Games | Weekly Game Releases | Blog | Week of September 23, 2008: Mega Man 9. Who'd have thunk it?

List compiled by reibeatall and Sarcasmorator | Posted September 23nd, 2008

Game of the Week

Mega Man 9
Capcom | Wii/PS3 (360 next week) | True Classic
If WiiWare accomplishes nothing else in this lifetime, at least it will give us this: a classic-style Mega Man game that's true to form down to the 8-bit graphics, sprite flicker and slowdown -- but is nevertheless a new game that arrives more than a decade after the last proper installment of the series. Actually, the less said about the PS1 games the better, yes?.

In practical terms, Mega Man 9 means eight new robot masters, eight new special weapons and eight new awesome, tricksy levels (plus the endgame gauntlet) to fail your way through.

So, what are you waiting for? Go download it!

Also In Stores This Week

LEGO Batman
Traveler's Tales | Anything that a child will play | Easy Relaxing Toys
Holy licensing, Batman! Be ready for yet another game that the childrens will eat up and play constantly; just don't let them see The Dark Knight afterwards, because it will give them nightmares.

I wonder if the Joker in Lego Batman is anything like Heath Ledger's Joker... For some reason, I'm thinking no.

Wario Land: Shake It!
Nintendo | Nintendo Wii | Side Scrolly
Two classic-styled 2D sidescrollers arriving in the same week? Either developers are beginning to realize that the so-called advances made by games these past ten years don't instantly make them superior...or else they're just getting lazy and not adding the third D.

Disgaea DS
NIS | Nintendo DS | Remake again
Remember when this game came out for the PS2? Or what about the sequel? Or the remake for the PSP? Or the third one for the PS3? No?

Well then this game you've managed to miss five other times is coming out on the DS. So be prepared to spend all your DS time in the Item World.

Downloadable Contentment: This Week in DLC

WiiWare: Plättchen Twist 'n' Paint
Bplus | Wii | Puzzle
The very first third-party WiiWare game to be announced is finally in the wild, months after the service's debut. And it looks...OK. You have to paint a series of tiles the same color to make them vanish.

VC: Super Dodgeball
Technos | NES via Wii via Japan | Dodgeball
Take a look at those characters -- notice anything familiar? Yup, Super Dodgeball was made by the same folks who created the totally radical River City Ransom. Which would be reason enough to buy it, even if it weren't a highly-regarded game in its own right. And it is!

VC: Vectorman
Sega | Genesis via Wii | Warrior spheres
This '90s action game for the Genesis is perfectly decent, but it's also readily available in at least one Sega classics collection. Instead of spending $8 or whatever for the VC version, why not just spend $20 on that set instead and get a bunch of other cool games in the bargain?

XBLA: Duke Nukem 3D
3D Realms | Xbox 360 | Kicking ass and being all out of gum
With the living joke that Duke Nukem Forever has become in the decade since it was supposed to have been released, it's easy to forget that the reason people were so excited for the sequel and disappointed at its delays was this game right here.

Soaked in the testosterone and bravado of "John Romero's about to make you his bitch"-era first-person-shooter design, Duke Nukem 3D scores no points in political correctness but earns a ton in the "blowing stuff up real good" sweeps. The single-player campaign is all right, but a truly excellent selection of weaponry made this one a multiplayer contender in the mid-'90s. From what I remember, it's worth checking out again.

Talk about how crappy these games are!