Crystal Defenders man WiiWare battlements

Last month, Square Enix tried its hand at the tower defense genre with Final Fantasy Crystal Defenders R1 for Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade. While the result was deemed less than desirable by reviewers, the publisher said today that it would be not only extending that experience to Nintendo's...

Last month, Square Enix tried its hand at the tower defense genre with Final Fantasy Crystal Defenders R1 for Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade. While the result was deemed less than desirable by reviewers, the publisher said today that it would be not only extending that experience to Nintendo's WiiWare Shop, but also wasting no time in doing so.

Headlining Nintendo's weekly slate of new downloadable content for the Wii and DSi is Square Enix's Crystal Defenders R1. Accommodating play for one, Crystal Defenders spins off many of the vocations and locales of Final Fantasy Tactics into a tower-defense-style strategy game, where gamers are tasked with fending off waves of increasingly difficult monsters by assuming strategic positions with a variety of units.

Crystal Defenders R1 is available for 800 Wii points ($

. Square Enix also revealed today that Crystal Defenders R2 is in development, though the publisher provided no other release information. Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair, originally released for the Sega Genesis in 1990, is available through the Wii's Virtual Console this week for 900 Wii points ($9).

Nintendo has added a pair of new titles to the DSiWare Shop this week, as well. Most notably, Nintendo's ubiquitous plumber dons his lab coat in Dr. Mario Express for 500 DSi points ($5). Like past installments in the series, the Tetris-style puzzle game has players matching vitamins to viruses in Classic mode, and players can also battle against the computer in Vs. CPU mode. Master of Illusion Express: Deep Psyche, the next installment in the magic-trick downloadable series, is also available for 200 DSi points ($2).

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18 comments
RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

It was released on the PS3, just go to the Japanese PSN Store. I don't know if they'll put it up on the US one, but I probably won't buy it again now that I have it on the 360.

Serbine
Serbine

I would like to get Crystal Defenders it look like cool game, also Homie that's a typo they meant to say $8.

HOMIE_G64
HOMIE_G64

What is $ 8) ? Kind of looking into getting my TD on after I gave WC3 to my friend. Maybe this game but the reviews are a major deterring factor.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I love tower defense games, though so far I don't think Crystal Defender has been getting good reviews. Maybe I'll still check it out, but either way I hope they make an improved version/sequel.

nerd_assassin
nerd_assassin

@BrideInDream Well, I was pretty shocked actually to know that the Crystal Defender games are for X360 and Wii. Because I have an account for the Asia(HK,Taiwan,China,Singapore) PSN(I needed it for the NBA Live 09 DLCs, region-locked they are), and what do I stumble upon? Crystal Defender W1. I am now playing the demo over and over again, because I don't have money to buy the whole lot. But it's a good game nonetheless if you are interested with the tower defense genre. But then I'll just have to search for free ones available on the net. I wonder why I became interested with these tower-defense games so sudden. A question though, is PIxeljunk games exclusive to the PS3? I'm kind of an idiot when it comes to exclusive downloadable games and contents.

atopp399
atopp399

So let me get this straight. They knew the game sucked so they figured they would shovel it on to the Wii Shop. Lol, I am sure it will pay off for them too.

zgreenwell
zgreenwell

I enjoy the game, but it is very hard to figure out some of the stages. Sadly, the whole fun of the title is ruined if you look up a guide. Once you find a process that works for a map, it will work every time.

Kajiuro
Kajiuro

There are a lot of flash games like this; is it worth the buy?

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

I got it on XBLA and enjoyed playing it. Some levels are tought, but that's just part of the challenge

Vambran
Vambran

I bought the xbo360 version. It is insane hard , with zero story. Not fun to play at all.

gameking5000
gameking5000

The price reflects the game. But anyway it's cheap. Wonder when they'll release a game that took months to develop.

Genexi2
Genexi2

I'm surprised how many people pay for these tower-defense games when there's so many (typically better) free flash-alternatives out there on the web. Tower Defense is getting close to being just as over-saturated as dual-analog shooters on the digital-distribution markets....

RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

It's not a bad game. I did grow tired of it rather quickly. There really isn't much to it. It's just a tower defense game, only instead of placing towers, you place Final Fantasy characters instead. Each has different specialties, just like different kinds of towers in typical TD games, then you just upgrade (or Level Up) the ones you want. It's pretty simple. It still doesn't have as much depth as Pixeljunk Monsters or Savage Moon, I could play those two games for a LONG time.

castlevaniap
castlevaniap

I have the IP version --it doesn't make much sense to me

CVM_123
CVM_123

WOW this game looks EPIC!! *excesive sarcasm*

Magrino
Magrino

Last month, Square Enix tried its hand at the tower defense genre with Final Fantasy Crystal Defenders R1 for Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade. While the result was deemed less than desirable by reviewers, the publisher said today that it would be not only extending that experience to Nintendo's WiiWare Shop, but also wasting no time in doing so.

Headlining Nintendo's weekly slate of new downloadable content for the Wii and DSi is Square Enix's Crystal Defenders R1. Accommodating play for one, Crystal Defenders spins off many of the vocations and locales of Final Fantasy Tactics into a tower-defense-style strategy game, where gamers are tasked with fending off waves of increasingly difficult monsters by assuming strategic positions with a variety of units.

Crystal Defenders R1 is available for 800 Wii points ($8). Square Enix also revealed today that Crystal Defenders R2 is in development, though the publisher provided no other release information. Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair, originally released for the Sega Genesis in 1990, is available through the Wii's Virtual Console this week for 900 Wii points ($9).

Nintendo has added a pair of new titles to the DSiWare Shop this week, as well. Most notably, Nintendo's ubiquitous plumber dons his lab coat in Dr. Mario Express for 500 DSi points ($5). Like past installments in the series, the Tetris-style puzzle game has players matching vitamins to viruses in Classic mode, and players can also battle against the computer in Vs. CPU mode. Master of Illusion Express: Deep Psyche, the next installment in the magic-trick downloadable series, is also available for 200 DSi points ($2).

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