WiiWare + Virtual Console: The Official Thread of Downloadable Love


#1

What better day to start this thread than on the day four awesome games all come out?

[quote=“Nintendo PR (10/13/2008)”]Armchair physicists rejoice! The hotly anticipated award-winning World of Goo&#8482]WiiWare[/B]
World of Goo (2D Boy, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone—Comic Mischief, 1,500 Wii Points): World of Goo is an award-winning, physics-based puzzle/construction game made entirely by two guys. Grab living, squirming, talking globs of goo to build structures, bridges, cannonballs, zeppelins and giant tongues. The millions of Goo Balls that live in the beautiful World of Goo are curious to explore—but they don’t know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious. World of Goo Corporation is contractually obligated to state that everyone is a winner, and is enthusiastic to celebrate everyone’s Goo building opportunities equally.

Art Style: CUBELLO (Nintendo, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points): Art Style: CUBELLO mixes the strategy and feel of a traditional puzzle game with the precision and reflexes required in a shooter. As each stage begins, various colored cubes form into one large object called a Cubello, which floats and rotates as you play. Launch additional cubes from your magazine and try to connect four or more of the same color, removing them from the Cubello and eventually leaving only its core. Take on the challenge of either Stage or Endless mode and watch what happens when Bonus Time is activated. The straightforward controls and goal ensure that anyone can play, while offering enough depth that even advanced players will find themselves quickly addicted to the unique world of Art Style: CUBELLO.

Virtual Console
SECRET OF MANA (Super NES™, 1-3 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older—Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, 800 Wii Points): Good and evil battle for a young warrior’s heart. There is one force in the universe that keeps good and evil in perfect balance. It is called the tree of Mana. But a magic sword has tricked a young warrior into upsetting this balance, spreading evil throughout the land. Thus, the warrior must undertake a dangerous journey to find the seeds of the Mana tree, which have been hidden for centuries. Only then can perfect harmony be restored. In this incredible adventure, things are not as they seem. Magic swords release evil as well as fight it. Treasure chests hold booby traps. Monsters are friends and friends are enemies. Potions give power, black magic takes it away. Dragons fly, weapons change. It’s a world turned upside down that you must help the warrior make right. And the only way to succeed is to solve the Secret of Mana.

STREET FIGHTER II’: SPECIAL CHAMPION EDITION (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen—Violence, 800 Wii Points): STREET FIGHTER II’: SPECIAL CHAMPION EDITION was the first STREET FIGHTER game released for the Sega Genesis console. The STREET FIGHTER series can be considered one of the first fighting games to popularize competitive video game fighting. This version of the game contains both the CHAMPION and HYPER rule sets, from the two editions released in the arcades. It also introduced an exclusive Group Battle mode that is now a general feature in most fighting games. Play as one of 12 different characters, each with their own distinctive fighting style. Try single-player mode or challenge a friend in this legendary, classic fighting game.[/quote]

Will be posting my impressions on World of Goo shortly, it’s supposed to be a really polished game. May also buy Secret of Mana too, but my download-backlog is so bad. :sad; I got like Paper Mario, Mario RPG, Megaman 2, and Megaman 9 still to beat (and in the case of Mario RPG, yet to even play)…


#2

I’ve read positive things about World of Goo.


#3

Grr I only have 600 points left, damn. :neutral_face: Oh well, like I said I still have those games to get through, plus OoT and LostWinds, and I’m looking to pickup No More Heroes, Dementium, and a few of the GC REs today.

Then in two weeks comes GH WT and that’ll be the only game I play for like two months… not counting Animal Crossing and Sonic Unleashed…


#4

I’ll get WT eventually. But, LBP and Fallout 3 are out soon and I’ve already set aside about 60 bucks for the Box set once the Tales of the Abyss anime is out on DVD.


#5

IGN has their Secret of Mana review up.

[quote=“IGN”]In 2007 it took 79th. Two years before that, it made 48. And if those two sentences sound familiar, it’s because they’re almost exactly the same as the ones that opened last week’s review of Shining Force II – just with the positions swapped. And that’s because, for the second week in a row, the Virtual Console has received another title that has consistently been named as one of the Top 100 Games of All Time. This time, it’s Secret of Mana.

With the proper setup of the game cartridge, the system, three SNES controllers and the SNES Super Multitap accessory, you could play Secret of Mana with up to three human players at once back in the day. It took the extra piece of hardware because the Super Nintendo console only normally supported two controllers at a time. So an immediately interesting new upgrade should occur to you for this Virtual Console version – because the Wii doesn’t need anything extra to support three simultaneous players, getting a three-man team together for this Mana adventure is easier than ever before.

9.5 Presentation
The innovative ring menu system makes item navigation unique. And, outside of the game, it’s easier to access the game’s multiplayer capability than ever before.

8.5 Graphics
Secret of Mana’s colorful characters and environments give it a look all its own, separate from Square’s Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger.

9.0 Sound
A marvelous soundtrack, perfectly representative of the excellence of Square’s composers from the early '90s era.

9.0 Gameplay
An action-RPG design that still stands out as unique and fun, even after 15 years. Its support for three players at once makes it a blast to play.

9.5 Lasting Appeal
The adventure is long, as your eight bucks will be buying you hours upon hours of play. The multiple characters let you take a different role in subsequent playthroughs, too.

9.0 OVERALL
Outstanding
(out of 10 / not an average)[/quote]

-http://retro.ign.com/articles/919/919556p1.html


#6

On MetaCritic, World of Goo for WiiWare is tied with Super Mario Galaxy at 97 right now.

In other news, IGN has confirmed that Tetris Party is coming out Monday in their hands-on, and have added a bunch of videos for it.

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This game is going to be awesome! Tetris DS was one of my favorite DS games (still is), and my favorite version of Tetris. This seems to one-up it in every possible way.


#7

I think the “Ghost Block” thing is kind of cheap…

It makes it easier than it should be.


#8

[quote=“nothere413”]I think the “Ghost Block” thing is kind of cheap…

It makes it easier than it should be.[/quote]

You can turn it off.


#9

But, if you’re in an online match, can you prevent the other guy from doing it.


#10

No. The ghost block is apart of Tetris now, accept it. :stuck_out_tongue:


#11

NEVER!!!


#12

THE POWER OF BETTER TETRIS COMPELS YOU!!!1!


#13

GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!


#14

NEVER!!Forces you to buy a Wii


#15

Goes to store

HAHA! THEY’RE ALL OUT!


#16

[quote=“nothere413”]Goes to store

HAHA! THEY’RE ALL OUT![/quote]

Not anymore beyotch! They had at least three at my Wal*Mart yesterday!


#17

Yeah, there were a few at Toys 'R Us the other day.