Sunday, July 25, 2010

Q1 2010 gaming report – Nintendo Wii and DS

The Nintendo Wii knows its niche. Fun and interactive games that may not sport the best graphics but deliver on gameplay. For the DS this is pretty much also true. Both systems don’t struggle to compete with the PS3 and 360 because they not only lead the market but also because developers know what types of games to make for them. No longer are square pegs shoved into round holes, now games are developed for the Wii and DS without being just graphiced downed version of the more rugged next-gen systems. With that said there is plenty of great gameplay on both systems and Q2 2010 was no exception.

Nintendo Wii – The Wii knows its niche. Lacking in graphical power it’s all about unique gaming but how long will this last with both next-gen systems getting on board with the motion based gaming model … ponder that later but for now lets see what Wii have to offer.
  • Trauma Team – A bit of a steep learning curve cannot detract from a solid surgery simulation mixed in with CSI’ish case components and plenty of doctor types to choose from. 
  • Sin and Punishment: Star Successor – An on-rails shooter with Eastern flare and addictive old-school gameplay. A gamer’s game.
  • Tetris Party Deluxe – Tetris with tons of play modes and the addictiveness is still there after all these years. 
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Pinnacle (so far) of Wii gaming with imagination and originality galore. No Wii owner, none, should not miss Mario’s latest adventure. 
  • Monster Hunter Tri – The addiction moves onto consoles here in the states but the more casual owners will pass. This is a gamer’s game that deserves the full console treatment. It’s fun, addictive and loved overseas, hopefully here soon. 
Nintendo DS – Puzzle games and a few more choices highlight this quarter which continues to see a solid line-up for the DS.
  • Picross 3D – Puzzles, numbers, hours of time lost gaming. This is what the DS is all about.
  • Dementium II – Not for kiddies but most-def for FPS fans looking for a more mature gaming experience. 
  • Puzzle Quest 2 – The RPG elements are just icing on the cake of a great puzzle adventure that is addictive and easy to get into. 
  • Dragon Ball: Origins 2 – More for fans than the average gamer. The gameplay needs polish but getting into Goku’s earlier years is a kick. 
  • Mega Man Zero Collection – No new games but 4 titles from the Zero series that link back to a simpler time in gaming’s history. 
  • Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow – This is the Blue Dragon DS fans who played the 360 version have been waiting for. A title that is now more niche than mainstream there is an audience and they will like this purchase. 
Overall the Nintendo Wii clocks in with an A thanks to Mario and some great monster hunting while the DS receives a B+. The DS is about puzzle games and RPG’s and this quarter gamers get both with some platforming thrown in. Good times indeed for all systems in the second quarter of 2010.

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