Nintendo Download: LostWinds, Happy Holidays, Final Fight, Wonder Boy, Dragon Quest and Photo Clock (EU)
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
Nintendo celebrates the 100th WiiWare release in style.
Last week saw the release of a single WiiWare game in Europe, which happened to be the 99th - Logically, we all assumed that this meant Nintendo of Europe was saving something special as 100th release. Thankfully, we were right - One of today's new WiiWare games is a sequel to a launch game which has been anticipated for over a year.
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias continues where the original LostWinds left off, with Toku once again using his wind-controlling powers to try and lift a curse and find his mother. A new element in this sequel is the ability to change seasons - You can instantly bring summer and winter to the lands of Mistralis whenever you want, which will be a necessity to solve certain puzzles. The first game is still one of the best-reviewed WiiWare games out there, so we have high hopes for this one! We'll review it soon, in the meantime why not read our interview again?. Like the first game, it costs 1000 Wii Points.
Today's other WiiWare release, Happy Holidays: Halloween has got to be one of the most pointless releases yet - For 500 points, it allows you to send cards to friends to wish them a happy Halloween. Seeing as Halloween is barely even celebrated across Europe, and you can do this sort of thing on the internet for free, we can't imagine anyone spending money on this! We'll have a review up soon.
Even though it's WiiWare's time to shine today, the other services aren't being ignored - Virtual Console gets another two new retro offerings, both from major publishers. Final Fight 2 is the SNES-exclusive sequel to the original game, and while it fixes the biggest complaint about the original game's SNES port (The lack of multiplayer), the game itself feels a bit bland and isn't really as interesting as the first. On top of that, only Mike Haggar returns as playable character! If you really love beat 'em ups it might be worth checking out, but if not we suggest waiting for the superb Final Fight 3 instead. Funnily enough, we just put up a retro review of the game you can check out for some more information.
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap is likely to be the last Wonder Boy release for a long time - This one is almost identical to Dragon's Curse on the Turbografx, which is also generally considered the better version. The titular wonder boy (This time apparently not Tom Tom) is cursed by a dragon, turning him into one as well. He has to progress through various lands, defeating more dragons and turning into different creatures along the way, in order to eventually regain his human form. If you've already bought Dragon's Curse, then there's no real point in getting this, but if you haven't, the only clear advantage is that this one is 100 Wii Points cheaper. We'll review it soon.
DSiWare has two releases as well this time, including another good one - Dragon Quest Wars is a strategy title in Square Enix's "other" RPG franchise, Dragon Quest. It's fairly simple to get into, and quite fun, plus there's a Wi-Fi battle mode - What's not to like? It's also only 500 DSi Points, which is a very reasonable price. You can read what we thought of the game here.
Today's other DSiWare release is nothing special - The Photo Clock is yet another clock application. This one allows you to insert a photo you've taken with your DSi. We thought it was pretty bad when North America got it.
A lot of good to great releases this week! Will you be getting anything?