VC and WiiWare releases for the week of Oct. 20

It’s super puzzle time on WiiWare! Normally this would mean one or two crappy and cheaply done puzzle games that have been pumped out by companies looking for a quick buck on the Wii but this week it means two puzzle games that have been pumped out by companies looking for a quick buck on the Wii that use the balance board. Both Tetris Party (Tetris Online, Inc., 1-6 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,200 Wii Points) and The Incredible Maze (Digital Leisure Inc., 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points) use the balance board to help control.

I’m so sick of Tetris at the moment that I don’t even want to think about paying $12 to play it even if it does have online gameplay and ten new gameplay modes. It’s always astonished me how many modes exist for Tetris. I mean it’s a bunch of falling blocks and you make lines, that’s enough for me I don’t need a Wii Balance Board-enabled mode. It’s time to play Tetris with your feet, because we’ve already played it every other way possible. On the other hand The Incredible Maze, which is basically a marble maze controlled by tilting the Wii Remote or using the Balance Board, actually sounds like fun with feet controls and only costs five bucks.

Moving away from actually finding a use for my balance board besides yoga, we come to the VC games. Digital Champ Battle Boxing (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older – Mild Violence, 700 Wii Points) and GRADIUS II GOFER NO YABOU (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 900 Wii Points) are games you can buy. That’s pretty much the excitment level out there for either of them. Boxing to save the world sounds kind of cool, but I’m guessing the plot there is a little thin.