Next week's schedule is a little on the light side (though as with previous weeks it's possible that Nintendo of Japan is updating their website piecemeal) with only 1 new WiiWare release, a couple of VC offerings and a single DSiWare release.
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (800pts - Square-Enix) is the sole WiiWare offering; whilst it may seem that Japan is getting this title last, it's worth remembering this was available previously as a multi-part mobile phone game so it's only new to WiiWare; not to Japanese gamers generally.
More Final Fantasy action is coming to the Virtual Console Famicom with Final Fantasy III (500pts) , which is hopefully pointing to the imminent worldwide release of Final Fantasy IV.
Namco's next Virtual Console Arcade offering is the excellent action-platform game Rolling Thunder (800pts) which originally graced arcades in 1986 and was distributed outside of Japan by Atari Games.
Wednesday will see the release of Simple DS Series Volume 1: Escape from Behind Closed Doors (500pts - D3 Publisher) -- this appears to be an adventure/puzzle game where the player is in a series of rooms for no reason they can remember and must look for clues as to how they can escape by selecting and using objects adventure game stylee. The bottom screen shows the room and the top is a virtual notepad where the stylus can be used to jot notes. A WiiWare version of the game -- the fourth entry in the Simple Series on WiiWare -- is due out in August for the same price.
Not to be forgotten are the two pre-announced Electroplankton Titles: Rekku Rekku (Rec-Rec) and Hikari no Wa (Lumiloop) which are 200pts each.
I love Rolling Thunder, it's almost as good as Shinobi! Let's hope some of these Namco classics come over here soon!
I'm jealous at Japan once again!
Great. They get another VCA game by Namco and I'm still waiting to see a new VCA title from Namco since launch... sigh.
That simple game looks interesting.
I was just wondering about Rolling Thunder the other day. I loved playing that game on the NES when I was a kid. I'd buy it if it came over.
Rolling Thunder is cool...but what about Cybersled.
Simple DS Series Volume 1: Escape from Behind Closed Doors sounds cool. Wouldn't mind to get a Europe release.
Why do all of the awesome Arcade classics go to Japan only and we get hardly any?
i wonder how longer we wait to start getting final fantasy vc games, its only 1,4 that they said will come over but they are taking there time, a great week in japan like always
@Ratengo -- oooops left those out! That's the problem with announcing them in advance!
Mini puzzle/adventure DSiWare games, with note taking and so forth? I like the sound of that.
Come on, bring on FF4!
Get on that Darklord review, I demand satisfaction from nintendolife
Pity Electroplankton is all seperate downloads.
Japanese Wii owners have such a tough choice Shinobi Arcade or Rolling Thunder Arcade. I wish North America had to make those tough choices on what to download.
Come on Nintendo release the first Final Fantasy already, not a bad update for the Japanese owners
@Tony: Clearly the solution is to just buy both!
Come on Jolted85, just download a rom or buy the GBA version. Besides, it's maybe not just them who can decide, you gotta ask Square-Enix...
Eh, what? This was for last week!
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