Nintendo Download: 29th January 2010 (Europe)
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
One single Virtual Console game in three weeks. Again.
But don't feel let down again, because it's actually quite a solid week this time. With DSiWare still being almost completely taken up by Electroplankton rereleases, there's only one real "new" game for each service, but all of them are (or seem to be) good picks.
Possibly to tie in with today's release of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Capcom has released Street Fighter Alpha 2, Capcom has released Street Fighter Alpha 2 on the SNES for download. It's frequently mocked for its long loading times (in fact, it's one of the only SNES titles to have loading times at all), but don't let that be the judge of the game's quality - it's actually quite an impressive port of the arcade version and still very playable. We'll let you be the judge on if it's better than Capcom's newest fighter, though!
WiiWare's single new pick is a pretty high-profile one. Developed by Intelligent Systems, the guys behind Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, 530 Eco Shooter is an on-rails shooter in which you quite literally take out the trash, by shooting the various tins and soda cans that come at you. It's a bit short with only three levels, but it's still very enjoyable, especially for high-score maniacs, who will likely come back to the game time and time again to beat their old records. It costs 1000 Wii Points.
This week's new DSiWare game is quite a rare sight, because it's an RPG. The first one on the service, in fact! Developed by Gameloft, Legends of Exidia looks like a rather succesful attempt to mimic the style of Japanese RPGs. Since it is of course a DSiWare game, the only thing we're a bit worried about is the game's length, but hopefully Gameloft have managed to squeeze a good amount of content in there to make it worthwhile. It costs 800 DSi Points, and we'll have a review soon.
And as already mentioned, there's also two more Electroplankton titles on DSiWare. This week's picks are Luminarrow and Sun-Animalcule. Just two more weeks of this left! You can read what we thought of these two here and here.
A bit of a step up from the last few weeks in terms of quality, but still not quite up there with what the rest of the world is getting. You can do better still, Nintendo of Europe!