VC and WiiWare releases for the week of August 25


Some weeks I want to just sit down and pretend WiiWare doesn’t exist because I know most people out there are thinking that a new game has to be better than an old game, so they’ll buy the crappy WiiWare release and totally ignore the two classics launching right beside it. This is one of those weeks, especially since Helix (Ghostfire Games, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points), the WiiWare release, is a rhythm game and those are oh-so hot right now. The two classics possibly getting overlooked this week will be Ys Book I & II (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points) and SAMURAI SHODOWN 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen—Blood, Language, Tobacco Reference, Violence, 900 Wii Points).

Ys Book I & II is possibly some of the best classic RPGing you can hit up, but it is decidely underground as far as mainstream gaming goes and probably won’t attract as much attention as it should. The games aren’t exactly Final Fantasy and sadly I think many gamers, hardcore and not, look over them. On the other hand Samurai Showdown 2 has plenty of name recognition, but sadly a Wii rythm game will probably sell more this week. Helix challenges you to wave your arms and dance to the music as you do so. Evidently it’s great exercise too. I’m all for exercise with the Wii but this, much like Wii Sports, isn’t really going to do it for you. Oh well, at least it kind of, sort of, maybe, but not really looks like Rez.