Nintendo Download: 13-14 October 2009 (Japan)
Posted by Sean Aaron
WiiWare keeps on resting with VC and DSiWare action for Japanese downloaders next week.
Incredibly it appears we're having a second consecutive week with no WiiWare releases in Japan, but with three more VC titles (including a much-loved Kirby release) and five DSiWare releases, it's hard to complain.
Kirby Super Deluxe (800pts Super Famicom - Nintendo) -- Known in North America as Kirby Super Star and Europe as Kirby's Fun Pak, this is a Kirby game collection enjoyed by many that has recently seen a re-release on the DS.
Baraduke (800pts Arcade - Namco) -- Kissy is the original Japanese space heroine pre-dating Metroid by a year. She's also the mother of Susmo Hori (a.k.a. Mr. Driller) and ex-wife of Taizoo Hori the original Dig Dug (what a family)! Baraduke (a.k.a. Alien Sector) is a side/vertical scrolling shooter in which the player walks and flies Kissy through an alien base blasting baddies on the way. The scrolling isn't forced, but players aren't able to go back once they've passed into a new area. Rescuing little rabbit-eared blobby cyclopses will give you a chance at extra hit points. It's not a brilliant game, but there's something oddly compelling about it. The little aliens saying "I'm your friend!" when you save them is much appreciated, as is their willingness to sacrifice themselves by suiciding against the boss monster at the end of every level.
Bakutotsu Kijuutei (800pts Arcade - Namco) -- Subtitled Baraduke II, this is the sequel to Baraduke. It lacks some of the charm of the original, but does feature better graphics and sound and has similar gameplay. This time you control Takky (the second player in the first game), though you're still blasting the Octi Family aliens and saving the little Paccet aliens.
Amakuchi! Dairoo Castle (200pts - Kawamoto Industrial) -- A seemingly simple "tower defense"-style game.
Calculation 100 Renutsu (200pts - IE Institute) -- Yet another brain-training-type game from the IE Institute, this one is focused on doing maths and such.
G.G. Series: Shinobi Karakuri-Den (200pts - Genterprise) -- Another little arcade-style game from Genterprise. This looks like a puzzle/platforming game with a little ninja trying to clear blocks or enemies or something -- as ninjas are wont to do.
G.G. Series: Super Hero Ooga (200pts - Genterprise) -- Genterprise keeps the simple arcade action coming! This one looks like a side-scrolling beat-em-up with a guy in colourful tights.
Detective Saburoo Jinguuji: Ka Dan noo Te & Nazo no Jiken Bo (500pts - Arc System Works) -- Yet another Detective Saburoo visual novel. Enjoy!