Nintendo Download: Flip Champs, Final Fantasy IV, Boulder Dash (US)
Posted by Damien McFerran
A quartet of games for you lucky North American people
The WiiWare release is set after the events of the fourth Final Fantasy game and promises the usual standard of Square Enix RPG greatness. It retails for 800 Wii points, although we've heard rumours that the game might come in as many as nine episodes, so this could end up being a pretty expensive game!
Mighty Flip Champs is arguably the biggest title to hit DSiWare yet; coming from our good friends at WayForward Technologies, this unique puzzle title showcases a gorgeous visual style and innovative gameplay. It will cost you 800 DSi points.
Naturally, our reviews will be going live for these titles shortly (with the obvious exception of Texas Hold'em Tournament and Boulder Dash, both of which we've already covered), so keep your eye peeled.
Mighty Flip Champs!™
Publisher: WayForward Technologies
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Are you ready to become a Mighty Flip Champ? Take control of Alta and page-flip through a series of action-packed mazes. The touch screen reflects a preview of the next chamber and shows Alta's projected destination within it. When it's time to flip, use Alta's Magical Warp Wand to replace her world with the next one. Will she land safely on solid ground or be crushed under it? By cycling endlessly through room after brain-busting room, you'll match wits with some of the most devious traps in puzzle/platforming history.
FINAL FANTASY® IV: THE AFTER YEARS™
Publisher: SQUARE ENIX
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Alcohol Reference, Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS is the sequel to the hit RPG FINAL FANTASY IV. The story takes place many years after the original and centers on a young man named Ceodore, son of the paladin Cecil and the white mage Rosa, who, along with their loyal and steadfast friends, once saved the world from evil born of the second moon. Now, monsters are reappearing in a world that had finally attained peace. The second moon has returned anew. What tidings does this ominous harbinger bring? Familiar faces and new allies join the battle to save the Blue Planet once more.
Texas Hold'em Tournament
Publisher: Digital Leisure, Inc.
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Simulated Gambling
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: The deck is shuffled and the blinds are in – it's your move. Call, raise or even bluff your way "all in" with Texas Hold'em Tournament. You'll start off in the small Nevada gaming halls and work your way up to the Las Vegas Championship. Multi-round, no-limit hold'em game play ensures hours of serious poker action. Think you're the best poker player out there? Using broadband Internet access and Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, start climbing the worldwide rankings by winning online tournaments, and see how your poker skills stack up by viewing the online leaderboard. Texas Hold'em Tournament also lets you play multiplayer poker with up to five friends, and with full Mii™ character support, you can truly bring yourself to the table.
Original platform: Commodore 64
Publisher: Commodore Gaming
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Originally released in 1984, Boulder Dash is one of the big computer-game classics. It is one of the very few computer games ever to be ported from home computers to arcades, not the other way around. The hero of the game is the brave prospector Rockford. He must dig through caves to collect diamonds while avoiding various types of dangerous creatures and obstacles such as falling rocks. He is in constant danger of being crushed or trapped by an avalanche or killed by an underground explosion. Strategy and planning are the keys to mastering Boulder Dash. Once enough jewels have been collected, the door to the mysterious escape tunnel is revealed and Rockford can explore another cave.