Nintendo Download: Ninja Gaiden, My Zoo, Rock N' Roll Climber and Nintendo Touch Golf (EU)
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
Things are a bit underwhelming this week.
There's no doubt that a lot of people are waiting for the European release of Excitebike: World Rally, but it looks like Nintendo is letting us down for now - This week offers us only four new games, and none of them are particularly interesting.
WiiWare's the only service with more than one game this time - My Zoo is Hudson Soft's "sequel" to My Aquarium, a game which has been consistently doing very well in terms of sales. As in Aquarium, you are given a selection of animals to put in an enclosure, after which you can feed and watch them. Over time, they might have babies, or they might die - Such is the way of life! This one seems a bit more interactive, so if that was an issue for you with the first game, it could be worth a look. We'll review it soon. It'll cost you only 500 Wii Points.
Rock N' Roll Climber was announced at the Game Developers Conference a long time ago, and immediately garnered interest when we learned it was being developed by Giles Goddard, a man who worked on many Nintendo 64 classics, such as Super Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time. News around the game then stayed completely silent until, out of nowhere, it was released in North America three months ago. Disappointingly, it wasn't a very good game - Read our thoughts here. It costs 800 Wii Points.
We still don't have Ninja Gaiden II and III, but that isn't stopping Tecmo from releasing the original arcade Ninja Gaiden. Developed at the exact same time as the NES game, it's pretty much completely different. Yes, it's still a sidescrolling platformer of sorts, but it plays more like a beat 'em up - Ryu Hayabusa has a whole arsenal of moves at his disposal, and enemies all take multiple hits to defeat. It's mildly amusing and by no means bad, but it pales when compared to its console counterpart, and at a whole 800 Wii Points it's hard to recommend. We'll have a full review soon.
DSiWare brings us yet another game in the "A Little Bit of..." line - The latest is A Little Bit of... Nintendo Touch Golf, which, you guessed it, is based on the retail DS game. Nintendo hasn't said anything about it, so we're unsure about its features, but you can probably just expect the original game with about 75% of the content cut out, like with most other DSiWare versions of retail games. It was a pretty competent golfing game though, so if you're in the mood for portable golf you'll probably enjoy it. A review will be up within a few days.
Just four new releases, a bit low compared to North America's eleven! Are you getting any of these?