It’s another great week for Nintendo Wii owners. Nintendo just launched their first six WiiWare games for download from your Wii on Monday, May 12th and there’s something here for everyone — whether you are a casual gamer or prefer to get more involved with your game play.
Here’s the first six games launched on Wiiware:
Defend Your Castle is based on the popular online flash game and it has whimsically amateurish graphics to compliment the gameplay. To play you just need to keep all the stick men from invading your castle during the day. At night, you fortify your castle and convert the stick men guys into your allies.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King – Yes, it’s an incredibly long name for an incredible game. This is essentially a kingdom building game, sort of like The Sims or Animal Crossing games. It also has a pay to play feature which means that after your initial download, you can buy add-ons (costumes, buildings, etc.) to make your kingdom even more unique. I expect this will be the sort of game that many players will get engrossed in for months.
LostWinds is probably one of the sweetest of the new games. The graphics are beautiful in this little platforming game that makes such great use of the Wii Remote. You use a gust of wind to blow the little character around so he can climb to places he otherwise wouldn’t get to. I think this is the must have game for this week’s release.
Pop is a bubble-busting casual game. If you just need a diversion for 5-20 minutes or so, then this is probably what you’re going to want. You pop bubbles to score points and you can score more points the more bubbles of one color you pop together.
VIP Casino Blackjack – It’s a blackjack game so you know how the gameplay works. It’s definitely cool if you like card games as it actually gives you a 3-d game set at an actual blackjack table. In other words, this isn’t a port from your mobile phone. It’s much cooler.
TV Show King is your trivia game. This would be the game you download to play with your friends, at a party, with your family. Not sure how fun it would be alone, but if you are looking for another party game for your Wii, this is it.
You can expect new Wiiware titles every Monday and Nintendo has quite a few fun things in store for the future, including Dr. Mario. Right now all of the games in the US cost between $5 and $15 which isn’t bad at all, and for both Final Fantasy and LostWinds, I think the prices of $15 and $10 respectively are both a steal.