More impressive displays in Bit.Trip: Core

Today sees the release of yet another 3 WiiWare games! They're accompanied by two new DSiWare games and one Virtual Console game.

Bit.Trip: Core is the second game in Gaijin Games' Bit.Trip series and officially the 100th WiiWare game. The big difference between it and Bit.Trip: Beat is that the beats you're bouncing won't be coming from just one direction - This time they'll be coming from four different directions, and you've got to shoot lasers up, down, left and right to destroy them! Gaijin Games were kind enough to do an interview with us a while ago, read it for some more info about the game!

Bust-A-Move Plus! is Taito's third Bubble Bobble series remake for WiiWare. As you can easily guess, it's based on Bust-A-Move, the popular puzzle game in the series. The basic gameplay's still the same - You control a machine which shoots bubbles towards more bubbles on the ceiling. Make a chain of 3 or more with the same colour and they'll pop. What might irk some people is that unlike Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands, Bust-A-Move is not almost exclusively based on the first game - It takes some elements from later ones as well. Read our review to find out what these are. It should also be noted that like Bubble Bobble, the game costs 600 Wii Points in North America instead of 800!

Heracles: Chariot Racing is Neko Entertainment's third WiiWare game, and also the third to be a port of a PlayStation 2 game. In this game, you play as Heracles and various other mythical Greek characters as you race around Greece in your chariots, grabbing items and trying to hinder your opponents as much as possible. Whatever happens, it's almost bound to be better than SPOGs Racing!

DSiWare finally sees the release of the Art Style game Europe has had since the DSi was released - Art Style: BASE 10 is the North American title for CODE. In this game, your objective is to combine numbers from 1 to 9 and get them to add up to 10 in order to make them disappear. Sounds boring, but it's actually quite addictive and it easily measures up to the other Art Style games. Our review will tell you what we thought of it.

Asphalt 4: Elite Racing is another one of Gameloft's iPhone games to be ported to DSiWare. Like Real Soccer, it looks great for a DSiWare game, with its full 3D graphics. It's also the first racing game on DSiWare, and rest assured, it's a good one as well! Read our review to see why any racing game fan will love this.

The Virtual Console gets another long-overdue Commodore 64 game this week. California Games is another game in the "Games" series, and consists of sports which are common sights around California, like surfing and skating. It's usually regarded as one of the best games in the series, because the events are fun and simple to learn. Our review will tell you why this should be the "Games" game to pick up if you only get one!

6 games, but anticipated titles like Icarian and Super Smash Bros. are still nowhere to be seen. Keep hoping! More from Nintendo's press release:


July 6, 2009

Another year of American independence isn't the only thing we're celebrating this week. With new releases, including the hotly anticipated game BIT.TRIP CORE, Nintendo crosses the 100-game mark in its ever-growing WiiWare™ game library, a milestone that ought to keep fans ooh-ing and ahh-ing long after the Fourth of July. Other WiiWare offerings this week will have players bursting bubbles and racing in chariots, whether solo or with friends. Nintendo DSiWare™ welcomes a new Art Style™ title and a unique auto racing game, while a classic Commodore 64 title will have Virtual Console™ users tearing it up California style.


Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 600 Wii Points™
Description: BIT.TRIP CORE continues the BIT.TRIP saga in this retro-arcade-style game. BIT.TRIP CORE adds up to an exciting action/rhythm game that's best played while zoning out on the tunes and letting the visuals swallow you whole. The experience is inspired by games from the '80s, but with a modern twist. The game play is entirely new to the series, leaving the single-axis controls of BIT.TRIP BEAT behind in favor of the ability to control two axes. If the difficulty gets you down, grab a friend and play cooperatively with two-player multiplayer. Make it to the end and you'll have journeyed one step further to completing your BIT.TRIP.

Publisher: TAITO
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: BUST-A-MOVE Plus! is a simple but hugely addictive puzzle game in which you must try to burst a multi-colored mass of bubbles with your very own bubble launcher. Every time you make a group of three or more bubbles of the same color, they pop. There are two game modes available: 1P Puzzle (players tackle the game's 135 stages in pursuit of a new high score or best time) and Battle (players take on friends or computer-controlled opponents). If that doesn't satisfy your passion for popping, there are a total of 270 extra stages waiting for you in the two add-on-content packs, available for purchase on the Wii™ Shop Channel. BUST-A-MOVE Plus! is simple to get into and deep enough to keep you coming back for more.

Heracles Chariot Racing
Publisher: Neko Entertainment
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: The famous Heracles has taken on a challenge like none he has ever faced. Our hero will have to beat his opponents in a race across mythological kingdoms and be the first to reach the top of Mount Olympus. You can play as Heracles and help him return the sacred trophy, or play as one of the other varied mythological characters from Satyr to Poseidon and claim the prize for yourself. Race through three racing cups across 10 courses set in five mythic landscapes. Use awesome fantasy weaponry to defeat your opponents: tridents, fireballs, Zeus's lightning rods and more. Get your friends together for intense two-to-four-player split-screen multiplayer action in Championship, Single Race or Battle mode.

Virtual Console

California Games
Original platform: Commodore 64
Publisher: Commodore Gaming
Players: 1-5
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Welcome to California, home of the most radical sports in the world. You're about to hit the beaches, parks and streets of the Golden State to go for trophies in everything from surfing to bike racing. California Games gives you the hottest sports and the most aggro competition. You even have to pick your own sponsor. So pull on those kneepads – you're about to get into the most fun you've had since Mom hid your skateboard. California Games is going to take you from surf to the turf, from the pipe to the parks.

Nintendo DSiWare

Art Style: BASE 10™
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Art Style: BASE 10 is a game of numbers. Your goal is simple: create combinations equaling 10 by sliding numbers around the playing field. Move them horizontally or vertically, but be careful not to create an unusable non-number in the process. Choose from one of three modes: eliminate a set amount of numbers as quickly as possible in ZEROSUM MODE; get rid of prearranged groups of numbers in as few moves as possible in PUZZLE MODE; or continue removing numbers until your game is over in INFINITE MODE. In addition, you can challenge an opponent to a two-player wireless battle in VS MODE and see whose number-crunching skills reign supreme. If you think you're a master with numbers, the straightforward yet challenging world of Art Style: BASE 10 gives you the opportunity to prove it in a unique way.

Asphalt 4: Elite Racing
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: For the racing elite, the world is their racetrack. Choose among 28 dream cars and motorcycles from the world's most prestigious manufacturers. Then race your way through eight of the most renowned cities, fully rendered in 3-D. Control your speed machine with either standard or touch-screen controls for precision driving. Photos taken with the Nintendo DSi™ Camera can be used as your personal icon or can appear throughout the various environments, including the garage where you can customize and tune your vehicles. From New York to Shanghai, Paris to Dubai, you'll weave a course through busy streets in six kinds of races plus four-player Multiplayer mode. Avoid police, demolish competitors and pass the leader to win. You'll need to floor it at every straightaway and push every drift to the limit to stay one step ahead and become the ultimate VIP of urban racing.