Nintendo DLC Update: Final Fantasy, tanks, and words

A bright spot on a dreary Monday, Nintendo has updated the offerings on its various digital download services. This week delivers a bite-size of fantasy, and even some a touch of word search action to awake the elderly person in you.

The original Final Fantasy is the Virtual Console release this week. Priced at 500 Wii Points, this NES classic has been re-released a billion times over the last century, but for whatever reason, people keep purchasing it. In the game, you play as an 8-bit adventurer searching for a magical crystal that belongs in a museum. Expect to die a lot, because that’s all I’ve ever done in this FF original.

The DSiWare download is an actual game — not a clock. It’s called Thorium Wars (500 Wii Bones), an action game that puts you in control of various futuristic tanks and such in a battle against bad dudes in tanks and such. The trailer makes it look better than it sounds.

Lastly, the WiiWare title of the week is Word Searcher. It’s a word search puzzle game priced at 500 Wii Points. Awesome.

As always, hit the break to check out the babble and feel free to discuss.

Virtual Console

FINAL FANTASY
Original platform: NES
Publisher: SQUARE ENIX
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: The world lies shrouded in darkness. The winds die. The sea rages. The earth decays. But the people believe in a prophecy, patiently awaiting its fulfillment. “When darkness veils the earth, four Warriors of Light shall come….” After a long journey, four young travelers did at last appear, and in the hand of each was clutched a crystal.

Nintendo DSiWare

Thorium Wars
Publisher: Big John Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Fantasy Violence
Price: 1,000 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In Thorium Wars, you must stop the Thorions, a super species of Thorium-based machines, from destroying mankind. Blast through waves of Thorions by controlling an arsenal of tanks, skyfighters, hovercrafts, gunboats and starfighters with either the standard or touch-screen controls. In 12 exciting missions, navigate through a variety of combat environments while viewing 360 degrees of the battlefield, fully rendered in 3-D. Toggle between first- and third-person views to destroy the terrifying army of Thorium beasts, from swarms of Redeye Drones to the bone-crushing Manticore Walker. This man-versus-machine battle proves to be the ultimate test for the survival of the fittest.

WiiWare

Word Searcher
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: You’ll need a sharp eye and a quick mind to complete 100 themed word-search puzzles. Word Searcher contains fun words from multiple categories including anatomy, world cities and U.S. presidents. With a huge assortment of subjects to choose from, there’s sure to be a puzzle for everyone to enjoy. Help improve your vocabulary, memory and problem-solving skills with these engaging puzzles. Track and try to beat your own play-through times again and again—words are scrambled every time you play.

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