The DLC spread this week is a downright decent one, I must say. Even the WiiWare offerings look fair to good, and on Virtual Console we have a bona fide classic on offer in Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse.
I haven’t seen any word on new games for the Xbox Live Arcade this week — if I missed one I’m sure someone will point it out. But if you own Fable II and/or Castle Crashers, there’s downloadable content coming your way this week for both. Fable II’s Knothole Island pack looks particularly interesting.
[[image:090113_dlc01.jpg::left:0]]WiiWare: Jungle Speed
Playful Entertainment Inc. | Wii | Card Game
This is a Wii version of the card game that has each player trying to get rid of their hand first by revealing cards one by one — and if multiple players reveal the same card, then all of them make a mad grab for the totem in the middle of the playing area. But if you make a grab for the totem when your card doesn’t match exactly, then it’s bad news. Looks like a pretty fun game, and the totem-grabbing aspect actually makes it suited to the Wii’s motion controls.
[[image:090113_dlc02.jpg::left:0]]WiiWare: Planet Pachinko
Allied Kingdom | Wii | Platformer + pachinko
Given the Wii’s propensity for casual games, you’d probably figure this one to be a straight translation of pachinko into the digital space. But no, it’s actually a platformer — you’re a robot going through stages inspired by pachinko machines to find a lost puppy. See? Totally different.
[[image:090113_dlc03.jpg::left:0]]VC: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
Konami | NES via Wii | Platformer + whips
Probably the best Castlevania game on NES, the third installment has you start out as then-new guy Trevor Belmont in another battle against Dracula, but this time you can find allies to switch places with at will, including future series star Alucard. The game was toughened up a bit for U.S. gamers — did you know Grant is supposed to throw his little knife, not stab with it? Of course you did. But someone else might not.
Creat Studios | PS3 | Puzzle
You may have played a Web game or something else like Cuboid before — the goal is to guide a cube through a succession of hazardous mazes. And cubes don’t roll so well, so you have to think just where you want it to go. Looks interesting.
[[image:090113_dlc05.jpg::left:0]]PSN: Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom
Creat Studios | PS3 | Tile game
This is…well, it’s Mahjong, the Chinese tile game. Not sure what else you need to know. Looks like it’s probably cheaper than most material sets you’ll find, so if you want to learn the game on the cheap or Remote Play it on your PSP, it could be a good purchase.