It's been awhile since we've seen any new WiiWare in Japan, though the drought is only being broken by a single title from Nintendo. The weekly Virtual Console parade is also continuing and the DSi has its usual mix of education and entertainment apps to choose from.


Line Attack Heroes (1000pts - Nintendo) – This is a rather odd-looking game for Nintendo. First announced for retail and now appearing as a downloadable, it looks like a beat-em-up in a closed arena in which you use remote waves to beat the daylights out of opponents who then join your character in a conga line, thereby increasing your combat ability. There are fights against large bosses which see you whipping your line about and deploying your troops in different formations, reminding us of Little King's Story. There's one or more local multiplayer modes besides.

Virtual Console

Moero Twinbee (500pts Famicom - Konami) – Console-based sequel to the cutesy arcade shooter Twinbee. It was sold outside of Japan under the name Stinger, which means there's a good chance it could turn up in the Wii Shop in other territories.


Face Pilot (500pts - Nintendo) – Well, looks like North America is last on the list for this Nintendo title that uses the inside camera and your face to fly planes. We thought this game was good fun and offered a pretty novel control scheme, so check out our Face Pilot review for more details.

Adult World History Puzzle (200pts - IEEE Institute) – Another edutainment title from IEEE. Learning historic events through a series of puzzles could be fun; it's interesting that nobody outside of Japan seems to be selling this sort of software...

Arc Style: Sankokushi Tower Defence (500pts - Arc System Works) – The Arc Style series continues with this tower defence game set during China's "Three Kingdoms" era.

Ugoite Asobu Boxing (500pts - Genki Mobile) – A first-person boxing game which uses your DSi camera to track your movements. There's been a lot of games using the inside camera lately and with two in one week, we have to wonder if this is all testing the waters for the eventual appearance of the 3DS and the advent of 3D handheld gaming.