Nintendo Download: 22nd January 2010 (Europe)
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
The Virtual Console gets abandoned again.
You've got to wonder what's going on over at Nintendo of Europe. For the second time, we've now gone two weeks in a row without a VC title, despite knowing that there's still plenty of them upcoming. Come on, NoE! Just like last week, there's really only one noteworthy title - The rest is completely negligible.
WiiWare gets the fairly highly anticipated Max and the Magic Marker. In this platformer, your goal is to draw lines with a virtual marker, in order to create makeshift platforms and items for main character Max, to assist him in getting through each stage. It sounds cool, it looks cool, and we're certain the actual game has also turned out cool. Expect a review soon, but until then feel free to re-read our interview with the developer. It costs 1000 Wii Points.
Fast Draw Showdown is actually an old arcade game which has now been brought to WiiWare. Entirely FMV-based, it's basically a reaction speed test, in which you must draw your weapon and gun down opponents before they can do the same to you. If you're looking for an authentic arcade experience, this is pretty much perfect, but as you might expect, the game doesn't offer much variation or longevity, which is exactly why we only awarded it a 5 out of 10. At least it's only 500 Wii Points!
As we predicted last week, we've gotten two more Electroplankton titles on DSiWare, which hog all the spotlight and have thus caused no other games to be released this week. This time, the picks are Nanocarp and Trapy, which also happen to be two of the more mediocre entries in the series. Each costs 200 DSi Points.
Yes, just four games this week, even less than last time! Will this keep up or will next week suddenly bring us a miracle?