As if Cave Story wasn't enough, Nintendo has plenty more downloadable games coming out in the first half of 2010, from Art Style and WarioWare for WiiWare to a DSiWare fighter that puts you inside the game.
If you've been keeping up with the flood of Nintendo news this morning, you'll know that Cave Story hits WiiWare on March 22, but the WiiWare party starts on March 1, when Capcom's Mega Man 10 makes the scene. Then on the 8th, Max & the Magic Marker arrives, charging players to use their Wii remote as a drawing tool, helping Max reach his ultimate goal, whatever that might be. Maybe he really wants to play Cave Story. Rounding out March we have WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, a standalone WarioWare title featuring interoperability with WarioWare D.I.Y. on the Nintendo DS.
Two new WiiWare Art Style titles also make the lineup for early 2010. Rotozoa features a tiny creature that absorbs tiny coloured organisms through its tentacles to grow larger, and Art Style: light trax features a techno-music backed race between coloured light beams, which sounds a great deal like Bit Generation's dotstream, which is fine by us.
This spring will also see the release of Ghostfire Game's Rage of the Gladiator and a port of gorgeous PC puzzle platformer And Yet It Moves from Broken rules. Then, in a few months, we'll be treated to Super Meat Boy!, which needs no introduction.
DSiWare explodes this year with the spring release of Nintendo's Photo Dojo, a fighting game in which you take photos of yourself, record sounds, and then become a character in a side-scrolling beat-em up. Sounds like an interesting use for that DSi camera we've been poking at for months.
Spring also brings Nintendo's Metal Torrent to DSiWare, a multiplayer shooter involving converting your opponent's bullets to cubes to increase your score, and X-Scape, also from Nintendo, which is an exploratory adventure involving exploring more than 20 planets, navigating 3D tunnels, and fighting giant robots.
It looks like Nintendo has a fine lineup coming, at least for the first half of the year. Things are beginning to look up for the weekly Nintendo Download.