The selection of downloadable titles on the consoles has been pretty mediocre over the past few weeks, though at least a few manage to look like interesting curiosities. But we are definitely in a holding pattern here. I understand we can’t have a Mega Man 9 or Bionic Commando: Rearmed every week, but are these really the only alternative?
[[image:jh_090120_dlc01.jpg::left:0]]WiiWare: High Voltage Hot Rod Show
High Voltage Software Inc. | Wii | Racing
Here we have a four-player racer with an exaggerated aesthetic. Up to four players can go at once. And as far as I can tell there’s not much more of note about it.
[[image:jh_090120_dlc02.jpg::left:0]]WiiWare: Family Glide Hockey
Sega | Wii | Air hockey
At last, we have reached the point where modern technology can faithfully recreate the closest real-world analog to Pong. Revel in its glory.
[[image:jh_090120_dlc03.jpg::left:0]]WiiWare: Niki: Rock & Ball
Bplus | Wii | Platformer
In what looks like a take on classic 2-D sidescrollers, Niki: Rock & Ball puts you in control of a spherical hero who can roll around and jump, but can also turn into a heavy stone form to defeat enemies. Looks like it could be fun.
Sega | Genesis via Wii | Shooter
A few months ago I would have scoffed at another 16-bit shooter for the Virtual Console. But you know what? It’s been a while since we had one at this point, and it looks better than either of the WiiWare newcomers.
[[image:jh_090120_dlc05.jpg::left:0]]VC: Wonder Boy in Monster World
Sega | Master System via Wii | Platformer
This Wonder Boy sequel changes the scene from prehistoric to medieval, and gives the hero a sword. Apparently there’s neither a continue option nor a password feature, so expect this one to be pretty tough.
[[image:jh_090120_dlc06.jpg::left:0]]XBLA: The Maw
Twisted Pixel Games | Xbox 360 | Consumption simulator
Play as a friendly little alien who helps his bestest buddy, a giant purple everything eater called The Maw, grow large with food so they can escape the bounty hunters after the potentially dangerous duo. It’s a neat, simple action game with a really charming pair of protagonists.
[[image:jh_090120_dlc07.jpg::left:0]]XBLA: FunTown Mahjong
Microsoft | Xbox 360 | Mahjong
Another mahjong game, this time for the Microsoft machine.
[[image:jh_090120_dlc08.jpg::left:0]]PSN: Magic Ball
Konami | PS3 | Breakout, basically
This is pretty much a 3D version of Breakout with pretty graphics, power-ups and a variety of skins — instead of colored blocks you can knock down a castle or sink a pirate ship. Not a bad tweak, from the look of it.
[[image:jh_090120_dlc09.jpg::left:0]]PSN: GTI Club+
Konami | PS3 | Racing
The original GTI Club was a 1996 PowerPC game. This is a total revamping, with an HD visual makeover, online play, PlayStation Eye support and a bunch of other goodies.