Nintendo downloads for the week of Aug. 17

Man, I’ve been disappointed every once in a while by the Nintendo downloads in a given week, but this has got to be one of the worst. There’s nothing across the board that really entices me. I mean if I had a gun to my head I would pick up The Revenge of Shinobi (1 player, 800 Wii Points) for the VC, because it is a “classic,” but the series was never really the best out there. After that there’s pretty much nothing happening.

WiiWare gets nauseatingly casual with PictureBook Games: Pop-Up Pursuit (1-4 players, 800 Wii Points) and Family Slot Car Racing (1-2 players, 500 Wii Points), which mimic things that are much more fun in real life. Both games Seriously? A pop-up picture book? The entire premise of those things is that something actually pops up, even if the game is a board game.

Finally DSiWare’s releases dump more crap onto the crap pile. Both Brain Age Express: Sudoku (1 player, 500 DSi Points) and Guitar Rock Tour (1-4 players, 500 DSi Points) sound pretty cheap and dumb. I suppose if you’re interested in avoiding the awesome that is Rhythm Heaven for some odd reason then Guitar Rock Tour might make sense, but otherwise I’d suggest finding other ways to rock on tour with a guitar. Ways that start with Rock and end with Band.