There's only one real surprise this week, and it probably won't be a pleasant one for most people, as it comes in the form of a new highest price for a WiiWare game. That particular game's also one of only two truly new titles this week, with every single other one already being released in North America and all but one of those also having reviews already. Expectedly, the Virtual Console takes another break, but there's 7 other titles to keep you entertained anyway.
My Aquarium 2 (500pts, Hudson) – The sequel to one of the best-selling WiiWare games, which is basically more of the same with some minor additions. It's pretty good, but nothing really outstanding, as you can read in our My Aquarium 2 review.
Racers' Islands: Crazy Racers (1200pts, Zallag) – A cartoony-looking racing game that does not seem unlike Mario Kart. It costs a hefty 1200 Wii Points, which is a price we haven't seen in a while. We'll have a review available soon.
Physio Fun Balance Training (2000pts, Kaasa Solution) – The most expensive WiiWare title thus far, which raises what was previously thought to be the highest allowed price of 1500 points to a steep 2000 points. It also requires the Balance Board, so you better have one! We'll have a review soon.
Trailblaze: Puzzle Incinerator (500pts, Nintendo) – A full game based on the square mode from the great WiiWare title MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade, but of course with its own new features and additions. You can read why it's another worthy download in our Flametail review.
Where's Wally? Travel Pack 3 (500pts, Ludia Inc) – A third and final set of Where's Wally? puzzles. This one will very likely be near identical to the first two, so don't expect anything different!
Music On: Acoustic Guitar (200pts, Abylight) – Yet another title in Abylight's Music On series, which so far has been pretty good. As it was released in North America last Monday, we should have a review available very soon.
myNotebook: Tan (500pts, Nnooo) – The last in this set of myNotebook titles, this one has a tan theme, as you might have glanced from the title. You can read our myNotebook: Pearl, Carbon and Tan review for our thoughts.
Yet again, Nintendo has not released any detailed press release in advance this time. Will you be spending any points this time?
Huh, strongly doubt that Crazy Racers will be as fun as Mario Kart.
Considering a 1000 Nintendo Points card sets me back £9 in the shop, that Physio Fun Balance Training had better be damn good. Judging by the screenshots, it looks like utter rubbish to me.
I predict >5 out of 10 for this game.
I knew that would happen. I knew someone would come in and say that Physio Fun would be 'rubbish.'
Guys, that there is clearly not a game. It's a training or fitness tool. Considering how difficult it is to strengthen the core muscles to improve your balance - and considering how important that is to all fitness - it actually looks pretty comprehensive to me.
JUST DON'T EXPECT A GAME. Sorry for shouting, but I hope people actually realise what this is meant to be before criticising it. And I hope NL reviews it in light of it not being a game.
I've noticed that there's an abnormal amount of fish-related games on WiiWare. Let's take a look on what we have so far: My Aquarium 1+2, My Dolphin, Zenquaria: Virtual Aquarium, Fishie Fishie, Cocoto Fishing Master, Fish'em All, Penguins & Friends - Hey! That's My Fish!, Reel Fishing Challenge 1+2.
I mean, what's up with these developers? Why do they constantly torture us with fish? It's about time to release Super Meat Boy.
I have slight interest in Crazy Racers, but I don't expect much and probably stick with Mario Kart and Sega All-Stars Racing.
Pretty good DSiWare update for you guys. I thoroughly enjoyed Flametail and Music On: Acoustic Guitar.
The best thing about this download is that it gave me an excuse to see SoulSilver's awesome avatar again. So yeah, a pretty bad week.
So what, if Physio Fun is supposed to be beneficial?! If all it is is software, it should be priced within the ranges Nintendo WiiWare has always had.
Speaking of price ranges, I thought Nintendo are supposed to dictate what prices games should be. Why, all of a sudden are we getting a 2000 point game turn up in our online shop?
I suspect they've whacked the price up because they aren't expecting to sell as many, it being intended for those sufferring from an injury and all (or rather, those who are more prone to suffering an injury than the bandy legged group of excercisephobes I fall into).
WaltzElf, you're right, although I suspect you underestimate the Nlife review staff - I'm confident they'll review this accordingly.
But regarding everything else on offer today, I could care less. At least with Rytmik Rock on the horizon, I won't be lamenting for long.
2000 points! GAH!!! Excessive for a knock-off of Wii Fit, no?
What a terrible update.
"2000 points! GAH!!! Excessive for a knock-off of Wii Fit, no?"
I don't think so. I think Wii Fit was a very casual, very light exercise. This one strikes me as being more serious than that.
"WaltzElf, you're right, although I suspect you underestimate the Nlife review staff - I'm confident they'll review this accordingly."
I think they will, I just hope they don't go and give this a 2/10 because it's not "entertaining enough" if indeed it is as I suspect, and much closer to a serious fitness program like something you would expect a personal trainer to assign to you.
Of course, it could also be terrible at doing that. Who knows.
Expensive week for WW, owch. And none of them look like they're worth the hefty price. I mean, if you need PT, dont buy a "game," go lay down the real dough for the real stuff.
i guess not a bad week
I never liked My Aquarium. I thought it was boring. I will NOT be getting ANY of these... except for maybe the guitar one.
@WaltzElf - If it's not a "game," then it deserves a low score just for that. Video games systems are meant to play games. You want a serious fitness program? There's plenty of other options. Just keep it off our gaming systems. The same goes for these simulators that also aren't real "games."
I will be reviewing Physio Fun and as someone who is still a regular Wii Fit user I can assure you I'll be reviewing it with an eye to its practical application.
I can tell you from reading the operations manual that the focus on balance is more comprehensive than in Wii Fit and there's reams of statistical information recorded.
It does seem targeted more at the medical establishment, but given there isn't anything else like this for home use the price seems pretty reasonable if you were someone who wanted to be able to do some physio at home and not have to rely completely upon going out for physiotherapy - especially if you lived in a market where personal health insurance is largely privately funded.
@Bulbasaurus Rex: That's a pretty limited view of the application of games consoles. Nintendo is clearly intending their products to fit into people's lives outside of being simply entertainment devices as can be seen with the release of the personal medical tool freely available on the DSi in Japan.
It's an ambitious move that's paid off for them and the Balance Board isn't something that can be replicated by either Kinect or Move. The fact that Nintendo's console can be used for physical therapy should be applauded, not derided.
@4 Omega: You forgot Reel Fishing Challenge II (WiiWare) It's now announced for Europe and already out in North America.
^ Oh my god! How could I have missed this? Even more fish. I've fixed the post, thanks.
We want Cave Story! Now!!!
I don't even know why I bother checking the update anymore...what's the point?
Physio Fun looks alright, but seeing the price, it better be a damn good WiiWare application.
@K_mi Welcome to nl and I agree, cave story is taking way too long.
why is it cheap crap games always have "crazy" in the title? It's like they have no creativity (the awesome Crazy Taxi being an exception to the rule, of course).
nEED SOME RACING, NEED A REVIEW, TRYING TO WAIT... d:
Omg, damn you caps lock thread. D:
I think am gonna get my aquarium 2. I enjoy first one plus i like sound of add on content:) The racer one looks interesting and that werid balance one to but i dont think i could cough up 3200 points for them.
this game look to fun
I am a regular Wii Fit (wii fit plus now) user myself. Thus physiofun will be monitored closely
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