Who needs the arcade version of Sega's Zaxxon or online multiplayer strategy game Military Madness: Nectaris, when they can have cerasus media's 7 Card Games for DSiWare? No one, that's who.
I mean, sure Zaxxon is a classic, and no console version back in the day came close to recreating the joy of piloting your spaceship with an isometric 3D point-of-view. And yes, Military Madness: Nectaris is the Wii remake of a beloved TurboGrafx16 turn-based strategy game, with a new unit and online multiplayer for up to four players.
That's nice and all, but 7 Card Games has 7 card games in it. As far as I am concerned, there's no comparison.
All kidding aside, there are a couple of good-looking games in this week's batch. I'm pondering picking up AlphaBounce, as I have a deep-seated hatred for bricks.
Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. Publisher: Gameloft Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Suggestive Themes, Tobacco Reference, Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Move to the West Coast and immerse yourself in Los Angeles gang life with Gangstar 2: Kings of L.A. Complete 75 different missions that combine the best of action games and driving games. * Explore Los Angeles and its famous neighbourhoods, including Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown, the suburbs and the harbour. * A unique feeling of freedom: Drive or walk anywhere in massive, open environments. Feel free to complete missions at your own pace, or just do absolutely anything you want. * A thrilling storyline with flashbacks and unexpected developments: Go from rags to riches, connect with relatives and help out their gang until you're living the golden life. * Improved driving experience: Drive cars, quads, motorcycles and use the environment to perform unbelievable stunts. * Use the inner camera or outer camera to decrease your wanted status, take a new photo of your face and fake your ID card to remain incognito.
AlphaBounce Publisher: Mad Monkey Studios Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Drug Reference, Violent References Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: AlphaBounce combines the classical brick-breaking concept with strong RPG features, offering you the chance to explore an endless universe with millions of levels. Discover items hidden in the deepest corners of the galaxy. Use these items to modify your spaceship and improve your firepower. You have been taken prisoner by an evil intergalactic mining corporation and exiled to outer space. With the help of your spaceship, your mission is to blast your way through the bricks in order to find a way back to Earth.
7 Card Games Publisher: cerasus.media Players: 1 ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Simulated Gambling Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Who has the best hand? Take a seat, have a drink and get started: Keep a straight face during poker while you wager the bluff of your life. Put it all on one hit in Black Jack - and take the jackpot. You choose the number of opponents. Prefer something quieter? Then try a Solitaire game like Freecell or Klondike. Whether you prefer a quick round here and there or fun for the entire evening, now you can always have your favourite card games right at your fingertips. The detailed graphics and authentic atmosphere will wow you.
AiRace Publisher: QubicGames Players: 1-6 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: AiRace is a high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled air, speed and stunt game for the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL™ systems. AiRace is not your typical hand-held racing - it's high-sky racing at its best. There are no limits to your flight with 360° movement and unique steering with the Nintendo DSi stylus. AiRace offers you a chance to control one of nine planes and compete against AI or human opponents in six exotic locations. With great physics, plane upgrades, on-the-track power-ups and unique maps, AiRace offers a little bit more than your average racing. Now it's time to leave your cars and switch to aeroplanes.
Military Madness: Nectaris Publisher: Hudson Entertainment Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 1000 Wii Points™ Description: The Military is back for a new generation of recruits. The classic turn-based strategy series Military Madness, aka Nectaris, is exploding onto the WiiWare service. With a new graphical barrage, a new commander unit, online team and vs multiplayer modes, and a platoon of other new features, this is the maddest game in the series yet. * 4-Person Online Multiplayer: Coordinate strategies or taunt foes in team or vs multiplayer modes for up to four people. * A new unit - Commanders: Choose a commander to lead your forces in multiplayer and choose from 20 unique abilities. * Multiple command views: Plan out strategy in the overhead map view and watch glorious battles unfold with cinematic camera action. * Detailed stat-tracking leaderboards: Increase your rank as you march up the leaderboards on your mission to prove you're the top general around.
Zaxxon Original platform: Arcade Publisher: SEGA Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Travel back to a time when a lovable alien phoned home, gas cost a mere 90 cents a gallon and everyone was wearing high-tops, leg warmers and had big hair. This was the early '80s, and this was when video gamers nationwide were wowed by the cutting-edge graphics and sound effects of the first three-dimensional-like intergalactic arcade shooter: Zaxxon. Touted as the first game to put video display in perspective, Zaxxon featured "looks" and "sounds" like actual aircraft flight, allowing players to command their ship just like a real fighter pilot. Dive, bank, fly left and right, and up and down - Zaxxon had it all. Fly through heavily armoured space fortresses while strafing fuel tanks, dodging walls and blowing up enemy missiles and gunnery. This game is littered with explosions. Then take the fight to the enemy fighter fleet and destroy the aggressor ships with extreme prejudice. Blasting pixels has never been so fun.