If Nintendo came up to me and said they were going to give me three games, one featuring spaceships and shooting, another featuring a ninja and a third featuring an oddly shaped chicken I don’t think I would ever be able to make up a way that the oddly shaped chicken game would be the most interesting of the bunch. But reality is always stranger than fantasy and as such the chicken game, Toki Tori (Two Tribes, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points), wins out while the spaceships and shooting, Protöthea (Ubisoft, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Fantasy Violence, 1,000 Wii Points), comes in a close second and the ninja, Ninja Combat (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older-Mild Suggestive Themes, Fantasy Violence, 900 Wii Points), is running a distant third.
Toki Tori is a new WiiWare game featuring a chicken, the eggs he must collect and over 70 puzzle/platforming stages. I’m not sure why but there is something about the chicken (check him out with a Wii remote here) that screams quirky fun. Of course I know about as much about the quality of the game as you do but the platforming/puzzle genre has always been one of my favorites and from the videos and screenshots I’m definitely getting a Lost Vikings/Lemmings vibe.
If things keep going the way they are the WiiWare service is going to be turning into a shmup lover’s mecca. With the release of Protöthea, the service has two top down shooters in less than three weeks of existence and since Ubisoft is behind this one you’re probably going to be getting another good shmup out of it. It looks darn pretty, especially the explosions, and with ten levels it should give you a good amount of spaceship exploding fun.
Normally I’m all about anything with ninjas in it or around it or even if maybe a ninja might have touched the game once during development. But I can’t really get behind Ninja Combat, the VC release for the week. For one thing, the ninjas in it don’t look like ninjas, and for another, they don’t fight like ninjas either. Slow and pondering is not the way of the ninja, fast an deadly is. Maybe they should have called it White Guy Combat because that would have been a far more valid name. No worries though, Nintendo can release all the crap they want as long as they deliver SMRPG to the US.