11.19.2009

demos!

So apparently Nintendo finally got something right about the Wiiware download service. Not that it was bad to begin with, but it really lacked an integrated feeling. Sort of like that lamp in your living room that doesn't really go with anything else. I mean, it's there, it has a purpose, but you rarely use it because it's hella out of the way and you read books in your bed room anyway. I think that's the point I was trying to make.

But it seems like they've got a few demo versions of wiiware games available for download now. This is a brilliant idea (albeit one that many people already had a long time ago. Three years is a bit late, Nintendo). The titles up for grabs are Pokemon Rumble, Bit Trip Beats, Nyx Quest, and FFCC: My Life as a Darklord. I've downloaded and played Pokemon and FFCC (more on that shortly) but the point here isn't really the titles available. It's the very fact that they are there at all. Being able to download and try games before purchasing them, especially with titles that are hard to describe in reviews, is like getting to taste ice cream on those little spoons that they have, only you don't have to leave the house to get to the ice cream parlor. Hell, you don't even have to put on pants. THIS IS THE MOTHERF*#$ING FUTURE, PEOPLE.

That said, Pokemon Rumble is a game I thought Nintendo should have made a long time ago. The pokemon in the game are all clockwork toys, which is essentially a way to justify not having trainers, pokeballs, or all the other junk that usually goes along with the franchise. It's a bit like a dungeon crawler, but each level is fairly short and the game seems to be more about collection than anything else. Which is really okay for me, as the collection isn't tedious and the gameplay is fun. It's also multiplayer without causing you to hate your friends within an hour (a rare thing for Nintendo) with shared, well, everything. Anything you pick up is available for everyone to use at the end of the level. The game has the first 150 pokemon, plus Mewtwo I think. They all use the classic gameboy sounds as well, which makes the experience kind of nostalgic. The character models are all in a chibi-style, kind of like Pokemon Ranch, the effect of which is an instantaneous adorability. (Google is telling me I just made that word up, but it should be real. Are you reading this, Webster's?) Smiling chibi oddish almost killed me ^.^
On the whole the game is one I'd recommend handily. People who spent hours on the original gameboy version will enjoy it very much. The price (1500 Wii points) is a little steep IMHO, but could be worse. Something to consider, anyway.

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