VC and WiiWare releases for the week of Oct. 27

It’s a week full of the funny. Well, at least 2/3 full of the funny. I’m being optimistic and not saying it’s 1/3 full of unfunny, right? This week’s releases deliver to us two of the funniest characters in gaming with Strong Bad Episode 3: Baddest of the Bands (Telltale Games, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older – Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, 1,000 Wii Points) for the VC and Earthworm Jim (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points) for WiiWare. Sticking its head into the beloved-character party is Art Style: ROTOHEX (Nintendo, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points).

Let’s start with WiiWare this week since Eathworm Jim (He’s such a groovy guy!) is one of my most beloved games and thus should also be one of your most beloved games. Not only is it hilarious, but it’s actually one of the best designed platforming games ever. Some of the jumping/swinging challenges are degradingly challenging and the game is simply amazing. Buy lots now so they feel the need to hurry up with that rumored sequel that is just a rumor I made up that I really want to be true.

Strong Bad is more point and click fun from Telltale and as such should hit the same delicious spot the previous two in the series did. I have to admit, I’m very impressed by the Wii’s first episodic offering. ROTOHEX caps off the trilogy of Art Style games. These games are designed with simplicity, but also depth, in mind and also around creating an artistic vision via the game. Think Rez, though the quality of them might not be as good (haven’t played any so I don’t know). This one is about using colored triangular panels to create a vibrant mosaic of stained glass. “As triangles fall from the top of the screen, rotate them to group six panels of the same color and create a matching hexagon, or HEX,” is the given description. From what I’ve seen of the previous game’s simple controls and intuitive design will dominate.