Shippin' Out May 12-16: WiiWare, Chronicles of Narnia

Downloadable titles dominate the week as headliners join We Ski, Deca Sports, and Castle of Shikigami III on Wii, Drone Tactics, Myst on DS.

WiiWare launches today in North America, and with it comes the first rash of independently developed original downloadable games for the Wii. One of the more anticipated titles, Square Enix's hybrid management sim/role-playing game Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, headlines today's offerings, clocking in at 1,500 Wii points ($15) for the single-player game. Gamers looking to extend this purchase can also pick up another 1,600 Wii points' ($16) worth of additional content, and Square Enix promises more add-ons will arrive for the game at a later date.

WiiWare has been stocked with a smattering of other titles that represent a variety of genres. XGen Studios' zany action game Defend Your Castle runs for 500 Wii points ($5), while Nnooo's bubble-exploding game Pop is available for 700 Wii points ($7). Also out are High Voltage Software's V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack (700 Wii points, $7), Gameloft's quiz game TV Show King (1,000 Wii points, $10), and Frontier Development's platformer LostWinds (1,000 Wii points, $10).

Wii games not of the downloadable ilk are in equal abundance this week as well. Though the Wii Fit and Nintendo's proprietary Wii Balance Board won't be available for another week, the first game to implement the peripheral--Namco Bandai's We Ski--is set for imminent release. Sports-themed minigames will also be on offer in Konami's Deca Sports, which packs in beach volleyball, snowboard cross, badminton, basketball, curling, figure skating, archery, supercross, soccer, and kart racing.

With Castle Shikigami II perhaps best known for its abundance of mind-bending mistranslated moments, Aksys Games will be releasing scrolling shoot-'em-up Castle of Shikigami III on the Wii this week. Nintendo's other system receives a few new releases this week in the form of Atlus' Drone Tactics, an arachnid-enthused strategy game, and Empire Interactive's Myst, a handheld edition of one of the best-selling games of all time.

The Wii's reign extends to the major multiplatform release of the week, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. A tie-in to Walt Disney Pictures' film of the same name, Prince Caspian follows the action of the films, which themselves are based on C.S. Lewis' children's fantasy novels. In addition to the Wii edition, Traveller's Tales has created the Prince Caspian game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 2. Disney's internal Fall Line Studios is handling development for the DS version of the game.

Thanks to the influx of WiiWare games, Nintendo said it would be giving its Virtual Console the week off. However, Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network will receive their regularly scheduled Wednesday and Thursday updates. On both platforms, the first expansion to Capcom and ACRONYM's overhead shooter Rocketmen--It Came From Uranus--will be available for $4.95, or 400 Microsoft points. Microsoft's digital distribution service will also be augmented with Sierra Online's top-down shooter Assualt Heroes 2, available for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).

MAY 12, 2008
Defend Your Castle (WiiWare)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (WiiWare)
LostWinds (WiiWare)
Pop (WiiWare)
TV Show King (WiiWare)
V.I.P. Casino Blackjack (WiiWare)

MAY 13, 2008
Baseball Mogul 2009 (PC)
Castle of Shikigami III (Wii)
Deca Sports (Wii)
Drone Tactics (DS)
Ford Racing: Off Road (PC)
Myst (DS)
We Ski (Wii)

MAY 14, 2008
Assault Heroes 2 (XBLA)
Rocketmen: It Came from Your Uranus (XBLA)

MAY 15, 2008
Rocketmen: It Came from Your Uranus (PSN)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (X360, PS3, PS2, Wii, DS)

MAY 16, 2008
No new releases have been announced.

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Discussion

21 comments
itwiz90
itwiz90

I enjoyed the movie, I think this game may take away from that.

Mega-Tom
Mega-Tom

God I hate nintedo with a pashion. All there games are so babish. PC for life! Wii sucks!

okassar
okassar

My Life as a King is the only thing worth mention and even that sounds like a disappointment. Save your money for Fall....

Omegaman007
Omegaman007

Gamers Vent: I'm already dissappointed by the number of titles being put on VC each week and it really seems like WiiWare is going to reduce that number even more. Grrr...

S0mEGuY12
S0mEGuY12

Looking forward to Assault Heroes 2 this week!

skeletor0
skeletor0

Where the hell is Bionic Commando: Rearmed?!!

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

I highly recommend Lost Winds to anyone with a Wii. Unless you're a person immune to enjoyment, it's a very fun game with some nice platforming. If you got some extra cash, I'd say to purchase My Life as a King as well. I haven't played that one yet, but it looks very promising.

BioShockOwnz
BioShockOwnz

Everyone with a Wii -- buy LostWinds right now! Awesome game for $10.

DJ_Lae
DJ_Lae

Bumper crop of PSN titles this week. And oh man, there's nothing I've wanted more than to play Myst on my DS.

SydneyBlue120d
SydneyBlue120d

My Life As A King (apart the the unexcusably lack of progressive scan) and LostWinds are the titles I'm waiting for, when the service will cross the ocean (hopefully soon)....

StarFoxA
StarFoxA

LostWinds looks kind of interesting.

nobeaner
nobeaner

Agreed ctg867. Though the lack of Dr. Mario put a damper on my Wiiware dreams.

ctg867
ctg867

I mean, I guess if you're REALLY crazy about WiiWare titles, then it's a passable week, otherwise, nothing special here.