Now Playing: 07.28.2011

What’s coming out this week? Let’s find out in Now Playing!

By Phil Russell. Posted 07/28/2011 16:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Every Thursday, Nintendojo discusses the week’s video game releases on 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.


August 2nd, 2011
Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (Disney Interactive)
Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover! (Warner Home Video Games)

Wii Shop

July 28th, 2011
Brawl Brothers (Jaleco)
Burn the Rope (Big Blue Bubble)


August 2nd, 2011
Top Trumps NBA All Stars (Conspiracy Entertainment)

3DS eShop

July 28th, 2011
Let’s Golf 3D (Gameloft)


August 2nd, 2011
Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (Disney Interactive)
Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover! (Warner Home Video Games)
Top Trumps NBA All Stars (Red Wagon Games)

DSi Ware

July 28th, 2011
GO Series: Portable Shrine Wars (Gamebridge)
Oscar’s World Tour (Virtual Playground)
My Australian Farm (BiP Media)

August 4th, 2011
B Team –  Episode 2: Ice and Venom (Subdued Software)

Sometimes, things turn out more exciting than we may have first anticipated. Like this week, for instance? Not only we were greeted with a mammoth bombshell from Nintendo this morning regarding the future of the 3DS, but this week offers up a surprisingly turgid release list for this time of year and stretches all the way from (the surprisingly, not yet dead) Wii Virtual Console to the somewhat underperforming eShop. Read on to check our highlights of this week’s releases.

Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension is a game based on none other than Disney’s vastly-different animated film, Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension. Amazingly, this movie is in turn based on the Disney Channel show called Phineas and Ferb. (When it comes to naming conventions, those guys really like to shake things up.) It’s a 3D action platformer, and according to the launch trailer it’s the product of what the two main characters of the show (that would be Phineas and Ferb) have created after deciding to make a video game one day. It looks like there’s a lot going on from the trailers, ranging from sidescrolling platform levels to 2D brawling reminiscent of the likes of Street Fighter and the home console version even supports co-op play. If you’re a fan of the television series and you’re under ten, it’s definitely worth checking out. (Perhaps after watching the movie it’s based on?)

Phineas and Ferb TV screen capture
I won’t lie, I have quite a soft spot for Phineas and Ferb. Their pet platypus is a secret agent, what’s not to love? -Ed.

Top Trumps NBA All Stars is essentially the Top Trumps card game on your handheld device with all NBA stars on the cards, proving to be a more convoluted and expensive version of a game that you can play with a pack of cards. Much like the actual card game, each “card” show the player’s stat, and it basically plays out like a game of war where your goal is to win all the cards in the deck. (Y’know… like Top Trumps?) If you want to learn the stats of your favorite NBA players while having fun with a cool card game, look into this one.

Proving it still has some life left in yet, the Wii Shop offers up two new games this week… well it offers up two games. Games are good. The first is Brawl Brothers, a game that’s more of a SNES era co-operative fighter in the vein of Final Fight than the Smash Bros. spin-off it may sound like. Interestingly, its original Japanese title was Rushing Beat Run: Fukusei Toshi and I’m utterly clueless as to why they abandoned such an awesome title to begin with. On the WiiWare front, players can indulge in some petty arson with iOS-born game, Burn the Rope. I did some investigation, it bares no relation to any similarly titled games with overly helpful instructions. Shame.

Finally, another 3DS-exclusive game lands in the eShop in the form of Let’s Golf 3D. Perhaps worryingly, this is only the fourth such exclusive title to grace the eShop in the six weeks it’s been open and that includes the 3D Classics such as Excitebike. Still, with Nintendo’s announcement today that early adopters of the console will be rewarded with twenty free games, I don’t think you’ll be sort of downloadable gaming gems soon enough.

Now it’s your turn. Planning to pick up Phineas and Ferb this weekend? Or is Rushing Beat Run Brawl Brothers more your style? Let us know what tickles your fancy in the comments!

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