Saturday, May 10, 2008

NA WiiWare Launch Games Announced

These will be the WiiWare games released on Monday, May 12, 2008. Sadly, we will not be getting any Virtual Console games this week, and no Dr. Mario.
My comments in red

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King (Square Enix, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, 1,500 Wii Points): FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King takes a legendary franchise and launches it into the realm of simulation gaming. Players are challenged to rebuild a kingdom, leading its young king on a path of discovery through an adventure bristling with mystery and intrigue.
Probably the most complete game of the bunch, though at 1,500 Wii Points it may be a bit too expensive for some. This game will also feature Download Center, but no release date has been announced.

LostWinds (Frontier Development, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): A fresh, enchanting platform adventure that puts the power of the wind in the palm of your hand – from raging tornados to the gentlest breeze. You’ll wield your Wii Remote™ controller to power Toku’s jumps and glides, suspend and smash enemies, meet friends and solve puzzles using LostWinds’ novel, intuitive and playful control system.
This could be the hidden gem of the WiiWare launch, or it could be a game we wish was lost in the winds(pun intended!). The game looks nice, and the controls are interesting, but they also seem a little unwieldy. There have also been reports that the game is only 2-3 hours long, and for 1,000 Wii Points, that doesn't seem like a very good deal.

Defend your Castle (XGen Studios, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone – Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points): Defend your Castle takes place on a grassy plain surrounded by invaders. You are the commander of your castle, and it is your duty to fling the invading enemies sky-high, watching them plummet to their demise. As you progress, add powerful spells and upgrades to your arsenal for repelling the attacks. How long can you hold them off?
Personally, I love this flash game. I have played it for many hours. And it looks like it has been updated enough to warrant 500 Wii Points.

Pop (Nnooo, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 700 Wii Points): Pop bubbles to score points and stop the timer from running out. Pop can be enjoyed by anyone – casual gamers can simply play to pop bubbles and keep the game moving, whereas advanced players will need to pick their shots rapidly and accurately and generate combos to maximize their score.
This looks like a fun little game, but extremely overpriced. If you have enough friends to keep the game fresh then it is probably a very good purchase. Me? I'm uncertain at the moment.

V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack (High Voltage Software®, Inc., 1-4 players, Rated T for Teen – Simulated Gambling, 700 Wii Points): V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack re-creates the casino experience, with fully animated players and a realistic Las Vegas dealer. Single players can increase their bankrolls, while multiple players can engage in a head-to-head mini-blackjack tournament.
I don't see the point in this game, a stack of cards can do the same thing(for cheaper). And I have never found animated Blackjack to be nearly as fun as the real thing.
Status-Not Purchasing

TV Show King (Gameloft, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): TV Show King transforms your living room into a real TV quiz show studio where you’ll face the challenge of answering more than 3,000 questions across six different categories. Compete against family and friends and use your Wii Remote controller in original ways to make it to the finals to see who can win the greatest amount of cash in one final, deciding duel.
This game came out of no where! I didn't know it existed until today. Considering it has 3,000 questions you will probably be able to play it for a quite a while. But eventually the questions will repeat, and then whats the point of the game? Family and friends can keep it fresh though.

So there you have it, WiiWare launches in North America with 6 games. A very good launch in my opinion.

These games will be released at 9:00 PCT on Monday, May 12

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