Nintendo Download: 26th March 2010 (Europe)
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
This Hanabi Festival's final game, with some nice things on WiiWare and DSiWare as well.
As previously announced by Nintendo, the Hanabi Festival wasn't over just yet. This week brings us one last import game, and it's quite a highly anticipated one, at that. They could've just left it at that and called it a day, but they've also added a second, non-import Virtual Console game, just to keep the count at two for three weeks straight, it seems. WiiWare and DSiWare get a bunch of stuff as well, although they are likely to be less popular than the new import.
The final import this time is Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber, the followup to The March of the Black Queen and one of the Nintendo 64's very few strategy games. Like its predecessor, it's not exactly what you'd expect out of a strategy game. There's no real direct combat decisions made by you, instead, you tell your troops beforehand how they should behave when they get into a fight, and let them do it all by themselves. There's a metric ton of stuff to fiddle around with, and it is because of that that the game is quite popular with many strategy fans, fairly often being named as one of the best strategy games ever made. Like the single other N64 import before it, it costs 1200 Wii Points. We'll have a review soon.
Fighting game fans should take note of today's non-import VC release as well. Fatal Fury Special is in many ways similar to the many upgraded versions of Street Fighter II, basically being a rerelease of Fatal Fury 2 with some additions, such as the ability to play as the previously unplayable boss characters, and some characters returning from the first game in the series. Overall, it is without a doubt an improvement, and one of the best Fatal Fury games.
On WiiWare, we've got Art of Balance. It probably won't look very interesting at first, but looks can deceive. Circling around not much more than successfully stacking objects on top of each other and having them stay upright, it's surprisingly addictive and fun, and with 100 stages to clear you'll be busy for a nice while. We actually think it's one of the best WiiWare games available, for you might want to get 800 Wii Points and check it out!
There's also a new Hudson release on offer. Based on the massively popular PC game, Diner Dash sees you playing as Flo, a waitress at a restaurant, as she tries to cater to all customers' needs. You've got to help them to their seats, take their orders, deliver their food and more, and with you being the only waitress around things'll get quite hectic. New for this version is the ability to play online - With up to 7 others, in fact. It costs 1000 Wii Points, and we'll review it soon.
On DSiWare, we've gotten the same three Game & Watch games North America got last Monday, surprisingly enough. That's Chef, Judge and Mario's Cement Factory, for those not in the know. Faithful ports of the old LCD games, these all only cost 200 points and are still quite fun to pass some time with. We've reviewed them here, here and here.
Super Yum Yum: Puzzle Adventures is a puzzle game in which you play as Leon the chameleon (Surely we're not the only ones who think of Star Fox 64 because of this) as he goes around trying to eat all the fruit he can. His tongue has quite some range and pull to it, so if he shoots it out and hits any fruit with it, he will instantly be pulled towards it. As you can imagine, this becomes a key element in most puzzles, requiring you to carefully plan out your movements in order to cross gaps and reach all fruit. For its 800 DSi Points asking price, you'll get 48 levels. Expect a review soon.
Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. is the latest Gameloft title and seems to be another GTA clone, even though we just got one. There's the usual driving and gunning missions which you'll have to undertake, in order to earn money and make it to the top. It's cheaper than Tag Games' effort, at just 500 DSi Points, but will it be better? We'll answer that question soon!
Nine new games! Will you be getting anything?