There's tennis, a last ninja, a little strategy and a shot of MySims in this week's Nintendo Download, but once you get past those it's just Me, You and the Cubes.
You, Me, and The Cubes is a puzzle game for WiiWare from Kenji Eno of D and Enemy Zero fame. Shake your Wii remote to give birth to mysterious creatures called Fallos, and then throw them at cube structures in the hopes that they will keep their balance until you run out of Fallos to toss. Cubes with different properties shake things up as you play through dozens of stages in both single-player and co-op multiplayer modes. You, Me, and the Cubes is available today for 1,000 Wii points.
I will not comment on how wrong the phrase "shaking your Fallos" sounds.
Also on WiiWare this week is the return of Aksys' family in Family Tennis (500 Wii points), which involves a family, preferably yours, playing tennis.
DSiWare likewise gets two new games today, with a dose of strategy from the Clubhouse Games Express: Strategy Pack (500 DSi points), which comes complete with Backgammon, Field Tactics, Turncoat, Grid Attack, and Connect Five. If you prefer to use your DSi for cuteness rather than thinking, EA unleashes the MySims Camera (200 DSi points), an application that allows you to superimpose adorable 3D MySims characters over your real-world images.
Wrapping things up on the Virtual Console is Last Ninja 2 for the Commodore 64 (500 Wii points), the classic action/adventure game that proved the previous title, The Last Ninja, completely false.
As always, check out the official descriptions below, and let us know if you'll be making any choice selection from this week's Nintendo Download.
You, Me, and the Cubes Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief Price: 1,000 Wii Points™ Description: Experience a unique combination of strategy and skill as you maintain a level playing field in the physics-based action puzzler You, Me, and the Cubes. The action centres around Fallos, mysterious creatures that resemble humans and have an ability to balance on a playing field of 3-D cubes. First, create a pair of Fallos inside your Wii Remote™ controller by shaking it up and down. Next, determine suitable places for the Fallos to land, then fling them to the selected cube with a swinging motion. After that, the Fallos are on their own. If your placement is sound, the Fallos will remain stable and you'll clear the stage after tossing a required number onto the cubes. But if the weight or locations of Fallos causes the cubes to tilt and sway too much, the Fallos will lose their balance and fall off. Adding to the challenge, you'll find that some cubes have different properties, making tosses tricky and further threatening the stability of the Fallos. Guide Fallos through dozens of single-player stages or invite family and friends to join you in two-player cooperative mode.
Family Tennis Publisher: Aksys Games Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Daddy, mummy, Sarah and Billy return for some hard-hitting, fast-paced tennis action. Battle it out between the happy family members as you vie for the top spot. Choose from three different modes: Elimination Match, Free Match and Thrilling Rally. Play against the CPU or compete with friends. Elimination Match mode pits you against the CPU to test your skills, while Free Match mode allows you to play against another player under conditions of your choosing. Thrilling Rally mode lets you join up to three other players and rally to see who can get to 100 points first.
Last Ninja 2 Original platform: Commodore 64 Publisher: Commodore Gaming Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Violence Price: 500 Wii Points Description: The ninja known as the Mystic Shadow Warriors were the elite fighting force of ninth-century feudal Japan. The evil Shogun Kunitoki was once beaten, but he has gathered all his mystic powers to create a modern-day tyranny in Manhattan. Face your archenemy Kunitoki in the urban jungle and conquer him with your ninja skills. Transported to 1988 Manhattan by an unknown force, the ninja leader Armakuni must find a way to defend himself against the unknown dangers that lie before him. Will this be the final battle? Can you vanquish the evil Kunitoki once and for all?
Clubhouse Games Express: Strategy Pack Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1-8 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Prepare yourself for a lesson in tactics as you play through five strategy-based games in this Nintendo DSiWare version of the popular Clubhouse Games. Take on an opponent in the classic Backgammon, invade an enemy base in Field Tactics, sandwich your opponent's pieces to capture them in Turncoat, create strings of five in a row in Connect Five and guess where to attack your opponent's pieces in Grid Attack. Play by yourself or use DS Download Play to host as many as seven friends.
MySims Camera Publisher: Electronic Arts Players: 1 Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: MySims Camera is a camera application that utilizes popular MySims characters. You can take photos and overlay 3-D MySims characters to bring them into the real world. The 3-D characters can be animated, moved, scaled, rotated and cropped. You can also draw on the photos with the stylus or use the stamp tool to add more art and style. Create a unique frame and save the photos to the Nintendo DSi Camera album to share with friends. MySims Camera is a fun, creative experience for the entire family.