There's only really one surprise this week, and it's the weekly Virtual Console title. All of this week's WiiWare and DSiWare releases were already announced last week!
On VC, you can go to war in another classic Koei strategy game for the SNES - Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf. It's not as well-remembered as Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Uncharted Waters and Nobunaga's Ambition, but it's still a very competent strategy title. As you might have guessed from the title, you take control of the legendary Mongol warlord Genghis Khan, as you try to conquer either Mongolia or all of Eurasia. We'll have a review up soon, as usual!
WiiWare this week finally sees the anticipated North American release of Swords & Soldiers, WiiWare's first Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game. Take control of one of three different factions, each with their own unique units, spells and constructs, as you either try to beat their campaign or try to defeat a friend in multiplayer mode. Although it seems simple it's quite addictive - You can even try to earn 25 achievements for the opportunity to win a real-life prize. We think it's one of the best WiiWare games yet, so don't just ignore it! Swords & Soldiers costs 1000 Wii Points.
Today's other WiiWare release isn't as exciting. Fish'em All is another catch-up release, in which you use the Wii remote to simulate swinging a net in order to catch fish as they leap out of the water. It's a nice idea, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired - We thought the shaky controls really hampered the game. If you plan on playing multiplayer a lot it might be worth a look, but it's also fairly steep at 800 Wii Points!
DSiWare sees the release of another Mario game - Although it's another puzzler. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! seems to be nothing more than a small expansion to the DS game Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, with only a few premade stages. The gameplay is still the same - Guide the Minis to the exit with the touch screen, helping them along the way at the right times. Accoridng to Nintendo, the "big feature" is that it still includes a level editor and you can still share levels online, but unless it's been greatly improved upon we don't really see the point - Just get the DS game! Minis March Again will run you 800 DSi Points.
That's it this week! More from Nintendo's press release:
Nintendo Download: March, Fight and Fish Your Way to World Domination
June 8, 2009
With this week’s additions to the Nintendo DSi Shop™ and Wii™ Shop Channel, fun truly comes in all shapes and sizes. A new Mario vs. Donkey Kong™ title on Nintendo DSiWare™ features miniature versions of the world’s most famous video game icon, while a pair of fresh WiiWare™ releases invite players to wield a fishing rod or storm a sprawling battlefield. For king-sized thrills, the latest Virtual Console™ offering lets players don the boots of one of the world’s biggest warriors.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Minis March Again!
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Thanks to the runaway success of Super Mini Mario World, Mario™ and Pauline have expanded their toy-filled theme park and invited everyone to the opening celebration – everyone, that is, except Donkey Kong, who was too late to get in. Donkey Kong decides to crash the party and kidnaps Pauline along the way. Can Mario and his Mini Marios rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong’s clutches yet again? Make sure to explore the Construction Zone, where you’ll find all the tools needed to make your own original levels. You can then share your masterpieces or download levels created by others, via a local wireless connection or with broadband Internet access and Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection.
Swords & Soldiers
Publisher: Ronimo Games
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Rewrite history as you take control of the brutal Vikings, the devious Aztecs or the crafty Chinese in their global quest to win the favor of the Gods. Swords & Soldiers is a side-scrolling strategy game that lets you control an entire army and wield devastating magical abilities. Demolish your enemy’s castle at the end of these two-dimensional battlefields and lead your troops to victory. Featuring hours of single-player campaign game play and challenging skirmishes, the game also offers frantic local multiplayer matches that let you take the fight to your friends. If that still isn’t enough for you, there are several unlockable challenge modes that will test your abilities even further.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Here’s an arcade game with real coin-op flavor. Jack and Walter are two old fishermen in a fantasy world. They’ve found places where crazy fish leap out of the water all day long – perfect for fishing. It’s a shame the other strange creatures aren’t going to make things easy. In this surreal action game, you’ll experience the excitement of the great arcade classics on your Wii console. Hold on tight to your controller and fish ’em all, featuring nine colorful scenarios, three game modes (Arcade, Challenge and Fishtris) and one- or two-player action.
Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf
Original platform: Super NES™
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: In Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf, unite the scattered Mongol tribes under your banner and conquer the world as Genghis Khan. Choose from two riveting scenarios: Mongolia and all of Eurasia. It’s up to you to take your fledgling empire from humble beginnings on the Mongolian plateau and expand your borders across the land. As your rivals look enviously upon your domain, you must struggle to weather the assaults of your opponents and carve out a living for your people. Engage in diplomacy to forge alliances and organize your troops to defend the prosperity of your empire. If you can manage to spread the borders of your empire to the corners of the world, all will pay homage to your might.