This week in DLC: More zombies, cheaper Portals

  • by Dave Rudden
  • January 25, 2010 14:23 PM PST

Between the near-invisible sequel to Zombies Ate My Neighbors landing on the Virtual Console and the price drop for Portal: Still Alive on XBLA, it's a good week hit up the online marketplaces.

This week in DLC: More zombies, cheaper Portals

Image credit: Moby Games.

While we've got a pretty sweet retail release slate for this week, with games like Mass Effect 2, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, and No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle coming to you via disc, the breadth of downloadable content coming this week is still pretty impressive. Here are the highlights.

--Folks who purchase Mass Effect 2 on the Xbox 360 will be greeted with a bounty of day-one DLC thanks to the Cerberus Network. If you managed to score the game through alternative means, expect to pay $15 to join the CN.

--According to Ubisoft, the first DLC pack for Assassin's Creed 2--The Battle of Forli--will be releasing this Thursday for $4. Delivering a new rescue mission featuring another oppoprtunity to use Leonardo Da Vinci's flying machine, the Battle of Forli should allow you to experience even more of GamePro's 2009 Game of the Year.

--Major Nelson delivered the details of the Xbox 360's DLC for the week not too long ago, stating that the new game hitting Xbox Live Arcade is a $10 puzzle game called KrissX. It's a puzzler in more ways than one, since the Xbox spokesman confessed to having little in the way of information about the game. If you're afraid of trying something new, the semi-sequel to the best part of The Orange Box, Portal: Still Alive, is the Xbox 360 Deal of the Week, selling for $10 instead of the normal $15.

--Nintendo is releasing seven games on their various online marketplaces today. The highlight, in this humble new writer's opinion is Ghoul Patrol, the relatively unknown follow-up to Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Featuring all of the fun, but none of the giant babies, it can be had for $8 on the Virtual Console. The WiiWare titles for this week include a $10 version of Uno, a puzzle game called bittos+ for $8, and a third game that explains itself pretty well--"Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game, which runs $5. On the DSi, Nintendo's publishing a game called Number Battle, which mixes math and feng shui (fun!) for $5, while two other $2 titles hit the service--AiRace: Tunnel and Escapee Go! You can find out more about all of Nintendo's new games in the press release below.


Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1-6
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: Get ready to call "UNO" on your Wii system! The world-famous card game is faithfully reproduced for the Wii console with some exciting new rules. Thanks to a multiplayer mode (additional Wii Remote controllers required) that's playable on one Wii console or online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (broadband Internet access required), UNO has never been so fun and easy.

Publisher: MACHINE
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: The next big thing in casual gaming, bittos+ is all about rotating, moving and placing game pieces onto a game board to make squares and, more importantly, squares within squares. Playing bittos+ provides hours and hours of entertainment for the whole family, with boatloads of challenge and replay value for even the most avid gamer. With luscious environments, multiple modes to unlock, game styles to suit every mood, multiple real-time reactive control methods, in-game Awards to collect and high-score boards for the entire your household, bittos+ is a new game-play experience that will sweep you away.

"Aha! I Found It!" Hidden Object Game
Publisher: Ateam Inc.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: A hidden-object game for everyone has come to the WiiWare service. Try to find 12 particular items among a crowd of on-screen objects as fast as you can, from big fish to tiny earrings, easy-to-find items to well-hidden ones. Unlike most other hidden-object games, this one lets you play along with friends and family (additional Wii Remote controllers required) and compete to see who's best at finding the hidden objects in each stage. With 10 stages and more than 277 different items, there's plenty of searching fun to enjoy. Also, with items changing position each time you play, you can enjoy each stage again and again.

Nintendo DSiWare

Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: From Japan comes NUMBER BATTLE, a board game that invokes the ancient art of feng shui while challenging players to clear the playing field. Take turns against human or computer opponents to reach a target score by placing numbered tiles on the board and linking the arms of each tile in various ways. Watch for the Winds of Change to possibly blow over the board during a battle, resulting in special squares that will score bonus points or affect game play in new ways. Items that aid you in your pursuit of points can also be found, but they'll cost you points and must be placed strategically. Go it alone in the main Story or Puzzle modes, or battle against up to three opponents from around the world via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (broadband Internet access required). You can even learn from your past with History mode, which shows the moves recorded during previous contests. This unique combination of puzzle and strategy elements results in an exciting battle of wits. Can you guide your Warrior to victory?

AiRace: Tunnel
Publisher: QubicGames
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: AiRace: Tunnel is an invitation to the newly started Project Tunnel. It was created to examine the quickness and attentiveness of aviation rookies. Think you've got the skills? Put your reflexes to the test and see how swift, precise and predictive you are. Maneuver your aircraft safely through specially created tunnels that are full of traps. Be careful: Your plane will speed up with every second, making each turn and each barrier harder to navigate. It's not just a game, it's a challenge.

Escapee GO!
Publisher: Gevo Entertainment
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In Escapee GO!, players take on the role of Claire, who awakens with no memory of who she is. Save for her name, all information about her has been destroyed. In its place, something within her has changed. Hunted down by an unknown enemy, she must find a way to escape her pursuers using her newfound powers. Will she be able to survive? Using her heightened senses, Claire is able to detect enemies before they come into visual range. During her daring escape, Claire will find mysterious items that can temporarily enhance her abilities, allowing her to level the playing field.

Virtual Console

Ghoul Patrol
Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: LucasArts
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: The main attractions at the library's Goblin exhibit have come to life! As the Ghoul Patrol, you'll go back in time and de-spook an encyclopedia of zombified historic dudes. Vaporize garbage-can ghosts and ninja spirits, rescue bug-eyed librarians and wigged-out pirates, dodge flying books and adolescent-eating plants, and ultimately put the beastly spirit back in the history books.

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