a match against the computer opponent, and 2-Player mode allows you to play against another person. In 1-Player mode, you can choose from five different computer opponents, turn the background music on or off, adjust sound effects and access in-game help features. During each match, you can also redo your last move, save the game at any point, or resign from the game. After a match has ended, you can review each move and resume the match from any point you choose.

Virtual Console™

Fantasy Zone™ II: The Tears of Opa-Opa
Original platform: SEGA MASTER SYSTEM
Publisher: SEGA
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Ten years have elapsed since Opa-Opa restored peace to the Fantasy Zone. Now history is repeating itself, and the planets that make up the Fantasy Zone once again find themselves attacked by the mastermind of the Nenon planet forces. This mastermind is secretly constructing a huge fortress in the Fantasy Zone and aims to put an end to their ambitious plans. Just as he did 10 years ago, Opa-Opa must do battle to save the Fantasy Zone.

Nintendo DSiWare™

SUDOKU MASTER
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: SUDOKU MASTER offers 150 unique puzzles that beginners and experts alike will enjoy. A handful of tutorials will help you learn the rules and controls as you go, and handy features like Write Mode and Temp Numbers make Sudoku pleasantly user-friendly. Feeling confident? Then try your hand at Title Mode to work your way up from Rookie to Sudoku Master. All puzzles were created by Sudoku veteran NIKOLI Co., Ltd., and tips from Sudoku godfather Maki Kaji are offered between games.

[via press.nintendo.com]