It's summertime, and on top of the usual crop of random puzzle games and a return to the Fantasy Zone, Nintendo has a couple of games available for download today that accurately simulate being outside.
What's outside, you ask? No earthly clue. As far as I am concerned my world ends at that heavy curtain I put up to keep that bright light in the sky out. Luckily for shut-ins like myself, two of today's three WiiWare titles help me get that outside feeling from the privacy of my own, darkened living room. Turn the air conditioning off and prepare to cool down with Hudson's Water Warfare (800 Wii Points), a first-person shooter that's all about getting your opponent's wet. Yes, water pistols are the weapon of choice in this shooter, which features online multiplayer for up to 8 players and randomly generated maps to keep anyone from devising one of those pesky strategies.
If that's too much running for you, there's always Natsume's Reel Fishing Challenge (800 Points), which allows you to fish, which I hear is very relaxing and often smelly in real life.
For those of you who'd rather not even deal with the simulated outside, there's always the classic Sega Master System shooter Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa (500 Points) for the Virtual Console, or Agetec's WiiWare offering, Silver Star Reversi (500 Points).
Finally, if you are forced to leave the house, Hudson has you covered with Sudoku Master for DSiWare (500 DSi Points), which offers up 150 new ways to place sequential numbers in boxes.
For all the details, check out the full official listing below. I'd look down there, but it's just far too bright.
Water Warfare™ Publisher: Hudson Entertainment Players: 1-8 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Cartoon Violence Price: 800 Wii Points™ Description: Water Warfare is a comical first-person shooter that uses water guns to battle and soak opponents. A map with a particular theme - Playground, Beach, Plaza or Nature Park - is generated automatically when the game begins, so you can think up new strategies each time you engage. Game modes include Single Player Missions, CPU Match and 2-Player Split Screen. On top of that, players with broadband Internet access can use Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to battle with up to eight players from around the world, or participate in Ranking Mode.
Reel Fishing® Challenge Publisher: Natsume, Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Reel Fishing Challenge offers a fun and challenging experience for novice fishers and master anglers alike. Put your skills to the test and discover new types of fish in the challenging mission mode, or relax and enjoy the game at your own pace in free play mode. No matter which mode you play, the game's beautiful graphics and natural setting bring the fishing experience to life. Choose from a variety of lures to attract and hook the game's numerous fish. Each fish looks and moves like the real thing - it's the closest you can get to real-life fishing without putting on your waders.
Silver Star Reversi Publisher: Agetec, Inc. Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Silver Star Reversi has two modes: 1-Player mode allows you to play a match against the computer opponent, and 2-Player mode allows you to play against another person. In 1-Player mode, you can choose from five different computer opponents, turn the background music on or off, adjust sound effects and access in-game help features. During each match, you can also redo your last move, save the game at any point, or resign from the game. After a match has ended, you can review each move and resume the match from any point you choose.
Fantasy Zone™ II: The Tears of Opa-Opa Original platform: SEGA MASTER SYSTEM Publisher: SEGA Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Ten years have elapsed since Opa-Opa restored peace to the Fantasy Zone. Now history is repeating itself, and the planets that make up the Fantasy Zone once again find themselves attacked by the mastermind of the Nenon planet forces. This mastermind is secretly constructing a huge fortress in the Fantasy Zone and aims to put an end to their ambitious plans. Just as he did 10 years ago, Opa-Opa must do battle to save the Fantasy Zone.
SUDOKU MASTER Publisher: Hudson Entertainment Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: SUDOKU MASTER offers 150 unique puzzles that beginners and experts alike will enjoy. A handful of tutorials will help you learn the rules and controls as you go, and handy features like Write Mode and Temp Numbers make Sudoku pleasantly user-friendly. Feeling confident? Then try your hand at Title Mode to work your way up from Rookie to Sudoku Master. All puzzles were created by Sudoku veteran NIKOLI Co., Ltd., and tips from Sudoku godfather Maki Kaji are offered between games.