Nintendo Download: 8 January 2010 (Europe)
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
Virtual Console returns!
After two weeks of very few interesting downloadable games, today offers us some potentially good titles. The Virtual Console gets one new game (And a good one, at that) while WiiWare gets two and DSiWare gets three.
The first Virtual Console game in 3 weeks is Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi on the Mega Drive. Released in Japan as a Virtual Console launch title back in 2006, it was way, way overdue for release elsewhere! The title already reveals a little bit - The game has a few small relations to the Shinobi series, but on the whole plays quite a bit differently. This is mostly because you have a companion with you at all times in the form of a wolf, who will attack enemies as well! A favourite among Sega fans, we're glad it's finally been released here. You can expect a review soon.
WiiWare's offerings today serve as catchup to North America (At least a little bit!). Stop Stress: A Day of Fury is Abylight's second WiiWare game and yet another unusual one - You control a stressed out man as he makes his way through the city, smashing up as much as he can. The game is played from a first person perspective, but it's kind of hard to call it an FPS, per se - You only possess melee weapons and enemies don't appear too frequently. It's decently fun, but very short and not very replayable, being beatable in less than an hour and not offering much extras. Still, we thought it wasn't bad, so if you feel stressed out it could be worth a look. It costs 800 Wii Points.
Stunt Cars is a definite no-no though - Yet another racing game, it's kind of hard to say much about this one, because it's fairly bland in almost every aspect! The game feels like a mish-mash of too many different ideas and as a result is very boring and uninteresting. You can read what we thought here. This one also costs 800 Wii Points.
DSiWare offers a bit more variety this week. Art Academy: Second Semester is the second art training game available, and basically offers more of the same. That's good in the case of some games, but not for this one! The first game already taught you various things - This second game basically just teaches you the same things as before, but at a slightly more advanced level. However, the amount of lessons in this one is actually lower than the amount in the first - Meaning you're paying the same high price of 800 DSi Points to learn what you've already learned, except at a slightly higher level. Unless you downloaded the first game and desperately want more, we advise you to stay away from this installment. Read our review for more.
Move Your Brain: Rollway Puzzle is yet another game to make use of the DSi's special features - Using the DSi camera, you must tilt the system in order to roll a ball through various mazes and solve puzzles. Seems simple enough, and for 500 DSi Points it also seems fairly decently priced. We'll have a review soon.
The safest pick this week seems to be Sokomania, however. Based on the Sokoban puzzles of old, your goal is quite simply to move around boxes in a small maze onto the designated squares. Plenty of ways to get stuck mean you'll have to think each level through carefully before making your move and potentially making the level unwinnable. The best part about this game, however, is it's very low 200 DSi Points asking price - Surely it's worth it at that price?
Still just 6 games this week, but at least the Virtual Console shows a slow heartbeat again!