So the AP did a review of Nintendo's new WiiWare service, and although the writer apparently believes the Virtual Console is one of the biggest draws for the Wii, he was apparently underwhelmed by the initial WiiWare offerings. Now, I was really pulling for Dr. Mario to be one of the launch titles, and was a little annoyed to find it still isn't out, but I know it's coming, so I'll just wait a bit longer. But honestly, I kind of thought that Nintendo did a good job of releasing a wide variety of games in the various genres. You've got a sim game, a platformer, a casual quiz game and a puzzler. So what's his problem?
Well, he thought that once you took the window dressing away from the overtitled Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My LIfe As A King, it's just a boring management sim. Lost Winds got points for being pretty, but lost some for being pretty short and having sketchy controls. TV Show King was determined to be a thoroughly average quiz game, and Defend Your Castle was praised for its clever graphic style. However, he really railed on Pop, which I thought was pretty fun, although in the long run, I will admit that it really isn't as addictive as some of the better puzzlers, like Tetris or Puzzle Quest. And I never really investigated VIP Casino: Blackjack, but hearing that there's no online competition, I can't really disagree that it's probably not worth the seven bucks.
Asterick seemed to like FFCC:MLAAK, and I enjoyed Pop until Wii Fit took over my Wii, so I'm wondering if this AP writer was just feeling cranky. Or maybe he didn't even really play the games before assigning star ratings to them. What do you guys think? Have you splurged on any of the downloadable titles? Are you disappointed too?
Nintendo's WiiWare Games Are Disappointing [Boston Herald]