It must be tough for lesser-known games when the Nintendo Download contains a big-name title like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, but Chronos Twins DX, ShadowPlay and the rest of this week's offerings put up a good fight.
Good fight or no, it'd be hard for any title to compete with a port of the original Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (1000 Wii points), especially when it features new Wii remote gesture-based controls for presenting evidence and objecting. The only downside is the game only contains four of the five chapters of the original game, with the final chapter showing up in May for 100 points. If you find that objectionable, then there are plenty of other games to download this week.
Take Chronos Twins DX from EnjoyUp Games (1000 points). It's a neat little mix of action, platforming, adventure, and puzzle gameplay, with the player controlling the game's hero, Nec, through two different space time continuums at the same time. Or how about Deep Fried Entertainment's ShadowPlay (800 points), which challenges players to transforming shadows into new objects in more than 100 puzzles? That sounds semi-intriguing, doesn't it?
And hey, there's always DSiWare, which gets Touch Solitaire (200 DSi points), Jazzy Billiards (500 points), and Word Searcher (500 points) today. Those all sound... swell.
See? There are plenty of games to play besides Ace Attorney this week, and that's not even counting the Virtual Console's addition of Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye (800 points), the mahjong game for the Sega Genesis!
So yeah, Phoenix Wright.
Phoenix Wright™: Ace Attorney Publisher: Capcom Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence Price: 1000 Wii Points™ Description: Meet Phoenix Wright, the rookie defence lawyer new to the scene with the wildest cross-examination skills in town. Take on four intriguing cases to reveal dramatic, stunning and even comical court proceedings. Use the Wii Remote controller to investigate the crime scenes, question witnesses and present shocking evidence.
Chronos Twins DX Publisher: EnjoyUp Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 1000 Wii Points Description: Enter into the original world of Chronos Twins DX to live a fantastic adventure full of innovative ideas. Thanks to its Dual Gameplay game system, you'll be able to control Nec in two temporal scenarios at the same time. Chronos Twins DX mixes action, platforms, adventure and puzzles to challenge your intelligence and ability.
ShadowPlay Publisher: Deep Fried Entertainment Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Alcohol Reference Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Welcome to ShadowPlay. Let your imagination run wild when light meets everyday objects to create fascinating shadows. Play and experiment, make a monster out of a pineapple, a dolphin out of a banana - the only limit is your imagination. ShadowPlay challenges players by transforming shadows into more than 100 exciting, unique puzzles. As more challenging puzzles are unlocked, players will have to find more creative ways to solve problems. You will never look at a slice of pizza the same way again! Winning a round will allow players to advance to the next level as well as score another item to use in the Free Play Mode, where you can unleash your imagination and create your own shadow art. Family and friends can also jump in to help tackle a puzzle at any time using Local Co-op Mode. ShadowPlay will provide tons of brain-racking fun for players of all ages. How do you ShadowPlay?
Touch Solitaire Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Touch Solitaire features two of the most popular versions of the world-famous card game - Spider and Klondike - with simple touch-screen controls and an easy-to-understand interface. In Spider, the aim is to arrange cards in piles of a single suit from King down to Ace, thereby removing the pile from play. When all cards are removed, you win the game. The goal of Klondike is to arrange cards from Ace to King in piles, one for each suit, on the four foundations. You win when all cards have been moved to the foundations. Various difficulty levels are available for Spider and Klondike, allowing beginners or experts to enjoy the game at their own pace.
Jazzy Billiards Publisher: Aksys Games Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Challenge intelligent computers or even your friends to a traditional game of 9-ball while enjoying mind-soothing music with Jazzy Billiards. Take advantage of the intuitive stylus mechanic to aim and hit the cue ball with varying strength to sink the other balls. Defeat your opponents by being the first to sink the 9-ball. Jazzy Billiards' Stage Mode features nine different stages, each with an opponent of ascending difficulty. Find out how many computers you can defeat in a row with Challenge Mode, or challenge your friends to a game of 9-ball in Versus Mode.
Word Searcher Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: You'll need a sharp eye and a quick mind to complete these 100 themed word search puzzles. Word Searcher contains fun words from multiple categories including anatomy, world cities and U.S. presidents. Packed with a huge assortment of subjects to choose from, there's sure to be a puzzle anyone will enjoy. Help improve your vocabulary, memory and problem-solving skills with these challenging puzzles. Keep track of, and try to beat, your own play-through times again and again as words are scrambled every time you play. Get your thinking cap on and conquer all 100 today.
Shanghai® II: Dragon's Eye Original platform: Genesis Publisher: SEGA Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Wii Points Description: The ancient pastime of mahjong solitaire is reinvented as an interactive video game where each tile you remove may be your last. Discover enchanting music, fun animation and exciting obstacles that are built in to this intriguing board game that will keep you engaged for hours. This classic title challenges you to clear the board by removing matching pairs of tiles. Play the traditional Shanghai® II or take the game to a new dimension with Dragon's Eye. Don't let the simple rules deceive you - the depth and intricacy of this challenge will become your new obsession very soon.