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Wii Ware on Europe. First impressions on Lost Winds and Star Soldier

Ok American fellow gamers, Wii Ware arrived on european Wiis and it rocks. Even though Nintendo didn't sent the usual message on message board to inform that the service is online.
Immediately I added 3000 points and downloaded Lost Winds and Star Soldier R.

I observed a bit the changes that made on Wii shop channel. Finally it looks like there is content in there. So, the initial games are: Lost Winds, Doctor Mario, Star Soldier R, Toki Tori and Final Fantasy crystal chronicles: My life as a king. I chose to download Star Soldier R and the anticipated Lost Winds.

I played about 2 hours of each game. Well, Star Soldier can't be bigger than 5 minutes, and i guess it was neither bad nor good choice, since there are plenty of classic scroller shooters, this can be skipped since it doesn't have any length or any replayability except the score.

Lost winds is an other story. I can't believe that Jenga, GeoWars, mercury meltdown and others came out on retail and this one is on a download service. It looks and it plays great. I liked how lots of pieces of the scenery interacts with the wind you create, and sometimes the game feels so Okami...
It has it's frustrating moments. Sometimes it seems like your character does not float the way you want and you may end up falling free. The music is soothing and a bit repetitive. I like how the main character eats the fruits and then acts like a total douche and jumps on the fruit and destroys it. The puzzles are awesome and the whole game feels so polished. This game is the best 10 Euros best spend ever.

I plan to download the Oh-so-many-memories Doctor Mario. Even i didn't really liked it back in the days i was young, I'll be glad to play it again.
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About Mariolandone of us since 7:35 PM on 02.04.2008

Hey! I'm a 24 years old man and I'm living in Greece. Video games aren't banned in Greece.

Here's another update to my blog description.
Hi, I'm Marioland and I'm a gamer for a long long time. Greece sucks in general. I'm still practically unemployed. We have a VAT rate at 24% for everything except milk and the cost of living vs the salaries are so unequal, that it is needed to have two jobs in order to run your own house. We are the generation that grew up and stays in parents' basements.

My angst for the lame gamers in Greece is now silenced. Everybody plays as they want. I don't care. I have enough friends to play with so, random matches are a stranger to me.

Younger gamers still can't afford to READ the solution for a game. Let alone play it themselves.

And, yeah. Somehow I feel happy. Also, I kinda like gaming on iDevices, as long as it's not an iPhone.

I am growing old to the gaming journalism, but I still count my self as a newcomer. I contribute to a greek gaming site called Game 2.0 where I post news, reviews and editorials. It's all in Greek so, it will be kinda Greek to you.
I still believe that gaming journalism is a harsh place. Everything you do gets a lot of negative attention (that's kinda good in a cynical point of view). But, now I know more of the people in other sites, I could see that some of them are actually good people.

Anyways, I own a DSi, a PSP, an Xbox 360, a Wii and an iPod Touch 4G 32GB. Feel free to ask me for friendship on these platforms. It would be nice to get my ass handed to me by someone from Dtoid.

Keep Gaming!

Update kinda lame. But I had fun changing it!
Xbox LIVE:leeonardo
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