So yeah, I took last week off. But now you get a double-batch of DLC goodness! And not-so-goodness, as judged by me! I have qualifications. No, you may not see them.
I don’t know what Nintendo’s New Year’s resolution was, but I can tell you what it wasn’t: Releasing good games on WiiWare! At least so far — this week’s Sandy Beach is, uh. Well, make with the clicky and I’ll tell you.
[[image:jh_090106_dlc01.jpg::left:0]]WiiWare: Sandy Beach
Konami | Wii | Sandcastle defense
Build sand castles and defend them from Giant Enemy Crabs! Well, Regular-Size Enemy Crabs. Crabs, anyway. But I’m not convinced I want to build sand castles without actual, you know, sand.
[[image:jh_090106_dlc02.jpg::left:0]]WiiWare: Maboshi’s Arcade
Nintendo | Wii | Puzzle
Play three mini-games on different areas of the screen in this game, with the goal being a million points in each. Up to three players can take on a game each, and what happens in one game can affect the others.
[[image:jh_090106_dlc03.jpg::left:0]]WiiWare: Cue Sports: Pool Revolution
Hudson Soft| Wii | Pool
Do we need another virtual billiards game on the Wii? I don’t. I’m betting you don’t either.
[[image:jh_090106_dlc04.jpg::left:0]]VC: Kirby’s Dream Land 3
nintendo | SNES via Wii | Platformer
Kirby’s generally good stuff — and this was the last first-party game released for the Super NES, so you might have missed it the first time around. In this one Kirby can give up hit points to summon a helper named Gooey, and can team up with several friends.
[[image:jh_090106_dlc05.jpg::left:0]]VC: Zoda’s Revenge: Star Tropics II
Nintendo | NES via Wii | Overhead adventure
Lots of end-of-the-road games this week, as Wikipedia tells me Zoda’s Revenge was the second-to-last licensed game released for the NES. Consensus seems to be that it’s not as good as the original, but doesn’t have the same tendency toward enragingly cheap deaths.
[[image:jh_090106_dlc06.jpg::left:0]]XBLA: Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos
Publisher | Xbox 360 | Puzzle
Track down the mad doctor of the title in this object-finding puzzle game. I’m pretty sure you can find a similar game in your Sunday paper. If you get it. Which you don’t, because you have the Internet.
[[image:jh_090106_dlc07.jpg::left:0]]PSN: Lumines Supernova
Q? Entertainment | PlayStation 3 | Rhythm matching puzzle
On whatever platform, Lumines is Lumines — you stack two-toned blocks in such a manner as to link as many of the same color together as possible before a line sweeps across the screen and clears any highlighted blocks. The speed and temp changes with each new music track and background combination, or skin. It’s a solid, addictive puzzler, though if you have it on Xbox 360 or PSP you’ve pretty much played this already.
Konami | PSOne via PlayStation 3 | RPG
The inaugural chapter in an often-great RPG series, Suikoden is a lot shorter than you might think an RPG would be, but it makes up for it with an awesome soundtrack, memorable characters and plotting, and a snappy battle system. Worth getting just for the prospect of transferring your save data to the inevitable(?) release of Suikoden II down the line — and heck, buying this now can’t hurt the chances of that happening, can it?