I love the smell of good downloads in the morning and this week it looks like all three of Nintendo’s game downloading platforms have something that makes them shine at least a little. For WiiWare there’s BIT.TRIP CORE (Aksys Games, Players: 1-2, ESRB Rating: E, 600 Wii Points), BUST-A-MOVE Plus! (TAITO, Players: 1-2, ESRB Rating: E, 600 Wii Points) and Heracles Chariot Racing (Neko Entertainment, Players: 1-4, ESRB Rating: E – Comic Mischief, 800 Wii Points). The VC only gets one with California Games (Commodore 64, Commodore Gaming, Players: 1-5, ESRB Rating: E, 500 Wii Points) and DSiWare roars back with two games, Art Style: BASE 10 (Nintendo, Players: 1-2, ESRB Rating: E, 500 Nintendo DSi Points) and Asphalt 4: Elite Racing (Gameloft, Players: 1-4, ESRB Rating: E10+ – Mild Violence, 800 Nintendo DSi Points).
Now with WiiWare you’ve got some solid choices not the least of which is BIT.TRIP.CORE if it is anything like its predecessor the retro-style shooter BIT.TRIP.BEAT, which combined paired down graphics with REZ like musical gameplay. Hopefully the new control style doesn’t take away from the game’s beautiful simplicity. Of course more BUST-A-MOVE is never a bad thing and I suppose racing chariots could actually be pretty fun. The screens don’t look too terrible.
California Games is like the X-Games before the X-Games existed. In theory I’m a huge fan of having Commodore games on WiiWare, but in practice it’s hard to get that excited for them. If you’re looking for a random blast from the past this should treat you well, but otherwise it lacks any point. BASE 10 on he other hand has plenty to offer as yet another game in the always funky Art Style series. If the grouping of numbers and puzzlers appeals to you jump on in. Elite Racing sounds interesting if only because it seems to be a fully downloadable, adult oriented racer for DSiWare. No karts, real locations and real cars. If it doesn’t suck, it should be heralded as one of the best of the year simply for not being a kart racer.