While North America has now suffered three consecutive weeks without a new retro game available for download, we're about to get another. It's accompanied by a bunch of DSiWare and WiiWare games that might not be to the liking of everybody.
Arcade Sports Air Hockey, Bowling, Pool, Snooker (800pts - Icon Games) – A collection of "arcade" games, but not in the sense of arcade cabinets. It took quite a while for this to be released following its original announcement, but the result was rather underwhelming, as our Arcade Sports review will tell you.
Girlfriends Forever: Magic Skate (800pts - Kolkom International) – Perhaps one of the strangest WiiWare releases yet when compared to the rest of the available games, in this game you play as one of the "Girlfriends" and try to master the ice rink. We'll have a review available soon.
Aero the Acrobat (800pts - Sunsoft) – Sunsoft's first SNES game to hit Virtual Console, and a fairly decent platformer. Its sequel is arguably better, but as that is headed for the service as well sometime soon we have nothing to worry about! We'll review it soon.
World Poker Tour: Texas Hold 'Em (500pts - Hands-On Mobile) – Another poker game, this time from Hands-On Mobile. We didn't think much of it upon its release in North America, as our World Poker Tour: Texas Hold 'Em review will inform you.
Pop Island: Paperfield (200pts - Odenis Studio) – An extension of sorts to the previous game, it features more of the same for a lower price. What else could you want? Our Pop Island: Paperfield review will tell you that this gives you quite a lot of value for your money.
Crazy Pinball (500pts - DTP Entertainment) – Another game in DTP's "Crazy" lineup, we're not quite sure yet what to expect from this one. We'll have a review as soon as we figure out if it's any good!
Here's the accompanying press release if you want to read all the information:
MAGIC SKATING, ARCADE CLASSICS, AEROBATICS, THE WORLD POKER TOUR AND MUCH MORE!
21st July 2010: A wonderful mix of games await you on the Wii and Nintendo DSi to download this week.
First up are two WiiWare games with a difference: test your arcade game skills in Arcade Sports™ Air Hockey, Bowling, Pool, Snooker and enjoy a magic skate-off in Girlfriends Forever: Magic Skate. Make sure you also check out the classic Aero the Acrobat from Sunsoft – the latest Virtual Console game.
Nintendo DS fans are also in for a treat this week, as World Poker Tour®: Texas Hold 'Em, Crazy Pinball, and Pop Island - Paperfield will all be available to download. Poker, Pinball and Magic Shooters have never been so fun!
WiiWare – Arcade Sports™ Air Hockey, Bowling, Pool, Snooker
(Icon Games Entertainment, 800 Wii Points)
ARCADE SPORTS consists of a selection of four fully featured classic arcade sports games including Air Hockey, Bowling, Pool and Snooker.
Whether you prefer to brush up your skills in the Practice Mode, play a one-on-one friendly match in Versus Match, take part in a series of tournaments in Season Mode or play against a friend in Multiplayer Mode, Arcade Sports will have something for you.
WiiWare – Girlfriends Forever: Magic Skate
(Kolkom International, 800 Wii Points)
The Girlfriends dream of being Queens of the Ice Rink. All they need to do is master all the challenges to win the Golden Magic Skate and win the Crown of the Skating Queen. Can you help them to fulfil their dreams?
Select one of the Girlfriend characters and help her to skate through various wonderful ice rinks and other magical places. As you strive for the Crown you can collect fabulous outfits and accessories along the way.
Virtual Console – Aero the Acrobat
(Sunsoft, Super Nintendo, 800 Wii Points)
The madman industrialist Edgar Ektor has seized control of the World of Amusement. He and a deranged cast of fairground freaks threaten the circus. The only hope for survival is the high-flying, death-defying Aero the Acrobat.
Spine-tingling terror unfolds as Aero tackles Ektor's wicked henchmen. Bungee jump into a battle with evil, skydive towards the danger below, hang on for the ride of your life as you rise and plunge on a roaring roller coaster, tiptoe across a terrifying tightrope and then power drill and twist Aero right through every sinister circus enemy imaginable. In the midst of all this action, make sure you remember that the show must go on.
It could become a carnival of carnage in the World of Amusement – make sure you take the evil Ektor seriously, as he isn't clowning around. Discover why Aero the Acrobat was awarded "Best New Character" when it was first released.
Nintendo DSiWare – World Poker Tour®: Texas Hold 'Em
(Hands-On Mobile, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)
Play like the pros in World Poker Tour: Texas Hold 'Em on DSiWare, the official game tested and approved by the experts at the World Poker Tour. Whether you're just learning to play or you're an old-school player wanting to hook some fish, Texas Hold 'Em has tables for all players.
Choose to play solo in two unique tournaments designed specifically for the DSiWare or use the Nintendo DS Wireless Communication and play with your friends and take down monster pots. The action is in your hands in the most authentic poker game ever brought to the Nintendo DSi.
Nintendo DSiWare – Crazy Pinball*
(dtp entertainment, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)
Play Crazy Pinball like never before – so much fun and action, just like at the arcade. The game is packed with five fantastic tables and plenty of themes to keep you entertained. Go hunting for points with the Safari Flipper, or zoom from one goal to the next with the incredible Deep Sea Flipper.
Crazy Pinball – the ultimate in portable pinball!
Nintendo DSiWare - Pop Island - Paperfield*
(Odenis studio, 200 Nintendo DSi Points)
Fun has been declared on Pop Island. Thanks to the easy pick-up and play control themes, dive into this fresh universe and have fun in almost no time. Join your team and race, surf or fly on three new islands. Gather all the flags to win the victory in the “Race for flags” or “Capture the flag” mode.
With the new “Magic Shooters” team, take control of eight land, sea and air vehicles or animals, including tanks, hovercrafts, planes, surfing penguins, eagles, black cats.
Enjoy Pop Island - Paperfield on your own in Solo Mode, racking up points and unlocking new playable vehicles and maps. Thanks to the Nintendo DS Download Play feature (available on ALL Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi), you can also share Pop Island - Paperfield and compete joyfully with up to seven friends.
If you own Pop Island on your Nintendo DSi, you can get three new maps and four vehicles including the helicopter and the submarine.
As the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop are continually updated with exciting and refreshing games and applications, make sure you keep checking the Nintendo Channel, Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo DSi Shop for all the latest news and releases on already available and upcoming Virtual Console, WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare titles.
Be sure to also check out Nintendo of Europe's WiiWare portal, which functions as the main hub for the latest WiiWare news and game sites, while at the same time providing the perfect entry point for newcomers to the service. Weekly and all-time Top 10 lists show which WiiWare titles the UK Club Nintendo members are currently downloading most, and which are the most popular of all time.
The portal also provides step-by-step tutorials explaining how to connect the Wii console to the Internet and how to download WiiWare games, as well as a video showing how to use Nintendo Points. Visit www.wiiware.co.uk for all the details. Downloaded games can be saved to Wii's internal memory or SD card and added to the console's Wii Menu or SD Card Menu for anytime easy access.