As Hudson revealed last week, this month brings us the 4th Hanabi Festival! And what luck, it's already started in the very first week of the month - There's two new imports up for grabs right now!
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is the first game in the now seemingly dead Ogre Battle series, of which not a single game was released in Europe until now! It's pretty much one of the best purchases a strategy game fan can make - With tons of options and customization there's enough here to keep you busy for weeks, if not months. Corbie gave it a 9 out of 10, that should convince you!
Pulseman is the one of very first games developed by Game Freak, the makers of almost every main Pokémon game. It's a cute little platformer starring the titular Pulseman, who has various electricity-related abilities such as hyper-speed and energy balls. Despite never being released outside Japan (At least, not in cartridge form) it's got quite a following in the west because of how fun it is. A solid purchase for sure, but if you want to wait for our review it'll be up in the next few days.
On WiiWare there's two games as well! Bit Boy!! is Bplus's newest WiiWare game, following Plättchen Twist 'n' Paint and Niki - Rock 'n' Ball. While we didn't exactly think Plättchen was all that great, we gave Niki an 8 out of 10 - Will Bit Boy!! follow Niki or will it crash and burn like Plättchen? Find out soon! In the meantime, why not read our Bit Boy!! interview again to learn some more about how this game's interesting gameplay mechanic works?
The other new WiiWare game doesn't need an introduction. Gradius Rebirth is a brand new installment in the Gradius series, exclusively for WiiWare! It borrows elements from all previous 8 and 16-bit Gradius games, including graphics, so if you like the series you'll no doubt get some enjoyment out of this one. Be warned though - It's much shorter than the average Gradius game and fairly "by-the-book," so it won't really offer anything new! That's why we only gave it a 6 out of 10. What is noteworthy is that the European version only costs 600 Wii Points instead of 1000 - That's a pretty good deal!
There's three more DSiWare games as well, although it's kind of hard to call any of them "games!" Brain Challenge seems to be not much more than DSiWare port of the WiiWare version, so if you need even more brain training, go right ahead - But really, haven't we all had enough now? We'll have a review up in the next few days so you can see how it stacks up to the WiiWare game.
The final releases this week are a set of Mario applications. The Mario Calculator and Mario Clock are pretty much just as the titles say - A calculator and clock themed after Super Mario Bros. with some minor special features. Nothing special really, but if you absolutely need them, then for 200 points each, they're not exactly the worst things ever. Read our Mario Calculator review and Mario Clock review for some more professional insight.
And so the Hanabi Festival has returned! What games will be released the next few weeks, we wonder?