3D effects in Pilotwings

The hotly anticipated Flipnote Studio only just came out, but Nintendo seems to have decided to continue supporting their download services with their own games - They're releasing another two of them later this week.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again is the third game in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, and plays more like the second game, a puzzler, rather than the first, which was a platformer/puzzler hybrid. It's basically similar to the famous Lemmings - As the cute little Mini Marios move around, your job is to modify the level to create a path for them to safely reach the exit. Some people initially thought this would just include a bunch of levels from Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2, but in fact, every single level is completely new. Just like the previous game, there is also a level creation feature, and you can share the levels online. You can see what we thought of the game here.

Pilotwings is the first of only two games in Nintendo's seemingly dead flying franchise. You fly around with a plane, rocket belt, hang glider, helicopter, or skydive, and try to complete various objectives around the map while doing so. The game is almost entirely rendered in Mode 7, the SNES's 3D effect which was quite impressive for its time. Of course, most fans will agree that the game's N64 sequel is the superior experience - But that doesn't mean this one isn't good. We'll review the game later this week.

Previously confirmed to be released this Friday are the excellent Bit.Trip Core for WiiWare and the DSiWare sequel to a WiiWare launch game - Pop Plus: Solo. This could be quite a stellar week.

[source officialnintendomagazine.co.uk]