Holy crap, where the hell did this week come from? It’s like a godsend from the people at Nintendo. Every aspect of the Nintendo downloads this week is awesome and most of the game releases are awesome too. Let’s start with the easy parts. The VC rocks like it hasn’t rocked in a long time with Super Mario Kart (Super NES, Nintendo, Players: 1-2, E, 800 Wii Points) and A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (NES, Majesco Entertainment, Players: 1, E, 500 Wii Points). Two classics well worth your money.
WiiWare storms in this week with a whopping four games, all of which seem to have some actual value. BIT.TRIP VOID (Aksys Games, Players: 1-4, E, 600 Wii Points) lands bringing us more fantastic BIT.TRIP gameplay this time in the form of musical exploration. Harvest Moon: My Little Shop (Natsume, Inc., Players: 1, E, 1,200 Wii Points) marks the debut of the series on WiiWare and should be fun for fans of the series. Meanwhile, Little Tournament Over Yonder (Gevo Entertainment, Players: 1-2, E – Mild Cartoon Violence, 800 Wii Points) delivers some strategy puzzle battling that actually looks interesting. Finally, Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 1 (Lexis Numérique, Players: 1, EC, 500 Wii Points) brings another educational game to the Wii, but since it’s basking in the glow of the previous three games I’m pretending to be excited about it too.
And now to the bastard child, DSiWare. While not exactly knocking it out of the park like its other two counterparts it at least hit a double. Castle Of Magic (Gameloft, Players: 1, E – Mild Cartoon Violence, 500 Nintendo DSi Points) looks to be a platformer with a unique use of the DSi camera. You take pictures of different colors to conjure up different powers. Could be very cool. myNotebook: Blue (Nnooo, Players: 1, 200 Nintendo DSi Points) is a notebook, and is just a notebook — sigh. Finally, there are four Electroplankton (Nintendo, Players: 1, E, 200 Nintendo DSi Points) games. I’d be lying if I told you I knew what these were about, even with the press release notes, but I think they’re a weird kind of virtual, musical pet. Each one delivers a different experience.