Now Playing: 05.31.2011

More DLC than retail? Say it ain’t so!

By Matthew Tidman. Posted 05/31/2011 19:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Every Tuesday, Nintendojo discusses the week’s video game releases in Now Playing. As long as a game’s on a Nintendo console, it’ll show up here-– so come every week and don’t miss a thing.


May 31, 2011
Get Up Family Game Sports

Virtual Console and WiiWare

May 30, 2011
FAST – Racing League
BIT.TRIP VOID (demo version)
Super Adventure Island


May 31, 2011
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II


May 31, 2011
Duke Nukem: Critical Mass


May 30, 2011
House M.D. – Globetrotting
B Team – Episode 1: Dust & Steel
Valet Parking 1989

Not much new to add as we close in on E3. There were actually more downloadable title released this week than retail titles, though those retails titles will definitely please fans of the various series they relate to. You can definitely expect this drought to continue for a few more weeks, though the reveal of the eShop next week will hopefully bolster Nintendo’s digital offerings.

Wii owners have one retail title to look forward to: Get Up Family Game Sports… or is it Get Up Games: Family Sports? Release lists show it as the first while a PR write-up shows it as the second. Curious. Name aside, Get Up Family Game Sports promises to get gamers off their couches with sixteen different family-friendly challenges. If you’re looking for more “Game Sports” so you can yell “Get up family!” than this is probably the collection for you. Otherwise it’s probably a safe bet to ignore it. On the Wii’s downloadable front, gamers can either jump into the SNES classic, Super Adventure Island, spend some time playing futuristic FAST races, or experience a short demo of one of the best DLC titles on the service for free.

Valet Parking 1989 title screen
Valet Parking 1989 looks set to revolutionize the “late 80s muscle car parking management” genre. Or not.

DS owners can rest easy knowing that Duke Nukem: Critical Mass has finally seen release. While the wait may not have been as long as Duke Nukem Forever, this handheld entry in the well-known series promises plenty of time-travel Hijinks as Duke travels across the world and through time to fight his nemesis Proton. Looking for a less mainstream shooter? B Team – Episode 1 looks to be right up your alley. This squad-based shooter promises to offer plenty of humor and action as players are tasked with leading a small platoon through an onslaught of commandos, voodoo warriors, dangerous guerrillas, and more. If you’re not into fragging things, you can instead choose to globe trot with Dr. Gregory House and save the lives of people, thanks to the DSiWare release of House M.D. – Globetrotting. Lastly, fans of time-management games will want to look into Valet Parking 1989 where they get to manage their own valet station parking stylish cars from the late 80s. Only the best players will earn enough cash to buy their own rides to take to the beach.

3DS owners, don’t despair! While releases are few and far between, when they hit they’re definitely worth the wait. This week also sees the release of another major fighting title: BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II. Okay, it’s a port of the console game but it manages to bring yet another 2D fighter of great renown to Nintendo’s handheld. If you’re into fighting games, this is definitely one to check out.

So are you planning on picking up any of these titles? Be sure to share you adventures with House or your stories about that awesome car you bought with your valet earnings below in the comments. We’d love to hear about them.

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