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...

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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.

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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).
. 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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