This week's release schedule is as varied as usual, taking in potentially fatal sports games to cerebral puzzlers, with two games apiece for WiiWare and DSiWare and the expected break from Virtual Console.
Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts (700pts, Incredible Technologies) – The follow-up to Target Toss Pro: Bags, this puts you in a virtual back garden and lets you live out your fantasies of throwing giant darts at a range of different targets, including cards and dartboards. There's support for 16 players and online leaderboards too. Our full review will dart online later this week.
Astro Bugz: Revenge (700pts, Sudden Games) – Dubbed by developer Sudden Games as "an action-puzzle game with a retro vibe", the trailer makes the game look like a combination of Space Invaders and Bust-A-Move, a combination with the potential to be fatally addictive. We'll let you know in our review later this week.
Zenonia (800pts, Gamevil USA Inc.) – A fully fledged RPG for DSiWare, this follows a hero named Regret who sets out to discover why his father was murdered by a demon. There's the promise of plenty of item customisation and refinement as well as a night and day system, and expect our full review later this week.
FIZZ (200pts, DK Games) – A puzzle game for DSiWare that asks you to join up nodes of the same colour to create energy in your rings. DK has previously published Equilibrio and Fishie Fishie for WiiWare, so we'll see if it's mastered DSiWare in our review later this week.
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NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: LAWN DARTS FOR THE LIVING ROOM, HIGH-ENERGY PUZZLES AND RPG FUN AWAIT YOU
Sept. 27, 2010
Sometimes big fun unfolds in unexpected places. For proof, try your hand at the latest downloadable games for Nintendo systems. ZENONIA® and FIZZ for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service invite you to experience rich RPG action or eye-popping puzzles in even the most ordinary locations, from the bus stop to the coffee shop. New for the WiiWare™ service, Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts turns your living room into a virtual backyard where you can enjoy heated competition with up to 15 of your closest friends. In other words: It's not where you are, it's what you're playing.
Publisher: GAMEVIL USA, Inc.
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Classic RPG action returns with ZENONIA. Get ready for the endless journey of Regret, who is on a mission to find the reason for the death of his father at the hands of a demon. He begins his quest by choosing one of three classes: Paladin, Warrior or Assassin. Players can equip and customize using hundreds of different types of weapons and armor. There are tons of items to refine or combine from five different item classes: normal, magic, rare, unique and epic. There are even more astonishing features such as full skill trees which you can level up, along with stunning visuals and sound effects. ZENONIA offers extensive playtime with numerous main and side quests, plus good and evil storylines to choose from. Anime-style graphics and innovative real-life systems such as a day/night cycle and hunger/weight system make ZENONIA a unique gaming experience for everybody.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Welcome to FIZZ, the explosive puzzle game. In FIZZ, you earn points by creating rings of energy. To do that, you must align identical colors and create links between the different nodes. The bigger your rings, the more points you earn. There will be outside events that get in your way, such as asteroids, meteorite showers and aliens who'll try to break your nodes. Magnetic storms and pulsars will change colors, and magnetic spheres will prevent you from using the nodes in the surrounding area. Exceedingly simple to understand but challenging to master, FIZZ is an inventive puzzle challenge that will have gamers on the edge of their seats.
Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts
Publisher: Incredible Technologies
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 700 Wii Points™
Description: Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts is a new video game based on one of the nation's most infamous backyard games. There are four types of flying-dart action to choose from: Classic Lawn Darts, 501, Cricket and Poker Darts. Each game has a unique scoring method and strategy to keep players entertained for hours. Classic Lawn Darts involves throwing three darts at two circles with an escalating Red Dot Bonus bull's-eye in the center. 501 is similar to the classic pub darts game of the same name; throw three darts at a dartboard during eight rounds of play until all 501 points - and not one point more - are cleared. Cricket is another classic pub darts game of three tosses per round, challenging players to close out the bull's eye and the numbers 15 through 20 before their opponent. Poker Darts involves launching five darts at a deck of 52 playing cards while attempting to get the best poker hand and highest scores over three hands.
Astro Bugz Revenge
Publisher: Sudden Games
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 700 Wii Points
Description: Astro Bugz Revenge is an action-puzzle game with a retro vibe. Protect our solar system from astro bugz and blast them by matching three or more bugz. Pick up valuable power-ups and activate them to annihilate the incoming invaders. Flip to the other side in Revenge mode and play as the bugz. Test your skills against your friends by playing in Co-Op or Versus mode. This action-packed game will surely keep you challenged.